Big Bowl-Reston

4.5
882 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
Top tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
There’s really only one place for authentic Chinese and Thai, and that's Big Bowl. It all begins with the highest quality ingredients–naturally raised chicken and beef, heirloom pork, sustainable seafood and produce grown locally. Because Big Bowl believes that the best food is made from scratch, you can taste big, bold layers of flavors in every dish, from the curries right down to the dipping sauces.

Everyone raves about the pad Thai, our spicy dishes that are truly hot, and our create-your-own stir-fry–and for good reason. Every element adds up to big taste and takes our food to another level, be it a fresh squeeze of lime, fragrant herbs or the seared Thai chilies.

Big Bowl is so big on authentic flavors that even the ginger ale is made with fresh ginger root–from scratch, of course.

Special Offers

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Spice things up this Father’s Day at Big Bowl! We will be serving our Dinner Menu in addition to daily specials.

Sunday, 16 June, 2019

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MT
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food & service all around. Plus adding in the "Lettuce Entertain You," points makes the experience even better.

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AM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had wonderful time as always. Good food and good service.

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SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Bad food. We ordered the same things we always ordered.. garlic fried rice had no taste of garlic.. bland. Asked waiter for spicy entree and everything was bland and lacked salt/ seasoning. Ate very little and dumped the leftovers

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J
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our waitress did a marvelous job! She managed several large parties - probably more than what she should have been serving.

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Order was a tad sour but tolerable. No great shakes.. Ambiance and service was great.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food, good service and nice location. A good variety of menu options that satisfy both the vegetarian and non vegetarian members of our family. Nothing to complain about. Their vegetarian dumplings are fantastic.

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MH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great lunch. Everything was fresh and delicious. When making up our bowl we had beautiful fresh vegetables to choose from. After 2:00 it was quiet and had a nice atmosphere. Server was attentive and helpful. Will definitely be back!

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AB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fine as opposed to super whenever we come here. But Four stars are because of the server's attitude. It was our wedding anniversary dinner and we brought in a guest also. When the server brought the bill, the guest quickly paid cash and I wish the server had listened to me to charge the credit card and not accept the cash from him. But she was very adamant and denied charging the card.

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OT
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Took my mom to dinner before her flight and she had a great time and really enjoyed the Panang Chicken

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R
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I LOVE Big Bowl. Their ingredients are all fresh and they offer a wide variety of dishes to choose from. Two weeks ago, we had guests that are vegetarians - and they had lots of choices. The entrees are huge, so take it easy on the appetizers. Also, try the different flavors of ginger ale !

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NB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service much better than last time. Seated immediately. Food very good. Dessert awesome as usual!

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SH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I always love the Thai Hot Peppers dish. My friend had the chef's choice stirfry. We both loved our dinner meals.

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SC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Big Bowl has excellent faire and service. Its good every time.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food and service are okay; I hate the front host/hostess experience; they always look miserable.

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ZJ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Solid experience. Service was pleasant and attentive, and I really appreciated our server pointing out that my dish had fish sauce in it since I had been ordering all veggies.

Food: Garden rolls with dipping sauces were very yummy. Fresh ginger ale was refreshing. Veggie pad thai was fine but not great and a rather small portion. My colleague's sesame chicken looked amazing, and she seemed to really enjoy it. Points for offering a tasty and gluten free dessert - we got the chocolate cake. I would come back for the garden rolls and dessert. Next time I would try a curry or a stir fry.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The place, ambiance was good. Online reservation was great. Without talking to anyone. Food was great

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R
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently excellent in all respects. Some of the best pan-Asian food in the whole Washington metro area

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r
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a good experience. Server was attentive. Love the stir fry option where we can load up in our favorite veggies and omit the ones we don’t care for!

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M
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I like the food and visit this restaurant often however last Saturday was too crowded with the kids in private room

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PR
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Big Bowl remains a must-dine when I'm in Reston. Food and staff remain outstanding, the menu carries old favorites, along with new and interesting choices that make for tough decisions on my too-infrequent visits. The only negative that comes to mind is the wine list continues to suffer from price creep. Otherwise, it's still one of my favorite places...

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

The food tasted like it was reheated meat- Ana was super bland.
The staff was cleaning and sweeping around our table as we were eating preparing to leave for the night- such a turn off.
The waiter was ok but mess the original order up and we ordered soup which was gross but we had no more energy to complains so we paid and left.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

My meal wasn’t correct, our waiter never came back so someone refilled our water after waiting. I never gave my Lettuce number and overall no friendly service except one girl came by to take our plates was full of smiles and spoke.

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LO
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

This was not a good night for us at Big Bowl. The tables were sticky so we didn’t feel it was clean. The food took over 45 minutes to arrive at our table. Chicken pad Thai was just ok. Orange chicken was very heavily dressed with sauce and chicken lettuce wraps also had a ton of sauce and ingredients like celery that we are not used to seeing in that dish. Server was inexperienced and seemed to be overwhelmed. All in all we spent an hour and a half dining tonight spending much of that time waiting for food or waiting for server to check us out.

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VS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We have been to Big Bowl many times. The food was delicious, as always and our waitress was probably one of our best. The service she provided was excellent.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

great food even for vegetarians . will visit again

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was great, service could be better.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

We used to really like coming here, but no more. Unfortunately, the food did not taste good at all. It was very salty and greasy.

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AB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I always like eating at Big Bowl-Reston. Right in our neighborhood, bigger menu choice even for vegetarians like me, friendly servers, and excellent preparations. I always recommend it to my friends.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I just lived everything about the place I have been going since Big Bowl came to Reston.

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N
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

A bit disappointing. Not crowded, but service was slow. Wrong meal delivered and the wait staff kept looking at us like it was our fault. I felt very uncomfortable. Food was just OK.

Haven't been here for a long while, will be a long while before I go back, if ever.

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JB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great dining experience - food was good, service was good, etc.

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FO
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Came again after many years and it was a surprise it was so great. Service is key and our server was the best. Didn’t have to wait for water and he checked back often. Food was tasty, different and plentiful. Made a reservation and was seated immediately. Will be back.

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OT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

If the menu says it is "Spicy", this is one of the few places where it means it is SPICY!!! Love the food. Service was prompt and friendly. Hate that they took the shrimp rolls off the menu and that you have to pay for parking at lunch. Otherwise, great place!

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F
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Crowded at lunch and dinner and very noisy, but at "off" times this place is THE BEST! Food is fantastic, service is perfect.

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LZ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Helpful service, relaxed vibe, we’ll be back!

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PG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Big bow is my family's all time favorite place for weekend Lunch, when we feel like eating out

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

HORRIBLE Place. We got soup for starters as soon as we got it, it was cold. We told our server that it was cold and not good at all. She took it away and still charged me for it. The manger was also not able to help out our problem. Even though it was busy she could’ve came and helped out and see how we are doing. The server didn’t even ask how was our food and if we needed anything. I will not come here again.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food, wide variety

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AP
Miami
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Service on new years eve was terrible and it wasn't packed. The lady manager was as slow as the servers. Ssuce for tgai came 1/2 hour later when food was cold and the teriyaki chicken came when everybody else had finish their food!!! Wouldn't recommend it to anyone. We were party of 8.

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NB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

We frequently dine here. It's usually very busy but service is still okay. This last time, the restaurant was not busy but service was slow because servers were standing around chatting. It was early on New Year's Eve. When my meal arrived, I asked for chopsticks. The young man then took my unused fork away and never returned! I waited several minutes before I could even get anyone's attention to repeat my request for chopsticks, despite people cleaning tables, checking on their own tables, and standing back by the register. Meanwhile my food sat there, getting cold. We waited again after we finished eating to hear about dessert options. Food was fine, dessert was awesome! Service much worse than it should have been.

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