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Kaliwa, Washington, DC

Kaliwa

3.8
3.8
289 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
Award-Winning, Michelin Bib Gourmand 2022 Recepient! Created by Celebrated Chef and Resterantuer Cathal Armstrong, Kaliwa presents upscale, South East Asian fare accompanied by vibrant cocktails in classy, waterfront digs. Enjoy interpretations of Thai, Filipino and Korean dishes under a sky of eclectic chandeliers, or dine Al Fresca on the patio overlooking the bustling waterfront.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Korean, Thai

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 516-4739

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Cathal Armstrong

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Waterfront

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 289 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.5Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. TS

    TheodoreS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow. The food was absolutely awesome! We got thespecial that'll us try quite a bit. The lumpia was so delicious Actually all dishes were great. We definitely will be back on our next trup
  2. DL

    DLee

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great location and ambiance; service was fantastic.
  3. m

    mari

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Service was slow maybe because it was restaurant week and they were slammed.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with friends for lunch during D.C. restaurant week. We all had an excellent experience. Great food. The staff was outstanding. The ambiance was lovely. Highly recommend.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fun fun fun!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Went here when it first opened and it was delicious and unique. This week was restaurant week (I forgot) and the food was meh at best. Zero flavor. Limited menu. Disappointing… also, did NOT need a res. I can see why.
  7. AD

    AditiD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    the food quality was very mediocre for how expensive it was. the pad thai had no sauce or flavor.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Kaliwa is my favorite place at the Wharf. Food is excellent. Like everywhere, there’s a labor shortage and the service was subpar - long waits to order, to get courses, to get dessert, to get a check…
  9. GO

    GwynethO

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was good but not worth the price.
  10. S

    Sarbel2015

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food and service was mediocre. We visited during restaurant week and a price-fixe menu was offered with limited options. Since practically everyone in the restaurant was eating the same entrees, the very slow service was puzzling. It should have been an easy night for the kitchen. The food was nothing special. I also ordered the worst Bellini I’ve ever had. The Prosecco and the peach purée were completely separated - the purée having sank to the bottom of the glass. I’ve never seen that before.
  11. N

    Nadia

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Awful greasy food. Peanut sauce tastes like strong peanut butter. Extremely small portions of salad, rice, and desert, not even a French restaurant serves such small portions
  12. TC

    TCNF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Rice portions were really small, the food was good but I was not amazed
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Meh. Salad with lunch restaurant week menu was not that great. The red curry crab was mostly sauce and very little crab great flavor but almost no crab. The dessert mango dish was blah. Not worth the 25 dollars at all!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the bar and watched a meticulous crew of cooks make delicious dishes one after the other. Everything was amazing!!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent choice for a date night with the wife. The servers were attentive to our needs and helped us not over order. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was great as well.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Drinks were subpar. Apps were just okay. Meal was good.

    KaliwaResponded on January 13, 2023Our apologies. We strive to provide each guest with a wonderful experience and regret to read your visit was lacking. We would love the opportunity to touch base with you and turn around the bad impression. Please email brooke@kaliwadc if you would like to further discuss.

  17. H

    Hannah

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always everything was absolutely phenomenal. The short rib and the sisig fried rice were standouts

    KaliwaResponded on January 13, 2023Hannah, it Sounds like you're a regular!? First, thank you for your patronage. Second, we thank you for the glowing review. Receiving compliments from a regular is the highest form of flattery in our eyes ;) Much appreciated. Cheers.

  18. T

    Tanya

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, ambiance was great, even with small kids, and wait staff was attentive.

    KaliwaResponded on January 13, 2023Tanya, We appreciate your review and are happy to read you enjoyed our ambiance and received stellar service. We look forward to welcoming you back and hope you have a wonderful New Year.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    One of my good orders was cold and I did not like it. When I asked the serve if that dish was served cold they said no. But then proceeded to charge me for cold pork belly that was probably undercooked.
  20. RD

    RachelD

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    Do not go here. We were very uneasy with this dining experience. We were given an entree that was supposed to go to the table next to us, I put my spoon into the entree, realized that it was not ours, they took it to the counter, then brought it to the table next to us... with my spoon in it. We told our server, and he just shrugged. Then we asked for rice with our dish, And the server said sorry, they threw it all out. And then brought us rice that was scooped out from the trash. We arrived at 10 pm, it was supposed to have last sitting at 10:45, but they rushed us out, it was literally a stressful experience. By the way, there were only my husband and I and one other table with two people in the entire restaurant on a Friday night at the Wharf.

    KaliwaResponded on January 13, 2023Rachel, the description of your experience is alarming. We are very concerned about the details in your recount and would like to discuss this experience with you further. If you wouldn't mind, please contact me via email: at Brooke@KaliwaDC.

  21. C

    Celebrationpartygroup242

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The attention from the server and reception was great
  22. c

    clemmer

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Lumpia dry and dull. Tasteless. Need a better recipe. This would not go over in a Philippine household. Pad Thai tasteless. Local restaurants make better. Very loud music. Impossible for conversation. Fir a restaurant which rated a Michelin review, poor is not very Thai or Philippine. I lived the the Philippines and lumpia was not dry and tasteless. I usually don’t write negative reviews but the food has declined since I’ve been here before

    KaliwaResponded on January 13, 2023Clemmer, we regret that you did not enjoy your visit to Kaliwa. While we realize our ambiance and food may not suit every person's taste, we certainly don't want guests to leave unhappy. If you want to reach out and discuss this further, we would love a chance to make it right. Please feel free to email me Brooke@kaliwadc

  23. KK

    KateK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    We left before getting all of our food because the service was so disjointed and slow. It wasn't clear if we were going to get everything anyway. It was hotter than hell in the restaurant and so loud, we could not hear each other. It's really unfortunate because the food and drinks are delicious and the decor is beautiful.

