Best 1 Star Michelin Restaurants In Washington Near Me

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1. Métier

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37 reviews
Métier
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1015 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 737-7500

Guy: New American restaurant


Review: "Worth the hassle to dine at this Michelin starred restaurant!"

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Brittany H: By far our favorite restaurant in D.C. that we tried during our trip! We decided to celebrate our anniversary here and we are so glad we did. Each dish was so perfectly crafted and exceptional. The chef does an excellent job in making sure you taste all the elements of his dishes. We enjoyed every single single dish & wouldn’t change a thing. They do have the option to upgrade your first dish to Caviar and I have to say it’s a must! The chef and his wife were even so kind to give us an anniversary candle as a gift and we can come back and refill it on our next visit. So thoughtful! They truly made our experience unforgettable. I highly recommend Métier to any and all! You will not be disappointed. We can’t wait to return next year!

Michal Rokah: The experience is almost. Everything was great - the location, staff, cocktails; alas, everything BUT THE FOOD. I held myself the entire dinner not to ask for hot sauce or salt to have some flavor added, since the dishes were so blend. I had 2 of the 5 pre fix menu dishes taken back half full and no one asked me why.. Will not come back, not even for a much reasonable price tag. Very hard to compare to similar DC experiences that left me wanting more.

Juan Gamez: Insignificant and remarkably underwhelming. Like other reviewers have said, the food was inventive but uninspiring. Two of the 5 courses were watermelon and slices of tomato with nothing special. Be prepared to leave the place hungry as even supplemental dishes were absent. The staff, while efficient, seemed totally careless and dry. We were not even offered the option to wine pair. If we didn’t ask halfway through the meal to get wine, we would have had nothing. Barely eye contact. The place was quiet and plain vanilla. The darkness just amplified the numbed experience. Will not come back or recommend.

Raja Haider Hussain: Just like a state within a state. This restaurant is hidden under basement of another Michelin star kinship. Formal, quiet, serene, classy place to dine out. We were there this year for the Valentines dinner. You can expect good things there.. A Michelin star experience at par with what is expected of them. However, I can’t rate it as 5 star once I compare the food and menu with Michelin star restaurants of Europe. Specially France and Netherlands.

Jeff Schwamb: A true dining experience. Not only is every plate a truly delicious encounter, but the journey is an absolute joyous trip. The wine pairing is unique and exposed me to a unique wine (late harvest sovereign blanc tasting like a dessert ice wine). Top 3 in the city for me.

Kyle Davis: Simply an outstanding meal. Service was great, food was exceptional, dining room was very comfortable. Special shout out to the wine pairings — all incredibly and expertly matched to the course. Highest recommendation.

Spencer Tinsley: We did the tasting menu with the wine pairing. From when we walked through the front door and until we leave the service was perfect. The staff are friendly and accommodating, while also being incredibly knowledgeable about the food and restaurant. The salmon belly dish was incredible. The ingredients from the salmon down to the ponzu sauce and scallions were of the highest quality to make it perfect. I was disappointed in the beef dish. The texture of the meat wasn't what I was hoping for from japanese beef. The wine pairings each complimented the dishes well and the sommelier is knowledgeable in the wines he was serving along with all the other wines in the restaurant. The wines themselves are also fairly affordable so I definitely have some new wines I'll be ordering. The most interesting being the 2002 wine (see screenshot) Overall it was a good experience but I think it's hard to justify the higher price of this tasting menu compared to other similar restaurants in DC. I would recommend going to kinship which has the same owners but is much more affordable.

Mm Maxwell: I'm giving 5 stars for the service, as the staff was excellent. The environment they created was nice. The basement had a tiny nip to it, but it's Winter. The food was good, but comparing it with other 1 Michelin starred restaurants in DC, I should take off a star. So my honest review is more of a 4.5 or 4.3. We had a non-alcoholic paring for my spouse who was joining me and I found those drinks more interesting and inventive than what I had. I particularly like the one with the cucumber in it, the "Prohibition Cup". If I were to do it again I'd get the same pairing as his and have the one odd glass of wine. The food was a feast for the eyes. Tastes-wise it didn't always live up to my expectations. Things that were supposed to be crispy got soft quickly. Take too long and you'll miss it. The chocolate ice cream with the fermented whatever, just wasn't appetizing to me. One thing I can say is that you will not leave hungry. We were stuffed. I was stuffed around the time the beef showed up. Yes, seven little dishes add up. In the end, we had a good time. Was it $700 worth of a good time? Jury is still out on that. Speaking of $$$, we had to prepay for part of our meal. That was $150 per person for a $200 meal, plus the pairings and gratuity. After the meal, I noticed about $70 more than what I was expecting, and that I figured out (I can't do math buzzed) was the tax.

Ron H: Beautiful dining expirience. Go there, enjoy an evening with amazing service, great cocktails and pretty good food. We've enjoyed almost every single minute there : Fixed menue Did i mention the amazing coctails? The mezcal one, the split tail (i might have this name wrong) The quiet and exquisite atmosphere Service was splendid, attentive, not pushy, just right. The food is everything you can expect from a DC fine dine place - esp the Tunisian frikasse-like pastries and the amazing caramel desert. In between it was ok, but who cares when all the rest is just on point. Highly recommend.

Matt Glasser: The food was good. My wife, who made the reservation for Valentine’s Day, had written to ask if they could accommodate a pescatarian diner, and they agreed. When we got there, they were nevertheless surprised. It worked out, but was a bit uncomfortable.

2. Rose's Luxury

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Rose's Luxury
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 717 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5:30PM

Telephone: (202) 742-3570

Guy: American restaurant


Review: "Solid 1-star Michelin"

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Mikayla Rose: This was our first time at a Michelin star restaurant and it was the most delicious and romantic dinner I’ve ever had. My husband and I went for my birthday dinner and it was so special. Our waiter, Ramsey, made the experience so personal and he was amazing! This was hands down the best service I’ve ever received at a restaurant from the moment we walked in until we left. Since it was my birthday, we were given a gift of a recipe and the ingredients we can make at home, as well as a raspberry tart with a candle! I’m incredibly impressed and will be returning. 10/10 recommend. Also, for the meal and service we received it was so worth the money and very reasonably price.

Jessie Castner: Amazing experience! All the food was delicious! We had 4 people and got one one of each dish. We were given a gift of the "Strawberry Spaghetti", which to be honest if I saw it on the menu I wouldn't order but it was one of the best dishes I had. My personal favorite was the Asian- Italian fusion spaghetti. My dessert was the Vietnamese Coffee Caramel Coconut Crumble Mochi Brown Butter Cake (I am in desperate need of this recipe, so good!). The service was amazing and all of the servers were so knowledgeable about what they were serving. It's definitely a great place to impress someone.

HK: Enjoyed all of the menus we ordered. Rose’s Luxury is a smart creative restaurant- not using any unheard or arcane ingredients or recipe, it effortlessly creates a new combination of tastes. The way it’s priced is hard to understand ($85 per person prefix for dinner regardless of what you order) and may make it relatively more expensive for some combination of dishes. Other than that, food and service was fantastic.

Kenny: Very nice dining experience. Only negative is the lack of ability to walk in. Orders: - soft shell crab: awesome combination of fried soft shell crab with lettuce wrap. Soft shell crab was fresh and well fried which is sometimes hard to find in the states. - steak and egg: unique presentation of tater tot in a 'race car' box. Steak is well cooked and seasoned simply. Nothing really special but this is how steak should be. - strawberry cake: good overall. Would prefer a more egg based cake. Sample: - movie theatre soup? : It was too salty. Not a big fan. Service was great overall. Would return when I'm in the area.

N -: It was my first time going to a Michelin star restaurant. The food is definitely unique, but not for people who like simple food. Not worth the price, despite its rating. The desserts are not adequately sized for a meal that big... Did not finish the dessert that served "2.9" people. The service was exceptional, with attentive staff. The upper level has a quaint dining space and the bathroom is very nice.
Response: Hi Nathalie, Thanks so much for your feedback. We would love to further discuss your experience with us and get a little more information from you. Could you please contact me directly via email: misha@rosesrestaurantgroup.com. Look forward to hearing from you!

Andrea Bronstein: This was my first time at a Michelin star restaurant and it was an amazing experience. I booked the garden bar area mistakenly thinking it was just for the garden area in general and I’d have a table so I was disappointed when I was seated but it ended up being a great experience. Josh, the bartender, was really personable and knowledgeable and my fiancé and I really enjoyed chatting with him. The food was really good, especially the steak and eggs dish.

Ryan Montoya: This meal was incredible. The English pea cake was maybe the highlight for me and I can't believe how well it traveled and presented. All the instructions were crystal clear and we had fun putting the food together. We chose this menu as we were fasting but I am very curious to try the non vegetarian option in the future. My wife and I haven't been able to get out to restaurants so this option was amazing, but I really do hope someday to experience Rose in person. Absolutely incredible service, from the responsiveness to my request to have the food delivered early (we were traveling that day) to the very friendly, accommodating and personal service of the delivery person (my wife didn't know it was a surprise, mistakenly sent the delivery person away to my work, and the delivery person followed up and realized my wife's error and still delivered the food!). I really can't ask for better service, and it makes this restaurant a true standout among our experiences dining during the pandemic.

Megan Martinez: We loved Rose’s Luxury! Our waiter was extremely nice. The whole staff was super friendly. We got to try 6 dishes since we were a party of three. The lychee salad is a must. The cabbage and chicken were also extremely delicious. We got two deserts and a single coffee French press. They brought us a special tart for my sister since it was her birthday! At the end I was so touched to get a gift at the end of the meal which was a pasta and spice set to make at home!

波。真秀ᶘ oᴥoᶅ: We reserved a table two weeks in advance, because we know how popular this place is. We enjoyed the refreshing change to casual comfort food, compared with our previous experience of haute-cuisine in Michelin star restaurants. Our server, Dominic, was very friendly and attentive. My wife's favorite dish was Seth's Fancy Fish Camp, while I liked the Cacio e Pepe Souffle. The Steak and Eggs was perfectly cooked, medium-rare, and the sidecar was a fun addition. At the beginning of the meal, we were served freshly baked madeleines, which are the best we have had in the USA.

Carolyn Zacharias: I came in nervously as a solo dinner and ate at the bar - I was immediately greeted by a warm and welcoming staff - from the host to each server explaining the dishes. John and Harley at the bar took excellent care of me through the creation of delicious drinks and perfect recommendations for food. I had the lychee and pork salad which at first glance seemed like a creation of mismatched ingredients, it was both refreshing and hearty. In addition I tried the leek pasta and the soy glazed chicken, both dishes I highly recommend as they are both comforting and creative!

3. BRESCA

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486 reviews
BRESCA
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1906 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5:30PM

Guy: Restaurant


Review: "The food was just ok for a 2 michelin star restaurant..!!"

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HK: We had a three course dinner and it was absolutely delicious. The amuse bouches were surprisingly delicate and layered in flavor. Dishes came out pretty quickly without delay even though the restaurant was packed on a Saturday night. Would like to visit again!

Tommy Waters: It was our first time at Bresca and I feel the need to leave a review. I don’t typically leave a review unless I’m “moved” one way or another. And this amazing place deserves any positive comment I could possibly leave and then some! From the caviar starter to the ending pieces of dessert heaven the entire experience was just incredible! One word of warning, this place adds on the dollars FAST…. But you will more than likely already know that with just the smallest amount of investigation. With that being said, DO IT! Add on the caviar, add in the wine pairing, add on the black truffle shavings…do it ALL! It’s more than worth it and you won’t be sorry! If you would visit this restaurant don’t expect anything other than a unique experience provided by the talented chef and his crew! Expect amazing service! Expect an outstanding welcome by the hosts/hostesses! Expect an incredible waitstaff team (and if you are lucky enough to have Sherman you are in for a treat)! Just expect an amazing time and pay the expensive bill with the included gratuity knowing they deserve every bit of it and more! This is not a restaurant to go to on a budget. But like I said you’ll probably already expecting it. It’s WORTH IT!!!!!

Amanda Anoh: Went there for the first time for date night. It was an awesome experience! the prices are fixed for the meal courses. The service is great and the food extraordinary. It is exactly a tasting if you will because of the portion but we got the 6 course meal, so it was filing. A simple decor but nice, with a true French approach to service as in silverware, napkins, waiters. The bar was nice as well. I enjoyed myself and will be back.

Marisa Checca: I’ve been several times. Hands down one of the best restaurants in DC. I never knew I liked rhubarb until I tried their tart with foie gras, it was unreal. The seasoning and crust on their duck breast is the best in the city. Their petit fours, especially their Madelines, are some of the best I’ve ever had. They are always generous and give us extra if we ask :) I will keep on going back and back. Their staff is so friendly and I love the decor.

Ivan Vesely: My wife and I were there 3 months ago and frankly were quite disappointed. I was fine but my wife developed diarrhea right afterwards. We also paid extra money to add truffles to one of the dishes. These truffles were very odd. They looked like truffles but they had absolutely no smell and no taste. I‘ve had truffles a few times before and this was nothing like the way they normally are. Now, having said that, the wine pairing was outstanding. I’ve tried to find wines like this in my local liquor store and was unable to. They were truly memorable. But compared to Cranes, another single Michelin star restaurant we visited recently, this one just could not compare.

Alexander O'Neill: Definitely a interesting dining experience with food foams galore. If you can, grab one of the cute spots outdoors — it’s a little greenhouse laced with cherry blossoms. I’d recommend doing the three course set menu with the wine pairing. Splurge a little. The favorite dish at the table was BREACA’s take on cacio e pepe. The main course which for us was either venison or wagyu beef was the absolute line between cooked and raw — especially for venison. Regardless everything was very tasty and the staff was excellent. Overall a great time.

Reginald Anadio: Absolutely phenomenal! Highly recommend visiting Bresca. My waitress, Alex, was particularly welcoming, caring, and attentive. From start to finish, I was greeted by immaculate service. After spending a lot of time job hunting and landing one in DC, I decided to celebrate the moment at Bresca. They made the moment feel extremely special. From greeting me with complimentary champagne (Veuve nonetheless!) to tasting a delicious wine, they went well beyond what I could’ve expected. Thank you.

Gaya B: We had a great experience sitting outside in one of those cute little houses. Staff is excellent, really above and beyond experience. Professional and personable. The place has a Michelin star, so you can guess the food is good. :) You can play your own music via Bluetooth in the little house too!

PS Y: The positives: the wine pairing was mostly very good, and the bread and madeleines were delicious. The amount of food was also generous (but considering the price tag of $135, it had better be). But every dish at Bresca was ruined by some cloyingly sweet element. The best dish, a sunchoke agnoloti, could have been great but was destroyed by an unnecessarily sweet cappuccino-like vanilla foam. The worst offender was the herbal tea at the end- why would you serve this with lots of sugar mixed in rather than serving as a light digestive aid after a big meal? The least sweet and best executed dish was a chicken. But chicken breast in such an expensive restaurant, and followed by more fowl? (duck, Bresca's specialty, which was underwhelming but fine if you could avoid the sweet puree under the sweet beetroot). Service was poor especially considering a compulsory 22% charge that's not announced in the menu. We were seated well after our reservation time and served dessert some 15 minutes after a table that came after us. No gesture of apology. When I passed on my feedback to the server that the food was too sweet, he said “ok, alright” rather than"oh thanks I'll pass it on to the chef”. Will not be back.

Lin Dinh: Finally got to go to one of those “a little bit for a lot” restaurants and I do not regret it!! Really didn’t think these little bites would fill me up, but boy, was I wrong. Clean, sleek kitchen, very intimate and perfect date night location. The drinks were delicious and super unique. 10/10 would recommend!
Response: Hey Lin. We are humbled by your 5-Star rating and your "10/10" review of Bresca! Thank for taking the time to write this review and we do hope to see you again soon.

4. Pineapple and Pearls

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Pineapple and Pearls
Location
4.8
Price/Quality
4.8
Service
4.9
Parking
4.8
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 715 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Telephone: (202) 595-7375

Guy: Fine dining restaurant


Review: "Absolutely fantastic & 2 Michelin stars well deserved."

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Stephan Herard: One of, if not the greatest experience I've had dining. I've been to many Michelin star restaurants and this one stood out from them all. I had very high expectations coming into this dinner, and they surpassed them in every possible way. The food and drinks are inventive and imaginative. And above all delicious. The idea that they try to make the dinner a party is no exaggeration and it felt just like that. The staff was amazing and made everything fun. All the dishes had a story and meaning behind them and they worked together and made sense. The wine pairing and the non-alcoholic pairing were great additions and I highly recommend. The experience is priceless. (Oh and if you worry that you'll be hungry after the dinner, don't be. There's so much food)

Kiran Mand: Not impressed at all. The food was just ok some of it was actually not good. The service was slow. We missed out on some of the extras that they gave the tables around us and when we left we came home with a box that was for a different table with their pictures in them. We had to beg for the check after almost 3 hours. Definitely not worth the hefty price tag. I will not be back.

AlixTakesaBite: Amazing experience at the chefs counter! We got 10 courses and each bite was filled with unique texture and flavor combinations. Service was also flawless, which is to be expected from a two Michelin star restaurant. It really held up to the hype. I highly recommend! ig: @whetyourappetites

James Ives: An absolutely unforgettable experience, featuring some of the most innovative and flavorful dishes I've ever had. We opted for the chef's table experience with the luxury wine pairing and the optional course. As we entered we were provided with a cool towel while we waited for our table, and were offered a drink to get us started. After we sat down we were introduced to the restaurant and service as our courses were prepared. The service started with a table-side cocktail with a series of bite size pastry snacks, before moving on to a number of sea food dishes, eventually ending up at a barbecued lamb dish. The drink pairings were excellent, and included a number of vintage wines that are usually unavailable to purchase unless you have a connection in the industry. The highlight of the meal was definitely the optional Caviar Taco's and the Creole Style Blackened Monkfish. After the meal was over our server offered us coffee and gave us a signed menu by the kitchen staff as we were celebrating our first anniversary, which was a really nice way to top off the evening. Overall I highly recommend Pineapple & Pearls for a special occasion, it's worth its 2 Michelin starred rating and provides a memorable experience that you'll cherish for time to come.

Jesse Belt: The single best dining experience I've ever had. From the seating allowing us to watch the chefs to the service that was both attentive and unobtrusive, details were important. That said, most importantly each dish was an image of perfection and a taste explosion that was varied, unexpected and superlative in its execution.

Andrew Pitts: Absolutely unbelievable dining experience. From the moment you walk in and are greeted with a smile and a glass of champagne, to the exit gift, P&P delivered an extraordinary meal from start to finish! Thank you!

Joshua Miao: My 2nd time here and it was even better than the 1st. Sat at the Chef's Bar and was able to see most of the action go on. All the servers were very attentive and friendly. Definitely recommend this place. The price to me was definitely worth it. Not sure what else expecting from fine dining. Both my uncle and I were satisfied and were full at the end. There's no tipping at the end. All included in the price when reserving online.

Dave Watts: This is certainly one of the top restaurants in DC, maybe the best one. It's small and nearly always full, so reservations must be made well in advance. I've gone several times, but have never managed to get anything other than bar seating. It provides a wondrous tasting menu which includes either alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage pairings. In fact, you'll be served beverages and hot towels the minute you come in the door, to prepare for your meal. The bar seating is actually very nice, because you can see the inner workings of the kitchen right in front of you. It's almost as much fun watching the kitchen as eating the food! The chefs have a call-and-response routine where they announce what is going to whom, and it sounds a bit like a pirate crew might. The dishes are very small as befits a tasting menu, and you don't order anything, or even know what's on the menu in advance. If you're vegetarian or have other dietary needs, you just tell them when you're making your reservations and they'll take care of you. They give you a copy of that night's menu when you leave, so you can remember what you ate, but each dish is pretty complicated and intricate, and it's hard to remember exactly what everything was without the menu! The service is impeccable, of course. At some restaurants, ones I like even, tasting menus can seem like a bit of a slog. Here, though, it's more like an adventure to see what will happen next. The waitstaff is very good about explaining in detail what you're getting, how to eat it and so on. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

rebecca weaver: Everything was amazing. My personal favorite was the breakfast, which was a sourdough french toast with blue cheese and truffle, and it was one of the best dishes I have ever had. The entire experience was simply Devine. Since we went to celebrate a birthday, we even got a parting gift of a signed menu, a pineapple candy shaped as a pearl, and they made a donation for each guest. I would definitely go back to celebrate another event.

Robert Ames: Get ready for a truly special and enjoyable evening. A truly memorable experience. As soon as you enter Pineapple and Pearls, they make it clear this is your night and they are there to take care of you. We were started with a delicious white tea while we waited and then were seated in the beautiful dining area. You will be stricken by how quiet it is despite the chefs working right there. They demonstrate discipline. There is no drama here. Just absolute focus on making delicious courses. We traveled along a 10 or so tasting course. Each course is gorgeous looking. Served beautifully and delicious. The pairings - both alcoholic and non-alcoholic were spot on. What I like is it’s not just wine on the alcohol side. They had some truly delicious and unique ciders tonight and a smoked beer that was perfect. We loved all the dishes. I would say that we enjoyed the desserts more on our last visit. They were more innovative and surprising. These weren’t bad, they just weren’t sensational. They focus on taking care of any dietary concerns. In fact, you hear the entire chef gang calling and repeating the needs of each visitor as they begin. It was a beautiful evening. Fit for a special occasion.

5. Xiquet by Danny Lledó

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Xiquet by Danny Lledó
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 2404 Wisconsin Ave B, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 913-4671

Guy: Fine dining restaurant


Review: "Okay level food and service for Michelin 1 star level."

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Maymay Ditnoy: The experience was exceptional. We visited Xiquet for an early Valentine's Day celebration and were lucky to get a seat next to the open kitchen. The menu and ingredient selections were outstanding. Staffs were attentive and provided a beautiful experience for the both of us. For a special occasion, or not, I would recommend trying this place out. Definitely deserved the Michelin star they were awarded with. We selected the 14 course meal and wine pairing for one ($850 including gratuity). A few improvements: music and attention to detail. Overall, Xiquet is one of the best in the area. If you are looking for a fine dining experience for your loved one or for yourself, this is the spot.

Clayton Russell: Can you give more than 5-stars?? Wow - my wife and I finally had a night out and we chose the right place. Every detail (and they pay attention to ALL of them) was so eloquent and tailored. The service is impeccable. The food divine. The wine pairing perfection. The atmosphere is like nowhere I’ve ever been. Danny feels more like a gracious host than a world renowned chef. We simply loved this experience and can’t wait to return.

Leslie Matista: I was lucky enough to snag a last minute reservation at Xiquet during an impromptu trip to DC and I was blow away! I’ve stopped in at Slate (the bar downstairs) a couple times for drinks and small plates and it is always fabulous but this was my first time doing the whole experience and it was beyond memorable. I love the concept of progression throughout the restaurant as part of the experience! Every dish was delicious and unique, and the knowledge of the staff really added to the experience. It’s hard to choose a favorite composition but I found the flavor and presentation of the white asparagus and caviar to be especially memorable. Our entire table raved about the paella and the wine pairings as well. I really enjoyed the touch of moving to the lounge for desserts and coffee/after dinner drinks with the chef. Overall One of the best meals and most memorable dining experiences I’ve had!
Response: Hi Leslie, It was a pleasure to host you, and we're so glad you enjoyed the experience! We look forward to seeing you again in the future!

Ryan Miller: Hands down the best dining experience I’ve had to date. From beginning to end, every dish was amazing and I could feel the creativity and love put into each. Service was phenomenal! Highly recommend to anyone visiting DC.

Claire Lyons: Unforgettable experience celebrating my birthday at Xiquet! Chef’s take the Valencian stew, All I Pebre, was one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. The paella was amazing, of course, and Chef Danny was kind enough to send out a nice birthday surprise before joining us briefly as we finished the menu with coffee, drinks, and sweets in the mezzanine lounge.
Response: Hi Claire, Thank you for choosing to celebrate your birthday with us! We're happy to hear that it was a memorable experience for your special occasion. We look forward to hosting you again in the future!

Stephanye Loftin: When good fortune gifted us a parking space at Xiquet’s door, our party felt kismet kissed — a clear signal that we were destined for a birthday celebration unmatched! Chef Danny, all-encompassing, you & your team were charming, comforting, & consummate! Maravilloso! We loved every moment of our culinary adventure: • from the first act’s beverage offerings & aperitivos at the Chef’s Counter: Our birthday girl proclaims your Penchi Daiquiri “the best drink she’s ever had!” • to your top floor’s 14-course comida experiencia: Eight mesmerizing offerings continue to electrify conversation — caviar service; grilled octopus w/grapes; sea cucumber; tartare Ibèric; fennel; dover sole; oxtail; & wagyu. • to the final act’s after-dinner treats in your mezzanine lounge: Confections of sweet delight! Chef, we felt welcomed & favored at Xiquet. Thank you for granting us a view into the framing of your evening’s culinary masterpiece. Perfección!
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We hope to see you back soon!

Lisa Brundage: Best meal in DC. Creative dishes with incredible depth and a great wine pairing.

Cristina Clark: Horrendous!!! We order a thanksgiving meal for ten and when we got home with the order had to go running to the store and buy more food. Super small portions the pork full of fat and bones, the turkey was ok. The stuffing and gravy was good

Ben L.: Wife and I went here for our anniversary dinner and Xiquet knocked it out of the park. The food was phenomenal and the service was impeccable. We thoroughly enjoyed the start at the chef’s counter, then progressing to dinner and capping our night with an after dinner beverage. A wonderful place for any special occasion, all because of the attention to detail (from the food to the service). My wife and I loved our experience and can’t thank the chefs and the service staff for making our night a memorable one.

Rishi Saxena: Dining at Xiquet is a true experience: starting at the bar and then moving between levels, you'll feel like you're having a meal at the home of someone who cares about you having the best experience. The service was careful and attentive. The food was outstanding, and - I mean this sincerely - among the best in the DC area. We appreciated the accommodation of a full vegetarian tasting menu; nothing felt out of place, rather the dishes were beautiful on their own. The wine pairings were also stunning - shout out to the somm! We loved getting to try especially unique Spanish wines. We're looking forward to coming back, and hopefully the addition of more stars! All the praise is truly deserved.
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We hope to see you back soon!

6. minibar by José Andrés

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minibar by José Andrés
Location
4.7
Price/Quality
4.8
Service
4.7
Parking
4.7
Wifi quality
4.7

Address: 855 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 393-0812

Guy: Fine dining restaurant


Review: "Top 2 or 3 of all the Michelin star restaurants I've been to."

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Cynthia M: Absolutely phenomenal experience!! Husband took me to celebrate my birthday here and not only did we have amazingly delicious food, but the service was impeccable. I also appreciated the fun atmosphere they created for everyone and thought it was really nice being able to sit all around the kitchen and being able to observe the chefs create the dishes. We didn’t do the wine pairing but did order some cocktails, which were also spectacular (they do give you a few for free too!). For my birthday, they served me a cheesecake at the end and were very kind to help us take a Polaroid photo for us to keep! We were also sent home with a delicious milk bread. Absolutely enjoyed this experience and adored this Japanese inspired menu. Thank you for a memorable night, minibar!!

Ashley Evans: The cocktail experience was phenomenal! Such a fun experience for two people. We got the black truffle grilled cheese as a snack - delicious!

By Night We Can Be More: It was awesome! I had no idea that I can taste so much flavors! I am sure we will come back in there. Atmosphere is great, you feel like part of the kitchen, having fun, enjoying the food... It's wonderful experience!

Yolanda Zhou: Everything was beautiful at minibar, even the bathroom. The service, presentation, and overall experience was amazing. The pacing was a little slow but was made up by the chefs plating the dishes right in front of you. My favorites were the corn and caviar, soy chicharron, nori senbei, and strawberry milk. We tried the gin and juice cocktail from barmini, which was wonderful as well.

Jesse: Japanese-inspired chef counter experience. Very elegent and minimal; inventive preparation; and unique and surprising.

Douglas Anderson: Best dining experience in the US. From the staff, to the facility to the food. OUTSTANDING

Angelique Garcia: Such an awesome experience! By far one of the best restaurants in D.C... The only thing is I wouldn’t gave gotten the wine pairing if I had known what I’d be served. Only one red, fairly sweet whites for my palate, and the pours were more of a tasting than a pairing. The food and service were impeccable though. Thank you Minibar chefs and José Andrés!

George Junca: Amazing food and totally fantastic experience, service is totally on point and elevates the dining experience overall. The wine pairings were perfect and really liked some if the playful elements like the bahn mi that looks like is served on roll but is actually made of apple, the chicharron that has no pork, etc.

Matt Watier: Second time here and it was a treat. The real standouts was the lobster and duck egg, and the forest floor mushroom dish. A great example of how modern gastronomy can bring together flavors texture and temperatures that traditionally cooked food can not.

Victor Wang: An out of this world experience with some of the most whimsical and delicious food. Service was very attentive and watching the chefs create art in front of your eyes was magical. Be sure to make reservations as soon as they release them online. The wine pairings all worked perfectly and everyone was extremely knowledgeable.

7. Jônt

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Jônt
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.7
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: 1904 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5:30PM

Guy: Restaurant


Review: "Absolutely phenomenal, no Michelin stars but I'm sure there will be soon!"

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Francis Botero: There aren't enough stars so here are a few more: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Food was amazing 🤩 While the price seems high, it's well worth it, especially with the wine pairing. The dinnerware added drama and helped highlight the beauty of the food. Service was on point and took great care of us.

Jeff Ahn: Great place to go for a special event. I think the main course was slightly dry but other than that everything was great! My course came with 3 desserts which made it even better. My only comment about Jont is the price as I don't believe the price justifies the quality of the meal. 2 star restaurant for 3 star price...

brian sullivan: This is one of, if not the best tasting menus we've had. Start to finish there was not a dish we did not absolutely love. We opted to split a reserve wine pairing and do a truffle upgrade as well, and it was so worth it! One of the pricier, but definitely one of the best for sure. The duck dish was probably our favorite. I'm also a huge chocolate fan for dessert, but the skyberry dessert was simply amazing. The first bites were also all delicious. It was also nice that with the wine pairing they brought a new wine with nearly every dish, which was a good bit! The pours were slightly smaller of each, but it was nice to have the variety! Highly recommended, and I hope they get their 3rd star soon!

Naresh Singh: The chef’s counter experience is not to be missed if you are in D.C. Unexpected dishes and consistently good execution. Fantastic wine pairing - I opted for the normal version. Dessert is a full, decadent experience all by itself. The staff is wonderful too.
Response: Thank you for the wonderful review Naresh. We are glad you enjoyed your Jônt experience and hope to see you again soon.

Steven Laken: Dining here is quite the experience. The experience is intimate and feels like you are eating in the kitchen of a pro chef. The food is prepared incredibly well and technically there are no faults here. The presentation is by far the best I have seen. So, why four stars?. First, the meal is rushed. Each plate is served right after another and there is little to no time to savior the experience. In fact, at times my guests' plate was removed before I was finished, or the plate removed while I was still chewing on the bite. The check is served during the last course, and people are arriving before the last course is served. I would rather they decrease two courses (as there are already too many to count) and really give the patron an opportunity to enjoy the experience. Second, the music is horrible. During desert they were playing some song that literally probably used the "N" word 20 times. The pairing of the music with that dining experience is something I don't personally care for. I felt it was like doing the wine pairing with Schlitz. Third, as stated above, the food is masterfully prepared and presented exquisitely. However, I feel like the food lacked true inspirational taste and nothing stood out. Having said that, nothing stood out because everything was technically well done - not inspirationally done. Finally, I feel everything was a little too choregraphed and not heartfelt. The staff never really took time to speak with the customers, and chef de cuisine never once smiled, or introduced himself, and the hourglass on display definitely made it feel like a second seating on Broadway was coming in. Don't get me wrong, this place is exceptional and my complaints are nits. With a few attention to details, this place could be one of the most extraordinary restaurants and experiences a person could have in their life. If they adjusted and fixed these, I would absolutely go back.

Daniel Kim: I usually don't take pictures of food because I think it's super obnoxious, but Jônt deserves every photo. From start to finish, it was super well paced, quality of the service was amazing and the food... execution was top tier. I'd say the tasting course that I had was an Asian fusion type of vibe. An interesting point to be made about the dinner is that the dessert is handled outside of the entree bar (don't really know what to call it) in a very cozy and comfortable environment. Super cool concept. Only negative is that the music is too loud, but I'm really trying to find something that I disliked. Great experience, cool staff and great food. Worth the splurge. 9.4/10

Jeffie: Had an amazing 1 year anniversary with my fiancé. The service were welcoming and elegant. The “secrete room” element was definitely the wow factor! The food was very creative with the perfect oriental aspiration. The separated dessert area gave us another layer of new experience. I was very impressed that our waitress explained the origin of matcha thoroughly. I hope the restaurant can release the seasonal menu so that we can have a preview and come back again.

H Lee: I’ve been fortunate enough to have enjoyed the Chef’s Counter experience here a few times and each has been deliciously memorable. Looking back at all the dishes, some patterns emerge that define Chef Ryan’s vision for Jont and his unique perspective on fine dining. First, he has a few core proteins he likes to use to serve as the backbone of the overall experience – waygu beef, caviar, and duck. It’s a strong protein trio as it includes some of the most refined elements from land, sea, and air. From this initial framework, he adds nuanced flavors from seasonal ingredients and uses both advanced cooking and playful plating techniques to create haute cuisine that is delicious as it is artistic. Second, he doesn’t think of dessert as an afterthought. Most high-end restaurants get this wrong. Either they provide too few options or the options they do provide lack the imagination and finesse of the main entrees. At Jont, Chef Ryan and his team use dessert the same way a writer uses an exclamation point to punctuate and emphasize an overall sentiment – You’re going to remember this! Third, he understands how all the details matter from the overall layout of the counter and kitchen, to the exquisite glassware/flatware, and the overall impeccable food service. It’s clear that Chef Ryan and his team have created something special here at Jont and are deserving of their two Michelin stars. If you’re lucky enough to dine here be sure to ask the staff about the story of the White Rabbit.

rebecca weaver: I don't even know where to start. If you're think about going to Jont, the answer is do it. All of the food was incredible. My wife and I both chose the Jont Wine Pairing, and my wife chose the White Truffle Add On. For the wine pairing I was pleasantly surprised that with some of the choices, including a Sake which was very fun. For the truffle add on, they definitely do not skimp on the truffles and it comes with an additional dessert course. All of the staff members were very personable, and I think this might be our favorite Michelin restaurant so far. Some highlights for use were the 3 iterations of duck, the snacks at the begging, and the snack box in dessert which seemed to never end. We will 1000% be back!

S H: Best restaurant I’ve experienced in my life. Everything on point. You won’t be disappointed.

8. Kinship

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Kinship
Location
4.7
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.6
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: 1015 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5:30PM

Telephone: (202) 737-7700

Guy: New American restaurant


Review: "For a Michelin one star restaurant I would say it is average."

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Andrea Bindewald: My husband and I celebrated our 16th anniversary dinner here this week. We had an awesome time. The service was amazing, and the atmosphere was perfect. Great lighting, good background music, and the restaurant was cozy but not overcrowded. The food and drinks were top notch. Paced well. The plating was beautiful and the various combinations of flavor profiles was really interesting and delicious. Highly recommend making reservations as they book up sometimes a week out. Only open Wed-Sun

Guilherme Montassier: The ambiance is very modern and light. It feels like you are in an art gallery waiting for new paintings to arrive, in between exhibits. The food is definitely above your average restaurant, with well thought flavor combinations and lovely presentation. Most of the dishes did not dazzle me, but the kinship roast chicken is a delight. Roast chicken done to perfection. I was also very surprised by the black forest cake. Overall a good experience, but am not planning a return for now.

Shannen: One of the best dinners I’ve had in DC to date! My boyfriend took me here for my birthday, and there was a little handwritten birthday note at the table when we arrived. Food was amazing; we truly loved everything we ordered (the potatoes served with the ribeye were too salty, though). Drinks were good too. Service was awesome, and I wish I could remember our main server’s name, because he was incredible. In summary, I highly recommend this spot for your next special occasion!!

Caroline G.: Maybe we came on a bad night? We came here on a Wednesday and overall just didn’t meet expectations. Presentation was always nice but the actual taste fell short. Drinks were underwhelming. The wait time between courses was excessive. Can’t remember all the names but we got a salad, ravioli, lobster French toast, lamb, halibut, peanut butter and pistachio desserts. The salad was odd and aside from the sauce not very appetizing. Pasta definitely fell short. Lobster French toast, as odd as that sounds, was the star of the night. Lamb was very dry and the toasted bread on top was soggy on the underside which ruined the texture they were going for. Just poorly planned dish all around. The halibut was confusing because yes, it was delicious and poached perfectly… but then it was 100% over staged by the curry. I enjoyed the dish I just can’t understand why they would choose to drown out such a beautiful piece of fish. I might as well have been eating potatoes, all I could taste was the curry. The desserts were hands down most disappointing. The peanut butter looked like a Kind bar was cut in half then they paired it with a spoonful of ice cream that just didn’t go. I think I would have rather ate a Kind bar. 3/10. The pistachio one was even worse as literally nothing alone or together was appetizing aside from the red sauce which we got 4 drops of. We were trying to figure out if there was something gone bad in the white sauce or if that was the taste they were going for. Our server insisted the pistachio was their best dessert so that was alarming. Speaking of server he was nice but just incredibly awkward and I felt like I was at a car dealership instead of a fine dining establishment. Everything here was just strange and missed the mark for me. Definitely wouldn’t return but given the other reviews I’m just thinking we might have come on an off night with B staff.

Shannon T: 2.5 stars. It’s just a regular fine dining place. Soup lukewarm. Bread soft and cold. No butter selection ( not Michelin level). The shrimp appetizer was odd - it was bland. The duck breast- we had way better one in Baltimore. The prime beef and foe grais were great! The lobster toast was delicious but texture wise was just sloppy. The overall presentation of food was very very normal. Only the server was smiling but none of the other waiters or waitresses were; one even sighed when serving us soup. In sum, service wasn’t even at fine dining level. This place is just okay for a regular fine dining and pricing, but certainly didn’t get a passing grade for a Michelin star restaurant for its food presentation, quality and service.

Kaitlin Wolfford: We were beyond pleased with our experience at Kinship. We were promptly seated upon arrival and the menu was explained to us. Drinks and food all came out in a very timely manner. We ordered the following: Puree of Brussels Sprouts Soup Lemon Crusted Filet of Halibut Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder Unfortunately I can't remember what the other dishes were called because this was a few months ago and the menu has been updated since then. Everything was excellent but the soup, the lamb, and the dessert were the stars of the night. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a nice night out.

Manda B: Best dining experience of my life. We had an incredible amount of fun. And if Matthew is your server, consider yourself incredibly incredibly lucky Lobster French toast 👌 Duck dish. 👌 Carrot cake... Killed us ♥️👌♥️👌

luci wang: Appetizers are amazing. Entrees are good but not as good as the appetizers. The roast chicken for the table is very big. If you're planning to get that for the table, skip out on entree so you'd have room for dessert

Andrea Martin: I’m not sure where the Michelin star came from- plating was beautiful the food fell flat. The seasoning on the food items was either way too much or not enough and they only seem to have salt- the duck breast was bland- the ribeye was a great cut but still not cooked to perfection. I am probably most impressed but the thumb fat asparagus tips that were tender. Left feeling underwhelmed and as though I overpaid for the meal and experience. The service was also underwhelming- I had to fill my own water glass the entire time and we ran out of water on the table and were never brought more. I also had to ask for a drink menu.

Rebecca Kaufman: One of my favorite places to eat in DC. Is it expensive? Yes. Expect to spend about $100-$150 a person if eating well and drinking cocktails or glasses of wine. However this is one of the few places that you will never be disappointed with the quality of food, service, and general atmosphere. It is absolutely worth every penny spent.

9. Rooster & Owl

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Rooster & Owl
Location
4.7
Price/Quality
4.8
Service
4.7
Parking
4.7
Wifi quality
4.7

Address: 2436 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 915-9004

Guy: Restaurant


Review: "4 star for a Michelin star restaurant."

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Tilak Kalaria: Rooster & Owl is the real deal in DC. Their Michelin star is well deserved. Their ambience provides the familiar hustle and bustle of a city. Their service is incredibly top notch, I can’t over express their attention to detail. We tried absolutely everything on the menu and WOW it all packed tons of unique and delicious flavours that were exciting to try and warming in comfort. Their cocktails including their own whiskey compliment the menu excellently. We also had a delicious bottle wine. I must say their pastry chef went above and beyond for us as we took the dessert to go. I highly recommend going out of your way to experience dining at Rooster & Owl!

The Hero Signal: Fantastic experience. Came in for our anniversary, we asked our server for recommendations and everything she recommended was amazing. The portions are generally big enough to share between two people, so feel free to order different items off the menu and share with your dining partner. We enjoyed every single dish we were served, even the rolls rough to us before the meal and the cookies provided with the check. We will definitely go back next time we visit DC.

Victoria Gesell: Decently executed meal with some highlights & a couple of low points. We enjoyed the variety of options in the four courses and how each course was intended to be shared amongst the table. The Gnocchi & Kale entree and the Mackerel left a whole lot to be desired, but the Octopus, Short ribs and Duck plates were great. While I wasn't blown away by flavors or techniques, the staff were friendly and efficient and we all left satisfied- not too full, but not hungry. We might be back to see how the seasonal menu changes.

Chris Walker: Fantastic night out with some different dishes and flavors. Go with friends (at least 4) and order the whole menu! You won’t be disappointed. From the salmon, to the scallion pancake, the steak, and the carrot pasta. Well deserved Michelin Star!

Kessashun Arthur: For starters, everything about the service I received made this feel like a warm, friendly, high-end experience. The prix fixe menu was creative with hints of culinary genius and it changes periodically (seasonally?); most diners probably never had these exact dishes before. They use very fresh, wholesome ingredients and execution was nearly flawless on every dish. If I'm nitpicking anything, my duck could have been a little more tender. Flavors were 8/10 across the board. Subtle, earthy, flavors dominated each course; nothing will punch you in the mouth. I don't think I'll every forget that tarragon froyo with my dessert; twas' an unexpected ingredient usage that produced excellence! Overall, I had a very solid experience. Portions are small-ish, but at $10 per extra course, there's incredible value in ordering as much as your heart desires. Rooster & Owl is deserving of their Michelin Star!

Leon Lin: Decent price, large portion overall, varied service, average to good taste, might come again. This seemed like one of the better value set menu places here, and it met expectations. Liked the beef with the peanuts (was it short rib?), salad, bread, and dessert. Taste was good, and the peanut crunch contrast with the beef is a nice touch. Thought the longer peanuts with the fish were a miss, was afraid half the time I was eating a bone. Service seemed over enthusiastic at clearing my plates, perhaps since I was dining alone.

Lisa Pan: 4 course meal. It came with a Hong Kong style pineapple bun for bread and it was delicious! Each course was tasty and surprisingly filling. You can really tell the Asian inspired flavors. The waiters are very knowledgeable about the menu items. We picked the courses individually instead of sharing, but the plates are definitely shareable (and they recommend to). I don’t feel the need to come back and re-taste the dishes until there’s new menu items, but It’s definitely worth trying out once. The Michelin star is well deserved. We had a flight to catch within a few hours and the staff was extremely accommodating and brought out the next courses quickly. Needless to say, the service here is amazing.

Andrea Martin: Great dining experience- great service (Kai, I hope I spelled that right) and great dining experience, the flavors were great octopus ceviche was a definite standout-the menu set up is unique- 2 people get to try 50% of the taste menu for 4 courses and a set price of $85. Both cocktails were great that were tried and the drink special also came with a bottle of wine. If you are visiting DC please add this to you must try. No qualms or sad ideas when signing the check.

Diana Milena Lopez Avila: We went to celebrate our anniversary and we had an amazing time despite the fact we had chosen the patio and it was extremely windy. Our waiter, Ralph, was very helpful and attentive. The food was absolutely delicious. Because we were celebrating our anniversary we got a glass of champagne and a card signed by all the staff.

ashley sprinkel: What am amazing place! The staff was so sweet and friendly. The food was fabulous. Each course was incredible and well plated. I left full and happy. Since we went for our anniversary they greeted us with champagne and a sweet card signed by the staff. Since I don’t drink alcohol they gave me a nonalcoholic champagne. My favorite courses were the steak diane and the pistachio dacquoise. All the courses had great flavor and plating those two were just beyond delicious. I will definitely be back to enjoy a meal in the future. The outdoor patio seating was very pleasant with heaters to keep it comfortable on a chilly night.

10. The Dabney

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The Dabney
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.7
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: 122 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 450-1015

Guy: Restaurant


Review: "We came tonight based on the fact it was a 1-star Michelin restaurant."

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James B: When traveling I try to seek out Michelin/ James beard places and this place definitely earned its star. It's a 4 course meal at a reasonable price, especially when you get all of the app choices. I got the duck as a main and the caramelized dark meat was the best I've ever had. All the other dishes were great too, the only slight underwhelming part is the cheese didn't pair well with the strawberries alone, you definitely had to use the crackers. The waiter was great for most of the night, the only slightly annoying thing is that I thought he mentioned he was throwing in the additional slider on the house since it was my first time, but I ended up getting charged for it

Jiaren Li: Well deserving of the accolades! The meal was extraordinarily enjoyable and our waitress was both insightful of the food and friendly. I was surprisingly mind blown by the roasted vegetables - superb ingredients and good techniques make something appear so simple but feels like beyond my ability to replicate at home.

Jeff Ahn: The Dabney is one of my favorite restaurants in DC. However, had a more sub-par experience this last time. Was late 15 minutes to our reservations and lost our seats indoors and had to sit in the heat outdoors. This was a little odd as it seemed many tables were available indoors. Our server was great and was accommodating. Food was great! the corn bread was extremely hot so be careful if you decide to get this! We eventually moved to the bar as it was extremely hot outside and finished our desserts and had a couple drinks. The bartender was nice and asked what we wanted but he got out order wrong. Kinda blamed it on us in front of us to our server which I thought was slightly unprofessional and awkward. Our server made it right at the end. Pros: Catfish sliders! its an extra dish outside of the course. Highly recommend! Dessert was great as well! Cons: Table outside was covered with ants. Bartender could have been a little more professional. Overall, quality of food was great. Service could have been better especially from a Michelin restaurant.

Jessica C: The Dabney is my go-to for special occasions. It’s pricey but whenever my friend from the west coast comes for a visit, it’s our fancy/celebratory reunion dinner. The wait staff is always friendly and they pay you great attention. There are lots of little touches that make this place great (i.e., my friend and I remembered how much we loved the bread and butter last time we came, and the staff gave us tiny jars of the butter to take home with us. The butter is so good you could eat it with a spoon). The snacks/first course were delicious. Even something as boring as a radish turned into a highlight of the meal (I avoid seafood but they made great substations with the pre-fixe menu to accommodate me). The meat is cooked beautifully (though I admit the lamb was fattier than I typically enjoy — see photo) and the egg tart was my favorite dish. The drink was aromatic and lovely. If you can save up for a fancy dinner, go.

