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Eat First

Downtown / Chinatown
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609 H Street NW, Washington DC, DC
+1 202-289-1703
Today
11:00 - 00:00
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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San Francisco, California
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356 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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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 weeks ago

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 

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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 

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Thank litalitaly
Hartford, CT
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33 reviews
14 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.

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Thank stingwr8y
Washington DC, United States
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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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1 Thank Mike S
Montgomery, Alabama
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

My wife is Chinese, and I have traveled a lot in China. While in D.C., we wanted to have an "authentic" Chinese meal. This review is based on that goal, and does not compare it to typical Chinese restaurants in the U.S. The fried dough was good. The spinach was very tasty, but too oily. There was enough for four... More 

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1 Thank HappyDadAlabama
Woodbridge, Virginia
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

This place is hands down awesome! I have been to Chinatown plenty of times. Some places are more flashy, others have big signs-- all disappointments. Finally a place with great prices, very clean, fast service. This place is our new go to spot!

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1 Thank Alex-Michelle-G
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Wait staff were rude, and unattentive. Food was ok, and I had to ask three times for white rice and to have our water refilled. Bathrooms were absolutely filthy. So filthy that I am wondering how they can have a restaurant in the first place. My wife noticed the cook ( who we could see cooking through windows was smoking... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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401 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

We visited Eat First (食為先) for lunch, believed it’s one of the better Chinese restaurants in D.C. China Town. Sort of disappointed. The setting of the restaurant was decent and clean. The server was nice and helpful, gave us some useful advice. The dishes she recommended were: Seafood LoMein (海鮮撈麵, $13, delicious) and Shrimp Wonton Soup (淨雲吞 $7.50, tasty but... More 

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1 Thank Chuang004
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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58 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

My 20-year fave Chinese restaurant. Bad reviews mean peeps didn't know what to order. This is Hong Kong style. Ask waiter to show you on the menu. Love, love crispy noodles with chicken. All fresh veggies (especially stir-fried spinach) are delicious. Don't go expecting cutesy fake dragon decorations and incense. This is the real deal, down home, family- run and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:30
Monday
11:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
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?