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1. Fiola Mare

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1534 reviews
Fiola Mare
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 3100 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

Telephone: (202) 350-4982

Guy: Seafood restaurant


Review: "Another great dinner in DC area."

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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.

2. La Vie

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1284 reviews
La Vie
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 88 District Square SW 5th floor, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 560-5501

Guy: Mediterranean restaurant


Review: "It is the most romantic, harmonious, peaceful and delightful moment."

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Olivia M. Wilson: I know there’s mixed reviews about this place but I had a great experience. Our waiter took very good care of us and overall enhanced the dining experience. - The food was a 10/10 - The atmosphere and ambiance was amazing. - The view of the water gave it a very elegant vibe towards fine dining. Would definitely recommend for a date night or special occasion

Asim Soofi: Every single dish we ate was absolutely delicious. I would trust the executive chef at La Vie with any meal. There is something completely unique, yet so familiar with the variety of ingredients in each dish that transports you back to reminisce the first time you experienced it, wrapping you in a maternal blanket of bygone home cooked holiday meals. It has the luxury of comfort food with an eclectic mix transported from Mediterranean, Latin America, French, and Italian flair. Blends of sweet and spice came together in each rich bite. Vegetables and meats were perfectly prepared and plated. Fast on the day you go...you will enjoy every bite and leave happy.

Arvind Prabhu: Nice views, cool vibe, good drinks and decent sides. But you'll pay for it. The sangria was great and so were the brussel sprouts; charred and doused with a sweet and slightly sour honey based sauce sprinkled with pomegranate kernels. That dish is likely THE must have at La Vie. Unfortunately when we went it was over crowded and stuffy, seems like their AC was on the fritz

Leemu Kufuor: Cute and Instagramable! Make sure you dress up! I enjoyed the food and drinks at La Vie but the customer service left more to be desired. The staff at the front when overwhelmed are not friendly or welcoming and they seem to need more attendants to serve the volume of guests that arrive around dinner. I would go back though, the food is good and the drinks are strong.

yelena antonela: Beautiful place, stuff Is very friendly Igloos is very creative warm and cozy! Food was delicious 😋 I order La Vie Caesar salad , Atlantic salmon and cauliflower couscous, Brussels sprouts it’s was so delicious you can feel so much love that food have 👌🏼🙏🏻 Dessert is yummy my favorite was a custard light and crispy. whole experience was Amazing !!

Kev- keepingitreal: We love the hospitality at La Vie. Our hoist was very generous and attentive, our food was hot, tasty and flavorful. We ordered shrimp, Lamb Chops, Truffle Mac & Cheese, Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes. Underground parking garage is available for a fee.

Tasha Fuller: Overrated. When you pay more you expect more. The ambiance was amazing but the food wasn’t on the same level. The lobster was overcooked and the Risotto lacked flavor, no matter how much salt and pepper I added. The best part of my meal was the French fries and Brussel Sprouts.

Amanda (WhatsDaHype): Beautiful restaurant! The view of the wharf is very pretty on a sunny day. Friendly and attentive staff. The restaurant is pricey but the food and drinks weren’t over the top amazing. I truly appreciated our waiter making sure we enjoyed our meals but the items we got were just good. The presentation of the drinks were nice. We didn’t like the salmon and the waiter exchanged that meal for the lobster ravioli. It was tasty. We also tried the roasted chicken. The combination of all the ingredients was flavorful and hearty. The fried cauliflower was lightly fried but lacked flavor.

Anakaren Cruz: The service is really great and the aesthetic is beyond expectations. The restaurant is on the higher end and pricier side. We spent around $450 for 3 people. I highly recommend the lamb chops and the cotton candy baked Alaska for dessert.

Boss Marius: Mixed feelings about this place, it’s good but I do not think the price is justified. The ambiance is lovely, it’s by the water and the brunch is good, but…You reserve your time slot in advance and still have to wait to be seated. The cost of the brunch if you decide to go for bottomless food and mimosas for two people comes up to $275.

3. Rose's Luxury

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1275 reviews
Rose's Luxury
Location
4.9
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.2
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.1

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5:30PM

Telephone: (202) 742-3570

Guy: American restaurant


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4. Sequoia DC

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2179 reviews
Sequoia DC
Location
4.9
Price/Quality
4.2
Service
4.3
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.7

Address: 3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 944-4200

Guy: American restaurant


Review: "A fantastic restaurant with a wonderful view!"

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Ashley Emtcheu: The food is delicious, the place is decorated beautiful with Christmas decorations besides its classy and upscale look. Wasn't able to try a drink I was recommended to try by the server but overall great experience. Place is located in a great location which is great if your wanting to get great photos with friends/family. Parking Garage is 2 minutes away in walking distance to this restaurant which is very convenient. 👍🏾

Zuleirys Santana Rodriguez: Amazing customer service! The outdoor dining is just soo extremely gorgeous, spacious and clean in every way. You have a lovely view of the water, the Sweden Embassy, and just the river! The food was just next level, specially the octopus that was cooked to perfection and I will certainly have it again when I come back to bring my boyfriend.

IamJoedie S: This was my first time and the experience was awesome. We came for a birthday dinner. A party of 12 arriving at 5 PM on a Sunday. We had two servers they were on top of everything. There was never a moment a glass was empty. Food service was quick hot and absolutely delicious. I had the steak was absolutely surprise when the potato came out with macaroni and cheese…must order if, no when you come. If you’re looking for a sexy restaurant to have a brunch, lunch and or dinner this is definitely the spot it overlooks the water great date spot. I will definitely come back again. Next time for the brunch. I hear that it is phenomenal. Come. Eat. Drink. Enjoy!

jen w: I gave this 3 stars because of a couple reasons first we had a reservation Saturday at 1:30 pm for their tapas brunch. They were super slow getting our food to us at the beginning. We ordered two rounds of food before the waitress came back and told us it was last call. We were barely there an hour. There is a 2 hour limit, I feel that if they have reservations till a certain hour they should allow the two hour minimum for people. It’s 64.95 per person they aren’t doing a favor for anyone. Next we chose to sit inside and it was obnoxiously loud. There was a group of people that were talking and screaming to each other, while I’m glad they were having a good time management should have asked them to simmer down because all the rest of us could to was watch them because u couldn’t talk for the noise. Having said all that, the food was very good. We opted for Bellinis and Mimosas. They were very good. The waiters walked around with carafes of Champagne and refilled you. My glass never got empty. I would go back here but make an earlier reservation and in cooler weather where I could it on the patio so I don’t have to deal with the noise.

Renee McCracken: Mother's Day Brunch at Sequoia has now become our new tradition. The food was excellently prepared and the service was outstanding. The entertainment was a great addition to our experience. I did have one hiccup during our time there but it was promptly handled and it was like it never happened. I love Sequoia and will definitely recommend and return.

Vy H.: Came here recently Saturday night for a private holiday event—had a great time! The restaurant is huge and beautifully decorated to fit the Christmas/Holiday theme. We had open bar—they have a huge selection of liquor! Food was decent—the hors d'oeuvres were delicious, the main dishes were just okay. Staff are all pretty friendly. There’s a coat check room downstairs when you enter, and an elevator if you don’t want to walk up all the stairs.

John Varkey: We came for an anniversary dinner. The hostesses were a bit surly and disinterested but our waiter was great. The views are fabulous. My wife had the crab cakes and I had the lobster scampi. They were both fabulous but according to my wife the lobster had the edge. We went for a nice stroll along the water and around Georgetown after dinner. A very nice evening was had.

Kat B: Loved this place so much. My partner and I came here for our anniversary, not only was the view beautiful but the energy/service of the staff was amazing . The food was spectacular, definitely get the burrata if they have it ! We were pretty full but still made room for dessert and an espresso which was also delicious . Definitely recommend for a date night/ celebration . Prices were in line with the portions/ambiance .

