Thally
Thally

Thally

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thallydc.com/
  • Phone: 202-733-3849x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Kitchen Hours:

    Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
    Friday and Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

    Bar Hours:

    One half hour before and one half hour after kitchen hours.

    Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ron Tanaka
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between N and O St's NW.
  • Public Transit: Thally is a short two block walk from the Mt. Vernon Square / 7th St- Convention Center Metro Stop on the Green and Yellow lines.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street / Meter Parking is available on 9th St. NW. Please read the parking signs carefully!
A word from Thally
Simple, Fresh, and Flavorful…are the three words that best describe all of Thally’s Modern American cuisine. Chef Ron Tanaka's menu items will change in accordance to what ingredients are perfectly in season at the time. You’re sure to find the freshest fish, savory meat, at least one robust vegetarian dish, unique salads and appetizers, and delectable soup. We also serve a rotating list of wines and craft beers, custom cocktails, house made sodas, and unique spirits in a comfortable 70 seat restaurant, which includes a 14 seat bar.

Our name pays tribute to our Shaw neighborhood as well as our families: “Thally” refers to the Tally-Ho Stables (built in 1883) located in Naylor Court directly behind our restaurant, as well as to Thalia, the daughter of General Manager & Co Owner Sherman Outhuok. (Thally is pronounced without saying the “h”, as in Tally-Ho.)
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Thally reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (90)fit for foodies (84)romantic (41)special occasion (30)notable wine list (26)hot spot (19)vibrant bar scene (18)good for groups (13)late-night find (9)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great atmosphere; amazing food!
    cchaz
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were so happy to discover Thally's, located in a great neighborhood with convenient street parking. The service was outstanding and the food was fantastic. We sat at the bar and the bartender was terrific; treating us like long lost friends. He gave excellent recommendations and even prepared a special drink not on the menu. I would highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best kept secret
    DinnerguruVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    8th visit to this restaurant and it just gets better. The owner is passionate about good food and drink. The wines rotate out regularly so there is always something new to try (and a good mix of unusual & typical wines). Also have an extensive list of ciders and meads - which is something fun to try for a change of pace, or have with some cheese after dinner. And the staff are very knowledgable about what they are serving. Food is very good too - 'creative American'. Again, menu items change with the seasons. There's attention to detail here! Atmosphere is relaxed but sophisticated. And prices are about 3/4 of what you pay at comprable restaurants such as Birch & Barley. Only mystery is why its never fully booked - but I'm not complaining!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    DahliaVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Our waiter added to our dining experience. He made great menu recommendations and seemed to be there at all the right times, but never intrusive. Interesting and unusual menu choices, but everything worked and tasted delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food, great ambiance
    Tikiluvsfood
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The duck and lamb dishes were delicious and we loved the intimate feel of the restaurant. It's perfect for a date night. Our only gripe is that we had reservations and showed up ten minutes late. Instead of telling us the restaurant had given up our reservation, the host kept telling us that it would only be a few more minutes until we would be seated. Unfortunately, "a few minutes" turned into at least 45 minutes. The moral of the story...don't show up late for a reservation. The host did apologize and gave us a free appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Place, Very Good Food
    LawrenceofSuburbiaVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We were headed to a show at the Black Cat and wanted to dine someplace off 14th Street and found Thally. It's tastefully decorated, a real neighborhood feel, warm and intimate but not precious. The food was terrific, standouts the carnitas sope and pork tenderloin. Waiter was very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodfanVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Ours was a seriously wonderful experience. All of our dishes were cooked to perfection. I admit to being very picky about duck preparations, and mine was flawless, as were the scallops and the pasta. I've read the comments about the noise level, but we didn't have an issue - maybe because it was early, or that it was Tuesday, or maybe management has responded to diners' concerns.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TURN DOWN THE VOLUME!!!
    JFCINDC
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food and service were outstanding as always--the reason I keep going back--but the music volume on Saturday evening 10/4/2014 was more suited to a hipster bar than a fine dining restaurant. Whoever amped up the volume since my last visit needs to turn it back down, way down. DC has enough restaurants where one cannot hold a conversation. Don't join that list! Thally's used to be one of the few places to dine and converse. Please don't change that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    eriebear412
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Enjoyed everything about this little restaurant. The entire dining experience made me feel unique and well taken care of. Definitely visiting this spot again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice food but noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Restaurant had been recommended by a friend, so we decided to try it. Very interesting menu and some nice combinations; usual DC prices. A bit noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dinner!
    thankful
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    All four of us had a spectacular entree. My rockfish was cooked to perfection and also flavorful! I would also recommend the righteous cheese plate--great assortment for nibbling while talking. The service was truly outstanding, and we very much appreciated that after checking if it would be possible to move our reservation, the restaurant called us back within hours when they had an opening for the time we wanted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hands on management
    DrawPastTenseVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The owner is fantastic, always eager to accommodate and works every bit as hard as his staff to ensure guests get a terrific experience. He is a big reason why we return over and over. Our server Pam was our favorite to date, she was very knowledgeable and friendly and helped steer us to the best choices for our taste (which is refreshing versus trying to get us to pick the most expensive option across the board). Food, ambiance, service, all wonderful. We'll be back (again and again!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Each time better
    LenHVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Since the night it opened, Tally just gets better. The base---not too noisy sets the stage. Creative drinks or interesting wines and ciders also are good. Freshly baked rolls Still hot! Yum. Not a dud on the menu. Love the unusual curried celery root "noodle" salad. Had a great fish special. The chocolate cake will remind you of the 60s but somehow better. Better chocolate used, better attention to nuance. A bowl of the gelato with the cherries could satisfy me for a while. As long as the music is kept low so that you can actually talk, this continues to win and get better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was a nice find. Interesting and delicious mixed drinks, good and original menu, nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classy and unpretentious
    TrevbowVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Well presented and delicious food. Classy but not pretentious. Good service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • iveyd56
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very good quality food, decent sized portions, would be happy to go back there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • From great to wonderful to ...
    LenHVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Went the first night. Liked it immediately. Slightly better than Table. Thally has continued to improve, innovate and still stay pleasant and welcoming. Table, on the other hand is spotty, snotty, and smoky (the updraft really needed fixing the last 2 times I was there). This last meal (number 15?) again raised the bar. The meats were perfectly prepared, the fish was fresh and sauced with care, and all of the veggies were prepared to bring out the best of the tastes. Great mixed drinks. Just better and better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great, despite short staffing
    DLB13
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    8pm reservation at Thally with a couple of friends on Saturday night. Cute place - great ambiance. Not super crowded except during the 8:30-9:30 window. We suspected they might have been short staffed as we waited almost 30 minutes to order our food (couldn't make eye contact with our server who was running around). Ordered seafood special (trout) and it was one of the better fish entrees I've had in recent memory - perfectly cooked with unexpected yet complementary flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    Wannaeat
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Good food, excellent service, wonderful neighborhood find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    MissAmy1214VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We wanted to take advantage of Restaurant Week and found Thally on Open Table. Based on other experiences with RW, we didn't have high hopes. BUT, this place was terrific. The entire menu was available which is practically unheard of in DC. We started w/ the carnitas sopa and romaine salad - both were fresh and tasty with nice serving sizes for that gave just enough of a taste to satisfy and just enough to make us want more. For entrees, we had the red snapper (fish of the day) and the duck. Both full of flavor and prepared perfectly. Chocolate cake for dessert and a complimentary taste of the grapefruit chello. Wonderful service, too. All in all a great experience - we can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 Star All Around
    ykchan
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    First time at the restaurant via restaurant week. They exceeded expectations. The food was simply terrific. The must get is their butternut squash & celery "noodles" salad. Creative and great curry flavor. The restaurant excelled in using day to day ingredients and bringing a nice twist to it. The drinks (beer and honey wine) were hard to find anywhere else. More importantly, the service was impeccable. One of the owners helped served us (we were a group of six). They were so attentive, they even wrote down the song that was playing because we liked it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Real Gem
    Jane
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is a fabulous addition to the neighborhood. Wonderful experience start to finish. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great food, definitely want to come back and try the rabbit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Restaurant Week Meal in Years
    KirueVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Four of us dined here during Restaurant Week. We were pleased to find a generous selection of menu options--most if not all of the regular items were available, albeit a few with a small upcharge. Everything we ordered met with raves, including the wonderful bargain wine recommended by our server. I especially loved the butternut squash "noodle" salad, tagliatelle, pork tenderloin, and roasted cauliflower. Each featured an attractive presentation and an interesting, unusual, but completely harmonious blend of flavors. The only reason I gave less than five stars overall was the noise level, which made conversation challenging at times. I suspect the tables farthest from the bar would be a little quieter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A welcome newby
    NowayVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Thally's menu - limited - done well, with interesting variations on standard items - well worth a visit - wine list could be broader, deeper, with a few more by the glass in the $7-10 range and bottles in the $25 - 40.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    FoodWithFriends
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    A group of us went here because it was included in DC Restaurant week. Upon entering, we all feel in love with the industrial look and feel of the quaint restaurant. The service was amazing, and the servers were all knowledgeable of the menu and wine pairings. The 3 course meal was amazing, the chef is brilliant. We arrive soon after they opened, and it was not long before the restaurant was bustling. A great place to dine! Also make a reservation before going.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    Traveler
