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“Peking Duck -- A One-Trick Pony”
Review of Peking Gourmet Inn

Peking Gourmet Inn
Ranked #5 of 406 Restaurants in Falls Church
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$50
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

The Peking duck is excellent. The Wonton soup is very good. But I wouldn't order anything else on the menu. Everything else is just average. The special fried rice is disappointing. The fried dumplings are mushy inside . This place is basically a one-trick pony -- they make excellent Peking Duck . Service is good. The atmosphere is good. Prices are moderate for the DC area.

Thank m t
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Reviewed 10 December 2017

The atmosphere is reminiscent of authentic China restaurants, red décor with gold trimmings, Lazy Susans, linen tablecloths, embroideries, vases, etc. Location, easy to find. The prices were moderate, service excellent. The food: we had dumplings, spare ribs, hot and sour soup and Peking duck. The soup was very good, the spare ribs disappointing. Would definitely eat there again.

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Thank nancy s
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

Peking Gourmet Inn is and has long been a better than average Chinese food restaurant. Their quality of ingredients is better than most, their menu is better than most, and the food they put out is top notch.

Having given that due praise, and having been a customer for more than 20 years, it has to be said that they have always been very highly priced relative to other Chinese restaurants and lately their prices have hit the exorbitant range. Many of their most popular "chef's special" items range from $30 - 40 per dinner entree -- these are bordering on steakhouse prices. You can't help but feel like their already high prices have increased meteorically, not because their costs have gone up, rather they have raised their prices simply because they can. And of course they are entitled to price what the market will bear, but as a long time customer, that leaves a sour taste to me. And candidly, in Northern Virginia, there are just too many other good Chinese and Asian cuisine options for that to be acceptable to me.

The table service is generally good, as is carry out, as long as they are not busy, more on that to come. But if you should ask for something to be different or modified than how they serve their dishes standardly, expect the wait staff or carry out person to happily acknowledge and affirm your request, and then the kitchen to completely ignore it, if it was ever relayed at all. I like my food spicy and so when I order on of my favorite dishes there, the Kung Pao Chicken & Shrimp, I always ask for it extra spicy. Perhaps one time in a hundred has that request ever been honored. Instead, in sort of a nod to knowing that such accommodations won't actually be met, the wait staff or the carry out staff gives me the hot peppers in oil to address it myself. Every time. I'm always left feeling the sentiment that they deliver good food, but they deliver what they want, charge really high prices, and you can take it or leave it. Just a terrible customer experience in that way.

A final warning that needs to be said. Be VERY leery of going there or especially ordering carry out if it is a night when their demand is higher than usual (Chinese New Year, U.S. New Year, Thanksgiving weekend, etc). First, they are overrun and there is practically no where to wait for a table OR carryout. In fact the narrow space that is their front hall where the host stand is doubles as the place to wait for tables AND carry out. It gets JAMMED. The fire marshall would shut them down if they ever got a visit during such times. I made the mistake of ordering carry out one Chinese New year, unwittingly. The wait time for the food was promised as 45 minutes, which seemed long to me, but I had time so I didn't mind. But I didn't know what I was getting myself into. And they flat out lied about that time, not just to me but to EVERYONE who walked in that door. And then once I got there, they continued to lie, saying oh it's coming, and now I've paid. I waited another HOUR while I watched them lie to everyone who walked in there, fighting for a square foot to stand in while people poured in for tables and carry out. Everyone was angry waiting for their food while the lies just kept coming, and they were completely unbothered by it, appeared to be business as usual. Never again will I do that, nor should anyone. Again, they got paid, and that was all that seemed to matter.

Too bad they're not content to just deliver better than average food at higher than average prices. That seemed fair and reasonable. Nowadays, they still deliver good food, but at indefensible prices and with really lousy customer service.

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Thank Adam W
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

This is probably the best Peking duck restaurant in the US as they raise their own ducks and it shows! The ducks are leaner than usual and the carver also is very careful in removing the little fat remaining. The taco like bread is likely hand-on--like the consistency of the bread. The waiters will demonstrate how to make the wrap. If you like a bit spicy, definitely get the scallion which they probably also grow themselves. If you like to cook, you can take the bones from the duck home which makes great soup base. Enjoy!

Thank Ilin C
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Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

The restaurant was packed on a Sunday night. Make sure to make reservations. The walls are covered with photos of the celebrities who have dined at here.

Service is fast, attentive, and given care in creating a memorable dining experience.

Quantity is enormous. You can easily split one meal between two people and still have leftovers. We ordered a half duck. The Peking duck is carved at the table and then they make your first pancake roll on your plate. The meal concludes with fortune cookies as well as a glass of fresh squeezed cucumber juice. It’s heavenly.

This restaurant grows their own garlic, onions, ducks - the taste is fresh and simply delicious. The lemon chicken batter is very thin so you really enjoy the taste of chicken highlighted by lemon. The steak was super soft with just the right amount of seasoning.

You can order takeout or box lunches.
Peking Gourmet Inn is a hidden gem!

Thank Susie S
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