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1. Barcelona Wine Bar

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Barcelona Wine Bar
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1622 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 2PM

Telephone: +1 202-588-5500

Guy: Spanish restaurant


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Eva Milstein-Touesnard: This food was SO good and the bread is house made fresh and complimentary! 😉 so you know we got LOTS of bread. Also, the price wasn’t too bad for dine in! The wine was also really good. And such an amazing vibe inside and outside. Overall loved it!

Nik Rama: Barcelona is always an amazing chain of restaurants to get high quality drinks and tapas. The four of us were quickly seated and ordered several tapas and drinks. The tapas were incredible (I forgot to take photos and only got one…). Empanadas were super tender and savory on the outside while encased in a crispy exterior. The other crispy fried appetizers with with cheese and meats were unique and delicious in their own ways. The view of the street from this restaurant is also great. You can watch the bustle of the city go by while enjoying the cool and shaded seating of this restaurant. The only reason for the 4 stars is because it’s a zoo here. So many people trying to come eat here leads to long lines and people loitering outside. Make sure to come during a non-peak hour to enjoy this experience itself!

Анжела Четина (Сексолог и психолог): Visited Washington from DC for two days and I am happy o could come to this cozy restaurant. In December I could eat outside thanks to heaters which is amazing, food is good quality, big variety of choices. Amazing ambiance, small piece of Spain 🇪🇸 tasty, stuff is friendly and smiling, wine is also high quality with an incredible smell. Highly recommend that place !

Erick Vivas: The food is very good! The place is beautiful but too loud! I was very happy with the tapas. All of them simply delicious.

Jay Law: Although we got seated immediately, on a Saturday nonetheless, service was slow. Now, that doesn’t take away from quality of the food but it’s definitely hinders your experience some. Which the said, the tapas style menu items are perfect for someone who like to taste and try different foods. The drinks were great and vibe was on point.. plus, it’s patio is great for afternoon eating and people watching in DC.

Alex Gonzalez: Amazing atmosphere and the Sangria is by far the best we have had. For food we had the charcuterie and the meats and cheese we had were absolutely amazing. It seems to us that they have very fresh ingredients. The staff was very friendly and service was top notch. It’s worth checking out if you live here or are from out of town and want an enjoyable dining experience. We highly recommend it. Edit 1. I forgot to talk about the bread. The freshest bread I have had at any restaurant.

Mica Ann: I’ve tried Barcelona Wine Bar when vacationing in Denver and our experience was rather intimate. It was definitely a shock for me to not only have an extremely crowded bar but also too loud of a music you cannot even hear yourself giving the order. Server recommended two to three tapas per person which is about right. We ordered ten tapas and the only ones I remembered are: patatas bravas, shishito peppers, boquerones (sardines), mussels, ham croquettes, shrimp in garlic, and half paella seafood. We just came back from Spain two weeks ago and all of the tapas we ordered are very much comparable in taste, quality, serving size, and price. So I am very happy about that. The place is extremely packed when we came in at 10:15pm with a reservation. The service is rather slow. I think our waiter has way too many tables for him to handle. The manager actually served our first round of tapas and got our order drinks. I was very impressed that he remembered our drinks without writing them. Got me a little bit worried that he got them right because it took a very looong time before our drinks came. But hey, he got them 100% right! Five stars for the really great tapas and good but not great paella. Five stars also for the cocktails and wines we ordered. I’m normally empathetic coz the world is short-staffed. But I think since this is a franchise, they had a choice not too accept too many customers or to hire more help and whatever their choice was, it was not displayed right the night we visited. Less one star for the awful service. This is a wine bar, not a nightclub. Less another star for the too loud music. Make sure you make a reservation especially on weekends and holidays.
Response: Hello, my name is Emily and I am the general manager at the Barcelona wine bar on 14th st. Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on your dining experience. I would love to chat with you more, at your convenience. My email is ekunda@barcelonawinebar.com- please let me know when you are available to connect. Thanks again- Emily

Rebecca Kert: Virtually everything was a 10/10. The server had super helpful recommendations. The drinks were creative and delicious— especially the guns and rose and bourbon spice. All the tapas we ordered was delicious and the bread was wonderful. Fun atmosphere but still family friendly.

Ivy Chan: You’re paying for the environment. Pricey dishes. I went for brunch and their tapas dishes are small and overpriced. Taste was good but not worth the price. The braised pork was barely 2 pieces and cost $9. Lots of alcoholic drinks to choose from.
Response: Hi Ivy, My name is Danielle Miranda and I am the Assistant General Manager at Barcelona Wine Bar. I am so sorry that you did not enjoy your dining experience. I would like the chance to talk to you and hear more of your feedback. My email is dmiranda@barcelonawinebar.com and I hope to hear from you soon. Regards, Danielle

Miguel Curiel: Popular place with delicious food and drinks. This may not be the best place to have a deep and intimate conversation, but it is a great pick if you’re searching for a youthful ambiance, party-like vibes and some good Spanish meals + wine! Due to its popularity, it is strongly advised to reserve beforehand (tried to walk in once, estimated waiting period was 45 minutes which actually ended up being 2 hours i.e. it is VERY popular and entails lengthy stays).

2. Boqueria Dupont

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Boqueria Dupont
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1837 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: +1 202-558-9545

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Sean Fields: Started out slow with the service but once our server warmed up, her recommendation were amazing. The potatoes were ok but the broccoli, lamb skewers and octopus were amazing. We ordered 2 more tapas of the lamb and bottomless sangrias. If you like sweet than go for the the white or rose'. The red is solid if you enjoy something more dry. Check out the pics below
Response: Thanks so much! Your review made my day. See you again soon!

Stefan Tobler: Delicious food, comes out fast, great service. The waitress did a great job recommending items to us and the sangria was delicious! Get out there, go for it, try something new. You won’t regret it at Boqueria!

cgdomenech: The wife didn't like it. Meat entrees were better. She found it to oily. Overall I would rate it just fine, with a good service.

Ayman Mobin: Came here for the brunch experience and was overall satisfied. The portions for brunch were rather small. The lamb dish that I got was on a small plate as shown in the photo so I had to order another dish because that was not enough. The lamb dish though was delicious as well as my second order of the French toast. The mimosas and sangria as part of the brunch experience were delightful.
Response: Thank you for the feedback, Ayman. We would love to have you anytime! We offer happy hour everyday from 3 to 6pm!

M. Nuñez: Over the years, I have been in other Boqueria Tapas Bar locations (Brooklyn (now closed) , NYC inside the AC Hotel Times Square and their other DC location) but not to this one. I am a fan of Spanish tapas bars, and I really prefer authenticity to Americanized dishes. Boqueria does not disappoint. As it is my custom, I sat at the bar (they also have a lovely open area outside, but I'm not a fan of roasting in the sun. The service was extremely friendly and easy-going. This was at the end of a Friday lunch time, so the restaurant wasn't particularly full, which was nice. I asked the bartender about Albariño white wines, but they had run out of the half-bottle I wanted, so he recommended a voignier based Catalunian white by the glass , which was excellent. I proceeded to order from the lunch menu a escalivada(a common Spanish roasted pepper salad) which was quite tasty, but a very small portion (maybe a tablesppon?) served with roasted bread; roasted octopus (this was good, but not excellent) accompanied by an amazing roasted broccoli (I asked the chef to substitute the fish's mash potatoes), which was a very good portion size, and "pinchos morunos" (mini lamb skewers) which were, again, quite "mini" but tender and delicious. When I asked for dessert, I was told that besides the churros and flan on the menu, they also had Vasque-style cheesecake! I did a beeline to it: also known as "burnt" cheesecake (I promess, is not!) and it was also delicious! The whole meal was great as a lunch-not-brunch-almost-dinner, the service was super friendly and relaxed. I would have given Boqueria a 5* review if it was not for the very small portion size of three of the four dishes I had. I know that restaurants struggle in the post-pandemic universe, and specially in DC, but portions could be improved.

Chris Harper: Boqueria has the best Paella I've ever had. I lived in the Newark area (there are a ton of Iberians there) and I've been to Spain. I have never been impressed by paella, and have been somewhat of a hater on it. Boqueria changed my mind. We got the large paella. There was enough to give 8 people a spoonful or more. My favorite dish after the paella were the patatas bravas. The Acorn fed ham reminded me of my trip to Barcelona. For the price I wish slices were thicker. The pepper encrusted chicken was really good. We kept reordering the lamb skewers. The shishito peppers could've were grilled a bit more. Our server was really good and handled our table of drinkers well. We were originally there for brunch but because our entire party did not arrive before 3:30 we couldn't get their bottomless drink deal. If youbare in the DC area and looking for aSpanish tapas, I would definitely recommend checking this place out.
Response: It was so thoughtful of you to take the time to share your experience. I will share your kind words with our team. Thank you!

Desiree: What an excellent night we spent here. Found this tapas restaurant by chance over a weekend in D.C. The place was crowded with good vibes and service, try and make an appointment to avoid disappointment. Top notch quality food, the tapas were too small a plate like most tapas places. The paella made our night! We brought a bottle of wine, paid $25 corkage fee which was rather reasonable. Will come back for sure! Small down side was waiter put someone else’s items on our check, so go through that before paying!

Chris Ferrari: This is a difficult review to write, and I had a tough time figuring out how many stars to give it factoring in everything going on with Covid. Food: so exquisite, delicious, and fairly priced. Atmosphere: fun, loud, and hip. We were seated quickly and water came fast. This is where it gets tricky. It took about 25 minutes before we were able to order food. This is completely understandable considering it seemed they were short staffed which seems to be the nature of the times we live in. The noise level is quite loud so understand you won’t be having any intimate conversations here. All in all, Boqueria was a wonderful time and I would definitely come back again, I do just hope that wait staff gets more support in the future.
Response: Hey Chris, thank you for the review and for the honest feedback. I am sorry to hear that your service was lacking, but I appreciate that you are willing to give us another chance! Maggie Elmore General Manager

J C: Food was good. Safe bet to take people who are visiting. Not sure if I would go back again soon. Service was good.

Hong Hanh Dinh: Great place for Spanish tapas! The octopus was great, succulent and soft to eat. The croquettes were delicious! I love the fresh olives. The shrimp was so flavorful and amazing with the bread. I love the sangria. Since they gave us the wrong bill, they have us churros as a freebie as a nice gesture. Overall the quality of food was amazing!

3. Barcelona Wine Bar

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Barcelona Wine Bar
Location
4.8
Price/Quality
4.8
Service
4.9
Parking
4.8
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 3310 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: +1 202-800-4100

Guy: Spanish restaurant


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Ling Qin: Our experience last night was exceptional. The food was delicious and the service and staff were excellent. We liked the informal but and very friendly atmosphere. Noticing that I left my phone at the table after we walked out the restaurant, the general manager Mario Pena immediately ran to us to hand me the phone for which I am very grateful. This is rare gem among the restaurants in the DC area.

