Chaplin

4.6
1118 reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Chaplin's Restaurant & Bar is a 1930's style Japanese Ramen House and cocktail bar. Chaplin's Executive Chef and Partner, Myo Htun, is originally from Burma, but was cooking ramen in Japan at a young age. Myo received a blessing from his mentor in Japan after nearly 30 years of cooking in Japan, to come to America and continue to showcase his authentic Ramen and traditional Japanese cuisine. Chaplin's Restaurant demonstrates the aesthetic of a bustling ramen house in Japan in the 1930's silent film era. There is also a large outdoor dining area that is dog friendly and open late 7 days a week. Chaplin's is located in the heart of the Historic Shaw neighborhood. And it is open until last call 7 days a week. Chaplin's received a Plate certification in the Michelin Guide in 2020. And it is located steps from the convention center and popular Logan Circle, 14th street and City Market.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1118 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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Food
4.3
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service2Ambience5

Ramen, cocktail, gyoza, and chicken were amazing as usual. One of the few places where they make your cocktail neat so you don’t have to drink it too fast. I swear they must have given me a double because it was huge. Only ding was on slow service. Our server was friendly and got orders right, but it appeared he was the only one working the tables, which led to long periods of waiting to put in orders and pay our bill. Not on him though and I’d still go again regardless of how long it took.

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RachelS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience! Good ramen and good food! Outside dining has propane warming lamps.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Love this place so much!!! Really wish I could buy a gift card. They said I could only buy online

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Tables are really close to each other. If you have covid concerns, probably not the best place for you to go.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great love the mouthwash and mint in bathroom..nice touch…I will say the 2 seat dining tables are a bit to close to each other, but I understand due to the high demand…

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love this place. Great local go to spot

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JasonC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience3

I’ve always loved this restaurant. The Ramen is good. For some reason is a bit on the loud side for some reason. Maybe because of where we were sitting or maybe we are just getting old so if you’re old just ask for a place where it’s not too loud. Lol

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vipRKSEater
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Outdoor on patio. Get the spiked apple cider

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service1Ambience5

First of all this was my first time trying ramen like this and let’s just say I’m in loveeeeee ! Good amazing 10/10 recommend . It’s pretty busy definitely always make a reservation. The drinks were fire i had the Cure delicious! Only bad thing our waiter was thee worst he never checked on us and we would go 20+ mins without anyone asking if we needed anything . But the food well worth it and i will be back again soon .

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Surprised my wife for a birthday dinner. She had heard so many rave reviews an had always wanted to go. The experience was better than she imagined. Thank you Chaplin for making my dining choice nothing shorter than fabulous!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience as always!!!!

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vipAlex
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience5

Amazing food and amazing restaurant. However. The staff seem short handed, constantly apologizing for late food or for orders taking over 45min-1hr on week days. The staff themselves are very friendly, however there needs to be more of them to ensure a quicker environment

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great. The restaurant just had a bug (mosquito) problem that they strangely think is normally for restaurants.

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vipWilliam
Tampa
106 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic ramen. I had the Chaplin, and added bill choy, and my wife had the veggie shio, and the wakame broth in it was delicious. The wakame salad and shrimp gyoza were also excellent. We will definitely visit again the next time we are in DC.

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AmberV
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Took a little longer to get our table and service was a little slower but everything was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I took my mom here for dinner and the server was amazing he made my mom comfortable and made her learner chopsticks to help her learn how to use them

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AnnetteD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Heater was wonderful, sitting outside in this weather was more pleasant than expected! Beautiful place

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Date was awesome

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vipCinjim
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

food tasted great but it was way too dark. Our food took Forever to arrive and mistakes with the order. While food was great not sure we would go back unless we have several hours to kill.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Poor service. Wrong meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

Made reservations and made me wait 15 minutes to sit down

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BenW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience1

Due to COVID, we wanted to sit outside. They did have heaters which was great but didn't have umbrellas or an awning to protect from the rain:((
I had a drink which was creative but not great.

We went for a birthday for someone who LOVES ramen. This was listed as one of the best ramen places in the city in one of the foodie mags (forget which).
TBH: its a bar that serves okay ramen. The noodles... pretty sure they were homemade. The broth, definitely not bone broth. All in all go if you're meeting a date. Skip it for good ramen.

Service was good but slow.

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vipRobert
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Server was not present after taking order. Did not check on table. Water went dry and had to ask another very helpful server for water and another drink.

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vipPeteKappie
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Good place for ramen. Pork buns were delicious. Wish the ramen had a little more toppings without having to pay for extra items, but overall it was tasty. We didn't order drinks, but the Bloody Marys and brunch cocktails that others ordered looked delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

A friend recommended Chaplins for the ramen and we loved it! Food was amazing and the cocktails too.

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SASDiner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

The food and service were great, as always, and we were happy to have outdoor seating. Unfortunately, someone decided to park their bike and hook up a speaker and microphone 2 yards away from our table, blaring music and incomprehensible rants for 45 minutes, running our ability to have a conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always an amazing experience with excellent service.

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EricR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Nice time!

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KyotoJoe
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

While the food was quite tasty, the service was mediocre. Visited Friday late evening, seated outdoors as requested. We were seated immediate after we arrived early for our reservation, but sat for about 15-20 minutes before being acknowledged by the wait staff to take our order. I ordered the Chaplin bowl and a cocktail. After placing the order it took another 30 minutes to receive it. Shortly after receiving my order another bowl and cocktail were delivered to the table, indicating a communications breakdown. Will probably only go back to try happy hour offerings.

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MichaelM
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience and meal. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service1Ambience5

The food and drinks are always AMAZING here we love coming back but our waitress was so rude and dismissive. She was not polite and we had to ask her several times to take our order.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Had a wonderful night out. Loved the food and the cure (at happy hour pricing). Thanks Chaplin!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was some of the worst we’ve had in our 5 years in DC. “What’s in the veggie dumplings?” “Umm. I’m not sure. Some carrots and cabbage mixed together?” It took over 15 minutes to take our drinks order - we had to flag down the waitstaff. By the looks of it, we were not the only table displeased.

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Horacio
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

The ramen had no salt at all. I don’t usually add salt but the food felt tasteless

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server Copeland was the best. Made my bday special. Always a great go to place for dinner and special occasions,

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RachelW
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Yes, I would. Just be aware that it is rather loud. The energy is good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ordered the Tan Tan Men & Veggie Shio for ramen options, and the shrimp & chicken shumai and beef gyozas to share. Everything was sooooo good. Beware of the Tokyo Tea Frozen Snow Monkeys, they are stronger than you think. Our server Samantha was amazing!

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MiguelO
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food, service was ok. Waiter was very nice but made a mistake by not ordering both meals at the same time (Accidentally). He realized it and corrected right away but I waited for my meal for another 8 minutes while my girlfriend had hers

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vipACDC1412
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Service was waaay below par. Forgot our drinks, didn't bring out utensils before food. I know lots has changed during COVID, but love this place and want it to continue to succeed.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Chaplin using the Order Online button. Chaplin also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 644-8806.

Chaplin is rated 4.6 stars by 1118 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.