Logan Kenney: Amazing farm to table meal, definitely worthy of the star! The food was perfectly prepared and the dishes were extremely well thought out. One of my favorite D.C. spots, it’s a must every time I go.

Beth H: A warm and relaxed place where culinary artists skillfully transform foraged and locally sourced ingredients into edible masterpieces. The finished product unfolds course upon course like symphonic movements, building on a theme, revisiting subtle refrains, interposing cleaver variations, and culminating in a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime edible aesthetic experience!

Nicholas Stephens: Absolutely loved it! Wait staff was super friendly, everyone said hello coming in and thank you, have a good night heading out. Our server, Christian, was very knowledgeable about the menu, offered great suggestions and was patient with our questions. Had a 5-course meal, including snacks, appetizers, entree, dessert and parting sweet treats for the road. A Michelin star restaurant tucked into Blagden Alley, worth the trip and the experience! Enjoy some of the artwork in the Alley, as well, right at the DC Alley Museum a few steps away. To the entire staff, thank you and I hope to see you again soon. Have a great night!

Julia Gooding: We walked in and we’re thankful to be able to have the choice of the fixed or a la carte. We opted to order from the menu. Warning: portions are really small, so be prepared to order a lot or don’t come super hungry. We joked you get but a dab of food (a La carte at least) at The Dabney, but it’s a tasty dab! Some highlights were hen of the woods, scallops, and the wild meringue desert. But I think the dark chocolate gelato could be darker and richer. Cocktails were interesting but I didn’t find them that interesting in terms of depth/layers of flavor. Really nice staff and positive experience, but a star off because my expectations (with the star) were quite high!

Matt Monarch: Great tasting menu, but probably not worth splurging on given the other options you have in DC. The catfish sliders are worth adding. All the other food pictured was very good but unspectacular.

Christine S: I’ve been here on several occasions, and the Dabney has always been consistently great. Quality of the ingredients really shine here, and the service is stellar. I still remember my first visit when I bit into a carrot and thought “this is what a carrot should taste like.” (LOL…I’m serious though). If you’re someone who appreciates quality ingredients from great suppliers, don’t miss out! From their latest menu (as of September 2021), I tried their chilled corn soup with Maryland crab, tomato tartine, lamb, and nectarine sorbet. I highly recommend the chilled corn soup! Cozy ambiance and great drink menu

11. Tail Up Goat

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942 reviews
Tail Up Goat
Location
4.7
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.6
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: 1827 Adams Mill Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5:30PM

Guy: Mediterranean restaurant


Review: "For a michelin starred restaurant, I expected more of an upscale feel."

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Annette R: Medium sized, 1st floor restaurant with outdoor dining. Concept is small, medium, or large plates. The menu is not big but very diverse. Prices are reasonable considering that it has a Michelin star. Reservations required. Restaurant has music playing in the background at a low-medium level & patrons are talking at a medium to loud level. Unique cocktails. All of our dishes were plated beautifully and very tasty. The corn dessert was delicious. We also had the cod, rice with shrimp & rock fish. There is a 22% service charge included & it is printed on the receipt & told to us by our waiter.

Ho Diem Tho: 4.5 stars for all, i think This is the course food so you have to take from snack to desserts. It costs 95$/person. 22% service and tip recommended. I came with 3 of my friends, we ordered one wine bottle and the total paid is 585$ not including tip The meals are good excepting for snacks, it is too salty to me

Allen Lin: Came here with my best foodie friend and his wife a while back and none of us were impressed. The environment wasn’t bad but probably below average for a Michelin star restaurant. We ordered several dishes and appetizers and surprisingly none of us were impressed with a single dish. The taste… just wasn’t that good. Having been to a lot of nice restaurants around the world and a lot of Michelin restaurants I thought this was a must skip. I will note however that I had another different foodie friend give a very good review, however since this is my review I can’t say I was impressed at all.

Ina Li: Elevated bistro comfort food and nice ambiance on a quiet street. The salt cod fritters and the sourdough with ricotta and orange marmalade are the highlights are the meal. Everything is rich in flavors and on the heavier side. The only thing that bothered us was the 22% mandatory service charge, which really is a lot on top of the already pricy menu, even considering the covid hardship.

Natalia Suska: So so so so yummy!! My partner and I tried a variety of different foods and everything was excellent. The ambiance was great too. A bit expensive but I can understand why, given how unique and incredible the food was. I’d go back.

Natalie Caldwell: What an experience. A Michelin star restaurant restaurant with the most friendly staff, that doesn’t take itself too seriously. We were advised on everything - from the food to the best wine pairings with what we ordered (we even got a little something extra since they thought it was a better flavor compliment). Everything was inventive, unique, and so tasty. We cannot wait to go back! For the food - (this was shared between two adults) Spiced tuna crudo- some of the best tuna you’ll ever have. Melts in your mouth, perfect balance of flavor. Bacon braised salsify- um this was amazing. A root vegetable (carrot-like) that was braised in bacon fat and covered in bbq sauce. SO GOOD. Carolina gold rice- understated but fantastic. This paired perfectly with a French Chardonnay. Ribeye - fantastic cut and perfectly cooked. The rolls with the marrow butter were a total unsung hero. That alone was a winning pairing. Now dessert - HOLY MOLEY. Get the Honey tart. Imagine a mini pie with a crust of oats and coffee. The inside is filled with a whipped oat filling and crisped to a merengue on top. Omg - FRICKEN amazing. This was such a wonderful evening. Thank you Tail Up Goat for making it so.

Brianna dimercurio: Tonight I decided to dine at Tail up Goat and it was such a great decision. I started with the salt cod which has been a staple for around 5 years and it was crunchy, briny and delicious. The carrot and chickpea panisse was bursting with carrot flavor and was so fresh and hit the spot. I followed these with the sourdough with ricotta infused with turnip and a blood orange marmalade. The bread was crispy yet tender and the accoutrements were perfect. I finished with the honey nut squash which was roasted to perfection and the dill with the yogurt was clean and reminded me of summertime, and with the black garlic created a sweet finish. I did have a desert with almond Madelines and quince but it was devoured so fast, a picture was never captured. This place was perfect for a solo diner but also a small group or a romantic date!

Vy H.: Came here last night for dinner and glad we had reservations because it was busy! I love that this restaurant requires proof of Covid vaccination or negative test results in order to dine inside—made me feel more at ease. And the staff is so friendly and attentive! They start you off with a small complimentary shot of cantaloupe ginger non-alcoholic sparkling shot—tasty and pretty refreshing. The Chicken Liver Mousse (small plate) was delicious—but I did not like the plum jam that was on top, so I scraped it off. You can order extra brioche bread, 4 slices for $1. The Roasted Eggplant (medium plate) was okay, nothing too special—I did like that they added a small piece of pork belly in the dish! The Seared Tilefish (large plate) was good—the almond skordalia was a good addition to it, and the butter on top melted enough so the fish wasn’t too dry. I personally would have liked this dish to be more salty, it was a bit bland for my taste. Note: There is an automatic 22% service charge to your bill—they are very upfront about it and even stamp a note on your bill, to reiterate. Parking is a nightmare around this area!! I had to circle around the whole area 5 times before finding street parking a few blocks away—so factor in extra time if you drive here. I didn’t notice any parking garages nearby.

Josh Axelrod: A fabulous dining experience, from the immaculately crafted dishes, to the extremely helpful staff, to the romantic and cozy atmosphere. A worthwhile splurge for a perfect date night.

Alex Chen: It’s amazing when a meal is so good that no single dish is a standout (or, perhaps EVERY dish was a standout?). What sets Tail Up Goat apart is how perfectly balanced everything is: dishes feel both new yet familiar, presentation is a feast for the eyes, textures sing with each bite, and flavors blend together with a rare harmony. Everything we tried was accompanied with “ooohs” and “ahhs”. Ambiance was buzzy but still cozy around the prime dinner hour, and the service was attentive and helpful. We wrapped up feeling more than satiated, and I left already plotting our next return.

12. Masseria

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Masseria
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.4
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 1340 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6PM

Telephone: (202) 608-1330

Guy: Italian restaurant


Review: "What you'd expect from a Michelin star restaurant."

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Ryan Montoya: This was the best meal I’ve had with my wife in Washington DC, and I can’t believe it was take out. The staff were very friendly and professional and allowed me to wait at the bar for my pickup order. At home the meal included heating and preparation tips which was an excellent touch. A lot of care was put into how well the food would travel and reheat and the restaurant did an amazing job. Every course was perfect and my wife and I were stunned at how transcendent every single component was. We were remiss because we’ve always wanted to eat here in person but both the pandemic and getting childcare has prevented us. After this experience we will absolutely order again and hopefully be able to finally dine in person soon. I can’t recommend their “a casa” service enough, and also recommend adding their desert course.

David Jones: One of the best meals I've had in my life. So many incredible dishes: cheesy doughnuts, octopus with artichokes, truffle risotto, pumpkin ravioli. The non alcoholic cocktail pairing was a really nice touch ofr my pregnant wife. We did the chefs counter optiin and were able to view the kitchen. Highly recommend as a really pricey yet memorable meal.

Renee Ethier: Masseria didn’t disappoint. I had a lovely birthday dinner here. The service was top notch, the restaurant was beautiful, and the food and drinks were amazing. We added the foie gras mini cannoli, which was SO worth it. They even sent us on our way with a gift bag with some goodies. Everything was perfect.

Micah Robinson: Confusing upsell process when you first arrive. Most dishes were good — not great — but not particularly voluminous (inflation, I’m sure). The duck was NOT good. Tough. Tasted like it was pulled out of the Anacostia after subsisting off mud water and cigarette butts for a lifetime. There was a pickled carrot that was quite tasty. If it had been just a little larger than half a cashew (see photo with circle), then Masseria would be cruising at four stars for me. The desserts were good no doubt. We came hungry. We left … still pretty hungry. But we “checked that one off the list 🤡.” Not to rag too hard on the restaurant — maybe it was an off night — but I polled my partner after the meal: “Would you have been more satisfied with that for $500 or a gut-bomb Chipotle burrito bowl for $30, using the remaining $470 for two months of a personal trainer for two to kick the burrito bowl?” Of course, it was an obvious choice for her. Hope this helps. Gotta run to meet the personal trainer!

abigail snoznik: Masseria was one of my favorite tasting menus in DC. We sat at the chef’s counter and got the tasting menu and wine pairing. The meal starts with a homemade kombucha and only gets better. We had 8 dishes beginning with bread, and following up with various plates including a fish, octopus, 2 pastas, and duck. I especially loved the beet dish and linguine (I really really loved the linguine.) They finish things off with a gift bag including some desserts and olive oil. Atmosphere and service were both great. 5 stars.

Naresh Singh: Birthday lunch. This is probably the most unique Italian spot I’ve experienced so far and it’s obvious why they earned a Michelin star. Ambiance is great inside and the outdoor seating area is a nice touch. Cigars are available outside too!

Ron Hagage: Very nice place, if you seat outside the lighting in the afternoon makes for a great photo lighting.Service was on point, really, just what you'd expect from such a place.

Debbie Brown: Impeccable on all counts, can't say enough about the well orchestrated service and the food was incredible. I am an adventurous eater but there are a few things I don't normally eat however even those few things were transformed into beautiful, creative and delicious plates. Also well worth mentioning is the wine service. The somalier connected well with everyone in our party. This was a restaurant bucket list experience for my husband and I.

C Hanlon: We have dined at Masseria several times for celebrations and special occasions and enjoyed it, so we had booked tonight for a birthday dinner. We just received a call midday to let us know that they had suddenly decided to close the restaurant and cancel our reservation. Nothing was offered as an apology such as some type of credit or incentive for the future, even after explaining this was for a special occasion and it would be difficult to find a reservation at a similar place on the same day. We understand that it is a stressful time, but this is a high end, expensive restaurant that requires its guests to book, pay, and confirm in advance and does not allow them to cancel on the same day. There are many wonderful tasting menu options available in DC but what sets them apart is the service, and this was truly disappointing customer service.

