The Source
The Source

The Source

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restaurants/fine-dining/3941
  • Phone: (202) 637-6100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch (served in our Bar & Lounge):
    11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday

    Lunch:
    11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday – Friday
    Closed Sunday & Monday

    Dinner:
    5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday
    5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday
    Closed Sunday & Monday

    Bar & Lounge:
    4 p.m. – 11 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday
    4 p.m. – 12 a.m., Friday & Saturday
    Closed Sunday & Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Executive Chef: Scott Drewno
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For catering information please contact Erica Frank at (202) 637-6106 or erica.frank@wolfgangpuck.com. Thank you!
  • Special Events: Please contact Erica Frank, Catering Sales Manager, at (202) 637-6106 or erica.frank@wolfgangpuck.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Street
  • Public Transit: Metro to Archives/ Navy Memorial
  • Parking: Valet
A word from The Source
The Source is the first fine dining restaurant in the nation’s capital headlined by Master Chef Wolfgang Puck. Designed by EDG, the three-level restaurant is the signature dining experience at the Newseum, an interactive museum of news. The Source offers two distinct dining experiences as well as a private room located on the lower level that seats up to 40 guests. The ground floor bar and lounge where guests enter offers approachable dining in a casual setting and features a traditional Japanese Izakaya menu offering sushi, sashimi, noodle dishes and authentic "Robata" grilled dishes. Upstairs, guests can enjoy a menu that features Puck’s modern take on Asian cuisine. The Source is the recipient of many awards and accolades including #3 ranking on Washingtonian Magazine's "Top 100 Restaurants" list, "2008 New Restaurant of the Year" Award and "2008 Restaurant of the Year" from DC Magazine plus has received three stars from Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema.
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The Source reviews from OpenTable diners
202 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (137)special occasion (110)romantic (57)notable wine list (57)good for groups (48)hot spot (48)great for lunch (46)neighborhood gem (28)great for brunch (27)vibrant bar scene (22)scenic view (11)late-night find (11)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Superb
    Jane
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I went with two relatives/friends and we shamelessly tasted each other's orders. Couldn't decide which was most tasty -- and presentations quite wonderful, as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of this world !
    ViggaVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I had been waiting to visit DC again in orders to go to The Source so I had very high expectations ! To make a long story short they exceeded all of them, the service was great with out being pretentious as often is the case of restaurants at this caliber. And the FOOD, oh my god, the food ! I live in NYC and go to great restaurants all the time but the food here just blew me away. I had the Garlic dumplings which were amazing, the Duckling was simply the best food I have ever tasted and the waiter was not exaggerating when he told me that the 15 layer carrot cake was considered the best in DC. I can´t wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It could have been great...
    artINSUR
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Having seen The Source mentioned on Food Network, we decided to check it out while on a weekend trip to Washington DC. The food was good, with the fillet being cooked perfectly, the short rib also being perfect, but the chef cooking the veggies needs to find another job. My side of mushrooms and onions (barely any mushrooms) was under seasoned. The turnips that went along with the short rib were raw and inedible, Service was okay. Of the two people that took turns waiting on us, one (Abdul) was really excellent and attentive, The second guy was slow and seemingly overwhelmed. He neglected to even tell us the specials (but overheard them being explained at another table). Noise level? Get ready to shout. The restaurants lack of any sort of sound dampening materials made conversation quite difficult. The level of noise wasn't what I expected for such an expensive restaurant. Overall we had a nice time but there was certainly room for improvement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not first-quality dining.
    liketoeat
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The main attribute of the food was a lack of subtlety. I paid $64 for the lobster special, in which the predominate taste turned out to be soy sauce. Likewise for the tuna tartare (advertised as sashimi) which tasted like tuna bathed mostly in hoisin and soy. The noise level became quite high as the evening wore on; does anyone really need a 70's disco playlist to enhance their dining experience?
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  • ordinary food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The menu was ambitious but none of the dishes were terribly interesting
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great experience
    Anonymous
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food and the service was excellent. We enjoyed the creative presentations and delicious food. The only downside is the noise level which seems to be a common issue with many hot spots..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 7 course dinner
    Jch50
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The 7 course dinner was awesome. The chefs choices were excellent! As if you tasted the food from different Asian countries.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Service in DC
    41142hltVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Service was out of this world. Food was really good. Was very crowded with a large group when we were here but the kitchen and service never missed a beat. The parsnip soup was great, and the duck was really good. Sauce on the noodles with the duck was bathed in a tad too much garlic otherwise The Source would get a perfect score. Sorbet selection for dessert was top notch and the warm chocolate chip cookies at the end were enough to take home plenty. This place rocks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular dinner spot
    ShirlingtonFoodie
