Judging Restaurants – Ten Penh

Ten Penh is located at 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. I can’t believe we haven’t judged them yet because I feel like they have a very good reputation. Their Web site says:

“TenPenh is the second venture for the owners of DC Coast and now Ceiba and Acadiana restaurants, as well. Located in the heart of the city at Tenth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, the upscale southeast-Asian-inspired restaurant opened its doors in July 2000. A Feng Shui Master respectfully directed the owners to follow certain Asian customs and guidelines.”

You can see their menu here. Is still Ten Penh still as good as I heard it was a few years ago?

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  • I’m a fan of all of the Passion Foods group’s restaurants that I’ve been to (haven’t made it out to Reston for Passion Fish). I’ve never had a bad meal here, and they have good happy hour deals.

    Thumbs UP.

  • They’re a great choice for lunch during Restaurant Week as they allow you to choice any entree on their entire regular menu. The dessert I had from there this year was to one of the best I’ve ever eaten.

  • Great food, drinks, and atmosphere. During nice weather their patio is the way to go.

  • the decor is meh, but the food is lovely. suggest going in the summer when you can sit outside.

  • hard to imagine, but this was the scene when it opened (along with its sister restaurants).

    today, surprised to say it’s still quite good, good rec for visitors who don’t need cutting edge, but nowhere near as exclusive or original as it was once. but, that’s OK. such is the life of trendy restaurants.

  • it’s pretty good but overpriced because of location.

  • Spring rolls with trio of dipping sauces!

  • greenroofgoddess

    Consistently good food, and the lunch bento boxes are often very nice–I eat there often because I work in the same building. That being said, our favorite bartender, Brennan, was recently let go, so we won’t be frequenting our unoffical “first floor conference room” for happy hour 2-3 times a week like we once did. Can’t wait for the new venture by the folks behind Teatro Goldoni to open around the corner…

  • I’ve never been there, but Ceiba and Acadiana are two of my favorite restaurants in town, so I’ll have to give it a try.

  • Very good. They have great bento box specials at lunch, and also a ginger limeade type drink they make that is delicious.

    Also, wasabi mashed potatoes FTW.

  • No need to wait for restaurant week to go to TenPenh. They have an AMAZING pre-theater menu, with all the options for the entrees available with only two upcharges for the lobster/steak. Also, DO NOT SKIP THE DONUTS. Seriously the best donuts I’ve ever eaten.

    Go here: http://tenpenh.com/news.htm and scroll down to the “Pre-Event Menu.” It’s actually even cheaper than RW!

    Oh, and their happy hour specials are pretty sweet too, and they have a late-night happy hour as well. The mojitos are bangin.

    Ok, so I like this place. A lot. πŸ™‚

  • Red Thai Curry Shrimp

  • Fine but not great. Overpriced because of the location and because you can get away with high-priced mediocre ‘Asian’ food in DC because the rubes don’t know any better. Probably better than average for the neighborhood, but that’s not saying much.

  • Love their red thai curry shrimp, and their banana spring rolls for dessert. Had the weirdest experience the last time I was there – our waiter was TERRIBLE. He spilled at least a glass or more of champagne when he uncorked it, told us he’d get us another glass on the house, and then didn’t do so until we were leaving, never refilled our champagne flutes, so that we had to reach into the bucket ourselves for refills, didn’t refill our water glasses, refused to allow the table next to us to order a dessert that wasn’t on the restaurant week menu, even though we were the only two tables in the restaurant (so I told him to put the $8 dessert on my tab, because they asked us what dessert we were eating and I raved about mine to them), and then basically threw the check on our table when we were finished. Oh, and we weren’t eating off the restaurant week menu, so he would’ve gotten a huge tip, if he’d actually been a decent waiter. He didn’t even bring us our food, a different waiter did – he basically did almost nothing, while wandering around the nearly empty dining area. Aside from that extremely bizarre incident, I have always loved Ten Penh, and will go back again any day.

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