Annandale Restaurants

Kogiya

4220-A Annandale Rd.
Annandale, VA 22003
703-942-6995

Korean


 

$$
$21.08
 

★★½

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In an area packed with Korean restaurants, Kogiya may be the very best for barbecue. The reason for it are better cuts of meat than most places, good complementary panchan to start the meal, and a nice selection of non-barbecue dishes to round out the experience.
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2.5 Stars (10/10/2013) — Fall Dining Guide 2013
"Brushed-concrete floors, shiny stainless-steel tables and sky-high skylights create an industrial stage for all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue (and more) at the youthful Kogiya. One option involves five different meats ($20.99). Another, for the more adventurous, throws into the mix three kinds of intestines ($27.99)." See Full Review…»
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No. 63 (1/8/2015) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015
"Virginia’s Koreatown boasts no shortage of barbecue, but this hip, industrial-style eatery stands out from the competition. At inferior places, marinades can be used to mask lesser-quality cuts; here they accentuate the rich flavor of the well-marbled meats, charred on fiery tabletop grills. ... [S]ervers ... bring an endless parade of complimentary kimchee, scallion salad, pickled radishes, and other panchan (small side dishes) to the long metal tables. It’s tempting to go for one of the all-you-can-eat grill packages, but non-barbecue standouts such as crispy seafood pancakes and chilled noodles in brisket broth are worth ... restraint." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Korean barbecue specialists, with noodles, soups, and all-you-can-eat specials as well."

Annangol

4215 Tom Davis Dr.
Annandale, VA 22003
703-914-4600

Korean


 

$$
$16.99
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
This barbecue restaurant specializes in pork. Other Korean specialties are also available, like Goonmandu fried dumplings, Haemul-Pajeon seafood pancake, and Bibimbap, the traditional rice dish.
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2 Stars (9/25/2005)
"… Take your cue from the photo of the pig on the menu at Annangol. Pork is the specialty of this bustling Korean kitchen, which serves the protein in barbecue, in soups and as part of a stir-fry. One preparation in particular stands out: "marinated pork bellies," thick and rosy slices of meat edged in a band of fat and cooked before your eyes on either a small portable grill or a grill built into the table. As the pork segues from deep to light pink, and soft to gently crisp, much of its fat melts away, leaving diners with a succulent and fiery meal. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Good Korean barbecue, open until 2 AM 7 days a week"

Honey Pig Gooldaegee Korean BBQ

7220-C Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
703-256-5229

Korean


 

$$
$16.99
 

★★

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These barbecue joints are extremely popular, especially the 24/7 original Annandale location. The're nearly always packed as a result, even in the small hours when Korean teens over run the place. The popularity is well deserved. Sure, everyone will tell you about a place they like better than Honey Pig. But this local chain seems to always be the basis of the comparison.
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2 Stars (10/17/2010)
"… [I]f you go with a group of thrill-seekers and know what to order, this 24-hour hot spot is one of the most entertaining barbecues around. …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Smoky meat barbecued Korean-style is the obsession at these K-pop-blaring 24-7 hot spots, as evidenced by the vivid photos of various cuts covering the walls at each location. Meaty beef ribs, spicy pork belly, and thinly sliced bulgogi are the classic choices, but it’s worth branching out for slices of prime rib and boneless pork neck. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Annandale has a boisterous 24/7 scene with metallic tables and decent barbecue, often a young crowd late at night."

Choong Hwa Won

4409 John Marr Dr.
Annandale, VA 22003
703-256-8006

Korean


 

$$
$17.99
 

★★

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Choong Hwa Won is known for its Jajangmyeon, a noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of black beans and other ingredients like diced pork, vegetables, or seafood. It's available here as a split portion, which allows you to try a second dish for the price of one.
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Italic — Recommended
"Come here and try the plain (there are several) "jjajangmyeon" - Korean noodles in a wonderful, mild black bean sauce."

Gom Ba Woo

7133 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
703-642-1577

Korean


 

$$
$18.85
 

★★

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Gom Ba Wa is a small restaurant offering homestyle Korean cooking that's consistently good across the menu.
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2 Stars (10/16/2005)
"Before I retire, I hope to be able to declare a 'best' among the dozens of Korean restaurants that blanket Northern Virginia. Until then, I'm happy to take my steamed dumplings and barbecued meat at this homey little room. …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"… Gom Ba Woo … is a small, cozy restaurant with a self-effacing humility. Its excellence lies in the perfect steaming of its mandu (large, pork-filled dumplings), the crisp edges of its seafood pancake—striped with green onion and studded with bites of octopus—and the delicate sweetness of its lightly glazed short ribs dressed with sesame seeds. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Usually excellent homestyle Korean cooking; my last meal here was disappointing." See 4/13/2011 Review…»

Han Gang

7243 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
703-256-7077

Korean


 

$$
$25.00
 

★★

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Han Gang (Han River in English) is a barbecue spot with good panchan that goes well beyond with a huge menu of Korean specialties.
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2.5 Stars (10/18/2009)
"… Named for the famous river that flows through Seoul, Han Gang is one of Annandale's newer sources for juicy pan-fried dumplings, grilled beef short ribs and one of the best seafood pancakes … I've come across. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"A reliable Korean restaurant with a huge menu, all-vegetarian panchan, sub-par fish in the Hwe Dup Bap, prices too expensive for the quality."

Pho Hot

7442 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
703-333-5955

Vietnamese
Pho

 

$
$7.95
 

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Pho Hot does a good job with the signature beef noodle soup and, unlike many pho places, serves beer and wine.
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Unrated (12/1/2008)
"… The hearty beef-based broth is unconventionally heavy on cloves and cinnamon and light on star anise, but it’s still complex and comforting with a bite of ginger. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Ample, flavorful pho, some of the best in the area, beer and wine served."

