Best Places To Dine Tapas In Washington Near Me

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1. Boqueria Dupont

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1694 reviews
Boqueria Dupont
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1837 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (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
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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.
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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!

2. 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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 628-7949

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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.

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.

Hazel Schifferle: I brought my family here to celebrate my recent birthday. We arrived late in the afternoon and got a great table by the window. They were so kind to my kids and made us all feel welcomed. Our server recommended some things the kids would enjoy and he was right. My husband and I got Jose’s Way and tried all sorts of dishes. We loved them all!

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!

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!!

Vance Van Horn: Tables inside were so close together that you were intimate with your neighbor. Sit outside; tables and service was great.

Robert Cox: Came with my girlfriend to Jaleo and it was really good. First time to a restaurant like this Eduardo enhanced this experience by providing us great recommendations and his great personality. With the great food, great ambiance, and great service from Eduardo, I give this place 5 stars for sure.

michael leathers: Outstanding food and serving staff. Had the Apple and Fennel Salad, the Mini Pork Burger, the Bacon-Wrapped Dates, Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppers and the Cod. Fritters with the Sweet Bay Gin cocktail to wash it down. Everything was absolutely out of this world although the Cod Fritter did not impress me all that much. The Apple Fennel Salad was one of the best salads I ever had in my life- although it looks bland, it is acting packed with sweet, tart, savory and acidic flavors. Only knock I have for this establishment is the hosting/seating staff who didn't do the best job handling a crowd full of line cutters trying to get a seat. Would definitely go back though!

Christina C: We got the brunch experience tasting menu and pitchers of white sangria. The courses were amazing and we left so satisfied and happy! The bar staff were very helpful, fun, and professional. We will be back. I’ll be dreaming of the tuna tartare forever.

Cindy Yang: Brunch is okay. Shrimp is too salty;baked egg claims to have iberico but I can barely see or taste the iberico. It falls under our expectations a bit

3. Estadio

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966 reviews
Estadio
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (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!

4. Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

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951 reviews
Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 3116 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 333-4733

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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.

5. Barcelona Wine Bar

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2505 reviews
Barcelona Wine Bar
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.4
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 2PM

Telephone: (202) 588-5500

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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).

6. 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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (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.

7. Del Mar

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1541 reviews
Del Mar
Location
4.3
Price/Quality
4.3
Service
4.4
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 791 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

Telephone: (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.

8. 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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 429-2200

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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!

9. Barcelona Wine Bar

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Barcelona Wine Bar
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.4
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 3310 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: (202) 800-4100

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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!

10. Bodegon Spanish Tapas

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

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: (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. Joselito Casa de Comidas

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Joselito Casa de Comidas
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 930-6955

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Ashley Rodriguez: Excellent tapas - highly recommend!!! We had the tuba rudo, grilled octopus, Cod bueñuelos, & anchovies. Plus their white cranberry mimosa, & espresso with condensed milk 😍

Rachel L: We drove past this place and I was super excited to give it a shot. The drinks were so so great and our server was outstanding. The food… not great. We saw glowing reviews so we tried a few different things but overall not too impressed. The interior is very cute and small. Definitely an older crowd but very intimate and quiet. I think we could come back for drinks but definitely wouldn’t return for the food.

Kel Millionie: This place is really quite special. Fantastic Spanish Tapas prepared with love and an upscale attention to detail, presentation, authenticity, and flavor profile. Cocktails are well-balanced, fun, and diverse. The service in this quaint cafe-like restaurant is top-notch. This place is a gem in the Eastern Market area.

Rhianna Green: Such a wonderful experience from customer service to food and drinks. Came for brunch with a group of four and stayed until dinner without feeling rushed out. The servers were extremely attentive and the food was made to perfection. We will definitely be back soon.

Stephanie: The best place to get amazing sangria!! I always order the pitcher for $40 which gets you four glasses (so about $10 a glass as seen in the picture). I loved the soups that were offered but I wasn't sold on my main entree unfortunately. Portions were fine

Marianna Du Bosq: This restaurant is a total gem! By far my favorite restaurant in DC. The food is so delicious, every single dish I have tried blows my mind! The atmosphere is relaxing and the place has great ambiance. My favorite dishes (hard to choose) are the cod fritters, pork shoulder, and anything with octopus! Also the sangria ice cubes are so fun.