Crystal Sings: Beautiful simply Beautiful 💜My daughter and I brought my mom to last Saturday’s brunch for her 80th birthday and we really enjoyed the service, food, and ambiance of the restaurant. George, our waiter was awesome and made our experience so memorable! Thank you George!

elizabeth rose: Visiting from florida and this restaurant was highly recommended by locals and im delighted i took their advice! The atmosphere was great, very inviting and scenic, indoor and outdoor seating offered with a nice view of the river. food was really good and exceeded expectations and the server Dominique went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed our experience :)

5. Roof Terrace Restaurant

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328 reviews
Roof Terrace Restaurant
Location
5
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
5
Parking
4.9
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 416-8555

Guy: American restaurant


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Jeff Luttrell: RTR is a pretty good place for dinner before a show at the Kennedy Center. The restaurant has the classic aesthetic of the Kennedy Center with beautiful views from the terrace outside the restaurant. The staff were friendly enough though our waiter didn't talk with us too much. Food service was quick which is to be expected for those going to performances. The quality of the food is okay. All of our entrees were hot but just okay taste wise. Pretty good selection for vegetarians and the fish choices are nice too! We'll come back and try it again as we go to the KC often.

Ron Milkowski: I have never been to the Kennedy Center and had no idea that there even was a restaurant. What a very nice dining experience. Santo our waiter was very knowledgeable with the food and drinks. It is a bit pricey but worth it. Even if you are not going to an event I highly recommend checking it out.

Anusha Chatterjee: Wonderful bar service! The food was so good. Had the tuna carpaccio and the salmon. Both were absolutely perfect! Lovely seasonal Cocktails. Perfect stop before or after the show. The bar has the full menu, so no reservations were needed. Lovely intimate vibe.

Craig Herrick: We’ve been here a number of times over the years though this was the first visit in two years. The Terrace has upped their game. My lamb chops and wife’s fillet would go over well in any finer local venue. The service was prompt and professional and based around our show time. Terrace maintains most of its vintage (60’s) vibe which is what I like about it.

Stu: Read some negative reviews before going to the Roof Terrace restaurant, and had some concerns. I will say that this was a lovely place and a rather elegant atmosphere. The food was fine- especially the seasoned fries. Delicious! We each had a fish dish, which at nearly forty dollars each I found to be drastically overpriced. Even at ten dollars less it would have been overpriced. Yet the meals were tasty, though not very filing. They came with the tiniest bit of vegetables. The service was excellent, and my concerns about inattentive service or being rushed were proven false. In all, it is a very nice place to go that is the ultimate in convenience if you are going to a Kennedy Center performance. But you pay for that convenience in very high restaurant prices. Would I return? Probably, but this is not a place I'd be able to afford very often.

Myrna Linzy: Very good. Waitress was very good in helping me with which meal. Picked my drinks. Awesome place.

Catina Carter: The food and service was outstanding. Wonderful place to have a beautiful experience of class. The views were wonderful as well.

Mary Robinson: Wonderful dinner before a show. Cant beat the views! Professional service throughout the meal.

Veronica Coleman: Wonderful evening at the Kennedy Center and dining at the Roof Terrace Restaurant. Great food. Great music.

Phil Cooke: Great setting at the Kennedy Center, ideal for pre show dinner. Service was excellent; overall, food was very good. Our party of four got fish, with the bass being the best, by far. Others, trout and salmon, were just okay. It is a little pricey, but the setting, service and convenience make it worth it.

6. Iron Gate Restaurant

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869 reviews
Iron Gate Restaurant
Location
4.7
Price/Quality
4.2
Service
4.2
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1734 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12:30PM

Telephone: (202) 524-5202

Guy: Mediterranean restaurant


Review: "A great place for a classy romantic dinner."

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Tai Tran: Let me first start off by saying I came to this restaurant from my stylist that morning who hooked me and my date up when I asked, "what's a romantic dinner spot you'd suggest in DC?" And after ordering the delightful meal for two we were given a diverse selection of plates from the first course offerings and additional tasty extras from the chef throughout the dining experience. My hot date and I were celebrating a 6 month anniversary which in some queer relationships is either a really long time or a really short time still worth celebrating (they gave us that cute ice cream at the end). This was a wonderful meal and we were even seated right next to the inside fireplace. Bison tartare, the salads, chef extras, and of course the company of my cute partner made it one of the best meals of my vacation thus far. A great place for a classy romantic dinner.

thomas green: I absolutely loved my experience at Iron Gate last night. This was my first time dining here and I was blown away by the ambiance, service, quality of food and overall amazing location. I would absolutely recommend this as a special or romantic dinner location.

Saeed Mohebbi: Amazing service by John and even better food. The drinks were amazing and the food was absolutely incredible. We went for brunch and we were not disappointed. We can’t wait to come back for dinner. This is a must visit!

Alex Lewis: Went there for a group event. Absolutely amazing food and staff. We had the three course meal and they were hyper conscious about food restrictions and accommodated accordingly. Staff was also super personal and continuously checked on us to make sure everything was taken care of. Also highly recommend their outdoor eating option. It was very warm and beautiful. Cannot wait to come back...

Tony Bliss Taylor: 🙌🏻💥❤️💥🙌🏻 Support local!!! Iron Gate is outstanding and a MUST stop when in the DC area! The atmosphere is romantic and dimly lit! The food is incredible- the photos speak for themselves! Whatever you do in DC - eat here. “Iron Gate chef Anthony Chittum's menu is inspired by his travels through Greece and Italy, and pay homage to many of the incredible local farmers, makers and artisans that hail from the bountiful Mid-Atlantic region. “

Madelon Christiaanse: Great food. Cute location. The chefs menu is actually a great value for money, you get so much food (come hungry)! We loved everything. We requested veg and they brought out fish twice, so that was a mix up.. they were apologetic.

Bianca: This spot has me gasping for air! Last night a GF and I were on the prowl for evening dinner and stumbled upon this enchanting establishment. After passing this spot up for another restaurant up the block, we decided to come back after being mesmerized by the dessert menu. I ordered the Strawberry-Rose Semifreddo, and my pal ordered the Ode to the Opera. Both were divine, and the staff were charming. We felt like we were in a fairytale, how the team engaged with us and how well the food tasted. I am excited for my reservation later next month!

Antoinette Levon: Lovely place to eat. Limited but well crafted menu. Delicious cocktails accompany creative dishes that pair well with the season. We are outside in the courtyard. Even during the winter it's beautiful. The over arching vine must be gorgeous in the summer. The food was absolutely delicious and I would go again.

Tqteacher Peet: What a wonderful epicurean fantasy fulfilled! Just made a reservation based on Fodor's description. Expected nice, maybe "good." Walked in suddenly we were being pampered and cared for like few places know how to do. Do not even look at the menu, just experience the Chef's Table! Each serving will surprise and then delight you. This team of professional dream weavers will never allow your water glass to empty. They will change out your plates and utensils between each course so your palate is able to focus on each exciting nuance of the next course. Be sure to request the whimsical patio and enjoy your own flame 🔥 feature at each table. So romantic. So unexpected, so much more! The food is so well prepared, the presentation perfect, each bite a delight. Make this a must have meal any time you are within 100 miles!

Stacy Walker: This was such a beautiful night! We did the chefs table experience and it was SO good. They respected my dietary restriction (no pork) and made a different dish, which I really appreciate! Dessert was super good, and they brought a special treat for us since we were celebrating a birthday. I'm not a fancy food person, and they answered my questions with no judgement! Loved this place.

7. The Lafayette

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205 reviews
The Lafayette
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.5
Parking
4.9
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6:30AM

Telephone: (202) 638-2570

Guy: New American restaurant


Review: "Great place for a romantic dinner."

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Laura Xu Chen: Second time back in DC for a weekend and we are in Hay Adams again after 10 years. The food never disappoints and in fact everything was superb! Rack of lamb and Crab gnocchi were excellent. You have to order the soufflé! The ambiance was fine dining yet the wait staff are so warm and pleasant! We stayed for a 3 hour dinner and it was a beautiful and elegant experience

Adam Galazka: Amazing restaurant located in the Hay Adams hotel. Reservations were done via Google and confirmed by the restaurant a couple days in advance. Table was ready 45 minutes in advance. Their customer service from initial greeting through the whole dinner was amazing. Very good wine menu and you also have a cocktail menu as well. We tried a mushroom soup and octopus for appetizers. Ordered chicken breast and bronzini for main course. For our dessert we had creme Brule. Everything was amazing and tasty. We will definitely come back.

波。真秀ᶘ oᴥoᶅ: We went to the Lafayette for breakfast. Our waiter, Emmanuel, was extremely friendly, humorous and attentive. The French Toast came with hot maple syrup and the Lafayette Eggs Royale were accompanied by hollandaise sauce, which blended well with the rich salmon and eggs.

