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Ulah Bistro
Ulah Bistro
  • Address:
    1214 U Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    Neighborhood:
    U Street Corridor
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Ulah Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ulahbistro.com
  • Phone: (202) 234-0123
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 11am to 2am Friday 11am to 3am Saturday 10am to 3am Sunday 10am to 2am Kitchen open until 1 hour before close. Brunch: every Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm We are right by the U street metro!
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: Enjoy Karaoke, Live Music, and Dancing throughout the week at Ulah Bistro. Scheduled events are posted on our website. Please feel free to call the restaurant for more details.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Monday Nights: 1/2 Price Bottles of Wine & $19.95 3-Course Prefixe Menu Tuesday Nights: $19.95 3-Course Prefixe Menu

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Green and Yellow Lines. African-American Civil War Memorial/ U Street Cardozo
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking available Wednesday through Sunday after 5PM
A word from Ulah Bistro
Ulah Bistro will tantalize your taste buds with delectable American cuisine, such as fresh brick oven pizza, at our bistro in Washington DC. Ulah Bistro offers a wide variety of modern American cuisine for both dine-in and take out. Our experienced chefs prepare all of our foods fresh daily, and we utilize more than 20 years of experience to bring you delicious food, excellent service, and a good time! Ulah Bistro is pleased to announce our restaurant policy. Parties of six or more, one large check that may be split up over six different credit cards or cash payments. Parties of six or more, we will hold a table for no more than 20 minutes past your reservation time. The majority of the group must be present in order to be seated. Walk-ins are always welcome. We have two excellent bars for waiting and for full service dinner. We seat complete parties on the first come first serve basis. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I always enjoy brunch at Ulah, the food portions are perfect, and you can't go wrong with the bottomless mimosas. Making my reservation was easy and seamless, and the hostesses were able to find us a great table outside."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was yummy. I loved everything. The portions were great. The waiter was great as well. I like to go to places and receive great food and great service. I will be back again and again. IT wasn't crowded and I liked that as well."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I've been to Ulah multiple times, so didn't want to come for my birthday because I wanted to try something different. The restaurant's convenience ultimately made our decision. I don't regret it at all. The food was wonderful and the staff accommodated my group well, and ultimately made my birthday special. I Highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Everything started out wonderfully with our waiter, but by the end of the meal we were lucky to grab his attention at all. First, he pulled the "spring or sparkling" trick, which none of the other waiters were doing. Be sure to ask for tap if you're given that question. We waited for 30 min after our waters were delivered for him to come and take our drink orders and another 20 after drinks were delivered for him to check back on food. Food choices were interesting, and the food itself was tasty, but the service soured that for us."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "First time at restaurant/bar and enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Ate at the bar and had fantastic service by bartender who catered to everyone. Despite chatting with others, he was always attentive to my needs, great host and service. Had a few appetizers for dinner and was pleased with everything. Happy hour at the bar had food and drink specials and Monday night offered a 3 course for $19.95 as well as half off bottles of wine. If I had the appetite, I would have like to enjoy them so I will have to come back on a Monday!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Ula is a great place to grab a bite in the neighborhood. It's right next to a Metro station so it's a great place to schedule a meet up. One suggestion, If you want to have a nice quiet conversation, sit downstairs. Once the bar music is up, it's hard to have a meal there with someone. I usually request a table downstairs and have always been accommodated."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "OK, the service was poor - our waiter disappeared for 30 minute increments at a time. The food was alright. The bottomless mimosas/bloody mary's however, totally hit the spot! I was hungover by dinner time. Good time!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Things were promising when they brought the Hendrick's, basil, simple syrup, and cucumber martini...nicely done. I ordered a small plate of charred octopus with cannellini beans, followed by a seared Ahi tuna salad. Both dishes were very pretty, and here's the "but" -- both were surprisingly devoid of flavor. No taste of char for the octopus, which came with three different sauces, none of which had any character. I couldn't even identify what they were trying to be. The tuna, crusted with sesame seeds, was equally bland, and the orange ginger dressing on the salad was underwhelming. The roasted beets that came with it tasted, well, like beets. That's pretty much it. Nothing wrong here, mind you, and prices are reasonable, but ..."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Burnt chicken sandwich, food came in under 5 minutes (pre-prepared?) and service was non-existent. Would not recommend for the price! "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Ulah did not disappoint! Service and food are great! Perfect location on U street with huge patio! Great fish tacos and crabcakes! Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We went on Mother's Day because Ulah is convenient to part of our family. Several of the main dishes were disappointing. The tuna was a poor cut of tuna, and almost inedible, although the sides on the plate were ok. We were seated right under a blower and the A/C was blowing down on us hard although the front door was open and we would have been comfortable otherwise. The staff turned it off, then on again when customers in the back complained about the heat. Probably best to eat outside if possible. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I came to Ulah Bistro for the first time with some friends from out of town. We shared a delicious fruit and cheese platter, and I split a pizza with my boyfriend. I had an enjoyable experience, and I'm definitely coming back. It is close to a metro stop, which makes it convenient to get to but not the best view if you're near the window. Overall, I had a really nice experience."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I'd been to Ulah for dinner before and thought it was fine. However, brunch was terrible. I made a reservation for a party of 10. They gave away our table and ended up putting together some makeshift solution in the upstairs room right next to the jazz band. It was extremely loud and we couldn't even talk to each other without screaming. At no point did anyone from the restaurant come to apologize for the mishap or even acknowledge that they screwed up. And to top it off, the food was not that good. I will not be recommending this place to anyone in the near future."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant first by it's proximity to Lincoln Theater and then by the menu we saw online. The food was delicious and well-priced and the all the staff - from the hostess and the wait staff to the manager and bartender. For those with tickets for Lincoln Theater, the bartender makes a point of playing the scheduled artist's music which was a nice touch."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I had to change the reservation time and group size twice on the same day and then most of my group was still late, 2 extra people showed up, and they didn't hesitate to accommodate us! The biggest challenge in DC is that it's very hard to spontaneously decide to go anywhere on the same day--that is, you have to book reservations well in advance or wait for an extended period of time to get a table somewhere. I couldn't get over the fact that I could get a reservation the same day and again, that they weren't annoyed that we were late--or that we lingered well after the bill was paid. It's a great place with tasty food and great service--and definitely great for groups!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Huveos Rancheros were epic. Great food, fast service. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The food was fine, the decor is really cute, but the music made it feel more like a club than a brunch place. It was impossible to hear anyone - my husband who was across the table, the server - I couldn't enjoy the food through the blasting club music. And it seemed to be the same throughout the restaurant and even outside. I asked the staff to turn it down, which they did, but it was still just too loud for a nice Sunday brunch. It's really too bad - the place has potential but I would not come back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "i generally visit Ulah Bistro whenever I'm in DC. The food is very good and well presented. Service, particularly by my favorite bartender upstairs is warm, attentive and always efficient. I'd recommend Ulah Bistro as a solid, reliable dining option on U Street."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The service was excellent, and the "bottomless drinks" was A REAL THING! I don't think I ever saw the bottom of my glass."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Noise level upstairs was high. I had a reservation and when I arrived they only had the table right next to the front door. I asked to wait for another. We got one upstairs fairly quickly."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Used a TravelZoo deal for brunch for 2 and unlimited drinks. Our glasses were never empty; They filled up a 2/3 full glass to the brim! Food was quite tasty with good options like breakfast sandwiches and nutella croissants. The service was great as they let us hang out for about 3 hours and never pushed us with the bill. Good food, great service, and if it was warmer we would have done the shaded outdoor seating. Definitely a great brunch spot."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food was tasty and service was attentive. Good place to meet friends for dinner."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I keep coming back. Food is pretty top notch for most items though the breakfast pizza with crab could use work, but we always have a great time here and the waitresses and hostesses are terrific. Great at being fast on refilling brunch drinks for bottomless. Will keep coming back for more!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had brunch at the Ulah and the service and the food were excellent. My wife has limited mobility and we were a little late for our reservation, but the staff graciously accomadated us. We loved the brunch selections and the bloody marys."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My friend and I were seated near the leaky roof on the top floor. We told management but they shrugged it off and acted as if it wasn't a big deal. It was a bit crowded upstairs and there was only 1 waiter for all parties. A big party arrived shortly after my friend and I consequently our waitor disappeared for about 30 minutes as he was tending to the bigger party. The french toast and mimosa's were good. I would go back to try other menu items."