Best Restaurants To Eat Paella In Washington Near Me

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1. Del Mar

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Del Mar
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 791 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

Telephone: (202) 588-7272

Guy: Spanish restaurant


Review: "Best Paella in the world!"

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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.

2. Boqueria Dupont

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

Address: 1837 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 558-9545

Guy: Spanish restaurant


Review: "Paella was delicious."

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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!

3. 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

Guy: Spanish restaurant


Review: "Went there for my birthday and the paella was absolutely delicious!"

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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

4. Taberna del Alabardero

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Taberna del Alabardero
Location
4.8
Price/Quality
4.9
Service
4.8
Parking
4.8
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 1776 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 429-2200

Guy: Spanish restaurant


Review: "Best Paella in DC, tapas, beautiful decor and superb service"

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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!

5. Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

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

Address: 3116 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 333-4733

Guy: Tapas bar


Review: "Best paella in Georgetown"

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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.

6. Xiquet by Danny Lledó

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

Address: 2404 Wisconsin Ave B, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 913-4671

Guy: Spanish restaurant


Review: "This wasn't my first paella."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Estadio

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

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 319-1404

Guy: Spanish restaurant


Review: "Went for Paella Wednesday and it was AMAZING!"

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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!

8. Barcelona Wine Bar

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

Address: 3310 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: (202) 800-4100

Guy: Spanish restaurant


Review: "Must try is the squid pasta cooked in a paella style."

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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!

9. Atxondo

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Atxondo
Location
4.8
Price/Quality
4.7
Service
4.7
Parking
4.7
Wifi quality
4.7

Address: 4724 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 3PM

Telephone: (202) 804-4507

Guy: Spanish restaurant


Review: "The steak and paella is amazing!"

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Etna Cavalcante: What a great place to eat! The food is really good and the service is amazing! And I was impressed to see how carefuly and beautifully they prepared a table for a birthday party of f 10 people expected to arrive later. I was with my family and we all loved your drinks too

Shankar Kulumani: Great spot for Spanish inspired tapas.The quinoa salad and fingerling potatoes were great options to try

Edil Sepulveda Carlo: A gem, super quality food in an unpretentious neighborhood restaurant. Brussel sprouts and paella are out of this world, and a good selection of cocktails (plus wine, beer, mezcal, etc). Very attentive and polite service. The best thing, live Spanish music on Friday and Saturday nights. Worth going every other weekend.

Rahul Kohli: Not only our neighborhood favorite, but probably the best Spanish food we’ve eaten, period. Better paella than any we had in Spain. Everything else on the menu is great too. Best kept secret in DC.

Nicole Evans: Awesome Spanish style tapas and sangria. Try the cremini mushrooms with poached egg and the crispy fingerling potatoes. Most recently, we tried the seafood paella which took approximately 30 minutes for them to prepare and was delicious. Outdoor seating area is loosely tented with ample heaters.

Eduardo Hernandez: I don’t normally write reviews, but I have to say this place was incredible. Every dish had so much flavor. We had the potatoes (SO CRISPY), the cauliflower, the risotto, and the salmon… for 2 people and very filling! The cocktails were also great. Will definitely be coming back to try some other menu items. I’ll be recommending this to whomever will listen!

Albert Traver: I've been to Atxondo several times. The food is very good and the service very polite. Also the chef introduced "fideuà" to his menu after asking him to. Highly recommended!

Ben Margerum: Atxondo’s never disappoints. Happy to see so many other reviewers agree that Chef Rufino deserves a 5 star rating. Fantastic menu, comfortable neighborhood atmosphere and great hospitality (Mateo) makes Atxondo’s my go-to restaurant in WDC.

Matt Rumsey: So so good. Had the steak, burger, soup of the day (cauliflower, incredible), and churros will be back soon to try the seafood! So glad it's in the neighborhood.

Leo Phelps: Fresh flavors bold beautiful memories of Spain quick service . If you love Spanish Flavors I am sure you will enjoy the meals

10. 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

Guy: Spanish restaurant


Review: "You don’t need to go to Chinatown for tapas and paella!"

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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.

11. Boqueria Penn Quarter

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

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 552-3268

Guy: Spanish restaurant


Review: "Superb +++++ Paella is to die for .!🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇"

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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.

