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minibar by josé andrés Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.minibarbyjoseandres.com
  • Phone: (202) 393-0812
  • Hours of Operation: (6/6:30 PM or 8:30/9 PM)
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: José Andrés
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 9th
  • Parking: Valet
A word from minibar by josé andrés
minibar by josé andrés is a study in avant-garde cooking and one of the nation’s most exciting dining experiences. An imaginative menu offered in an intimate setting, the creations combine art and science as well as tradition and technique. Here you will be taken on a culinary journey. Each bite is designed to thrill the senses by pushing the limits of what we have come to expect, and what is possible from food.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Ate here on the day before the last day of Jose's pop up's run. Waiter was very helpful in guiding us to things we may never get a chance to try again. Jose can make even hushpuppies a foodies dream. The grilled oysters and the raw were very nice appetizers, pickled watermelon with crab cakes that ranked in the top 3 all time best I've ever had, was also amazing. As a table I felt though that we explored the menu sufficently and will look forward to what Jose' put her next ... but I wouldn't mind seeing Cafe Atlantico back again."
    Dined on 7/3/2012
  • "Sadly the restaurant is closed (temporary pop-up location) but we had a great time."
    Dined on 6/29/2012
  • "Great food, great staff, great idea. Sadly it's time came and went. : ("
    Dined on 6/28/2012
  • "It was only good, not great. we decided to do the tasting menu and it seemed like many of the items just were not properly seasoned with salt/pepper. Also we wanted bread with our meal and saw we had to purchase it, which we were fine with. We placed the order with our server and then it was never brought to the table. Then when we asked about it we were told they ran out. kinda disappointing."
    Dined on 5/26/2012
  • "America Eats is always a favorite. Service is a bit slow, but given the configuration of the restaurant, that's not a surprise. Our server, Billie, was a gem. She was funny and very knowledgable about the menu."
    Dined on 5/20/2012
  • "Imaginative and delicious; can't wait to see the next installment. Will miss this one."
    Dined on 5/18/2012
  • "The portions were too small. The server asked at the end if I were hungry and I was too embarrassed to say yes after spending the money we did for the Jose Andres name. I personally believe that restaurants should be able to figure that out! Seasons 52 has a caloric limit but the food is delicious and one does not leave hungry."
    Dined on 5/15/2012
  • "I loved this place! It was a great concept and I would love to see someone try this again."
    Dined on 5/13/2012
  • "The food was very unique and good. We go back next time I'm in DC"
    Dined on 5/13/2012
  • "I like their brunch. I have been twice for brunch and enjoyed every bite. The dinner was OK...they are creative and all their products are American sourced. Try the foamy dessert..never seen anything like it."
    Dined on 4/8/2012
  • "This is a pop up restaurant so I am not sure if it is even still there, or if so how long it will be there. Went there with my 23 year old foodie son for the food and the experience. It is very modern, intellectual food based on old American food. I found the selections a bid odd, not quite covering American History in a sweeping or coherent way -- much from the 20's and 30's if I recall, and a lot fried. We had difficulty putting together our meals as none of the entrees truly appealed to us and were -- even for foodies - very expensive. We were very happy with our small plates. As with Atlantico, you MUST save room for desert, and should order one with many different consistencies, to get flavor bursts of foam, gels, crunch etc."
    Dined on 4/5/2012
  • "To begin- I rarely write poor reviews- however others need to be made aware so they save their cash. Extremely disappointed with our experience. Although we made a reservation a month in advance, we were placed at one of the worst tables- top floor, in the back, next to the waitstaff area. My friend kept getting hit with the door each time someone went through. We asked the waitress to move us, but instead she kept the door open, and staff kept bumping into us. Aside from the bbq, the food was sub par. We each paid $85 for food of minimal complexity and horrible presentation. I don't know who through putting a streak of bbq sauce down the center of an over sized white bowl was appetizing. We left feeling ripped off and hungry."
    Dined on 3/31/2012
  • "Great restaurant, fabulous service, outstanding food, wish it was going to be here for good."
    Dined on 2/17/2012
  • "The food is good, but pricey for what you get, as is true for most of Jose Andres restaurants."
    Dined on 2/9/2012
  • "Fantastic birthday dinner. Expensive but worth it."
    Dined on 1/17/2012
  • "The experience is clearly as important as the food at America Eats and the experience overall is good. Some of the deconstructions seem to have no real purpose, however. The deconstructed Key Lime Pie might just as well have been good tasty pie from anywhere that had been taken apart and put on the plate - the deconstruction added nothing. Lots of stairs. I assume there is an elevator, but didn't see it. Although the food was good, I would say, try it once, but once you've had the experience, America Eats does not rate a second trip"
    Dined on 1/12/2012
  • "I had friends in town durring restaurant week and took them here because I know they are always consistant. One of my favorite restaurants in the city! I almost always start or finish downstairs and if it is your first time you must do the beer flight to try them all. I was also very impressed with the extra measures taken because of my VIP Open Table reservation."
    Dined on 1/6/2012
  • "New Years was a blast. Need to do a little better bringing the food out hot."
    Dined on 12/31/2011
  • "We treated ourselves to the mid-priced tasting menu and were glad we did. Everything was wonderful, exceeding our expectations."
