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Big Bowl Chinese and Thai

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11915 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190-5662
+1 703-787-8852
11:15 - 21:30
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Sun 11:30 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:15 - 21:30
Fri 11:15 - 22:30
Sat 11:30 - 10:30
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Reston, Virginia
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311 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We used to eat at this restaurant a few years ago. We stopped because we enjoyed the food no longer. I took a couple of friends to lunch about a year ago and we all found the food to very good. So I decided to take my family for lunch a couple of months ago. Unfortunately the food was bland... More 

Thank Farhad A
Reston, Virginia
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ordered take out chicken with vegetables. I was told I could only get a pre-set mix of vegetables with the chicken, not exactly what I wanted. Ok, so I go in and pick up the order and they charge me $17 for chicken and vegetables, really????? This wasn't seafood but chicken. There was a reason I haven't been to... More 

Thank RestonWorker
West Palm Beach, Florida
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72 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bland pad thai. Not impressed. Wont return. No wonder why the place was empty. But the soup was good.

Thank Gyro5490
Reston, Virginia
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45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The appetizer and entree portions are large and fairly priced. The food is better than an average Chinese or Thai restaurant in the US, but it lacks authenticity. For example, key ingredients like Fish Sauce, Shrimp Paste, Thai Basil, etc. are notably absent or negligible. The service is good and food comes out quickly.

Thank Steve C
Bear, Delaware
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144 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love a good Mongolian grill, and this place did not disappoint. Started off my meal with some spicy dumplings they had on special. They were very good. Then moved on to why I came, their Mongolian grill. You start off by choosing your protein, rice or noodles and sauce with your waiter. They then bring you a bowl and you... More 

Thank Msbarnett72
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Everything was very fresh and light. Lots of variety and opportunity to pick what you want to add to your stir fry. Dumplings were light and yummy, my spicy stir-fry had lots of flavor. Pretty easy to bring leftovers home!

Thank Lynn P
Boston, Massachusetts
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146 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Big Bowl is an interesting stir fry concept where you gather the items and sauces that you would like cooked for you. The restaurant gets fairly crowded, and the layout isnt conducive to having much conversation. It is very loud. The service left a lot to be desired. I found this to be very salty, mediocre quality food. The vegetables... More 

Thank mrsiss
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

This place is similar to a PF Changs in décor and atmosphere, but the food is much better. You can really customize your meal to fit your taste or mood. I settled on a dark spicy mix of veggies and peppers over fried rice ($1 upcharge). My wife got a light and bright mix over noodles. Both were fantastic and... More 

Thank bryant r
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

The place looks great but food was OK for the price. I'd rather spend the money somewhere else! Nice ambience though...

Thank itravelalways
Reston, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

Absolutely delicious, now my two favorite food joints are on the same block! Perfectly priced, authentic food cooked. Can't wait to go back

Thank amber807

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Chinese, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:15 - 21:30
11:15 - 21:30
11:15 - 21:30
11:15 - 21:30
11:15 - 22:30
11:30 - 10:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11915 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190-5662
  • Public Transportation: The Reston Town Center.
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax County  >  Reston
  • Phone Number: +1 703-787-8852

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?