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Named for Barcelona's renowned food market, El Mercado de la Boqueria, Boqueria Washington, D.C.<br />features a seasonal ingredient-driven menu of expertly prepared tapas and regional Spanish cuisine under the direction of Barcelona native, chef Marc Vidal. Located on the corner of 19th and M, Boqueria offers residents and visitors of Washington D.C.'s bustling Dupont Circle neighborhood a taste of Barcelona. The restaurant is designed as a contemporary vision of<br />Barcelona's famed tapas bars and replicates the same look, feel, and flavor as its counterparts in New York City's Flatiron and Soho neighborhoods. In addition to the main dining room, Boqueria offers a private dining room as well as two semi-private dining areas and a seasonal outdoor patio.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Most consistent feature is noise
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/22/2014
 2007
Dined on 7/22/2014
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"One can construct a very good meal at Boqueria, but it was not clear after our visit exactly how. The food was highly inconsistent; a potato dish was quite good but spinach was lackluster. Similarly, an octopus special shined, but shrimp -- usually much simpler to prepare -- did not taste fresh. Opening salami was quite good; the closing churro a bit tough. Boqueria does an excellent happy hour business, but most of the din from the bar was audible in the dining room and conversation was quite difficult. The service staff treated our party extremely well."
Dined on 7/22/2014
 2007
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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Located in the heart of Providence's Federal Hill, Siena - Providence was opened in 2005 and features authentic Tuscan cuisine in a warm and lively atmosphere.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Traditional Setting, Fresh Food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/30/2014
 2007
Dined on 6/30/2014
 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
"I'm occasionally wary of patronizing Italian restaurants in "Little Italy" neighborhoods -- the selections and preparations are too often those I had in a child in the 1960s. This wasn't a problem at Siena, where we had our best meal during a 3-day stay in Rhode Island. The place features good ingredients, good recipes, and good preparations. My meal of fried calamari, followed by a chicken entree, was delicious, filling, and a good value. Service was pleasant, the decor not memorable."
Dined on 6/30/2014
 2007
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Red Stripe is a traditional brasserie with an edge. Classic, and unique. Red Stripe has the distinction of being upscale yet relaxed, where you will find people from all walks of life enjoying their dining experience. Red Stripe serves comfort food with a French influence – simple in context, yet refined in taste. Food that is reasonably priced and made with passion! Come try one of our originals – like the mouth watering Red Stripe Grilled Cheese, made with prosciutto, poached pear and basil; accompanied by our oven roasted tomato soup or hand cut frites and aioli (surely unlike any grilled cheese you’ve had before) or our wide selection of moules (ten to be exact!) always a house favorite!<br />Red Stripe is located on the East Side of Providence in bustling Wayland Square and was recently awarded “Best Neighborhood Restaurant” by Rhode Island Monthly.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Decent Neighborhood Establishment
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/29/2014
 2007
Dined on 6/29/2014
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"During a visit to Providence, Red Stripe was recommended by several sources. We emerged underwhelmed. Individual items are well prepared, but dinner combinations can be misguided. My duck confit was very well prepared, as was the accompanying mushroom risotto. But the two dishes did not belong together, and there was certainly no reason for the restaurant to put the arugula "salad" directly on top of the risotto. Moreover, the dish seemed better suited to December than June. The restaurant was noisy, our seats were cramped, and we were not provided the bread service other patrons received."
Dined on 6/29/2014
 2007
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New Orleans speakeasy meets European bistro, serving unique renditions of Mid-Atlantic, Southern, and European comfort foods.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Not Sitting Pretty
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/14/2014
 2007
Dined on 6/14/2014
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Unfortunately, the most memorable part of my initial visit to 1905 was the seating -- some of the most uncomfortable I've ever encountered in a restaurant. About half the seating in the room is on benches running lengthwise on either side which are not cushioned and far too narrow. A shame, because the room is otherwise furnished nicely. The food was respectable. My black bean hummus, served with toast, had little taste and should not have been presented chilled. A catfish main course was more successful, but the accompanying hush puppies were too dense."
