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Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House, Alexandria, VA

Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House

4.5
4.5
71 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian

Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House strives to be an ambassador for the people and culture of Southwest China and add to the story of what it means to be Chinese-American through our lens on contemporary Yunnan cuisine. Not your typical Chinese food, the Soul Food of Yunnan is Mixian - a light and almost fluffy rice noodle - which is prepared with braised meats, rich broths and sweet, savory and spicy sauces (vegetarian options available). Other specialties include various small plates, handmade dumplings, bao buns, and satisfying desserts. Come experience the flavors of Yunnan through our unique menu, handcrafted cocktails, extensive beer, wine, & saké menu as well as a variety of non-alcoholic beverages like Pu'er tea and House Lemonade.

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Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Chinese

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (571) 699-3935

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighbourhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross Street

    Madison St

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    AT2 - N Fairfax St & Madison St

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 71 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Asian

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  1. K

    Kristen

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice surprise in a low key but great tasting array of SW China specialties. Definitely a nice gem in old town.

  2. K

    Kathy

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Our first visit here and the food was excellent. We had the Little 4 Cucumbers, Chicken Basil Dumplings (steamed), Mushroom Mogu, Niurou Prime Ribeye, and Ube Rose Cheesecake. All were excellent and I would highly recommend. We will definitely be back!

  3. HT

    HoneyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The food was outstanding! The wait staff took a little long but always waited on us with care. 10/10 would recommend.

  4. DN

    DavidN

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Interesting food well prepared. Service is polite and attentive.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    Excellent food. Hands down worth the hype in my opinion. We started with chicken skewers + bun add on, then had pork dumplings and braised beef noodles. All well seasoned and a fair amount of food for the price. Awesome & unique cocktails. The patio was a little understaffed and service minimal, but they were extremely polite and were working hard. I appreciated the effort, so it didn't take away much. Patio goes onto the road which is moderately busy, but makes for a calm atmosphere on a nice day. I would come here again asap.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a delicious experience! We went with friends and loved it so much, we went back with different friends a few weeks later! We love the buns (esp the fried chicken!), the bbq mushrooms, the chicken and lamb skewers, and a dark horse was the rice appetizer!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service at Yunnan is second to none! It is some of the best we have had. I highly recommend it to everyone, especially Vegetarian/Vegan folks.

  8. GD

    GoneDivingVA

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic restaurant. The service was excellent and the food outstanding. Highly recommend.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dubai

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    food were sumptuous

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5

    The service and attentiveness of the staff was impeccable, but the food was subpar unfortunately.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    Frequent diner here. Never let down by their food. Bao Buns and dumplings are always a must - especially pan fried. Service can be a little slow and absent at times after your food is delivered, so make sure you get your drink orders in!

  12. B

    Barbec

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    No paper menus Waiter was no help Needed fork and knife, food too large for chopsticks

  13. B

    Bill

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Just average. Beers were warm. Won’t be going again.

  14. JM

    JohnM

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    The food was excellent. We had the radish appetizer (good but a shade bland), two types of dumplings (both excellent and flavorful whilst being distinct), and the duck barbeque (a standout). Both desserts we ordered - the red bean sticky rice and winter melon cheesecake - were hearty and unique as well. Hot sake is a must! The service was a tinge slow, but that's preferable to them breathing down our necks on a night out and shouldn't count for much. Overall, I HIGHLY recommend Yunnan.

  15. CM

    ChrisM

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful dinner. We tried a bunch of different dishes and everything was terrific. We will be back.

  16. WQ

    WillQ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The food was AMAZING. It was very creative in the sense that it did not look very Chinese but the taste brings be back to China. I did not expect these dishes to taste so authentic, hard recommend

  17. SB

    SueB

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Very good and unusual food and superb service. We hated having to use our telephones to scan their menu. We wanted a paper menu. I know Yunnan stopped using paper menus during the pandemic because of concerns about infection. However, we spend our working days on computers with Zoom. When you go out to dinner, you want to leave the electronics behind.

  18. S

    Sibel78

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service and food was excellent!!! Love that they also have outdoor seating.

  19. CT

    CraigT

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great! Got a selection of different dishes and shared between two couples. Lamb skewers were very good as were the bowls

  20. RF

    RonF

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Beware: the menu is only online so bring your phone in. Everything was pretty good but a lot of little hidden spices in the food. Not enough to ruin my meal but it got my attention. Would I go back again? Probably not.

  21. P

    Phil

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    The Bao buns are awesome!

  22. T

    Tineka

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was absolutely incredible! My husband who is definitely hard to please was thrilled by the experience and raved about his noodle dish. Do yourself a favor and book reservations.

  23. MT

    MariaT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3

    Excellent service but the food was just okay. The mushroom BBQ was very salty and half the lamb skewers were inedible because of they contained tendons and tough parts. The dumplings and noodles were good. Having lived in Yunnan, I expected authentic cuisine, but this was not it.

  24. d

    ddubbzz

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    After hearing the buzz, we tried Yunnan for date night and are kicking ourselves for waiting so long. Amazing food, everything we ordered was incredible. Our server was wonderful, very attentive, gave recommendations for bao bun and dumpling prep and accommodated our request to split our noodle pot (so we could try more of the menu!). Plenty of street parking nearby, quiet street in the North end. Planning to add this one to our regular rotation!

