rtesmer
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  • First Review
    March 27, 2014
  • Last Review
    July 21, 2014
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    4.7
 
 
rtesmer's Reviews
 
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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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
Service is Great, As Always
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/22/2014
 2012
Dined on 5/22/2014
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We visit this location frequently. Have always enjoyed the food and the service. Today's visit was made even better by a very attentive server! Helped make different choices. There was an item on the appetizer menu that I thought sounded like the perfect entrée to me, the scallops. He helped me order it as my dinner and it was not a mistake! Perfect portion size, tender and extremely well prepared. The flavor of the sauces was wonderful. He found out that we always order the same desert and its one of the primary reasons we go there, and when presented with the check the apple tart was free! Now that gives me great reasons for loving Bobby Vans Grill."
Dined on 5/22/2014
 2012
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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A restaurant specializing in the preparation of "Cucina Rustica" - Tuscan country-style cooking.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Return Visit
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/16/2014
 2012
Dined on 5/16/2014
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"As always, a great experience, started off just right with a server who not only remembered us from previous visits, but also some of our favorites. Attentive and helpful, food was great, especially the calamari. The main entree's were very good such as the veal tbone and the crab cakes."
Dined on 5/16/2014
 2012
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Mediterranean bounty, beauty and modernity. All around the Eastern Mediterranean, “meze” (pronounced “MEH-zay”) are small dishes designed to complement a beverage, tease the tastebuds, and encourage diners to linger around the table for good companionship & conversation. On behalf of the owners and staff at Meze, we extend our heartfelt welcome and encourage you to eat, drink, and relax in the Turkish way of having a good time and enjoying life.<br />We have a great patio.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Interesting Menu
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/09/2014
 2012
Dined on 5/09/2014
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Honest, I sometimes buy Groupons and Living Social as its a great way to try something I havent. This was one of those. Im not sure that the food was my favorite type. But, having said that, the food was actually pretty darn surprising and good. Probably a 5, but since it wasny my favorite types of food, wasnt sure! You should try it. Loved the weather and sitting on the sidewalk patio!"
Dined on 5/09/2014
 2012
Special Features: scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Nestled on the corner of Connecticut and Florida Avenues, this inspired Russian restaurant and lounge is evocatively reminiscent of the era of the Tsars. The Russian-European elegance of the Russia House offers a uniquely warm and comfortable meeting place for anyone appreciative of its friendly and intimate coziness. It is the perfect meeting place for the true Washington socialite. The Russian-infused intercontinental cuisine pleases the most refined palate with such nouveau-traditional entrees as the Beef Stroganoff and the Chicken Kiev. Further true to tradition, the Russia House features an impressive selection of caviars and one of the largest vodka collections in Washington, D.C.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Worth the Wait
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/25/2014
 2012
Dined on 4/25/2014
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Had reservations, but it still took nearly an hour to be seated. Normally that would be a very bad thing- but they took care of us at the bar with complimentary drinks until our table was ready. Once seated, the service was fantastic and the food..... Very much well worth the extra wait in the bar for the table. Chicken croquettes, fantastic. Rack of Lamb, perfection with that bread pudding. The desert of crème brulee, different but also very very good. The experience was fantastic and we will definitely return."
Dined on 4/25/2014
 2012
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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“An Italian Treasure” located at 4400 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., provides the perfect setting for routine business lunches, holiday office parties, large family get-togethers or romantic dinners for two. Tesoro offers upscale traditional Italian cuisine at an affordable price. Owner/Chef Ignazio Bonanni has been offering a generous menu of Italian fare in the Washington, D.C. area for over 15 years. His passion for his Italian heritage combined with his emphasis on using only the finest ingredients results in only the most extraordinary dishes. A friendly, competent staff is always available to serve you whether in the dining room or at the well-stocked, comfortable bar. So, if it’s time to make reservations for that special occasion, to schedule your next business lunch or office party, or if you’re just in the mood for a spontaneous family dinner out, visit Tesoro. You will feel like it is your home away from home.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Very Nice Place, Service and Food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/25/2014
 2013
Dined on 03/25/2014
 2013
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The place is nothing fancy, but the service is very good. The food is very decent as well. Had calamari, it was very good (not the best Ive had, but good). Could use a better stronger marinara to go with it. Partner had the chicken with lemon, very tasty, juicy and tender. I had the seafood fettucini, it was also good. Desert was good, but I don't think it was made fresh there."
Dined on 03/25/2014
 2013
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