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    December 12, 2014
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    March 29, 2015
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Dino's Grotto is a reflection of Chef/Owner Dean Gold’s passion for the simple foods he loves when dining at small family owned restaurants off the beaten path in Italy. Food made with ingredients that are responsibly farmed & fished, sustainable & traditional. Foods that reflect a culture, place & time. <br /><br />Come taste the difference our passion makes! <br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Broad menu, consistent execution
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/28/2015
 2007
Dined on 3/28/2015
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"This was my third visit to Dino's Grotto, and on each visit I have ordered different appetizers and main dishes. (This is not hard to do; the menu is much broader than those at similarly-sized establishments nearby, and it changes regularly). I again found my dinner extremely satisfying. For those such as myself who are partial to strong, oily fishes, the grilled sardine appetizer was a real treat. My main course was a flavorful, and hugely portioned, pork sausage; one of the accompaniments, a bean and barley dish, worked quite well, but I found the second, broccoli rabe, too acidic. Dessert was essentially a nutella-flavored pudding, which was very nice but served in such a large portion that I couldn't finish it. As my descriptions suggest, those who are displeased by the proliferation of small-plates establishments on 14th St. can head five blocks east to Dino's and be assured that they will get a substantial meal at reasonable prices.
The restaurant is located in a narrow townhouse. There is little to absorb sound and the room gets noisy when full."
Dined on 3/28/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Cork Wine Bar is the creation of Logan Circle residents Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts. Their dream in creating Cork was to open a welcoming space in their neighborhood for people to come with their friends and family to try outstanding wines, often from unexplored regions of the world, paired with good, simple, local food. Cork offers at least 50 wines by the glass and 250 bottles from small producers around the world. Cork is an affordable, casually elegant place that demystifies the world of wine by giving you real descriptions of what you are drinking, flights of wine so you can explore different regions and varietals, and suggestions for pairing our wines with our offerings of small plates and plates to share. We created Cork because we wanted to share our love of delicious food and wine with our community in a comfortable atmosphere where the wine and food can be appreciated by everyone.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Simpler Is Better
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/22/2015
 2007
Dined on 3/22/2015
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"During my most recent visit to Cork, the most satisfying dishes were the simplest: an avocado flatbread that has been on the menu since the restaurant opened (two or three head chefs ago), french fries, and an apple crisp. While there were no misfires among my remaining dishes, results varied -- a grilled mackerel was successful, but was a layering of different types of strong flavors; in a roasted eggplant flatbread, the taste of the headline component was overwhelmed by the goat feta; and while the meat in my pan-roasted chicken was prepared excellently, the accompanying swiss chard lacked much flavor or character.
The "wine flights" at dinner continue to be intriguing, and a definite selling point of the restaurant. So is the service. As with nearly all of our recent visits, our server was cheerful, helpful, and knowledgeable. I certainly hope the management encourages such proficiency by providing its employees with good-paying jobs."
Dined on 3/22/2015
 2007
Special Features: notable wine list
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The lifestyle and food culture celebrated on an estancia, a large South American vineyard estate, is the inspiration for Victor Albisu’s flagship restaurant in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The airy, 174-seat agrarian space is home to a meat-driven, wine-centric menu that is a product of Albisu’s Latin American roots and travels throughout Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Specialists in Grilling
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/03/2015
 2007
Dined on 3/03/2015
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Our second visit to Del Campo (after a 13-month absence) indicated that the restaurant continues to offer excellent food, albeit at premium prices. My short ribs were impeccably prepared and flavorful and the empanadas I had for an appetizer were also excellent. My "grilled carrot cake" dessert was satisfying, if odd -- the grilled carrot was perched on top of something with a texture and flavor more closely resembling toffee pudding than carrot cake.
I appreciate that the hostess moved us to a quieter part of the room (away from the bar) upon request. Our server was responsive and efficient enough, but tried way too hard to promote the wine special when it was clear we were more interested in the cocktails (which were outstanding). I enjoyed being able to pay our check through the Open Table app."
Dined on 3/03/2015
 2007
Special Features: fit for foodies
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TICO, an affectionate name for a local in Costa Rica, is gently influenced by chef/owner Michael Schlow’s travels to Spain, Mexico and Latin America, and was named one of the “Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire magazine. The rustic space evokes a sense of communal dining with smaller, tapas-style options to share, offering whimsical dishes that creatively blend flavors from all over the world. TICO has a playful, inviting vibe as it boasts an open kitchen with six stools at the ceviche bar to observe the behind-the-scenes action. TICO offers an extensive beverage program including draft and craft cocktails, local breweries and wines from Central and South American, Spain and the US.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Better for food than conversation
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/14/2015
 2007
Dined on 3/14/2015
 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
"The first time I ate at Tico, we were seated near the bar. I recall good food and an overly high noise level. So my hopes of an atmosphere more conducive to conversation were heightened when we were seated at the side opposite the bar on our last visit.
No such luck. At least when the place is full, just about all parts of it appear to be equally noisy. (An at times overly exuberant -- and certainly well-lubricated -- Saturday night clientele did not help.) As a result, conversation was difficult -- even though we were just a part y of two.
When we could hear each other, our comments about the food were positive. As on my prior visit, Tico's Latin-influenced, but not exactly authentic, small plates were very well prepared. And, as on my prior visit, the best dish I had featured tongue (and the two preparations were nothing alike). Although Tico shares with many small plate establishments a tendency to make dishes intended for sharing hard to share -- one of our plates came in a portion of three, another in a portion of five."
Dined on 3/14/2015
 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
More than soups
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2007
Dined on 2/14/2015
 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
"I regularly visit DC Noodle notwithstanding that the dining area is generally noisy and almost always uncomfortable, with diners placed on backless benches or high stools. But it is a reliable purveyor of high-quality, moderately priced noodle soups. During my last visit, I decided to try a special, which visually looked like a Italian pasta dish (tagliatelle, cheese, meat ragu) but contained numerous distinctly Thai seasonings. While the pasta quality was not what one would expect at a top Italian restaurant, the dish was successful and satisfying, and proved to be an excellent value."
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Matchbox offers fresh American inspired food and drink in a modern and eco-friendly setting. Our menu includes brick oven pizza, miniburgers, fresh seafood, and a fantastic brunch. Guests can dine on our outdoor patio in nice weather. As the winner of best new restaurant, Matchbox takes brick oven pizzas to a new level.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Successful formula
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/16/2015
 2007
Dined on 2/16/2015
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The Washington Post recently reported that the Matchbox chain of restaurants is expanding beyond the DC area into South Florida. One can understand why: the restaurant has a successful formula, and executes it successfully. While a restaurant executive stated in the article that the chain wants to be known as something other than a purveyor of sliders, burgers, and pizza, I have ordered some combination of these during every every visit to a Matchbox restaurant for dinner, including my most recent one, and have yet to be disappointed. (Desserts are also good, and there is a very nice beer selection.) My sound rating reflects a Monday evening visit during a snowstorm when patronage was much lower than normal."
Dined on 2/16/2015
 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 
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
4 / 3
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
4 / 3
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
4 / 3
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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