  25. BK

    BryanK

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous Yunan cuisine with street seating. Service is excellent.

  26. AA

    AAinAlx

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Food was just OK. It was restaurant week, and I think that may have degraded the food quality a bit. The noodles were fine, starters were fine, but nothing really to write home about. The best thing we ate was the fried chicken bao. The pork belly bao was under seasoned a bit. We ordered one plain bun, abs one pan fried. Discovered later that to slap a bun in the grill to pan fry it is $2 up charge….seemed excessive. Based on our experience I don’t think we’ll come back here. I expected more, sadly.

  27. S

    Saphire1

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful meal- fantastic service!

  28. MD

    MaraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved this place! The dishes with red pepper and chili oil were the perfect antidote to a cold winter day. Great place to try something new.

  29. A

    Allyson

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had the restaurant week menu and it was great value. Our noodle dishes were delicious and all together fed me three dinners!

  30. D

    Diana

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3

    I went on a Thursday with a friend and was excited to try the restaurant because I love authentic Chinese cuisine. Many of the items in the menu are household staples that I know well, and so we embarked on this adventure with much enthusiasm but was disappointed by problems in every part of service. First, we were served water straight from the tap, not filtered or anything. Then we were shocked to learn the 4” coaster under the glass was to be our plate when we ordered 4 first course items. When the food came, everything was either way too sweet or way too salty; so someone in the back of the house was not tasting the food. The tofu was extremely sweet, and the sauce of course flooded my plate even before I had a chance to taste the xian cai fan, which was not good, and service in a bowl so small and overfilled that the table took its cut everytime we tried to refilled our tiny plates. The bokchoy was slightly overcooked, and yellowing. The duck breast was extremely salty. It’s like someone just added way too much of oyster sauce or hoisin sauce in each dish and didn’t taste anything. The crab dumplings we got, which was $18 a plate, came with not one but TWO broken dumplings (which for Chinese people is a big no no), and then the second tiny plate I asked for was chipped, which is yet another faux pas. Front of the house service was lacking as well, the host was also the only waiter on staff, and was unimpressed when we asked him to bring the correct sake that we asked for. He did not know a nigori/unfiltered sake was to be served cold, and also didn’t shake it up when pouring. There were so many problems with our meal we opted to not continue it and left for a different restaurant.

  31. RS

    RobertS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Excellent regional Chinese cuisine. Ate outside (Covid). Good service. Beef rib special was pricey but worth it.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Overpriced but tasty with good service

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Gift for father night out

  34. a

    arlingtondiner

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Excellent noodle dishes, apps were pricy, friendly servers

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Friendly, small restaurant with a welcome variation on traditional Chinese cooking specializing in Yunnan provincial dishes. We will be returning.

  36. PF

    PaulF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great flavors. Authentic food. Make sure you get the buns which were delicious. Lots of vegetarian options. Outdoor seating but no heaters.

  37. j

    julie

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was a truly special meal. The cocktails and mocktails were delicious, the entrees were spectacular, and then the winter melon cheesecake was out of this world. Highly recommend this place.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was fantastic, our server was helpful and attentive and the place is so cozy! Overall great experience, we will be going back!

  39. JB

    JessicaB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall3food5service1ambience2

    Food was excellent and I think worth coming here again. It was a bit expensive and our server didn’t know that much about the meal options to help us as we navigated around dietary restrictions. No covid precautions as the tables are very close together and the staff are not required to wear masks, including the gentleman who brought us our food. The service was really really bad. To preface, we arrived in time for our reservation and had to wait 5-7 min to be seated. We then waited another 10-15 min before anyone came to our table. Our server came and let us know that someone had quit recently so they were short staffed. We placed the order for our drinks and appetizers. We waited 15 min. The server came back and told us there was a mix up in the kitchen so he had to take our orders again. At this point we went ahead and ordered our entrees too because who knew how long it would be before we saw our server again. While waiting for our food, there is some disturbance at the front of the restaurant where the manager (I think?) screams at a patron and tells them to leave because the patron was rude to one of his staff members. The staff member was crying in the middle of the one room restaurant and being consoled by the maskless waiter. Everyone is watching this happen, and it’s very awkward. Unclear why this wasn’t resolved in a calmer matter or why the staff member didn’t go to the back to seek comfort and console herself. Part of our food finally comes out. It’s very tasty. We had to follow up twice with a different server because we didn’t see ours again, as we still needed our drinks and one entree. We had to request these items twice. Eventually they came and were also delicious. We had our cards ready when asking for the check as we had no idea how long it would be before our server came back for payment. All that to say, food was delicious and I would maybe try eating here again during a weekday but plan for chaos and have an open time table.

  40. CK

    CelesteK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service! They have excellent selections of flavorful dishes.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 699-3935.

Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House is rated 4.5 stars by 71 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House

814 N Fairfax St Alexandria, VA 22314-1703

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Madison St

  • Neighbourhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Chinese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    AT2 - N Fairfax St & Madison St

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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