Sheryl Winarick: Outside patio last night was perfect for celebrating our best friend’s birthday. The food, as always, was amazing… and it’s been a long time since I felt compelled to compliment a restaurant’s service! Our waitress Mary was like a breath of fresh air. She was kind, helpful and attentive, but she never made us feel rushed… and she gave the best wine recommendations. Thanks Barcelona and Mary for making the night so special!

David Coy: This is the second location I have been to and I am happy to say that both locations do not at all disappoint and set a high bar for a dining experience. Always excellent wine selection and incredible tapas! The chorizo and fig in balsamic vinaigrette is my favorite out of dozens of things I have tried

Ieshia E. Butler: The tapas at Barcelona were all very tasty! The wait staff were also extremely friendly and engaging. Definitely will visit again!

Mehmet Esen: Good tapas & wine bar with a warm atmosphere. The place was packed and the service was quite good. The jamon and the cheese were delicious but not so much the chorizo. The mussels, steak with mini fries, and flan were tasty while we were not thrilled with the mushroom dish. Patatos were a little dry and the eggplant dish was ok. The water smelt chlorine. Overall, we had a 4.5 star experience.

Tan Sav: I think i prefer this location. All the same trappings but more low-key. It definitely has a more welcoming neighborhood feel.

Annya Rangel: I had heard of this place and I can say that it is a great place to eat tapas and have a good time. The service is good, the drinks too, and the tapas are exquisite. The cost seems acceptable to me.

M planetmike: Delicious and lively. Service at the bar is preferred. Wonderful to have a Spanish centered restaurant in this neighborhood. We arrived on an late afternoon, around 5:30PM. There were plenty of tables at the time. Most everything was delicious from the spicy clams, broccolini, and zucchini. Must try is the squid pasta cooked in a paella style.

Katherine Figueroa-Silva: As always, pleasant dining experience. Our server, Lady, was very efficient at meeting our expectations. She was knowledgeable enough of new menu items to explain them to us. Always on cue for whatever we needed on the spot. We were celebrating my daughter's birthday and she had stored our cake until dessert time and took the trouble of bringing it out and sing happy birthday with another server. Only complaint/recommendation would be on the tight spacing between tables and servers layover space. They need some extra space in order to work more efficiently.

Eric Reid: This was our first night in DC after just moving, and WOW! The location is fantastic, with the interior dimly lit for a good date. The service was excellent, top class, especially Mario the manager of the night. The food was fantastic including the charcuterie board and the wine from the adios vino list (half price). Tapas were well prices and delicious. Now living near the cathedral, you can expect us back!

4. Jaleo by José Andrés

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Jaleo by José Andrés
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 480 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: +1 202-628-7949

Guy: Tapas bar


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Dallaire Family: The Sangria Hour is well worth it, as the cocktails and tapas are well priced. Tapas portions are large and shareable among friends that want to sample a few dishes. Classic flavours and quality you can count on. Dishes are not terribly creative, but the service is quick with minimalist communication.

S H: During a recent trip to DC, I ate a few Michelin starred restaurants. However, it was the atmosphere and flavors of Jaleo that I can’t forget. While the service was a little cold and mechanical, the drinks and menu well made up for it. I ordered a plate from each of their categories and was shocked at the hefty portion sizes. This is not your average tapas plate size. My absolute favorites were the Iberico, potato salad with roe, and the endive orange bites. Definitely order a sherry cocktail from the bar!

Merissa Pemberton: So glad we tried this restaurant out! Wow!! Tania Fernanda G was such a stellar waitress! She was attentive and was really patient with walking us through the menu. Her professionalism and constant smile on her face was just the kind of dinner atmosphere we were looking for. She also made sure to pace our meal just right and every single dish we ordered was beyond good. There were multiple items I don’t think we would have had the guts to try if it weren’t for her. She deserves both the recognition and raise that is now clearly apparent from our experience. Thank you again Fernanda!!

DnA: We picked this place as a treat for our last night in DC. Luck of all lucks, we got the foosball table which my boys enjoyed very much. Our server, Sandra was fantastic, despite having way too many tables to take care of. She was attentive and kind and by some magic found hot chocolate my boys. She ensured we had a great experience. Food wise-solid. We had classic tasting which was very good. Hangar steak and chorizo were clear standouts as was the white sangria. Particularly appreciated the owner’s humanitarian efforts, especially right now in Ukraine. Definitely recommend and would come back.

Ciria Gastélum: Everything about this place screams quality. Food, location, drinks, service and workers. Delightful experience! One of my favorite places. Unbelievable paella! Must try! My husband & I were super happy We found Jaleo in our visit to DC.

Rebecca Carmeli-Peslak: LOVE THIS PLACE! All the plates are perfect sizes compared to their price. The food is high quality and absolutely delicious. also the sizes are perfect to order a bunch. the staff is always so kind and knowledgeable here and i try to visit whenever i’m in the city. so many choices on the menu and the staff is happy to talk through the options with you before ordering. 10/10 experience oh and bonus the sangria and espresso martinis are delish too!

Yuntian Lu: The restaurant overall was underwhelming. The dinner started with waiting at the entrance and people cutting line to enter the restaurant. Food was served quickly but no one was there to take away our finished plates. I had high hope for the Gambas al ajillo but the shrimps were tasteless and did not pick up the garlic olive oil flavor at all. They were prob frozen shrimps and not of good quality. Only a very small portion of bread was served along with this dish. My only favorites were the black ink squid with rice and the potato salad with trout roe. The environment was very noisy and crowded.

Katie Boldizar: We ordered family style here and easily tried 10 different menu items. Everything was incredible! This will become a staple for me on future DC visits. I wish I would've taken more pictures but we were busy eating. The calamari was probably my favorite dish!

Michael Harrington: I couldn't have asked for a better meal. Our service was spectacular, with our waiter providing great suggestions for tapas that we didn't know. The food was amazing, and I have to particularly note the imberico ham was out of this world delicious.

Tom Kullgren: This was our first dinner out while in DC and it did not disappoint. Everything was excellent! The Tomato bread, sangria, spinach with apples, raisins and pine nuts. The gazpacho was excellent, shrimp with garlic to die for. I would highly recommend Jaelo

5. Boqueria Penn Quarter

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442 reviews
Boqueria Penn Quarter
Location
4.3
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.3
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 777 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: +1 202-552-3268

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Michael Blasingame: I enjoyed this place over all! The tapas selections are great for those who have had the real deal in Spain and everything we plenty filling. I particularly enjoyed the croquetas and the lamb skewers One thing that kept this from a 5 was the lack of 1) A/C — it was unbearably hot where I was sitting which was high key unpleasant and 2) whatever two top is near table 41 next to that giant table in the window…y’all tried to seat it FOUR TIMES before the host finally gave up (including me…I wasn’t going to sit next to a party of 10). Don’t seat it when a party is there.

Zac Fellabaum: Excellent tapas bar. They have a wide variety of tapas and a great wine selection. We opted for the Mediodia, which was a fixed price of $35/pp. That came with an appetizer to share, two tapas selections each, and an order of their amazing churros for dessert. The service was excellent, as was the food. I'd highly recommend checking it out.

Nick Scirico: We wandered in here by chance on a Saturday night after a long day at museums. What a fabulous find, drinks were so so but the food was DELICIOUS. Staff was great, attentive and was able to answer a lot of questions. Amazing place to eat!

Brenna Holmes: Decor is clean and modern and the menu has some interesting dishes. We didn't have a great experience though and don't think we'll be back when DC has so many solid tapas restaurants to choose from. We did the $65 Boqueria Experience tasting menu at the bar and didn't find it all that worth it. Pacing was way off, we hadn't been there an hour and all the dishes, including dessert had been served. The runner kept asking us if things were ours, but since the Experience doesn't have a written menu, we had no idea if they were... The dishes we got were basic tapas, not the classic "and beyond with a selection of seasonal market menu dishes" that this menu teased, it was lots of bread, rice and potatoes. We also only got the Ibérico ham the menu promises after I asked about it when paying the bill. We got it boxed to go. The bartenders were friendly, but again the service was sub-par. We were charged the by the glass price when we told the bartender from the beginning that we wanted to buy a bottle, he pushed the by the glass options by letting us taste first, and the bottle we chose wasn't full, but we were told it was the last one they had, so it was ours. He even told us he was doing us a favor by not charging us by the glass, but the bill stated otherwise... We payed more than the bottle price for less than a full bottle, plus the two glasses of white we started with.

Tan Sav: Stopped here for a few drinks and some tapas on a rainy Saturday. Has an extensive drink menu and delicious tapa. I really enjoyed the cheese and the bar tender was attentive.

Lauren Canaday: So good and beautiful atmosphere. You can be casual or dress up. Loved seeing each dish come out. Didn't get a picture of it, but the broccoli dish was my favorite.

Dhruv Jaiswal: Great brunch menu and amazing food ! The unlimited mimosas was the key for the brunch ! Do try it and have a look at the menu before going limited options for vegetarian and if you don't eat specific meat ! Would recommend the huevos con chorizo.

Tim Smith: The food, service and atmosphere of Boqueria was all fantastic and a perfect destination for brunch. They have a brunch for 2 which included Sangria, a nice breakfast paella and finished off with churros and chocolate, it was delicious. Please note the paella is a lot of food so arrive hungry. Our server was very friendly and made the experience that much better. They have two locations in DC and I went to the one in Penn Quarter and would definitely return.

April Sharp: Let me start off by saying this place truly isn't bad. It's just the seasonings that just aren't for my palate. We had the (in laymen's terms) meat and cheese board, corn, shrimp, octopus, and lamb meatballs. The corn was a little too lime forward, the octopus a little too squishy (I prefer mine crisp), and lamb a little too gamey. However, their staff has been nothing but wonderful. From the hostess to our server they have been truly great. We also got a rose and Jameson and the pours were pretty generous. I'd come back for the staff and drinks. :)

Danny Chong: Had a great Sunday brunch here! Came around noon and wasn’t busy. Brunch prices are extremely reasonable (most of the menu is). There’s some pricey dishes. Ordered a nonalcoholic mojito and was charged $10+. That’s a bit much. Food was delicious. I recommend the huevos con chorizo.

6. Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

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Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge
Location
4.1
Price/Quality
4.1
Service
4.2
Parking
4.1
Wifi quality
4.1

Address: 3116 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: +1 202-333-4733

Guy: Tapas bar


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Mark Blanchard: Great location right in the middle of Georgetown. Although the paella looks delicious, I was not a huge fan of it. Fortunately everything else we ordered turned out delicious: serrano tower with manchego, bacon wrapped dates, toast with cheese and honey, patatas bravas, and the obligatory glass of red wine. They also serve warm bread with quality evoo that was a nice surprise. The ambiance is nice, and we were seated right by a fireplace, which was nice given it was a cold day. In closing, we struggled a bit with the table size. Although we didn't order a lot of food, our tapas couldn't fit in the small tables. We kept having to rearrange plates and combine things. Other than that, it was a good experience.

