I've been to many a soft opening,
I've been to many a soft opening, but this was the first time I was wholly impressed. The veal was masterful, the flavors light and inspired, and the staff engaged but not overbearing.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went on opening night and both the service and food were exceptional. The staff is warm and friendly. The food was healthy, fresh and had incredible flavor.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Owner handles the details
The owner was there for dinner the night we were there, and he was there for breakfast the next morning. Both times seeing to it that the tables were being properly attended to, and that the food was top notch. He appears to truly care about the service and the product. Food was excellent for both meals.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful Change at the St. Regis
This was our first visit to the new incarnation of the St. Regis dining room space. While past versions have been excellent (L'Espinasse), Decanter brings an elegant modernity to the space, and more diversity to the food. The lunch menu offered numerous excellent options, the calamari burger and halibut with chickpea puree both being delicious choices. A shared green salad was perfectly composed and dressed. Given its name, the wine obviously was flawless. Service was very attentive and friendly -- highly professional without being fussy. This is a place that will suit both the "old folks" like myself who like traditional spaces and a refined atmosphere, but also a younger crowd that can appreciate high style and great food.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Date night perfection
Our visit, for one of our summer daycations we always do, was absolutely superb. Not only were we treated respectfully and with great service, the food and atmosphere was terrific. I would recommend this to anyone looking to have a romantic evening with their significant other. The veal is excellent.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved this place. The restaurant was very very beautiful but not too stuffy--had a bit of old school glam with a touch of modern throughout the area. Food was excellent and the service was top notch. The restaurant was very quiet so you could easily have conversations! I'd totally recommend this place.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Visit---after the change
We had a delightful evening in the new concept of a less expensive, but still high quality gourmet restaurant. The room is modern and has not changed since ADOUR departed, and some of the same excellent staff are still there, but a new Chef. I had the scallop special and my colleague had the lobster--both were outstanding--just delicious--and they even provided us with real French sauce spoons! As an appetizer, we had the special Turkish lamb bread--sort of a high rent lamb pizza--truly excellent--crust was perfect, and the size generous. A solid A.
8/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Decanter is fabulous
Decanter, in the St. Regis hotel, is a wonderful new restaurant. The room is gorgeous, with a very high ceiling and a lot of light. The food is delicious but not too rich or heavy. The maitre d' checked on us and knowledgeably answered our questions about the restaurant's opening and the history of the space. Our waitress was very professional. We were pleasantly surprised to receive an extra dessert. We highly recommend Decanter.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was our first time back
It was our first time back since the change from Adour. Although we were initially concerned when we saw the menu, that we might miss the interesting variety we had grown used to at Adour, the Chef did not disappoint. Everything we ordered was amazing and even better than we remembered. The extra special surprise was that the prices were more affordable. We can't wait to go back for a special occasion or just an exceptional meal and treat.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Decanter at St Regis
Went here for breakfast and thoroughly enjoyed our meal! The coffee was very good! We had the French Pastry Basket with Pork Sausage and the classic two eggs with bacon and toast. I like my eggs fried a certain way and they did it to perfection! The pastries were so fresh and flaky. This is a great place for breakfast in DC!
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Elegant Power Lunch!
Adjacent to the palatial lobby of The St. Regis Hotel is the equally elegant and delicious restaurant, Decanter. Attentive staff and unique and tasty dishes made for the perfect business lunch for my best clients whose offices are nearby. Also, for being a vast room with large window views of the street, it was quiet allowing for easy conversation. Can't wait to return and enjoy it for dinner!
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Decanter has a fantastic ambience. Perfect for high-end business meetings or a romantic date.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The room in which this restaurant is located is beautiful -- the ceilng probably dates from the early 20th century and alone is worth the price of the meal. The food was very good -- rockfish was perfectly cooked (2 of us ate that), and a special pasta with sweetbreads was delicious. We were all accommodated with a small green salad that was not on the menu; that, too, was very good.
The restaurant strives not to be too pretentious, and more or less succeeds. The maitre'd was a little over the top in terms of formality -- trying too hard -- but our waitress was more relaxed, gracious, and helpful.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Celebratory Dinner
Definitely expensive, but absolutely worth it. Started with coctails - I had the St. Regis Manhattan, which was one of the better manhattans I've had in a while. Slightly syruppy texture, like the drink itself has weight. Nicely balanced flavor, slightly sweet, slightly bitter, refined like the edges were polished off. My GF's French 75 was also excellent - light, with just the right hint of gin on the back. Pork belly flatbread with figs - succulent. Beef short rib absolutely melted in the mouth. Veal porterhouse - juicy with layers of flavor. Sommelier's wine recs were spot-on and incredibly good. Cheesecake. Was. Amazing. Just go order it. Do it.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed lunch here, there weren't very many other people in the restaurant so this is a great place to have a conversation and not have to talk over a lot of noise. The service was impeccable. We enjoyed the food.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Decanter: A Washington Gem
Decanter is a well-known gem that continually shines in the luster of its service, ambiance, and presentation. Although somewhat expensive compared to the "competition", the understood expectation of good food is always met. It's well worth the visit, whether to the bar for a drink, or the restaurant for a wonderful meal that is carefully set out for you course by course. Go.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went here for Thanksgiving. The food was great-my husband and I got the traditional turkey dinner which was not very adventurous, but was delicious. I would love to go back to try their regular menu. The service was outstanding. Everyone was so very polite and wished us a Happy Thanksgiving multiple times. They were attentive without being overbearing. The setting is beautiful. Elegant but not stuffy. I would highly recommend this place for a special occasion-it's worth the splurge.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM