rtesmer
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    May 28, 2014
  • Last Review
    September 19, 2014
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Bobby Van’s Grill marks the return of the powerful New York City chop shop to the downtown D.C. area but with a new twist. This eclectic New American Steakhouse now boasts a slightly more casual family friendly atmosphere as well as catering to the Washington politician. This 536-seat D.C. destination is fully loaded! There’s four private, intimate and upscale dining rooms with their own bar and bar services. Two 40-foot long bars can be found with friendly bartenders serving strong drinks and even stronger conversations. The main dining room boasts views of both New York Avenue and the plush marble atrium of the adjoining building amidst its beautiful water fountain. This is an ideal place to meet for power lunches, family gatherings and late night dinners in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Always Enjoy
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/16/2014
 2012
Dined on 9/16/2014
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"One of our favorite places to go for dinner (and lunch sometimes as well). Just wish they would put the fried chicken at night as we love it! We enjoyed the stead as always and the crab cakes too! Our server seemed a bit "new" as he didn't really know how to answer our questions. But once we got going he was great."
Dined on 9/16/2014
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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15 ria, a contemporary American restaurant, showcases the bounty of the mid-Atlantic region. With "Fresh & Honest" as it's inspiration, 15 ria features fresh seafood, steaks, chops, braised comfort foods & generous side dishes. Fun, comfortable & accessible, 15 ria also offers outdoor seating in season. The Lounge with its intimate seating, great music, & classic contemporary cocktails is the place for after work drinks or a night with friends.
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Not That Great
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/05/2014
 2012
Dined on 9/05/2014
 2012
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Its never a good start when you cant find the restaurant. It is inside the hotel, but when you get to the "area" there is no one to greet you and all you can see at that moment is the bar. Perhaps the cocktail area to the right, if that is what it is. An outside patio. To the left, a bit hidden is what I think is the dining area. It was nice enough, once found, and once you find someone to seat you and to serve you.
Once we got a server, he was nice. But either he was pretty busy or not sure what, as he would disappear for long periods of time. Took forever. The food was just meh. The salad was a highlight BLT, great slices of tomatoes, nice bacon, good dressing. The steak was very chewy for its type (ribeye) and flavorless."
Dined on 9/05/2014
 2012
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Mission features authentic Mexican cuisine and a lively bar scene in a two level space with an exposed brick interior and a large outdoor patio. Executive Chef Rodrigo Albarran-Torres hails from Mexico City and also owns two R&R Taqueria locations in Elkridge, Maryland.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Fantastic Experience
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/01/2014
 2012
Dined on 9/01/2014
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Went on a very slow day, late afternoon, Monday holiday. Hot outside and muggy. Inside, cool and refreshing. They were running their brunch menu but we really wanted items off the dinner menu, our waiter made us comfortable and then served us from the dinner menu. Thoroughly enjoyed and recommend the jalapeno pineapple margarita thing, just hot enough, just cool enough to be perfection. We both thoroughly enjoyed our tacos and our taquitos. And the desert, we have NO room but just had to try it, the tres leches was the perfect closing item. Will be back many times if its always this good!"
Dined on 9/01/2014
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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There is no denying Panache's elegance. The walls are done in a soft shade of wheat, the bar is long and sleek and bouquets of flowers dot the dining room. The dining room chairs are bright yellow, 1950s style lounge artwork hangs on the walls and some weekend nights, the line to get in stretches down the block. It's a jolt of energy across the street from the quiet Mayflower Hotel. Panache serves a range of small plates that make up a gustatory tour of Europe and beyond. Diners can also order one of the larger plates, which include seared Ahi Tuna with a Mango Salsa and Rack of Lamb with Pommery Mustard and Whipped Potatoes. A Three course menu is offered nightly for $35. Additional features are added every week for lunch.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Always Great
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/22/2014
 2012
Dined on 8/22/2014
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Food is always great, and sometimes you just have to be brave! And try something different. We did and found it to be just as great as our favorites!"
Dined on 8/22/2014
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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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 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great As Usual, Except...
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/19/2014
 2012
Dined on 8/19/2014
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Love Le Diplomate! CAnt always get a table when you want one, but once you do the experience is always a great one. My latest visit was just a table for one, not fun, but dining here helps to make up for that. From the drinks, to the shrimp cocktail to the beef bourguigon, all was fantastic. The ONLY issue I had, and its really a fairly minor one to be honest - was my table placement. I had a table (for one) right next to a divider that the staff uses to go into and out of the kitchen (I presume). Some staff seem to like to knock on that divider. When you are sitting right there, getting a knock can be a bit disconcerting! It didn't happen often, just enough to be memorable in the wrong way. Won't keep me from coming back!"
