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“Great food and selection; service is mediocre” 4 of 5 stars
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Sweet Ginger
120 B Branch Rd. SE, Vienna, VA 22180
703 319 3922
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Ranked #21 of 136 Restaurants in Vienna
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance
Dining options: Reservations
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great food and selection; service is mediocre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Love the food at Sweet Ginger -- this is our 3rd trip in 2 months; one was a dinner party there for 14 people to celebrate a family event. Everyone loved the Asian, Thai and Japanese food selections -- high quality ingredients. The service is poor and they are constantly whisking away plates with food on them -- multiple wait staff doing this -- like they want to get rid of you as fast as possible. The wait staff are also on the cool side -- few smiles from the wait staff -- but I would rather have good food with frowns than bad food with smiles.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Herndon, Virginia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great for lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

My co-workers and I have been to this place several times for lunch and have never been disappointed. I always order their lunch boxes, you get a ton of food at a reasonable price. Sushi always tastes fresh. However, the staff isn't always as pleasant as they could be. It's a small restaurant and is always crowded at lunch but we always feel like the staff is rushing us. To avoid this we've started to order carryout.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Northern Virginia
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348 reviews 348 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 100 cities Reviews in 100 cities
230 helpful votes 230 helpful votes
“Not What it Used to Be”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We have enjoyed Sweet Ginger for years, but have probably gone for the last time. One of us has been ill after eating for two of the last three visits. The last visit, we watched a block of tuna perched precariously on the plate where the sushi chef was stacking them. It fell on the floor. When he noticed it, he simply picked it up and put it back on the plate. Sorry, Charlie...even Star Kist wouldn't do that.

Visited July 2013
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usa
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131 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Used to love it, but seems to have gone downhill”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We used to come here all the time, but the quality of the food seems to have gone downhill over the last couple of years. I don't care for the sushi -- there's always mayonnaise on it. Yoko is better for that. I used to like the thai-type dishes here. Hopefully things will improve again.

Visited March 2013
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Virginia
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Greasy...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

The tempura was very greasy, and it should not be. The deep fried tofu was soggy. Nothing special. Go somewhere else...

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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