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    October 13, 2014
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    January 29, 2015
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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 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Bistro for Every Taste
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/24/2015
 2007
Dined on 1/24/2015
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"In our last visit, Central again succeeded in the role as a "bistro" that manages to satisfy all tastes. The dedicated meat eater, the individual who never eats meat out, and the diner who wants a three-course meal that is not overly heavy all found something to please them. Food preparation is consistently very good, although relatively few entrees dazzle. My main dish was crispy scallops -- which by themselves were excellent -- but the accompanying vegetables (particularly the bok choy) did not seem to add much to the dish. The restaurant's best showing tends to be in desserts -- our lemon "eggceptional" was clever enough to demand to be photographed, well executed, and satisfying (at least to those of us who like tart flavors).
Ambience varies. Some of the areas at the front of the dining room are noisy and cramped. We had the good fortune to be seated near the back -- adjacent to the wine collection and the pork room. It was less clamorous and offered a good view of the open kitchen."
Dined on 1/24/2015
 2007
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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 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
First rate brunch
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/11/2015
 2007
Dined on 1/11/2015
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Having had several successful dinners at Le Diplomate, we were eager to try brunch there. Everyone in our group was quite pleased. Some of the successes were predictable: the same great bread basket served with dinner, a very successful pastry selection, and professional, attentive service. There were also some pleasant surprises. My lamb sandwich had excellent flavor (and, of course, bread) and was accompanied by a mound of classic crispy frites. It was a very good value at $16. Another pleasant surprise was that our party of four was seated in the main room and had no trouble hearing each other-- something that has not always been the case in prior visits."
Dined on 1/11/2015
 2007
Special Features: great for brunch, hot spot, fit for foodies
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8407 kitchen bar in downtown Silver Spring is a welcoming oasis of comfort and casual sophistication. From the sleek and stylish bar/lounge on the ground floor to the warm and rustic charm of the light-filled second floor dining room. 8407 offers something to please all moods and tastes.<br /><br />Executive Chef Justin Bittner's artisanal American menu features house made charcuterie, fresh, seasonal, locally sourced produce, meat and game as well as sustainable seafood. Pastry chef Rita Garruba's desserts end the meal on the perfect grace note. The dining experience is welcoming with knowledgeable service in a warm and approachable atmosphere. <br /><br />Not to be missed: Sunday Brunch, and Wine Lover's Mondays (exclusive 1/2 priced wine bottle selections for diners).
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Not as tasty as picture
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/14/2014
 2007
Dined on 12/14/2014
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"8407 Kitchen Bar has active Facebook and Twitter feeds filled with pictures of appetizing dishes. When we dined there, we found much of the food was more impressive to behold than to eat.
My most successful course was some chorizo from the bar menu -- here the looks matched the taste. (Our party generally had more successful experiences ordering from the bar menu than the restaurant menu; generally, the most complex dishes were the least successful.)
Then came my pork chop, which looked impressive. But it didn't have very much taste. And, for visual impact, the adobo sauce was spread on the rice, which didn't need it, rather than the chop, which could have used the zip.
Dessert selections were pedestrian (nothing at all with fruit). My chocolate cake wasn't bad, but didn't warrant the calorie intake.
The restaurant features a claustrophobic entrance and a weird dining room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking what one day is supposed to be a bus garage -- not exactly a view to remember."
Dined on 12/14/2014
 2007
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Bar Pilar located in the heart of the 14th street corridor has been a staple in the neighborhood for the last nine years. The restaurant and bar has a fresh approach to dining and cocktails. Our eclectic menu is inspired by local farms and New American cuisine with a focus on fresh, seasonal, and local produce. The simple yet adventurous dishes satisfy a wide range of palates and add a unique touch to the neighborhood.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
A Different World Upstairs
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/20/2014
 2007
Dined on 12/20/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Bar Pilar has been a neighborhood establishment for several years. For most of that time, it has been a small, noisy, and crowded bar that has served food. The bar is still there -- and a noisy and crowded as ever -- but this was our first trip to the upstairs dining room. It's less crowded and -- at least in our seats along the front (west) wall -- not noisy at all.
The food and drink we had were both first-rate. The fried-chicken sliders could be habit forming. Brussels sprouts with fish sauce was an unlikely sounding combination that worked quite successfully. I also enjoyed my rigatoni with rabbit and the buttermilk pie I had for dessert.
Service was fine, although several months earlier, when we used a now-defunct online reservations service, we did not learn until we arrived that the restaurant cancelled our reservations without attempting to inform us in advance."
Dined on 12/20/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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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
Maintains high standards
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/29/2014
 2007
Dined on 11/29/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Our most recent visit to Central after an absence of two years demonstrated that the restaurant continues to maintain high standards. The Americanized French bistro food continues to be very well prepared; portion sizes veer much more towards the American than the European. My appetizer salad -- replete with plenty of dressing and bacon, certainly tasted good, but was neither light nor healthy; the same can be said for Central's very distinctive (and quite delicious) fried chicken dish. And, for true decadence, our table of four split the "Celebration" dessert. Brought to the table with a sparkler, it features a chocolate shell covering cake, whipped cream, and ice cream. It's for the spirit of the six-year old, albeit requiring the pocketbook of someone middle aged."
Dined on 11/29/2014
 2007
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'Too much is so good, you can't stop eating it. The tandoor-baked breads are not mere swabs for sauce but could be eaten, and enjoyed, on their own; the naan with cilantro and rock salt is terrific, as is the kulcha richly stuffed with minced lamb. Masala Art offers combinations you don't see often around here, but even its more familiar dishes can be revelations. Consider its samosas. They're flakier than a lot of the competition, and their filling of peas, potatoes and sweet raisins tastes fresher, too. A burst of cardamom in every bite helps. In the same vein, soft logs of minced lamb pulse with heat from jalapeno peppers, a shock offset with breezy mint. Pureed spinach is a vibrant green, flecked with corn and rich with garlic...' - WashingtonPost.com
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Consistently pleasing
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/22/2014
 2007
Dined on 11/22/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We dine at Masala Art frequently and are consistently pleased with the food quality and value. Vegetarian items are a particular strength. Recent main courses we ordered for the first time -- and would be happy to order again -- include one with spinach and corn, and another with cheese cubes filled with prunes in a rich, spicy, sauce. (Trust me, it tastes much better than it may sound.)"
Dined on 11/22/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Rustico is the quintessential neighborhood pub in the heart of Ballston in Arlington, Virginia. The menu features seasonal, hearty American fare from a wood-fired oven and grill, including pizzas and rotisserie meats, along with other rustic cuisine using the freshest local ingredients available. There"s also no mistaking Rustico's love for barley & hops! The bar's focal point is a custom galvanized bar with 40 brilliant taps book-ended by two massive coolers holding more than 400 different types of ales, lagers, ciders and stouts.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
More than pizza
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/23/2014
 2007
Dined on 11/23/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Although the pizzas are the featured dishes at Rustico -- and look quite appetizing -- I have always had good experiences with the other menu items. My pork chop was well prepared and well matched with a veggie hash. The beer list is excellent."
Dined on 11/23/2014
 2007
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The inspiration behind Mala Tang is Sichuan Master Chef Liu Chaosheng’s hometown of Chengdu. Here you'll find the streets filled with diners sitting at tables gathering around bubbling hot pots, in which dozens of dried chilies bob up and down in an oily red broth. <br /><br />The hot pot itself is a pan that sits on a portable burner, surrounded by an array of small plates piled high with fresh ingredients. Guests select pieces of food and drop them into the broth to cook, and then dip them into delicious sauces. <br /><br />For the main hot pot course, Mala Tang serves a variety of proteins including chicken, lamb, all-natural beef, and fresh seafood; starches such as sweet potato noodles, and a plethora of vegetables ranging from bok choy to lotus roots. Those who are "afraid of the chili heat," as the Chengdu locals jokingly warn incoming travelers, can tone down the mala flavor with a mild version of the cooking broth.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Now they'll do the cooking
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/30/2014
 2007
Dined on 11/30/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"My spouse has always been partial to the hot pots during our prior visits to Mala Tang. I, on the other hand, have never been a big fan of doing my own food preparation while dining out. During our most recent visit, I received a pleasant surprise: dry pots! With these, instead of dipping food into the hot broth and waiting for it to cook, the restaurant does the preparation with ingredients of the diner's choosing. It's a nice, spicy meal with good quality ingredients."
Dined on 11/30/2014
 2007
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Ghibellina is an Italian Gastro Pub brought to you by the owner of Acqua al 2, Ari Gejdenson, and his Mindful Restaurants team. The inspiration behind this project was drawn from his days living in Florence. On a daily basis, he would eat lunch at his favorite Trattoria, Fiaschetteria Trattoria Mario, and fell in love with the idea of creating a comfortable place where diners feel at home every time they walk through the door. The name is derived from the street, Via Ghibellina, where he and Ralph Lee, childhood friend and partner in Ghibellina, shared an apartment. The two made the walk from one end of the via to Ari’s American Diner on a daily basis to serve American food to students and locals alike. Executive Chef, Jonathan Copeland, has teamed up with this duo and has matched their passion and dedication to executing an authentic Tuscan menu in the heart of the 14th street Corridor.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Good food in the back
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/07/2014
 2007
Dined on 12/07/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"While those peering into the plate glass windows on 14th St. might perceive of Ghibellina as crowded bar, we had an excellent dining experience there. (The dining room, way back near the open kitchen, is also a good deal less clamorous than the front bar area.) While everything we ordered was of high quality, a salad with beet and farro was exceptional. The pizzas have excellent crusts and toppings."
Dined on 12/07/2014
 2007
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DC Noodles Simple Fast & Fresh Over 40 noodle dishes Delivery, Take-Out, Dining
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Name Says It All
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/23/2014
 2007
Dined on 10/23/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"One goes to DC Noodles to eat -- noodle dishes. I'm a regular customer, and during my most recent visit had a special which featured noodles, curry, and beef. As is invariably the case, the dish was satisfying and reasonably priced. (Also, as is usually the case, the noodles were much better prepared than the meat therein.) This is not the most comfortable place to dine -- seating is on backless benches and stools. But it's not a place designed for a leisurely evening. The room can get quite noisy."
Dined on 10/23/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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