Panache Restaurant
Panache Restaurant

Panache Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.panacherestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2022937760x
  • 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
96 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (34)great for lunch (33)great for outdoor dining (28)fit for foodies (27)special occasion (27)romantic (27)good for groups (23)vibrant bar scene (10)notable wine list (8)late-night find (8)great for brunch (7)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Birthday dinner
    Mecham
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    Took my bf there for his/our bdays-- and enjoyed the food-- went kind of late so we had to order fast-- they found a candle for the dessert-- so that was nice-- great food-- nice environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK food
    Yummyinmytummt
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    we got the three course deal. I was not very impressed...it was only OK. I was expecting something great considering all the other reviews!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible Food! Mediocre Service.
    DCDiner
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    If the other aspects of the restaurant matched up to the level of the food, this place would be superb. We had appetizers, entrees, and desserts, all of which were incredible! However, the service was infrequent, impersonal, and inattentive. And even with few other parties in the restaurant at the time, the noise level was surprisingly high. It's not that the other people were being particularly loud, but somehow the sound was quite amplified. It detracted from our romantic anniversary dinner a bit. We will likely return to Panache, only because of the food. While the service was adequate, they should really up their game to give the place a higher-end feel and give their customers a better overall experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food close by hotel!
    CaliforniaJim
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Literally across a side street from the Mayflower Hotel. Great food well prepared and plenty if it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good meal
    WarrenG
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Dining out here was a very good experience. Service was attentive, food tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't do it!
    Travelers
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    Went with a group of coworkers. The restaurant was out of menu items and several drink choices.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Good
    JaywestVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    I can't say enough about this place. the food is always good. The service is excellent and the ambiance is wonderful. A hidden gem tucked away on a small side street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • National Geo Spot
    Waugie
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    Nice little restaurant around the corner from the National Geographic Museum and Theater. The staff attention was well timed as we enjoyed our food and drinks before the show. Will definitely try to get back when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do dine here
    DesnaDCVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    I am surprised that I had not heard about Panache before. The spicy chicken salad, flavorful baked salmon, delicious scallops were just wonderful. The service was outstanding. Please give this restaurant a try, you will not be sorry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    JaywestVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    This is one of the best kept secrets in DC. The food is excellent, the service is good and the ambiance is fine. The price/quality ratio is extremely high. I would deefinitely reccomend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    restonresident
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Had dinner here with a relative from out of town based on reviews. Did not disappoint. Shared a variety of tapas, each one better than the other. The tuna tartare was my favorite. My dinner companion loved the dates wrapped in proscuitto. Service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great resturant
    Dion
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    The resturant was nice. The TV's were very small. The best suprise on the dish was the Asparagus. It was cooked well and flavorful (and im pretty particular about my Aspara) The Filet Minon was tender but abit fatty. abourt 20% of the steak was fat and I just ate around it. My wife's Wine was $10 for an average glass that was a little less than half full. We were highly dissapointed in this given how much we paid for the portion at other resturants. Some mellow music would've been nice and I had to ask the waiter for water refill twice. I asked for no ice but he kept pouring out the side of the canister allowing ice to fall in.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Run of the Mill Place
    JaywestVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Nice place, tucked away on a side street, good food, service and pricing. Would probably return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Panache
    euroVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    I had a blast, great food, service, and bar staff. Very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keep the Bread Coming
    CaltagVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Ever eat at one of those places where the sauces are so good you have to keep getting more bread? Three of our tapas fit this description. The Shrimp with Garlic, the Mussels Provencale, and most notably, the incredible Carciofi and Prosciutto. The sauce the artichokes came in was extraordinary and we will go back just to have that dish. The shrimp were slightly overcooked and the blackened salmon was a bit too small to taste the salmon with all the blackening (full disclosure; my wife loved it.) The Olive Tapenade was very good, the Rockfish wrapped in Potato was a delicious recommendation, the salamis on the antipasto were superb while the cheese was OK. I don't recommend the Portobellas with goat cheese, but the wife disagrees.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice evening--they even
    yummy
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Very nice evening--they even brought us a glass of champagne to celebrate our anniversary! Food and service and ambiance were all nice. I wouldn't call this a foodie's restaurant-- everything was good, but "been done" as far as couplings and menu entrees...tho they do it all well. Waiter timed his presence well with bringing out drink, bread, entrees, etc...and the restaurant was a perfect noise level--we could easily have a nice conversation. An enjoyable evening at a well-located restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never been disappointed . . .
    TomC
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    I've been to Panache many times over the years and have never been disappointed. The food is excellent and reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was an overall very pleasant
    Foody
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    It was an overall very pleasant dining experience. The flavors of all the food dishes were really nice and I would definitely go and eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just overall ok. I wouldn't
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Just overall ok. I wouldn't go out of my way to come here. The food was decent, but not memorable. I didn't really like how they give each person one piece of stale bread in different sizes vs. just giving a bread basket for the table.
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  • Nice quiet dinner.
    Andhunt2011
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    Dinner was good. They were very adequate with service. 8/10
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quiet tuesday
    andre1010
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    don't know if this is due to the furlough, but the restaurant was mostly empty and very quiet. the food and service was both good. Had both tapas and the salads...everything was cooked well. Loved the thai salad!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was better than anything
    foodfriendly
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    The food was better than anything I had expected out of this quiet little restaurant. I would recommend this for date night or just having a good dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Panache
    LABV
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    A friend and I recently enjoyed lunch at Panache. The nicest part was the service, specifically, we were there to both have lunch and visit over a few hours. We were not rushed through to turn over the table. It was not busy, so we didn't feel like we were holding up their business as we lingered. The food was good, and the noise level is quiet enough that you can easily speak to the people you came with.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Setting, But...
