• Chinatown Garden

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Located in the Chinatown area, this restaurant has a separate vegetarian menu serving mock meats and vegetable dishes. Near a Metro stop. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm. Call for hours - tell us.

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15 Reviews

First Review by cookiem


Points +346

04 Mar 2023

Big selection.

I have eaten at Chinatown Garden for years, though not since the pandemic started. I ate here last night and I just don’t think it’s as good as I remember it. Still the large selection, and the food was fine, but not excellent. The restaurant and the neighborhood are more frayed than 3-5 years ago.

Pros: Lots of vegan options



Points +64

26 Dec 2022

Big portions

Yummy lots of veggie options


Points +652

10 Mar 2022

Good in a pinch

Good news: In addition to the normal vegan Chinese restaurant standards in the vegetable section of the menu, they offer a full list of classic dishes served with soy meat. That said, the food was OK not great. The Ma Po tofu was not spicy or distinctive. The rice was dry. The best dish I had was the sautéed spinach with garlic.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Big portions, Fast service

Cons: Just average food, "Tired" atmosphere


Points +79

19 Oct 2021

Plenty of vegetarian options

As long-time vegetarians who travel often, we were thrilled to see so many vegetarian choices, including “beef” and “chicken” favorites that were clearly labeled as soy-based. My husband ordered Hunan “beef”; I got fried tofu. Both were good; tofu was better than his “beef”. Both had similar vegetables and sauces.

Pros: Whole section of menu was vegetarian-dedicated , Great service and good location , Reasonable prices

Cons: Seitan “meat” options; chewy and bland , No brown rice option, Light on vegetables


Points +893

03 Aug 2021

Everything I’ve wanted but can’t have as a vegan

I loved the vegan orange chicken I had. It came with broccoli and rice in a very huge portion. The staff was super good and friendly making my experience delightful.

Pros: While vegetarian page , Many classic American-Asian dishes

Cons: Could have more clarity of vegan vs. vegetarian


Points +1089

11 Apr 2021

Absolutely Delicious!

Delicious, well thought out options. Portion sizes are huge and meals comes with a large portion of white rice. Service staff friendly and understanding of vegan/vegetarian needs.

The atmosphere is quaint, comfy, and really feels like a great local place. A lovely little restaurant to meet friends or family and have a good meal.

I will 100% be going back!!

Pros: Food quality, Veg choices


Points +449

08 Jan 2020

Delicious Chinese Food

The vegetarian items are only on the English menu - at first we were given the Chinese menu and we couldn't find anything. However, we ordered classics with mock chicken pieces, as well as some vegetables like string beans. Every dish was full of flavour, and I would highly recommend this spot if you're in the mood for Chinese food.


Points +84

23 Nov 2019

Kung pow "chicken" ❤️

In the menu you just go straight to vegetables dishes and they have fake meat. I got the Kung pao chicken as people had been recommending it here and OMG it was so good! Had red and green bell peppers, "chicken" bites and this amazing sauce. It will haunt me since I live in another country haha. We came back the day after and I ordered it again (yes I loved it that much) and then it came the same but now with a lot of peanuts added now to the dish. Didn't like it as much but still delish! The owner (an elegant middle aged woman) comes to great you at the table and is really fun and it just adds to the experience. Love this place and highly recommend! ❤️

Pros: Lots of vegan options , A whole section on the menu, Mock meat that is delicious


Points +154

24 Apr 2019

Best Vegan Kung Pao Chicken!!

Decided to eat here because I was in Chinatown and specifically wanted to try the Chinese food. They had an entire page of veggie options including varies types of fake meats. I got the Kung Pao Veggie Chicken and was completely blown away. A lot of the time fake meats can be a bit rubbery, but their version was soft, delicious perfection that just melted in my mouth.

I live in Los Angeles and would fly to DC just to have this again. Oh my god.

Updated from previous review on 2019-04-24

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Amazing food

Cons: Labeled vegetarian so you have to ask if its vegan


Points +115

02 Dec 2018

Delicious vegan options!!

An awesome place for a quick meal after exploring the National Portrait Gallery. The service was SO good and the food came out ridiculously fast. I got the kung pao veggie chicken and it was spicy and delicious and I could honestly eat it every day

Pros: SUPER QUICK, Lots of protein, Spicy & tasty


Points +18

25 Feb 2018

Love it

The have a full vegan menu. Absolutely delicious.


Points +24

06 Aug 2016

Vegan options, yes, but old school

There are a number of mostly "fake meat" vegan options. I tried a chicken Szechwan which was mostly gluten based strips in a somewhat oily sauce with hardly any vegetables. My wife had a chow mein. Both were okay, but if you're looking for a fresh, light vegetable hit, look elsewhere.

Updated from previous review on 2016-08-06

Pros: vegan options available

Cons: oily, skimps on vegetables , over cooks the veggies


Points +724

10 Apr 2016

vegan "meats"

Fresh, delicious, a whole page of vegan options! All the "meats" are fake. Great Chinese food. Not too greasy.

Pros: imitation meats, delicious , right off of metro line


Points +154

03 Mar 2016

American style Chinese comfort food

About as American style as you can get. Gruff service, just like any Chinatown. Delicious, junky, stick to your ribs but with a twist. Complete vegetarian menu with mock meats. The mock chicken and beef are vegan. Alas no shrimp.

Pros: Full vegetarian menu with lots to choose from, delicious!!!, great ambiance, including gruff waiter with a hear

Cons: no vegan shrimp , pricey, no vegetarian soup choices


Points +5837

11 Nov 2013

Many choices - avoid chicken broth and msg

This restaurant has several dozen American and "authentic" choices for vegetarians, but you have to be careful for the additions of msg and chicken broth.

There is a great selection for veg*ns for dining here- ranging from fake meat (chicken and beef) to tofu dishes to American veggies to Chinese veggies. I was pleased with the choices, even if the best Chinese options are not in DC's Chinatown but the suburbs. The portions were large and satisfying from that perspective, but the prices are a little more than what I'd hoped to pay for food that is somewhat greasy. I did appreciate that it wasn't too salty.

However, please be aware that you will want to be sure that what you order doesn't have msg and/or chicken broth/ oyster sauce. Better to be safe than sorry. They are friendly and attentive if you have dietary restrictions.

What's there to eat? Szechuan Chikn, "beef" and veggies, tofu and spinach soup, mushrooms, garlic sauce broccoli, pea shoots/ leaves, bok choy, spinach, eggplant with basil, kung pao chicken, orange beef, home style bean curd, sesame chicken - lots of great choices. All the same, there is still an Americanized feel to this place. The fake meat is the type you know all too well: dried shreds reconstituted and sauced like mad to have any flavor. Good texture, but no one really eats that without flavoring it!

I would return to test out more of the "Authentic" menu.

Pros: Large selection - dozens, Good portions, Attentive to veg*n diet

Cons: MSG, Prices slightly high for quality, Too oily/ greasy at times

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