The RCWR Show: I've never eaten at a Bodega before, neither has my wife. We were trying to entertain some out of town guests and after driving around in Adams Morgan for about 30 minutes trying to find parking, we decided to come to Georgetown instead. We were so relieved to find parking at a garage nearby and then just traveling on foot to see what options we had for food after 10pm. Bodega won for us. Me nor my wife couldn’t pronounce the foods they had on the menu good despite the English text in captions on the menus, which was a nice touch but that didn't matter to us as we were hungry. My wife, and our two guests had yhe same thing which was basically mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans. I had lamb chops, a scoop of mashed potatoes with gravy and that was all that came on my plate as it looked like something a five year old would yet. I was expecting an actual meal. It was delicious but I left feeling hungry still. So glad that the Häagen-Dazs was still open as I gored on some chocolate peanut butter ice cream. Overall at the Bodega, great customer service, friendly staff, including from the managers / owners who were on hand. The atmosphere was quaint, dark and intimate. Price wise for all of us it came to $148 and that included two homemade sangrias, a martini, and a bottle of Estrella Dark for me. Never had it before and it was great. For four people in Georgetown? It's Georgetown folks and let's not forget inflation. I highly reccomend for folks that's trying to entertain out of town guests or celebrating a special occasion. In our case we were celebrating our anniversary weekend, a great panel we hosted at Awesome Con at the Convention Center, and finally being able to meet and hang out with our out of town friends. Give it shot!

Dilu Namaratne: Randomly stepped into this place and it was crowded and we sat at the bar. The portions sizes are small and it is pricey. We were going to order the Paella but it was about 25 minutes to get that. We went with the hot tapas instead. They also gave bread and that was good. We had Tortilla Espanola which is basically a slice of omelette . It came with Mayo and was a bit salty for me , otherwise it was good. The Calamares fritos was not bad too. Gambas al Ajillo (shrimp sauteed in garlic)was what my husband had and the garlic and olive oil in it was good with the bread they served. We also got the Brocheta de Pollo which were the chicken skewers with peppers and that was the best dish personally.

Jessa L: I am totally addicted to Bodega! I love love looooove the ambiance, the excellent wine list, the warm service and, more importantly, the excellent tapas. They are by far the best price for quality, quantity and menu diversity in DC and I've been to most around. I wish they had a few more veggie options but no complaints. The Serrano Jamon, mussels & bread are the stuff of gods!If I lived in Georgetown, I'd possibly never cook dinner again. I highly recommend-- only if you leave me a seat at the bar 😉😉 seriously tho

Trev: Great Spanish spot I normally grab the Paella ! It’s good considering I’ve been to Spain a few times of course you can’t compare but I would recommend giving this restaurant a try you won’t be disappointed 👍🏼!! Grab the bottle of Sangria as well !

Mallory Bramlett: I’ll be honest, I was nervous about trying this place because I’ve never had Spanish cuisine before. My husband wanted to come here. Wow, I’m so glad I stepped outside of my comfort zone because the food did not disappoint. We had the cheese tray, a salad and lentil soup. It was surprisingly filling and SO good. Atmosphere was great too. I loved all of the details in the decor.

eriko p: We stumbled upon Bodega Spanish Tapas and Lounge after walking around M street and wanted a place to rest ourselves with a drink at the bar. We didn't order any food, because we just ate a huge meal, so we had a few beers and sangrias and met 2 locals who gave us some great tips! I really enjoed this place. It's tiny and cozy and the bartenders and locals were very friendly!

Alondra Ramirez: Great food! The Spanish food here was amazing! It tasted so fresh and unique. Never thought I would eat anchovies but they were phenomenal. The food was delicious and it’s always worth trying new food. You won’t be disappointed at this restaurant.

Dell Mk: Our visit to the bodega was great, just few issues, like the lobster was a bit over The bistek hot tapas wasn’t the best, a little bit chewy and blend. The lamb chops tasted good but a little bit over You must try the mussels, fresh and so good Paella tasted amazing a little bit more crunch wouldn’t hurt, but the taste was great When it comes to the restaurant layout, we sat by the entrance next to the bar on the booths, very cozy Overall we had a great time We will definitely be back.

Jonah Lawson: Came here for my birthday and it was great! They have great service, great atmosphere, and great food! Any seafood options are well worth it, as well as the lamb and meatball tapas.

7. Taberna del Alabardero

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Taberna del Alabardero
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.4
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 1776 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: +1 202-429-2200

Guy: Tapas bar


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Queli: After being disappointed with DC food, we ran into this gem. Not only was food incredibly delicious, the presentation was amazing and portions were great, and the service was phenomenal. Shoutout to Edgar for bringing me a real spicy spice to accompany my delicious food. He understood what Mexicans need :) Thank you to all the Taberna team for being amazing ! PS- I recommend paella and, sausage and blood sausage tapas !
Response: Hi Queli, We're glad you enjoyed your experience with us! we hope to see you again at Taberna del Alabardero! Don't forget we have live flamenco performance every friday and saturday!

Eduardo Sevilla: Old school D.C. restaurant, classic service and ambiance serving fine Spanish cuisine that no longer overwhelms you but will satisfy your Iberian peninsula cravings. Tapas for dinner is the way to go, variety and well executed, albeit small portions. Outstanding wine list, only the very best varietals from all the growing regions in Spain. Grilled Bronzino, Chilean sea bass and grouper specials are highlights. Expensive paella options not my favorite.
Response: Hi Eduardo, We're glad you enjoyed your experience with us! we hope to see you again at Taberna del Alabardero! Don't forget that we're having a special wine tasting dinner on June 23rd. Call us at 202-429-2200 for reservations...

Rachel U: Reservations for Saturday night, we were warmly greeted and seated. Unfortunately due to the busy night, we were only able to order 1 kind of paella for at least 2 people. So we ordered the lamb and cod. Both were yummy. The squid ink sticky rice was so fun. We ended with complimentary pastries. Live band and dancer were the cherry on top! Such a great experience, we will be back.

David Arrimadas: Amazing restaurant. It is a piece of Spain in Washington. The quality of the food is very high same as the professionalism of all the staff. We really felt at home. It was a great experience for our Spanish family that after five months in US is really missing our country delights. Highly recommended if you want to have a good time and food!

Rob A.: We gave this place a try for Restaurant Week. Wonderful decor, complimentary parking in the garage right across the street (after 4PM weekdays and all day on weekends), the food was awesome and the staff was very friendly and attentive. We had the seafood paella and it was excellent. The other dishes coming out of the kitchen looked just as good, and I'm sure they were! Only negative was the fact that my wife and I had to order the same paella since they're made for two. I don't really understand this. What happens if you are dining alone? I don't know.
Response: Hi Rob, We're glad you enjoyed your experience with us! we hope to see you again at Taberna del Alabardero! Don't forget that we extended our Restaurant Week until January 30th

Joshua Russell: Classic DC restaurant that specializes in Spanish cuisine. We were able to get reservations for Sunday night to celebrate a birthday. At time of reservation I mentioned it was birthday celebration. When we arrived, we were greeted quickly and sat. They had a nice, cozy table reserved with a very nice Happy Birthday card written for our special guest! We started out with tortilla de patata, friend manchengo cheese with raspberry sauce and the cherry & mango gazpacho. Everything was superb, the favorite was the cheese with the raspberry sauce. We ordered a chicken and seafood paella to split with everyone. It was spot on with both the texture and taste one would expect from paella. The seafood that came with it were clams, mussels and shrimp. For dessert we ordered the churros with chocolate and the warm cheesecake. Not were very good and just the right size. We were surprised yet again with a very special Happy Birthday plate written in chocolate with some berries, chocolate and cookies. Very good and will look forward to coming back here again soon.
Response: Hi Joshua, We're glad you enjoyed your experience with us! we hope to see you again at Taberna del Alabardero! Don't forget that we're having a special wine tasting dinner on June 23rd. Call us at 202-429-2200 for reservations...

Mark Blanchard: Spain meets Dorothy Draper on the decor, pretty awesome. Food was great, serrano leg sitting in front of you getting sliced. Sadly we got a piece of bone with the serrano. The food was good, and so was the service. We enjoyed the flamenco dance and music around 830pm.

Morgan Niu: I was there for DC restaurant week. They have special menu for us. Food is good but I am a little disappointed. Service is excellent. Live music and dance are impressive. I would like to talk more about the taste of food. I had tuna guacamole tartare, tastes like poke bowl. My husband had blood sausage. Seafood paella is good. Usually it is salty in other restaurant, but not here. However it looks messy in the plate. I shared this paella with my friend. But server didn’t share it equally in out plate. I have more in my plate, it is little awkward. Dessert is caramel flan. Caramel sauce is way too strong. My husband gave it a try, he agreed with me. One drop of the caramel sauce could stay in your mouth for 5 mins. By the end of the dinner. I forget all the taste from previous dish. Only the taste of caramel in my mouth and my brain

Lynelle Nicole: The owners at DCanter Wine Boutique in Capitol Hill recommended this place. It did not disappoint. We had papas bravas, garlic shrimp, and the mixed paella with a bunch of wine. The happy hour section was lively and full of people. The section we were in was quiet and secluded; perfect for a business dinner or confidential conversation. I’d love to come back when they have live music.
Response: Hi Lynelle, We're glad you enjoyed your experience with us! we hope to see you again at Taberna del Alabardero! Don't forget that we're having a special wine tasting dinner on March 24th. Follow the link for more info https://bit.ly/3wJUVDd

Aleyda Villavicencio: We came across this place entirely by luck, but having been in Spain and loving Spanish food like we do, this place didn’t disappoint, and we felt really confident the food had to be good when we walked in and realized many tables were taken by Spanish guests. If you’re in town you have to stop here. Plus they have a lunch menu that’s very affordable!

8. Estadio

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

Address: 1520 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: +1 202-319-1404

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Hanna Ozbeki: came here for brunch and it was great! we did tapas style and it worked out for us even with the larger plates. we got the brussels sprouts, caluflower, patatas bravas , arugula salad, chorizo hash and hanger steak and eggs the star of the brunch were the steak and eggs everything else was good, but the patatas braves were not my favorite compared to everything else on the table service was great! quick, respectful, and mindful of our requests!

Da-Wang Wu: Some dishes are good (e.g., cauliflowers, shishito peppers, shrimps, cheesecake, churros), but others are just okay (e.g., steaks with blue cheese, fried potatoes, mussels). Since it’s tapas style, it’s better to order dishes by batch vs. all at once. Outdoor dining space is available. It can be a bit pricy for a casual Friday dinner.

Shalini: Perfect place for the first in person meeting with my team! The food here is fantastic. I loved the Bomba rice which is a rich but not too heavy and has umami-ness from the mushroom, truffle and manchego cheese. The corn was my next on my list of favorites followed by shishito peppers (decadent pepper aioli on the side), crispy cauliflower which was good. The churros were amazing- they were served with dark chocolate sprinkled with sea salt on the side, were perfectly crispy on the outside soft on the inside and not cloyingly sweet. Good service and recommendations as well!