Dined on 8/19/2014
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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Founding Farmers, the Greenest Restaurant in DC, offers fresh Farm-to-Table, sustainable, American inspired true food and drink.  Our menus include classic dishes made from scratch, inspired by the heartland with sustainably farmed products, with locally sourced items and in-season vegetables and fruits whenever possible. <br /><br />Guests can gather around one of many community tables and enjoy great family dinner dishes like pot pie, pot roast, roasted chicken, big green salads, rustic farm sandwiches, soups, and rich, delectable pies and other desserts from our seasonal menus, in a comfortable modern farmhouse setting.<br /><br />The restaurant is upscale casual, which welcomes business casual dress, and dress that would be appropriate in a nice restaurant; this includes jeans and athletic wear, and warm-weather clothing, including shorts.<br />
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Late and Great
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/26/2014
 2012
Dined on 7/26/2014
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Always worry when going to a place this is close to closing time, but FF didn't make me feel that way at all. Seated, order taken, food prepared and delivered as if closing was still hours away. No rushing! And the food tasted as great as if it wasn't time for the kitchen to close as well. Fried green tomatoes, bacon lollipops (what a concept!), and chicken and waffles, great way to close out the day!"
Dined on 7/26/2014
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies, late-night find
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There is no denying Panache's elegance. The walls are done in a soft shade of wheat, the bar is long and sleek and bouquets of flowers dot the dining room. The dining room chairs are bright yellow, 1950s style lounge artwork hangs on the walls and some weekend nights, the line to get in stretches down the block. It's a jolt of energy across the street from the quiet Mayflower Hotel. Panache serves a range of small plates that make up a gustatory tour of Europe and beyond. Diners can also order one of the larger plates, which include seared Ahi Tuna with a Mango Salsa and Rack of Lamb with Pommery Mustard and Whipped Potatoes. A Three course menu is offered nightly for $35. Additional features are added every week for lunch.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
So Many Choices
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/18/2014
 2012
Dined on 7/18/2014
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Always love going here, love to try different tapas plates each time, all though its hard since some of them really are my favorites! The service is always great, love the bread / butter basket. Love the filet, LOVE the calamari, and everything else."
Dined on 7/18/2014
 2012
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Floriana offers authentic Italian recipes with handmade pastas in the most comfortable of environments. Located in DC's Dupont Circle neighborhood, in a historic brick stone row house that has been converted into a cozy restaurant, but hasn't given up the feel of coming over to someones home for dinner. Offering a seasonal menu of fresh and local ingredients Floriana has developed a reputation for consistent, high quality, authentic, feel good dishes at a great value. Our pledge of superior service is matched only by our ability to make every guest feel welcome and comfortable when joining us for a DC dining experience.We pay special attention to every guest that chooses Floriana.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Always Fresh Always Great
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/03/2014
 2012
Dined on 7/03/2014
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Love getting there shortly after they open, easy to get a table! Love the freshness of the food. Love the calamari and the lasagna. All is great, attentive service."
Dined on 7/03/2014
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, fit for foodies
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" At Asian Spice, a continent of cuisines " by Tom Sietsema ( Washington Post ) offering array of exquisite cuisine from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thai, Lao and Malaysia. The dining room is stylish, comtemporary and comfortable. Join us for our daily happy hour at the bar from 4 -8 pm offering an extensive selections of beer, wine and house specialty drinks. We offer seasonal outdoor seating, Spring thru late Fall. A private dining room and karaoke room are also available for your special event.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service OK Food Good
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/13/2014
 2012
Dined on 6/13/2014
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Been here before, and liked it. Had to go up a very long windy set of stairs to get to our table, ok. Service once up there was spotty at times. Had to request refills, several times. Food was served fresh and hot and when one dish was incorrect, it was quickly replaced with the right one."
Dined on 6/13/2014
 2012
Special Features: scenic view
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Perched a top the intersection of 14th and U Streets, Lost Society offers food, drink, and a killer view from its roof deck. The kitchen, run by Executive Chef Joseph Evans, serves up dishes that do justice to the restaurant's qualification as a 'boutique steakhouse.' Steak selections, in addition to other meat, fish, and vegetarian entrée options, render Lost Society an excellent destination for even the pickiest eaters. The bars (there are four) feature wine, beer, and cocktail options that complement a meal, a night on the town, or both.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Fantastic Specials
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/06/2014
 2012
Dined on 6/06/2014
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Nothing bad to say at all, its about our sixth visit to this local special spot! Our server took great care of us and the drink specials were very unique, flavorful and strong enough! The dinner special was great and huge, had to take half of it home and it made for a great follow up meal the next day! And we topped it off with our favorite bread pudding desert - as in, its nothing like other places nasty stuff - here is a fluffy, high quality very tasty wonderful from bite to bite only to miss it once its gone!"
Dined on 6/06/2014
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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