Mokomandy

4.6
2060 reviews
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Modern. Korean. Cajun. Mokomandy is a casual fine-dining restaurant located in Sterling, VA. We offer an eclectic menu of American, Korean, and Cajun dishes that complement one another, resulting in an unprecedented dining experience. Born from a Korean-American father and a Cajun mother, President Thaddeus Kim has assembled a team of culinary professionals dedicated to delivering the freshest quality ingredients to our customers.

Mokomandy understands that every guest is different and may have dietary restrictions or allergies to certain foods. We pride ourselves in our ability to address our customers’ needs when possible. Please feel free to tell our servers about any special requests.

We look forward to seeing you at Mokomandy!
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ML
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server, Scott, was fantastic! Very knowledgeable at the menu and had a great positive spirit. The food was just as delicious as the last time. Compliments to the chef and all the staff!

JM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Mokomandy is the diamond in the rough. You would never think such an outstanding restaurant would be in a strip mall like this but it is. The cocktail menu is exceptional and changes frequently. The food menu provides a wonderful assortment of small, medium and large plates to share between your party. The food is always amazing and would highly recommend it to anyone. Always leave room for dessert. The meal can get pricey if you enjoy all the wonderful things they have to offer but it is definitely worth it so treat yourself and savor every part!

NB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Food! Will definitely recommend to friends and Cannot wait to return.

BB
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding!

r
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mokomandy was as great as usual. The brunch meal was unique as you would expect from Mokomandy. The eggs were done perfectly and the server was patient and fun even though it was busy. The dishes we selected were more on the full size versus the small plate. We wish more small plates would be offered for the breakfast in order to try different dishes. The only down side was the Bloody Mary was a little pulpy. We will be back!

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

Love this neighborhood gem. Service is always great, food is great and they have amazing cocktails. Menu changes though, so check it before you go. One person in the party was disappointed at the lack of vegetarian / pescatarian choices.

M
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our second time here and everything was just as good as the first time. The mixed drinks are inventive and tasty, the food is always good and comes out hot, and the staff are genuinely interested in making sure you enjoy yourself. We love the Pork Belly & Baby Octopus Skewers, the Catfish Boudin balls, and the House-Made Noodles are really good! They were a little short staffed, but our server Phil took great care of us and smiled the entire time. We will be back again!

C
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service and food was AMAZING! We will definitely be returning to try the dishes we did not have this time around.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Took an hour to get an appetizer out. Super slow service. Incorrect bill.

PB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ordered from the bruch menu: Eggs Benedict with Lobster was amazing and not greasy, Breakfast Hash with Eggs was yummy, French Toast with Berry Jam was heavenly and the Cajun Potatoes and Key Lime Pie (with a touch of orange) were outstanding.
We have always had great food and service there. We love going there for family celebrations.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent. I love that I don't have to drive all the way out to DC for great food!

k
Richmond
376 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Continue to enjoy the unique and quality food at Mokomandy but service has definitely slipped on our last few visits. Restaurant is semi crowded and servers seem disorganized and harried. They are all friendly and seem to be trying their best though. Again, food quality is outstanding and hope they can train -- and keep good servers since that also makes a huge difference.

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Best food in NOVA

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BB
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food and service!

K
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Very interesting Asian fusion with delicious interpretations of sliders, tacos, and other traditional dishes. Definitely do the veal tacos -- they are incredible!

SJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful food—definitely try the fois gras dumplings. Pleasant, timely service. Only complaint is that it’s LOUD in the restaurant, which honestly cut down on the sense of positive ambience.

JH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This place is a must if you consider yourself a NOVA foodie!

KS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

This used to be one of my go-to’s. The food and service used to be good. Today, the service was less than average, and the food was over cooked, overly greasy, and lacked freshness and color. Really disappointing.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food

EH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Food was excellent as always. The new server was uncharacteristically off - she needed more training on the basics: ensuring plates were available for our appetizer, not bringing drinks so full they spilled in our lap, not disappearing for 20 minutes (it’s a small place - where did she hide?). Fortunately, an awesome person who’s been there for 2+ years backed her up.

PH
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was great. Laura, our server, was fantastic. Will be back.

JE
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

I thought the concept of Korean Cajun was going to be interesting and it was. The food was very good overall. The selection to choose from the menu was interesting and engaging. There were four people in our party and we all chose different dishes to try. all of us liked all the dishes and we all had a different favorite. The only dish I believe could be improved was the poutine. The description said house-made sausage and bacon, but there was not enough sausage on the plate to tell if it was good or not. For the price I would not order the Poutine again. Service was very good and appreciated their help in explaining the dishes. I would go back and try some other delightfully sounding dishes.