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    this place wow'd me from the start. food, service, ambiance are top notch. I scrutinize everything... this was my first time there, and it's now my new favorite restaurant in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    4 of us went to lunch there and spent over 2 hours having a blast. The food was fantastic and the service was outstanding. It's a very cool place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy and some food misses
    jgoodman888VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We were four persons at 6:30 and things were already noisy enough that you had to speak loudly to be heard and it got worse after 7. The duck and short ribs were great but two of us got the snapper and it was bland, even with the "spicy sauce" - not worth the price paid. The broccolini side dish was the best part of the fish dish - beautifully spiced and tasty. Service was fairly good but our waitress disappeared for ten minutes just as my wife wanted a refill on iced tea and it took a while to get it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sen2007VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had this scheduled early evening during the Degas Little Dancer event -between the exhibit at the National Gallery and the show at Kennedy Center. And a fine choice it was- with arctic char in tomato chutney and delicious Alaskan halibut with pineapple curry shrimp- the food was superlative- a true culinary ode to haute cuisine! Top that with a fifteen layer carrot cake- and this was for sure a most delectable dining experience! The decor is upscale millenial -we were seated upstairs with a side view of Pennsylvania Avenue, and the staff were very hospitable. This was our second Wolfgang Puck visit after the revolving 560 in Dallas TX- and will be very memorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    QuinSoTru
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    You should get much better food and service for $400+ per couple. Nice atmosphere, but we couldn't enjoy it since we were stuffed in a small corner table. We ordered drinks from a sharp room attendant who noticed our frustration when ten minutes passed without acknowledgement. When our server arrived, we ordered the seven course tasting menu. Unfortunately, the first course arrived with our drinks. Most courses were nothing special and the pace at which they were served was too fast. The tuna tartare and dumpling assortment were two exceptions. The duck was awful - extremely sweet and overcooked. This "Wolfgang Puck" restaurant should rival the quality of the tasting menu at Morimoto in Philadelphia. It didn't even come close.
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  • Overrated Terrible Because of Name
    RonBrumbaugh
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My wife always wanted to go to this restaurant because it was a Wolfgang Puck Restaurant and because there has been so much publicity around the name. It was not crowded on a Friday night ? Wonder why? Mostly out of town people. $150.00 for two and she had Snapper that was ok. My glazed duck was terrible and the worst that I have ever had.It was so dry it was impossible to even get it off of the bone. It was horrible. There are so many GOOD QUALITY Small Restaurants in DC. Don't waste your money on the Wolfgang Puck name.I would assume that Wolfgang has not ate in this restaurant forever.Otherwise he would condemn it. Over priced $150 can buy a GREAT DINNER for (4) at almost any good small restaurant in DC. Don't be fooled by the name
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Good food, we jus had appetisers but they were delicious. I found the entrees to be very pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • And a great burger
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Lunch in the middle of a Newseum day. Started with a birthday treat, tuna in a sesame cone which was excellent. Pot stickers were very good. Tuna sushi role was excellent. Glasses of wine were a nice pour. But the surprise was an outstanding burger. A lovely lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Duck is a must
    foodie14VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was a last minute reservation and boy was it Great!! The place is beautiful , tables are placed comfortably apart so you can have a nice dining experience. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive. He made quite a few recommendations that we all loved. The Duck is a must !!! all the dumplings were yummy . My younger daughter ordered two appetizers instead of a main course and it was no problem. It was a fantastic night all around .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TashiVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our visitors from PA loved everything they tasted during the Saturday dim sum brunch. It would be difficult to point to a favorite since they commented favorably on each dish. The clams and the duck buns may have been the stand-outs, but everything was perfect, as always. And the service, outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, okay service
    CelesteVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I would absolutely recommend going here for brunch. The food is outstanding and VERY reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, don't be in a rush
    blondie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was really great- the shanghai noodles were a highlight. However the service was seriously lacking. We had to ask for silverware for one member of our group 3 times. And after 2 hours, we were still waiting on our final plates. Since some members of our group had to leave so we requested the check but that took a little while too. Granted, it was busy and we were a group of 6, but I don't see how the restaurant wouldn't have been prepared to handle the rush since brunch is so popular there. Overall, I might try it again out of convenience to work but with so many wonderful places to try in DC it won't be soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SOURCE LOVE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    When I want a great burger. Puck. Wagyu. Me. Done. My lunch partner had the short ribs which he loved and I have loved every time. There is no dish that is not fabulous at The Source. Every dish is great and I love coming here for drinks after work. BTW Sewrvice is always spot on professional world class at the top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Annually perfect
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We only get here once a year in conjunction with a school trip, but make sure we get here! We had lunch in the bar area, served perfectly by both the maitre d and the bar tender. I had the lobster/shrimp spring rolls first followed by the sushi/sashimi combo. My wife had the hour of power lunch with pumpkin soup and spicy tuna and tempura shrimp rolls. Everything was magnificent. The Source is a gem of a restaurant that we hope to return to whenever we find ourselves in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Washington favorite