12. Barcelona Wine Bar

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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

Guy: Spanish restaurant


Review: "Gave us a masterclass in how to eat paella."

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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).

13. Bodegon Spanish Tapas

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

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: (202) 560-5061

Guy: Spanish restaurant


Review: "Would not recommend paella."

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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!

14. Joselito Casa de Comidas

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

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 930-6955

Guy: Spanish restaurant


Review: "Making you decide which one to eat warm and which one cold."

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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)

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

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

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: (202) 408-1600

Guy: Cuban restaurant


Review: "When did paella started getting made that way?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16. Fiola Mare

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Fiola Mare
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.4
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 3100 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

Telephone: (202) 350-4982

Guy: Seafood restaurant


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Richard Holst: Elegant and delicious. Everything is gears towards an excellent experience. The staff is very friendly and ready to help. The restaurant has many quiet and corners with the perfect atmosphere. It is well organized and very clean, every inch has amazing details. The food and drink selection is extensive and everything we had was prepared to perfection. The views of the water are amazing and there are plenty of things to walk to in the area. We will be back here often.

Keana Williams: This was an enjoyable food experience from the appetizer breads and jelly, to the Prawn appetizer dish all the way to the lightest and fluffiest pancakes I possibly have ever had! No extra syrup needed!!! Not to mention, the bottomless Mimosas (or other drinks) weren't that bad either... I'm sure you will enjoy this place, just make sure you bring your check book! 😄😄

Dario Camilo Barros Viñas: 5 stars for real in every aspect. It has both a very fancy area indoor and a fancy yet relaxed area in the patio. The service was amazing, the food was superb, the cocktails were delicious and generous. Canver the manager was very kind and served us the calamari complementary make us feel even better served! I didn’t know the Branzino taste this good until I tried it here. We were only two so we couldn’t try more plates but do yourself a favor and try Fiola Mare!

Christopher Gillespie: All about the dining experience here, they go above and beyond. Did the bottomless brunch with amazing views. Brunch at this level of execution will be very tough to match. The blue fin ahi could be best bites of 2022 to date. The scallop crudo was melt in the mouth. Worth the price of admission.

Pe Lin (Cilibluebird): A five star seafood restaurant that deserves the five star. Great for special events minimum 50 USD per per person, but well deserved. Hakan was our server and he made this experience exceptional. Pasta’s are excellent. Georgetown next to water. Outside seating is great in the evenings of hot summers.

Roz Manning: Fabulous venue for our intimate wedding dinner with family. The Mermaid Room and adjoining patio were perfect. The appetizers were delicious, dinner was delectable and service superb.

Vannora Hawkins: We dined here for my husband's birthday. The food, service and ambience was A+. He got the Wagyu and it was cooked to perfection. My branzino was light, flaky and simply delicious. The oysters were AMAZING! The Brussels Sprouts is a must try! After trying to decide over 8 restaurants, we were glad we ended up at Fiola Mare.

Mike: Easter brunch was amazing. Staff, as always, is fantastic.Intro: watercress soup and the other dish white asparagus.Mains: blue crab omelette and Australian lamb.Glad to see that a packed restaurant. Make reservations!

Alemselam Tekeba: So delicious food. Everything is gears towards an excellent experience. The staff is very friendly and ready to help. The restaurant don’t have an Apple Pay, since me and my wife use’s almost everywhere and one additional thing wore if you don’t have an ID card you can’t be served alcohol even if we look adults we felt uncomfortable but we used other credit cards to pay and we cancel my wife’s wine order. The views of the water are amazing and there are plenty of things to walk to in the area.

Tash M: Had a private dinner here and it was an exceptional experience. The food was lovely, so was the service. Special thanks to Darina for being so attentive and providing an especially memorable experience.

17. Guardado's Restaurant

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Guardado's Restaurant
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.5
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 4918 Del Ray Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: (301) 986-4920

Guy: Spanish restaurant


Review: "Best paella in the state."

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Yien Liao: Good restaurant for conversations. Paella is highly recommended! Fresh seafood with well seasoned rice. We ordered an appetizer and it was quite tasty too — the lemon juice made the squid a little sour, just can’t stop to have another one!

