otberbur
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    July 12, 2014
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    October 13, 2014
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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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Waterfront location to open soon!! - '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, B-Wisconsin Avenue, NW location.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
As Good as the Original
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/28/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/28/2014
 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
"We have had many satisfying meals at the original location of Masala Art in Tenleytown and wondered how the new location in Southwest would compare. We were quite pleased. The room is a good deal more spacious and attractively decorated then the Tenleytown location, and the staff is not 100 percent Indian. As for the food: the menu and preparations differ somewhat, and although the food struck as perhaps less aggressively spiced than in Tenleytown, it is still very satisfying and vegetarian options are numerous and excellent. This is a very gratifying addition to a neighborhood not known for quality dining spots."
Dined on 9/28/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Inspired to create a casual Italian restaurant in their own neighborhood, the culinary team behind Washington, DC’s award-winning Ristorante Tosca opened the doors to Posto, “a modern Italian place to meet,” in December 2008. It is located in a beautiful, century-old building (which at one time was a car dealership!) on the newly re-energized 14th St. NW – right next door to The Studio Theater, and just steps away from P St. and its hubbub of activity. As a proud new addition to the Logan Circle neighborhood, Posto serves classic and modern Italian dishes, and is the perfect place to drop in for a cocktail and a quick bite, or a multi-course meal shared with friends. A custom-built, wood-burning oven located in the back of the dining room entices guests with the smells of just-baked Neapolitan style pizzas and focaccia.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Still a Star
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/24/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/24/2014
 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
"We had not visited Posto in a year, partially because we had wanted to try some of the new establishments on 14th Streets. While these new establishments have many virtues, our return to Posto indicated that it is still a star. Every course was very well prepared, and pastas continue to be a particular strength; my ravioli with squash filling was outstanding. A chocolate cake-brownie with chocolate gelato was nicely sized and contained enough different flavor profiles not to be monotonous. Service is professional and there is a good selection of wines by the glass."
Dined on 9/24/2014
 2007
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Internationally acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval combines traditional culinary techniques with fresh, high quality ingredients to create authentic Mexican comfort food at El Centro D.F. Designed to reflect the bustling street shops and colorful rituals of everyday life in Mexico, the restaurant is comprised of three distinct dining spaces all under one roof. The Taqueria features a casual atmosphere where a lively open kitchen serves authentic favorites. The Tequileria allows guests to dine or lounge as mixologists craft Latin cocktails from 200 Tequilas & Mezcals. Along the rooftop guests raise a glass at two open-air bars. Warm, Latin-inspired service and welcoming hospitality will round out your experience.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Enjoyable, but not fine, dining
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/26/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/26/2014
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The 14th Street area has upscale Latin restaurants and tacquerias. El Centro DF falls somewhere in between. Our food was prepared capably but had no real flare. The tortilla chips were pedestrian, and guacamole of "medium" spiciness packed no discernible heat. My main dish -- a casserole of pork and what could be described as Mexican polenta -- was satisfying and extremely filling, but not especially memorable. The margaritas, by contrast, are excellent -- and quite strong. Service was pleasant. We were seated downstairs, which is less boisterous than the front room but not especially quiet. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the evening."
Dined on 9/26/2014
 2007
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From the talents behind Proof, Estadio recently debuted on trendy 14th St NW, above Logan Circle. According to blog.zagat.com 'offering contemporary takes on regional classics in pintxos, tapas and entree-sized portions, along with sandwiches on housemade bread, all washed down by Iberian wines (many under $10 a glass) and frozen alcoholic slushies; the über-stylish setting incorporates decorative wrought iron, reclaimed timber, colorful tiles and themed murals, with seating at a large concrete bar, a marble counter facing the open kitchen and window-side tables perfect for scoping the vibrant street scene.'
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Consistent excellence
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/01/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/01/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"For the third consecutive Labor Day, we had dinner at Estadio. And for the third consecutive Labor Day, we had an excellent meal. Our party of four must have ordered 12-15 small plates. Every single one -- meat, vegetable, sandwich, omelet, cured meats, and dessert -- hit the mark. Not only is the range of tapas impressive, so is the consistency of preparation -- something I have not experienced in several recent meals at other highly regarded DC Latin small plates establishments. The cocktails are always a highlight here. And while the restaurant is not really quiet, it is one of the few on 14th St. where one can easily hear conversation at a table of four even when the establishment is full."
Dined on 9/01/2014
 2007
Special Features: notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Modern American neighborhood restaurant with an emphasis on French, Caribbean, Latin & Asian flavors. Our plates are designed to be shared or not.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Fine Neighborhood Addition
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/26/2014
 2007
Dined on 8/26/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Unlike 11th St. in Columbia Heights four blocks to the west, Georgia Ave. between Howard University and Petworth does not yet offer much in the way of dining options -- other than Mothership. The food here is a good deal better than it needs to be for a neighborhood hangout thanks to chef-owner Stephan Boilon (who was bartending the night we visited). This was my third visit to the restaurant and the cuisine has consistently been creative, well-prepared, and unpretentious. The joint was hopping the night we visited -- with an interesting cross-section of people -- notwithstanding that it was a Tuesday in late August. Service, while friendly, was a bit more slowly paced than we would have preferred."
Dined on 8/26/2014
 2007
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
Consistently Delightful
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/23/2014
 2007
Dined on 8/23/2014
 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
"We treated some friends to dinner at La Diplomate to thank them for a favor they had provided. It was a wise choice. Everyone enjoyed their food. My warm shrimp salad had properly dressed greens and some of the best tasting shrimp I've had in several years. The fries in my steak frites were exceptional, although the steak itself, while properly prepared, could have had more flavor. A lemon tart provided a pleasant ending and the bread basket, as in previous visits, was first rate. Service was courteous and timely without being hovering or overbearing. And, as usual, the dining area was quite noisy."
Dined on 8/23/2014
 2007
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Jaleo brings alive the spirit and flavors of Spain with a menu reflecting the rich regional diversity of classical and contemporary Spanish cuisine, under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés. Jaleo offers an impressive assortment of tapas, the traditional small dishes of Spain, as well as savory paellas, superb sangrias and a fine selection of Spanish wines and Sherries in a festive, casual atmosphere.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Successful group dinner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/17/2014
 2007
Dined on 8/17/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Our group of six had a successful dinner at Jaleo. The food quality was very good overall, but some dishes out shined others. My most successful dish involved the least cooking: Serrano ham wrapped around thin slices of cantaloupe, with what tasted like tiny bacon bits sprinkled on top. By contrast, rabbit confit with apricot sauce was tougher than it should have been and didn't much resemble a confit. Very popular at our table was a dish not particularly Spanish -- sliders. Meal was lengthy and oddly paced; this may have been due to the fact we did not order off the Restaurant Week menu."
Dined on 8/17/2014
 2007
Special Features: good for groups
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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
Consistent Crowd Pleaser
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/10/2014
 2007
Dined on 8/10/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"On my most recent visit to Matchbox, I ordered what I had during most of my prior visits -- beer, sliders, and a shared pizza. All were enjoyable to eat, as they were in the past, although their execution underscores that the kitchen's forte is consistency, rather than culinary innovation. We would have been happier if the pizza had been the last thing brought to our table, as we requested, instead of the first."
Dined on 8/10/2014
 2007
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