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  • First Review
    January 21, 2015
  • Last Review
    April 14, 2015
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Stephen Starr brings his signature brand of hospitality and design to the nation’s capital with the opening of Le Diplomate, located at 14th & Q. Serving lunch, brunch and dinner, the stylish 260 seat restaurant transports diners to the beloved cafés of Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris. The extensive menu features a variety of classic dishes including Onion Soup Gratinee, Steak Frites, and Poulet Roti as well as contemporary bistro fare, with dishes such as Shaved Veal Tongue with Mache and Bavette de Boeuf à l’Echalote. A thoughtfully curated wine list and cocktail program perfectly complements the cuisine and creates an environment suitable for romantic dinners or lively group gatherings. In warmer weather, enjoy dining "en plein air" in the stunning outdoor café where you can take in the bustling energy of DC while sipping on the perfect kir royale.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
An Off Night? Poor Service and Too Much Salt
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/12/2015
 2005
Dined on 4/12/2015
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Le Diplomate is, maybe was, one of our favorite restaurants. I am hoping this was an off evening rather than a sign that initial success is leading to lazy habits. My food was fine, but both my wife's escargot and her fish were very salty. I tasted both, so it was not just her who noticed the excess of sodium chloride. Normally service is excellent. We had Jason W. as a server. He talks and talks and neglects the prime task of getting the order right and getting the food to the table in a timely way. Despite my telling him that we had been to the restaurant many times, he insisted on going into long descriptions of dishes that I did not intend to order. He also tried to convince me to get an expensive wine with my main dish when I wanted to order a more reasonable bottle that I had ordered in the past and liked. When I wanted to order a glass of wine with desert, he spent so much time talking to the neighboring table that the ice cream that comes with the desert had melted before I got my glass of wine. If you get him as a waiter, ask to switch tables."
Dined on 4/12/2015
 2005
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Experience Georgetown's hidden gem! Located in Canal Square (M St and 31st St), set gently back off of the hustle and bustle of the main road, along the C&O canal, the Sea Catch is one of the oldest seafood restaurants in Georgetown. Request a cozy table near one of our two stone fireplaces or enjoy al fresco dining along the water. Sea Catch is proud to serve only the freshest seafood and has one of the largest Raw Bars in Washington DC, which serves an array of East and West Coast oysters. Dinner Specials change daily to take advantage of the freshest produce available. compliment your dinner with one of our wines featured by the bottle or glass. Enjoy $1 OYSTERS AND HALF PRICE DRINK SPECIALS DURING HAPPY HOUR, Monday through Friday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Celebrate Holidays and Special Occasions with a gift certificate from Sea Catch.*SEASONAL OUTDOOR PATIO SEATING!* (available on a first come, first serve basis)
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
A Good Standby, but Oysters not as good as before.
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/26/2015
 2005
Dined on 3/26/2015
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I have been to Sea Catch many times and it is a good standby with reliable service and quality. My one complaint is that the happy hour oysters at the bar before we had dinner used to be excellent. Now they were small and not the freshest. It may have been an off night, but the old Sea Catch did not have off nights. Other than that the service was good and our dinners well prepared."
Dined on 3/26/2015
 2005
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SER is the winner of the Ballston Business Improvement District's 2014 Restaurant Challenge. It is an authentic Spanish tavern or “food house” with a casual, hipster vibe. But, take note…it’s not a tapas restaurant. It’s a gastronomical journey and cultural adventure throughout every region of Spain. It’s an easy-going gathering spot where guests can enjoy typical comfort foods and beverages from Spain at any time of the day or night. The team at SER are your foodie friends from Spain who have a mean kitchen, sharp cooking skills, and comfortable house where you hang out until the wee hours of the night.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Still Needs to Work Out Some Kinks
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/02/2015
 2005
Dined on 4/02/2015
 2005
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Ser has only been open for three weeks and it shows. Some of the dishes, such as the gambas (shrimp with olive oil and garlic) were very good. Others, such as the morcilla (Spanish blood sausage) were at best OK. The morcilla was served cold, meaning it probably sat on a counter for a good while before a waiter realized it was there. I had a number of dishes and about half were good with the other half being so so. They have a good selection of draft beers, but none were very cold. When I mentioned this to a bartender, she said the pipes were probably warm, a strange explanation and something I have not ever heard in another restaurant. The staff was pleasant and they are clearly trying. Give the place a few more months, say until after June, and then give it a try. At that point they either will have overcome the settling in period or it will not be happening."
