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6116 Franconia Rd, Ste B, Alexandria, VA 22310-2576
+1 703-971-5404
11:00 - 23:00
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Havelock, North Carolina
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When I order chow mein I assume that noodles will be included. Most Chinese places do. I picked my order up and when I got home I was a little surprise at what was in the containers. It was just brown sauce and beef and veggies. I called once I got home​ to ask why there were no noodles? And... More 

Thank Jordan W
1 review
Reviewed 3 February 2016 via mobile

Do not eat here! I ordered online. The delivery came late and covered in sauce when I specifically requested sauce on the side. I was on a paleo diet (no sauce allowed) but I was starving so I ate some. I called to tell them I requested no sauce and the woman on the phone said she didn't have proof... More 

Thank Tam D
Alexandria, Virginia
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76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

We ordered two dishes for dinner. One was not what was ordered. The seafood dish looked just like the beef dish. Lots of cheap vegetables (mostly celery and carrots), not much protein and same brown sauce. Disappointing.

Thank dennis2go
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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111 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2015 via mobile

Flavorless congee with fatty, gristly minced beef, sizzling steak tastes like it was basted with bad bbq sauce from the supermarket, shu mai and shrimp dumplings were nearly inedibly salty. Very very poor experience. I will not return, and i encourage everyone to avoid this restaurant.

1 Thank 535natep
Fairfax, Virginia
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2015

I had better dim sum at Sampan twice before today. Today lunch was a big disappointment. The selection was not as nearly many as other dim sum restaurants in DC area. 'Steamed lotus leaf wrapped sweet rice' was not fresh; the chicken in the rice had an unpleasant taste. I had to return it. We ordered 14 items, but only... More 

1 Thank gw2010_10
Palm Bay, Florida
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2014

As a kid, my family used to visit this restaurant once or twice a month. My parents friends lived nearby, so this was the social highlight of the month. 30 years later, my wife and I decided to try this out while we were visiting family in nearby Springfield. Wow. What a surprise. Everything was great. Friendly service. Excellent food!... More 

Thank jnoel68
Alexandria, Virginia
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49 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We called in an order for pick-up. Went and picked up the order. There was tons of food. Very large servings of very good food. Will go back again.

Thank thetwocsmom
Falls Church, Virginia
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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2014

I often ask myself why I go to these typical Americanized Chinese restaurants, tucked away in strip malls all over the country. Every once in a while I do run into one that has a different or fresh touch to them, but this appears another deja vu. Anywho, just here for a quick lunch and run. All the usual greasy... More 

Thank lookingabout
Alexandria, VA
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2013

Upon a recommendation from a friend, we stopped by there for lunch on a Sunday. Even though the place was half empty, we were seated in a back table close to the kitchen (1st red flag) and it took a while for the waitress to come over with the tea (2nd red flag). We sat there for 10-15 minutes while... More 

1 Thank girlnomad
1 review
Reviewed 15 July 2013 via mobile

We were in to DC on vacation and were very hungry. It was 11pm and we called them up and ordered. They went the extra mile and delivered to our hotel door, even though it was past their time of delivery. Excellent food and very authentic.

Thank M A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6116 Franconia Rd, Ste B, Alexandria, VA 22310-2576
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: +1 703-971-5404

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