CC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

AC does not work correctly, does not work to the point I’m surprised I stayed. The owners just look greedy bc that really needs to be repaired.

The food is mediocre and not worth the visit. The last dish, chap che, the oil tasted burnt, the noodles clumped together, and it was delivered after my companion finished eating.

Definitely not worth the ride out from Reston.

Mokomandy
Responded on 21 July 2019

Crystal C--we have two new AC units, one installed May of 2018 and one installed May of 2019. Both are serviced quarterly per our Landlord rules. Unfortunately during 100 degree weather, no HVAC unit can keep up with the heat. Our techs informed us that the units can only cool to about 20 degrees lower than the outside. So no, we are not greedy owners who purposely keep it hot and do not repair our equipment. Thank you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was on point! I highly recommend!

KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was amazing. We moved away from the area and every time we are there - this is a must stop for us. Service was excellent- food was delicious - and we will definitely be back.

MI
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pork belly and octopus one of the best dishes I’ve had. Smoked jalapeño margarito was amazing. Only disappointing item was the shrimp tempura. Batter too doughy but if that’s how it’s supposed to be then I don’t like tempura batter I guess. Will be going back!!

CP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food never disappoints! Especially loved the Chicken Palliard and Rock Shrimp (?). Drinks are outstanding as well.

JB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, drinks and service as always. We always bring out of town guests here because we know they’ll live it and it’s unique to our neighborhood.

B
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

An eclectic mix of food I am always up for. The waitress was phenomenal with her detailed explanation of our dishes. The dishes were executed well, and could have used a little less oil. Overall good expression of Korean/American fusion.

HW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Three of my guests complained about the amount of oil in their dishes

j
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

This place used to be good. Now everything tastes the same and is loaded with salt. Many of the dishes are overdone with sauces. Quality of meat dishes is poor. Don't know what happened to this place, but don't waste your money!

NC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Yes. However the noise level was too much for those of us who had hearing aids. We came early to hope to have a quiet time. It became too hard to hear each other.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hands down one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Gumbo was cooked perfectly and shrimp etoufee was to die for. You can tell the quality of seafood is a cut above the rest. Thad and his family make you feel at home in Louisiana... but your in Virginia!! This is the type of place that we need to keep going.

To Thad and your team: Thank you for an amazing experience. Please keep doing what you are doing. What you are doing is art and it matters more than you know.

Keep Making America Beautiful!!

MB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We tried Mokomandy for our son’s birthday. The 3 of us ordered Korean dishes. Everything tasted great and Phil was a very friendly and knowledgeable server. Great atmosphere and great food!

l
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff was great. Went for my son's BD and shared 8 plates for family of four (not including two desserts and one comp'ed for BD). We left very satisfied, and each bite was as good as the previous one. Will most certainly go back. Oh yeah, craft cocktails were great, too!

H
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The server was excellent. She was delightful, knowledgeable and went over and beyond. As always, food was excellent.

C
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Because of the reviews I'd read, I had high expectations. The prices reflected high expectations as well.
I had asked if I could move our reservation back, and we were told we couldn't move it back even half an our, although we saw two other tables open the whole time. The hostess wasn't very friendly coming or going. We were very near another table, so we could mutually hear everything the other was saying without straining. We tried Bulgogi, which we had eaten at Taste of Korea earlier that same week. We liked the one at Taste of Korea as well or better, and it was cheaper with more side dishes. Also, we ordered fresh cut noodles, but we were told after half an hour it would be an hour before they were ready so we settled for our appetizer and one entree.

d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very welcoming environment, quaint with friendly staff. Very interesting menu and good flavors on everything. Lots of DF options! Drinks were creative and delicious.

AD
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Phil was amazing and the food was superb as always - maybe the best chicken paillard ever (and we’ve had it dozens of times!). Another fantastic meal. ❤️ Thank you!

AI
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I love Mokomandy when it is spot-on. Luke-warm when it's not. Unfortunately this time was 'eh'...not great, not bad. Cucumber salad was bland, fried kale chips were okay, even the jambalaya was not the best we've had there. The potroast sliders were excellent.

Something else we've noticed is that their weekend lunch menu seems to offer fewer and fewer items which is a shame.

Regardless, one of our favorite restaurants. We just wish there was more consistency in its quality.

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