barmini by José Andrés
barmini by José Andrés

barmini by José Andrés

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://minibarbyjoseandres.com/
  • Phone: (202) 393-4451
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm- 1:00am, Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 9th St NW
  • Parking: Valet
A word from barmini by José Andrés
Cocktails have always been a passion of chef José Andrés. It started over 15 years ago when he created the Salt Air Margarita at Café Atlántico. Today, José pays homage to the golden era of cocktails at barmini by José Andrés, a hub of chef-driven libations that serves as his cocktail lab for all of his restaurants and projects. A pioneer in avant-garde cooking, José's passion is on display at barmini as guests are taken on a whimsical journey of yesteryear via classic cocktails and ingredients. Barmini operates as a true extension of minibar, a learning center where chefs and bartenders collaborate and where heritage meets innovation.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
barmini by José Andrés reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.4
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (58)special occasion (53)hot spot (50)vibrant bar scene (42)late-night find (22)good for groups (19)romantic (18)neighborhood gem (12)notable wine list (8)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Unique experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We got the cocktail flight and they were the most delicious and most unique cocktails I've ever tasted. Peanut rum! Highly recommend The Garener and The Highlander. Such a wonderful combination of flavors. Watching the bartenders was like being in a chemistry lab, they were mixing up the most amazing concoctions with the freshest ingredients! Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, tasty and creative.
    Happy
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    My title says it all. A fun spin on cocktailing. Learning about marrying flavors and how they all come together to create something unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Drinks but an Event!
    steeletime
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My friends and I had an amazing time. Every drink was brilliantly crafted and the waiter was spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be open to suggestions and it'll be great!
    RoadWarriorAZVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    If you're visiting barmini, come prepared to try new things. We had a great time just telling our server some of our likes and dislikes. I definitely got steered toward some things that I would not normally drink, and they were delicious. The bar snacks were spectacular, of course, as they come from minibar! Definitely a special occasion even if you're not celebrating a special occasion. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and different.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Unique cocktail experience. Enjoyed from beginning to end. Review I had read before going summed it up....although the food is just small bites, I have never had such flavor. My favorite cocktail was the whiskey based New York Sour. Bartender helped me decided what drink would be and good follow up to the last one palete-wise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best
    foodlover219VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Barmini has the best drinks, the best food and the best service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Been hearing abouyt thi splace for a while and when I walked in, I was amazed. How beautiful this place is, how friendly the staff, how impressive the cocktails. This is a must do when in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible!!!
    foodie131
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Hands down one of my favorite bar experiences to date. It is not an inexpensive experience, but is worth every penny. I can't speak highly enough of this bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpentableuserVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Interesting experience. Drinks very unique and tasty. Food was okay - a strange bar food take on upscale cuisine. Overall, worth the experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Bar in town...
    Exclusivo
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    If you like nothing but the best service, food and drinks, look no further than BarMini. Only top bar in DC were you can have a conversation without competing with the cheering crowds of a sportsbar or music from a DJ. Top notch all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfectly Quirky
    Trish
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Since my sister and I were last minute in visiting DC from PA and CA, we were glad to get a late-night reservation on Open Table to try this hot spot. It was the perfect quirky place to be on Halloween. We both had the Jose Experience which included many of the more unusual libations using cedar planks, cotton candy and fog. In addition, the small plates bursted with uniqueness - if you go, you must try the fois gras waffle - OMG! Next visit, we will plan ahead and get in the restaurant but for now, we feel extremely satisfied in the barmini.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what you expect
    StargazerVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Thought it was strange to get in via opentable. It is just cocktails and bar food. Was expecting the full meal. Why call it barmini? Just confuses with minibar. OK for a drink before dinner or theatre but not much else.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An abundance at BarMini
    EastcoastFoodie
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    After being led inside, the clean white look with whimsical surroundings reminded me of an inclusive Manhattan bar. The coolness of the place gave way to warm smile from our gorgeous server (he's married) and an amazing welcome cocktail (their play on an amusebouche). The food...more "tease" than "nosh," paired beautifully with our handmade libations...the cocktails are truly the star of this show. Diffenitely returning albeit with a little more in my tummy before coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cocktails with a Focus on Fun
    cocobingaVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Wow! barmini is one of the most fun food/beverage experiences I've had in recent memory. Order one of the cocktail flights for sure! Snacks are "mini", but are big on flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food, great experience
    Foodie4ever
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I am a big fan of molecular gastronomy. minibar is an excellent restaurant. The food was great and the servers are obviously deeply passionate about making and serving it. The only (rather large) disappointment was the wine pairing. We took the standard experience menu and the selection of wines on it was truly awful. Not worth the additional $75 at all. I'd strongly recommend ordering your own glass/bottle off the wine list.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ask for cool drinks specifically
    dcliving
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The coolest thing about the drinks here are the chemical, showy ones prepared by the side of your table. But there are only three of those (surprisingly) out of the many on the full cocktail menu. You should ask your server (ours was excellent) for specific tips about what to order if you're looking for a chemically gastronomic experience!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    F00Dsn0b
