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Where to Find Dumplings of All Kinds in D.C.

Pan-fried, soup-filled, or chile oil-doused pouches to try

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Is there anything more comforting than a dumpling? Plenty of restaurants across the city offer little parcels of dough with warm fillings that represent Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Nepalese, Russian, and Afghan cuisines in pan-fried, steamed, soup-filled, and meat-stuffed varieties. This map runs through 17 of the top options.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. China Bistro

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755 Hungerford Dr
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 294-0808
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Dumplings are a whole section of the menu, and there are plenty of options to pick from at this no frills Rockville joint. Diverse fillings range from pork and chive, fish and cilantro, squash and pork, and vegetarian options. Regulars proclaim that anything labeled “mama” is a sure bet, and fried dumplings are better than steamed here.

2. A&J Restaurant (半亩园歺馆)

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1319 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 251-7878
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Tucked away in a shopping center in Rockville, this popular dim sum restaurant serves pan-fried pork dumplings and a steamed vegetable version.

3. Q By Peter Chang

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4500 E W Hwy #100
Bethesda, MD 20814
(240) 800-3722
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There’s a lot of things to love at Peter Chang’s modern Sichuan flagship in Bethesda. Try vegetable or pork dumplings (steamed or fried), a chicken soup dumpling, or spicy wontons.

4. Bistro Aracosia

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5100 MacArthur Blvd
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 363-0400
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At this Afghan restaurant in the Palisades, leek and scallion aushak are steamed and topped with beef and lentil sauce, mint, and yogurt puree. There’s also a steamed pumpkin dumpling that comes with a choice of yogurt garlic sauce or minced beef.

5. Lapis

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1847 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 299-9630
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At this Afghan bistro, you can find traditional mantoo steamed dumplings with ground beef that are topped with a split pea and tomato sauce, or the aushak dumplings stuffed with leeks and topped with beef. Vegetarian and vegan options are available, too.

6. Dumplings And Beyond

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2400 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 338-3815
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At this Glover Park spot, dumplings come 10 to an order. Find standard combinations like pork and chive or less common fish and cilantro.

7. Himalayan Heritage Restaurant

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2305 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 483-9300
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This is the place for Nepalese momos. Meat options include minced buffalo, goat, or chicken. A vegetarian version comes with carrot and cabbage. Try the Jhol momo with a choice of vegetable, chicken, or pork dumpling that are steamed and dipped into a stewed sauce.

8. Panda Gourmet

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2700 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 534-1620
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Attached a Days Inn on New York Avenue, this Sichuan spot may be too well known to be a hidden gem anymore. Try the spicy wontons, a slippery pork dumpling that’s steamed and bathed in a garlic heavy chile oil.

9. Anju

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1805 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 845-8935
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The mandu, pan-fried pork and kimchi dumplings, are a signature dish at this Korean pub in Dupont. They’re available on their dining menu and also on the late-night bar menu on the first floor. The owners’ other spots, Mandu and Chiko, are great for dumplings, too.

10. Astoria DC

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1521 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 754-0065
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The new sibling bar to CopyCat on H Street NE sells Sichuan wontons, little packages of pork in a tender and slippery dumpling topped with chile oil, cilantro, and scallions. The kitchen stays open late for last call dumpling cravings.

11. Tiger Fork

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922 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 733-1152
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The “humble plate of chili wontons” at this Blagden Alley hot spot are stuffed with chicken and shrimp, then doused in hot chile oil.

12. Mari Vanna DC

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1141 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 783-7777
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Pork and beef pelmeni and potato vareniki are two types of traditional Russian dumplings found here.

13. Ching Ching Cha

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1063 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-8288
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This tranquil tearoom in Georgetown has a short food menu that includes Mongolian dumplings with lamb, cabbage, onion and garlic.

14. Reren Lamen & Bar

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817 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 290-3677
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Spicy wontons and handmade pork dumplings are popular at this Chinese-style ramen bar. So are the soup dumplings, which are tough to find in D.C. proper.

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15. Bantam King

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501 G St NW
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 733-2612
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Chicken gyoza with chile oil are a great way to start the meal at this chicken-centric ramen restaurant.

16. Rus Uz - Arlington

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1000 N Randolph St Suit 3A
Arlington, VA 22201
(571) 312-4086
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Try the manti, steamed Uzbek dumplings that are stuffed with diced, seasoned lamb, onions, and spices, then served with yogurt and a tomato sauce. There are also ground beef pelmeni.

17. Maketto

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1351 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 838-9972
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The Southeast Asian cafe on H Street NE is running a xiao long bao dinner series with all-you-can-eat soup dumplings for $40 per person. There are also crystal shrimp dumplings on its all-day menu.

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1. China Bistro

755 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD 20850

Dumplings are a whole section of the menu, and there are plenty of options to pick from at this no frills Rockville joint. Diverse fillings range from pork and chive, fish and cilantro, squash and pork, and vegetarian options. Regulars proclaim that anything labeled “mama” is a sure bet, and fried dumplings are better than steamed here.

755 Hungerford Dr
Rockville, MD 20850

2. A&J Restaurant (半亩园歺馆)

1319 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

Tucked away in a shopping center in Rockville, this popular dim sum restaurant serves pan-fried pork dumplings and a steamed vegetable version.

1319 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

3. Q By Peter Chang

4500 E W Hwy #100, Bethesda, MD 20814

There’s a lot of things to love at Peter Chang’s modern Sichuan flagship in Bethesda. Try vegetable or pork dumplings (steamed or fried), a chicken soup dumpling, or spicy wontons.

4500 E W Hwy #100
Bethesda, MD 20814

4. Bistro Aracosia

5100 MacArthur Blvd, Washington, DC 20016

At this Afghan restaurant in the Palisades, leek and scallion aushak are steamed and topped with beef and lentil sauce, mint, and yogurt puree. There’s also a steamed pumpkin dumpling that comes with a choice of yogurt garlic sauce or minced beef.

5100 MacArthur Blvd
Washington, DC 20016

5. Lapis

1847 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

At this Afghan bistro, you can find traditional mantoo steamed dumplings with ground beef that are topped with a split pea and tomato sauce, or the aushak dumplings stuffed with leeks and topped with beef. Vegetarian and vegan options are available, too.

1847 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Dumplings And Beyond

2400 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

At this Glover Park spot, dumplings come 10 to an order. Find standard combinations like pork and chive or less common fish and cilantro.

2400 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

7. Himalayan Heritage Restaurant

2305 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

This is the place for Nepalese momos. Meat options include minced buffalo, goat, or chicken. A vegetarian version comes with carrot and cabbage. Try the Jhol momo with a choice of vegetable, chicken, or pork dumpling that are steamed and dipped into a stewed sauce.

2305 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

8. Panda Gourmet

2700 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Attached a Days Inn on New York Avenue, this Sichuan spot may be too well known to be a hidden gem anymore. Try the spicy wontons, a slippery pork dumpling that’s steamed and bathed in a garlic heavy chile oil.

2700 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

9. Anju

1805 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The mandu, pan-fried pork and kimchi dumplings, are a signature dish at this Korean pub in Dupont. They’re available on their dining menu and also on the late-night bar menu on the first floor. The owners’ other spots, Mandu and Chiko, are great for dumplings, too.

1805 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

10. Astoria DC

1521 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

The new sibling bar to CopyCat on H Street NE sells Sichuan wontons, little packages of pork in a tender and slippery dumpling topped with chile oil, cilantro, and scallions. The kitchen stays open late for last call dumpling cravings.

1521 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

11. Tiger Fork

922 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

The “humble plate of chili wontons” at this Blagden Alley hot spot are stuffed with chicken and shrimp, then doused in hot chile oil.

922 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

12. Mari Vanna DC

1141 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Pork and beef pelmeni and potato vareniki are two types of traditional Russian dumplings found here.

1141 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

13. Ching Ching Cha

1063 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

This tranquil tearoom in Georgetown has a short food menu that includes Mongolian dumplings with lamb, cabbage, onion and garlic.

1063 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

14. Reren Lamen & Bar

817 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Spicy wontons and handmade pork dumplings are popular at this Chinese-style ramen bar. So are the soup dumplings, which are tough to find in D.C. proper.

817 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

15. Bantam King

501 G St NW, Washington, DC 20003

Chicken gyoza with chile oil are a great way to start the meal at this chicken-centric ramen restaurant.

501 G St NW
Washington, DC 20003

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16. Rus Uz - Arlington

1000 N Randolph St Suit 3A, Arlington, VA 22201

Try the manti, steamed Uzbek dumplings that are stuffed with diced, seasoned lamb, onions, and spices, then served with yogurt and a tomato sauce. There are also ground beef pelmeni.

1000 N Randolph St Suit 3A
Arlington, VA 22201

17. Maketto

1351 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Soup dumplings from Maketto
Soup dumplings from Maketto
Maketto [official]

The Southeast Asian cafe on H Street NE is running a xiao long bao dinner series with all-you-can-eat soup dumplings for $40 per person. There are also crystal shrimp dumplings on its all-day menu.

1351 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

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