Shawni McGraw: We decided on this restaurant to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary because of the spectacular views and ambience. When we found out that the view we were seeking was not available, the manager went above and beyond to get a private tour of just that view. He wanted our day to be special and he did just that. The food was fabulous and everyone is so customer focused. The mood was romantic with the live piano player and decor. I highly recommend this restaurant for your special day.

CRPARK LLC: Fine dining at its best. After graduation dinner with great down town DC vibe. Service was superior and the environment, on point.

Jenovie Yoka: The food was really good and tasty. The prices are also fair but I did not like the service at all. Furthermore, it was simply awful! The servers that had us that night( a man and a lady) were just not professional and welcoming at all. The were working like they were forced to take care of us. We reserved the private room for a special occasion (my sister engagement) and those two servers made us have a very bad experience. Especially the lady when it can to the moment to pay the restaurant bill. In the other hand the meals and the drinks were simply amazing!

Michael O'Reilly: **FUTURE VISITORS: THEY NO LONGER DO ROOFTOP DINING** This is a fantastic restaurant in a fantastic hotel, but they no longer do anything on the roof. The roof is now reserved for events and such, which is truly disappointing. What’s the point in going anymore? The ambience of the restaurant is nice, but not nice enough to justify going. The food is great, but there are better, cheaper options throughout DC. It is all fairly expensive as well, and for what? One of the main reasons to go was for the wonderful view, but if I no longer have access to that, then the Lafayette is no longer a #1 choice.

Stacy: Good but too expensive. The servers were all so friendly and helpful. It was unbelievably fancy. You are clearly paying for the experience.

Eduardo Rukos: Beautiful & very well executed French inspired menu with a lot of highlights. The staff was amazing and the desserts are pieces of art.

Mark Blanchard: Hands down the most beautiful venue in DC (at least when it was up on the top floor through the pandemic). Great food, great view from the top floor, and friendly staff.

8. Charlie Palmer Steak

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Charlie Palmer Steak
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.1
Service
4.5
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.7

Address: 101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

Telephone: (202) 547-8100

Guy: Steak house


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Swastika Nohara: Great fillet mignon center steak! Awesome oyster, so fresh and I particularly love the sour red sauce that comes with it. I think it is tomato based. We asked for medium for the new york stripe but it was a bit too dry. Asparagus was splendid, perfectly cooked. Atmosphere was nice too.

Michael Garcia: I decided to try CPSH and to my delight it was amazing! The staff truly make the experience memorable. You must try their trio crème brûlée ExceptionalOhhhhhh and the French onion soup…… on point

Adrian Nagle: Excellent meal, excellent service, and friendly staff. My party visited Charlie Palmer Steakhouse in D.C. as a celebration during our trip and late birthday for my daughter since missing it last year during covid. Being visitors to D.C., we were not sure what to expect or where to go for a celebration dinner. We were treated very well with friendly staff. Our waiter was patient with us to help us with the menu and style of service Charlie Palmer provides. We all ordered steaks which were cooked to order with several sides we all shared. Desserts were awesome and were a nice unsual splurge for us. Overall, we had an excellent time and really felt great after our dinner. To top off our evening, we were treated to a special location to view the Capitol and Mall. We left the restaurant impressed and very happy we visited. We highly recommend Charlie Palmer Steakhouse in D.C.

Trevor John: Very non-assuming venue within a minutes walk of the Capital. Good food vibes and aperitif menu. Glad I stopped in and had dinner.

Freddy Vega: REFUSED SERVICE, STAY AWAY. If I could give 0 stars I would. These folks do not deserve any star! While visiting DC and after an exhausting walk through the L.O.C. at 3:25 PM on Apr 27th we (my wife and two kids) stopped by this place to enjoy some succulent steaks on our way back to our parked car. The experience went something like this: As soon as we entered there is a reception desk to the right so we went to it. There were two females and one male behind this desk. The male asks me: "May I help you?" - ??? May I help you? what does that even mean? I'm at a restaurant we want to eat, right? Either way, I said (sounding a little confused by the questions I'm sure) "This is a restaurant right? We want to eat." he then asks me if I have a reservation, I said no. He typed something into the computer and then one of the females said, the restaurant is closed. My wife and I looked at each other and left. I took this picture on the way out to remind me to write about this on social media. WE WERE REFUSED SERVICE for some reason unknown to us. Could have been that we had a 8 month old and a 5 year old with us? I don't know the reason, but these folks in the front desk were insensitive, unprofessional and just down right rude. All done in a passive aggressive way so very covert. If you are a family save your time as you are probably not wanted here.

Ryan Rhodes: Classic steakhouse; menu is small, but everything is delicious. The service could be more attentive - they may be short staffed due to the pandemic. The burger and steak are good portion sizes for lunch.

Robert F Jr.: Amazing food and service. Excellent atmosphere. Definitely will return

Laura Molinares: One of my favorite spots in DC! The team at Charlie Palmer is always so welcoming. The manager, Mike, is always friendly and accommodating with reservations and private events. The team at the bar is so professional and kind, I can always count on Lamar to create amazing drinks and he always has incredible new suggestions. Danny, Lewis and Alfredo are always at the bar with a warm smile and providing exceptional customer service. The waiters/waitresses and hostesses are always on top of their game too! There are many restaurants in the DMV, but Charlie Palmer has a was of making you feel at home while also providing an exceptional dining experience with delicious foods and drinks and the best customer service. Definitely recommend checking them out!

Krissy Coles: I love this restaurant and the staff was great. This wasn't my first time here, and I love coming here. However, this was my first time ordering the crab cake. I have never been so disappointed in my life. As a Maryland native, crabs and crab cakes are something you learn how to make at 9 years old and can tell the difference between lump and backfin. As soon as the sat the plate down on the table, I knew this was not a real crab cake. You saw no lump crab meat at all. It looked burnt at the top, and the covered it with garnish. This was the worse crab cake I've ever had in my life. It tasted like someone ethnic grandma that never had on decided to add every spice in the cabinet to try and make some leftovers the own together in the shape of a patty taste good. There was no crab meat inside and looked like they added carrots and peppers which is an abomination. They need to immediately take this off the menu. I was ready to go in the kitchen and fire the chef myself. DO NOT order the crab cake absolutely awful. The lobster corn dogs were good though.

Deborah Whaley: Enjoyed my birthday dinner, food is awesome, waiters waitresses and servers were all very polite and attentive. Service was excellent!!

9. Xiquet by Danny Lledó

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109 reviews
Xiquet by Danny Lledó
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.9
Service
4.3
Parking
4
Wifi quality
4.7

Address: 2404 Wisconsin Ave B, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 913-4671

Guy: Fine dining restaurant


Review: "Creative dishes with incredible depth and a great wine pairing."

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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!

10. Officina at The Wharf

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714 reviews
Officina at The Wharf
Location
4.2
Price/Quality
4.1
Service
5
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.9

Address: 1120 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 747-5222

Guy: Italian restaurant


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rennae francis: My friend had her wedding reception there. The food was delicious and the customer service was excellent. The private room had a gorgeous view and so did the lobby area. Decor was really pretty. Parking in the lot nearby is $30 for more than 2 hours. But that's to be expected. Overall great experience

Logan Saufley: This is an amazing European style restaurant. The menu is tricky to read but the wait staff is eager to help and interpret. Every dish from the appetizer to the dessert was perfect. The portions are small not like American restaurants. That said I still felt full by the end of the night. The wine was amazing and deserves its own rating on google. A must try place for a date night or a large gathering. Somewhat kid friendly but better experienced without.

Jennifer Cogan: The restaurant was a very nice setting, but beyond that we weren’t thrilled. The portions were very small, and almost everything left a taste of fennel in your mouth (probably because the bread served at the table had fennel in it and it’s a tough taste to get rid of beyond that). My dad finished his dish in 2 seconds (ravioli stuffed with braised lamb), and I would definitely say don’t come here if you have an appetite. Our service was okay. A few of the waiters that came by randomly were great, but we only saw our “main” waiter a couple times — and the manager actually ended up taking our order for us. Not a huge deal, but keep in mind the bill tact’s on an automatic 23% gratuity to your bill …. Which was a $52 tip in our case (a little much if you ask me), 23% is for exceptional service and our service was less than good. Also, to reserve a table you have to put down $15 per person when making a reservation. So this was $60 for us. Again, not a huge deal but this restaurant isn’t worth that — I’d rather find one that doesn’t charge a fee to reserve a table…. Overall, it was fine …. But we won’t be back.

