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Eat First

Downtown / Chinatown
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609 H St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3731
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Montgomery, Alabama
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife is Chinese, and I have traveled a lot in China. While in D.C., we wanted to have an "authentic" Chinese meal. This review is based on that goal, and does not compare it to typical Chinese restaurants in the U.S. The fried dough was good. The spinach was very tasty, but too oily. There was enough for four... More 

1 Thank HappyDadAlabama
Woodbridge, Virginia
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is hands down awesome! I have been to Chinatown plenty of times. Some places are more flashy, others have big signs-- all disappointments. Finally a place with great prices, very clean, fast service. This place is our new go to spot!

1 Thank Alex-Michelle-G
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Wait staff were rude, and unattentive. Food was ok, and I had to ask three times for white rice and to have our water refilled. Bathrooms were absolutely filthy. So filthy that I am wondering how they can have a restaurant in the first place. My wife noticed the cook ( who we could see cooking through windows was smoking... More 

1 Thank Hank M
Los Angeles, California
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389 reviews
241 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

We visited Eat First (食為先) for lunch, believed it’s one of the better Chinese restaurants in D.C. China Town. Sort of disappointed. The setting of the restaurant was decent and clean. The server was nice and helpful, gave us some useful advice. The dishes she recommended were: Seafood LoMein (海鮮撈麵, $13, delicious) and Shrimp Wonton Soup (淨雲吞 $7.50, tasty but... More 

1 Thank Chuang004
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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48 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

My 20-year fave Chinese restaurant. Bad reviews mean peeps didn't know what to order. This is Hong Kong style. Ask waiter to show you on the menu. Love, love crispy noodles with chicken. All fresh veggies (especially stir-fried spinach) are delicious. Don't go expecting cutesy fake dragon decorations and incense. This is the real deal, down home, family- run and... More 

Thank Judydub
Saint Paul
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Szechuan chicken did not taste like much. My wife's moo shu pork was better. Appetizers were rather bland. Bathrooms weren't very clean.

Thank TomGSaintPaul
Lexington, Virginia
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189 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

This is a fairly small and not a terribly fancy place at all and not much to look at from the outside, but it was a nice clean establishment in the middle of China Town. Even though the restaurant does not have a Chinese type of name, the food was very Chinese. I had scallops and shrimp with vegetables and... More 

Thank BobH22
San Antonio, Texas
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

Thought we would try Eat First based on interviews. I was very disappointed in the Hot and Sour soap. It taste sweet and lacked spiciness. I asked for vinegar and got not the good Chinese black vinegar but some sort of red wine vinegar. Fried dumpling also dissappointing. Much too large for a single or two bites and contents were... More 

Thank Ronald D
Princeton, New Jersey
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

This interestingly-named spot has terrific food. The decor isn't much to speak of but wow, it's like being in someone's home and having food prepared for you fresh. The clay pot chicken with ginger and scallions was delicious, as was the spicy tofu dish, which was really unique. Try it!

Thank DebMC123
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2016 via mobile

Took our company to visit DC earlier this month and ended up at Eat First. What a great find! We walked around on the street for a bit looking for a place to eat and decided to try it out. Pu Pu Platter, General Tso's Chicken and Chicken Rice Noodles....it was all delicious!! They said it was the best General... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 609 H St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3731
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 202-289-1703

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?