    NotPleased
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    The menu items are rather expensive so you would want the food to taste like it didn't come out of a box or the low budget store freezer. The mashed potatoes tasted like they were flakes from a box with just water added. The crab cakes tasted horrible, had way to much filler, and was mostly claw meat. At $30, the only good thing on the plate were the vegetables. Service was great and I still tipped at well above the standard 20%, but will never go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food but service was
    Diner
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Good food but service was a bit slow. Would go back again though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    writereader
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    The tapas were absolutely delicious, especially the dates wrapped with prosciutto, the blackened salmon with artichoke hearts, and the garlic shrimp. Mouthwatering. We sat by the open window, but the restaurant does offer outdoor seating. Across the way is another, nondescript building, but the outdoor seating itself is romantic with lights and foliage. The server was respectful, enthusiastic, and kind. We got two tapas at a time and were able to relax and sip our wine while waiting for the next round. All in all, it was good timing for delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent variety and ingredients!
    Paul85
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    Excellent variety and ingredients! Highly recommended although the tuna tartar could use a little more zest. Risotto is fantastic but should include octopus as well. Thx!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was great, but the
    dwanVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    The food was great, but the way the server handled our bill ruined the experience. I used a restaurant.com $50 certificate that required I spend $100. At the end of the meal, the server informed us we had not yet reached $100. I instructed him to just increase the bill so it equals $100. He indicated this was not allowed, and that I would have to order something small, like a glass of wine, to get to $100, which might result in being over by a dollar or so, so, I ordered a glass. When the bill came, it showed that my total was $99.50 before the wine, and $109 after it. This overcharge ended up costing me more than the savings of the gift certificate. Unfortunately, the attitude and overcharging overshadowed the excellent food.
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  • Nice table and restaurant
    TFarries
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    Went with a co-worker for lunch. Our waiter was great, the table was great but my risotto was woefully undercooked. I would have brought this to the attention of the waiter but I didn't think I would have time to order something else. Good experience othewise and I will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy to recommend
    MichaelC
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    Open Table reviewers didn't disappoint. I found this while trying to identify a restaurant within walking distance from our hotel. 4 for dinner - all colleagues in town on business. Service and food were exceptional, and the prices were very reasonable for DC. All 4 of us would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Left feeling very full
    TracyVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    We decided to go with the Tapa's menu. First let me say the service was excellent. Our waiter was always checking on us without being overbearing. Our drinks were very good, I had a Watermelon Martini, a little sweet, but not bad and a Pink Lady good but could have been a little colder. Our Tapa's were the Tapenade, Bruschetta, Tuna Tartar, Pollo con Sevillia Chorizo, and the Rockfish. All were worth getting again. We will definately go back with friends in tow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Panache was fine, although
    SmackAFool
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Panache was fine, although nothing about the experience was amazing. The tapas were good, especially the tuna tartare and the goat cheese spread. Prosciutto wrapped dates will always be good...Was surprised the wine list was as limited as it was. Service was attentive and ambience was right for a date night. I'd go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable near National Geographic
    SeagullVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Very convenient to National Geographic where we were seeing a play. Service was quite responsive to our time constraints. Dishes were consistently good but not outstanding. We dined outside, which was very pleasant. Would certainly go again when in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Solo
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    I went there because it was closeby and according to the opentable menu it had creme brulee but it turned out that they stopped having that long time ago. We had onion soup which was very strange, very salty and a bruschetta, the toppings were falling off. The molten cake was so so. All in all, disappointing.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Has it all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    Panache is different from the usual Dupont spots (Asian, grills, burritos). It's charming, civilized, and relaxing, with outstanding food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    I had my birthday dinner at Panache and loved it. I've been to this restaurant a handful of times and have never been disappointed. The food is absolutely delicious, and surprisingly, the restaurant is never that crowded. We found this little gem a couple years ago as it is right across the street from the DC Improv. All of their tapas are very good, and they were having their restaurant week specials when I went. This restaurant can be pricey, but the size of their tapas dishes is larger than the average tapas restaurants, so you don't have to order as much. Panache definitely makes a good date night out spot, or a nice place for getting together with a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drinks were very bad, they
    Mediocre
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Drinks were very bad, they were mostly ice, so all other ingredients were diluted. Most dishes were well cooked and tasty. 18% tip was included automatically on the bill, although we were only 5 people, and then another tip line was added to the bill. There was a truck selling "fashion" parked in front of the restaurant, with patrons moving between the truck and the restaurant. The truck was blocking the view, and the whole thing seemed tacky.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Al Fresco dining (but...)
    Beejay
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    Great : Lunch al fresco... on a beautiful day on a quiet street with excellent food...a reminder of Paris Not-so-great....an expensive wine list (nothing under $48)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is the draw at panache.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    The food is the draw at panache. The interior is nice and outdoor seating is nice except it is on a side street and not much to look at. The service was a little slow but it could have been because we had a hard time making our minds up. We ordered tapas and every dish was wonderul and nicely presented. This is our second time and we enjoyed ourselves again as much as the first. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • At least it was a 1000 pointer
    DieselDadsVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    There are many improvements needed at this restaurant that mostly include the food. We ordered the Seafood Risotto and a Filet. While the risotto was flavorful, it didn't seem freshly made. It resembled a boil-in-bag or microwaved dish. The filet, ordered medium rare, arrived well done...VERY well done. Although the serving staff did all in their power to improve the experience, the food and the temperature in the restaurant made this a mistake. At least we received 1000 points for this one.
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