MarginallyUseful
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  • First Review
    December 26, 2013
  • Last Review
    April 7, 2014
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    3.3
 
 
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Inspired to create a casual Italian restaurant in their own neighborhood, the culinary team behind Washington, DC’s award-winning Ristorante Tosca opened the doors to Posto, “a modern Italian place to meet,” in December 2008. It is located in a beautiful, century-old building (which at one time was a car dealership!) on the newly re-energized 14th St. NW – right next door to The Studio Theater, and just steps away from P St. and its hubbub of activity. As a proud new addition to the Logan Circle neighborhood, Posto serves classic and modern Italian dishes, and is the perfect place to drop in for a cocktail and a quick bite, or a multi-course meal shared with friends. A custom-built, wood-burning oven located in the back of the dining room entices guests with the smells of just-baked Neapolitan style pizzas and focaccia.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Still Very Good....But Slipping?
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 04/05/2014
 2009
Dined on 04/05/2014
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"our 10th or 11th dinner here - we were less enthralled this time: the Burrata salad was miniscule (barely enough for one person so don't even think of sharing it), but the pastas were excellent. Posto used to have a parking lot in the same block -- but you'll never find a parking space in the popular 14th Street corridor; the neighborhood has almost NO public garages, so getting there by car is a hassle. More importantly, there are now at least a handful of other superb Italian restaurants downtown (not really true when Posto opened) and given the uninteresting decor, EXCESSIVE noise level and sometimes indifferent or rushed service of Posto...it's frankly not as relatively attractive as it used to be. Still good but no longer exceptional."
Dined on 04/05/2014
 2009
Special Features: fit for foodies, hot spot
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At The Lambs Club, Chef Geoffrey Zakarian has created a relaxed and inviting restaurant serving updated bar & grill offerings. The main floor dining room is open breakfast, lunch and dinner whereas the mezzanine lounge comfortably accommodates daytime meetings or refined cocktails in the evening with large round banquettes and floor to ceiling windows looking out onto 44th Street. Located within The Chatwal Hotel, The Lambs Club provides room service for the 76 hotel rooms and oversees private dining in the various event spaces throughout the building. This landmark masterpiece was originally built and designed by Stanford White in 1905 and reopened after a major renovation and restoration with every detail overseen by architect Thierry Despont.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Elegant Interior, Great Food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 01/17/2014
 2009
Dined on 01/17/2014
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"This elegant, swanky restaurant feels like a private club, with a big fireplace. A great place for business breakfasts or lunches. It's in the historic Lamb's Club building, now converted into the upscale Chatwal hotel. The food is very good but perhaps not extraordinary. The menu is pricey but you get value for it -- great location, elegant room, professional service, tables not too close together. Definitely a good and reliable choice."
Dined on 01/17/2014
 2009
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Nestled in the Heart of the Dupont Circle District of Washington, D.C., Mari Vanna Restaurant offers homestyle Russian delicacies admits a unique fine dining atmosphere. <p>Swathed in a luxurious decor reminiscent of Victorian Era opulence, Mari Vanna marries Russian nobility with folk art and the simplicity of Soviet Union austerity.</p>From traditional Borscht and blinis to inimitable caviar and champagne, Mari Vanna offers Russian cooking fit for those who pursue delectable cuisine and impeccable service.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Good Food Marred by Poor Service
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/26/2013
 2009
Dined on 12/26/2013
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Interesting Russian food - nicely prepared in a quirky and fun restaurant, in a great location, with prices that aren't too bad (considering the location and uniqueness of the restaurant) -- so that should lead to a super popular place right? It doesn't because of erratic, unprofessional service. The wait staff is very sweet and well-meaning but the place is understaffed. So you have to ask for things a few times, remind them to fill your water glass, wait for the one entree that comes out 5 minutes after your guests were served etc. The good news is this is not always the case and it is EASILY correctable by management. The kitchen is otherwise fine and the place is great. So definitely try it - but go there when you are relaxed!"
Dined on 12/26/2013
 2009
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