Matt
Share Matt's profile
 
Facebook Twitter
 
 
 
Matt's Stats
 
  • Review Count
    6
  • Helpfulness Votes
    0
  • First Review
    June 1, 2014
  • Last Review
    August 11, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
    0
  • Average Rating
    4.8
 
 
Matt's Reviews
 
Michel Richard's modern American brasserie,and winner of the 2008 James Beard award for best new restaurant is located on Penn. Ave NW between the White House and the Capitol. We serve Michel's tribute to great American cuisine, both modern and classic, with a French accent. A vibrant bar scene with boutique beer and wines, and modern and classic cocktails.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Central is the best of DC.
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/08/2014
 2003
Dined on 8/08/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"My wife and I had tickets at sunset for the Washington Monument, but wanted to grab dinner before...quick scan of Google Maps, realize that Central is about 1/2-mile walk. Had not been there in many years, but it was just as good as I remembered it, perhaps with some slight improvements to the menu even! Our server was excellent, very responsive without making us feel rushed (even though the place was slammed on a Friday night)...we always split everything to taste everything interesting, and he was very supportive. We feasted upon the beet salad, onion tart, and the lamb shank with spaetzle, and every single dish was spot on. Not really sure how 1 person could finish that humungous lamb shank! Finished with chocolate mousse, yum. :)"
Dined on 8/08/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.
 
Oyamel Cocina Mexicana combines Mexico’s rich regional culinary traditions with modern urban fare. Guests experience an array of antijitos—traditional Mexican snack or small plates—along with authentic tacos, ceviches and an impressive selection of cocktails and tequilas. This is like no Mexican food you have ever experienced. Under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés, Head Chef Colin King takes traditional ingredients and techniques and elevates them to deliver dishes and drinks with exceptional creativity and refinement.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Perfect for supper before theater!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/13/2014
 2003
Dined on 7/13/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"My wife and I love all of José Andrés' restaurants and Oyamel is getting close to replacing Zaytinya as my favorite of all of them! I'm learning after repeated experiences that this is definitely a place to stretch outside of your culinary comfort zone, although I'm still working my way up to the tacos featuring chapulines (sautéed grasshoppers). This time we enjoyed the tuna confit w/ smoked tomato salad, seared scallops over salsa inglesa reduction, masa cakes w/ duck confit, and chipotle albóndigas (meatballs). The winner though was our waitress' dessert recommendation: Chiapas coffee ice cream, milk chocolate-coffee sauce, caramelized bananas, lime gelatin, and Mexican cinnamon shortbread. Will order two next time to avoid a fight!"
Dined on 7/13/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.
 
Surrounded by the warm feeling of a chic and contemporary atmosphere that encourages conversation, Vinifera is an urban sanctuary in one of America's most renowned suburbs. The unique and sophisticated bistro is a place to have your senses invigorated by every aspect of your visit - from the mouth-watering food to the unforgettable service and welcoming environment. With a focus on seasonal, local and organic ingredients, Executive Chef Bo Polker serves globally-influenced New American cuisine for lunch and dinner. A variety of pintxos (one bites), small plates and entrees are available in the intimate bar & lounge area, illuminated dining room and outdoor patio, featuring custom hand-made Hawaiian fire pits. Sommelier Nicole Bernard meticulously pairs our inspired dishes with a variety over 300 wines by the bottle and 30 selections by the glass poured from an Enomatic system behind the bar. <br />Vinifera is more than just a restaurant – it’s a happening experience .
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Perfect for Happy Hour in Reston!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/11/2014
 2003
Dined on 7/11/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Vinifera has become our go-to place for meeting friends from Leesburg for Happy Hour! We meet their relatively early, get lured in by the delicious house red wine special, and then next thing you know we're still hanging out two hours later. What's really fun is that you can create your own cheese board in addition to all of the delicious small plate options they offer. Fun place in an odd location! We'll be back."
Dined on 7/11/2014
 2003
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.
 
