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Mala Tang

Chinese Restaurant · Ballston - Virginia Square
3434 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, United States
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:30 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • Noon–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Meals notoriously last hours as locals chat, sip beer, and dip morsels of food into a simmering liquid of "hot and spicy" broth.


Based on 68 votes

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    Jacobo G.
    "Awesome hot pot Szechuan style restaurant in Arlington."(12 Tips)
    Now Owl
    "The mapo tofu is also the best I've had in the area."(2 Tips)
    Kate S.
    "Love the pork buns and cold spicy shredded beef."(6 Tips)
    Emily M.
    "Get the Zhong dumplings!"(2 Tips)
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35 tips and reviews.

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  • hotpot
  • spicy food
  • good for groups
  • pork buns
  • pork dumplings
  • family-friendly
  • great value
  • beef
  • authentic
  • trendy
  • noodles
  • barbecue
  • shrimp
  • beer
  • mushrooms
  • cilantro
  • dinner
  • scallion pancakes
  • chili oil
  • water chestnuts
  • Catherine T.

    Hot pot is not be missed. Cumin lamb good too

    Catherine Torelli · April 7, 2015
  • Jacobo G.

    Awesome hot pot Szechuan style restaurant in Arlington. A little bit far from Clarendon metro but well worth the short walk.

    Jacobo Gómez · March 20, 2015
  • Margaret P.

    Very fun to cook it all yourself

    Margaret Porter · January 20, 2015
  • Laura K.

    Great place for single portions of hot pot

    Laura Kail · December 5, 2014
  • OMAR M.

    A place for Chinese plates

    OMAR Mukharesh · November 13, 2014
  • Dul D.

    Spicy and have a lot of seasoning

    Dul Dulkul · June 9, 2014
  • Northern Virginia Magazine

    "One of the best parts of living in this current iteration of food obsession is moving past the 'dash-American'...With Mala Tang we learn more Chinese, beyond the Chinese-American beef and broccoli."

    Northern Virginia Magazine · April 25, 2014
  • Eric S.

    Great food and fun. Parking is in the building garage.

    Eric Sackett · December 1, 2013
  • Rajesh

    Spicy Cold Noodles

    Rajesh · September 21, 2013
  • Shabeeb

    Surf and turf hotpot..

    Shabeeb · August 25, 2013
  • Matt L.

    Anyone used to authentic Asian food should not eat here.

    Matt Lundin · May 1, 2013
  • Corey G.

    Cumin chicken is worth the trip.

    Corey Gibson · March 26, 2013
  • Hanny

    Make sure you mix the soup with lots of ingredients :-)

    Hanny · March 16, 2013
  • Ivan R.

    You might want to bring someone who knows what they're doing.

    Ivan Racadag · February 23, 2013
  • Charo C.

    Fantastic place for vegetarian and meat eaters perfect hang out with friends and family. Try the enoki mushroom. The sauce bar is amazing selection and all grade of spices.

    Charo Cortez-Groves · January 31, 2013
  • Montaign G.

    Great hot pot spot! This place is off the chizz-ain!

    Montaign G. · January 12, 2013
  • Northern Virginia Magazine

    "Order the hot pot with mala broth and sort through the long ingredient list for a pick-your-own-(slurping)-adventure." - November 2012 Issue

    Northern Virginia Magazine · October 17, 2012
  • Reza Z.

    You cook your own food like melting pot. Food was fresh but I don't like the idea of cooking my own food at a restaurant.

    Reza Zen · June 18, 2012
  • Now Owl

    Braised beef noodles on the lunch menu! For $8, you get a giant bowl of succulent chewy noodles in a flavorful hot pot broth flecked with cilantro. The mapo tofu is also the best I've had in the area.

    Now Owl · June 18, 2012
  • Thomas S.

    Try Taiwan beer. It's delicious.

    Thomas Stanga · February 20, 2012
  • Chito P.

    Mapo Tofu is spicy with ground pork

    Chito Peppler · February 20, 2012
  • David M.

    Get the enoki mushrooms, water chestnut, and the fishballs. Ohhh yeeaaa

    David Mason · January 26, 2012
  • oren m.

    If it's your first time try the Hot Pot Combinations. Once you are comfortable you should order a la carte Hot Pot. But remember...they are big portions! Ask for extra MaLa with your hot pot...

    oren molovinsky · January 16, 2012
  • Washingtonian Magazine

    What to get: Hot pot with pork, prawns, green-bean leaves, and wood-ear mushrooms; wood-ear mushrooms with chili oil and cilantro; pork dumplings; dan-dan noodles; scallion pancake.

    Washingtonian Magazine · January 9, 2012
  • Brian T.

    The MaPs Tofu is the best i've ever had. Red wine beef is also awesome

    Brian T. · December 14, 2011
  • CS

    Make a reservation

    CS · November 21, 2011
  • Whitney G.

    So good! And they have sweet potato noodles or my gluten allergic tummy!!!

    Whitney G · October 28, 2011
  • Kat L.

    Get wine marinated beef. Yum! Ask for extra spicy mala tang. Try lamb next.

    Kat L · October 10, 2011
  • Kat L.

    Make a reservation.

    Kat L · September 3, 2011
  • Ben B.

    Park on p1. 7-11 open now across the street.

    Ben Bregman · August 21, 2011
  • Natalie E.

    One hot pot for two people is plenty of food.

    Natalie E · August 14, 2011
  • Kate S.

    Love the pork buns and cold spicy shredded beef. Wish they had happy hour on the weekends.

    Kate Summers · June 12, 2011
  • TJ G.

    Try the tiger beer. Cheapest and fairly good.

    TJ Gioconda · May 27, 2011
  • Emily M.

    Get the Zhong dumplings!

    Emily M · May 14, 2011
  • Casey S.

    Mung bean noodles

    Casey SM · August 7, 2014

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