Panache Restaurant
Panache Restaurant

Panache Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.panacherestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (202) 293-7760
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday -Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Friday: 11:30am-11pm; Saturday 5pm-12am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, Fusion / Eclectic, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Happy Hour from 4pm to 7pm Monday-Friday $5 beer, wine, cocktails and tapas.
  • Special Events: Panache can:

    Hold up to 75 people for 3 course fixed menu.
    Hold up to 150 people for buffet style dinner & stand up cocktail.
    Private parties may rent out the restaurant for a minimum, no fees.
    Happy Hour parties under 30 people may reserve space at the the bar.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between L/M and 17th/Conn.
  • Public Transit: Farragut North Metro Station, take Connecticut Ave towards L St or Dupont Circle.
    Pass the Mayflower Hotel, right
    on Desales St.
    Restaurant located on the left hand side.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: For dinner parties of two or more we validate parking at the PMI garage next door to the restaurant.
A word from Panache Restaurant
There is no denying Panache's elegance. The walls are done in a soft shade of wheat, the bar is long and sleek and bouquets of flowers dot the dining room. The dining room chairs are bright yellow, 1950s style lounge artwork hangs on the walls and some weekend nights, the line to get in stretches down the block. It's a jolt of energy across the street from the quiet Mayflower Hotel. Panache serves a range of small plates that make up a gustatory tour of Europe and beyond. Diners can also order one of the larger plates, which include seared Ahi Tuna with a Mango Salsa and Rack of Lamb with Pommery Mustard and Whipped Potatoes. A Three course menu is offered nightly for $35. Additional features are added every week for lunch.
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Panache Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)neighborhood gem (28)special occasion (21)romantic (20)great for lunch (20)good for groups (15)great for outdoor dining (14)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (4)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • momiji
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The location is quite good. Food are great and service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saladlover
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    My Citrus Chicken salad was so good that I went back the next day and ordered it again! The restaurant is tucked away, but very conveniently located for people who work in the Golden Triangle/Dupont Circle area. There was a lively group of World Cup fans at the bar when I was there, so I chose to eat outside. Lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small And Intimate
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Panache is on a side street and has a bit of a European cafe feel. The menu features tapas, which we have enjoyed in the past, particularly the grilled octupus. For this trip we had the pre-fixe three course meal. The salad was fresh with a lovely mustard dressing and the salmon was cooked perfectly, accompanied by a saffron risotto The ice creams and sorbets were a lovely ending. The wine list is diverse. If you are in the area, it's a nice alternative to most of the larger and noisier restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Shout to be heard
    eattolive
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The meal at Panache was overshadowed by the fact that our party of five could not have a conversation. It was so noisy that it was only possible to hear the person next to you if leaned in and they spoke loudly.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok, but probably not returning
    TNrkitectVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The wife and I decided to explore and try something new. We arrived right on time and were seated immediately. The restaurant had techno blaring, making everyone have to almost shout to be heard. Was the food worth the loudness? After the appetizers, no. The cesars salad was ok, but the Carpaccio Di Carne was WAY too sour, and the menu description made no indication on just how sour it was. It was bad enough that we let it be taken away half eaten. The main course was an improvemernt. The Risotto Con Frutti Di Mare, was excellent., THhe Pesto Chicken Fettucine was very good. Unfortunately, the main course did not override the loudness and appetizers, so although the place finished strong, it was not enough to make us want to go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great business lunch
    bjoad
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Sat outside in a beautiful day. Very accommodating service. Gaspacho was surprisingly tasty and salads were fresh crisp and delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Although the meal was tasty it was almost cold. This was mention to the staff at the end of the starter. They indicated that they would inform the kitchen - it seems that this didn't happen or wasn't deemed important by the kitchen staff. The entree was brought out before the table had been cleared of the starter plates. I would not recommend this restaurant nor would I return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently good