Dylan Prévost: We did a multi-day food tour of DC and this restaurant was my absolute favorite. The beef took a transcendent quality in a way that mystifies me; I have no idea how they did it. Their tuna carpaccio was delightfully balanced with a house guacamole and a combination of citrus. Not a single dish fell short of excellence. This food scored better that our Michelin star venues this weekend. Though I have only been to about a dozen places, I have personally acclaimed this food as the best in DC. Their menu is rotating so you may not find some of the dishes in the photos below, but based on my experience, you really can’t go wrong with anything they prepare.

Pamela Vines: My husband and I dined at Joselito's this weekend on the recommendation from a friend. We're so glad we've been introduced to this amazing restaurant. They have outdoor seating -- but since we were there for an early dinner, the interior sunroom was vacant so ate inside. The food is perfection. I felt like I was in Spain. The decor has a warm, welcoming atmosphere. And the wait staff is super friendly and accomodating. When the food came, I couldn't help myself and dove into the bread, olive oil and herbs. My sea bass was light and seasoned perfectly. My husband enjoyed his pork shoulder. Since we don't get out much, I splurged on the french fries. Best. Fries. Ever! We can't wait to go back.

Lisa Bruce: What a lovely spot to enjoy drinks and tapas! We are big fans of Ser, their sister restaurant in Arlington. Joselito has a more European bistro vibe. Really excellent cocktails and wine, quieter setting, and don’t miss the chocolate pudding for dessert.

Jeane Garcia Davis: What a sad and disappointing experience. I was 10 min late for a reservation with fellow mom friends and was then called 6 times in a row by the host and then scolded so angrily on entry by him even after explaining I was running late because I took a call from my boss and then checked in on my kids. Do not recommend going here even if their drinks and food are fab because if this how he treats fellow humans, I can only imagine how he treats his staff/team. Other local spots deserve your loyal patronage and support, not this man who lacks any compassion or anger management. Thanks anyway! Enjoyed a lovely night in the end nearby at Element by the kindest staff and delicious menu.
Response: Good evening Jeanne, I am sorry to hear you are disappointed for being late and for not talking our several calls and for not confirming your reservation through the several emails and texts OpenTable sent you for the last two days. And I apologize for that. We are a really small restaurant and we have to fill the place one way or another, when someone is ignoring Opentable confirmation emails/texts and not picking up our calls we just need to fill that empty space with someone else, it’s that simple, we are running a business and after being able to survive Covid-19 we can’t afford to lost an opportunity to fill an empty space Also, when I told you that I was mad at you for not confirming or picking my 6-7 calls it was true: I hate to say people no, but then I offered you a table which you denied whiteout even let me explain myself. And I’ll finish with this: Whenever you make a reservation to a Restaurant: confirm that you are coming. If you are late: call them to let them know you are still going, that way they can do some magic and they will be able to accommodate you even though their schedule is tight and there’s some other people wanted to dine in. I am glad you had a magnificent dinner at Element: they are great! Gustavo Iniesta, G.M. (For you the angry host)

12. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

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

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

Telephone: (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.

13. Gypsy Kitchen DC

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377 reviews
Gypsy Kitchen DC
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.5
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 1825 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: (202) 765-0500

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Rex Barkdoll: We had the restaurant week menu, it was amazing, but then, we were watching other dishes come out of the kitchen and they were amazing too! We had a DELICIOUS time and will be back and bringing friends and family too! Also, the wait staff was professional and very welcoming and the atmosphere was upbeat and trendy. Overall, 10/10!
Response: Rex, thank you for your visit and very nice review. We are happy to see you enjoyed our food, atmosphere and service so much. Next time you come back, be sure you introduce yourself so we can thank you in person! We look forward to serving you again in the near future.

Miguel Curiel: Delicious food with a lot of vegetarian options and great vibe for bigger groups. Have gone twice, once with a party of 10 and then with a party of 6, and have had the best service on both occasions. The dim lighting and the nice decoration also sets the mood for a great night out with friends. Lastly, all of the drinks and dishes are superb, but especially enjoyed the fried cauliflower.
Response: Miguel, that's great to hear! Thank you so much for your very kind words and we're happy to know you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to serving you again soon!

