Chaplin

4.7
1139 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
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1139 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.3
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.5
Value
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Kevin
Baltimore
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

When the server seated me upstairs, I was by myself waiting for 1 more person to arrive. No customers were in the room with me or the next room. I waited 10mins just to be greeted and once my guest arrived. We waited almost 20 mins to get greeted for our drink and food order. Ramen and drink was decent, but idk if I'd go back again.

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AllisonA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

delicious food and cocktails. great staff and service

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JenniferLynnifer
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great happy hour, fantastic cocktails for $6!

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vipMichaelS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love love love chaplains!!! Never ever disappointed!!!

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Abster
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Good place for a casual dining experience. Ramen is good and drinks were also tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Xmas Eve vibes!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great as always. Didn't realize that they had such a good happy hour. Planning to go back to try some other drinks. But the ramen is awesome.

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ChrisC
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

They check for vaccine cards so we had to eat outisde
Food was good. Outside was not. And not very nice set up. Servce was ok.

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Nabby
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing experience from start to finish. Table was ready and the serve was incredible. Food and drinks were great (as always)! Chaplins never disappoints.

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JulieO
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food. Super busy night but we had a great server - Kenny?
Thank you for a great experience. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food!!

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vipAmber
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best service at any restraunt. Bartender gave me a free aperitif to help with dogestion. You need to add in a few add ons to make the ramen amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was good and drinks were on point

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beat service in the city! Honestly everyone there is a great vibe. The food is fantastic and the drinks are perfect every time. Cheers to Chaplains.

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ErikT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, awesome drinks and great design. Always a great evening at Chaplin DC!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vibe and good food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food & cocktails. Exemplary waitstaff.

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BexPS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Food and service were pretty good but not great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
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 on November 23, 2021
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 on November 23, 2021
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 on November 23, 2021
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 on November 23, 2021
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 on November 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love this place. Great local go to spot

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great vibes & food. Will be back soon!

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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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vipLauren
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Always enjoy dining at Chaplin. The cocktails are creative and delicious. Ramen is always on point. Highly recommend for a fun dining experience

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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
107 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
8 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
2 reviews
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.

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 4.7 stars by 1139 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.