    Dined on 12/30/2011
  • "I treated myself to lunch just before Christmas, and every part of it was amazing! The grilled oysters are a favorite, such a special flavor treat! The service was good, but I had a waitperson who was too obsequious, I hate when I feel like someone is sucking up, it is so unnecessary. In any event, still a wonderful place to eat!"
    Dined on 12/23/2011
  • "Very hard for vegetarians! Not as good as other Jose Andres' restaurants!"
    Dined on 12/21/2011
  • "Let me be fair. The food was great. I had a braised beef rib that was fantastic. And it was a very good restaurant but for the price point I found it lacking in warmth and service. If I am going to spend 150+ I am going to Rasika or a neighborhood friendly spot rather than America Eats. Seemed a bit geared towards tourists."
    Dined on 12/19/2011
  • "I went here for brunch back in December. I think it was scheduled to close in January, as it was a designed to be a temporary restaurant to accompany an exhibit at the National Archives. I think it might still be operating, however. It is pretty pricy and the portions are small but everything I had was great. I particularly recommend the chicken and waffles. Yum! I also really loved the decor, which highlights American food and agriculture. The multi level set up is pretty unique as well."
    Dined on 12/17/2011
  • "Really enjoyed this restaurant. The food was great as was the service. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 12/9/2011
  • "The food was decent, but I've had better. Unfortunately there was a party next to us that was just SO loud that both we and our waiter were overwhelmed and exhausted by it. Apparently they had been there for hours, and nobody was enjoying their presence. May be nice for their bill, but nobody around them had a good time."
    Dined on 12/3/2011
  • "This was just okay. Interesting concept, but a lot of the food didn't go together that well."
    Dined on 12/1/2011
  • "It's too bad this fascinating and delicious Jose Andres restaurant is only around for a temporary run. The traditional mac & cheese is amazing!"
    Dined on 11/25/2011
  • "Food was interesting and tasty...service was very fair...a bit of a disappointment, really."
    Dined on 11/19/2011
  • "A nonsensical restaurant touting "Americana" and lavishly informing the diner of the history of various foods.....and then creating current spins w/o any coherence to the selection ordered. In addition, the rudeness of the manager when he was informed of our disappointment as an answer to his question of how we enjoyed our meal!"
    Dined on 11/18/2011
  • "Given that America Eats is the "re-branding" of Cafe Atlantico inline with a recent American Food centric exhibit at the Archives, the overall motif andtheme can be understood. However, I found that many of the dishes were remniscient (in flavor or general "construction") to the Atlantico menu, that I was longing for the old menu while dining on the new one. I hear that the space will be eventually converted to an "experimental" dining opportunity a la Mini-bar (second floor). That sounds great, and I applaud the possible expansion of Mini-bar."
    Dined on 11/15/2011
  • "I was very disappointed. We waited almost an hour after we had made a reservation about 2 weeks in advance. The servers rarely came to check on us, and we had to reach out to them everytime we needed something. I ordered the buffalo steak which came out cold. Not worth the steep price!"
    Dined on 11/12/2011
  • "We hope this restaurant will find a permanent venue in the Penn Quarter area. The menu is brilliant. It's a great place for both locals and visitors to Washington. Our server was knoweldgeable but rushed. The menu requires a lot of explanation but it's well worth the effort."
    Dined on 10/26/2011
  • "We had the tasting menu. It was a bit disappointing. There was plenty of food but the overall taste was not what we expected. Having eaten in several of Jose Anders' restaurants and read the reviews we expected more. Some of the dishes were very good, but some were not. Our table, #212 I think, was on the second level with an excellent view of the kitchen and the rest of the restaurant."
    Dined on 10/16/2011
  • "Enjoyed the food and wine offerings especially oyster specials but found it to be very pricey even for DC. Would only return for drinks and oysters or a very special occasion."
    Dined on 10/15/2011
  • "Just above average in the DC resturants as it goes."
    Dined on 10/10/2011
  • "I would have given another star for the food, but every dish that came out was too salty. Also, the waiter forgot that we had ordered a bottle of wine and did not bring over until we were half way through. We had a hard time getting his attention. And then felt rushed when we were done."
    Dined on 9/24/2011
  • "I took guests from France and our Morroccan-born server helped me with translations and history. Delightful she was! We enjoyed a broad selection served "en groupe" as a tasting menu. The food was exceptional and the service impeccable! The evening's chef even came out to test his French and to greet my guests. Don't miss the oysters on the plank. SUPERB!"
    Dined on 9/21/2011
  • "The food was, without a doubt, delicious. However, America Eats was not quite what I was expecting. When I read about the concept behind the restaurant, I expected to see dishes that were made the way their original creators dreamt them up. This is not the case! Chef Andres has taken the classic eggs Benedict and added his spin; it's classic Americana interpreted through a mini bar lens. The portions were also small enough that I left the restaurant hungry."
    Dined on 9/4/2011
  • "Food was good, just overpriced for the portion size, and not everything was offered on the day we were there"
    Dined on 9/1/2011
  • "This was a great lunch spot and the menu was interesting and varied. We had a great time!"
    Dined on 8/31/2011