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Good Food is Good Mood at Mala Tang - Mala Tang, Arlington, VA

Mala Tang

4.4
4.4
523 Reviews
$31 to $50
Asian
The inspiration behind Mala Tang is the street food of Chengdu.. Here you'll find the streets filled with diners sitting at tables gathering around bubbling hot pots, in which dozens of dried chilies bob up and down in an oily red broth, Mala Bites which is the popular skewered dish and the authentic Sichuan stir fried dishes.

Our Spicy Pork Wontons won Arlington's Best Appetizer.

Our Sauce Bar is available nightly for those who like to create their dipping sauces.

We are conveniently located near VA Square Metro Station and a 5-minute walk from Clarendon Area.

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2 people

7:00 pm


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Asian, Chinese, Chinese (Sichuan)
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (703) 243-2381
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive Chef
    Chef Peter
  • Catering
    On site and off site Catering is available.
  • Private party facilities
    You and your guests will feel as if you're dining in Chengdu, the home of Sichuan Peppercorns and the inspiration for Mala Tang. Choose from several group menus crafted for large parties or let us create a menu designed just for you.
  • Private party contact
    Restaurant Manager: (703) 243-2381
  • Area
    Arlington
  • Cross Street
    Terwilliger Apartment
  • Parking Details
    COMPLIMENTARY VALIDATED PARKING for 1.5-HOURS MAX at the Garage Adjacent to Mala Tang.
  • Public Transit
    From Virginia Square Metro - turn left at N Monroe Street than turn right on Washington Blvd.
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 523 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Innovative

523 Reviews
  1. Edwina

    Richmond

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and prompt service. Friendly people. The restaurant validated the parking.

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  2. Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I liked this restaurant, especially the rice noodles I had. My daughters enjoyed the dry, hot pot, which is stir-fried. My wife had a tofu and green bean dish, which was much too salty for her. As for the service, they were very nice when they were paying attention; however, they said and then just forgot about us for 10 minutes, so I had to get up and find somebody to order a drink and some appetizers while I waited for my family to arrive. Then again, after my family arrived, they checked in once or twice while we were thinking about ordering and then just disappeared for 10 minutes. So I had to get up and find a server. This is not the end of the world, but doing it once isn’t a big deal. But having to get up a second time was just kind of like a WTF moment. There weren’t many people in there, like maybe ten total. So it was odd that they weren’t just paying attention to everybody. There was a gentleman who sat there on his phone. The female server was very nice but not very proactive. There is a sign that says they’re short-staffed, but that didn’t seem to be the problem to me. What else bugs me is my wife got up with two of my kids to get our car.  My other daughter and I were sitting at the table as I finished my glass of wine, and my other daughter was picking at the food. And the busser came up and started clearing all the dishes in front of me, which was unnecessary. It was 9 p.m., in the restaurant didn’t have many patrons anymore. They should ask the busser to wait until we’ve left the table. I politely asked the busser to come back after we left.

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  3. RexP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Avoid this place if vegetarian, food bland with minimal effort. Looks like frozen veggies were used, not fresh. Stingy on variety of veggies. Overpriced, meat dishes looked somewhat better but not worth it.

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  4. EdwardB

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first time there and we were very impressed. Food was terrific and the staff was very accommodating and professional. Could have used better directions to the parking garage. Thank you!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great dining experience! We had the soup dumplings (our favorite), the low mein and they custom made green beans and chicken for us .

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  6. JenGee

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    My sister and I decided to try this restaurant out. It was out first and will be our last time. Service was terrible, the lady who came and gave us water didn’t say a word and was not friendly at all. Took over 15 min for our waiter to actually come to our table to take our order, but he was friendly and nice. I realized they were short staffed so gave them the benefit of the doubt. Food was terrible and not worth what we paid for.

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  7. Marina66

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a nice Valentine's Day lunch. I would recommend

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  8. MichelleM

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The table setups were great for a large group. The food was very good. Unfortunately, the service was abysmal, and not because they were understaffed. While that may be an issue they’re experiencing, the staff on hand clearly didn’t care. I had to go up and request our bill after waiting for 15 minutes and every single employee was on their phone. We would’ve ordered more food and another round of drinks but no one ever came to check on us so we decided to simply close out. It was disappointing, to say the least.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love the fresh ingredients used for shabu. A go to spot for my friends and me.

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  10. VockeK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delish! I did the hot pot for one with extra tofu. The price was right, everything was clean including the sauce bar, and the portions were big. I would definitely go again!

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mala Tang using the Order Online button. Mala Tang also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Mala Tang also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 243-2381.

Mala Tang is rated 4.4 stars by 523 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Mala Tang

3434 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Terwilliger Apartment
  • Area
    Arlington
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Asian, Chinese, Chinese (Sichuan)
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    COMPLIMENTARY VALIDATED PARKING for 1.5-HOURS MAX at the Garage Adjacent to Mala Tang.
  • Public Transit
    From Virginia Square Metro - turn left at N Monroe Street than turn right on Washington Blvd.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive Chef
    Chef Peter
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (703) 243-2381
  • Catering
    On site and off site Catering is available.
  • Private party facilities
    You and your guests will feel as if you're dining in Chengdu, the home of Sichuan Peppercorns and the inspiration for Mala Tang. Choose from several group menus crafted for large parties or let us create a menu designed just for you.
  • Private party contact
    Restaurant Manager: (703) 243-2381
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