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The drinks were really not that interesting and the overall vibe was that this place was trying really hard to be cool/hip/ahead of the curve. Overpriced and overhyped - I wouldn't come again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow
    MaxieVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have eaten at e by Jose Andres in Las Vegas and wanted my husband to share the experience while in Washington, DC. What a fantastic time we had! Brody the chef was lovely - warm and friendly - and the food was amazing. One surprise after another with great wine pairings. I don't think I will ever forget the rubber duckie course. Everyone sits at a bar and watches the dishes being plated - this is not the place for a group of 4 or more but for 2 people who love food - this is exciting and to be remembered for a long time. We went to barmini before our 8:30 dinner - another lovely experience. Fantastic cocktails and bar snacks with great bartenders who share recipes and are eager to talk about what they do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice time
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Jose was our mixologist. Very nice gentleman, took care of us. One of the apprentices, Ashley, was hospitable and eager to learn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High End Product, Low end service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The reviews are tell tale. Very posh and high class vibe. Well developed and executed cocktails. We did not try any of the food. What was problematic was our server. I think she may have been new, but was lacking knowledge in the cocktails, spirit characteristics or even able to make a good recommendation to the customer. I rarely complain about service, but when the establishment is based on three basic things...1. Very expensive Drinks 2. Ambiance 3. Service/Experiencia, then the service better be on point, and the server better know their stuff. Also, please don't sit people in the corner next to the constant whirl of the cotton candy machine. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Swankie with a personal touch
    Lovenewspots
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Unlike other fancy upscale places where the staff acts bougie and generally better than you, barmini has a classy environment with great decor and an amazing staff. I can't emphasize that enough!!! They made us personalized drinks based on our taste preferences and all of the drinks and food were unbelievably good. I'd definitely go back there and will probably do that tomorrow. It may be a bit pricy but it's worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Blondie2846VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great place. I compare it to PX (PX is better), although I think barmini suffers from too many drink options. Each person in our group had 1 drink they didn't like and one they did. The "snack" options are great - foieffel was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Buyer Beware!!
    EflatTuning
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I made this reservation four months ago THINKING that I was taking my party to the famous MiniBar for an important 50th birthday. The various warnings: "Don't be late, we'll give your table away after 15 minutes," et cetera pumped up my excitement. But I made a mistake that essentially ruined the night. BarMini and MiniBar are two completely different things, despite being only steps apart. What a difference the placement of three letters makes! A sad disapointment of what was to be a landmark evening.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome as always
    foodlover218VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Bar mini is one of, if not THE, best bar in DC. They never fail to disappoint and the drinks are always superb. The staff is talented and knowledgeable. Highly recommended for a nice night of cocktails and high-end snacks. I will also note that the prices, while not the cheapest, aren't higher than most other cocktail bars and even restaurants serving mediocre mixed drinks. However, the quality is unmatched.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mistake well worth it
    GWM2
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I didn't realize when I made the reservations that it was only a bar with snacks. Not the restaurant. That's okay the manger helped us find reservations and walked down to other restaurant himself. Note you need to book the restaurant ahead of time via email. I'm a foodie and can't wait to enjoy The delicious bites of food in the restaurant. You can see the restaurant through a window from the bar. The staff here was amazing and very knowledgeable, I highly recommend it even though it is on high side.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Barmini!
    StacbinDC
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Seating is very limited so I believe reservations are required. There are many, many drinks to choose from and you get to watch the bartenders craft their works right in front of you. Lots of interesting ingredients and flavors. The food menu is limited, but you go here for the drinks.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't pass it up
    Npcomplete
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Absolutely fantastic. I loved the drinks and the spectacle
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best bar in DC
    foodlover219VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The drinks at Barmini are the best and so is the service. You must try the avocado toast. The ambiance is really great and the décor is unique, modern and comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great and creative
    JeevesVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    awesome service! hope to visit again soon so we can learn more about cocktails
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall, awesome
    lindsaysarahVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Loved our experience at barmini. The drinks were so unique, and the food even more so. The foiffle is one of the tastiest ways I've ever experienced foi gras. The service was so welcoming and helpful, with the exception of our assigned server; she always seemed rushed, would clear empty glasses multiple times without asking for new orders, etc. but everyone and everything else seemed to make up for it.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great places for drinks
    omg7
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I love coming to barmini. one of my favorite experiences in the world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 57 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 3 reviews are from the barmini by José Andrés reviews archive.
  • best drinks in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    beautiful decor, great service and inventive menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing cocktails
    alex3m3ti8VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Such a fantastic event, drinking custom created drinks that are interesting, tasty, and fun
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply sophisticated
    DCSexy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The understated sophisticated relaxed elegant vibe sets a sexy atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.