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“Dirty restaurant; poor food”
Review of Chinatown Garden

Chinatown Garden
Ranked #1,587 of 3,216 Restaurants in Washington DC
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Dirty restaurant; poor food”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

The bathrooms smelled of stale urine. The carpets haven't been cleaned for a LONG time. The food is terrible (all of us suffered from post-Chinatown Garden indigestion). Plus, it's expensive. This is a no-brainer - don't go.

  • Visited July 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Jax, FL
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166 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Beat the DC heat here.”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Specialty here is soft shell crabs which was good. Taste of the greens was exceptionally good. Prices are up probably due to the looks of their overhead sporting some ambience.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Dara50
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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186 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Excellent food, great service”
Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

Tired and hungry from a long day of doing "touristy" things, we walked to the Chinatown section of DC (they really call it that- even on the maps) and found the Chinatown Garden. They were pretty busy but they quickly seated us and the service got even better from there. Our server was friendly, polite and very helpful with making our selections. The corses arrived at appropriate intervals (I despise having entrees arrive halfway through the appetizer) and the food was great! We ordered some classic Chinese dishes and some dishes we had never tried but our server suggested. We loved everything! The portions are generous, so plan to take some home. The atmosphere is typical of Chinese restaurants you've been in before, but what makes this place special is the excellent food and servic. I definitely recommend you give it a try.

Visited July 2013
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Thank BeachcombersNC
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Jonesport, Maine
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good Food, but little English.”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

The food at this restaurant was excellent, that said, the service is what brings this review down. I will say that we had a group of twenty teenagers who were sunburnt and hungry. That said, we were not helped accordingly. We sat upstairs which was fine, and waited on promptly, but when asking how big portions were because we were trying to all share some dishes, we were told just one per plate, that was wrong, they brought us huge platters of food, giving us more leftovers than we knew what to do with. Once we ordered the food was brought out of the kitchen at odd intervals. They also, as one other reviewer said, brought us bowls of white rice that we hadn't ordered. The food was very good though, the General Tzo's Chicken was the best I have had as well as the Fried Dumplings. The Calamari is not very good, and the Crab Rangoons are nothing to shout about, but overall an alright experience.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Catherine M
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Long Island, New York
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good Food”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We wanted to go to a movie in the area and had some time to kill. We were hungry and did not want to eat the junk in the movie theater. The amount of food was large and tasted great! I enjoyed the pot of Chinese tea and a glass of wine while we ate. The servers were very friendly, attentive and service was good.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Eileen B
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