    foodieinfairfax
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I've been to this restaurant three times and the food is consistently great. Also, the staff is always friendly and pleasant. The portion is generous for tapas dishes. I will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Tapas
    luv2finedine
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Had great time. Tapas were great. Really enjoyed it. But the ambience was not that great as seen on website galleries.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service, bad food
    Kcgirl
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    This restaurant wil be closed soon due to its poor service and uninspired food. It's wine list is worse than a discount grocery store's. Don't waste your time or money.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    Sue1
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Always have a great meal at Panache. Great service, nice people, great food.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a birthday or happy hour
    myreviews
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I recently hosted by birthday party there. We ordered many tapas and sangria for the table. Everyone ate well and enjoyed ourselves in this restaurant. The staff were friendly towards our group. I remember that all tapas were pretty creative and all tasted great. I say this place is great for groups as there is space to spread out. The location is not to be missed and is a great place to start the evening or hang out after work.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The tapas were excellent as was the wine. The server was awesome. A perfect experience!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodieafficianadoVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Ginger infused cocktail, Portabella mushroom and artichoke tapas were excellent. Grilled squid was very good. Lamb chops and prosciutto wrapped dates were dry and not very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I had the green salad, which
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    I had the green salad, which was very good (not unexpectedly) and the risotto, which was not. The risotto was not. The rice was undercooked and lacked flavor, although the seafood that accompanied it was fine. two of my companions had the salmon, which they both liked and the other had the pasta with chicken. She loved the pasta but wasn't happy with the chicken, although I'm not sure why.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We enjoyed the meal and we
    Aileen
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We enjoyed the meal and we had a nice inside table next to the window. The noise level was high because there was a lot of activity in the bar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The restaurant noise was TOOOOO
    BabesVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The restaurant noise was TOOOOO loud. You cannot even hear your own voice. The energetic noise rating is not accurate. Thank goodness for the very good food. My husband and I had the prix price menu and I enjoyed the dates wrapped in proscuitto and shrimp risotto while he had ceasar salad and rainbow trout. Been to the restaurant twice for lunch but the noise was not bad. I guess Friday night after work made the big difference.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Law Firm Staff for 4 lunch
    DStanley
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Special of the day - scallops presentation and taste delicious. Service - much to be desired. Although the restaurant was not busy (we had a 1pm lunch time -- had to request water fill up twice, request for dessert menu twice. Ordered lemon with the water and requested again -- if it comes separately in a dish -- should have indicated the lemon is coming. Nonetheless tipped 25%. Why? - I don't know.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice restaurant
    Jack
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    I though the food was really good and the service was excellent. Didn't care for the music ... Kind of techno overhead and loud. The waiter kindly turned it down. They could easily change music to something more soothing. Nice restaurant. I'd go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we went on a groupon for 8
    Leslie
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    we went on a groupon for 8 tapas and 2 pitchers of sangria for $85. But the sangria was undrinkable kool-ade. we asked our waiter whether we could substitute glasses of wine. he said he'd have to ask the manger. we asked 3 times for the manager. we waited half an hour. By this time,our dinner arrived. We decided to order wine. There was NO by the glass listed on the wine list. we ordered the cheapest bottle of wine -- $60!!! for what is an $18 bottle of merlot. Just AFTER we had poured the wine, the waiter came back and said the manager said we could have glasses of house wine. Obviously, they wanted us to buy the wine. our groupon cost an extra $110, including 18% added tip. no room to note other service problems -- very short staffed
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    localmdVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Our server, Mo, was fantastic. The food was very good, especially for the pricing. I would come back if in the area.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food!