Norma Del Carmen: I love looking for a Michelin star restaurant whenever I visit a new city and I wanted to treat my daughter to a great meal while in DC area. Officina didn’t disappoint at all, it surpassed my expectations and even a better treat to visit on Wednesday pasta day when I got mine for $11.00! Took some photos of my meal but photos can’t do justice to explain the thrill my tastebuds had experienced. Topped of dinner with the tiramisu, love the extra crunch on top. Will be a repeat visitor when I come back to visit my daughter at Georgetown.

Mandy M: APPETIZERS: Fritto Misto $18 Crispy Calamari. Shrimp. Broccoli. Red Onion. Cherry peppers. Oregano. Saffron. *good variety, wish the shrimp didn't have the shell on it, didn't really taste any saffron just yellow mustard Choice of Formaggi, Salumi & Crostini, pick 3 for $23 accompanied by homemade Giardiniera, jam and grilled Casareccio Sourdough. Parmigiano Reggiano - 4 tiny pieces Prosciutto di Parma - 3 slices Spicy Soppressata - 5 slices *overall pretty small portion, jam was pretty thick and gooey no idea what it was perhaps figs, homemade giardiniera was flavorless, would not get this again PASTA: Spaghetti al Limone $27 Spaghetti alla Chitarra. Prawn. Bottarga. Lemon. *spaghetti alla chitarra is like a two sided spaghetti almost like a linguine noodle but not as thick, prawns were like baby shrimp and inconsistently sized which I found very bizarre and there wasn't a bowl provided for the shells, so since this pasta was served in a bowl I had to work around the shells, also it was not wiped it was presented splattered which surprised me because I can't even tell you the last time I was presented food in that manner Orrechiette $25 Hand Rolled Pasta. Fennel Sausage. Broccoli Rabe. Pecorino. *pasta had a nice chew, negligible amount of sausage and I really mean little baby bits, the entire dish lacked seasoning, if there was more sausage then it would've added the right amount of salt but because there was so little of it, I'd suggest asking for salt, pepper and their pantry DESSERT: Tiramisu $9 Coffee Soaked Sponge. Marsala Mascarpone. Cocoa *presentation was pretty, flavor did not match, the mascarpone was dense and not fluffy or creamy and barely any sponge, this was not sweet or even semi-sweet, don't recommend SERVICE: It was ok.

King Of New York: We were given the best seat in the house.The food was delicious but the deserts are what made it memorable. Very cool vibe and ambiance. Highly recommend for date night :)

pooria riahi: This place has one of the top 10 rooftop bars and setting in DMV area, location wise and considering the rooftop design. On the rooftop there is only drink and snack menus served. The quality of drinks and snacks on the rooftop is 7/10 which would provide you with a pleasant experience. Concerning the actual dinner quality, I however am not able to provide any recommendations yet.

Michelle Paulus-Baumgarten: Great food, beverages, and service. The menu was relatively small but there is something for everyone in it. The pasta was fantastic. Would recommend reservations for a Friday or Saturday night as the place got busy.

Brandon DePalo: Very good food. Very good service. Bread was incredible. View is really nice. Only reason I docked a star was because portion sizes are too small. I got the veal ravioli and it was more of an appetizer portion than a full meal. The risotto ball was delicious, but I expected at least 2, and there was only one. Drinks are small but taste good.

Komal P: You can tell the gratuity is automatically applied when service is consistently slow & unreliable. Servers dont have to try so hard & its awful to be forced to pay for horrible service. We saw waiters chatting at the host stand constantly when we had asked for a simple warm water. Coffee was actually quality. Tiramisu was okay. Nothing great. Overall, would not want to come back bc of Bad service.

11. Slate Wine Bar

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141 reviews
Slate Wine Bar
Location
4.1
Price/Quality
4.9
Service
4.2
Parking
4.9
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 2404 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 913-4671

Guy: Wine bar


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

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

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

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

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

Akbar Yahya: Went there for the desserts but ended up having the 3 course menu. The brownie fudge was well done and served just right tho could use more textures. Tres leches was nicely done but very fruit forward
Response: Thank you for the review and the pictures!

Sha Mar: They recently opened and the place is very nice! The owner is a Portuguese guy and the food are very tasty! The only downside is the food price is very expensive in compare to portion size and quality! But if you just want to try tasty food and the price is not important here is your place.

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

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

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

12. The Occidental

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The Occidental
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4
Service
4.1
Parking
5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 1475 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: (202) 783-1475

Guy: American restaurant


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Al Ectric: Everything is really excellent about this location: the service, the decor, the history, you name it, just top notch. However, the food 🥘 with all honesty was average. The quality, taste, an flavor were okay with both the half chicken platter and the salmon platter we ordered. Not worth the price. They were cooked/served without salt and I don’t care what secret recipe you have, if you don’t use salt when you cook, might as well head to the nearest senior living buffet (no offense). But hey, I guess you’re only there for a piece of history and service.

Hilda Kroll: A nice, quiet place to have lunch and a challenge to remember the names of the famous people whose portraits are hanging everywhere. The short rib grilled cheese sandwich had lots of tender meat and was oozing with cheddar and Bel paese cheese. What made it unique and special was the radicchio-citrus marmalade. Reasonably priced with great service thanks to Chanel.
Response: Hilda, giving our guests a five-star experience is something that with continually strive for. Thank you for dining with us and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

antoinette rodney: Food was good. Pleasantly surprised by the cornbread. I was expecting the usual starter bread. The cornbread was served in an iron skillet so it stayed warm longer! I had the pasta special which was pasta made on site with lobster and clams. It was not heavy at all! I also had the Occidental salad which was also light and good. Normally with a meal this size I walk out of the restaurant feeling like I had a ton of bricks in my stomach because I was so full but not here. Decor is interesting. Many pictures on the walls of influential people in Washington. Waiter was attentive!
Response: Thank you for taking the time to share feedback on your recent dining experience at Occidental Grill & Seafood. Our staff works incredibly hard to ensure our guests have the best dining experience. We hope to see you back very soon.

Khoi Nguyen: Came here for lunch with some coworkers. We had some oysters, angus burger, crab cake sandwich and the fried green tomato BLT. Everything here was delicious. Oysters were so good we had to order another dozen. The burgers and sandwiches are a must order. The crunch from the thick cut bacon and fried tomato in the BLT was definitely the highlight. The crab sandwich was cooked perfectly and the added water crest added some great texture. This is a great place to people watch. The outside patio is perfect when the sun is out. Food and ambience here is great. If you want seafood and American food this is one of the best spots around the mall.
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Raquel Gitch: The atmosphere is great. We enjoyed looking at the photos and guessing who everyone was. All 6 of us enjoyed delicious meals, we tried everyone's plates and my halibut was the winner then the truffle fries were a close second.
Response: Raquel, thank you for such a wonderful review. Nothing pleases us more than to hear that our guests thoroughly enjoyed their dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon for another 5-star meal.

YT White: My team visited for lunch during DC Restaurant Week, the food at the Occidental was really good and we all had something different. The best part of our visit was the service, hands down Ashley is one of the best servers in the area!! Her knowledge of wines (and their appropriate glasses) really scored big with me. She was patient answering our many questions about the menu items and remained kind even when overwhelmed by the group's excitement and enthusiasm. The entire team of servers were professional and etiquette and they all helped to create a wonderful team outing. I look forward to another opportunity to dine here soon. 🍴
Response: Thank you for dining with us and for your great review. We understand that you have many choices here in Washington, and are thrilled you chose to dine with us.

Andy Ho: Slight bit of wait but that's alright. Restaurant is split into two sections, one formal dining and the other the bar. Stopped at the bar side and ordered wine. Has a decent wine selection and the price is ok. Portion for the ahi tuna was a little too small. Burger was fine but by then was too full to finish the whole plate.

