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    December 26, 2013
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    April 10, 2014
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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 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Superb pre-theatre dinner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 04/06/2014
 2010
Dined on 04/06/2014
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I seldom give 5-star overall ratings to restaurants, but Le Diplomate warrants one for a recent Sunday pre-theatre meal. As was the case during every prior visit, the restaurant's bistro offerings, while not showing culinary daring, were executed flawlessly. Each element of each dish (escargot, duck confit, and a napoleon) tasted precisely as it should. And the bread offerings remain exceptional. The service deserves special plaudits. I alerted the staff of when we would need to exit to see a play down the block; our request was received cheerfully and the pacing of the meal was ideal -- something I have found is more the exception than the rule at DC restaurants. If only the play we saw had been as good as our meal . . ."
Dined on 04/06/2014
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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Welcome to Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant & Sushi Bar, rated among the best restaurant in Metro Washington DC. We are pleased to bring you the finest Asian cuisine in town. We serve freshly prepared dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and elsewhere in the Asia. At Banana Leaves, all our ingredients are carefully selected and prepared to the best by our chef. We use some organic fresh vegetables, and with healthy cooking style to serve you delicious, healthy and tasteful meal. Fresh and delicious is our commitment and your satisfaction is our priority.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Moderate Prices in Dupont
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 04/05/2014
 2010
Dined on 04/05/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Banana Leaves has several virtues: (1) Prices are very moderate for the neighborhood, with several entrees available for less than $10; (2) the dining room is pleasant; and (3) the place is seldom crowded. Banana Leaves' menu features items from several Asian cuisines. None is executed with particular distinction (the wontons in my soup were shaped irregularly), or authenticity (the main source of heat in Singapore Rice Noodles is jalapenos rather than curry), but the result is respectable enough -- it's certainly a step above takeout fare. Servers are more engaged than in many nearby Asian restaurants."
Dined on 04/05/2014
 2010
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Authentic, rustic, Italian fare featuring a variety of small plates, house-made charcuteries, breads, cheeses and antipasti. Wood-fired pizzas are also available along with a selection of paninis and salads at lunch, and house-made pastas, whole roasted fish and a premiere selection of meats during dinner.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Another Italian Contender
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/29/2014
 2010
Dined on 03/29/2014
 2010
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
"There would not seem to be pent-up demand for Italian food on 14th Street. Three new Italian restaurants opened on a five-block strip in 2013, There is also another very good Italian establishment on the same strip that has been open several years.
14th Street's newest Italian entry, Lupo Verde, nevertheless proved a worthy contender on our initial visit. It's housed in an old corner rowhouse which is cute -- particularly if one is seated in a bay window -- but also snug. The food was uniformly well prepared and attractvely plated. Lentil soup was warming on a chillyspring night and was robustly seasoned. Lamb ragu was very well matched with a rope-like pasta. A cheese-filled Sardinian turnover for dessert was certainly unique."
Dined on 03/29/2014
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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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
Impeccable Bistro Standards
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/02/2014
 2010
Dined on 02/02/2014
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"My most recent meal at La Diplomate wasn't innovative: shrimp cocktail and steak and frites are hardly new dishes. Nor was I provided innovative preparations. The shrimp cocktail was simply a half dozen huge, full-flavored shrimp on a big bed of ice (with a very nice cocktail sauce). This was followed by a strip of steak in some sauce surrounded by a huge mound of fries. The steak was juicy and beefy; the fries were nice and crisp. So although there was nothing new or creative here, impeccable execution made for a highly satisfying meal (My dessert, a flawless puff pastry with a pear-cream filling, was both satisfying and somewhat novel.)
We dined on Super Bowl Sunday, which meant the place was merely very busy, rather than mobbed.
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Dined on 02/02/2014
 2010
Special Features: hot spot
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DGS Delicatessen features both traditional & modern Jewish cooking in Dupont Circle.<br>Chef Barry Koslow takes inspiration from the classic delicatessen, while pushing the cuisine in a new and exciting direction. DGS offers 8 day house cured pastrami & corned beef, duck fat matzo balls, handmade pierogis, house cured cold smoked salmon.<br>DGS believes that delicatessen, German for good eats, comes from the soul of the old World Jewish kitchen. In that spirit, DGS brines, cures, smokes and pickles everything served on premises.<br>Beverage Director Brian Zipin crafted a beer, wine and cocktail menu amplifying the bold flavors of the delicatessen. <br><br> **Please note: Saturday & Sunday Brunch tables are Walk In only**
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Go-to Place for Pastrami
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/01/2014
 2010
Dined on 02/01/2014
 2010
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
"While DGS Delicatessen has a relatively wide-ranging menu, I keep returning for the pastrami sandwich, by far the best in the area and one of the top examples in the country. Matzo ball soup is quite good, too, with large, fluffy matzo balls and a nicely flavored chicken broth. The french fries and pickle plate I shared with my spouse were very enjoyable as well."
Dined on 02/01/2014
 2010
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When New York Times writer Jan Benzel described the ambiance at Cashion’s Eat Place in 1997 as “funky-elegant,” she was right on the money. That combination, a just-right mixture of laid-back neighborhood conviviality and serious (and seriously good) food, has defined Cashion’s since it opened in 1995. Even now, over a decade after it first welcomed diners, the restaurant remains true to its roots, serving interesting and fresh food in a relaxed way. For the past 18 years, Cashion’s Eat Place has combined refinement and relaxation better than anyone else.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Long-Time Favorite
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 01/11/2014
 2010
Dined on 01/11/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"My spouse and I have fond memories of Cashion's Eat Place: it is where we had our first successful date in 1998. Since then, despite changes in taste, ownership, and the surrounding area, Cashion's has continued to perform at a high level. Food is consistently well prepared without being flashy. This was true at our most recent visit: my gumbo was tasty but pretty routine. A red fish entree had good flavor and texture, showing careful conception and preparation but not great creativity. (The kitchen could have been faster, by the way; dishes were slow in appearing at both our table and those surrounding.) The most creative -- and best -- dish was a citrus cake. As has been the case since the 1990s, portions are sized moderately."
Dined on 01/11/2014
 2010
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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
Better than Chinese for Xmas
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/25/2013
 2010
Dined on 12/25/2013
 2010
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
"After seeing a movie on Christmas afternoon, we opted to have dinner out at an Indian establishment rather than the "customary" Chinese. After all, Washington has far more good Indian than Chinese establishments. Masala Art did not disappoint and we enjoyed our customary order of well-prepared and seasoned vegetarian selections. The establishment had good patronage and service was at the same level as non-holidays."
Dined on 12/25/2013
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Ristorante Tosca offers the finest in contemporary northern Italian cuisine by executive Chef Massimo Fabbri. He interprets Italian cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, using a creative approach that respects the great traditions of Tuscan gastronomy. Tosca combines modern style and elegance to create an intimate and comfortable setting.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
High quality, gracious surroundings
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/14/2013
 2010
Dined on 12/14/2013
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Tosca provides a welcome counterpoint to the many raucous dining rooms downtown. The decor is restrained and neutral. Servers wear white jackets and ties. The noise level, while not hushed, is retrained and conducive to conversation. The food is first rate. Pasta dishes are among the best in the city. The pork tenderloin I had for dinner was more flavorful than this dish often is. Dinner prices can be very high, but a pre-thetre dinner available before 7 pm is priced much more gently and offers adequate selections. We found that we had to ask for it, however, on our most recent visit."
Dined on 12/14/2013
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies
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