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“Stop fussing!”
Review of Asia Nine

Asia Nine
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Ranked #420 of 3,213 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Chinese, Sushi, Asian, Japanese, Thai
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: 9th Street and 10th Street
Transit: Red line: Metro Center, China Town Gallery Place Green & Yellow line: Navy Archives Memorial
Description: Asia Nine’s design draws inspiration from different Asian cultures.Jewel tones and rich woods envelop guests with a warm and exotic atmosphere. A glowing washi paper sculpture illuminates the backwall, appealing to the curious spirits of guests. Facing the front window on a raised floor is Asia Nine’s sushi and oyster bar decked out with wood elements, enticing red tile accents, and custom painted tables and bar top. In the main dining area, slate tiles in shades of silver, grey and black cover the floor and compliment dark walnut tables and chairs, seating 100. A long spring green tile bar, seating55, flanks the right side of the room with a bamboo forest background highlighted with a steel waterfall. Directly across the room are large banquettes, wrapped in bamboo with a floating trellis overhead. Just past the banquettes and up the stairs is a cozy lounge, known as the VIP room, complete with a full bar and seating 40.
petaluma, california
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Stop fussing!”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

This is an odd place to eat: there's a quickie cafeteria-feeling area at street level, and a sunken white tablecloth and real napkins section. We were seated in the former; wished we were in the latter. We can highly recommend the salmon, won ton soup and flavorful and warming tom kha. Thai iced tea was terrific: a LARGE glass and strong, so the melting ice didn't dissipate the flavor, as is often the case. We weren't offered dessert or post-meal caffeine -- perhaps these are not an option?

We had a waiter whom some probably appreciated for his punctilious care: we felt smothered. We dislike acting curt, but we dislike even more having the menu explained to us (we are capable of reading and asking questions) and being hovered over. After a while, it became funny.

  • Visited December 2012
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Hamilton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Quite the Menu”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

There was a nice variety of Asian food.
We walked from the Mall to Chinatown but did not walk far enough.
But this restaurant did hit the spot.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Henk W
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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69 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great Food and Ambiance”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

I was pleasantly surprised at how good this restaurant is given the mixed reviews. I only tried it because I had a living social coupon and am glad I did. My wife and I shared a few dishes-the Tom Kha soup-the Pad Thai, and two special Sushi rolls, the Asian Atlantis (Lobster, Avocado, Crispy Basils) and the Chesapeak (softshell crab tempura). The flavors of the soup and pad thai were intense and well balanced. We had both with shrimp-a little overcooked-but both dishes were still delicious. The rolls-were substantial and lots of fun. I loved the way the basil came through on the Atlantis roll (again nice balance in seasoning on the dish). The restaurant has a nice vibe. It's clean, hip, friendly, and elegant. There seem to be two sections to the restaurant-one near the windows that is more casual with tables without tablecloths and towards the back-tables with white linen tablecloths in case you feel like dressing up a bit. I will definitely be back.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank nsp19
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“Great food”
Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

We accidentally passed by this restaurant & I am glad we did. We came in around 4pm there were only few people & they still have lunch special. Some are a bit pricey for lunch but the portion is big as well. The food were great. We were not disappointed. My husband was very happy with his sashimi combo 11 pcs for $17 not bad. We paid about $75 for gyoza, fried rice, 2 rolls, sashimi combo, beef curry, soup. I think its reasonable. It is way alot better than sushiko. Well definitely come back when we visit DC. It is also a few blocks to the national mall.

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Thank MIdb2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Any asian dish is on the menu.”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Anything you can think of is on the menu. We ordered drinks, appetizers, lots of sushi and dessert. Everything was fresh and the service was fast. I would go back.

Visited October 2012
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