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Chaplin, Washington, DC

Chaplin

4.7
4.7
1328 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. 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.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 67 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Asian, Ramen

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–1:45 am Fri 4:00 pm–2:45 am Sat 12:00 pm–2:45 am Sun 12:00 pm–1:45 am Kitchen Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 644-8806

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian, Middle Eastern

  • Executive Chef

    Myo Htun

  • Private party facilities

    Chaplin's serves as a perfect venue for events both large and small. Our restaurant can fit up to 300 guests, and has smaller spaces to accommodate semi-private events. Our Events Packages can be customizable to fit any events needs!

  • Neighbourhood

    Shaw

  • Cross Street

    9th and P NW

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Mt. Vernon/Convention Center - Walk north on 7th Street 3 blocks and take a left on P Street. Chaplin's will be on your rightShaw/Howard - Use the R Street exit, walk south on 8th street towards Rhode Island Ave. Take a right on Rhode Island and then a left on 9th Street NW. Walk south 2 blocks. Chaplin's will be on your left.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Offers

  • Chappy Brunch Libation Celebration

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.,Sat - 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    -$10 Glasses of Bubbles with free OJ upon request -$12.50 Bloody Mary Cocktails (HALF PRICE REFILLS) -$8.50 Frozen Monkey Cocktails

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What 1,328 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Japanese

  • District of Columbia

    Hot spot

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great location with wonderful and thoughtful service. Though the food selection is limited, the south Asian ramen was excellent with cocktails to die for. We really enjoyed this restaurant and will certainly be back. What a wonderful find!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very busy and loud upstairs but still received great service
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it, amazing service. Kid friendly! 💕
  4. R

    Rymath1906

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We went for restaurant week and ordered from that menu. When we calculated what was offered for restaurant week for $40/person against their regular menu it was a definite up-charge. We could have gotten what we ordered for about $7 less per person on the regular menu. This does not even include the $20 cocktail/wine pairing option that would be a good deal if not for their happy hour from 5-7 that is way cheaper than that option. The food was great and we loved the atmosphere but make sure you pay attention to their prices.
  5. EM

    EveM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I would go back again and again. We went during restaurant week and enjoyed a 3-course meal. The food was delicious and plentiful. We even took some home. We will be back.
  6. S

    Selene

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and portions for the price. With any bowl of ramen you’ll have leftovers. Very tasty appetizers as well.
  7. LA

    LindaA

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ramen 10/10. Gyoza 10/10. We sat in the half couch half table upstairs and it was pretty nice.
  8. AB

    AzizzaB

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Ramen top tier but the noise level was so high
  9. k

    kdmeit

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Located in the heart of trendy Shaw, this neighborhood mainstay continues to be very busy. In fact so busy and loud it's hard to hold conversation. We did not have their signature ramen instead choosing from their smaller plates. Dumplings were soggy and all the fillings tasted the same. he noodle dishes were similarly bland whereas the chicken katsu was delicious. Only the sauces spiced things up. Their homemade lemonade was perfectly tangy and not too sweet. Great place to meet friends for a few light bites and drinks but not a date night or business meal.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here to meet up with some friends and the experience was outstanding! Our waitress Leslie provided top-notch service. She was very down to earth and helped to cultivate the type of drinking experience you expect to have at any institution. Knowledge of the menu, stellar recommendations, and a great sense of humor highlighted our night. We tried almost every appetizer and a variety of ramen dishes. The chicken cutlets and gyoza were to die for. Definitely coming back here.
  11. SC

    SabrinaC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The fact that they burn sage was it for me! A great vibe.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We decided chaplin’s for my husbands 30th bday celebration. Our food was wonderful, the vibes were great. The service was little slow but overall we have a great time!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good food. Fast service. Loud noise level. Didn’t do anything for my birthday :(
  14. M

    Meredith

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food-loved the ramen! Pork gyoza was great too. Awesome energy and vibes. Service was a little slow but the staff was nice!
  15. F

    Fitzhugh

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    I made a reservation for 6pm for three people including my friend's nine-year-old daughter. We were sat at a high top in the same room as the bar upstairs. It was impossible to hear one another and the girl was overwhelmed with the noise from the bar. The drink I ordered was watered down and flavorless. My friend was served an entree he didn't order. At the end of the meal we were rushed out by the wait staff who were clearly eager to seat the table again. I have no idea why this restaurant was recommended as a good place to bring a child, but I have no desire to return with or without a child.
  16. A

    Atjfj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here for brunch, it was awesome! Able to accommodate a variety of diets (vegan, gluten free, non spicy, etc). The frozen drinks are delicious
  17. SR

    ShalaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always fast service, delicious food and great drinks! Hard not to come at least once a week! Neighborhood fave
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of my favorite cocktail bars ever. Dinner here might be loud (my in-laws said they “felt like the oldest people there”), but the experience is high-class. This is the sort of place where they will come to your table to burn your rosemary garnish with a tiny torch and inject whiskey into your dumplings (our favorite part of the evening). For the price, the ramen portions are perfect and full of contrasting, playful flavors that make every bite and sip a joy. They were also wonderful with our birthday request, and surprised us with a small dessert that ended up being just as delicious as anything else in the menu. We’re already planning on a return trip just for the bar for the payday (whiskey) dumplings and a cocktail or two. Thank you so much for the experience!
  19. J

    Julia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent food and well-priced drinks. Decor/ambiance is really nice but definitely much louder than I expected it to be - not super conducive to conversation
  20. BS

    BrianS

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service at both the bar and our table was great. Juan was a fantastic server! He was friendly and funny. We had a wonderful time.
  21. AK

    AnnK

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last minute reservation. Definitely worth making ahead of time rather than walk in seating. Food was great, ambience on point. Service on point. The drinks are tailored to make you want to eat more. We had the pork shumai, the karaage, pork belly skewers and edamame. We wanted to have a little bit of everything. The ramen is great and everything comes out quickly. We tried to different drinks, the Vagabond, gin-based drink is refreshing and we ordered seconds. Will come again
  22. AS

    AllyS

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    really reasonably priced and great ramen. looking forward to coming back :)
  23. CT

    ChelseyT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great place really nice good food for good price
  24. FB

    FoodieB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    The food was mediocre at best. We were very disappointed and didn’t see how it could be Michelin recommended
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Went to celebrate my anniversary and new years. We were greeted with complimentary champagne which was just the icing on the cake. The food and service was amazing!
  26. A

    Aisling

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    very loud and cramped. people kept leaning against our table and management did not move them. ramen was okay - the delivery we've had from chaplin's is better. the gyozas and wontons were however very good!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Worst yakisoba ever had!!! Only 4 pieces of chicken for $16 yakisoba?????? Also outdoor seating in winter has no heating. Overpriced ramen and charge you for any basic add on’s. NOT RECOMMENED AT ALL
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place my go to restaurant with the family manager is always so nice staff knows us very well, knows our table & drinks & food highly recommended ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  29. MR

    MadonnaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The food was good. Our server was really nice loved his energy.
  30. DB

    DelBocaSistuh

    West Palm Beach

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Outstanding food and vibe. They forgot my dish but gave us a glass of wine as an apology. Would eat here again. Yum.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks very strong at happy hour- vegetarian ramen delicious, would eat again! Finding good veggie ramen is super hard :)
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Server was very slow and kept apologizing not a big deal because she was nice , food? Mediocre at best, didn’t even finish my ramen. The chicken breast in the ramen was very dry, the kaarage chicken and dipping sauce was very good. One and done unfortunately with this place
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Cleanliness left much to be desired. Came in for lunch and it was not very busy yet the tables were dirty and sticky. Seats had food spilled over, glasses were unwashed, found a hair in my ramen and saw the server barely dust off food from other tables when customers were leaving. No Clorox wipes, spray, cleaners etc. Ughhh. Yuck!
  34. FD

    FfxDiner

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience1
    My husband and I ate at Chaplins for the first time on Christmas Day. We sat at the bar and had a really great experience. The food was delicious and the bartender was super friendly. Really relaxed and fun vibe! We loved it so much that we went back the next week on Fri during happy hour. We were so excited to have found a fun neighborhood spot and felt lucky there were 2 seats at the bar! Unfortunately this bartender was terribly unfriendly, bordering on rude. He was really unpleasant. The drinks were delicious and our food was once again really good. We had fun despite his attitude, but I never, ever, want to sit at his bar again. Eating at the bar in a restaurant can be so fun but the bartender really sets the tone. If I go back to Chaplins and this guy is behind the bar, I’m out.
  35. DF

    DarrylF

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent customer service
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    great food and service!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tried to get a seat at the bar earlier in the evening, but it was busy. Able to get a reservation for later in the night and it was well worth it. The dishes we had were so tasty and the drinks were awesome. Definitely will recommend this place and go back when we visit DC again.
  38. L

    Leena

    Houston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chaplins is ALWAYS a good time! Amazing vibes and food. Thank you!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I wish chaplins still had the tall outdoor heaters, as our meal was quite chilly, but otherwise no complaints.
  40. MP

    MayaP

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I thought about this ramen every single day after I had it in November, and I knew I needed to go again before I went home for the holidays. Just as good as I remembered. This will be one of my new go-to places when people are visiting from out of town.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Chaplin using the Order Online button. Chaplin also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Chaplin also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 644-8806.

Chaplin is rated 4.7 stars by 1328 OpenTable diners.

Chaplin does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 67 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Chaplin

1501 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    9th and P NW

  • Neighbourhood

    Shaw

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–1:45 am Fri 4:00 pm–2:45 am Sat 12:00 pm–2:45 am Sun 12:00 pm–1:45 am Kitchen Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Asian, Ramen

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Mt. Vernon/Convention Center - Walk north on 7th Street 3 blocks and take a left on P Street. Chaplin's will be on your rightShaw/Howard - Use the R Street exit, walk south on 8th street towards Rhode Island Ave. Take a right on Rhode Island and then a left on 9th Street NW. Walk south 2 blocks. Chaplin's will be on your left.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian, Middle Eastern

  • Executive Chef

    Myo Htun

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 644-8806

  • Private party facilities

    Chaplin's serves as a perfect venue for events both large and small. Our restaurant can fit up to 300 guests, and has smaller spaces to accommodate semi-private events. Our Events Packages can be customizable to fit any events needs!

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