    angel031424
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The service was great, the ambiance was [mostly] romantic, and the food was fantastic! We ordered the rack of lamb and wanted to share it, so they brought it out to us on two separate plates, both set up for presentation, as though it was two separate orders instead of one. The atmosphere was mostly romantic because there were white tablecloths topped with lit candles and dim lighting...but eighties dance music playing in the background, which was out of place with the theme they seemed to be going for. It was also a bit noisy, but that's tough to change because the restaurant is actually rather small. You should still check it out, though! The food was delightful! We loved all that we ordered!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We enjoyed a fantastic evening
    David
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We enjoyed a fantastic evening with a group of seven colleagues at Panache while attending the Scientific Sessions for the American College of Cardiology. The tapas, entrees, and deserts were all terrific and were share across the board. The chef came out to greet us and the entire staff was terrific. We would highly recommend to check it out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bdine
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed the crabcakes - full lump, no filler. The wine was divine and service was prompt and courteous. Right around the corner from the Mayflower, so if you like people watching, you should enjoy the view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot tapas a hit
    Fred
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    We dined in hot tapas. Great zucchini dish. Crab cakes and missiles also excellent. Only shortfall was the table, which I insisted on. It was close to the front window but had a tremendous breeze. We stayed for the romantic setting but I wore my coat thru dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small plate menu was just
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Small plate menu was just right. Rarely manage to hold desert, but here it was just right. Would definitely return if back in DC.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time tapas
    jhar
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This was the first time we have dined on tapas. Quite enjoyable and the portions are just right for a smaller eater like me. The food was excellent, especially the basil lamb and zucchini purses. Cocktails were a bit weak but still tasty. A very relaxed and cozy environment with an upscale feel. I would recommend this restaurant and would return on my next visit to DC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a groupon from Panache
    DCFoodieKing
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Had a groupon from Panache and my boyfriend and I went there for dinner. Food was awesome. We both got the same dinner (Salmon). Food was good, although the fish portion was a tad small- but filling nonetheless. Will definitely return there. Purchased another groupon right after for another night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in DC Downtown
    teresatravels
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Panache was fantastic from food to value. Tapas menu fabulous - 2 good sized lamb chops and scallops for total of $22 - are you kidding??? Very unique atmosphere and personalized service. Will be going back next time in DC for certain!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent meal....
    Candi
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Met friends there after work, good service, good food, but the restaurant was incredibly loud and hot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Food
    adbastille
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We had lovely food. I had great crab cakes. Everything looked great. One of my lunch companions had wilted lettuce in his salad. After a small debate with the manager the salad was comped. Overall we enjoyed ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy, great warm feeling
    Waldorf1VIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    A little hard to find but worth it. Very cute, food was nice, good menu selection, nice service. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Since the gas went out and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Since the gas went out and prevented hot food at lunch, the restaurant should have offered a discount on the bill. The very limited cold food available was not that great and certainly not why we chose the restaurant. A manager should have also come to the table to personally apologize instead of leaving it to the waitress who was clearly uncomfortable with the situation. The restaurant's quality of service has gone down considerably lately.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was overall good,
    Nicole
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    The food was overall good, service was great and prices were moderate. Def would recommend to a friend. I liked the fact that the restaurant wasn't too crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    dclingVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I have had several good meals at Panache, but this was the best. None of the others in my group had been there, but I'm sure they will return. The service was just perfect --- helpful, but not intrusive. Parking is easy in the garage next door or often street parking is available too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was a great find: good
    Judybfl
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This was a great find: good food, good service and good people. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for a nice lunch!
    DeniseVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Cozy place with good food and good service. Will go back again for the Salmon and spinach and mushroom salad. Bonus is yummy bread basket.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have been to panache a few
    Cje5038
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Have been to panache a few times, and the food is delicious! The tapas menu offers a great and selection there is a little bit of everything. I came with a friend and we decided on the zucchini purses, prosciutto wrapped dates, lamb cups, bruschetta and filet mignon. Steak and lamb were cooked perfectly and so tender. The zucchini purses were my favorite. Definitely enjoyed this meal and left very satisfied!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to go great place to go
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    This is a great restaurant before/after visiting the National Geographic Museum
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Okay, Service Awful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I'm not usually terribly picky about the service at restaurants, but the service at this one was so consistently rude that I felt the need to publicly comment on it. When I arrived for my reservation, even though the restaurant was practically empty, they acted like getting to me was quite a chore. After they found my reservation, they sat me, and i noticed right beside me was the person with whom I was dining, and even though she had checked in under the same reservation, they failed to correlate and seat us at the same table. Throughout the meal our server assumed he had priority, and always literally started speaking over one of us to check in, never even with an "excuse me." Food okay, but not worth the abuse.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet