Baby Wale

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$30 and under
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Wine Bar
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Baby Wale is an urban rustic tavern that serves a small selection of bar snacks which are seasonally inspired. Most of our ingredients are sourced from local farms.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Wine Bar, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 450-3311
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Between L and M Streets
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.8
service
4.0
ambience
3.6
value
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My friends and I stumbled upon this place and instantly made a reservation after peaking in. The interior design is simple and very cozy but chic. It was full but not too loud, the bar was stocked full of beer, wine and cocktail options, the staff were incredibly friendly and attentive (without being annoying), and the food was great. Nothing was mind-blowing but collectively it all worked and was a great experience.

d
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

It was dead at 6PM on a Saturday night. My pinot noir was chilled... Cool space but only stayed for one round of drinks.

BT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best old fashioned I've had. Good craft cocktails, too. Thank you, Steve.

MB
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

RD
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was excellent. Weird to be charged for each glass of iced tea though as if it was a cocktail. I was also put off by the fact that servers were eating behind their work space in plain view of dining patrons. Whose to say whether they washed their hands before serving our food.

SG
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are here with Monat conference and noticed Baby wake was only open for dinner so went our first night there and that was a mistake because that was the meal in which every other meal was compared!!! It was so good, get the fried chicken.

BW
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere and decor. Food is not special as I expected. We went on a slow business night, Tuesday, and service was slow.

SS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is really nice. The menu options are all delicious and the dishes are fresh. Good was really good and service too. Followed the recommended by our server and no regrets.

SH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our food (dinner) and drinks were great (the cookie we had for dessert was not as good). Services was a little lacking but we think our server may have been new.

GE
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very positive first time experience. Found location close to hotel and went blind. Was pleased with everything and enjoyed ambiance. Give it a try!

T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Music was a little too loud, made it hard to have a conversation, especially when the bar area filled up with other people trying to talk over the music.

CJ
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This eclectic place is delicious and has such a variety of food types to choose from. It was a bit noisy for some at my table, and the server was slammed so service was a little lacking.

s
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was spotty- too many people not enough servers. Romaine lettuce- should have know better

OT
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Zero gluten-free options, with exception of a bed of lettuce for $7. Also the whole tone of the restaurant is confusing—have no idea what they’re going for or how I would even describe it to friends

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was not the best I have had. Staff not willing to make substitutions on meals. When asked for tomatoes on salad, we could not get it. Simple requests could not be honored.

ES
Washington DC
132 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I have been a fan of Corduroy since it was in the Sheraton. I was excited to finally get a reservation for Baby Wale - It took a bit of doing. I'd guess the restaurant holds quite a bit of the tables for walk ins because it was almost empty when we arrived. My guest's meatball casserole was a big hit. My steak was well cooked. The French fries were too dry. That is a big miss in my book. The service was fine (easy to do in an empty restaurant). The ambiance wasn't appealing to me - something about the high indirect lighting made it feel cold and too industrial. I'll definitely try it again, tho. I can imagine it would feel more fun and comfortable when there are more people.

E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I think the goal here was to have elevated low country food. But the "elevation" didn't work. Zucchini pupusas didn't have any zucchini flavor. Fried chicken was okay but the Thai chili dipping sauce that came with it was not a good pairing at all. So, basically worse versions of non fancy food at fancy food prices. It wasn't terrible but I won't go back.

SB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food just slow service. Recommend sitting at the bar

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Short ribs were boiled, so not that great. Papusas were off the chain though. Server was lovely!

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Limited menu.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was okay and a bit pricey for the quality/portion, e.g. 19 for 5 oversalted fried scallops.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I always want the food to taste better but it’s just aggressively mediocre. But the ambiance is lovely - I’d highly recommend for just a drink at the bar!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very attractive interior, nice twists on classic stick to your ribs dishes. Few restaurants can pull off such a varied menu at this quality. Highly recommended.