Ashley Smith: This place was top tier. The cocktail pairings and large/tapas shareable dishes were thoughtfully crafted and delicious. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly. The ambience was light and decorated added to this elite experience. I sampled quite a few dishes, even a non alcoholic beverage.
Response: Ashley, that's great to hear! Thank you so much for your very kind words and we're happy to know you enjoyed your meal. We look forward to serving you again soon!

Timothy Torres: Perfect for a summer day on the rooftop…which has a retractable roof cover. The food was amazing, the wine glasses were really cool and the staff was friendly. All around great spot for dinner or drinks in the heart of 14th street. My MUST pick are the lamb chops - very tender and the cauliflower.
Response: Timothy, we truly appreciate your kind review, thank you! We are happy to see you enjoyed our food, atmosphere and service so much. Next time you come back, be sure you introduce yourself so we can thank you in person! We look forward to serving you again in the near future.

Rachel White: My goodness, what a great experience! Food was all amazing, as were the drinks. A bit on the pricey end but worth it for the experience. They have smaller plates that can be ordered, sort of family style where a group can order many smaller plates and share it all for variety. My group of four enjoyed everything we ordered. Service was also great.
Response: Rachel, that is wonderful to hear! Thank you so much for your very kind words and we're happy to know you enjoyed your meal and that the service was great as well. We look forward to serving you again soon!

Nisan A.: Everything is so good in Gypsy Kitchen. The drinks are top notch, the food is hearty, the staff is friendly and professional, and the vibe is fun. One of my favorite places in town.
Response: Hi Nisan, thank you for your visit and kind review. We are happy to see you enjoyed our food, atmosphere and service so much. Next time you come back, be sure you introduce yourself so we can thank you in person! We look forward to serving you again in the near future.

RITA LIN: Our server Wes was amazing and so attentive. Food is beyond scrumptious. Everything is delicious . Upbeat environment and very casual .
Response: Rita, that's great to hear! Thank you so much for your very kind words and we're happy to know you enjoyed your meal and that Wes took great care of you. We'll pass along the compliments and we look forward to serving you again soon!

Pinar Ozcan: Solo dinner for me after a busy day filled with meetings. I picked two small plates; the beef kebab with couscous and the crispy chicken briouat. Portion was good, I could just finish because I am not a big eater. But if you are hungry take three.
Response: Hi Pinar, we are glad you came in. Thank you for your 5-star review, we're happy to know you enjoyed your meal and we hope to serve you again someday in the near future!

Matthew Mai: Great food!! We only went for drinks and apps but I was thoroughly impressed by how good the food was, how creative the drinks were, and the internal decor of the restaurant! Will definitely be coming back.
Response: Thank you, Matthew! We're happy to know you were impressed with our drinks and apps, as well as our decor. We look forward to having you return soon!

Dan Mou: Generous portion for Tapas, we had 4 dishes split between two people and it was filling. Food quality was very good overall.
Response: Dan, thank you for your visit and nice review. We're pleased to know you and your guests enjoyed items from our "small plates" section of the menu, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

14. Toro Toro

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

Address: 1300 I St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 682-9500

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Gina S: Stopped in for Happy Hour and was impressed with the quality, freshness, taste and presentation of the menu items ordered. Don't expect larger portions, but expect a good experience. Annnnnd, the mojitos were amazing.

Wisteria McNeil: Really great music. However, they said it was Colombian night, but I heard more bad bunny than I did Joe Arroyo. Not much cumbia either. Still great music and a fun time. Drinks are expensive, but it's downtown DC

Dondré: Solid brunch spot. They do offer a bottomless brunch special. The food was really good. Our waiter was nice, this place gets packed for brunch, they do have lots of seating though. It's well decorated and gives off very chill vibes.

Pascal Johnstone: We went to Toro Toro after our plans for dinner at another restaurant fell through, and we could not have been more impressed! Our starter, the guacamole served with tuna tartare, was unexpectedly satisfying and proved a good prelude to the main meal consisting of salmon and the signature burger. Both were excellent, and the burger in particular was reasonably priced for a sizeable portion. The salmon was also delicious. After our meal, the manager offered us free dessert as well as coupons for two free drinks and an appetiser at our next visit. We will definitely be back the next time we visit DC!

Zerena Volcy: Service was a little slow at first but we came at a busy time however the food (unlimited brunch service) was very good. I would recommend it to my friends. The host Pandu provided excellent service to guest and ourselves he was taking responsibilities that were not in his host job description. He is great every restaurant needs his energy and attitude.

The Social Diplomat: Toro Toro is a good spot for Latin Night on a Friday night. The crowd is balanced, the drinks are good, the DJ's are on point. Get here early, because the dance floor get's packed. For guys not used to dancing Latin music, take a class or you will suffer rejection by not knowing how to dance. Go to Bachata Brunch at Public Bar live for 3 weeks of Sunday lessons to build up confidence. The girl to guy ratio is decent except from Dec.-Feb, the crowd slows down. For my reviews follow on IG: _The.Social.Diplomat

Chela Williams: I visited this establishment for winter restaurant week in 2016. When we arrived business was kind of slow. Our waiter was nice and accommodating. Very informative with explaining the dishes to me and my mother. I'm used to tapa style restaurants.....She isn't. The food was different but very good! She usually doesn't be venture out so if she likes it you know it was good. She even brought it up about two weeks ago asking about the name. I believe I was full when I left. It's expensive but the food it worth it.

Hilda Kroll: A good place for a reasonably priced lunch. The first time I ate here there was a fabulous buffet. The last time, the special was unlimited tapas. Now the $20 lunch special includes one antojito and one salad or sandwich. I chose the braised short rib arepa and the Cubano sandwich. Located a couple of blocks from the National Museum for Women in the Arts and close to Metro Center, it's worth a visit.

Ap Queen: 4-11-19 My Best Friend and I Met up for Lunch and checked out Toro Toro. We ordered the Appetizers of both Empanadas De choclo & De Lomo Saltado, and the Tempura Mahi Mahi Tacos. As The Main Dishes we ordered the Pan Seared Grilled Atlantic Salmon with Arroz Chaufa (Fried rice with steak, chicken, chorizo) and Chili-Lime & Cotija French Fries. Everything was so Pretty displayed while being sat carefully on the table definitely ate with our eyes and amazed even from far away you noticed the colors. The Flavors were all in a flavor haven of their own no seasoning at all was needed. Not too salty or under salted, listen honeyyyy!!! restaurants can definitely take cue from Toro Toro with having the just right amount of seasonings it was so balanced to perfection. The Salmon was so tender my best friend even questioned what she was doing wrong when she makes salmon at home because it was so moist but still crisp and flakey. While everything was great !! Those Mahi Mahi Tacos with the Chipotle-Paprika Aoli was to Die for you listening Foodie ppl. The fish was meaty, the crisp from the tempura was still crisp even after sitting for a little bit. The Chipotle-Paprika Aoli was EVERYTHING!!! just enough kick =) such a excellent choice. If I was dying and I had to choose a last meal just give me a huge plate of those!! And a cherry coke extra cherries and I'd die Happy as hell lol. My Waitress was awesome she made me a sprite mixed with lemonade then we joked about adding Vodka tho since she seen my card beforehand. She kept my glass refilled, constantly checking the table to make sure we were Good. Lastly for dessert we had the La Bomba experience SoOo cool to watch!! Churros with chocolate soOo super soft and tres le ches everything split up. It was my Best friends first time at Toro Toro and she really enjoyed it and the Food Options fit her no meat palette so I was glad she was able to experience The Toro Toro way!! Lol ... We even set a plan to get together 2 times a month so we definitely will be back!!! Especially Meeee for those Mahi Mahi Tacos!! on the way out I told the manager don't ever get rid of those tacos no matter what. So THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE BEST EXPERIENCE.
Response: Dear Ap, Thank you for your social media review and such a positive rating. In future, if I can be of any assistance please feel free to reach out. Josip Zelenika General Manager Toro Toro Washington, D.C. Richard Sandoval Hospitality 1300 I Street NW | Washington, D.C. 20005 W: (202) 682-9500 C: (703) 388-6368

Janay W: Cute place! Shout out to our server Edgar and bartender bae Matt at the bar! It was super busy as we went for Saturday brunch but the service and food was great! The drinks were amazing!! Bathrooms were cute and clean. The only meh experience was a very tall employee who dismissed me when I asked him to take a picture... Despite that Edgar was super attentive and supportive as was Matt and the other wait staff. Will visit again for sure!

15. Lincoln

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1091 reviews
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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (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

16. Cranes

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

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 525-4900

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17. Slate Wine Bar

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

Address: 2404 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (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.

18. Top Spanish Cafe & Catering

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

Address: 3541 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: (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.
Response: Thank you for your review Amy!

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.
Response: Thank you for your kind and detailed review, Aman.

19. Ambar Capitol Hill

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2239 reviews
Ambar Capitol Hill
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.7
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: 523 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 813-3039

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Maya Bryant: I’ve been to this location for brunch twice so far. It’s a great place to go if you want to try multiple things. I went last time for my birthday brunch, which was on the rooftop floor. It was beautifully decorated and spacious for my party of 9. The food is always really good especially if you want to try new things. The crispy cheese slider really impressed me. Other great menu items include the mini burgers, beef prosciutto Benedict, and pecan and maple waffles. I would honestly skip the mac and cheese and bacon and grits, but it’s still worth a try being that you pay one price for everything. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I definitely wouldn’t mind coming back for dinner one day.

Scott Nguyen: Came in with high expectations based on recommendations from friends and certainly was not disappointed! The food was so delicious and the service was top notch. We ordered a lot of small dishes with plenty of options for meat and vegetarian eaters. Our servers constantly had food orders taken and delivered, and we walked away very stuffed. Highly recommended.

arun varughese: One of the best restaurants in DC. The price is high but you get unlimited food of premium quality. 45$ for dinner and 35$ for lunch. The food quality is of the level of a good high end restaurant with normal ingredients. All items are small plates but it’s not an issue as you can order them again. My favorites are rainbow trout, lamb lasagne and slow cooked beef. Almost all their items are good. I did not like salmon as it tasted very bland.

Leighton Smith: Our experience at Ambar was phenomenal. One of my top 5 favorite dining experiences across the world. For only $45 (plus drinks if desired), you get 2 hours at a table to sample anything on the Balkan / Eastern European menu. Everything tasted fantastic. The service we received from Tamara and others was 5-star. I cannot believe how flavorful everything was. What an awesome cultural experience. Thank you Ambar!!

Doris Becerra: I enjoy this place... I love it. All the food was great!! I would recommend! The lunch was amazing and very quite place. I went with my baby, my mother and husband and all was perfect! The waitress was phenomenal and very nice!! She explained how its works and she brings to us every plate that we want it repeat! We love it the place. Some photos of the lunch.. but I must take more photos!!

Stefan Tobler: Wow, this was my first bottomless brunch experience in DC and I’m glad it was. Ambar is a hell of a deal with some delicious food and exciting atmosphere. The photos below are from breakfast but their dinner is equally as fun! HIGHLY recommend, one of the only places I find myself at time and time again bringing all my new guests!

Gina Abrams: Me and the crew had a great time! We went for brunch. We were seating as soon as we arrived! Melissa was an excellent host! She kept the food coming. Everything was good (except for the bacon was too salty, I typically eat turkey bacon). Make your reservations today!

Aaron Phillips: Very cool place. Small plates but lots of them, great way to taste around the menu. The sausages and mustard were great, really enjoyed the mustard. A nice selection of wine out of Serbia, Bosnia, Slovenia etc. which was fun. It's nice inside too, perfectly casual with prompt service and a helpful waitress happy to answer menu and broader cuisine questions. Will absolutely be back next time we're in Washington.

Brittani Spaulding: My absolute favorite brunch spot ever. All you can eat food and drink for under $50 pp. Can’t beat it. Everything on the menu is tasty and the drinks are good. Make a reservation ahead of time. Make sure you come hungry and thirsty, the service is always great and plates and drinks are refilled quickly.

Viraj Patel: Great $35 unlimited plates brunch on the weekend. Be sure to get here at least an hour before closing so you have time to order all the plates. Best items: cheese pie, salmon Benedict, veal soup, kale Caesar, Balkan salad, grilled steak, fried chicken slider, pecan and maple waffle.

20. Zaytinya by José Andrés

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Zaytinya by José Andrés
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.4
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

Telephone: (202) 638-0800

Guy: Mediterranean restaurant



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Zaytinya by José Andrés: what do users think?


Tilak Kalaria: Had an excellent experience at Zaytinya by Jose Andres. The food was very tasteful and unique. The cocktails were delicious and so was the wine. The menu was expansive so our large group decided on a tasting menu and it was awesome. The tasting menu was vast for the price, we got to try a little big of everything and it all tasted great. Service was slow at the beginning but after we got our first round of drinks the attention to detail picked up. I would normally comment on the dishes I really enjoy but I tried so many things it would be hard to choose. Definitely a spot to check out for some Mediterranean cuisine and I highly recommend it.

Maria Rock: Wow! 🎶 Everything was fantastic. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed such a wonderful meal. We had a reservation for an afternoon lunch. Upon arrival, we were greeted and seated immediately. The wait staff was courteous and efficient. We let our daughter, Julia, order for our table; everything she suggested was delicious and cooked to perfection. The pacing of the dishes was nice as well; a few dishes were brought out at a time. We weren’t rushed and plates were cleared away between courses. We were there just over an hour and even had dessert. I can’t wait to go again. ✨

Julia Cheung: Food is really fresh and the portions are decent. But it’s a crowded and loud restaurant and when we got to the table for four, which we had reserved, I couldn’t even fit into my seat and I’m not overweight. They had to shift the table for me. Then the food just didn’t fit onto the table top. Since it’s small plates, I would expect there to be more space for all the small plates to fit. The vibe and decor is pretty cool, but I just expected a more polished experience for the price. That said, the food is really well flavored and fresh and I would go back if I were looking for a convenient happy hour place or just needed to meet up with someone. But not for a special occasion.

Yuntian Lu: The food was absolutely amazing! We ordered several small plates and my favorite were the seared halloumi and the taramosalata (cured carp roe spread - trust me, you will think this is ice cream if no one tells you this is fish egg in the first place). Although the portion was small, they were not pricey and we were able to try many different options. The server was very friendly and made recommendations for our first visit. I’d definitely come back and recommend this restaurant to anyone interested in cuisines around the Mediterranean region.

Alicia Bentley: Delicious outdoor lunch during Restaurant Week! Plenty of heaters. Very attentive service staff. They were great with my gluten-free friend. The only issue was the water spilling off the side of the tent, but that didn't affect everyone sitting outside. Only the unlucky few near the edge! Highly recommended.

Gene Farberov: Great restaurant, always packed, reservation recommended. The food is really good its a mixed Greek, Lebanese and some other country kitchen by a celeb chef. The food was really good, the presentation and the taste is a must try for sure. We got good service and really liked our waiter, he made some recommendations on the cocktails which we enjoyed. I will be back on my next trip to Washington DC.

Djordjiana Buric: Mediterranean restaurant by famous Jose Andres, with authentic music in an open high ceiling beautiful space. Food has special spices and therefore different tastes. Warm tin bread with dipping in olive oil to start. Ship with garlic , octopus is delicious so is the chicken soup not traditional taste but different with lemon and egg. Great to try all these completely different tastes. Service is kind but a bit slow so make sure you are not in a rush. Once ordered food comes quickly.

Lyl Rose: I’m a huge fan of JA and determined to eat at every restaurant he has if possible. This was the third I’ve tried when visiting DC. Definitely did not disappoint! Everything top notch. Nice non alcoholic beverage selection. Fresh ingredients in unique dishes bursting with flavor and richness. Can’t go wrong. Service was great. Decent portions and reasonably priced. Easy to eat too much! One day I’ll save room for dessert.

Genesis Christina: This is my absolute favorite restaurant in Washington DC, my fiance and I were so fortunate to stumble across this place. We tried the tasting menu and it was so amazing that we went back on our last day to try more entrees. The service is unmatched and the servers make some great recommendations. Definitely would recommend this cute spot!

Nik Lathia: Wonderful restaurant! The food was fantastic start to finish. We loved all the mezze dishes and the kebab meats were so well done. The Pides were also delicious. We tried multiple cocktails and they were all very good. My favorite dessert was the chocolate rose. Our server was very polite and friendly as well. Can't wait to come back for round two!