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Magic Gourd Restaurant

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528 23rd St NW, Washington DC, DC 20037-2824
+1 202-466-3995
16:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 22:00
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Mandan, North Dakota
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188 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came across this place when we were on a Big Bus tour as it was only a few blocks from one of the stops. The fried rice was excellent but the other entrees we ordered were just ok. The service was overall pretty quick though my daughter ordered pan fried noodles and most of our group was done eating... More 

Thank Missy H
Medford, Oregon
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122 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

We chose Magic Gourd because it was in walking distance of our hotel and there were some good reviews here. The place was empty when we arrived, but several groups came in while we were eating. The service was good. We enjoyed our server, although I could have used a water refill before leaving. We ordered pot stickers as an... More 

1 Thank MFRTravelers
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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106 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

Our group arranged a little reception at this restaurant. We were very happy with the food we ordered. Very good Chinese food, vegetarian and with meat. The variety was excellent and sauces yummy.

1 Thank santafecarol
Falls Church, Virginia
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

Have been eating at the Magic Gourd for 25 years, which says a lot in itself. Only really good restaurants have that kind of longevity. Many great Chinese food selections on the lunch and dinner menu, as well as the lunch buffet. The atmosphere is also very friendly. Frank the owner takes great pride in the quality of the food,... More 

Thank StanVA
Alexandria, Virginia
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231 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016

A lovely young lady sat us. Another all together was our waitress. This was my first visit, but not that of the person I ate with and when I said, "My goodness, is she unpleasant?" Apparently, this waitress answers?s quickly and almost incoherently, very swiftly abrupt with her removal of dishes, etc from the table and generally, although pretty, behaves... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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184 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2015

We stopped by the Magic Gourd for lunch. It was busy but seemed quite efficient. The food we ordered came relatively fast and we were a bit worried it might be pre-processed reheated fare but NO! It was fresh, clean tasting and piping hot. Our entrees were likewise very fresh and well prepared. I had perhaps the best Orange Beef... More 

1 Thank mbd_mj
Brownsville, Texas
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2015 via mobile

This restaurant is centered right in the Kennedy Center. The Chinese food was delicious and prices reasonable. The soup wasn't good but everything else was delicious. The atmosphere was elegant and we received outstanding service....we were though the only ones there.

1 Thank SylviaV2
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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106 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

The food here can be a hit or miss but if you live in this neighborhood (Foggy Bottom), it's a great place to relax and recuperate any day of the week! The staff is nice.

Thank benjaminzzz
Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
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51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2015

it is a fantastic restaurant, great service, excellent food. it is located near george washington university and numerous hotels.

Thank walter d
Manila, Philippines
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143 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

Food was far from how Chinese food should be cooked and served. Too much sugar (or is it MSG?). Even the presentation was not good. Service was so-so, and servers were sort of petulant. Would definitely not return. Go somewhere else if you want authentic Chinese food.

Thank Sherr503

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$18
Chinese, Asian, Fusion
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 528 23rd St NW, Washington DC, DC 20037-2824
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-466-3995
Proudly serving the DC Metro Area authentic Chinese cuisine for over 30 years.

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