Z
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Has some good potential. The food was tasty and the server was friendly. They also have a decent drink menu. The real issue was that the place was severely understaffed for a Saturday night. The wait time for drinks and food got to be rather ridiculous. The rest of the experience didn't make up for how hungry we were by the time the food actually arrived.

FF
Washington DC
491 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Stopped in after seeing "The Price" at Arena Stage. I was delighted with the New Jersey hot dog. She got a salad and then ordered her ribs entrée to go when the waitress confessed to being was eager to see us gone.

We will return to Baby Wale, but try to get there earlier on a weeknight.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We selected Baby Wale for a girl’s night dinner after seeing the pictures and great reviews for the restaurant. We were happy to see that the restaurant does make good on the ambiance and decor, but we were quite disappointed in the slow service. The restaurant was not busy at all, so it was hard to justify the service being as painfully slow as it was. Considering the wait for our food, we weren’t all that impressed. Another downside was that the restaurant was marketed as a wine bar, but had a minimal wine selection to choose from.

RF
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated a Friday evening special occasion... quietly, without a song or sparklers! Compliments of the house - cookie on a decorated plate "Happy Birthday" in chocolate! Just right. Had the crab/lobster sandwich.. very tasty (too much bread). Nice beer selection; could use a wider wine selection. Will go back for more.

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The fried chicken special was completely bland-quite a disappointment after our server hyped it up to a group of hungry diners.

D
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great easy meal
Local gem
Fresh food
Had great Tuna steak
Tomato salad fantastic

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Liz was absolutely amazing! We loved having her serve us!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Just excellent food, light and tasty in exactly the right amount. Smiling and efficient waiters. I went twice

E
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were at the convention center for Otakon and wanted better food than the convention center or our hotel and this was close. It can be pricey but every thing was delicious, our waiter Ben was great and we all had a good time so for me that makes it worth it.

CI
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Grabbed a bite to eat before a show at the Verizon Center and ordered a bunch of the small plates to share between 4 people. The cocktails were really good and the service was great. Our server was helpful, attentive and super friendly. The food was tasty (we liked everything we ordered) but we all felt like it was heavily salted, and two of us had mildly upset stomachs later in the evening/next morning. Nothing to not return over, but worth noting.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We (husand and two daughters) were vacationing in D.C. and for our last night in town, we were looking to eat dinner somewhere local and casual. The food was surprisingly good and our server was very attentive. Our cocktails were very well-made too. This was such a great place to cap off our trip!

NH
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very early bite before a 7:00 show on a Saturday. Food was yummy and inventive, same with cocktails. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable, but not intrusive. It was pretty quiet when were there, so conversation was easy. Guessing it would be a lot noisier if it were full. But I would definitely go back, especially at such an early hour.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere. We love their pizzas, spring rolls and chicken tikka.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous! Loved the décor and the food was delicious. What an incredible find, and so close to the Convention Center. Very convenient, very delicious. All of us enjoyed our meals. Steak was extra tender, spring rolls were awesome. You won't be disappointed. Just the décor alone is worth going for!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The ambience is funky and urban; the service was excellent and attentive; the food was very good; the noise level--at 7:30 p.m.--was a conversation killing din of music and shouting. Clearly, some folks were having a great time, but don't go if you want to hear anything your dinner companion has to say!

NW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE Baby Wale and have eaten here a bunch. It's a great date spot, as well as a place to grab a cocktail and awesome food with a friend. They're very accommodating of allergies, as well. I can't have gluten, dairy, soy, vinegar, wine, or tomatoes and I can still eat here!

c
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food presentation and delivery was underwhelming. Taste of the food was just okay.

I ordered the faux Ribeye which was great. My date ordered the ribs with coleslaw and this was where we were disappointed. For the cost of the product, the presentation of the dish was sort of what we would expect at a diner. The coleslaw was tasteless, and there weren't much ribs on the plate. We both left hungry even after having the spring roles as a starter.

Cocktails were very well made, and our server was good.

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