Siroo Juk Story

4231 Markham St.
Annandale, VA 22003
703-354-5488

Korean


 

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$8.99
 

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This counter service cafe specializes in jook, the Korean version of the rice porridge the Chinese call congee. There is also a wide assortment of good Korean desserts.
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Italic — Recommended
"Terrific Korean desserts with a sub-specialty in bingsu."

Bonchon

7215 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
703-914-1415

Korean
Chicken

 

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$12.50
 

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Bonchon is regarded by most in the area as the top purveyor of the "other KFC" (Korean fried chicken). The twice-fried chicken comes in a choice of spicy or sweet sesame garlic sauce and at some locations you may need to wait as long as 30 minutes for an order.
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Unrated (8/1/2013)
"In an era when many grow impatient when forced to sit still for 0.49 second as Google spits out search results, the BonChon Chicken chain is a kind of a giant chill pill, asking customers to wait 30 minutes or more for fried wings and drumettes. Allow me to repeat that: BonChon often forces you to wait a half-hour (or more!) for what is, essentially, the Korean version of Buffalo wings. …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"… At Bonchon, you’ll encounter … a symphony of relentless crunching. That’s how ridiculously crispy the chain’s Korean twice-fried chicken is, even—it defies culinary logic—when doused in sticky-sweet garlic-soy glaze. The famed birds are the number-one reason to visit (or to call for carryout, though waits can stretch to an hour-plus), but some locations such as Arlington, Centreville, and Navy Yard serve well-made cock-tails and a short list of starters, too. …" See Full Review…»
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To Sok Jip

7211 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
703-333-2861

Korean


 

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$12.99
 

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This busy Korean restaurant has a huge menu of traditional dishes, most featuring seafood as the star ingredient, including a huge Haemool Pajun pancake for which it's known.
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Italic — Recommended
"An enormous Haemool Pajun (seafood pancake, here based mainly on octopus and onion), good, cheap whole fish (battered seems better than grilled which can be heavily brushed with bad oil), it's very easy to over order here, so be careful, jaeyuk bokkum is only ordinary, this is a seafood-based restaurant, and a pretty decent one, generous banchan, it helps to know Korean here."

A&J

4316 Markham St.
Annandale, VA 22003
703-813-8181

Chinese


 

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$13.00
 

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This CASH ONLY dim sum joint doesn't have carts and the staff isn't all that helpful. But there aren't many misses and nearly every dish is dirt cheap, so feel free to explore. Ordering is done sushi-style, with pencil and paper, but you don't need to order all at once.
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2 Stars (10/15/2006)
"The noise and wait at these sibling Chinese restaurants in Annandale and Rockville are offset by a long menu of small plates that runs the gamut from mild to wild. …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (6/15/2015) — Cheap Eats 2015
"… There are no rolling carts (you pencil in your order on a paper list), no credit cards accepted, and definitely no frills, but the rewards are many and, even in the context of this list, stunningly cheap. You don’t come unless you’re prepared to embrace starches: flaky thousand-layer pancakes; long, crunchy-fried crullers; a strapping bowl of noodles with zesty ground pork and bean paste. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Interesting small plates, many from Shandong province."

Duck Chang's

4427 John Marr Dr.
Annandale, VA 22003
703-941-9400

Chinese


 

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$14.95
 

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This restaurant is owned by Peter Chang — not the one with the eponymous Szechuan restaurants — the one that also owns Peking Duck in Alexandria. Established in 1975 by the son of the original Duck Chang, a chef who's said to have cooked for Presidents, it claims the be the restaurant that popularized Peking Duck by making it available for the first time without 24 hour notice. The signature item is excellent, as is the Szechuan duck. Other winners appear on the menu as "chefs suggestions."
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Unrated (6/15/2015) — Cheap Eats 2015
"Peter Chang—no, not the Peter Chang who has made a triumphal return to Washington with a new Szechuan restaurant in Arlington—is a seventh-generation restaurateur, scion of the original Duck Chang, a Chinese chef whose claim to fame was having cooked the preparatory banquet dinners Nixon and Kissinger sat down to before embarking on their historic trip to China. Chang is justifiably proud of that connection, but even though that history ought to enrich your experience, it’s not why you’re here. You’re here because no other Chinese restaurant in the area makes food quite like his. …" See Full Review…»
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Yechon

4121 Hummer Rd.
Annandale, VA 22003
703-914-4646

Korean


 

$
$15.00
 

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Yechon is a typical Korean restaurant that's open 24 hours a day with an large menu of Korean and Japenese dishes.
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2 Stars (10/15/2006)
"… The panchan here seem more varied, and they're constantly replenished. But that's not the only draw. Yechon is also open round-the-clock, and the service is tops. …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (6/1/2006)
By day, "… there are older folks unwinding over steaming casseroles … [b]ut at night this 24-hour bulgogi-and-sushi house fills with teens and twentysomethings. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"An ordinary Korean restaurant with a warm, comfortable setting, and more importantly, open 24 hours a day, extensive carryout menu." See 1/30/2012 Review…»

Nak Won

7315 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
703-354-9255

Korean


 

$$
$16.23
 

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Though it's next door to Nak Won Catering, the sign for the actual restaurant is all in Korean … a good indication that this traditional barbecue restaurant caters to the local Korean population. However, the printed menu is also primarily in Korean, but includes English descriptions.
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Italic — Recommended
"Korean BBQ and solid, authentic soups, located right next door to Nak Won Catering, frequented mainly by Korean-Americans."
Ratings Guide:
★★★★ Extraordinary;  ★★★ Excellent;  ★★ Good;  ★ Average
All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
Price Guide:
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Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).