Dined on 4/02/2015
 2005
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Kick-off the festival of the year on July 13th at Jaleo Crystal City! Party tickets are $30 per person and are inclusive of all five specialty festival paellas, Spanish wines and cocktails, flamenco dancers and live music. Don't miss this one-night-only chance to experience the culture and passion of Spain first hand. Buy your tickets today at nvite.co/paella13.<br /><br />Jaleo brings alive the spirit and flavors of Spain with a menu reflecting the rich regional diversity of classical and contemporary Spanish cuisine, under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés. Jaleo offers an impressive assortment of tapas, the traditional small dishes of Spain, as well as savory paellas, superb sangrias and a fine selection of Spanish wines and Sherries in a festive, casual atmosphere. <br />
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Good Spanish Food, but dinner is better than lunch
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/27/2015
 2005
Dined on 3/27/2015
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We go to Jaleo on a regular basis, both the Crystal City and DC ones. It is the best place for tapas in the DC area. This was Paella day, with a special of $6 per plate. I called ahead to ask about the portion size. I was told it would be a full-sized portion on a dinner plate. Instead it was a tapa plate that was half full. While the Paella was excellent, the portion was small. Service was also very slow despite the restaurant being almost empty. My wife ordered a tapa of shrimp, a dish that takes a few minutes (at most) to cook. It took about 30 minutes for the shrimp to arrive. I would advise going in the evening when service is better."
Dined on 3/27/2015
 2005
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Kick-off the festival of the year on July 13th at Jaleo Crystal City! Party tickets are $30 per person and are inclusive of all five specialty festival paellas, Spanish wines and cocktails, flamenco dancers and live music. Don't miss this one-night-only chance to experience the culture and passion of Spain first hand. Buy your tickets today at nvite.co/paella13.<br /><br />Jaleo brings alive the spirit and flavors of Spain with a menu reflecting the rich regional diversity of classical and contemporary Spanish cuisine, under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés. Jaleo offers an impressive assortment of tapas, the traditional small dishes of Spain, as well as savory paellas, superb sangrias and a fine selection of Spanish wines and Sherries in a festive, casual atmosphere. <br />
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Best Tapas in Area, but Uneven Quality and Service
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/15/2015
 2005
Dined on 2/15/2015
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We are frequent clients of all Jose Andres restaurants, but especially the DC and Crystal City branches of Jaleo. The tapas were good, but a bit over salted. The level of salt varies from night to night, so if you are on a low salt diet, make sure to tell your waiter. Service is normally fast, perhaps too fast. But this time it was glacial. We were in the restaurant for two-and-a-half hours with waits from when we ordered a tapa averaging about 15 minutes. Toward the end the waiter asked me if we wanted to see the desert menu. I pointed out that we still had not gotten all the tapas we had ordered. Hopefully it was just an off night."
Dined on 2/15/2015
 2005
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We offer our guests a relaxed, yet formal dining experience, with a focus on Belgian cuisine with American inspiration. Choose from our Seven Course Tasting menu to fully realize Chef's vision, or enjoy selections from our a la carte menu. You’ll know you’re in a chef’s restaurant as the servers speak confidently about the menu. Many ingredients are sourced from local farmers, highlighting the bounty of the region. We feature an extensive list of small production, approachable wines from around the world.<br /><br />We accept Opentable reservations for up to 10 guests, Sunday through Thursday, and up to 7 guests on Friday and Saturday. If you would like to book a larger group than we offer on Opentable, please call Matty Fanning at 703.894.3440 to discuss options for up to 14 guests. We'll be happy to work with you to provide a special menu and experience for your larger gathering!
