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    April 28, 2014
  • Last Review
    July 7, 2014
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Chef Isabella serves seasonal, artisanal pizzas and small plates inspired by the food he grew up eating in New Jersey prepared by his Italian-American grandmother. With heavy influence from Chef Isabella’s Mediterranean and Latin culinary training, Graffiato is anything but a traditional Italian eatery. Roasted potato gnocchi with pork ragu, chicken thighs with pepperoni sauce, charred octopus with tomato mostarda and mint, and hanger steak with pancetta and wild mushrooms are a few of the signature wood oven roasted dishes. Broccolini with red pepper relish and smoked beets with sheep’s milk ricotta are popular first plates. When the kitchen closes, the oven will stay fired to feed Washingtonians looking for a late-night bite.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Grateful for Graffiato
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/03/2014
 2006
Dined on 7/03/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I am so glad there is great interesting food near where I work as there is so little. We had the Bolognese and fritto misto amnd I tried the vanilla and cardamom soda. Delicious. Always go and try the beers too"
Dined on 7/03/2014
 2006
Special Features: great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Casa Luca is Fabio and Maria Trabocchi’s casual osteria celebrating the rustic spirit and traditional recipes of the Marche region of Italy. Whether you are hosting a family event, enjoying a date night, or a working a power lunch, Casa Luca offers many choices to customize your meal.<br /><br />Casa Luca has unique Italian wines on tap (available nowhere else!) and a cellar selection from Italy, Spain and California. Our approach to wine is accessibility, quality and variety to encourage unfettered enjoyment. Our bar features beers on tap, cocktails a large selection of classic Italian amari – including Varnelli and Meletti, both from Le Marche – and other digestivi, as well as grappa and many other Italian liqueurs.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Casa Luca and Fiola
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/01/2014
 2006
Dined on 7/01/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I am a Trabocchi fan, like Fiola very much and just had had a marvelous brunch at Fiola Mare. So scheduled a birthday lunch for myself at Casa Luca. Having just returned from cooking class in the Piemonte region of Italia I was looking forward to a return to amazing Italian food. The aroma in my risotto fiori di zucca with pork was amazing and the risotto portion of the dish with zucchini pieces and pork was fragrante and tasty with fab aromas. The blossom however had not been fried correctly so it oozed oil into the risotto. I explained my disappointment to one of the staff who came to the outside tables and unasked took it off the bill! Highly recommend great food and also because that was a great reaction to my note to CL."
Dined on 7/01/2014
 2006
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Four years after Celebrity Chef Art Smith opened Art and Soul, the Capitol Hill restaurant underwent a refresh and re-opened in late February 2013. In addition to beautiful herringbone wood floors, textured walls, and unique artwork, you'll also enjoy an exciting new menu. Our approach is driven by our chefs’ Southern roots. We serve simple honest food and partner with like-minded farmers, artisans and growers to provide products that are sustainably and responsibly sourced, whenever possible. <br /><br />With celebrated two-time James Beard award winning Chef Art Smith as chef/owner, this Capitol Hill restaurant has received national and local acclaim for its "Food for the Soul" - modern regional cuisine with southern accents.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Art and Soul tastes great.
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/27/2014
 2006
Dined on 6/27/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Lunch was great. Though hot outside our attentive waiter did not forget us and our salad with a beautifully crispy outside and creamy inside salad was great. My BBQ sandwich was tangy and just right."
Dined on 6/27/2014
 2006
Special Features: great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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Del Frisco's Grille DC is situated in the heart of the nation’s capital between the US Capitol and the White House on one of America’s most iconic roads – Pennsylvania Avenue. The Grille sits along wide, tree-lined sidewalks that brim with the energy of locals who live and work in the neighborhood as well as visitors from all over the globe. The menu offers a wide variety of selections to savor or share with friends. The expansive patio is the perfect location for alfresco dining and an amazing vantage point to capture the activity of this vibrant area.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Del Frisco's
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/17/2014
 2006
Dined on 6/17/2014
 2006
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"So our order of appetizers for lunch too nearly 25 minutes. Huh? Ridiculous. We love the tuna tacos and deviled eggs a lot so lavished those on ourselves. Finally. Love the lemon cake. Nothing gourmet just good."
