otberbur
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    August 27, 2014
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    December 12, 2014
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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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DGS Delicatessen features both traditional & modern Jewish cooking in Dupont Circle.<br>Chef Brian Robinson 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, reubens, handmade pierogis & matzo ball soup, 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
Quality Deli
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/25/2014
 2007
Dined on 10/25/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The chef has changed and the menu has been reorganized (and is less quirky than it once was), but DGS remains our go-to place for deli classics. Excellent pickles, matzo ball soup, and pastrami. Very interesting house-made sodas (there are also several cocktails, which I do not find to be a great match with deli). And it was not too crowded or noisy on a Saturday evening."
Dined on 10/25/2014
 2007
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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
Ecletic Italian
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/01/2014
 2007
Dined on 11/01/2014
 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
"Dino's Grotto specializes in Italian food -- I've had some very nice pasta there, and my latest meal began with a flavorful vegetable soup that was definitely Italian. But for a main course, I decided to order brisket -- something I've eaten all my life, albeit something I've never encountered at an Italian restaurant. It was exceptional -- a flavorful and tender version of a dish it can be difficult to prepare well. With it was a cheesy polenta -- well prepared, but not a natural complement to the brisket. (A veggie side dish my spouse ordered was a better match.) The dining room is plainly furnished with little decoration -- not much to look at, and nothing to absorb the sound when the place is crowded. Service was pleasant."
Dined on 11/01/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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What better place to be, than three blocks from the White House, walking distance from the Mall, across the street from the Warner Theatre, and right in the heart of Downtown? For over 11 years, Chef Geoff's Downtown has happily served Capitol Hill, theatergoers, business brokers, neighborhood friends and D.C. visitors alike with our New American Cuisine. Our expansive menu is designed to please. Enjoy 1/2 Price CG Burgers and $8.95 Pizza Pies during our phenomenal happy hour. Join us every Sunday for Brunch and every Monday for Half Price Wines. We truly have something for everyone and look forward to seeing you soon. Cheers! Chef Geoff
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Good Burger
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/13/2014
 2007
Dined on 10/13/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I've been to Chef Geoff's numerous time, and always found the main virtue of the establishment its central location; food was a secondary concern. Nevertheless, I was very satisfied with my most recent lunch there. I may have ordered a simple burger, but it was the best burger I have had in a restaurant in several months: cooked to the requested degree of doneness, with a solid beefy flavor. My spouse was also pleased with his tuna tacos. The room is attractive, although quite corporate looking, and service was very professional."
Dined on 10/13/2014
 2007
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Bistro Bohem, Washington DC's newest and most lively hangout, is located in the historic U Street/Bloomingdale, just a mile north of the White House. We're unique to the area, offering flavorful Eastern European cuisine in a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere. Sink into our cozy banquettes and chat with friends while enjoying succulent meats, delectable sides, and irresistible desserts.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Solid and Stolid
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/11/2014
 2007
Dined on 10/11/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"For some reason, I have a hankering for Central European food on fall evenings when the weather turns chilly and gloomy. Bistro Bohem satisfied the urge nicely. The restaurant was recently reconfigured so that most of the seating is now in the former cafe, which has an appropriately dark, European ambience at night. The food was generally well prepared -- each of us had a dish with a mushroom sauce (me: pierogies, my spouse: a cauliflower steak) that we thought was exceptional. The fare is also fairly heavy -- but Czech food has never been known for its light touch. And the room was not especially noisy -- unusual for this area."
Dined on 10/11/2014
 2007
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