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Urbana Restaurant
Urbana Restaurant

Urbana Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.urbanadc.com
  • Phone: (202) 956-6650
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00AM - 10:30AM; Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00AM - 11:00AM; Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 3:00pm; Weekend Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 11:00AM - 3:00PM; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, French, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Ethan McKee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar has a range of private dining spaces which can seat 12 guests privately and up to 40 guests semi-privately. Our 12-seat Private Dining Room features wall-to-wall velvet curtains and two frosted glass walls. Two sliding glass doors open for a view into the restaurant's Main Dining Room or close for complete privacy. Our restaurant itself is available for private buy-outs for up to 200 guests. For additional information please call 202.956.6650.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Come join us for Happy Hour Monday - Friday from 4pm - 7pm. We offer $4 Yuengling and Peroni. $5 House red, white and sparkling wines. $6 Ketel One mixed drinks. $7 Mark & Stormy. $1 oysters and $8 pizzas.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 21st St NW
  • Public Transit: Metro: Red Line, Dupont Circle
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking
A word from Urbana Restaurant
Urbana is a refined casual neighborhood restaurant with an innovative design, high energy bar, and bustling social atmosphere. Our cuisine is coastal Mediterranean with influences of Italy and Provence using local ingredients and 100% sustainable seafood. Our service is professional, yet relaxed and we strive to make each guest a guest for life by welcoming them into our inviting environment and providing them with a great meal at a reasonable price. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Diner Reviews
  • "Went last night for dinner with the lady. Specialty cocktails were truly delicious, great Italian wines on the list and the food was solid. Beet salad, tagliatelle pasta and cauliflower were very good. The steak special, however, was excellent. It was a Ny strip with these perfectly cooked French beans. It made the night. Thanks for a great meal."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Amazing as always! Definitely my favorite place to brunch in DC. The food is fantastic, the service is great and the bottomless Bellinis are the #1 reason I keep coming back!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I found it more pretentious than it deserved to be. Three-piece charcuterie, for example, was $15 - and the tasso was so fatty that we couldn't eat it. We were told that dishes are designed so that each person eats 3-4, which meant that the gnocchi was $2/noodle. It wasn't that good! Pastas were good, though overpriced and not consistent in size (mine was a fine size for an entree). Desert donuts no better than if I had gone to Dunkin. Disappointing anniversary dinner - won't return."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We went in for happy hour and for dinner service. We never made it to dinner despite being there for over an hour. We got in around 5:30 and took a seat at one of the booths just outside the bar. We got our own menus and it was 15 minutes before a server stopped by. We ordered a bottle of white wine, calamari, and mussels. After dropping off our wine, the server said she would get us a chiller for it, and did 10 minutes later. The calamari came quickly, but was average. The mussels came about 20 minutes later, without anyone checking in on us. Again, the mussels weren't bad, but we have had better. We asked a manager more bread that never came and had to ask twice for our check. We saw three managers and countless staff standing around."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the happy hour specials on food. The calamari was a massive portion (and delicious) for only $5. The pizzas were phenomenal as well. The cocktails were good but I wouldn't pay more than the $7 happy hour price for them."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Went on restaurant week for what we thought was going to be brunch on a Sunday and was refused the brunch menu that was posted for restaurant week. We also never saw our waitress (once an hour.... we were there over an hour waiting for the check). Yes it was busy but it was like only busboys were working. The food took an hour to come out and it wasn't even worth the wait. It was ok, but kind of bland. I will not go again."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Loved the idea of small plates for sharing, similar to a tapas bar. The restaurant also had a good selection of cocktails and wine list. The location the restaurant was ideal, near Dupont Circle. However it is located at a lower level and did not look too inviting from outside. Once you go in, the ambiance changes completely"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Delightful restaurant with tapas menu. We are vegetarians and a very nice selection of tasty treats. Lovely, a bit dark, great service."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great food, awesome server, kitchen staff not on top of things as one would expect. Incredible noisy!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This restaurant offers tapa style (small portions) of some unique meals ranging from pizza to hanger steak and seafood. The beet salad was a standout. Location is just couple blocks off Dupont circle and bar was packed appears to be a popular after work stop. It is quite vibrant so not for those desiring a quiet setting."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Very very good value. Food was very good but the service was just okay. Not bad, but just fair. Would come back."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We came on a special night for us, and Urbana rolled out the red carpet! The food was delicious, service was top-notch, best table in the place...the evening staff even hand wrote a card for us. If you want something special, THIS is the place."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Service was great. Ian, our server, explained the choices, provided recommendations, paced the delivery of the small plates. Was available when needed, but unobtrusive. A great evening!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Brunch was really great with my family. The build your own bellini for an affordable price was great."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Although the food was very good at Urbana, don't go unless you are prepared to buy three or more dishes. A single dish is akin to a 'side' order at a normal restaurant, so if you hope to get a full meal at Urbana, be ready to spend some money! Their alcohol list is extensive, but also fairly pricey. Review the menu online before you decide to go or not. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Delightful service and selection for our first visit for an early evening meal with another couple to discuss preparations for wedding. Each of the four of us took turns choosing first, then second course from a diverse and tasty menu. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Recently, while staying at the adjacent hotel, I scheduled a business lunch at the Urbana. The restaurant provided an excellent atmosphere and food options. The food was very good and the service was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Ranked in the top two for all the restaurants during our week long stay in DC!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I went to Urbana for dinner with my girlfriend, and this was perhaps the most enjoyable dining experience we have had in 2 and a half years! The food was among the best we have tasted, the service was great, the atmosphere was intimate but lively. The gnocchi was particularly good, as were the desserts - apple tart tatin and the chocolate bomba. Overall, this place comes highly recommended!