    Paddc
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I find the food at the Source always interesting and delicious, and the presentation is so beautiful. Great table service, not too obtrusive, just right. Love that they bring tastes from the kitchen while you decide what you want to eat. Great for friends coming from out of town, easy to get to, and valet parking. Not too crowded and not too noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Sushi
    goodstufffoodVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Although the Source has a number wide assortment of menu options. The Sushi is always fresh and great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best small plate brunch!
    joshuadcVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The brunch was so good and so unusual. Each small plate was enough for two, and they were all incredibly flavorful. Our party of 4 ordered 18 small plates and we were stuffed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Dim Sum Brunch
    LadyRedSoxFan
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Had a dim sum brunch at The Source, which they have on Saturdays. While the plates are indeed small and hence pricey, there was no complaint about the food. Our very cordial server said we could order as many dishes as we wanted at a time, even one at a time. My daughter and I started with four plates, and ended with eight. Very satisfied. The pork potsticker, with its ultra thin wrapper, was our favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't wait to return!
    FickleFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Waited three years to go. The location always seemed a bit out of the way, but in reality it was not. That is even with a large portion of Penn Ave being closed that evening. We still made it. Everything was delicious and satisfying. Quite a mix of people as well. It was obvious everyone was having as nice a time as we were. Wonderful dining experience. Reminded me of NYC restaurants we love. Please go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful birthday celebration!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Went here for lunch with a group of five friends, to celebrate a birthday. Thanks to the kind attention of the entire staff (and a fabulous complimentary appetizer), the birthday girl felt truly celebrated!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • npgsykes
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Planned a last minute dinner for 21st birthday - restaurant was very accommodating and even took initiative to give us special "21st birthday" menus had prosecco waiting for our party. Great food, as always, but service was above and beyond this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    ZeeLVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I booked a table for 12 people for my 30th birthday. The service was organized, fast, and courteous. The waiters were available but did not hover excessively. Food all came out impeccable. Some guests are not easily impressed by restaurants that are touted as high quality, but the chefs at the Source shut them up. I had a beef filet and it was just superb. I would highly recommend this place again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A go for brunch
    Repoman
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This fusion based restaurant serves nice dishes but not particularly great dishes. Most dishes are a bit too sweet for my taste. Liked the cocktails and services was good. Great bargain for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellence
    DCfoodie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The best way to describe the source is "commitment to excellence." The food, service, and ambience are fit for kings and queens.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    WillieVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This was our first trip here. Food was great - most of our party had fish, one had duck and one had a steak. All diners were very pleased. Steak was especially good. Appetizers were excellent although very small portions. Price was a bit higher than I had anticipated. Appetizers and drinks were more expensive than most other places we dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Newseum Source?
    Rooster
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Outstanding food in appropriate portions. Romantic atmosphere. Excellent way to conclude a visit to the Newseum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy service, decent food
    JayJayYoni
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a lovely dinner at The Source. First and foremost, I must mention the gracious service. Everyone was helpful and kind, and we never felt rushed. Moreover, we happened to mention to our server that we were there to celebrate a special event, and he had a gratis dessert ready for us at the end of our mean--a completely unexpected and lovely gesture. The food was good--nicely presented and certainly tasty. That said, there was little we ate that sent our mouths into orbit. In other words, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal but did not leave thinking "I've got to have that again" (except perhaps for the chocolate souffle!). Finally, although classy, we found the decor a bit cool and corporate.
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  • Dim Sum Yum!!
    kmlateVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Very nice dim sum brunch on Sat. Drinks were delicious, dumplings were tasty and the buns were yum yum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Source had no resources
    Bluntbutfair
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was disappointing, ordinary and pedestrian. Would have no way of knowing the appetizers were anything other than frozen Trader Joe potstickers. The bar was excruciatingly slow, despite the $14.00 price tag on cocktails, some of which we're filled to the brim and others less so. The mains were ok but not up to celebrity chef reputation and prices. A manager hovered about but had no apparent impact on the food service. Overpriced and overrated.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exquisite
    Smartwalker1
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The flavors and presentation of each dish ordered was just exquisite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • W.Puck's The Source
    tommyv
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great food. Uniquely prepared Asian dishes that will amaze in an inviting atmosphere. Great location on Pennsylvania Ave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was great, as always. No complaints about the food and service. My only complaint is with the bathrooms. I went a couple of times and there were very long times both times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.