Genesis Christina: First time eating here and YOU have to go, the ambiance is so welcoming and warm. The food is to die for! Great prices and you are able to try so many different plates because of the sizes! If you are looking for smaller plates snacks you have to go here. If you are a fan of butternut squash, you need to try their butternut squash soup! The customer service was also amazing, our waitress was so sweet and accommodating. 100% recommend!

Martha M. Castro: Food is on point. Food is spectacular and fresh, with plates for every taste. Service is very friendly and very helpful. Drinks exceeded expectations.

Emily Crisan: Amazing food, drinks, and atmosphere! Do yourself a favor and get the grilled octopus and the braised short rib! Wonderful dinner and will definitely be back!

Colvin Will Do It: This is such a great restaurant!! The little portions are how I think American portions should be as well. I took my wife out to eat a great dinner and we were not disappointed. It was expensive but we knew that walking in.

Kaylun Draughn: Food and service were impressive. We ordered the octopus, mussels, arugula salad, duck, and crispy pork belly. Everything was cooked to perfection and came out pretty quickly. The churros were good but crispier than I typically like. I can’t wait to go back!

Jacob Fitzpatrick: Estadio has an outstanding menu that is small enough to navigate, but large enough to find something for all tastes. The unique tapas range from vegetarian flavors to unusual meats - but all with roots to Spain (and Basque Country). The vibe is hip and fun, but not overpowering or too loud. A definite DC gem!

Brandon Richardson: Yummy Tapas place. Indoor and outdoor seating. Mask required. The crispy cauliflower and chicken tapas were great! Well seasoned and delicious!

9. Slate Wine Bar

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Slate Wine Bar
Location
4.1
Price/Quality
4.1
Service
4.2
Parking
4.1
Wifi quality
4.1

Address: 2404 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: +1 202-913-4671

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Daisy de Santiago: Slate is no Xiquet. Same chef but different experience for us. We loved Xiquet. Slate — not so much. The octopus was tough. The wagyu was just okay. And the cheesecake wasn’t good at all. Our server was just okay, too. The whole evening felt like a flop. Maybe it was just one of those times where they just couldn’t hit the mark; but, that they generally offer a great dining experience. It was a two-star experience. The third star is there because Xiquet does carry some weight. And I’d like to give the chef the benefit of the doubt. I’ll give Slate some time and try them again.

Viv C.: Top notch service and great dining environment. Cannot say that about the good though. Our pork shoulder was very salty… the pairing source was delicious though.

M Duncan: This place is a hidden gem serving up tasty cocktails and Michelin-quality food. The atmosphere is smart and trendy and the service is excellent.

Yovan Diaz Reyes: I would give more than 5 stars if I could. The establishment is amazing and service top notch. Gabby was our server (highly recommended as server). She is so knowledgeable and charismatic. Very professional throughout the service. Following that, we had Nicole serving us our food. She was on point with food information and description as well as the wine pairing. Sophie came by as well to check on us and provide us with more wine highlights. Overall, an it was an amazing experience. I appreciate their hard work and knowledge so please always be kind to your servers. Their time and knowledge matters. Will definitely be back, amazing sport and 100% recommend to wine lovers and people 21+ years.
Response: Thank you for your kind review! We're so glad to hear about the exceptional service you received from everyone! Looking forward to hosting you again in the future.

Miguel Garza: Service was great and I'm a big fan of their window seating. The bar itself is very small, but I bet this would be a great place to bring a date. Not too expensive, but somewhat classy. I did not order their food, but I saw a couple dishes and it looked/smelled amazing, so would definitely be interested in coming back to try.
Response: Thanks so much Miguel- we would love to have you back any time!

Akbar Yahya: Went there for the desserts but ended up having the 3 course menu. The brownie fudge was well done and served just right tho could use more textures. Tres leches was nicely done but very fruit forward
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Sha Mar: They recently opened and the place is very nice! The owner is a Portuguese guy and the food are very tasty! The only downside is the food price is very expensive in compare to portion size and quality! But if you just want to try tasty food and the price is not important here is your place.

Bayley Wivell: Horrible - refused to refund the $40 deposit associated with our reservation even though we explained on the phone, as well as via email, that both members of the party tested positive for COVID-19. Received horrible service on the phone and was dismissed quickly via email. Cannot believe this restaurant would rather contribute to the spread of COVID at the risk of its community rather than refund $40 for service that was never provided. Was excited to dine here but thoroughly disappointed by all this especially during unprecedented times.

Daniel Hashimoto: Absolutely delicious. Tried their four course tasting menu with wine pairing. The seafood paella was incredible. Huge portion with lots of shrimp, clams, and a large prawn. Bursting with flavor. My friend had the tuna poke as an appetizer and the tuna was perfectly seasoned with what I believe was a teriyaki based sauce. The wine pairings were also excellent with great selections of both white and red wine from various regions across the US and Europe.

Irene Toporovskaya: Amazing tasting menu experience! We tried the Saffron Tour and every single dish was fantastic and so well paired with the drinks. Cocktails were delicious, very attentive service and just a wonderful experience overall. Highly recommend!
Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are happy to hear you truly enjoyed the Saffron Tour experience as well as our cocktails and service. We look forward to hosting you in the near future.

10. Bodegon Spanish Tapas

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Bodegon Spanish Tapas
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.3
Service
4.3
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 515 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: +1 202-560-5061

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Rachel Murphy: The unlimited brunch and bottomless mimosas was really nice. Loved the mix your own mimosas by bringing a bottle to the table. The tapas were lovely. I wish the portions were a tad smaller so we could try more - especially the Benedicts. Overall a great experience and would recommend for groups.

David Lavis: Fantastic new tapas place in Eastern Market. Nice selection of tapas and traditional brunch food. Good bottomless option. Waiter was attentive and not stingy on the refills. They had a live flamenco dancer and guitar player when we were here on a Sunday. All around a good experience. Would come back again.

Elisabeth Myers: This is a fabulous new Spanish restaurant by the owners of Bodega in Georgetown. Warm welcoming ambiance. Delicious food with a couple of American classics on the brunch menu. Try the French toast -- scrumptious! And to top it off enjoy a special mimosa and the flamenco music and dance during brunch every weekend.

Jen Morrissey: I really liked the vibe of this place. Great service, but still relaxed and less crowded than a lot of other places nearby. We were here for brunch on Sunday. I had the avocado toast which was simple but still tasty. My husband had a potato and cheese waffle which was also really good. Our whole breakfast was less than $40 too. They also had a guy playing Spanish guitar in the background which was cool. Very happy with our experience, and will definitely come back.

Laurel Martin: Did the unlimited brunch and bottomless mimosas. Amazing! The brunch included almost all their tapas and many of their brunch items. Super fresh and bright flavors. Service was good and food came put quickly. Friendly staff. Anyone complaining about serving sizes is deranged. The tapas were the perfect size for 3 of us.

John Chavez: Came for Saturday brunch for the first time and everything was great! My wife and I split a cheese board, fried peppers, and patatas bravas. They also served bread for the table. We also got a mimosa each which was tasty and strong (and affordable!) Altogether we had a delicious meal, great service, and a fantastic experience. We'll definitely be coming back!

Rebecca Nasuti: My experience here on 1/23 was AMAZING! A few members of our party of 7 did bottomless drinks while others didn’t, but everyone did the $40 unlimited food and it was so worth the price. We ate EVERYTHING and got to go back for more of the highlights. Our server, Walter, was incredible. He was on top of all of our food orders, drink orders, and went above and beyond to ensure we had a great experience. I will run back to this restaurant- I am so thankful it isn’t too crowded yet and selfishly I don’t want people to find out about it 😉But the experience was amazing and this will be our new weekly spot. I love everything about it. Thank you Walter!!!

Sally LP: This place was really good and the tapas are filling. The waiters were excellent with customer service. The pulpo gallego and the pan con jamón serrano we’re very good!

Weekend Warrior: Maybe it wasn't my style, but the food was just ok, and the drinks were overpriced. The waiter brought us someone else's oysters, after leaving at our table for at least 5 min. They took it back, but I watched them head to the front of the kitchen, then go back and bring it to the table that actually ordered it. That was 5 min of us breathing on it... But the worst thing about this place is they were playing live music and had a dancer, which would have been nice, but it was crazy loud. We couldn't have a conversation with our friends and by the time the check came we are all ready to leave and not comeback.

Paxton Helms: I lived about five years in Spain and Bodegón has all of my favorite Spanish comfort food --there is nothing on this menu that i have not had a million times in Spain and it's all delicious! Great meal last night and the bartender was very good-natured about serving a Barça fan after Real Madrid won the Champions League! Great spot. So happy it's on the Hill. I am a very satisfied regular. Keep up the good work, amigos!

11. Del Mar

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Del Mar
Location
4.3
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.3
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 791 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

Telephone: +1 202-588-7272

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Genesis Marrero: I was truly impressed with this dining experience. We flew to DC for my birthday week and had my birthday dinner here. Luis served us and he was definitely one of the best servers we have ever had wait on us (and we are huge foodies so that is saying something). He was so attentive and just knew exactly how to guide the dining experience based on what the guests is wanting out of their night whether they know specifically or not. We let him take the wheel with all of the knowledgeable recommendations and we were so happy from start to finish. We came back for our last meal in DC and again, Amber served us, and again we were not disappointed. She was so sweet and also had wonderful recommendations and made sure all of our needs were met before we said goodbye and hopped on a flight. Luckily Luis was also there and he remembered us which made us happy because he was also so memorable for us. He was so nice and sent us our new favorite drink that he enlightened us to - the carajillo. I don’t think you could go wrong with a single thing on this menu. The rest of the staff was also very efficient and everything just seemed to flow so smoothly with the teamwork here. I can’t wait to go back someday!

R: This was my first time going to Del Mar and the food was phenomenal! We went as a group of 8 to celebrate a birthday. It was my first time trying octopus and it was really good. The parking in the garage was $45 since I stay for 4+ hours which was a downside for the night so it might be better to find street parking.

Dondré: I rented an igloo and I took my family here for my Mother's birthday and my experience was incredible. The bubbles aka the igloos are nice and incredibly warm. The service is five stars absolutely fantastic, the waiter was nice and patient explaining the family style ordering style. The whole restaurant is extremely nice and well decorated it's like a huge mansion. Lastly this is not a cheap restaurant by any means, but the experience is worth it.

Jack Jiang: It's a bit pricy, but the food and service are worth the penny you spent! I love how the chef perfectly blends flavors together (like pepper+crab+uni sauce). The Sangria Roja cocktail is also a highlight, mixing the richness of wine and the sweet/sour touch of fruits/flowers - one of the best cocktails I've had in a while! Would recommend to everyone

J. Ivy Smith: Food was AMAZING! This should get. Michelin Star. There paella is the best I have had. I want to say there paella and cheesecake is similar to José Andre. Service was excellent and our waiter reminded us of actor John Mulaney. I def recommend this place and def Michelin Star worthy.