Ryan Kaminsky: Food was great, service was pretty terrible. Price was not worth the meal.

13. Fiola

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Fiola
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.6
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: entrance on Indiana Ave, 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 628-2888

Guy: Italian restaurant


Review: "A one star Michelin restaurant."

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Joe Dominick: Without a doubt the best meal I've ever had. I went a couple of years ago while in DC for a conference. I had some sort of prefixed chef's tasting menu that had 7 or 8 courses, all paired with wine. it was amazing and I can't wait to go back. The first course was almost too much for me to try. I usually don't eat raw meat, and the first course was a raw oyster topped with wagyu beef tartare, then topped again with caviar. While I was not used to the texture, the flavor was absolute art. The seafood, meat, sides, sauces, all the way to the garnish was all masterful and delicious. It took several people to create, present, and deliver the meal to the table. It was like watching a show unfold. The server was very knowledgeable about everything served and we were lucky he was also a sommelier. This made it even more interesting as he presented the wine that was served with each course. I can't recommend this place enough. It was just honored as the #2 Italian restaurant in the world that's outside of Italy. Do yourself a favor and go ready to spend whatever it takes to get the full experience.

Brittany H: Dinner here was exceptional. Service staff was amazing. We did the harvest menu where you get to pick 4 items yourself and the chef picks the others for you. We had not one complaint. Every dish was delicious. Some of our favorites were the Eggplant Mousse, Langoustine, Childhood(Pasta), Farmers Steak(Wagyu)& the Sweet Beginnings(Pumpkin Spice "Latte," Honeynut Squash Gelato). It felt like by the end of the night we must of had 15+ dishes. Oh and the cocktails! Such an experience. Highly recommend ordering their specialty cocktails. It is like nothing you’ve experience before! Super creative & fun. Needless to say, you definitely get your moneys worth and will not leave hungry or unhappy. It was an amazing experience and we can’t wait to go back next time we’re in D.C.!

Manuj Bhandari: It's the best Italian restaurant in the DMV. Every dish is perfect. Definitely try the scampi, steak, Branzino, tortellini or the risotto. Can't go wrong with any of the dessert choices.

Hazel Sun: The yurt experience was beautiful. The design of the dishes, taste, and presentation were all creative and thoughtful. Also the portion sizes are very generous. The food itself was good, not amazing considering the price. But consider everything it’s worth the ticket. My favorite part was the pasta, mind-blowing. Not so impressed with my pork chop entry. The chickpea part was amazing, the pork itself was a bit boring.

Stacey King: Start to finish, a great experience with the tasting menu. But we were not as thrilled with the wine pairing. For $150 each we got 5 maybe 2-3 oz pours. And we were only delighted by one of the wines. But the service was outstanding.

nora a: my husband surprised me with a birthday dinner here and let me tell you, best food experience ever for the both of us. Everyone was so nice, the chef was very accommodating with our food substitutes and everything was perfect. It felt like a party in my mouth with every bite, so delicious! Will be back. Thank you again.

Dylan Prévost: Absolutely delightful celebration of spring. Fiola focuses heavily on local and seasonal produce, highlighting their selections in their written and spoken descriptions. The yurt was beautifully adorned, with good heating and options for ventilation, and came with its own little speaker, playing tasteful international music. Overall, we loved the atmosphere and the stunning diversity of the courses. Presentation of the dishes was clearly important to the chefs, truly eye candy when it arrives. The service was excellent and I was delighted to be offered a complementary dessert, based on the occasion we were celebrating. While we were impressed with most of the dishes, some fell short of excellence. Winners: the amouse bouche, seafood broth spaghetti antipasto, calabrian chili gremolata, au jus served in a burnt onion Less satisfied: dry/firm entree meats, a tiramisu whose chocolateyness was much too overpowering (despite its otherwise fun and novel style choices)

David Thomson: Best staff anywhere. Most of the courses were perfectly balanced. The peach and heirloom tomato gazpacho was my favorite.

Katsuyoshi Okuna: Elegant Italian cuisine. Wine list is amazing!

Tulsi: We had an amazing late birthday celebration at Fiola. They went above and beyond to make the evening special and memorable. The cupcakes they made for the occasion were the best we could remember - to die for. Whoever is running the pastry/baking and pastas knows what they’re doing! The seafood and cheese courses were also a highlight. Will def be back to try new items from their a la carte and wine list! Thank you to everyone involved in our meal ❤️🙂.

14. Blue Duck Tavern

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Blue Duck Tavern
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.4
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 1201 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7AM

Telephone: (202) 419-6755

Guy: American restaurant


Review: "Absolutley wonderful 1 Michelin star restaurant!"

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Jennifer 怡慧 Lin: Came to DC for the cherry blossoms and to celebrate our anniversary. So glad we were able to get a reservation on a Saturday night. We loved everything we ordered, the beef rib was so flavorful but tender, the striped bass is light but fresh and the texture of the fish was so soft, the side order of cauliflower has great flavor and with a crispy outside, almost greens beans blended really well with the mushroom. We also got an apple pie as dessert, the pie crust is extremely thin but flaky, the apple filling is tangy but remains a very good texture (not overly soft). We couldn't finish it so took it back to our hotel and ate it the next morning, it still tasted really good! The whole experience sitting right in front of the open kitchen was really cool, we were able to see the chef dedicatedly finishing every dish before serving it. We really enjoyed our visit at the Blue Duck Tavern and we're impressed by the quality of each dish here.

Michelle Wiciak: Absolutely phenomenal. This place has the best duck ever. Honestly, everything we had was amazing--from the charcuterie board to the horseradish potatoes to the chocolate peanut butter cake. A well-rounded meal. Not to mention, our waiter did an excellent job at recommending our wine selection and paired beautifully with our dishes. Just an amazing experience and will come back when we are in the city again.

Tilak Kalaria: Blue Duck Tavern in the Park Hyatt is an amazing dining experience. The ambience and the service match the excellent cocktails, wine, and cuisine. You truly get what you pay for and you do pay don’t get me wrong but WoW everything tastes excellent and the service team’s attention to detail elevates the experience. The bone marrow and the duck were my favourite dishes to name a couple. Intriguingly delicious was their house bread with olives! Excellent dining experience that is worth the price. Cheers.

Kim Nguyen: Wow. We were so impressed with the quality of the food here. It’s my first time in DC and after a bit of researching for fine dining restaurant, we decided to try Blue Duck Tavern. I was able to make a last minute reservation for 2 at 8:30pm. Their bone marrow and duck breast were so bomb. The service was amazing as well. Highly recommend!

Jerry’s Adventure: Service, value, flavor it hits all the marks The short ribs were tender and melts in your mouth. And with a smoky flavor 👌 the egg 🥚 is cooked perfectly as it gives a creamy texture to the dish. The biscuit holds up with good structure, but it’s flavor may not be as accentuated as it can be (mostly herbs) and can use a gravy. Pancakes were fluffy as expected and presentation is beautiful 😌 Overall a must go in DC area

Jim Baker: Went here on a recommendation from a friend, and while the food was very good and the service was attentive, we just weren't as blown away as we expected, especially at the price point. The short rib hash was a just little low on flavor and the Pork Belly Benedict seemed a little clumsy with how the pickled vegetables, basically a lot of carrots, were assembled together. Again, others might completely disagree with this, so go and try and make up your own mind, it just won't become a staple for us.

Michael B: This was a very nice restaurant. But honestly, none of the food was that memorable. The service was impeccable, the atmosphere was nice, but for this price point I expect to die and go to heaven. I just wasn't feeling it. Nothing was wrong, but I wasn't blown away.

Vivian Cheng: Went for lunch. Food is solid, well-executed. We had the cured ocean trout (delicious!) and the kale salad (perfect) with two entrees. Crab cakes are large and delicious. Well seasoned, paired with a salad. I had the confit duck leg. Flavorful, succulent, with a beautiful crispy skin. Sadly, we were too full for dessert. Well-worth a visit.

Tamila Torab Eghdami: It was my first time eating duck. The food was absolutely delicious! 😋 The service was amazing. Too bad we didn’t have time to go back for the second time but next time I’m in Washington definitely we’ll go back. We also tried their apple pie with tea and it was the best apple pie I ever had in my whole life. This restaurant worth your money and time!

Amer Alsamman: Went for our anniversary. The staff were curtious, and friendly. Our waiter went above and beyond to make make our experience great The apple pie was amazing. I had the beef rib which was good but had more fat veins than expected.

15. Cranes

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Cranes
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.7
Service
4.6
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: 724 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 525-4900

Guy: Restaurant


Review: "Incredible culinary experience at this Michelin 1 Star restaurant !"

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Millie Kwan: Cranes is a fabulous restaurant. I'm rather surprised that it has only one Michelin star. The decor when you walk in is extremely modern with a muted color palette. There is also a textural quality to the decor with the wall with the pass being decorated with textured concrete. There is also whimsy with the wonderful variety of lighting fixtures. Grab a table in front of the kitchen pass if you can. This is a Spanish Japanese fusion concept. We went with the omakase and it was phenomenal! From the flavors to the textures the food was inventive and delicious. The beverage and wine list was great and we enjoyed a nice sake. Service was amazing and really enjoyed talking with the waitstaff. Definitely recommend!

Cynthia M: Spectacular food. My husband and I did the omakase which was 6 course meal and 3 course dessert. The food’s flavor, texture, freshness, aesthetics—everything was great. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We shared a sparkling sake this time and I don’t typically like sake but that was actually really yummy too. Would love to try out their cocktails next time!

Abby: Wonderful dining experience here. We got the omakase with cocktails for dinner, and the flavors of every dish were amazing. My favorite one would have to be the duck with a blueberry sauce on the side. The ambiance was great, and the service was good - it had taken a bit of time before they took our orders, so they got us oysters on the house (which were delicious). We were there to celebrate a graduation, and there was a hand-written note on the table for us, which was a nice touch. I’d come back again for their happy hour and to dine again.

Aditya Karandikar: First time dining at a Michelin star restaurant did not disappoint. We did the omakase 10 course meal and had an absolute blast. The dining experience itself was fairly typical except for the multitude of courses. The food was at times experimental/complex and at other times straight down the middle, designed to please. The balance was well-executed and we left extremely satisfied. Service was soft spoken but perfect. Quite filling as well, definitely go hungry!

Vedran Bajer: What an amazing experience 💥! A few of us came for a weekend lunch and, instead of the Omakase, which would certainly have been 🤤, we opted in for literally everything from the menu, minus three dishes we thought we wouldn't like. Everything was top notch and the combinations the chef and his team make just 🚀. If you haven't visited and are reading this review, please reserve a spot, you will not regret it for a second! ❤️❤️❤️

Stephan Herard: The fusion of cuisine is well done. The dishes not only combine the cuisine but highlights both of them equally at times. The best part of the meal was without doubt the Wagyu beef and the mushroom rice. The whole table agreed that they could've ordered 3 more of those and been happy. The passion fruit dessert was also amazing and had great flavor. The staff was nice as well and gave us a complementary mini cake for my celebration dinner. Overall a really good meal.

Triloka Shanbhag: This was one of the DC restaurants that I had been looking forward to visit for a very long time. The intersection of Spanish and Japanese cuisine intrigued me to say the least and both these cuisines are my absolute favorites so I was very much looking forward to the experience. But unfortunately I came away disappointed, to my surprise most of the dishes were either Spanish staples Japanese staples. I dint see the 'intersection' of the cuisines like the chef and restaurant promises. The food and drinks while presented well, were only average at best in taste and flavor profile. I'll give the ambience and service the credit that it is due.

Renee Ethier: Amazing experience. Everything we had on the omakase menu was delicious, beautiful, and truly unique. The decor and service was top notch. It was all what you’d expect from a Michelin star restaurant. I can’t wait to go back.

Joe Guevara: Luckily this was a business dinner because it’s definitely pricey - but still worth it. Service - Amazing; I wish I could hire the server as a salesperson. The food - also amazing. The portions are perfect to order multiple things to share between a group - they are small (tapa) sized but we were still full by the end. My highlights were the risotto, the oysters (great sauce & quality), and for some reason the enoki mushrooms on whatever dish the picture has with the pickled onion/etc - the flavor profile of that dish was amazing. Still water that costs $18 a bottle seems overkill though. 🙄
Response: I am not sure what happened with still water, but bottles are $8 or $9. Possibly there were two bottles. Either way, I am sorry for that portion of your experience but very glad to hear you enjoyed the food. Feel free to reach out to us, if it was $18 for one bottle, I can look into it and we would refund the difference because that is not correct from our side. Thank you for your review and enjoy your weekend.

Allen N: My sister and brother-in-law took us here for lunch. It’s a beautiful restaurant space with comfortable but excellent service and a Michelin star. They’re cuisine style is “Spanish kaiseki” and they do a great job blending Japanese touches with a Spanish flair. We ordered the executive kaiseki and added on a few extras. The oysters were delicious and unagi paella was another favorite! The meal and experience as a whole was very enjoyable. Already looking forward to our next meal here!

16. Gravitas

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Gravitas
Location
4.2
Price/Quality
4.2
Service
4.3
Parking
4.2
Wifi quality
4.2

Address: 1401 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 763-7942

Guy: New American restaurant


Review: "Gravitas is worthy of the Michelin 1-Star they earned."

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Kerry Carlson: What a great dining experience. Our server was super helpful with cocktail and wine advice. The online menu shows a 3 and 5 course option, but we were only shown the 5-course option and had to ask for the 3-course option. It's "pre-theatre" and only available in the first hour of service, though we were there for longer; we arrived in the 5 o'clock hour. Cocktails were gorgeous and delicious, though super, super pricey (one was $28). The food was tasty, and I appreciated that it leaned heavily on local and fresh. Parking is tough, and signs are badly marked and inconsistent, so give yourself some time to figure that out. They have a private room in the upper level.

Saud Anam: Underwhelming. Poor pacing - 5 course meal took about 3 hours. Good service, extremely slow kitchen. For the Michelin star and the price, food expected should be better. Other similarly priced and recognized restaurants delivered better food and experience. Bill including 5 course tasting menu, caviar course, drinks for 2 people - $610 including tip. At 305 per person, the food and experience should be stellar, not poorly paced and mediocre.

abigail snoznik: Wonderful dinner! We had the tasting menu with wine pairing and added caviar course, and everything was delicious. I especially loved the Crispy Sweetbreads and Maine Lobster. For a cocktail try the Where There's Smoke, There's Fire- it was amazing! Highly recommend.

Andrew Platou: Last Thursday evening, I had one of the most memorable dining experiences ever, and certainly the best in the last ten years of eating out a LOT all over the country. Gravitas DC's Chef's counter, with it's 15+ courses is certainly a splurge, but if anything is splurge worthy, this IS it. Watching the "ballet" in the kitchen is always fun, but sitting adjacent to the pass and watching the finishing and expediting of the regular menu (wow!) was a new and treasured experience. I've posted a few photo's, but they hardly capture the beauty, precision, creativity, and utter deliciousness within each and every course. Looking back, the highest praise that I can give is that when the chef's asked my favorites, it was honestly impossible to say, as I wanted to have all of them again and again and again. It was pretty cool seeing the honeycomb (pic) as part of our cheese course. I am already anticipating a return to Gravitas in the not too distant future.

Silvia Noelia: The service was exquisite!! 💕 Celebrated my dad’s birthday at Gravitas and we received impeccable attention with our waiter and everyone else who was part of our food service! The food was delightful and I would recommend anyone to try their 3 or 5 course meal at Gravitas! Angelo was awesome and everyone made us feel welcomed! Thank you Gravitas for making my dads day special!

Nicholas Miles: my friend brought me here to celebrate my bday. the place is beautiful. the service was fine. my cocktail was delicious. however, i wasn’t overly impressed by the meal in general.

Katherine Lu (Ljumeg): The only thing impressed me was that I had a shell in my dish that I found it in my mouth. [see pic 7] I told the mixologist about the shell he said he was sorry about that. He would check the kitchen. That was it. So I guess a apology is enough for a shell which should not be in your dish and might hurt you in a Michelin restaurant? I had this dinner last month, I try to understand why this happened like this, think should I write it down here? yap after a month still feel unbelievable.

Maxine Segarnick Keefe: My husband and I arrived on time for our reservation in the main dining room. We then sat for over 20 minutes without anyone stopping at our table. I was baffled to wait this long for a server to welcome us or take drink orders -- especially at a Michelin starred restaurant. Eventually, a waiter came by and asked how we were doing and seemed genuinely surprised that no one had helped us yet. I understand restaurants get busy (tables were almost full), but this is not the service I would expect at this price point and with a star. Disappointing start. The service was better once we placed our orders, and the staff was friendly. The food was very tasty and creative, but we walked away feeling less than full -- I have felt fuller and much better cared for at other similarly priced and recognized restaurants in the area.

Caleb Blackiston: Really nice tasting menu at $150. Nice atmosphere as well. Had a wonderful server that really made the night. I didn't get his name, but he had a pony tail. Thanks, Pony tail guy.

Lily Pitha: The food was fantastic and imaginative. From the first course to the last everything was delicious. The wait staff were completely perfect. We had the special experience of sitting at the kitchen and getting a menu chosen by the chefs. In addition to the great food we also saw how the kitchen ran and time and effort put into plating and presentation. Would absolutely recommend!

17. Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

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Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4:30PM

Telephone: (202) 296-1166

Guy: Modern European restaurant


Review: "This is a Michelin Plate restaurant and deservedly so."

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Laneyscha Echevarria: This place was really good. They were award with a Michelin star in 2018. However, among the list of Michelin star awarded restuarants, this is more on the traditional style. The crowd is older, the silverware is conservative and the servers too. All make, suited. We had a great experience worth Beny, an Hungarian with sense of humor. The bar and the bathroom are beautiful. The place is close to the Ritz Carlton.

Molly Calliste: 6 course chef tasting menu, with chef's wine pairing. Exceptional meal, flavor profiles so clean and delicious. Starting with the mushroom cigar, lobster bisque, foi gras terrine, venison and raspberry salted caramel dessert and the chocolate dessert. Portion sizes were perfect, serving temperature for wines superb. Milos, thank you so much for a memorable evening.

D L: I think we all know the Star this place really deserved to have been recognized for….dare I say the “M” word? ….I digress! Having been a Weidamaier employee myself, it was well known that Marcel’s was considered the flagship restaurant- the crown jewel if you will- within the RW Restaurant Group portfolio. I was ecstatic to attend a Champagne Wine Dinner there. Each course built like the Narrative of a gripping Novel. From Lobster Bisque to Scallops, Poached Bass, and Squab (that being my favorite)….leading to a Passion Fruit Pot au Crème for dessert! So many flavors and textures in perfect harmony; it was truly an experience I will never forget! If you should encounter Chef Robert Weidmaier, you will be entertained by a boisterous and charismatic individual. I believe this translates into the food and ambience! The service was impeccable- each individual’s timing so perfect it was almost ahead of personal intuition! Thank you to everyone at Marcel’s who made for such a spectacular experience! Looking forward to the next visit!
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Hamdi Maher: Decent place for traditional high end cooking. Was a bit dissapointing by the cheese plate which took an entire of my 1/6 course (it was delicious but holy they really skimped on the jam and cheese). Good food but i dont see myself returning to it in the future.

Corey DeAngelis: Perfect restaurant for our 7 year anniversary. The food and drinks were amazing. Loved the atmosphere.

EWC Chow: Wonderful fine dining restaurant. Delicious food and wonderful service. Many good choices on Prix Fixe tasting menu (you can choose 4, 5 or 6 choices). I particularly enjoyed the fois gras. The scallop was wonderful too. Just beware that the portion sizes are small, so I would think that most people need at least 5 choices. Stumbled upon this restaurant as we were staying nearby while visiting DC but it turned out to be an excellent choice for a special dinner (graduation). This is a Michelin Plate restaurant and deservedly so. Quality of food and service similar or better than other Michelin Plate restaurants we have visited.

Afsaneh Aayani: While visiting DC we came here with my husband and had the most wonderful experience! Everyone was so nice and kind and the service was fantastic!!! We got the chef’s choice 5 course meal and they did not disappoint. Every course was a celebration of flavors and tasted amazing! Worth every penny and if we come to DC again we will definitely come back!

Jason Radolec: Love this restaurant. Service is always on point. The food is served as a custom tasting menu, wine pairings can be put together on request. The dishes rotate so the menu is never stale, and they're executed to a level of perfection that you'd expect from a Michelin restaurant. This is a dining experience not just a restaurant with good French cuisine.

Linda Xiong: My sis and I had a great experience. We purchased the 4 course meal. They made you feel like you're important and explained everything that you're about to eat. The most flavorful dish was the soft crab. Wine was okay. I would definitely go back.

Peg Anton: Total waste of money!! We came for Valentine's day, and the food was...meh. Scallops were tough and bland. Foie gras was good, though the brioche toast was burned to a crisp. Halibut was dry and bland. The dessert, I have to say, was excellent. The biggest issue, more than the quality of the food, was that the portions were absurdly tiny. They would barely qualify as canapes for afternoon tea, let alone dinner. And to fork out $500 for two people for what barely qualified as a snack? A disgrace, frankly, and a total disappointment. We will not be back.

18. Happy Gyro

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Happy Gyro
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.7
Service
4.6
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: 1509 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5:30PM

Guy: Pizza Takeout


Review: "Highly recommended for your Michelin star restaurant needs!"

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Matthew Laudone: First time checking this place out and it will definitely be one of my top choices when I am in town. Tried multiple different items and they were all excellent. I love that the Vodka sauce is actually spicy and not a sugar bomb. The staff is super friendly and do not sleep on the ice cream. Even 30 min after I picked it up everything was great.

Archana Raju: We were so excited to try their Black walnut tacos and Grandpa slice. I enjoyed the taco filling, had good flavor, however the pizza slice was much saltier and wasn’t all that great.

Matt Dawes: An incredible intimate dinning experience with some of the most passionate and animated descriptions of wine I've ever heard. So make sure you get the matching wines! Delicious adaptions of Mediterranean flavors with excellent (and friendly) service that makes Komi an unforgettable experience.

Sagar S: This is not for a typical restaurant goer but more like a one time thing in life to celebrate on a special day. No doubt food is exceptional but won't be filling and for two, bill was ~ $450

Iris Maute-Gibson: Everything that the team at Happy Gyro does is the best of its kind -- their sourdough pizza, ice cream, appetizers. Every time we try something knew, it becomes a favorite.Their whole team is warm and delightful to boot!

Anjali Mittu: The food was delicious and unique. We went during Happy Gyro and loved all the vegetarian food!

Charlotte Misewicz: Just had my first Komi experience and it was hands down the best meal I’ve had in my life. My boyfriend and I are making our way through the DC Michelin Star places and decided to try Komi for a belated Valentines dinner. Komi has been the best thus far with zero competition from the others. There’s just no comparison, and the fact that it was almost half the cost of Pineapple & Pearls made it that much better. I have to comment on how amazing the staff is first. Kyle was attentive, hilarious, and knowledgeable. I didn’t catch the name of the woman helping us but she had short brown hair and was just wonderful. The first 4-5 courses are small but so delightfully balanced and flavorful with simple and fresh ingredients. The figs were to die for and so were the scallops. The pasta we were told is handmade every day and was the best I’ve ever had. Everything was perfectly seasoned and it was timed incredibly well. My partner and I don’t drink but they brought us a non alcoholic drink to try that was just incredible. Everything they brought was better than the last. The desserts at the end were just a perfect finish to the most incredible meal. Can’t wait to go back.

Mary Lu: Amazing dinner experience that offered a lot of familiar flavors, but with an elevated twist. My husband and I split the wine pairing and got to enjoy a nice variety. Although the dishes came out slow, we had a great time and came home with leftovers.

Jessica: As expected with a Michelin star restaurant, the dining experience was superb. We were able to get a last minute reservation for a random weekday based on their availability online. They promptly followed up via email and made sure to consider any food allergies or preferences we had. They also verified our preferences when we sat down just to be sure. The small dining area made for an intimate dining experience and everything was exceptionally cooked. The dishes were inventive and perfectly cooked to the point that I wished I could have more. We unfortunately did not do the wine pairing but, even without it, we were at Komi for about 3 hours. The service was very professional as expected. There's limited street parking but a garage just around the corner that was a convenient walk. Overall, I'd definitely consider going back but really only for a special occasion given the $150 per person bill not including wine pairing. The only negative of the night was the $16 glass of Riesling.

Jeff Kryger: Amazing dining experience. Went here with family for my wife's birthday, for their 'Happy Gyro' special. Everything was vegetarian and everything was excellent! Great creative drink pairings too. Amazing service. Definitely a 'must visit' restaurant for a special occasion.

19. Equinox Restaurant

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Equinox Restaurant
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.5
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 818 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5:30PM

Telephone: (202) 331-8118

Guy: Fine dining restaurant


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Weekend Warrior: Overall it was a great dining experience. The restaurant wasn't overly loud and it had an intimate vibe. We felt secluded enough in our table. The service was a bit slow to start, we waited over 20 min just to get our drink orders in. But then it picked up and we got our 5 course sampler and it was great. Some of the best food I've had.

Joshua Wiley: Went here for one of my many birthday dinners. As a new vegetarian this place definitely had a menu with me in mind. I was stuffed when I left. We had the menu with five courses and enjoyed every single one of them. Amazing. Would definitely go again, don’t know the price because i didn’t pay. 😇

Archana Raju: This place has been on my must try restaurants list forever, and finally made it on my birthday. We tried the five course meal. While each dish was carefully thought through and well presented, I think the beet salad didn’t really work (it was bitter) and grilled eggplant was a bit bland. Though I don’t typically enjoy mushrooms as much, I was blown by the Hen of mushrooms dish, and absolute winner. Overall, I would recommend this place!

Sunny Sanghani: Enjoyed the vegan brunch menu; lots of food and all tasted great.

Angela Su: We came for restaurant week and it was a great deal! Loved the plant based options. We had to wait 15 min for our table after we arrived on time for our reservation but it was worth it once we were seated. The mushroom dish was delicious and the portions for all courses were huge. Definitely ended the meal full and satisfied.

Henry Jones: A friend of my family told me ages ago to eat sometime at Equinox. I finally did this evening and am so glad. I had the truffled macaroni and cheese to begin, which was served in a mini cast iron vessel and tasted of cheese and herbs in a way that I could never achieve at home. Then I had the fennel-spiced Mediterranean turbot filet. The staff were very proud of the turbot—one saw it as he walked past and said, “oh you ordered the turbot,” with a big smile. If I were on the staff of a place that served food like this, I would be very proud, too. The turbot was meaty, slightly flaky, and golden on top. It was served on a bed of spinach, a carrot, roasted heart of palm, and braised endive, and there was an orange sauce. It was garnished with fried rings which I think were potatoes and there were red berries, too. I was there for an early dinner, having planned for a long afternoon at the National Gallery followed by early dinner before the final leg of a train trip from NYC to Virginia. The staff made sure the timing was right for me to get to the train and that I knew how to get to Union Station. What thoughtful people and exquisite food. I can hardly wait to eat at Equinox again.

Marlon Young: Vegan (plant-based) food isn't difficult to find in DC. However, it is a daunting to task to have an enjoyable fine dining experience as a vegan. Equinox delivered! The plant-based dish options weren't insulting, glorified salads. The flavor profiles of my selections were indicators of the THOUGHTFULNESS Chef Todd puts into ALL of his creations. The price point wasn't a concern because I went expecting to spend around $85-$100 per person. I spent that and got every penny worth in service, ambiance, and especially FOOD. It was the ideal dinner to wrap up a date night full of miniature golf and art museums. We will be back to try the Vegan Brunch, suggested to us by the bartender (who doubled as our phenomenal server).

Celal Gulluoglu: Fine dining? Please first repair the failing of the bathroom. Service was below average. They were carrying the beverage with their bare hands and holding the soup bowls on top of the bowls. Not even under it. Automatically added gratuity which is not written at anywhere. Full price charge for the kids under 10 years old? Tasting brunch menu was definitely not worth the price. Desserts were horrible. They were literally sliced protein bar, store bought mini cupcakes and coconut bites and they call it Brandi’s assorted desserts. Felt like scammed. Will never return 👎

The Girls: The zero-waste concept sounds great but didn’t see it happening within the menu. The apps and first courses were better than the main dishes. The dust devil drink is fab. Oddly, many of the plants were plastic. And the chairs stored in the ladies’ room makes it NOT wheelchair accessible. The kind and attentive servers were grand.

Meghan Joyce: Mother's day brunch was delicious. Vegan food with full flavor and fresh ingredients. Service was attentive and friendly. They were able to accommodate a nut allergy with no problem. We even got a photo with Chef Todd. Will definitely return!

20. El Cielo

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El Cielo
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.3
Service
4.3
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 1280 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: (202) 569-9855

Guy: Colombian restaurant


Review: "Been to a few Michelin star restaurants and this one was second to none."

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Hannah Ongman: This was the most incredible culinary experience of my life. My partner and I partook in “The Journey” with an additional anniversary drink special, and we were absolutely blown away from start to finish. I can’t name a single dish or step we didn’t thoroughly love, and we kept agreeing that many of these dishes were the best “X” (soup, gnocchi, eggplant, etc.) we had ever tasted. We are both vegetarian, and the thoughtful shifts in menu items to accommodate us were incredible. Each and every dish (and cocktail!) was crafted to perfection and the staff were extraordinarily kind and accommodating. I will absolutely come here again to see what other magic the brilliant chef and staff create, and would encourage anyone considering a splurge to indulge in this experience.

Rebecca Chapin: Absolutely fantastic, my new favorite restaurant in DC! We’ve been twice and each time our meal was extremely creative with amazing flavor. The valentines special had some extra surprises that I won’t spoil here. As a Colombian restaurant, the menu isn’t quite like any other fine dining in DC. Expect chewy tapioca flower bread and seafood as staples. The portions are good, if you have a small stomach you might have to ration space. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The only area of improvement I could think of is the meal timing. Some courses had a bigger wait between them than seemed intended. For me food comes first though, and the food is fantastic, so the timing isn’t a big deal.
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Kevin A: My girlfriend and I dined here mid June 2022. We had an amazing time. Each and every dish was delicious and so flavorful. Well worth the price tag. Four and a half hour experience. All of the staff were excellent. Top notch service. The wine pairing was fabulous and so were the cocktails. Best dining experience we’ve ever had. If you’re thinking about it, highly recommend, it is worth the memorable experience.

Clarissa Dudley: What a phenomenal dining experience! The chefs artistry was on display from the moment we sat down to our rose covered table. I won't put any spoilers in this review but suffice it to say this was a gastronomic delight. We were extremely well cared for by the very knowledgeable staff. Daniella, Alejandro, Yasmin and Anita made us feel like we were home in Columbia and the bartenders made every cocktail an experience to remember!

Nikolas G: We did the El Cielo "experience" and all in with wine pairings, tax, and mandatory 20% tip we spent roughly $1000 for a dinner for two. My wife and I have done nearly every high end fixed price experience in D.C. and I bring that comparative lens to this review. So this review does not assess whether El Cielo is a good restaurant (it is) or whether it deserves a Michelin star (it does). Instead this review is whether the "experience" is worth $1000. In short I'd say no, it's not worth the charge. My "experience" started by arriving to a locked door. There were staff in view and they ignored us while we waved at them and knocked on the door. They left us outside until another patron opened the door and we came inside for our reservation. I said, "Why is the door locked?" To which the hostess replied "We know, thank you.". What a bizarre opening to what one would hope to be a once in a lifetime meal. We then were asked to sit in chairs by the door and wait for our table in an essentially vacant restaurant. They kept us there while another couple knocked on the locked door whom they ignored as they knocked and then brushed that couple off again when they asked why the door was locked. We were seated and enjoyed a wonderful series of appetizer courses. The wine pairing is a bit too light at the front end as you get only a small glass of white wine for the first 6-8 courses. The main courses were a delight. As expected the food was excellent. I would have passed on the "experience" in favor of the tasting menu. The extra charge is for a chocolate hand wash, a "lick your plate" dish which felt a bit uncomfortable to me but my wife enjoyed, and mediocre coffee served over dry ice. The atmosphere is also questionable, they have music playing very loudly and with all the servers masked it was nearly impossible to hear the explanations of the dishes (which are complex) additionally, they have reached a point of unfortunate efficiency where guests are moved through the meal assembly line style. Dishes are not served in the order of the menu but instead in whatever order is most convenient for the kitchen. The servers, while very friendly, seemed more focused on efficiency rather than the quality of the guest experience.. The meal ended with a surprise additional $30 bill for the water we drank with dinner. I suppose they couldn't afford to include the bottled water with our prepaid $1000 check. In closing, the food was great but you can have food as good at any number of high end establishments in DC for $300-400 (or far less) for two with pairings, instead try Tail Up Goat, Duck Duck Goose or even Pineapple and Pearls. Save your money, don't buy the hype. El Cielo is not worth what they charge.
Response: Hello Mr NG: Can you please send us an email dc@elcielogroup.com, sorry for any incovenience, apologies if you have some issue with the weather and if your wait was so long outside. However, we try to bring the best to our customers every single service but the dynamics of the restaurant change day by day, hour after hour, we have a plenty list of happy customers And we are sorry about your complain. The main door is ever lock for security reasons. But La Cosecha has another entry that connect to Elcielo's Bar and it is ever open, somethings between seatings (special the saturday) we need to check if any table is ready before to give the table to the diners. The beverages in the menus at not includes, with a formal email and your personal information we can check what happened with you and to bring a better customer service that for this way. Please send us some email and brings us another opportunity under our invitation. Best Regards,

Alex Loja: Amazing Colombian experience, El Cielo is so much more than just a restaurant; It is an experience that everyone have to live. Chef Juanma, chef Sebastian, their entire kitchen team and dining room team make every second unique. Every bite, every glass of wine & every breath are new emotions. And the story behind gastronomy is authentic. Thank you all, it has been an honor to be able to visit you and live the experience El Cielo⭐️🇨🇴

Rouben Gregorian: As the name suggests, this is one of the most amazing dining experiences in the DC area. Unlike other restaurants of this caliber, El Cielo truly takes you on a culinary tour around Columbia. The food is superb, the drinks are one of a kind, and the experience is literally equivalent to a show. The presentations are incredible, and the staff do an amazing job of letting their love for the food show as they present each dish with its own unique story.
Response: thank you for you review, we are so grateful to have received such recognition from our wonderful customers. We´d love to see you next season when we update our menu

Raven: We loved our experience at El Cielo. Every single dish was delicious (even though we couldn't finish all of it because we were absolutely stuffed by the time the bigger dishes started rolling in). The different food experiences were super fun! The staff was very attentive and efficient. The wine pairings were good. Really great service, they even charged my husband's phone for him. We visit a lot of Michelin Star restaurants and this one definitely stood out in terms of creativity. We will be coming back.
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J Iwatsubo: Incredible experience. My partner and I are absolute foodies and truly enjoyed our experience here. We were mind blown with the chef with every single dish, enjoyed the staff, and overall had a blast celebrating our anniversary. We are so excited to come back :)!!!
Response: Thank you for your support! We are gracious to receive such a compliment. We would love to serve you again soon!

Patrick Slack: I wish I could give this more stars. This was such a lovely, playful, and delicious meal. The waitstaff was so lovely and absolutely made our evening. My girlfriend and I were celebrating our anniversary and they went all out to help us celebrate. Many thanks to everyone for such a wonderful meal, experience, and memory
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