Chaplin

4.7
981 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Chaplin Restaurant & Bar serves up Asian-inspired cuisine that will take diners on a journey to Japan and Shanghai in the 1920s. With a focus on ramen and dumplings, there's nothing short of a good time whether you're dining with us on our patio, bar, or dining rooms. Perfect for small and large events, with plenty of customizable packages available to fill your needs!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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 981 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LizNoe
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chaplin's serves delicious, authentic ramen and the cocktails are excellent. The food and drinks are cleverly named, and the theme of the restaurant comes through in the physical restaurant and decorations, food, and drinks. The Chaplin ramen is dark due to the nori, giving it a black and white look, just like the Chaplin silent films. The staff are very friendly and provide excellent service! If you sit inside, it can get a little loud, but outside is quieter and still has a great atmosphere!

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vipKate
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent noodles and great service. Plus pet friendly patio with water & treats.

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Cameron
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambience and service! Really enjoyed my time.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved Tim!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good for a drink and a snack. Not dinner or lunch

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vipMeredithW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour specials and delicious food! The Cure cocktail is a favorite.

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Melanie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food and good vibes. Little slow on service but it was crowded.

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viprevicita
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Always delicious, and great people watching from the patio!

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KJA20772
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have an awesome experience every time we dine here

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vipAdrian
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place every time!

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vipUser17
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet friends for a yummy meal and good cockstails!

KB
KeyaB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and ambiance was wonderful. I will definitely go again.

KJ
KJA20772
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and vibes!! I love coming to chaplins. The Chaplins A.S.S. Is the best And also the fried dumplings! Yummy

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kaitlfyden
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very efficient covid procedures that made us feel safe

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vipJLuX2
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A lovely date night and even dog friendly. Nice cocktail that was large! (I got The Cure). The fried chicken was awesome - wish they served it with more sauce. we got two bowls of ramen. Both were quite good. The Soyou was nice but wish it was more flavorful or had more salt. The Tan Man was quite good too.

Nice outdoor seating and each table has its own heater.

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Dessertconnoisseur
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Wontons were decent. Service not the best. Good outdoor ambiance.

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JillianE
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall good experience

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DCien
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

I like the food at Chaplin but did not enjoy myself this time: I came there on a date and they sat us by an open door on a cold night. When we asked the waiter if he could kindly close the door he said “No”, and when we asked for an explanation he said “just because”. That left a bad taste in my mouth, particularly in these times when we are trying to support restaurants by dining in.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great ambiance and service

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Maddie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing server! Gave us great recommendations so the food was amazing, and above and beyond customer service. Seated right away even though we showed up an hour and a half before our reservation so the hostess was very accommodating on a busy night which is impressive. Overall 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, the food was incredible!

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Yuria
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Interesting cocktails, great food and fun staff. Can fully recommend this place for dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ramen I’ve had in DC this far

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vipmoresauerkrautplease
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food..music is a touch too loud making it hard to socialize.

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vipceantelo
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food!! Heaters!!

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vipChuck
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

If you like ramen you’ll love it here. Cocktail named “The Cure” is deadly good

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good meal, good service

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vipMsLadyT
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is chaplains was so delicious. I enjoyed my time and I took my roommate who Was trying Ramen for the first time in DC. I had an experience at a Ramen place the other day and I did not like it. I knew I had to be remedied so of course I want to chaplains to get the taste that I was looking for, in which I did. The service was OK, I have had better service, but given the pandemic I guess I would say most waiters have to stay away from their tables a bit more than usual just because of what’s going on. Other than that, it was fantastic.

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vipLatoyaH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My only recommendation is blinds. We sat at the window near the front and the sun was painful. Felt myself becoming overheated.

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OCof
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great cocktails and some creative twists on ramen. Great outdoor space in on a cozy corner.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my absolute favorites. The service staff let us put 2 tables across from each other to stick with covid protocols, but we were still able to feel like we were all together. Food is great. Drinks are great. The server even gave us complimentary shots because it was my birthday. 10/10

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Mike
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation in the morning. Got sat quickly for an evening dinner. All dishes were served hot, quick and flavorful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

I enjoyed coming here when the place just opened (5-6 years ago?) but now it went downhill. Food, ramen particularly, is delicious, that’s why we do take out quite often but dining in experience has been bad again and again. Last time we came to enjoying the nice weather on the patio on Friday evening. When I came to check in our reservation , very unpleasant man that acted and looked more like a manager, definitely not like a welcoming host, just threw in my face that our table is not ready yet and that’s it. 20 min after our reservation time i came again to check on our table and this man once again acted very rude and said “your table already paid, I can’t kick them out”. I asked how long does he think it will take, because we came with the baby and we couldn’t just hang out near restaurant entrance forever, he said “it will happen eventually”. Is it my problem that they didn’t time our table or didn’t set the expectation for the dining in group sitting at our table? I don’t think so.
Our server Merybath was quite unfriendly too. She was very mild and in her own thoughts, kept forgetting stuff. Also, does wearing a mask mean server doesn’t have to smile? Guests could still feel a vibe, right. She was also wearing black sports hoodie... Waitress attire always speaks for the level of the restaurant.
Bathroom was pretty sad lookin with cracked sink , no paper towel machine, old door handle. Place clearly needs some renovation, nothing has changed since the opening several years ago.
I would love to support local business but this business doesn’t want to support its own customer and service quality level.

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JDFutbol
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service!!! Love the appetizers and ramen alike!

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SamanthaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The best pork buns I’ve ever had, and the fried wontons were great as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience2

Terrible service but the food it’s so good that is one of my favorite restaurants. I almost always order to go .

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vipRandiP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food and best staff in DC! Always delicious and fun !

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vipJosephS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service! Highly recommend especially on the weekends!

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AmyL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Ramen and cocktails are always exceptional here. Weirdly they wouldn't give us tap water. The waiter said it was because of the pandemic but I've never heard that from any other restaurant. Service was very slow but courteous. Outdoor seating was spread out and comfortable.

FAQs

Chaplin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 644-8806.

Chaplin is rated 4.7 stars by 981 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.