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The environment is great, waiter was friendly and attentive, but the food was not very good. I had the chicken dish, but was more like two chicken wings attached to what was supposed to be another piece of chicken over smashed, unseasoned potatoes. I'll probably give it another shot, but was mediocre for what seemingly was a slow night. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Cassoulet was tasteless. Octopus was dry and mostly charred. Service was amateurish and lastly, tables for two are too large so I had to speak very loudly to be heard. Place was nice looking though so I have to say it was poor execution on food and service. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was great, and what excellent servers and staff! Nice variety - could be a few more choices for brunch time for my 16 yr old's liking. If I wasn't driving I would've loved to have tried the champagne and fruit juice option. Next time! An added note that I found prices reasonable for the size and quality of food selections."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "My wife and I eat out a lot but this is our first time at Urbana. It's a tapas restaurant and there are plenty of imaginative dishes to choose from. We enjoyed all of them but none stood out as a show-stopper. We didn't think the price-to-value ratio made it likely that we'll hurry back although we'd not rule it out when we're in the area. The décor, ambience, and service made it a nice visit. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "A colleague and I were looking for a local restaurant that served a good food and had a good cocktail/wine list and we found that in Urbana. Because of its "small plate" concept, we ordered several dishes and shared them. From the flatbread and charcuterie, to our individual "plates" of venison and beef short ribs and lastly the pear cake, we were both delighted with our food and the service we received. My only complaint would be the noise level. It was very hard to have a conversation with my colleague in the dining room because of the conversations coming from the bar (which was a good distance away from us). The price was also extremely reasonable and a great value for the amounts of food (and drinks) we consumed! I will come back!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Pleasant surprise after having really poor service at other well known D.C. "hotel" restaurants. Tapa size plates and a great selection of food! Our waiter was excellent in directing us as to portion size and recommendations. Being tapa's the wait staff has to stay on top of the timing of bringing the food out and checking on things and they have it down pat! Highly recommend this restaurant even if your staying in another hotel! We will be back when in D.C. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The bottomless bellinis were made with a fantastically tangy Spanish cava and a choice of peach, orange, or strawberry puree. The eggs benedict had a wonderful Hollandaise sauce with some of the best potatoes I've ever had at a restaurant. The locale is a little loud, but that's because it's popular and a bit echo-y. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Went for brunch. The food was pretty good, but the service was absolutely terrible. We had a reservation, but had to wait 15-20 minutes after we were seated before anyone even came over to fill our water glasses. I'm usually pretty lenient on servers, but there are really only two explanations for the poor service at Urbana: 1) they're understaffed, or 2) the servers are just inattentive, slow, and just plain bad at their job."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Dinner here was fantastic. Our server wasn't very knowledgeable about the wine list, but when we had more detailed questions, he sent over the manager who was able to help us and provided great service. Very well done/ nice save!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • " The environment wasn't noisy even though the bar was full, the restaurant part is a bit removed. The food was very good, lots of small plates, with creative touches. The roasted brussel sprouts with pancetta were delicious, also a really good polenta & mushroom small plate with just the right amount of kick. My husband had a risotto with grilled baby octopus both rich band delicious. Dessert tart tatin was pretty good but the pannacota was even better! Service was good, wine list seemed nice though we had wine by the glass. A good experience !"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I was visitng over for cherry blossom and really enjoy the bottomless brunch with my friends"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Ok, in all fairness, I haven't tried every brunch in DC. After going to Urbana, why would you want to? The build you're own (bottomless) Bellinis with fresh fruit purées were outstanding and completely reasonable prices at $16/person. My personal favorites were mango and raspberry, though my friend couldn't get enough of the peach! The food was outstanding! And the service was impeccable!! Put server, Jari, was fabulous. She was friendly, professional and incredibly responsive... especially with refreshing our bottle of champagne the second it was empty and always making sure we had enough of each juice. I would highly recommend Urbana for brunch to anyone and everyone!!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Great restaurant, amazing food selection. Nice quiet ambience, wish we would have gotten a private booth like we had requested, other than that the food was amazing. The service was superb, everyone kept attention to the table and even explained the options in detail so we could make our choices"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Highly recommend the Urbana pizza bar. Outstanding service and a great place to visit in Dupont Circle."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Pizza and salad both lackluster. Kale salad had very little taste and the pizza crust doughy and unmemorable"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "A great place with some great menu choices, offering some standard items and others that are less common. Good charcuterie and cheese boards, great venison."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Small plates so you can try several things. Reasonably priced. Great wine."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "It was my wife's birthday and we picked Urbana after checking their menu and facility. At the entrance, we were a bit shocked by the level of noise at the bar, but a manager momentarily arranged a booth at a far side from the bar and made our stay quite comfortable. The food was great: I had oysters and duck and my wife had an octopus and lamb. However, the California chardonnay was not good at all so we switched to more familiar Cotte du Rhone rouge which, anyway was more appropriate for the meat entrees we had. Panna cotta was great - one of the best I ever tasted. We enjoyed a nice evening with a good food and a relaxed ambience. Well, the wine choice did not initially work out - but one could not blame the restaurant entirely for it!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Enjoyed the small plates, ambiance and customer service. Waitress was attentive without being intrusive, and food was very flavorful."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Simply put, it is one of the better places to get bivalves in the city."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Generally, I think the small plates concept is over done in DC, but it really works here. Ordered a bunch of tasty items, all suggested by our server and they were great. Octopus, scallops, beet salad and short rib dish stood out. Solid cocktails, although they were a tad pricey. My friend had the lobster ravioli which I tried and it was delicious."
    Dined on 3/29/2014