Arshad Sayed: Oh Tapas, my good Tapas, where art thee? in Guardado’s come look for me… We had the Gambas Al Ajio (sorry no picture here) we ate it too quickly! the brandy adding a nice touch to the fried garlic and olive oil, the grilled salmon on a bed of chopped tomatoes and capers made was done really well, Tilapia in a demi red wine butter sauce, papas fritas—deep fried potatoes with aioli and tomato sauce felt just right and the special of the day, mushrooms stuffed with Shrimp was indeed special. In all, great value for money, terrific portions, fresh produce, and a range of paellas and main courses still to try. The Paellas looked especially inviting and that will be our next order… until then a solid 4.5 stars for great food and great service!

Sam M: My go-to place whenever I crave some paella. They also have great sangria and tapas. Sometimes they have live music during the weekdays.

Harrison B: One of my favorite restaurants in Bethesda, especially Spanish food. Great for catering at home too. Ordered food including paella last year for my birthday and was delicious.

Krista: They have a $6 happy hour, drinks/tapas. The food was really good.

Rekwired Nayme: We found this place 6 years ago when we visited DC and, when we came back this year, we had to come back. We were not disappointed. It's not fancy, but the food is very good and the price is very reasonable. We hope we can come back with our kids next time.

Fab D: I ordered the Paella prior to them opening. It appears they gave me leftover food. Everything about it tasted old. Very upset and disappointed about my order. My daughter ended up throwing up it was gross. I was extremely disappointed because I did read the reviews prior to and thought I ES going to get an amazing dish and got the complete opposite.

Samantha Elizabeth: Guardado's is a Spanish restaurant that serves Spanish and Latin fare. The restaurant gave off a warm and home like vibe with the exposed brick, curtains, bright lime green walls, wood paneling and trims, and wood furniture. My boyfriend and I came here for Winter 2020 Bethesda Restaurant Week and each of us enjoyed four tapas and one dessert for only $27. Our server Laura was nice, polite, friendly, and attentive throughout our dinner. Instead of getting a discounted wine bottle, we decided to have a pitcher of Red Sangria, which consisted of red wine, ice, and diced apples. It was strong, sweet, and fruity. Instead of getting the same tapas, we decided to try eight different tapas - some cold, some hot, some meat, and some seafood. For the cold tapa, we ordered the Jamon Serrano and Queso Manchego, which consisted of salty serrano ham and four slices of tasty manchego cheese finished with olive oil drizzle and finely grated herbs. For the hot tapa, we shared the Espinacas Con Naranjas,Tortilla Espanola, and Papas Fritas. The Espinacas Con Naranjas consisted of spinach sauteed with onions, oranges, toasted almonds, and raisins. It was fresh, sweet and savory. The Tortilla Espanola consisted of a thin spanish omelette stuffed with caramelized onions and diced potatoes. The Papas Fritas consisted of crispy deep fried potatoes served in a mildly spicy aioli tomato sauce and topped with a garlic aioli. I liked how every bite was garlicky with a slight kick. For the meat tapas, we shared the Pollo A La Parilla, Carne A La Parilla, and Chorizo Salteado. The Pollo a la Parilla consisted of two grilled chicken thighs cooked with green olives and mushrooms in a salty brown sauce. I liked how the chicken was one-sided, tender, and had a chargrilled flavor. The Carne A La Parrilla consisted of a piece of grilled NY steak topped with a light cabrales sauce mixed with the au jus and garnished with finely grated herbs. The Chorizo Salteado consisted of spanish sausage sauteed with garlic, crushed tomato, and red wine sauce. It was served in olive oil. I liked how the chorizo had a smoky flavor. For the seafood tapa, we ordered the Salmon, which consisted of a grilled salmon on a bed of crushed tomatoes cooked with capers, thyme, and roasted garlic. The salmon was fresh and cooked to perfection. I like how the tomatoes had a smoky flavor but I didn't like how they were so tart. Next time, I'd like to try the Octopus and Fried Calamari. We finished our meal on a sweet note, with a slice of Tres Leches Cake, a moist, not too dense sponge cake soaked in milk, frosted with fresh whipped cream, and served with sliced fresh strawberries.

Bunny Ebanks: Great seafood meal, but please use a stronger container for take out. I spent over $50 and by the time I got to the hotel... the food was squashed. The sopa was leaking.

Atena Kamali: I tried Guardado's for the first time today and was unfortunately rather disappointed. I tried 7 dishes total, ranging from vegetarian to seafood to steak, and all were mediocre at best. The trout was burned and the steak was over-done. The service was also spotty; our server forgot two of our orders and had to be reminded.

18. Churreria Madrid

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Churreria Madrid
Location
4.2
Price/Quality
4.1
Service
4.1
Parking
4.1
Wifi quality
4.1

Address: 2505 Champlain St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 2AM ⋅ Reopens 2:30PM

Telephone: (202) 483-4441

Guy: Spanish restaurant


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Greg Jordan-Detamore: It’s hard to find churros in DC, so I appreciate this place. Good value for price! Note that despite the place’s name, they actually have a ton of savory foods; the focus is not on churros or other desserts.

allissontay: We visit this restaurant 5 years ago, we are in Washington again on vacation so today we went to the restaurant again, the food was really good, the churros are a must.

Syerra Carigo: I loveeeeee this restaurant! The food is amazing and inexpensive! I’ve been to this place so many times and I’ve never been disappointed! This hidden gem is in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC. Very much worth the trip! The upstairs area turns into a dance floor after hours on the weekends. An all around great experience!

Kevin Scrimgeour: Great food at an affordable price. Everyone (kids included) liked the food and we look forward to are next visit.

Timmy Liu: Somewhat a hole in the wall but I really enjoyed the food here. Its different from other places in DC. The tapas-like dishes and the sides were all really good that went well with our entries.

April B (síBoss): While not the most aesthetically pleasing, this place is worth stopping by if you've never had churros made proper. Didn't have A/C in the building, but I had a great time with their modest menu.

ryan p2: Pretty good churros, which are hard to find in DC. I got mine to take-out and they came out pretty quickly in a brown paper bag.

Natasha Hansen: Yummm! The churros were delicious and the pitcher of margaritas was great too! A dozen churros and a pitcher of margaritas for $40. Where can you beat that price in Admo. I’ll be back!

Mary Gellen: We were the last order in tonight they were definitely closed when we called but they made us food anyway. Best vegan burritos in town so filling so delicious. Thank you for your consistent excellence!

Chris Kearns-McCoy: Delicious churros con chocolate! An excellent stop after a night out on 18th St./Columbian Rd.

19. SER Restaurant

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683 reviews
SER Restaurant
Location
4.3
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.3
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 1110 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22201

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

Telephone: (703) 746-9822

Guy: Spanish restaurant


Review: "Now we do not have to go to Georgetown to get paella."

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Richard Jackson: Came here for the paella. It was very good. My wife loved it. Enough for two. Reasonable price. Now we do not have to go to Georgetown to get paella. Server was great too.

RR: My sons came down from NYC to celebrate my wife’s Birthday this weekend and we sought a restaurant keto friendly and were recommended to SER as a really good Spanish Restaurant to try . We had an excellent experience thanks to Owner Javier, manager Sergio and a special thanks to our young hostess Ana who took excellent care of the entire table last night with patience and great service (helped by her teammates) As Ashburn residents, we have lots of choices but out visit was well worth it. First of all Owner Javier and personally responded to our request and ensured we had a lovely round table so we could all sit and see each other while eating. And although he was celebrating his own wife’s Birthday later that evening, made it a point to come across several times to check on us. They also were very accommodating allowing us to bring a birthday cake in and after singing Happy Birthday cut it up into small plates for us. As I mentioned OUTSTANDING service and the ownership and management really went out of their way to make this a wonderful experience. My wife was very happy as well as the rest of our family. The ambiance of the restaurant is super bright and trendy with a large area inside for dining and one outside I assume when the pandemic as rife. We were all hungry and quickly put in an order for appetizers and main courses: 6 cheese selection (great selection cheeses and accompanying sauces). The bread served with oil and black pepper (u have to ask) great. 4 Cold cut selection. Super again and even the 2 smaller children enjoyed Shrimp Cocktail. Good except shrimp wasn’t peeled so some work to be done. Gambas al ajillo (shrimp garlic and spices) Great 2 chilled lobsters. Amazing value and so tasty The octopus was a surprise hit and so was the shark and the baby squid The spicy potatoes went well with the other dishes I would avoid the fried eggplant if you like traditional soft eggplant. The 2 children took care of the BOQUERONES (mackerels) as well as the kids pasts (children’s menu) On the paella, we are normally told to order first as it takes a while but here told to hold. I would suggest ordering as it did take some time and when served we were already full. Excellent and more than just for 2 especially if a few of you want a small plate. I am sure we have left some dishes out but as you can see from the above, pretty much every dish was excellent . Again I can’t thank Ana enough for her service and I made a point to mention her to the Owner and Manager. Located in Arlington, follow direction laid out and especially where it says garage as the turn comes up fast. Remember to take your validation ticket to get stamped and there is a $2 charge when leaving (wish there was a way to pay ahead so you aren’t waiting on a small hill to exit). A definite strong recommendation for outstanding food and service.

Nick Pascale: Service was phenomenal but the food was slightly above average. Not the best paella you’ll ever have. Octopus appetizer also wasn’t remarkable. The Spanish tortilla was great. Ambiance is also pretty cool. I had flan for desert which was delicious.

Richard Nelson: We got a gift certificate from a friend to go here. Still ended up paying quite a bit of money. So first expectation is its kinda pricey. We went for valentines day so we splurged and tried quite a few things. We gota shrimp cocktail to start and foie gra. The shrimp was standard came decorated wtih the head and cocktail sauce was good. The foie gra was um interesting. Don't know if I would order again. The we got Brussel sprouts and fried eggplant. Those were probably better, but I have had better before. Last our main meal the chimichurri steak and the salmon. Again both were just kinda good nothing special in my opinion. The best part was the desert and my favorite part was the sorbet that came with the cheesecake. We also got sat by the door that constantly got opened up when it was freezing outside which was kind of a bummer. The chairs were also quit uncomfortable.

Paula Mansour: Our server was amazing, friendly, talkative, we had full on conversations with him. The food was delicious, very creative in a unique way. The steak was cooked at our table. The fish was deboned right in front of you, served with a delicious sauce.

Karen Garcia, Realtor - Woodbridge, VA: SER Restaurant is a very nice place, the food/drinks were delicious and the service was great. This was our first time going and definitely not a disappointment. The “Picoteo” serving are definitely good size. Delicious picoteo dishes we tried… Gambas Al Ajillo definitely is a MUST try ask for extra bread to dip in the garlic butter sauce (yummy). The croquetas de puchero, tortilla de patatas, cazón de adobo, and the papas bravas were delicious. My least favorite is puntillistas which is squid with potatoes to me it tasted overly smoked. The red and white sangria were good our table’s favorite was the white sangria. Server said the red is popular it’s definitely a lot more stronger in taste the white seemed lighter in taste. For dessert I got a coffee cocktail “Nutty” which is a cold cocktail served in a martini glass it was delicious. My friend got the “Cuerenta y Tres - 43” which is a hot coffee cocktail the presentation was very cool. The desserts were really good we got the flan, soufflé, and goxua. Everything was delicious and our server was very attentive.

Jason Pitts: The service here was phenomenal. I sat at the bar for happy hour during my visit. The bartender was excellent and made great suggestions on drinks and food. I had the Bellevista No 12, Rio Vista Old Fashioned, Gambas al Ajillo, Papas Bravas, and Cazon en Adobo. Everything was great, but the old fashioned was just ok. There was only one bartender during my visit so his attention was divided at times, but he still accommodated everyone as best he could. This was also my first time eating shark and it was very good. I would come back again for dinner based on my great experience at happy hour. Definitely coming back for HH too!

Lara Yotti: Every time we come we are taken back to our native Spain with the delicious dishes and curated music! We LOVE this place and the amount of live poured into every dish makes this the best restaurant in the area. We highly recommend the cazón, best in show! Gracias por este pedazo de España en Virginia! ♥️

MargoRita 777: Service and food was phenomenal . Christian took over and was one of the best servers in this restaurant. We had such a great timeI highly recommend and will definitely return.

Elena Coval: What a wonderful restaurant SER is. We had such a great time and food was amazing! I tried the shark and is was delicious. Highly recommend. The service was 5 stars. Dmitri and Walter both amazing! Thanks for an excellent service! We will be definitely back!

20. Toro Toro

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

Address: 1300 I St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 682-9500

Guy: Restaurant


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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!