Our family at Viet Aroma welcomes you to a taste of Vienna’s authentic Vietnamese cuisine. We take pride in cooking only the freshest and premium ingredients for your ultimate dining experience.<br /><br />Our family chef guarantees satisfaction to all of our health-conscious and savvy patrons, ranging from vegans to meat-lovers. No matter what the occasion calls for or your appetite demands, everyone is guaranteed to have his/her own favorite dish.<br /><br />If you’re new to the city or have yet to have a try, we invite you to join us and indulge in the rich aromas of modern Vietnamese Cuisine. Stop by today and make Viet Aroma your favorite Asian Cuisine in Northern Virginia. We look forward to serving you.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Nice addition to Vienna's scene!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/08/2014
 2003
Dined on 7/08/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Saw the new Viet Aroma restaurant (which replaced a nondescript Asian restaurant) while riding bikes and decided to check it out for dinner. They did a great job refurbishing the old space, which feels pleasant. Ordered our "go-to" items (soup, summer rolls, and shaky beef) to see how they compared to Four Sisters (the gold standard for Vietnamese in DC Metro) am glad to report that Viet Aroma was very good! Pro's are excellent service, nice atmosphere, fresh ingredients, and OpenTable reservations; only real Con was that it's not quite Four Sisters. If you're in Vienna for a show at Jammin Java, Viet Aroma is another excellent choice for a yummy, healthy meal. We will be back."
Dined on 7/08/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.
 
Surrounded by the warm feeling of a chic and contemporary atmosphere that encourages conversation, Vinifera is an urban sanctuary in one of America's most renowned suburbs. The unique and sophisticated bistro is a place to have your senses invigorated by every aspect of your visit - from the mouth-watering food to the unforgettable service and welcoming environment. With a focus on seasonal, local and organic ingredients, Executive Chef Bo Polker serves globally-influenced New American cuisine for lunch and dinner. A variety of pintxos (one bites), small plates and entrees are available in the intimate bar & lounge area, illuminated dining room and outdoor patio, featuring custom hand-made Hawaiian fire pits. Sommelier Nicole Bernard meticulously pairs our inspired dishes with a variety over 300 wines by the bottle and 30 selections by the glass poured from an Enomatic system behind the bar. <br />Vinifera is more than just a restaurant – it’s a happening experience .
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Happy Hour at Vinifera was spot on!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/13/2014
 2003
Dined on 6/13/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"My wife and I wanted to meet some friends for happy hour who were coming from Leesburg and Arlington, so we chose Vinifera due to it's location someplace in between. We do not regret the decision, because the happy hour specials were awesome, and our server was so fun that we stayed beyond the happy hour and ordered more food and drinks and were extremely happy! The place is not the easiest to find, but there is plenty of parking, and you don't feel pressured. We tasted the sliders (tuna, crab, chicken), tuna tartar, and cheese platter, and they were all awesome with the wines our server helped us select. She was also spot on suggesting cheeses! Definitely recommend Vinifera if you're in the area."
Dined on 6/13/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, notable wine list, fit for foodies
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.
 
 Cava Mezze - DC
Cava Mezze - DC
Prepare to indulge in unique Greek-inspired dishes, skillfully crafted by talented Chef Dimitri Moshovitis. All dishes are served mezze style—in small plates, but with portions large enough to share. Cava’s mezze-style dining inspires conversation and laughter at the table. The dim candle-lighting and black and white family photos adorning Cava’s charming brick interior walls creates a welcoming atmosphere. A dining experience at Cava is incomplete without a glass of wine. So pair your meal with one of our upscale, yet affordable wines.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Best. Brunch. Ever.
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/25/2014
 2003
Dined on 5/25/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"It started off as a brunch for 4, and as friends learned we were headed to Cava Mezze in Eastern Market our numbers expanded to 11 for brunch! Since this size of a table seems suboptimal at best, we reserved a 2:00 seating, and were expertly taken care of...thankfully all 11 of us choose the bottomless brunch: $30 unlimited food, penny mimosas, and $2 draft beers and bloody mary’s. We were able to catch up on life, eat, drink, and be merry. The service staff at Cava Mezze are top notch, and we will be back (with a more reasonable party size) -- THANK YOU!!!"
Dined on 5/25/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.