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    we had a great time, food was great and the owner is very personable. He has a great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Treat!
    eec21
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I made a note to Thally that it would be my companion's birthday dinner, and they greeted us with champagne, and then presented dessert with a candle at the end of the meal. Great touch! All the food was awesome and interesting. Unique cocktails. I recommend the window tables.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful New Find
    DCnativechild
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Thally lived up to its many great reviews. Trendy, hot spot with a youngish and sophisticated vibe. Felt like a hip city venue. Menu nicely limited in that there seemed to be one or two of all the major food groups. Starter of whisky roast onion with bacon jam was sublime--oozing with flavor, truly unique. Homemade tagliatelle was delicate and delightful; the roasted oyster mushrooms were earthy and sauce enveloped the pasta without being overwhelming. Portions were well sized. Finishing the meal with Pitango gelato was a perfect ending. I'll return for brunch and dinner with family and friends. Get a reservation before it's too late!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DupontFoodie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    As a resident of Dupont Circle, I rarely get past 14th Street when dining. Thally is going to change that -- great food, great service and an interesting wine list. If you like many of the restaurants on 14th Street, you'll love Thally!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I can't wait to go back!
    Olathefoodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Thally was amazing. My beau and I went for our 2-year anniversary. I actually booked the reservation on OpenTable. They had two candles lit for us as well as two glasses of wine on the table for us as well. I had the striped bass and he had the flanked steak....which was superb. Not to mention the drinks were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant in Shaw
    AdMoOut
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Thally is the type of small, local restaurant with casual but attentive service and interesting and delicious food that other restaurants should strive to emulate. My party of four had a really exceptional experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem in Shaw
    DrJayVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Happy hour here is a deal and a half, but for dinner Thally really shines. Excellent service, creative food (Bibb, burrata and crispy prosciutto!) and a warm ambiance combine to make this a great experience. The wine list is varied and begins at reasonable prices for very drinkable options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really great
    izzy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I love Thally. It is always extremely satisfying, and creative. Good cocktails, and good for conversation. You can keep the price down if you split some dishes with a friend, but everything is always delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Very Good Restaurant
    RockcreekparkVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    It was a good friend and my first dinner at Thally. The space is good and tables are relatively private. The standout is the menu. I had the butternut squash and celery root "noodle" salad ($9) and the grilled chicken breast with dandelion-sunflower pesto, braised radicchio and white bean-carrot ragout ($21). The meal was outstanding. They had very reasonably priced bottles of wines starting at $32, but wine by the glass was relatively expensive (starting at $9 to $14 for a 5 ounce glass), so the bottle (with 25 ounces) is a much better deal. The restaurant was busy but not impossibly noisy. The service was good but relatively slow. Thaylly is a keeper and I will be back. We highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely evening
    fromgreattofair
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was excellent, the decor welcoming and the vibe neighborhood casual in the best possible way. We look forward to returning early and often!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Misled by the Post
    KittyB
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I expected a great neighborhood joint when we came to Thally, and while the ambiance and bar fits that bill, the overall experience did not. The food just is not that great for the prices they are charging. $11 for 3 shrimp seems excessive. $10 for three teaspoons of ice cream with a scant pour of liquor over it seems excessive. And we left feeling like chumps because we had a similar meal at Le Diplomat a few days earlier that was a far better value and so very much better in terms of food quality. I wanted to really embrace this place, but I won't go back. I feel duped by the Washington Post review.
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  • Yummy and Relaxed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We enjoyed an early celebratory night out at Thally. The food was terrific and the pace relaxed. Staff was helpful and attentive until the place filled up when they were stretched thin.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME EXPERIENCE!
    dcchuck
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This small restaurant delivers BIG! The owners go out of their way to ensure that all patrons are taken care of. The food is phenomenal! This is a place to come to dine and relax.....not if you are in a hurry. Great wine selections that pair nicely with the food. Don't miss this!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Okay Service
    zucchinipasta
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Everyone's food was great except for one dish, the flank steak, which arrived kind of unpleasantly charred and a bit over cooked (the snow peas that came with the steak - amazing). The rest of our table ordered the tagliatelle, duck, and fresh catch - all were excellent. The cocktails were great, although there was about a 20 minute wait for them, which seemed like a lot. The service is fine, we had a reservation (they called to confirm 1 hour before we got there), and they seemed kind of unprepared for us. There were a couple of long waits, but everyone was very nice and the waits were not so long that we got hungry or cranky.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great to have this place in DC
    jay9VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    we had a great celebration friday - great restaurant and definitely worthy of a special occasion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate