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Eat First

Downtown / Chinatown
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609 H Street NW, Washington DC, DC
+1 202-289-1703
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

No too crowded, good service, and great food for a good price. Their menu offers the typical dishes you would expect from your average Chinese restaurant, but the quality of the food is better than your neighborhood place. Definitely recommend trying this place out!

Thank dr2222
Amissville, Virginia
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm attending the Washington Auto Show at the Washington Convention center. The walk to this restaurant is conveniently located 10mins from the Convention center. This restaurant is surrounded by many other restaurants so there are plenty of options near by if you so choose to change your mind. Though it's in China Town there are many other ethnic food choices... More 

Thank Charlesvincent A
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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228 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Inexpensive, and you get much food. The food is good. Please note that you must climb steps to enter the restaurant.

Thank JohnBCowgill
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51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

This was our first time eating in Chinatown & we were not disappointed. The food was amazing & the place was affordable. Our family of 5 ate for$70, including tip! We're already planning a trip back!

Thank joanstrassner
Spring, Texas
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Ducked in for a late lunch and were dumbfounded at speedy service and delicious food. Extensive menu and each item we ordered was tasty.

Thank emilesccc
San Francisco, California
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365 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Eat First is located just about a 1/2 block across the street from the Gallery Place Metro Stop. Outside the front has a celebrity picture of John Travolta as a guest eating here so we thought that it should be a recommended place for a decent Chinese dinner. As it turns out, the service was good but the food is... More 

Thank karenpammy2016
Canberra, Australia
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

An American friend took us along to this place and we're so glad she did. The restaurant has absolutely no frills to it, simple decor and formica laminated tables. But the food is excellent. We started with wonton and hot & sour soups, then had a number of different dishes on the table to share - szechuan chicken, scallops &... More 

Thank Rickapoodlie
Wheaton, Maryland
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Disgusting. Spoiled meat, badly prepped food. The place was completely empty for lunch but I took my chance and I regret. Do not go to this place - there are so many good choices in Chinatown! The food was disgusting, made lazy way. The meat in my Szechuan chicken was bad and tasted like tripe. they didn't even bother putting... More 

Thank litalitaly
Hartford, CT
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

The restaurant was dated and needs a remodel. The fried rice was awesome and some of the best I've had. The service was very good.

Thank stingwr8y
Washington DC, United States
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

DC's Chinatown was always small, but it has become even smaller lately, with the success and assimilation of Chinese-Americans and their businesses. So many have moved to the suburbs that natives now refer to Chinatown as Chinablock. Nice arch, though. And places like the Verizon store or Walgreens with Chinese lettering, but 95% Caucasian and A/A patronage. In any case,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 609 H Street NW, Washington DC, DC
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-289-1703

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?