Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House

4.5
40 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.

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
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
What 40 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
Ambience
4.2
Value
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RobertS
Washington DC
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Overpriced but tasty with good service

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gift for father night out

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viparlingtondiner
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent noodle dishes, apps were pricy, friendly servers

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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

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PaulF
San Francisco
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.

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julie
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
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!

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JessicaB
Washington DC
3 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.

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CelesteK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Dirk55
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

First time back at Yunnann since the early days of the pandemic. The revamped space and ambiance is great and the updated menu superb. Excellent, well prepared food combined with friendly attentive service made for a wonderful evening. Looking forward to our next visit.

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jenns
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We sat outside in their patio area. It was lovely and intimate -- but properly physically distanced. We ordered a mix of vegan and non-vegan dishes and love them all. Their non-alcoholic drinks are also interesting and yummy. Servers are all very nice though some are more knowledgeable.

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JodellC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Its a decent spot, but feels a bit overpriced for the food that you received. Also I'm not sure if the food was undercooked or just cold, but i felt like it could be a bit better. But our server was very energetic and helpful and I loved their lychee cocktail/martini. All in all a decent time.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My sons 5th year bday dinner! He loves noodles so this was perfect! Appetizers are fabulous!!

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Chelsea
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

We made reservations and were sat after folks arriving without them. I overheard the server tell one party without reservations, “hurry up and sit there so no one else gets it first.” We then waited for an hour to receive our appetizer and when our food arrived it arrived cold. Unfortunately we left very disappointed for my son’s 13th birthday dinner.

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vipRobB
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Food was excellent and the staff tired to keep up but were Clearly impacted by a staffing shortage that night - I would definitely go back and hope Managment can find more team members and acknowledge that is tough in this hiring environment

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vipMingK
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Warning this is not a place for celiacs! We went out of our way to come here as the menu says the noodle bowls are gluten free, but only the noodle part is. Everything that goes in the bowl is covered in soy sauce. Also very concerning that when the waiter was asked if there was anything I could eat (we clarified that celiacs can't eat wheat/flour/most soy sauces) he started listing items that he emphasized did not have butter which did not give me high confidence that he understood the concept of wheat.

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vipOrchid
Washington DC
112 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

We dined on the last day of Alexandria Restaurant Week. It took a while to get our Lychee Lyfe cocktails, which tasted watered down and no hint of saki. The fried rice small plates were delicious. It is not worth paying an extra $3 for the dumplings to be pan fried. The Mixian (rice noodles) bowls and soup were tasty, although the noodles were overcooked. It was our server's 2nd week there. Although he was pleasant and friendly, his service was less than desired. The restaurant was not even half full when we arrived, but it was full after 30 minutes. We did not receive our first course until after 30 minutes. He served tea without hot water in the pot. It took a while to get his attention inorder to get the hot water. There were 6 of us. Our first course came piecemeal, one couple had finished their spicy chicken baos before the second couple received their fried rice with potatoes. It was another 5 minutes before the 3rd couple received the pickled mustard greens fried rice. After waiting to receive our bill, our credit cards came back with wrong charges.

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vipMichaelL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Interesting menu. Every course was superb. Server made excellent suggestions. And the wine selections were excellent and well priced. Will return often.
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The dumpling are perfection. The cocktails are delicious and unique. The server was very busy but still did a great job. We will definitely be back.

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KimberlyW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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vipmandabuffly
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Excessive amount of raw red onions and scallions, could not even taste anything, or order additional dishes

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Petiteprn
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The staff here is great!!! The food is also great, but when the service is great, the food tastes even better! I'll definitely be back!! Everything we tried was great!

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vipKelliE
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely everything was excellent. You will not be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Noodle dishes are delicious. The owner and the waitress are very friendly. Overall, we had wonderful experience. This is the restaurant we will definitely come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience2

Excellent dumplings, but disjointed, amateurish service. Seemed expensive relative to overall experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We were excited to try this place but our reservation was not honored. The staff was rude and we ended up not eating here because they could not give us an estimated wait time. In fact we are glad we left because the Italian restaurant around the corner (a la Lucia) was wonderful.

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vipBday
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came down on Mother’s Day and couldn’t hVe been treated anymore special! Wonderful food and great service!

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vipbetarace
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Just outstanding! Read they reopened recently post covid and had a bookmark in my browser waiting to go. Wow! It was worth the wait. Innovative, fresh food that be way beyond the goopy mess that you get at chain Chinese. The service was excellent, attentive and prompt. Food was expertly prepared and meal well paced. The menu lends itself to sharing and exploring and I can’t wait to get back to try everything!

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vipNoname1
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing spot! One of the best authentic Chinese meals in the area

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AndreaH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was AMAZING! Will be back.
It was noisy because it was full and people were having a good time😀

I think we had the last indoor table on a cold rainy evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food all around as usual.

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nola2va
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The pot roast dumplings are a must, I'm still dreaming of them. The outdoor seating was nicely done considering you are basically on the street.

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GregM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was outstanding. Must try the Lychee cocktail, house made dumplings, and buns. Will be coming here regularly.

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EllB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service are amazing!! We had chicken and beef dumplings, pan fried spicy chicken bao buns, little 4 cucumbers(on the house due to a little mixup), Liang Mixian Salad, and Braised Beef Lu. Our group of 5 enjoyed every bite!

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vipThomasM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and service are outstanding.

Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House
Responded on April 12, 2021

Thanks so much! We look forward to having you back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent staff food and owner!!!

Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thanks for the kind words! Can't wait to have you back!

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vipZachB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

This was our first time here and everything we ordered was fantastic. Perfect spot to order a few small plates and share. The potatoes, pan fried pork belly buns, chicken basil steamed dumplings, and lettuce wrap noodle bowl were all amazing and so tasty. Will definitely be back.

Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House
Responded on April 13, 2021

So glad you enjoyed everything! We look forward to your next visit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best noodle soup in all Virginia!!!

Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thanks so much! We look forward to serving you again!

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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 40 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.