Dined on 6/14/2014
 2007
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Mandu's newest location, opened Jan 2011, is located at the City Vista building in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Mandu opened on 18th St. in the fall of 2006 by Chef Yesoon Lee and her two children, Jean and Danny. Chef Lee presides over the kitchen making sure that the recipes and dishes taste as she was originally taught being raised in Seoul. Her specialty is creating homestyle Korean dishes that one would enjoy in her own kitchen. Jean and Danny run the operations and service, providing a fun and energetic environment that offers the comfort and ease of a neighborhood restaurant.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Accessible Korean
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/06/2014
 2007
Dined on 6/06/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Mandu's K Street location is louder and trendier looking than the 18th St. location, but both restaurants appear to desire to take the mystique out of Korean food. In a city where Koreans are ubiquitous, the servers are overwhelmingly non-Asian, and happy to explain a menu that focuses on well-prepared, if not especially exotic, grilled meats. Banchan are satisfying, if skewing towards the conventional. I can't vouch for the authenticity of the result, but it yields satisfying meals."
Dined on 6/06/2014
 2007
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Fiola Mare offering world-class dining and hospitality complete with an enchanting view of the Potomac River. Evoking the seaside dining experience found along the coasts of Italy and the Mediterranean, Fiola Mare specializes in the freshest, most pristine seafood prepared with elegant simplicity through delicate and subtle additions of color, flavor and texture. Fiola Mare is a place to enjoy the highest quality fish and shellfish, paired with the finest hospitality and service in the city in a picturesque environment.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Exceptional experience
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/11/2014
 2007
Dined on 6/11/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Fiola Mare's menu prices may suggest an intimate, plush establishment. The room is certainly striking but also huge and bustling. Still, the food lives up to both the hype and the expense. Flavors -- including crab in the salad, shrimp in the main dish, and lemon in the dessert -- are intense, combinations are well-conceived, and the pasta is extraordinary. Service is gracious and knowledgeable. Prices are very high, but the experience is worth it."
Dined on 6/11/2014
 2007
Special Features: fit for foodies
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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, 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
Nice return to the USA
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/03/2014
 2007
Dined on 5/03/2014
 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
"Having spent the better part of the week in Switzerland (where I predominantly ate Asian food that was overpriced and underseasoned), I was eager for good old-fashioned American food upon my arrival back home. Since I've eaten pastrami and corned beef sandwiches regularly since I was a child, DGS provided just what I was seeking. My pastrami sandwich was first-rate, as has been the case in prior visits."
Dined on 5/03/2014
 2007
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ROGUE 24 is a 52-seat urban restaurant. Nouveau American cuisine. Anticipate 3 hours for dining experience. Under the creative vision and direction of James Beard Award Winner Chef/Owner RJ Cooper, guests will experience a series of whimsical, playful dishes paired with our cutting edge beverage program. Please inform us within 72 hours prior to reservation date with exact allergies and dietary restrictions. We can accommodate vegan diets with 7 days notice, BUT THERE IS A STRICT 7 DAY CANCELATION POLICY DUE TO THE NATURE AND SPECIFICITY A VEGAN MENU. <br /><br />SpiritsBar at Rogue 24 is an interactive 4 stool cocktail collaboration between Chef/Owner RJ Cooper and Chef-Tender Bryan Tetorakis. Experience the 4x4, 4 cocktails/4 bites of modern cocktails and bar bites. Anticipate dining experience at the bar to be 1.5 hours. <br /><br />2 bottle maximum for personal wine/750ml. Magnums = 2 bottles. cf = $35/bottle.<br /><br />General Manager/Wine Director Malia Milstead<br />
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Culinary Tour de Force
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/22/2014
 2007
Dined on 4/22/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Rogue 24 is not for everyone. Our dinner there lasted over three hours, entailed 24 courses, took over three hours, and featured a tip from the chef-owner who, after setting in front of us some chopped snail bits on a leaf, advised us to "roll it like a joint."
Many of the dishes at Rogue 24 feature components or preparations that are variously obscure, counterintuitive, or even downright unappetizing (puffs with "government cheese"). Yet every single dish we had was successful -- no extraneous ingredients or clashing flavors. And many of the dishes succeeded spectacularly.
For those interested in food, the unique preparations, the dining space that also serves as the kitchen, and a highly capable staff make for a memorable evening.
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Dined on 4/22/2014
 2007
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies
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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
Another Good Vegetarian Meal
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/13/2014
 2007
Dined on 4/13/2014
 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
"We have been to Masala Art numerous times and it is consistently pleasing. Very good food quality, particularly with vegetarian dishes, at reasonable prices. The dining area and service are a cut above what one typically finds at a neighborhood Indian restaurant."
Dined on 4/13/2014
 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 
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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