Black Star Dust: Absolutely stunning place. Great service. Top tier experience. Everything was a ten. The Seafood Paella is delicious. Highly recommend that dish. It comes in different sizes for sharing. It was my bday so they brought out gratis champagne and this cheesecake that was literally the one of the most delicious desserts to grace the planet. Don’t even get me started on the churros! Amazing! I also did come in with a VIP who goes there regularly so that surely may have enhanced the experience to 10 stars!!

Jo Han: If you are looking for high quality food and drinks then this is the place to be. I love their octopus and eggplants with drinks. There are so many selections but if you want to eat a lot then I'll go for paella. If you are going for drinks and chat then small plates are awesome and very flavorful. We come here multiple times when we come near here and never had bad experiences. Service is great too. So when you are at wharf then come by and try this place =)

Eli Samuel Bermudez: Beautiful restaurant, beautiful location and delicious food. Only reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because is very expensive. Maybe ridiculously expensive for the food. Still a great experience for me and my wife for our anniversary !

Alya's Aura: The food was SO delicious and of course the service was top notch. Our waiter (I believe his name is Michael) was so nice and helpful and made some great recommendations. I definitely suggest leaving space for dessert because their little dulce de leche dark chocolate cakes with the horchata ice cream was beyond amazing! The perfect end to a great meal 👌🏾

Daisy Gutierrez: Food was good. Not great but good. The service was great! This wine was my fave. A little overpriced only because I feel at those prices the food should taste better. They have a great selection though! I had the seafood paella it lacked flavor. My friend had some green rice thing, neither of us raved about our main courses. The patatas bravas are good but could use more of the brava sauce.

12. Top Spanish Cafe & Catering

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Top Spanish Cafe & Catering
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.7
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: 3541 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: +1 202-723-0714

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Harsha P.: Spectacular! Amazing experience - while it has the full Andalusian decor, its ambiance may not truly match the great food, and if that's more what you're going for then Jaleo or Xiquet is better. However, the service by Daniel was probably the best in DC with recommendations and pure charm. Drinks are full and flavorful, Gin & Tonics are a must, and croquettes are authentic; seafood Paella is good as well - make sure to save room for dessert and to come back!! Note, items are on the pricer side.
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Kelly G: Excellent food. The name is unique, and the interior is homely, but don’t let that fool you. The food is awesome! I got a hanger steak and it was unbelievably tender. The seafood paella was amazing, prolly the best in DC..just like being back in Spain. I’m not surprised because Spaniards work there.. so they have higher standards on paella. The sever was great, very friendly and provided honest and helpful recommendations. I was surprise that the place was not packed given the quality of food and the low prices.... i’m gonna keep going there for sure.
Response: Thank you K, we are glad you enjoyed your meal.

Amy Banas: This is a cute place. The staff was super friendly. All the tapas we had were very yummy and they came out quickly. The only reason it gets four stars instead of five is because something we ate messed up our stomachs big time. It was all very good. We just paid for it later. We had: Tortillas espanolas: I would skip this, the flavor was bland Chicken in green sauce: so good, would definitely get again Spanish cheeses: all the cheese was good as well as the honey they serve on the side The warm bread they give you is very yummy Would definitely try again.
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Igor at skvltd.media: Fantastic tapas spot. Paella alone is worth the visit, and owners, chef, and staff are very welcoming and excellent.
Response: Thank you, Igor. We appreciate your review!

vanessa cabrera: Five stars!! 100%. I dont usually post but I am visiting D.C. for the weekend from N.Y. and I must say this is the best Spanish food I have ever had. Dare I say...even better than the cuisine I've had in Europe! I will certainly visit again before we leave.
Response: Thank you, Vanessa. We appreciate your review, we are glad that you had a good experience dining with us. We will be happy see you back.

Roberto Burboa: Great food, great service, beautiful, unpretentious place. I’ll definitely be coming back.
Response: Thank you, Mr. Burboa. Will will be happy to have you back.

Jesus Hector Jimenez: Exceeded expectations. Authentic. Daniel was a great host and very attentive. Croquetas, patatas bravas, aleoli, etc... And.... The gazpacho flavor and texture are delicious. Don't hesitate. You'll enjoy!
Response: Thank you, for the kind review Mr. Jimenez!. We are pleased that our food and service met and surpassed your expectations.

Daniela Ochoa: An authentic local gem worth it of trying. The food is great, but the service is exceptional! Ask for Daniel the soul of the whole place! #spanishgourmet
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Brian Dick: Excellent and authentic Spanish food at a reasonable price. We will definitely be returning.

Aman George: This place is the definition of a hidden gem, I think. It's too bad it never looks busy, because it is worth a trip! Some of the best Spanish food I've had in DC. The dishes are very traditional but really fantastic. The Argentine style steak in particular was a revelation. Extraordinarily tender and flavorful, every bite was a dream. I'd say the same about the albondigas (Spanish meatballs), which were wonderfully rich and served atop the creamiest mashed potatoes ever. I'm not generally a huge paella fan but the Paella Valenciana was very good. Rabbit bones were a little painful to maneuver around, and the dish came out screaming hot (probably needed to wait like 10 minutes to be able to comfortably eat it). But otherwise the flavors and ingredients were great. Only thing that was a little disappointing was the wine list; we ordered two different tempranillos by the glass and neither really shone. The wine list itself isn't super long; the food here will be a great comfort to folks in the neighborhood that miss Ruta del Vino but the wine probably won't. That said, the wine is all very reasonably priced, and if you're looking to buy a bottle (or bottles) without breaking the bank, you have a lot of options here. Service was attentive and rightly proud of the place! I look forward to returning soon and sampling the rest of the menu (the lamb was calling to me!) Prices: tapas are in the $10-15 range each, so can add up quickly if you get 2-3 per person (which would be about right for a meal). Entrees are actually fairly reasonable for this type of restaurant ($20-25), even for a steak dish that was large and would probably run closer to $35-40 elsewhere. I think this place stays afloat on the back of a substantial catering business that allows it to keep open this dining room and stay stocked with fresh ingredients. I've never seen it look busy, but really, if you're in the neighborhood, you should give it a shot! It'll be one of the best meals you can have in DC by reliably just walking in.
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13. Pamplona

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Pamplona
Location
4.2
Price/Quality
4.1
Service
4.1
Parking
4.1
Wifi quality
4.1

Address: 3100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: +1 703-685-9950

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India King-Hamilton: Great vibe and food! Did the small plates and everything was delicious, my taste buds exploded. The atmosphere was welcoming, the staff treated us like family and our waitress Diana treated us like VIP. Ordering was done safely using our phones to see the menu. This restaurant is great for families, sister girl fun or happy hour….a must visit

Tam E: I followed through on my reservation after my friends cancelled. Diana was amazing! I felt like I was still at brunch with my girl friends and she was very patient with my dietary requests. All of the food was amazing And made fresh to order. You know how you go to bottomless brunch and it feels like the food is pre-made? Not the case here. Manager was also super attentive, Which was great for a saturday. Highly recommend. They are doing really well considering the circumstances (COVID)!

Pat S: Este restaurante es muy bueno! Very impressed, Pamplona is my new favorite restaurant! Firstly, the restaurant ambiance/interior is so cute, the flowers decor is refreshing small cozy establishment. Greeted upon arrival, great customer service, fast service, the servers are very attentive and knowledgeable Michael is the best he even charged my iPhone for me. Decent size menu and drink options. We tired several small plates and it was delicious and filling. Recommend: Mac and cheese, calamari, fried chicken, lamb, shrimp, paella, and churros sundae is my favorite. 1/2 prices bottles off wine on certain nights, we had rose. My guest said the brunch is delicious as well. I will be back!

Daniel Castrillo: I've ordered from this restaurant many times through 3rd party food delivery and each time the food has been very delicious and well prepared. Recently I ordered their Truffle Macaroni and cheese and it wasn't prepared properly and also did not present itself in the way it has always been when I had ordered from this restaurant prior. This is highly unacceptable that at any random occurrence a place you enjoy can instantly lose its quality control and prepare your food below the standard of satisfactory. Seems like management needs to monitor they're cooks going forward to ensure that people's orders aren't just being prepared any kind of way then the proper way! This is beyond unacceptable and more then adequate compensation needs to administered for this inconvenience and disrespect! Attached are photos of what I recieved vs how my order should of came and you tell me if im suppose to just be satisfied with accepting this food when its not how its been prepared ever before how disgusting 🤢🤮

Klara Cheung: Update from the 1st time I visited the restaurant from 5 stars: We came here on a Saturday night and sat outside next to another place called Bar Bao where music was blasting pretty loud. We had a reservation and our server was the one who actually sat us down. The table was dirty and it probably took about 7-10 minutes before someone came out with waters and our server came out. The Blanca sangria was pretty sour so I ordered the seasonal sangria which was watermelon but it tasted more like a watermelon gone sour sangria. I definitely don't recommend. We ordered the Gambas al Ajillo, Blistered Shishito Peppers, Spanish Fried Chicken and the Squid Ink Paella. Our server wasn't very attentive. We had other individuals bring out our food and someone else assist with clearing the table. As soon as we put in the food order, the shrimp and the chicken came out very quickly, within 5 minutes of when we ordered. The Shrimp was disappointing, it was sitting in a butter bath and not too much garlic or other flavor. The chicken was good, the batter was crispy and I enjoyed the sauce. It was, however, sitting on a bed of spinach and the bottom of the chicken wasn't even breaded. The shishito peppers were alright and the Paella was a decent size for a small. The Paella came with muscles, Shrimp and calamari. The Calamari were crispy and delicious. Shrimp was right but there was something definite wrong with the muscles. They were not fresh and tasted like they were ok the verge of going bad. Our server came to check on us a couple minutes after the Paella came out and we told her about the muscles which she said she would inform the manager about but we don't believe anything was said. In addition, she did forget one of our orders of the Roasted mushrooms. After that, it took her about 45 minutes before I could catch her eye after she checked on us last to get us our check and to request a box. Very disappointed since my first time coming here a couple years ago where the food and service was much better. I sadly don't recommend and will likely not return.

Joshua Harvey: The place was empty for Father's day which was surprising. The service was quick and the food was amazing as usual.

Blair Ritter: Everything on the menu is incredible, but you can’t go wrong with the grilled cheese 🙌🏼 Staff is always super friendly, drinks are amazing, and the decor is always on point. Perfect spot for any occasion!

Doug Christenson: Food was very good. Unfortunately, they were out of several items, which was disappointing. Waiter didn't mention when we were looking over the menu that they were out of some wine and food items before we ordered.

Andrew (Noh Leftovers): - Arugula Salad | Pickled Grapes | Goat Cheese | Candied Almonds | Maple Sherry Vinaigrette - Baby Kale Salad | Butternut Squash | Pears | Pine Nuts | Goat Cheese | Figs | Maple Vinaigrette - Pork Belly | Lima Beans | Chickpea Ragout | Chorizo | Sweet Peppers | Blackberry Red Wine Sauce - Pan Seared Scallops | Roasted Cauliflower Pureé | Citrus Brown Butter - Halibut | Spanish Lentil | Chorizo | Roasted Vegetables | Artichokes Caponata - Skirt Steak | Roasted Veggies | Sofrito | Chimichurri Sauce - BBQ Ribs | Seasoned Fries | Kale Apple Salad - Pamplona Burger | Delmonico Blend | Lettuce | Cheddar Cheese | Tomato | Pickles | Grilled Onion | Brioche Bun | Smoked Applewood Bacon

Charles Gilman: Really enjoyed our dinner at Pamplona with friends, we did the small dishes dinner. The dishes were great: octopus, mushrooms, cheese, chicken, etc. Regular decor is a little dated, but nicely decorated for the holidays. We had the red rioja, very good. Service was spotty, seemed like a new waitress.

14. Lincoln

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Lincoln
Location
4.1
Price/Quality
4.2
Service
4.1
Parking
4.1
Wifi quality
4.1

Address: 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: +1 202-386-9200

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byron subero: This restaurant was great! The maitre d was very nice and informative about the restaurant and the art work. Food was delicious and the drinks was amazing. The peach moonshine was fantastic. Definitely need to go back to try their brunch.
Response: Hello Byron, Sorry for the delay but thank you so much for your review. Be Well, Alan Proprietor

Amanda Long: We stopped for dinner because it was close by, but it was a wonderful experience. We had 2 appetizers and 3 entrées, and loved all of it. The steak was perfectly cooked, and we couldn't have asked for better service (thanks Karen!). We'll be sure to come back next time we're in the area!
Response: Hi Amanda, Thanks for the great review. We are lucky to have customers like you. Appreciatively, Alan Owner

Klara Cheung: Downtown DC and there's there's street parking around. Cute little place, masks are required indoors but there's a cute outdoor sitting area. For those who get a lot of mosquito bites, make sure you spray up before you go! Good service and great food. We ordered the House Cut Fries which came with 4 different sauces which were all very good. Fries were also very good and well seasoned. I ordered the Cornmeal Fried Softshell Crab Bahn MI Sandwich. The Crab was a great size and really crispy and the Bahn mi was very flavorful. I ordered the Gettysburg Cooler for a drink which was very refreshing. Definitely recommend it here!

Faith Mitchell: Enjoyed brunch at Lincoln yesterday morning. Loved the vibes as the restaurant is cute and they play good music. It is very clean and I felt comfortable enjoying a meal here. The menu had a lot of options and $50 for bottomless mimosas and food is a great deal. Definitely had some unique flavor combinations that we surprisingly enjoyed. The service was a bit slow as we waited for awhile to be served and didn’t get checked on as much as we would have liked. However, everyone was nice including the manager and, when we did get a server, we were well taken care of. Would go back.
Response: Hi Faith, Thank you for your review. We appreciate your business and hope to see you soon. Kindly, Alan Owner Lincoln Restaurant

Gina S: Cool place to visit due to it being linked to the historical figuer Honest Abe. Small space, a bit of a wait, but the menu offers good southern/homestyle food. I wasn't wowed, but my appetite was satisfied.

Mikayla Ramirez: Nice atmosphere. Friendly and attentive staff. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Great food. Decent price.

Nonie Fields: My friend and I stopped by the Lincoln yesterday for lunch. The food was amazing and the ambiance and decor was aesthetically pleasing. Our server Brandy took great care of us she made our experience a million times better. I definitely will be back to try the dinner & brunch menu!
Response: Hi Nonie, Thank you so much for your review. We appreciate you dining with us. Kindly, Alan Owner

Bobby A: Got there for "Happy Hour". They have a wonderful appetizer selection as well as wines, beers, and cocktails. We enjoyed glasses of wine, beer. And a couple of scotches! The deli platter was good as was the fish taco. The romaine ceaser was really tops! Excellent waiter though they were busy. We sat outside but the inside is very nice. Also, clean restroom. Will come back.
Response: Hello Bobby, Thank you for the kind review and your business. Appreciatively, Alan Owner

Madison Garcia: I went to Lincoln last Sunday for their Pride brunch with a group of girlfriends and had such a fun time! The bartender, Nico, served us and gave us the best experience. The drinks were great and he was so fun and friendly. The food was delicious and the service made our time there even better. I will definitely be going back soon!
Response: Hello Madison, Thank you for the kind review. I will pass it along to Nico. I appreciate your support. Appreciatively, Alan

Patrick Baber: Delicious brunch and incredible staff. Highly recommend. Cool vibe and decor as well.
Response: Hello Patrick, Thank you for your kind review. We greatly appreciate your business. Respectfully, Alan Owner

15. Brightwood Pizza & Bottle

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Brightwood Pizza & Bottle
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.5
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 711 Kennedy St NW, Washington, DC 20011, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: +1 202-722-2696

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Timothy Torres: A wonderful atmosphere, especially on those cooler summer nights. Indoor and outdoor seating options. The pizza is really good with a chewy/crispy crust and perfectly blended sauce (I like red sauce). Pairs well the the many ciders they have available. The staff are really friendly too.

Dan Pye: Great atmosphere and even better ciders. So many amazing housemade ciders, collaborations, and even imports. Staff was friendly and responsive. Cozy little outdoor area looked like it would be good for slightly warmer weather.

Erika Tarver: I had the pleasure of hitting up this spot this past weekend when Anxo was celebrating 5 years...the vibe was EVERYTHING!!! They had a wonderful DJ (Abe) spinning jazzy, soulful tunes and the staff/team were so amazing that it felt like I was enjoying a pizza and a drink with a close friend! This is a gem, and what adds to the experience is that you can get some of the best ice cream right next door at Everyday Sundae.

Jose Hernandez: 7/10 pizza taste. Interesting locale with good drinks and an ice cream shop adjacent (part of same business??). A bit rustic, but laid-back.

David Cea: It is pricy and the size of the pizza is smaller compared to other local pizzerias, they put few ingredients, very large edges and not a flavory pizza. We also ordered garlic bread knots but also little flavor and they were burnt, the service is super good and the waitress was very kind and sweet. the cider was good but not sure if we can come back.

Shankar Kulumani: Great location in Ward 4 for cider. Large space indoors at the bar or general seating. Patio space also available for outdoor dining Very relaxed atmosphere and a great local place for drinks They've added a full kitchen with pizza. All the standard pizza options with great crust. Gluten free options available with a very high quality crust.

Steven Funk: We have visited Anxo multiple times and appreciate the establishment in our neighborhood. The 22% service fee/gratuity that is automatically applied to your bill is a bit out of touch. They apply the fee to everything, even if you purchase a bottled cider to take home. I typically leave 20% plus if service is good, however, I’m not interested in paying 22% for subpar inattentive service. Pay your staff a real wage so you don’t have to rely on these fees. Lately we’ve contemplated going and chose not to visit due to this policy. Drinks are a bit expensive, but not too far outside of standard DC prices.

Jerry Hulla: Small, but unique selection of hard to find out-of-market beers, plus their own brand of ciders. Kennedy St location is pick-up only & orders must be done online ahead of time. Once COVID is over & they can open for in-person customers (since it's a very small place), it'll be a neat place to grab a beer or cider. A couple of small, cozy outside places to enjoy a beverage. Young lady working there was very nice!

Andrew Nguyen: Ordered three pizzas - one was overcooked/inedible (mushroom), the buffalo chicken pizza literally had 3 small pieces of chicken, and the third one fell apart when you picked up a slice (pulled pork). Had to ask for plates, water, napkins, and literally anything. I don't mind paying a service fee (22% on the post tax subtotal + an additional 10% of the service charge amount) if you actually get some semblance of service (ordering and payment all done via your phone). One positive is that the ciders were decent.

Christian Mai: Great Cider Brewery! Cool little spot down the alley. Snacks were good! Reasonably priced! Try the Anxo Flight with four different cider tastes. The jamon serrano sandwich tasted great! They also have some limited outside seating. At the bar you can also watch TV, sport games are on. They also sell their beer and cider to take home.

16. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

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Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.3
Service
4.3
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 401 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

Telephone: +1 202-628-1005

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Aimee Lim: The service here is quick and friendly staff. Our host was excellent and give us some brief explanations and suggestions what to order. She did not rushed us when we order. Although it was a bit of wait to get a table for 6 person, it was worth the wait. Food were delicious and authentic Mexican. Prices are reasonable. Will come back here for our next DC visit.

Kimberly Giang: Enjoyed dinner. Loved the fun energetic atmosphere. We made reservations here for dinner. Loved that the chips and salsa were complimentary and placed on our table when we sat down. The guacamole was really good. I had the enchiladas and my husband had a chicken taco and a beef taco. Everything was good. Service was great.

Peter Fernandez: The food is quite tasty. When we visited, though, the service was a bit uneven. The food seemed to rush out, but our server would disappear for long stretches. We highly recommend the guacamole. It was yummy, but we ordered it spicy and it came out mild. The chips and salsa were excellent. We also had t cevice and Vera Cruz tuna tacos. Both were great.

Jon and Amanda Lewis: Definitely worth a visit. We had a great evening here. The server was kind and friendly. The food was amazing. They bring you warm chips and salsa, which are great. We tried two different margaritas. The Serrano Margarita was a spicy delicious kick in the face :) The Al Gusto was good as well. All 3 tacos were excellent. Really well done. And the place feels reasonably priced. The decor is super eclectic and fun as well, butterflies everywhere. We would highly recommend this place.

Beth Zboran: The place was busy but we were able to get a table. They warned us that the food portions are small so we ordered a few things. It was good to get a taste of multiple dishes. We also ate quite a few chips with the spicy homemade salsa. Our wait staff was very attentive and the food was very good.

Zeyu Hu: Oyamel is a solid Mexican restaurant. Great service and unique ways of serving certain food - such as eating guac in a homemade tortilla! We got the tasting menu because we couldn’t decide what to get. We got such a variety of different food that it was truly a tasting menu. The only thing that we didn’t like was that the tasting menus were individually portioned, but rather 2-3 people would have to share a plate. We got two pitchers of margaritas and that was a solid drink. Be sure to book this in advance as it can get quite busy during dinner time!

India Lindsay: Average food and environment. Our waiter kept mentioning how “authentic” the food was but it’s really just average American-ish Mexican food. The octopus platter was good, I did enjoy the sauces it came with. We tried every single taco they offer. Nothing special. The beef one is fairly oily and heavy and was literally just beef in a tortilla. The grilled chicken had a good flavor. The fish was decent. The shredded pork was pretty good but could do with more flavorful toppings. I’m not a fan of vegetarian tacos but their veggie ones were honestly my favorite.