    KaliwaResponded on January 13, 2023Kate, our apologies. We are aware of your cited concerns and are actively making changes to eliminate the weak spots in our service and atmosphere. We do appreciate your compliments on our food and decor and are happy that you enjoyed both. We would love to correct our mistakes -- please email me at Brooke@KaliwaDC if you want to discuss this.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Horrible service. Great food, but awful untrained staff.

    KaliwaResponded on January 13, 2023We apologize for the lackluster service. We are aware of the issue and currently fixing the problems with our service. We appreciate your compliments on our food and are happy you had a nice meal, despite your concerns. We would love to right the wrong -- please email me at Brooke@KaliwaDC if you want to discuss this.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    Server forgot about us and we waited over one hour for our food.

    KaliwaResponded on January 13, 2023Our apologies. We are sincerely sorry for any delay and regret to read you were left waiting --. We would love to touch base with you to chat and turn around the bad impression. Please email brooke@kaliwadc if you would like to discuss this further.

  26. CB

    CBOWEN

    Indiana

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Can’t think of one nice thing to say about the place, maybe restrooms were clean. Not a fan, but maybe you will like it
  27. J

    Jason

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    My order came out 15 mins later than our guests. We asked multiple times and was told several stories One of the side dishes was incorrect as well. My wife’s food was wrong and was incorrect. Our waitress was too busy to pay attention to detail. She did it write it down and did not seem to think it was her fault. No confession was made
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The service was poor, one item came much much later (this is not just serving hot and when prepared served thing). A different waiter came and we paid, while chatting the waitress came and asked if we want desserts. This was our second visit BTW
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Our Server was very nice and attentive. The kitchen was a bit slow.
  30. M

    Molly

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    The food was average. But the real disappointment was the terrible service. From not clearing any of our plates after appetizers to having to ask for water refills multiple times, only to actually go down to the bar myself to get water for our table. Then there was an entire debacle with a birthday cake that we had brought in that they said was fine, but would not let us eat when the time came. Overall, this place is a skip, too expensive in the staff does not care about it’s guests.
  31. VC

    VinsonC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and all was great! Please add coffee to the menu. It would have been great with the Pineapple Crème Brule
  32. LS

    LeslieS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Food was delicious. There was 6 of us, so we got to try a lot of the offerings and everything was good. Environment it more laid back than I had expected based on location and price. The seating was interesting as half of our group was on a couch like bench that didn't actually seat well for eating purposes and became increasingly uncomfortable as the night went on - unless you wanted to just lay-back and watch the wall of TVs. Unfortunately for us the main disappointment was with the service. When the server came around to the table, they always seemed distracted and in a hurry, only addressing whomever had finally gotten their attention and not surveying to see if anyone else at the table needed anything. I tried at least 5 times to order my second drink (and waters weren't being topped off). A couple items weren't put in right away and/or forgotten so there were long waits between items coming out. I get that people can have off-nights and/or they were short staffed, but it still put a slight damper on the celebration we were trying to have. I'd still recommend checking it out, and will likely give it another shot.
  33. FD

    FoodieDoc

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Connected with a friend who was in town for work Sunday night for dinner. It’s been a few months since I’ve been at Kaliwa, but it seems the quality of the food has dramatically declined. I live near the wharf and visit many of these local restraints frequently. I was disassociated by today’s food and the overall experience. The restaurant is seemingly more accessible, but it also no longer feels like an upscale dining experience. Everything from the plastic coated menus to the overdressed salads to the poorly trained staff seems so off from when the restaurant first opened pre-COVID. Definitely a disappointment tonight. My friend says he would not want to return. 😔
  34. KM

    KimberlyM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    I was considering this restaurant for a birthday celebration and decided to go with another more established restaurant. I'm very glad I did because I would have been upset. I recently had a chance to visit Kaliwa for an unrelated event. I will say the food is tasty and the restaurant decor is pretty. The service is horrible. Slow and inattentive. Be prepared to wait, and wait, and wait. On a side note, the bathroom was also smelly.
  35. G

    Ginger

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an excellent meal at Kaliwa. The staff was friendly and provided good service despite the dinner rush. Both entrees red curry with crab and pork belly with eggplant and green beans were very delicious and great to share. I know I’ll be craving the cashew sans rival desert - perfect balance of acid from the guava to compliment the richness of the cashews.
  36. G

    Gaack

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved the food and the ambiance, but I'm old and cranky and turning into my father and am thus required to ask WHY THE HELL DOES IT HAVE TO BE SO LOUD?
  37. SR

    SeanR

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great location. Food and service were very good.
  38. s

    statusk

    Washington DC

    66 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food is good and a nice interview of various Asian standards. However at this price point the service could be much better. Had to find someone to seat us. Then service was ok but a little slow and somewhat distant.
  39. R

    Rebecca

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Our waitress was really sweet but very stressed as the restaurant was severely understaffed. It took a while for someone to take our order, and we ended up ordering our drinks and food at the same time. Food was delicious and vibe was energetic and fun.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    The Filipino food was eeeeehhhhhhhh…it is not flavored for Filipinos. Sorry, not sorry but our food should not be adjusted to appease folks who can’t handle our flavor.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Kaliwa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 516-4739.

Kaliwa is rated 3.8 stars by 289 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today
Google Map for Kaliwa

751 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024-3433

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Waterfront

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Korean, Thai

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Cathal Armstrong

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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