Dined on 6/17/2014
 2006
Special Features: great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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Blue Duck Tavern, a contemporary neighborhood restaurant, invites its guests to gather and celebrate in good taste with a menu focusing on the freshest ingredients available from local purveyors and artisans. The menu notes every farm where the main ingredient for the dish was raised before its journey to the table. Dishes are genuine, time-honored and traditional -- slow roasting in wood embers, braising, preserving and smoking techniques bring the true flavors of America's great, simple and wholesome foods to the Blue Duck Tavern. <br /><br />The restaurant has an elegant residential feel through the open staff pantry and kitchen, wood-burning oven and the showpiece Molteni range.<br /><br />*Please note that for diners bringing in wine, a $35 corkage fee (per 750 ml bottle of wine), with a limit of two bottles, will be charged.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Blue Duck IS the BEST in DC
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/11/2014
 2006
Dined on 6/11/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Blue Duck is my favorite restaurant in DC (BLT Steak is second). We were celebrating my great friend's birthday. Our waiter CW was on point and terrific, smart friendly and a delight. Now the food. Absolutely TOP NOTCH. THE BEST AS ALWAYS AND AS EXPECTED. Three of us had the pork main course. Moist, with layers of wonderful subtle tastes. Another had the special swordfish moist and flavorful. Polenta on the side were creamy with a slight pungency. I loved them Fried green tomatoes tangy coating and accompanying aioli with a bit of heat. Love the Pink Cloud drinks a new fav."
Dined on 6/11/2014
 2006
Special Features: romantic, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro and steakhouse. The traditional menu features classics such as the warm Onion Soup Au Gratin, Frisée & Bacon Salad with a soft-poached egg and croutons, Roast Chicken grand-mère style with mushrooms, bacon and pearl onions, as well as the trademark Steak Frites. At lunch, we offer lighter fare including crepes, quiches and seasonal salads. Come in Saturday and Sunday for our weekend brunch, featuring a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar!<br />To complement the cuisine, an extensive selection of over 80 boutique French wine varietals are served by the glass or bottle from our signature rolling wine cart.<br />Please Note: Reservations are taken for indoor seating only. Outdoor seating is available on first-come, first-serve bases.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Mon Ami Gabi est Mon Ami
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/08/2014
 2006
Dined on 6/08/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"What does this chef do to bacon? So fabulous infused with dates and brown sugar. What? I asked for it on my eggs benedict and it made the dish even more perfect. My dining partner had the croque mousieur and enjoyed it."
Dined on 6/08/2014
 2006
Special Features: great for brunch
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Four years after Celebrity Chef Art Smith opened Art and Soul, the Capitol Hill restaurant underwent a refresh and re-opened in late February 2013. In addition to beautiful herringbone wood floors, textured walls, and unique artwork, you'll also enjoy an exciting new menu. Our approach is driven by our chefs’ Southern roots. We serve simple honest food and partner with like-minded farmers, artisans and growers to provide products that are sustainably and responsibly sourced, whenever possible. <br /><br />With celebrated two-time James Beard award winning Chef Art Smith as chef/owner, this Capitol Hill restaurant has received national and local acclaim for its "Food for the Soul" - modern regional cuisine with southern accents.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Tasty Art and Soul
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/29/2014
 2006
Dined on 4/29/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We had the pork sandwiches which were tender and tasty. The third friend had the chicken salad which she liked quite a bit. The food is always very good at A and S. Never have had anything that was not wonderfully tasty with distinct layers of flavors. Staff work has improved steadily over the last year which shows that some real training and managing has occurred. Much appreciated. New décor as of last year is much warmer and attractive. Love the bean wall. Very gracious hostess."
Dined on 4/29/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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The Source is the first fine dining restaurant in the nation’s capital headlined by Master Chef Wolfgang Puck. Designed by EDG, the three-level restaurant is the signature dining experience at the Newseum, an interactive museum of news. The Source offers two distinct dining experiences as well as a private room located on the lower level that seats up to 40 guests. The ground floor bar and lounge where guests enter offers approachable dining in a casual setting and features a traditional Japanese Izakaya menu offering sushi, sashimi, noodle dishes and authentic "Robata" grilled dishes. Upstairs, guests can enjoy a menu that features Puck’s modern take on Asian cuisine. The Source is the recipient of many awards and accolades including #3 ranking on Washingtonian Magazine's "Top 100 Restaurants" list, "2008 New Restaurant of the Year" Award and "2008 Restaurant of the Year" from DC Magazine plus has received three stars from Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Always The Source
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/25/2014
 2006
Dined on 4/25/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Had the Maryland crab blt with great friends who had the fried rice and rockfish. Chef sent over those amazing tuna cones for amuse bouche and of course the string beans and walnuts with sesame and soy. I LOVE THE SOURCE for lunch, dinner and always for drinks after work."
Dined on 4/25/2014
 2006
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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