Shaina Z: I thoroughly enjoyed reading the quote in regards to the homemade corn tortilla tacos and chips “Our masa starts its journey in Mexico, with the family farms that grow heirloom corn. Every day, our team cooks and grinds this corn in-house, to give you a taste of this treasured tradition.” Super vibrant ambience to include a summer seasonal menu. And they’re amazing Wednesday drink special. Just a quick walk from the Gallery Place Metro. Or enjoy the National Gallery of Art then walk over for a nice lunch.

Jonathan Kline: A very delicious spot to dine. The menu is based on small plates. The tacos are very delicious, plan on ordering 2-3 for a meal. The Sunday Brunch is very yummy. They have a great rewound mezcal menu too. They do not have a children’s menu. The waiter suggested we order beef and rice for our son, so we did and were billed for a steak dinner ($21, the rest of us ate for less then $15). It was delicious but not a meal meant for kids. The salsa and guacamole are very delicious. Get the Rojo soup, a great winter warm up.

Ashley Manning: The experience with the hosts and servers was awesome here. Everyone was very kind and clear; they accommodated us by seating us at a booth when we requested it, and we were asked about dietary restrictions right away. There are many small plates to choose from and share. There was imported sparkling water, which I loved. The tone of Oyamel was warm and cozy, with vintage films projected on a nearby wall and some nice mood music. My partner and I shared a variety of different tacos and I also had a bowl of the chicken and adobo soup, which was incredible and came served with cilantro, lime, and avocado. Best of all, the check at the end was way less than we expected it to be. We didn’t drink this time, but there are some lovely cocktail selections that just sounded delightful. An elevated feel without any stuffiness. We’ll be back. Note that masking is required to enter and so is proof of vaccination, in keeping with the current order in DC. They are taking care to be safe, which is great.

17. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar - Washington, D.C.

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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar - Washington, D.C.
Location
4.1
Price/Quality
4.2
Service
4.1
Parking
4.1
Wifi quality
4.1

Address: 801 9th St NW suite a, Washington, DC 20001, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: +1 202-408-1600

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Diana Hjelmeir: Husband and I love coming here for lunch/brunch on Sundays! If you like high end shopping, there is a shopping center right by this place. The interior is really well done, you feel like you're walked into a Universal Resort or theme park Cuban/Hispanic restaurant! I love seeing the interior whenever we eat here. We've always walked here, so I can't comment about the parking. I also didn't use the bathroom, so I also can't comment. Our waitress Paola was very patient with our children and loved interacting with them, thank you! Our orders were put in quickly and everything was delicious.
Response: WOW, Diana! Thank you for sharing this wonderful review! Here at Cuba Libre Washington DC, we strive to provide our guests with efficient service and mouthwatering dishes. Your praise lets us know we're succeeding! We're so glad you appreciated not only our inviting atmosphere and and courteous staff, but our delicious meals as well. We look forward to hosting you again soon for another memorable experience. Muchas gracias! -Matthew Fox General Manager, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar Washington, DC

Da-Wang Wu: One of my favorite restaurants in DC. The interior design is pretty cool, and the ambience is great. My favorite is the seafood soup, very flavorful with lots of seafood inside. During dinner time (after 4pm), they serve toasted bread with mango butter, super refreshing flavor! Chicken croquette, fried yuca and empanadas are all very good. Guacamole is beautiful decorated but not the best one I’ve ever had. Paella doesn’t feel right, pretty wet. Churro as an ending dessert to be meal is a great option. Reservation might be needed during peak hours.
Response: Thank you for the great review, Da-Wang Wu! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your dining experience at Cuba Libre! We appreciate your praise for our decor and delicious dishes. The soup and empanadas were fantastic choices! Come back soon! Muchas gracias! -Matthew Fox General Manager, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar Washington, DC

M: Good food.Service took a while but it's ok. Pandemic times calls for extra patience. Once we got a server, we ordered food, it came without a long wait. It was a nice end of day meal after a museum marathon on a Sunday.
Response: We appreciate your feedback, Madelaine. We are thriled that you enjoyed our great feedback, but we are disappointed to hear that our service failed to meet your expectations. We appreciate your understanding regarding the pandemic, and our service. Please reach out to info@cubalibrerestaurant.com so we can learn more about your experience. -Matthew Fox General Manager, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar Washington, DC

Vikram Seshadri: Loved the music and the ambiance was very lively. Amazing vegetarian and Vegan options. Must try the Mojitos, Yuca fries and the Plantain chips.Had to call ahead and reserve a table and the restaurant was super busy on a weekday but was definitely worth it.
Response: We appreciate this detailed review, Vikram! We are delighted that you had a great time at Cuba Libre Washington DC and loved our music, vibrant ambiance, wide menu variety, and delicious meals. We are always seeking feedback, so we cannot thank you enough for letting us know how we are doing! Come see us again soon for another amazing experience! -Matthew Fox General Manager, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar Washington, DC

Abby Fasehun: Loved the ambiance, felt like I was on the street of Havana. The Empanadas Was really good, forgot to take a photo of it, but overall, food was great. Customer service was top notch. Oh and the music!!! Got me moving the whole time. I’ll be back.
Response: We appreciate this glowing feedback, Bisola! Our team here at Cuba Libre Washington DC is delighted to hear that you loved our authentic Cuban ambiance, delicious food, amazing music, and phenomenal made-from-scratch dishes. This praise means the absolute world to us, and we hope to see you again soon for another excellent time! -Matthew Fox General Manager, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar Washington, DC

Melinda Nguyen: Fantastic place for music, dancing, and drinks. The decor was beautiful and inviting. The space was open and the dance floor was fenced in which was a cool way to separate the space. It's busy and crowded on a Saturday night, but still had space to move around. Drinks were on point. The only downside was the lack of places to hang coats or bags. Coming during the winter, a lot of people struggled to put their things in a safe spot. Dancing with all the stuff is no fun. They should consider a coat check or something, especially in the winter. All in all, great music.. mix of Latin and pop throughout the night. I would definitely go back in the spring or summer.
Response: Thanks for the great review, Melinda! Cuba Libre is happy to hear about your experience! We're glad you enjoyed our ambiance, decor, and delicious drinks! We will make sure to discuss your comments regarding the lack of a coatroom with our staff moving forward. We're excited to welcome you back soon! -Matthew Fox General Manager, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar Washington, DC

Kevin Russell: This is a long review, but please read to the end. Food is really good and the decor is great. On Friday and Saturday nights, not sure the time (I think around 10) the place basically turns into a salsa dance club. Really cool. Only reason it didn't get 5 stars from me this time was because our service was awful this trip. This is a follow up to that visit. The GM contacted me regarding the service. He took the time to address what happened and has generously offered to invite us back and make it right. This is the type of service restaurants should try to achieve. He takes pride in the customer experience and was very sincere. So I'm changing to 5 stars. I look forward to our next visit. As I said previously, the food is good, actually, great, and just a great place to have fun with your friends. I highly recommend this place. For a great app, try the empanadas. Really tasty. Oh, and I did forget to mention before, I'd suggest reservations on Friday and Saturday as a lot are there to enjoy the food and then dance the night away with some unique drinks they have! I'm confident our next visit will be amazing and I can't wait!!! I'll add photos of the dance floor and the food we choose this time around. We just had our evening here again after the service that was subpar before. This time, there was nothing subpar about our experience. We had a great table, our waiter was very attentive, fun, and made great suggestions for our friend that hadn't been there before. We had chicken and beef empanadas, and pineapple guacamole for apps. Was very good. Our dinner was very good. My friend and I had the plato gaucho mixed grill. My other friend had a neat and rice dish that I forgot to ask the name of. He's a chef at the White House, and he thought everything was excellent! The manager was aware of our previous experience and brought us desserts, and after dinner drinks that was a very nice touch, and we're also very good. The music was really good. The place really filled up with people to dance the night away on the dance floor that starts at 11 until 3 am. Everyone was having a great time. There was a pretty good sized line of people waiting outside to get in to enjoy the dancing. Really a perfect night out. Please go and support this restaurant. I highly doubt you will regret it. And if something isn't right, they will ensure to make it right. A big thank you to the GM, Matthew Fox, the manager Jessica, and our waiter!!!
Response: We sincerely apologize for the service challenges that you encountered, Kevin. We kindly ask that you contact us at info@cubalibrerestaurant.com for further discussion so that we can learn more. -Matthew Fox General Manager, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar Washington, DC

Austin Graff: A friend of mine's favorite restaurant in the world is Cuba Libre in D.C.'s Chinatown. He loves the drinks, food, atmosphere and music. Having not visited in over a decade, we made a reservation for a Sunday dinner. Here's our experience: 1) Food: The menu is Cuban and has variety with appetizers, mains, desserts and a kid's menu. My Cuban sandwich and shrimp dish were flavorful and my five-year-old daughter even loved the food! 2) Drinks: They have a rum bar and three options for sangria that come by the glass or pitchers. My friend and I split the red sangria. It was strong, but not as sweet as other sangrias. 3) Atmosphere: They try to transport you to Cuba. The restaurant is spacious and even has outdoor seating during the winter. Salsa dancing happens at Ciba Libre too! 4) Service: It was easy to make an online reservation. However, when we dined in the service was average. Our server wasn't very attentive and not very friendly, which is fine since we all have off-days. But our food took a long time to come out. 5) Price: It's pricey, even for D.C. If the food was the best you've had, it would be better, but with good, but not phenomenal food, the prices felt off. This spot isn't a bad option, but I don't join my friend in titling it the best in the world.
Response: Thank you for your detailed feedback and kind words, Austin. We sincerely apologize for the time you waited and service you experienced. Please reach out to us directly at info@cubalibrerestaurant.com so we may further discuss. Thank you. -Matthew Fox General Manager, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar Washington, DC

Michelle Edgar: We spent years in “little Cuba” in Hialeah FL, so we are pretty well versed in cuban food. This was stellar! Drinks were strong but flavorful. My husband and I got the mixed grill to share and it did not disappoint! If we come back to the dc area this will be our first stop!
Response: Muchas Gracias, Michelle! We are thrilled that our great food and delicious drinks exceeded your expectations. We look forward to hosting you again in the future for another great experience! -Matthew Fox General Manager, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar Washington, DC

Greg Amiker: Beautiful layout (ambience feels like you're in a Cuban garden). The staff and managers were friendly and helpful. The seating is both indoors and outside. After 11pm on Weekends they turn part of the restaurant into a "Hot Cuban Club" with a nice setup of Mambo music, disco lights and DJ. Be aware that you're in downtown DC so expect pricey food and drinks, but the Mojito and other Cuban food is great!
Response: We appreciate your great review, Greg! Our team is so grateful that you took the time to let us know about your recent visit to Cuba Libre Washington DC! Your praise for our ambiance, attentive team, drinks, and made-from-scratch dishes is greatly valued! We hope to see you again soon for another outstanding experience. -Jessica Lopez General Manager, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar Washington, DC

18. Cork Wine Bar and Market

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324 reviews
Cork Wine Bar and Market
Location
3.9
Price/Quality
3.9
Service
4
Parking
3.9
Wifi quality
3.9

Address: 1805 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: +1 202-265-2675

Guy: Wine bar


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Miguel Curiel: Super nice, tranquil, boutique (and potentially underrated) bar. Especially recommended if you’re fond of having deep conversations and drinking wine. Although the food menu is short, everything we ordered was delicious - especially the truffled fries and of course the drinks!