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Good Belgian Food In Old Town
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/31/2015
 2005
Dined on 1/31/2015
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Brasserie Beck has the best Belgian Food we have tried in the DC area. But if you live in VA and don't want the hassle of going to DC, BRABO is a good alternative. I got a good, if not great, lobster bisque and my wife got a salad that we would describe in a similar way. We both got cod, which was excellent. The wine list is extensive, but over priced. We drank a decent Spanish white, but $39 for a bottle that they probably spent $5 on is too much of a markup."
Dined on 1/31/2015
 2005
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Located in the heart of Tysons Corner, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse brings a unique dining experience to metro Washington DC and Fairfax County. Chima's unique style of service "Rodizio" which means rotation brings to our diner a variety of beef, pork, chicken and fish in a dining rotation and served by our Gauchos directly to your table. Our wide and various offers on our salad bar make the dining experience at Chima a unique one.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Good Meat; So So Service
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/25/2015
 2005
Dined on 1/25/2015
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"This is not a place for vegans. But if you want lots of well-cooked meat, more than your doctor would like you to be eating in a month, this is the place to go.
I have been to Chima many times and the food is always the same. But this time I had the absolute worst service. My friend and I ordered Caipirinhas, a Brazilian cocktail to start. My friend ordered his drink with sugar; I asked for it to be made with Splenda. It took about 15 minutes to get our drinks and they brought my one with sugar. It took another 15 minutes to replace the drink. We were dining with our respective 16-year-old children, both of whom look their age. The waitress had asked them if they wanted cocktails and seemed surprised when I pointed out that they are underage.
The meat is brought to your table on skewers and then carved off for you. We had to request numerous times that the servers be asked to come by our table. Even though we had our tokens marked for serving us, the waiters often walked by our table on their way to other ones. Management needs to work on better training the staff."
Dined on 1/25/2015
 2005
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Sitting on a quiet residential street in Georgetown, 1789 Restaurant has the charm of a historic country inn. Chef Samuel Kim’s contemporary seasonal menu blends the flavors of fresh regional ingredients into unique and delicious summer dishes.<br /><br />2014 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence; Zagat Top Ratings in Food, Service, Decor, and Most Popular; DiRona Award Winner; 3 Stars from 2014 Washingtonian magazine.<br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
A DC Classic
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/23/2015
 2005
Dined on 1/23/2015
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Obama took Merkel here--need I say more? This is one of DC's best spots for well prepared food in an elegant atmosphere. We always enjoy ourselves at 1789."
Dined on 1/23/2015
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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In 1965, Boar’s Head set out to create a dining experience that celebrates innovation blended with Southern style blending culinary artistry and classic elegance. <br /><br />Today, culinary tradition and passion for inspired cuisine continues. Our extensive wine and brew lists pair perfectly with a range of fresh, bold flavors that change with the seasons. A 2013 Wine Spectator Award Winner. AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant for 26 years running. <br /><br />From classic bistro fare and grill favorites, to fine dining at the Old Mill Room Restaurant and our extravagant Sunday Brunch—a true culinary adventure awaits you at Charlottesville’s Only Four-Diamond Resort. Boar’s Head is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Good Safe Spot
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/02/2014
 2005
Dined on 11/02/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The food is middle-of-the road; the sort of place you can take your elderly aunt to and be sure she will be happy. There is nothing fantastic, but the meal was pleasant and we had nothing to complain about either."
Dined on 11/02/2014
 2005
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The Evolution of Tradition is presented with Executive Chef Javier Romero introducing a new approach to some classic tapas. From old school tapas battling it out to healthy & organic salads, there's something for everyone. Celebrating our 25th Anniversary this 2014 and a young team bringing innovative techniques, we continue to show the best our culture has to offer.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Excellent High-end Spanish Food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/22/2015
 2005
Dined on 1/22/2015
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Go to Jaleo for tapas and Taberna for a romantic night out with excellent high-end food. It is an expensive place, but if you can afford Taberna, the food is first class."
Dined on 1/22/2015
 2005
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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