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "When we first arrived for out 5:45 reservation we were told we must be done with dinner by 8pm. Once seated the roof began leaking onto the menus. We had to wait to be seated at another table. Which cut into our dining time. After looking over the limited menu most of the group ordered small plates. Some of the food arrived under cooked. Once we received the bill we had countless issues. We finally completed payment and once we got to the door the server demanded an additional tip. Needless to say this was my first and last visit to Ulah."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Ulah tends to be a good go-to for brunch particularly with out-of-town guests or picky eaters. We can usually make reservations only a few days before and are seated immediately upon arrival. The location is also nice-- just across from the Lincoln Theater and Ben's Chili Bowl-- making it a nice mini history tour as well."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I took my family to Ulah and we had a good time. I was a little miffed that they decided to seat us by the door. I could have declined but it was a busy Saturday night, after 9pm, and we wanted to eat. I would have preferred knowing they intended to seat us at the door and to have been asked if that was ok. Anyways, the food was good, plentiful and the wait staff was attentive. Waiter had trouble getting the temperature of my husband's espresso just right — it was scalding. I'd visit again, but definitely not sit by the door and not order espresso."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We were seated between 2 large groups celebrating birthdays so we could barely hear each other and there was a draft that distracted us from the food. Our waitress kept the wine coming so we ended up having a great time."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The restaurant had a live band, but the music was blarring and it made the experience less enjoyable than I'm used to at Ulah. The food there is delicious and the service is usually really good too, but they can't get the music right. It's too loud or there's weird techno that doesn't go with the vibe. The menu is great though, and it's usually easy to get a reservation. Solid drinks list and a good location too."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Great location - very close to the U Street Metro Stop. Great place to see and be seen; food - too pricey, notably average."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Brunch was bad service-couldn't get a Bloody Mary refill. Not worth the price. Food wasn't bad but the service was miserable. Also too noisy. We waited almost 20 minutes after asking for the tab and eventually we just got up and found her to pay."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We went here before a show at the Lincoln Theatre. The tables are awfully close together and the hostess sat us right next another couple, even though there were quite a few empty tables. The food was average at best, and for the price paid was lower than might be expected. This was our second experience here. The first trip was slightly better and we thought we'd give it another chance, but probably won't return again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This is the 2nd time I went to Ulah Bistro for Brunch (each time with a GroupOn). Sadly, we were late and put in the last table with your back to the kitchen and next to the restroom. I would not have a table there. Also, if you get bottomless mimosas and bloody mary's for 2 hours it would be nice if the waitstaff refilled your drink in a timely manner. The omelet was super greasy and not tasty. The other entree was fine. I would probably go back again, but not for full price."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "So, my groups of friends an I decided to go to Ulah Bistro in U Street for one of my friend's mom B'day. We were supposed to be 5, but out of the blue there were 5 more friends coming. I called Ulah and talked to Channel and she was so nice! She explained me that there was going to be a little bit of a wait because of the party increase but she was more than happy to have us all there. So, even tho we had to wait a little bit, they seated us in about 20 minutes. And the wait was TOTALLY worth it. Since we had to wait 20 minutes, it was 2:30pm and Brunch time was supposed to end at 3pm so they decided to extend the Bottomless Mimosas time just for us!! So we had bottomless Mimosas until 3:30pm!!! The waiter was awesome as well, great service"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I frequent this place mainly for brunch and enjoy it every time. The food is amazing."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I really enjoy the ease of dining inside of Ulah. It is a great spot for a long or short lunch and VERY convenient to the Green line train station (U Street). The food is well prepared and the service is attentive."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "There is a very nice range of choices on the menu- something for everyone, really. The ahi tuna salad was fabulous. We also had the crab dish appetizer which was very, very good. Our server was pleasant and attentive. We'll definitely return."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had already been at Ulah for dinner, but this was our first Saturday brunch, which we enjoy it, although it was pretty noisy. All in all, a nice spot, very convenient for us living a few blocks away."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Do not go here for brunch if you expect to be able hear yourself think, let alone hold a conversation. The food isn't good enough to make up for the noise issue, either. My advice: skip it."
    Dined on 2/22/2014