Liam Amiri: Great location, very nice staff and a very peaceful place. But the food wasn't that great. I ordered the Amish chicken sandwich and it was a very average gas station kinda club sandwich :) for real! My friend ordered the Salmon and he wasn't very happy either... I hope they work on the food taste and quality cause this restaurant is a beautiful place.

Janine Beatty: The food and ambiance was great. I sat outside on a beautiful day. The service was ok, but not as attentive as I would expect from this type of restaurant. The waitress assumed I wasn't going to order because I asked if happy hour food was served at tables. She also passed me multiple times to check on other tables. I wouldn't say she was rude, just didn't seem to think I needed the same level of service.
Response: Thank you for choosing to dine at Occidental and for sharing your feedback. It saddens us tremendously to learn of the shortcomings you experienced during your recent visit. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and frustration that resulted from this experience. We are committed to giving quality service to all our guests, and in this instance we indeed failed to execute that to the standards we wish you and all our guests to experience. We hope that you will visit us again and that we can redeem your faith in Occidental Grill & Seafood.

Karen L: We took advantage of restaurant week to revisit an old friend, the Occidental. The food is still great. The seating arrangement does not crowd the room and allows for conversation. We enjoyed all the dishes we had as they were interesting and well done. Will definitely put the Occidental back on the list for lunch rotations given our pleasant dining experience. If the ice cream cookie sandwich is on the menu, get it! the cookie was fab! (My fantastic Grilled Point Judith Calamari Salad is pictured: Beet Yogurt, Barley Chips, Apricot -Harissa Coulis, Summer Mixed Greens, Shaved Daikon Radish)
Response: Thank you for dining with us and for your great review. We understand that you have many choices here in Washington, and are thrilled you chose to dine with us.

13. RPM Italian

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2001 reviews
RPM Italian
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.3
Service
4.7
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4

Address: 650 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 204-4480

Guy: Italian restaurant


Review: "It's a good place for a romantic dinner."

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Sandeep Wilkhu: Excellent experienceWe sat in the bar because we did not have reservations. But our waitress Addison was so very excellent she made it an excellent experience. I would go back to the bar seating.

Charli Knows How To Eat: A very good friend of mine treated me to this very fancy dining experience. It was so amazing. I would recommend this restaurant for special events or celebrations. It is quite expensive however the service is great and the food is even better. I convinced my date that I’d like my own steak however I did not know they give you such large portions which is a first to see in a upscale restaurant like this. Nonetheless it was so tender and evenly cooked I ate every single piece !

raymond burgos: The service and hospitality are on par with the best in the world with amiable and capable staff. The presentation and food are excellent. The decor is well-suited to a high-end establishment and will make you break into a smile as soon as you walk in. The portions are good, not more significant portions - this is a tasting restaurant. Quality over quantity!

Kyana Shelton: Ambiance was stunning. Very classy and modern I love the simplicity of the place. Valet is cash only! Bread for the table was delicious. I ordered the shrimp scampi and my boyfriend ordered the chicken parmesan both a 10/10. My shrimp scampi was a small portion but besides that I had no complaints and actually left feeling pretty full. Can't remember the name of the wine I had but I believe our waiter said it had a hint of oyster. Overall, amazing experience with a sophisticated look I will be back!

Des KF: My boyfriend and I had reservations for this restaurant for my birthday. When we arrived we walked in and was greeted by the hostess and she sat us. The tables were super close to one another which was the only downfall. Tim was our waiter and he was so nice and attentive. We started with drinks and I got the Spritz and Giggles, it was weak but it was tasty. For my entrée I got the king crab with squid ink pasta and that was good. My boyfriend got the shrimp scampi pasta and he really enjoyed it. Tim gave us a cheesecake because we waited for a while to get drinks and that was so nice and it was so tasty. I also slid in that it was my birthday and he gave me a small, cute dessert to sing happy birthday. I really enjoyed my time, the ambiance was great and so was the food and service.

Lin Dinh: dim, upbeat ambiance with upscale cocktails— perfect spot for a bourgeois night out. plates were tapas size but the perfect portions. the mushroom pizza was by far the best pizza I’ve ever had. the short ribs were also superb. love it here!

MADDART: It was my first time dining here. I ordered a New York strip which was about 16 ounces.(a lot bigger than I expected from an upscale restaurant. It was cooked perfectly and had lots of flavor. The server was a bit forgetful about a couple requests I had made for pepper and silverware. I had to ask several times. Other than that the setting was great and I enjoyed my time there.

H. Ibdah: Amazing service. Amazing food. Amazing atmosphere. We went there to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The waiter was theatrically impressive. The food was outstanding. We tried many dishes, I only took a photo of the main courses. I highly recommend the octopus for a starter. For the main we had the lobster pasta, meatballs, steak and side dishes. Great for romantic dinners and for outing with friends.

john Dickerson: Reservation required, proof of covid vaccination with ID valet available $20. Service was outstanding John was our waiter, and he did a great job everything was swift and on time. The food was delicious, for appetizers we Truffled Garlic Bread Parmigiano-reggiano, 1/2 dozen half Shell oyster, truffle and parmesan cheese pizza, Big Eye Tuna Bruschetta Basil Aioli garlic toast, the main was Lobster Fra DiavolobCalabrian chili & tomato and Short Rib Bolognese Pappardelle, Rosemary. For dessert we had Tiramisu Whipped mascarpone & coffee.

Imani: The decor was nice. We liked our dishes but were not a fan of how soft the meatballs were. The plates were also small. We started off with a spritz for our drinks but sent it back because it was very sweet. We ordered a Paloma instead which was very delicious. The reasons for the star decrease was the hostess. We asked if we could move our table and she tried to explain the seating arrangements but made a condescending remark by saying “does that make sense” with a slight attitude which was very noticeable by the both of us.

14. 1789 Restaurant & Bar

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1789 Restaurant & Bar
Location
5
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.6
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: 1226 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5:30PM

Telephone: (202) 965-1789

Guy: American restaurant


Review: "This is a romantic restaurant, a place for an intimate dining experience."

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Stefan Tobler: Absolutely superb. Delicious food, excellent service, warm and cozy dining room. We were a bit under dressed, definitely a sports coat kind of restaurant. If you are looking for a nice meal this is a place I would go back too. Great job 1789.

Andrew Bogdan: Had an excellent time grabbing dinner here! The food was absolutely amazing, and the art on the walls was fun to look at and made for great conversation. I ordered the eggplant and butternut squash soup. It was literally the best soup I have ever had in my life, absolutely amazing. The wine list was excellent as well. Really recommend for a private romantic date night!

Georgia Hensley: We had such a great experience visiting 1789. The food was delicious, the waiters were pleasant and the manager was so knowledgeable. He knew all the history and even about the Exorcist house and steps directly across the street. We enjoyed short ribs and sirloin, my brother in law had the halibut, we also tried the lobster and the octopus starters. They were so good. They even called our cab for us. We will def. return on our next visit to Georgetown. 1789 is located at 126 36 St.NW 20007

Norma Del Carmen: Last night in Georgetown and we wanted to try this Michelin star restaurant as a treat To end our thanksgiving weekend and 1789 Restaurant did not disappoint, it blew our tastes buds away! The butter squash soup we started out with was so amazing that we knew the rest of the dishes would get better and better. Be sure to take a video of how they present the soup…it happened so fast, great presentation. I had the brioche halibut and My tastebuds were just in heaven. Our bellies were full but we still wanted to enjoy the evening w deserts and it did not disappoint as well! Service was excellent ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ And the food was delivered quick. This is my new favorite restaurant in Georgetown by far and looking forward to coming back again!
Response: Thank you so much, Norma! We appreciate your positive feedback about your experience. We take pride in serving our customers and hope to see you again soon!

Gabriela Frank: One of the best fine dining experiences available in DC. Do not hesitate to visit for one of the best dining experiences of your life! Every single bite did not disappoint and you just can't go wrong with whatever you order. We started with the first round of drinks (Cardamom Bee's Knees & Brown Butter Old Fashioned) and knew in that moment we would be in for a special treat. We split the Ravioli dish, which had exceptionally seasoned mushrooms you could almost mistake them for beef. We ordered the Halibut and Duck dishes for main courses and every aspect of the dish was just pure slices of heaven on a fork. To top it off, we finished with the chocolate dessert and wished we had more room to eat more and drink more! High recommend for someone celebrating a special occasion, or want to impress someone with exceptional fine dining.