Tasha C: I had great time here the food and 🍷 was delicious. Most importantly our waiter (Kareem) was so helpful. He recommended a wine for me that was so good I brought 2 bottles.

Jesse: Great wine selection and food. Make sure to order the fried chicken.

Dan Hopkinson: Had such a fun time here on a Friday evening. We drank a little too much delicious wine and chatted with locals and the bartender (Kareem), who was very knowledgeable and let us try some wines before we decided on our second bottle. Would be here much more often if we lived in the neighborhood! Great Spot!

Stacey King: A restaurant with no changing tables in the restrooms. Koala Kare stations are $200. My table spent more than that. My kid is also going to be paying your social security, so maybe you can give a sleep deprived new mother a place to change diapers other than the bathroom floor. Just asked by the super nice server if I’d left the review. So beware if you leave a review. Do better for new parents. It’s not hard.

dipika: Cork is a gem in the neighborhood. The wines are extensive and carefully selected, the food is low key among the best on 14th St, and the overall atmosphere is light and fun. Kareem (Karim?) was our guy for the evening and made the experience for us with his knowledge and friendliness and perfect table side manners.

Cheryl Warner: Have long been a fan of the dinner menu, and tried brunch for the first time. It was great! Delicious and great service.

Jeff Kryger: Stopped in for a wine flight. Really generous pours and nice selection. Would have been nice if the bathrooms had a changing table, so I didn't have to change my child on the dirty floor.

Lisa Hamilton: Best fried chicken in DC. We had our rehearsal dinner here last year and the service was great, wine was great and food was BOMB. Fried chicken, kale and Mac and cheese were fantastic. Biscuits are perfection. Love this place!

Sinan Pismisoglu: Nice place, good quality wine choices. We have been there for a wine tasting event. It was interesting and worth the money. Service could have been better. I understand that it’s a family business. They spent good money on decorating the place and developing the menu etc. however, there is this lack of staff that kinda makes it somehow disturbing and I cannot explain how. Overall, it’s good wine food.
Response: Sinan, thanks for your comments. If you would like to elaborate more on "lack of staff," please email us at info@corkdc.com.

19. Acacia Food & Wine

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Acacia Food & Wine
Location
3.9
Price/Quality
3.8
Service
3.8
Parking
3.8
Wifi quality
3.8

Address: 4340 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 3PM

Telephone: +1 202-537-1040

Guy: Bar


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Thomas Rimer: Extremely frustrating experience. Came in as a large group and they sat us, not informing us that they were desperately short of staff. To be clear, we had made reservations and confirmed when we arrived that they had capacity and they said yes. We proceeded to order 45 minutes after sitting. We got our first food over an hour after sitting, and for the next two hours they served a dish every 10 minutes. A few of our members went on a ten mile run after finishing their meal before the last of our group was served. All in all our meal took 3 hours. Not to mention, the food quality. They apparently did not have any pasta which knocked off 1/2 of their main courses. The garlic bread, which cost around $9, was two hamburger buns with some garlic and oil on top. The burgers we ordered were burned. Acacia placed us in an incredibly difficult situation. As a group, do not come. If you are a small group, seriously consider whether the quality of food is worth the price. There are many delicious restaurants in DC and no need to spend your money at this one. The only reason I’m giving it 2 stars instead of 1 is because you’re likely to have a better time if you’re to come.
Response: According to this 10 page dissertation my suggestion is get a life, you’ve spent a lot of time for reviews😁

Don Malnati: My wife and I had a nice dinner here the other evening. They have great outdoor seating when the weather is nice. The music that was being played was good enough for us to dance a little bit on the brick patio. The food was good, and the service was friendly. A little bit slow because they were full, but it was a relaxing evening.

EA FUTmas: Came in here and realized they were short staffed… still felt like they were rocking in full force. The gentleman behind the bar provided excellent service. The food was great, ambience even better. Would recommend 10/10 times.

Sarra CHOUDER: Poor service and food not good (probably just frozen food). It took them more than 25min (even though the restaurant/bar wasn’t crowded at all!) to serve us the mojito which only consisted in water with lemon and mint, the alcohol taste was totally missing. I won’t even get started on the food, more than 1h wait for pizzas, garlic bread (2 small slices at 9$) and 4 shrimps for 13$! Very disappointing!!
Response: If you’re not going to enjoy your time and meal with your friends what is the point going to a restaurant. FYI: We make every order fresh so it takes time. You should go to fast food restaurants if you are in hurry:))

Ciara Young: I've been here a handful of times but keep giving them another chance.. the food is hit or miss but I've had decent experience with the service and the bartender was friendly every time. Van Ness is disappointing when it comes to variety of good places to eat. Brunch is not really Acacia's forte it seems. Ordered medium rare steak and over easy eggs this last time which were super over-cooked and they couldn't figure out how to make an Irish coffee which was disappointing at brunch. I'd maybe go back for drinks/happy hour but I think I've given up on dining here.

Jon Zimmerman: I want to start by saying I never actually tried the food - I tried twice through UberEats, but they cancelled my order both times. First time, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. Second time, I went in person to pick up the food and they told me they had cancelled the order (didn’t register in my app). The bartender gave me an attitude and said they were too busy - I looked around and the place was half empty. Why are you guys on UberEats if you’re not gonna serve any mobile orders?
Response: Jon, uber eats is a 3.party. Not US. So if we say we canceled the order, that means we canceled the order if Uber eats did not send you a notification order has been canceled do you think that is our problem or Ubers? why don’t you give shity rating to Uber.

Liv Johnson: I’ve lived in DC for two years and I have never felt so victimized by a plate of risotto. It’s an insult to Italians everywhere. The “risotto” was $24 and I can honestly say Acacia may have broken the laws of physics (props) because I have never encountered a risotto with this kind of texture. It couldn’t have just been obscenely overcooked to reach this offensive texture. I’m convinced that the chef is really a high school chemistry teacher getting a little too experimental in the kitchen, because it also tasted like an abomination to the natural world. Despite their remarkable ability to break the laws of nature with their ungodly risotto, the polpette was extremely unremarkable — $11 for meatballs that were freezer burn flavored. The texture was like a gritty, hard bouncy ball and unfortunately covering them in a bath of Prego and a hunk of half melted cheese does not change that. Maybe their other food isn’t as repulsive, I’m not sure. I am sure that I won’t ever try it though. And I’m also sure that this place should take any Italian food they have off their menu, as Italian grandmothers are rolling in their graves as I write this review.
Response: Hi Liv, Since you have a lot of time to spare (I can see from page long review, it takes time) You should come cook and teach us.

Anita Luria: Friendly service with quality food and great ambiance for outside seating. The staff wore masks and maintained social distancing responsibly, creating a safe and fun experience to dine out.

Martin C: I waited until my third visit to this restaurant before writing this review. The location and atmosphere have potential but the food is bad and the service is nonexistent. I’ve ordered the steak and eggs (delivered cold and very well done with scrambled eggs after I ordered medium rare with sunny side up), an Acacia burger (unseasoned and dry), and a fish dish (fantastically mediocre). The waiter won’t bring a drink menu unless you specifically ask for it and came to our table only to take our order and to drop off the check. I strongly recommend that ya look for dinner/lunch elsewhere along Connecticut.
Response: Martin Cooks, thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience. We regret that we have not lived up to your expectations and have taken note of your feedback. We hope that we'll see you back soon.

Trang Nguyen: The paella is delicious and enough for 3. Tasty foods and good services.

20. Bin 1301 Wine Bar

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Bin 1301 Wine Bar
Location
4.3
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.3
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 1301 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: +1 202-506-7716

Guy: Wine bar


Review: "100% enjoyed Monday night with the free live band."

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Andrew Jreige: This bar has an interesting setup. There was maybe only three tables inside due to covid and I saw at least five staff members. QR codes are given to send you to a website where you can read the menu. You're also required to order from this website. I understand this system can work well for large bars and restaurants but considering the amount of staff for few tables it may be better to have the staff waitering. It just seems silly to order off a website when there's three staff members standing so close by. I was curious to see what the tacos were like but we had just had dinner before stopping by. A glass of wine is $12 which isn't nearly cheap enough to keep me there for another. The atmosphere is nice and the service was professional (except for a bartender mixing up one of the wines we ordered which we all found funny).

Khoi Nguyen: Great wine bar. Reasonably priced food and drinks. Good happy hour specials all the way to 8 Pm

Rex Jarrett: Very laid back vibe. If you just want to relax, chat with friends and grab a drink, this place is ideal. If you're looking for a true high energy DC club experience, this is not the place you want to be lining up for.

Terri Rookard: Was just kicked out because we sat down too long without ordering anything! Must be under new ownership b/c when I was there a few years ago the atmosphere was a lot better. Won’t be returning

Carmelo Jones: The food here is amazing!! Delicious and so so tasty. The drinks are also really good. It’s definitely a hidden gem on U street.

Imani Harvey: I visited for the first time on Friday night. I enjoyed the ambiance, the DJ (DJ Oso Fresh) and the overall vibe of the place. The drinks were good and the bartenders are attentive. However, the place is small and gets packed pretty quickly. What I didn't enjoy as much was the drumming along with the DJ. He performed an amazing set that didn't need anything extra. I will go back, but I hope if they have a musician performing along with the DJ that they can keep up.

Barry Downs (FABS): Very nice intimate location to meet friends and have a glass of wine or a good drink. Live music was a nice surprise. ( Thursday's 5:30 until close. Some outdoor seating for people watching. Seating and space can become limited quickly.

Jonathan Brier (wolfgang8741): Very nice intimate bar great wine and decent beer choices. It varied greatly over an hour period on Halloween night from our table being the only people there to all seats being full and some standing room only. Definitely a good choice for meeting a date for a drink if you want to talk.

Jenell Webb: So much fun on the Sunday brunch. Like hanging with your cousin's cousins friends. All family... Even the strangers

Tanya Charles: If I had an option for a negative I would. Looking at the previous reviews can be misleading. Yes the food is great. You just have to wait a VERY longtime to get acknowledging by the ONE waitress who is servicing the whole restaurant. There’s another person manning the bar. I’m almost certain there’s only one person in the back cooking all the food for the whole restaurant. We all didn’t get serve at one time. We got frustrated and asked for the receipt before everyone got their food. It just wasn’t worth waiting any longer for the food! All and all, I would NOT come back. There are other restaurants with good food and WAY MORE better service. The waitress was really nice. So nothing against. The business it self... 👎🏾👎🏾👎🏾.