Grace’s Mandarin


188 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, Maryland 20745
(301) 839-3788

Overall rating –> 1 star (out of 3)

First, let’s start with the good. The National Harbor is a beautiful locale and very peaceful with its view of the Potomac River. Grace’s Mandarin is situated to allow maximum viewing of the waterfront. The standouts on the menu include the Anise Pork Rib and Pan Fried Calamari appetizers as well as the Lemon Pepper Chilean Sea Bass entree. The mango sorbet was served on a bed of frozen chopped mango pieces. The tea selection, while pricey at 6-10 for an un-refilled pot, is great and the green tea I had was perfect. Unfortunately, this is the end of the good.

The service in the restaurant was horrible. We were seated for over 30 minutes before anyone took our orders. It took the waiter so long to take our wine order that we decided against wine. The requests for a clean spoon, brown rice, and forgotten entrees had to be made multiple times. There were no entree descriptions on the menu and our waiter was unable to fill in the gap. He described the Jumbo Prawns with Black Bean Sauce as slightly spicy and accompanied with carrots and snow peas. Instead, the dish tasted of soy sauce and no spice and was stir fried with onions and red peppers. Some mix-up in the kitchen caused us to receive a substitute for a dish we’d ordered. The Cantonese Hot Pot — listed as a medley of shrimp, scallops, chicken, roast pork, and vegetables — was 75%+ chicken and 100% bland. Entrees are priced in the high $20-range with portion sizes large enough to feed two. Appetizers are priced in the mid-teens and can be paired with a soup or salad to make a meal.

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Dining Room

Dining Room


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