Tucker Jones: Excellent food and fabulous service. Such a great dining experience, one of the best in DC!! Desserts topped off an amazing dinner snd they were off the charts!
Response: Thank you, Tucker!

Wendy Reynolds: Great food in this restaurant. Staff was very polite and cooperative.
Response: Thank you so much, Wendy! We hope to see you again soon.

Marilyn Breedlove: For over 20 years I have enjoyed the 1789 restaurant. It had been about a year since I had dined here last. I'm very sorry to say they are not what they once were. My husband and I took my daughter for her 21st birthday dinner. At the end of the meal my husband and I agreed it was the worst $400 meal we had ever had. The plates looked lovely.. The best part of my meal was the bread and the very delicious butternut squash soup. The menu said sea scallops. And I was served bay scallops. The sauteed mushrooms were completely uncooked.

Katie Greener: Food was amazing and perfectly portioned! So much that we had to take home leftovers! Wonderful date night spot. Drinks were phenomenal as well…combinations complimented each other so nicely. We ended our meal with sharing the cheesecake with some coffee and couldn’t have been more satisfied.
Response: Thank you, Katie!

Ines R: This restaurant is located in Georgetown a couple of blocks up the hill from the main M street. The restaurant is quaint with low beamed ceilings and cobblestone floors. The walls were covered in hand drawn pictures of the Washington monument and other historical figures. We ordered the 5 course tasting menu. I had mine with the wine pairing for $165. Without the wine pairing it was $105. The food was good however I can't say it was great. None of the dishes really wowed me that is the reason for the 4 rating. I expected the food to wow. On several dishes I had to add salt and pepper. My favorite part of the meal was the ice cream topped with gold flakes. The wine pairings were very good. I would go again but I would order from the main menu versus the tasting menu. The service was impeccable!!!! From the valet to the servers. This is a romantic restaurant, a place for an intimate dining experience.

15. District Winery

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District Winery
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4
Service
4.9
Parking
4
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 385 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 3PM

Telephone: (202) 484-9210

Guy: Restaurant


Review: "Super romantic and amazing winery!"

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Josh Griff: Had the dessert wine and grilled cheese. The grilled cheese had tomato jam which was sweet and tasty. The dessert wine was crisp and not too overly sweet. We sat at the bar and were served fairly quick and was a nice snack before the Nationals game. There was a wedding and a bridal shower going on at the same time while we were there too.
Response: Josh - thank you for the positive feedback! We also love the grilled cheese!! We hope to see you again soon - Cheers!!

Fatima D: This is one of our favorite spots in the Navy Yard area. We have been frequenting this restaurant since they've opened. Unfortunately they're not as good as they used to be and it seems that their menu has gotten progressively worse. Their food is not exciting. Brunch options were very limited and there was a very little variety in the menu. But otherwise most of the things we got were good and tasty (the Brussels sprout was a disappotintment as some of it were overcooked.) Also, we would have ordered more if there were healthier options for brunch. We decided to go for desserts elsewhere. The ambiance and outdoor seating is very nice though. The food came around quickly but the waiteress that served us was so slow we wished we got out of the restaurant faster. Beware that navy yard is a very congested area and parking is not easy to find. There's a parking spot behind the restaurant but its constantly full so I wouldn't bank on it especially if there is a wedding or reception in the restaurant's upper floors. Just plan your trip a bit better with ample time for parking or Uber to the location!
Response: Hi Fatima- Thank you for taking the time to write us your feedback. We value our customers and strive to get better. As you know covid has greatly effected the world and we are doing everything we can to keep our customers happy and provide top quality and service. As a valued regular, I hope that you will come back to join us again soon.

Kimberly Humphries: Excellent customer service thank you Terry and Lauren. Let me start off by saying this place is clean, classy, and has an amazing Ambience. I am a person who appreciates a good wine. Lauren was our host for the tour she explained in detail about the different wines so that you will get a clear understanding of how to pick your wine choices. This place is inexpensive and everyone is welcome. Everyone was dressed very tasteful and professional. They offer different packages that are all great. I’m so glad I got to experience a wine tasting in the city which gave me so much knowledge and education. Pay to park is available right next to the winery. They are close to the water front, you can walk and enjoy after the tasting and get a beautiful view of the city. There are so many nice shops and restaurants near by. For people who can not go to a winery far away. This place is truly a jewel.
Response: Kimberly - thank you for the lovely review!! Both Terri and Lauren are valuable members of our staff and I will be sure to pass along your kind words! We are thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your experience yesterday and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

Kheyanna Suarez: The menu did not really appeal to my taste buds that day since I was hungry and wanted a hearty meal. But I enjoyed the happy hour glasses of wine which were $7 each. Our server, Steve, was wonderful and we had an amazing view of the water. They had some interesting wine flights + small plates for two deals on the happy hour menu that I would like to try. We just couldn’t decide on 3 different small plates since only 1 of them appealed to us. Maybe on another trip I’ll get a chance to experience their flights.
Response: Hi Kheyanna, thank you so much for the review and feedback. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit overall and will definitely pass along your comments! Cheers!

Daniel Thomas: First off, District Winery is a showcase of modern 2010s design - steel/glass plate windows from floor to ceiling/clean design/quirky modern art on the walls. I mean this as a compliment - it is light and airy as a result with a self assured air. The service was fantastic - from the front staff to our waiter Xavier. We ordered the flights and bites: the fried Brussels sprouts, the curried cauliflower, and the grilled cheese. As you can see, the food is very well presented. It is essentially basics elevated by presentation. A buttered grilled cheese with tomato, cheese, basil (essentially a pizza in sandwich form), the Brussels sprouts were well done and tasty, although I could have appreciated some more kick/tang - little dry. The cauliflower was also a little dry and not particularly “curried” although the cornbread with chutney was a nice counterpoint. It just was a little bland. As for the wines, I found them to be fairly one-note - these are on the dry and light side. This is more a personal preference - I prefer less dry, full bodied wines. Having said that, this would be a great place to go for a happy hour - the location in the Navy Yard overlooking the water is gorgeous. This is a place I would return to to socialize, but I think the food doesn’t quite compete with the area’s other options.

Miss Powell: I'm not vegan but my partner is and there were a number of options that we both enjoyed. The vegan grazing selection, olives, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower dished were amazing and more. Ample serving size and truly delicious with the wine. Meredith our server was excellent. We will be returning...soon. Thanking the chef, manger and wait staff for a wonderful dining experience.

Noa Vermaak: Our waitress Alexandra (Alex) today was amazing! She was super kind/funny and attentive. we ordered 2 Rosé, but after we ordered it we figured a bottle would be better. She left one full glas for me to taste and just brought the bottle. No extra charges! Those are the little things a guest will remember. The food here is also amazing and so was our wine. Can’t wait to go back and enjoy a sunny afternoon at District Winery

Parker Kelley: Great food & atmosphere! We made a reservation on a Friday at 7:00. We arrived and were immediately seated. Our amazing server Morgan took great care of us & recommend great drinks. For starters we got the chicken bites (must try) and the brussel sprouts ! The surrounding area was very busy & finding parking was a challenge.
Response: Hi Parker, thank you so much for your review! We’re so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us! We hope to see you again soon! Cheers!

Marie Pierce: I would totally recommend the date night for two. The entire staff was so nice. We had so much fun with our wine guide Laura and lucked out that it was only us in the tasting room. Laura was knowledgeable and friendly. She answered all of our questions and more.
Response: Marie - we are thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your tasting experience with Lauren! We hope to see you again soon - perhaps for one of our other tasting experiences! Cheers!

Teaching Realtor: Great service. Unique food creations. Wonderful location. Will go back again soon to be able to enjoy outdoor seating-- this seating area must be booked in advance directly through the restaraunts' website.

16. Ristorante Piccolo

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Ristorante Piccolo
Location
5
Price/Quality
4.9
Service
4.7
Parking
4.7
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1068 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

Telephone: (202) 342-7414

Guy: Italian restaurant


Review: "Excellent romantic dinner for two."

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India Lindsay: Don’t go here - probably the worst restaurant I have tried in DC. It looks so cute, has a bunch of awards posted on windows and menu, and has other good reviews. The Italian food was bland and did not taste fresh. The sauces tasted store bought. Pasta and pizza quality were nothing special. The service was slow and prices were high. I spent $40 on a pasta dish I could have made better at home.

Miguel Curiel: Elegant Italian cuisine. The place is very dreamy and romantic even from its outdoor design, and it’s located in the neighborhood of Georgetown which only adds to this thematic. Everything we ordered was as tasty as can be and it personally won a spot as one of the best Italian places in DC.
Response: Thank you, Miguel, for the wonderful 5-star review and photos! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

Kerry Holt: Nabil served us and gave us excellent service and gave us recommendations on menu choices, we shared a Caesar salad and Risotto with complimentary house bread and dipping olive oil the portion size was great for us followed up with Cappuccino and one dessert to share. Price with generous tip less than $40 a head. Will come back next time when we visit from Australia. Kerry and Rod

Kendall Abell: We loved our waiter Hadi! He gave us the best experience here, ensuring that we loved all our food and drinks. It was my boyfriends birthday and Hadi made sure it was a very special occasion for us!

Joshua Jones: Short walk from our hotel. Wonderful atmosphere, there was a live violinist playing when we started our meal. Food didn't disappoint.
Response: Thank you, Joshua, for the wonderful 5-star review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

berkley pelletier: Great date location. Homey wooden interior and a fun upstairs. I want to try it in the summer for the second floor patio. I have on good authority that they serve “The best fettuccini Alfredo I’ve ever had,” and my mushroom ravioli was excellent. I also enjoyed desert. And the appetizers were great too. Pretty much a great date night in Georgetown. 🤠
Response: Thank you, Berkley, for the wonderful 5-star review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit, and we look forward to serving you and your date again soon!

Elina Valentina Frolova: Felt absolutely humiliated! All tables outside were available, the first manager said we were welcome! However, another manager looked at me and my partner up and down and said that there were no free tables. We asked about the tables outside, were told it’s for walk-ins. However, we were still refused to be seated! We were properly dressed for an exciting dinner date. We travel all over the world very often, and this was the worst attitude we’ve ever experienced!! Avoid!!

Paul Miller: Delicious wine and the fish special was spectacular. Really cool building with excellent outside seating. Nabil was very friendly and really took care of us.

Jeff Wilson: So delighted in the way we were treated!!! Reservation for 9:00pm and seated right away in a romantic private-ish nook in the front room. House bread and dipping sauce is excellent — had 2 servings! The pinot Grigio wine was crisp and light and went perfect with the Rockfish and the Fruti di Mari that we ordered as main courses (see pics). A congenial and polite crowd in the place — busy but not loud! Dessert was EXCELLENT — cannoli and fresh coffee! The waiter decided that the dessert and coffee was on the house— an extra treat. We were serenaded by a violinist who was quite experienced, and was taking requests — Vivaldi and Bach! — see video! The brunch option looks really appealing — see offering flier in the pics. Frankie is the BEST!!!

Chris Wickell: Nabil was an amazing and kind server. The Bolognese lasagna was absolutely delicious and the lobster risotto was fantastic. The complimentary chocolate dessert was much appreciated!

17. Reverie

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143 reviews
Reverie
Location
4.1
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
5
Parking
4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 3201 Cherry Hill Ln, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5:30PM

Telephone: (202) 808-2952

Guy: Restaurant


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Raphael Tisch: A master-class in fine dining and delicious flavors, chef Johnny Spero has created an intimate and friendly dining experience that I look forward to visiting again. Spero's menu is seafood driven, focusing on the clean flavors of sea and freshwater, with unfailing balance and presentation. Our 15? course tasting menu and wine pairing left us beyond satisfied. Notable dishes included p.e.i. mussel, cured swordfish, scallop, lobster rice pudding, the duck!, I could just name all,the dishes... nothing fell short. Reverie's som also curated an elegant and surprising pairing for each dish that never felt off and more often bordered on genius. While this dining experience might be a once in a lifetime for some, I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to make a very special night out. Sitting chef's table is also a treat for those that are interested in chatting with the very knowledgeable and talented kitchen staff. We spent roughly 4-5 hours there, laughing and engaging with the staff, having one of the most outstanding dining experiences I can remember. All the stars, highest possible reconnection.

Henry Fernandez: I don't post often but when I do it's because of the excitement of a great dining experience. Reverie is something new and refreshing. The creativity, passion and effort going into this restaurant amazes me. This is a delicious, fun, and blow your mind experience. I say experience because everything seems perfect and the attention to detail and warmth of the staff is felt. If you are looking for such an experience, check them out.

Christine S: Reverie’s one of the most underrated restaurants in DC right now, and I regret not coming here sooner. I had the 16-course chef’s counter menu, which was all-around excellent and inventive. I especially enjoyed the seafood courses: the tuna, razor clam, scallop, and skate dishes were delicate yet complex in flavor and beautiful in presentation. Any restaurant with 4 courses of dessert will win my heart. Loved the pistachio meringue tart and the petit fours! The beverage menu was fantastic as well. I hardly drink alcohol so I always order a mocktail when I’m dining out. “Into the Woods” was by far the best mocktail that I’ve ever had; it consists of a coffee base, non-alcoholic bourbon, and black walnut bitters. I also tried a delicious non-alcoholic wine that was not glorified fruit juice. Service was great and unpretentious! Chef Johnny Spero is so friendly and easy to chat with.

Garrett B: Exquisite birthday dinner! Definitely deserves a Michelin star! Truly enjoyed the meal, pairing, and staff. We'll be back!

P Ak: Great food, great service and a good value considering the quality, creativity and delivery. The chef himself serves some of the dishes and tells you the story behind the dish. Loved the starters, the cod, brisket and desserts. The rest was wonderful also.

Brando Swartz: You will naturally gravitate to enjoyment with this food experience. The artistry has increased since 2018 with this great chef. This is a DC must!

Paige Cooper: This dinner was amazing, every dish was great. Such a phenomenal experience!

Andrew (Noh Leftovers): August 2019 Tasting Menu: - Pickled Kumamoto Oysters - Sungold Tomatoes - Kombu Cured Scallops - Monkfish | Mussel Dashi - Lamb | Wild Allspice | Berries - Reverie Burger - Blueberries with Pine - Sour Cherry w/Bergamot - Birch Ice Cream - Frosted Shiso Leaf

Jenn C: What an incredible tasting! Upscale and inventive menu, impeccable presentation, and amazing service. The Reverie deserves a Star, yet the Chef and staff are friendly and unpretentious. We will be back.

Anthony Tallotte: It’s our third time in Reverie and it’s simply amazing! Tucked away in a little alleyway in Georgetown is this great restaurant serving beautiful elaborate dishes. They look great, they smell incredible and more importantly they are delicious! We fell in love with this place! Its cool and hip atmosphere, friendly staff, and great food makes it a definite must for any foodie in town! Enjoy! PS: Try the duck!

18. SUCCOTASH

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SUCCOTASH
Location
4.7
Price/Quality
4.7
Service
4.6
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4

Address: 915 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: (202) 849-6933

Guy: Southern restaurant (US)


Review: "It's dim-lit giving that romantic vibe."

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Rachel Murphy: Ordered the taste of the south. The food was overall pretty good, plentiful and the sampler was a nice way to try many things. Full orders at other tables looked very large. Sadly the overall experience was not great and I’d probably not return. A couple small things combined were disappointing. A raw piece of chicken replaced with a piece way over cooked (clearly the kitchen was mad) - we never ever send food back but raw chicken we did. The manager seemed to place blame on us (a lucky chicken vein). I have a shellfish allergy and asked if possible to get a scoop of the grits(without shrimp) just to taste and that was ignored. Wasn’t looking to substitute but it would have been nice (or told not possible if the shrimp was cooked in). Then a 4 top was placed at a table next to us when the restaurant was fairly empty with many open tables in the same server section. In covid times seemed odd. Plenty of brunch places in dc so I’ll try others instead of returning

Dominique: Came here for dinner while visiting a friend in the DMV area. The ambiance is nice. It's large with ample seating. It's dim-lit giving that romantic vibe. My friend and I both ordered the Belle's Punch to start. It has both vodka and bourbon, but the mango-flavored vodka, ginger and mint mask the alcohol. We got the cornbread cakes to start. We could have skipped it. They were small donut hole-sized. Wasn't like traditional cornbread and we weren't really a fan. The rest of the meal was great though. I ordered the shrimp and grits which was truly delicious. Loved the shrimp in it. It was cooked perfectly and all the flavors of the meal came together really well. My friend got the chicken and waffles with the largest pieces of fried chicken I've ever seen. My other friend ordered the Dirty chicken which had honey gochujang so it was pretty spicy. There was no sides that came with it, but the portion size was gigantic. She thought it was delicious, but couldn't really handle the heat. Overall, the meal was good, but the service left something to be desired. Perhaps the server was having a bad day, but we had to prompt him to come by first to take our orders and then throughout the whole meal down to getting the check. The issue was that with the other tables he was far more attentive. That definitely shouldn't deter anyone from going here. The meal was great and it's worth coming here for the food.

Bwalya: Was looking for a brunch place in a pinch and was referred here by a friend. This place was perfect! Service was exemplary from the moment we walked through the door to when our server returned our cards. She was humorous, patient, and extremely helpful. The drinks were great and the food was worth traversing DC for, I'll be back for sure 👍🏿

Aaron Renshaw: Had a great time here. Lots of care taken with both menu and bar options. Everything we had was top notch and ample portions. Cocktails were great and our bartender, Rafael, was fantastic! This will absolutely be on my list for a return visit when I'm back to DC

Miracle Reason: Absolutely loved this place! I went with my cousin for her birthday.The restaurant itself is a vibe - Beautiful seating/ decor, perfect for a classy dinner. Service was amazing shout out to Kayla who took great care of us. Drinks were delicious. Had my 1st proper whiskey sour with egg white. She had the cactus rose, a tequila drink. For starters we had Wings and the fried green tomato salad- Amazing, ESPECIALLY the wings. I had the chicken and waffles and when I say that was probably the best waffle & syrup I have ever had I'm not over exaggerating. The chicken was nice and crispy. She had the shrimp and grits which was very flavorful. I highly recommend.

Brenna Belletti: Delicious food & drinks at a great price point. The other reviews are correct on here about the service, it's extremely slow. We had to ask to pack up the rest of our order so that we wouldn't miss our show at Ford's theater even though we gave ourselves a few hours for dinner! We got the taste of the south courses dinner so that we could try a little bit of everything and it was fantastic!

K R: Succotash kinda sucked…. The atmosphere was great, our waiter Mike was patient and kind and we loved his service! When it came to the food it was disappointing- sticky buns: dry, waffles: hard, hang over special: salty, with gravy on a fried egg instead of the biscuit… why?… If you’re coming for food lower your expectations. If you’re coming to feel sophisticated yet comfy you’re in the right spot. I also noticed the people next to us not finish their food. Worth noting.

Bryan Mroz: Went on a Friday evening. It was full but we had reservations and we were seated quickly. Service was a bit slow but our waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. Food was perfect. We had Shrimp and Grits and Catfish. Great ambiance. There was love music mostly soul and jazz.

Vin D Sr.: Amazing menu and a fine meal. Staff was great and we enjoyed the atmosphere! Chicken and waffles outstanding as was the smoked steak! Sides were awesome too! So good we had to take a few orders to go! Highly recommend. Make a rez to secure a table at this hot spot.

Chris Taylor: Amazing space with comfy booths. They had live music which was a nice touch. The staff were friendly and attentive. The food was good, I enjoyed some food came as starters. Loved the milk punch cocktail and the honey old fashioned. A good spot.

19. Filomena Ristorante

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3450 reviews
Filomena Ristorante
Location
4.8
Price/Quality
4.2
Service
4
Parking
4
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1063 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

Telephone: (202) 338-8800

Guy: Italian restaurant


Review: "Omg this is the most romantic restaurant ever."

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Patrick Young: I loved their Easter decorations! They really went all out and the decorations are more classic too and remind me of better times! Their bread appetizer with olive oil is very tasty and the wait service was impeccable. The waiter misheard my original order, but they quickly corrected it and got me my correct dish. Both of our dishes were delicious and had plenty of sauce. The dessert was scrumptious too! All of these were a reasonable price as well. If you are going out for a date, I highly recommend this place! It’s so far my favorite Italian restaurant in DC!

DC Explorer: Got delivery from this place after hearing good things and it didn't disappoint. The salad and foccocia are a meal themselves. The entrees are big enough to feed two people (entree pictured is half eaten). Pretty yummy Italian food, great quality, nice sauce. My favorite Italian place in DC is still the now defunct Dino's, but this place does a fine job.

A Smith: We've been here twice this month and loved it. The first time we didn't make reservations but they let us eat at the bar which was quite nice and the bartenders were awesome. Today is my birthday so we made reservations. It was quite busy but the service was still amazing. I'm quite picky as a New Yorker and someone who lived in Italy but I give this place 5 stars for the food, atmosphere, and service. A must see!

Jessica Lopez: The restaurant goes all out with seasonal decorations, this time around Easter time. It was a bit strange seeing so many bunnies but at the same time the over decorating is what many Italian grandmas do! Service was decent, not the best. Portions are huge so definitely recommend sharing especially because of the prices. The bread service with the olive oil and spices was delicious, raviolis were great and the eclair was so delicious and creamy, it tasted like profiteroles actually. Definitely recommend coming back.

Princess Good: I will eat at this restaurant every time I'm able to get to the area. I live out of state. The service was perfect, food was hot and delicious, and the atmosphere is cozy and comfortable. The bread is amazing!! One of my friends had chicken parmesan with a side of pasta, the other had a salad. I had rigatoni with chicken. We all enjoyed our food! Oh and the meatball appetizer is worth every bit of $16 although it only comes with two meatballs.

Laura Ruiz: My husband and me went to Georgetown to celebrate my birthday. We couldn’t make a reservation for dinner, however, we walked in around 3:30 and after a 5 minutes wait we had a table. The experience in this place was unforgettable. It started with three different kinds of homemade bread, follow for fresh appetizers, flavorful entrees, homemade amaretto and finally the best cannoli that we ever had.

Anthony Stewart: Spacious, friendly and really amazing fare. The host was magnanimous and his larger-than-life personality makes one feel welcome and as though the food will be authentically Italian, and the staff do not disappoint. The bread and pesto were brilliant, as were the stuffed mushroom starters. The main courses tasted amazing and arrived at our table in good time, allowing us the opportunity to experience how the meal tasted at all stages of temperature. Really great experience and one that makes one want to return again and again (and I’ll be happy to oblige). Unfortunately, a cupcake bakery not too far away got the better of our appetites before we dined at Filomena, so dessert was not on our menu for the afternoon’s meal, but next time! 5/5 well-deserved stars!

Larry Smith: First time visit. Filomena from the front looked small, but the doors opened to a wonderful dinning experience. The food was fantastic and large portions. I'm an eater and had trouble finding room to put the last bite. I finished it off with the biggest piece of strawberry cheesecake I've ever had in a commercial setting. Great overall experience. I will return.

Gerri Goh: We sat down to very American Italian meal of fried calamari, bruschetta (not pictured), burrata caprese, octopus salad, shrimp in lemon garlic butter sauce, slow-braised beef brisket stuffed ravioli, cremini mushrooms and pine nuts in an unctuous sauce of browned butter and veal stock with cream, cheese ravioli with meatballs, and rigatoni pasta in vodka sauce with grilled chicken. We finished all the appetisers but had to do a takeaway for the pastas. It was a tasty and well-executed meal. It was also very rich, heavy and unfortunately left us with no room for the tempting desserts on display. Filomena was an overall good dining experience - dining where A-list celebrities have dined, the service is top-notch, the food is good and the restaurant gives you Godfather feels; it is however for me a once for the adventure and maybe never again sort of restaurant (unless it's someone's choice for a meal in future) .

Inma Guerrero: We loved this crazy place. Uber decorated with Christmas things and on the expensive side. The pasta plates are huge, I guess you are supposed to share them and the chocolate cake super decadent. Great service too!

20. Barcelona Wine Bar

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2505 reviews
Barcelona Wine Bar
Location
4.2
Price/Quality
4.3
Service
4.3
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.5

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 2PM

Telephone: (202) 588-5500

Guy: Spanish restaurant


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Barcelona Wine Bar: what do users think?


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).