Eola
Eola
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Eola

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.eoladc.com/
  • Phone: 2024664441
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tues-Thurs 5:00-10:00
    Fri- Sat 5:00-10:30
    Sun- Mon Closed


  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Singhofen
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Farm to Table, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hopkins
  • Public Transit: The Red Line at Dupont Circle, north entrance.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Eola
Chef Dan Singhofen serves a five-course menu focusing on ingredients from local purveyors. Prior to dinner, let us know of any dietary restrictions or special occasions so we can enhance your experience. We cannot accept parties larger than four on Fridays or Saturdays.
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Eola reviews from OpenTable diners
  • The food was inventive and
    Kirk
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    The food was inventive and delicious. We stayed away from the offal menu -- we weren't feeling that adventurous. The service was outstanding. The music was just the right volume -- loud enough to make conversations at the table relatively private, but not so loud that conversation was difficult.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing service, adventurous food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    In midAug the restaurant was almost deserted, but the kitchen still cranked out amazing, unusual food - perfect for the adventurous foodie. In two 5 course prix fixe meals, there was only one so-so dish - beef loin with bbq vinagarette was only ok. Everything else rocked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had better days
    Andy1975VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    I've been here a couple of times. Will try again to prove my observation wrong that it has lost some of its charm. Took more than ten minutes before we were greeted at the table and the food was not as superb nor outstanding as I remember it. Still a moderate price for tasting menu ($75). Loved the basil risotto!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A DuPont Circle Gem
    FreemanVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    A small intimate restaurant with impeccable service that is not intrusive. The five-course prix fixe menu included several amuse bouche which were inventive and wonderful. Three choices were offered for the appetizer, entree and dessert. We ordered the salmon and duck entrees which were delicious. The hand pies were flaky and flavorful. Delightful cookies accompanied our coffee. We had a wonderful evening and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long Dinner
    BigBoy
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Food was good, but it took forever, and the chairs were not comfortable.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food to celebrate
    LouisianaMan9
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    For our 41st wedding anniversary celebration we had a delicious dinner with great service. All the staff were friendly and helpful. Flavors abounded with every course. We had the wine pairings with dinner and enjoyed each tasting. Glass pouring was just the right amount for the whole evening. Eola made our Anniversary one of our most memorable and we are anxious to return for another delicious five course meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've come here twice, each
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    I've come here twice, each time to celebrate a friend's birthday and both times the wait staff was attentive, the food/wine recommendations were spot-on and the birthday boy (& then gal) left feeling like it was a very special birthday treat indeed -- thank you Rasika!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful anniversary
    kinincVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    We booked a 7:30 reservation, arrived early and were offered a complimentary glass of Cava. All courses were excellent. Although we took the wine pairing they were willing to accommodate changes for our preferences. We'll be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience at Eola
    Rich
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    Quite enjoyable. Great for foodies but I think still good for others as well. We went on a Tuesday night, early, and the crowd was sparse (as expected). We both had the offal menu, which I recognize is not to everyone's taste, and we both enjoyed all dishes. I know some Yelp reviewers have complained of oversalting the food; we did not have that experience. I'd say the dishes were properly salted. Like most restaurant tasting menus, you won't be full until the final dish is served. The amouse-bouche were tasty and creative as well. Well-educated waitstaff and somm, as well. It is not cheap but at the same time, it ended up not being egregiously expensive either. Just about right, I'd say, for a special night now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous Food
    LozNew
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Four of us went to Eola on Saturday night. Overall we were thoroughly impressed. The food was divine and the service attentive. The decor doesn't reflect the food but don't be put off by that. Between us we had the rabbit, lamb and one of the diners chose from the offal menu. The dessert was lovely - I had the trifle which was beautifully presented in a small sherry glass and was absolutely delicious. One of the diners commented that "Eola was the best food they had had in Washington". The four of us all enjoyed each of our courses and would recommend the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place Sad it's Gone
    bepevy20VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    This was an amazin meal im sad to see them go, but the place was literally empty =(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the best!
    RAlbroVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    The combination of service, creativity, and complete satisfaction made this one of the best meals I have had the pleasure of having in any city. Eola will not disappoint regardless of occasion or palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband & I have eaten
    TXricefarmersVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    My husband & I have eaten at many DC restaurants over the past few years....and Eola ranks in the top 3. The food was amazing, the service was perfect, and the wine pairing was lots of fun. We plan to return on our next trip to DC and bring friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner
    CCiresar
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    The vegetable dish (called 30 vegetables) was phenomenal, nicely executed and the infusion was delicious. Another dish to die for was the asparagus soup, very good and tasty. The beef dish was another dish that cannot be missed, I am not a beef person, but this dish was something to salivate for, very tasty and very nice presentation. The salmon was a much better one than usual, but I had too much of it in recent trip to Norway, though this dis was a much better salmon than any that I had in Norway. The cookies at the end were a nice touch. We enjoyed the champagne they offered for celebrating my husband's birthday.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • While very tasty, i prefer
    Distractable
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    While very tasty, i prefer to skip the "amusee de bouf" of whatever its called, because its distracting from my concentration on the person im with, which is my main reason for cominng to the restaurant. the second reason, is its best in the city, super good restaurant, small, quiet, excellent food, nice wait staff.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a lot more than a meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    first visit first time visit. My wife and I loved it. It was like a culinary show.the service was excellent we were made to feel special.above all the food was very very very good everything that was served.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good attempt but not quite there
    EMDCVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Eola makes a good attempt but falls short of other high end restaurants in DC with tasting menus. For over $300 for two people (tasting + wine pairing incld tip/tax), I'd expect more memorable dishes. The service made a couple mistakes/misjudgments that you wouldn't expect at this price. It was good, just not $300 good.
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  • Amazing Food, Amazing Chef
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    I have eaten in all the best restaurants in DC, and this is outstanding. The wonderful,chef accommodated all the long list of dietary issues our table suffers from, cheerfully and deliciously. It was a truly memorable dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Offal! Be Brave
    ChrisR
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    Easily one of the best restaurants in DC at the moment. Do you like amuse bouches, but don't need 21 of them! Eola has the answer - 5. Love tasting menus b/c it gives you the best/in season food - Eola wins again with 3 menus to choose. The best one is - hands down - Offal. You might be a bit nervous if you didn't grow up eating lesser known cuts of meats/muscles, but definitely try it - you won't be disappointed. The pork cheeks will keep us coming back. Honestly, there wasn't one dish that wasn't packed with flavor. Lastly, the staff and sommelier were extremely friendly and happy to describe some of the more unique dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Date Night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    What a great find. The service was absolutely outstanding. I loved the selection of amuse-bouches to start. It was a perfect way to try lots of things without getting too full. I had the vegetarian tasting menu and my husband had the offal menu. We were both really impressed by the food. The quinoa tart was amazing. Overall a wonderful place for a date night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eola was a delightful surprise.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Eola was a delightful surprise. We chose the menu with wine pairings. The chef's ideas were inventive and made an interesting use of spices and herbs. Everything was fresh and tasted wonderful. The sommelier was helpful and the wine pairings were superb. The space is small and one loud party was heard throughout until they succumbed to the food and quieted down. Even though I had read Tom Sietsema's review, which was very positive, before making the reservation, the experience was even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Adventure in Every Bite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    What a wonderful meal - this is the type of restaurant where only foodies should ever go. It is completely wasted on anyone else. The food is so artfully prepared that even a small bite is an adventure to be had. By the end of our meal, we began to realize how food really is a chemical substance. Some of the flavors evoked such intense responses that they reverberated throughout the body. I agree with critics who note that the food is very salty. I do not consume much salt, and I felt it quite strongly in most dishes. Although too much salt often bothers me, here it did not, since salt seemed to act not as a substitute for flavor, as is often the case, but as yet another strong and bold seasoning that the chef is not afraid to use.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice try, but comically awful food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    This restaurant is the culinary equivalent of Dada art - well meaning and ambitious but in the end bizarre and unpalatable, sometimes literally. One can only imagine this restaurant survives on pluralistic ignorance: everyone knows the food is awful, but enough people are too afraid of appearing declasse to admit it. Spectacular fail.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good vegetarian/carnivore menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    One of the better restaurants I have visited lately. Could find no fault with the food. Would definitely go back! It is a small two floor restaurant, I think the second floor can be used as a party room
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Very attentive, friendly service.
    CTMDC
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Very attentive, friendly service. Kudos on the vegetarian tasting menu. Definitely a hidden gem.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb, as always. In particular,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/9/2013
    Superb, as always. In particular, the quinua tart on the veg menu was spectacular. And, the ginger flan as smooth as it could possibly be. But all the dishes, small and big, were wonderful. Thank you once again, Eola.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's very good but so expensive
    gcamacho33VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    It's very good but so expensive that it just isn't worth it. The wine list is so insane as the bottles start at $60. For high end restaurants, it doesn't offer the value that it's peers do. Overall it's great but for $300 for a couple to eat there, it has to be perfect which it isn't.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OVerall, absolute top notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    OVerall, absolute top notch dining experience from beginning to end. Definitely go to Eola for any special, intimate occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were visiting from Canada
    MmmmmVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    We were visiting from Canada and were so happy we had found Eola. Amazing and creative dishes. Wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • The negative experience began
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    The negative experience began upon arrival, when we became aware that the establishment does not have valet parking. Since street parking is literally impossible during normal dining hours in this neighborhood, I had to park 5 blocks away and take a cab back to my waiting date. The service was remarkably and unacceptably slow (the term "wait staff" took on another meaning). The dining room was not even full, yet we did not receive menus without a noticeable delay; and bread may as well have been an entree for as long as it took. Not worth half the price.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy first timers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Wonderful first time experience. I chose the 5 course tasting menu and my guest had the vegetarian option. She's not a vegetarian but the descriptions were so tempting, she decided to try. We both had very lovely meals, with reasonably priced and interesting wine pairings. Service was attentive, informative, and friendly. Food was interesting, but not overly complicated. We'll be back.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Foodie from California
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    Fantastic food and wine pairings. The dining room is on the first floor of a brownstone style walkup and was warm and inviting. The risotto was cooked perfectly, and the rock fish with saffron broth was amazing. You have to try the warm lemon pudding dessert. The perfect balance of service, food, and ambience. A truly great dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Bash!
    Slouch
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    This is probably in the top five of all the meals I've had in the last year, and since I'm a foodie that's saying much. Off the top of my head in order of preference: Fiola, this meal at Eola, my own Birthday dinner at Mintwood Place, Rasika West End, The Blue Duck Tavern. It was that good. Our party, one of which was celebrating his birthday, all did the Chef's tasting menu, and they also opted for the wine pairings while I abstained. The chef's display of culinary powers was merit's a Darth Vader 'impressive!'. And my dining companions were totally blown away! Compliments to the chef. He's doing great work. Also good attention by the waitstaff in explaining the daunting array of dishes coming at us. Looking forward to coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Creative menu, beautifully
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Creative menu, beautifully plated & attentive service - bravissimo Eola!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Wow, the chef at Eola really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Wow, the chef at Eola really loves his pig parts. I was impressed with how creative all the dishes were and how they can make every part of the animal delicious!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eola Scores Again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    Eola continues to maintain its high standards for experimental American cuisine. The wild mushrooms over parsnip puree starter was mouthwateringly good; mushroom and walnut risotto, to die for. Meanwhile, on the offal menu, pig snout may not be everyone's idea of a primi but give it a try, for the pig jowl secondi simply melts in your mouth. Plus, sensible spacing between tables ensures that you can hear your dining partners' conversation. And attentive wait staff round out the outstanding experience. Highly recommended. Enjoy.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • The meal was perfectly paced.
    Chipper2VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    The meal was perfectly paced. Food selections were both interesting and tasty. The wine pairings also made it more fun.
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    fit for foodies
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  • MEMORABLE DINNER!
    1KTravelerVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    I'd heard about the chef's tasting menu, and was pleasantly surprised to see there were two others as well: Vegetarian and Offal. I asked the chef to select the courses with a wine pairing. Each was artfully presented and delicious. The wine pairings were perfect and highlighted each course. The staff were very knowledgeable and attentive. All in all, this was a very memorable dinner and I look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Was staying in DuPont circle,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Was staying in DuPont circle, found reviews online and booked for two. We both had the regular prix fixe with the wine pairing. Food was consistently interesting, wines went beautifully it . Service was spectacular--from the pacing of the courses, to the explanations of the dishes and wines. The amuse bouches were like tiny artworks. The duck sausage was sublime. Lovely place for a romantic dinner for people who love food--there's a vegetarian menu as well, so if your partner doesn't eat meat, you're covered. A truly great food experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Great food, do the wine pairing
    PhilliePhoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Great food, do the wine pairing with the tasting menu.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate