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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.
It was dead at 6PM on a Saturday night. My pinot noir was chilled... Cool space but only stayed for one round of drinks.
Best old fashioned I've had. Good craft cocktails, too. Thank you, Steve.
Great food and service!
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.
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.
Great atmosphere and decor. Food is not special as I expected. We went on a slow business night, Tuesday, and service was slow.
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.
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.
Very positive first time experience. Found location close to hotel and went blind. Was pleased with everything and enjoyed ambiance. Give it a try!
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.
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.
Service was spotty- too many people not enough servers. Romaine lettuce- should have know better
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
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.
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.
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.
Good food just slow service. Recommend sitting at the bar
Short ribs were boiled, so not that great. Papusas were off the chain though. Server was lovely!
Food was okay and a bit pricey for the quality/portion, e.g. 19 for 5 oversalted fried scallops.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The fried chicken special was completely bland-quite a disappointment after our server hyped it up to a group of hungry diners.
Great easy meal
Had great Tuna steak
Tomato salad fantastic
Liz was absolutely amazing! We loved having her serve us!
Just excellent food, light and tasty in exactly the right amount. Smiling and efficient waiters. I went twice
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.
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.
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!
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.
Great food, service and atmosphere. We love their pizzas, spring rolls and chicken tikka.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Baby Wale is rated 3.9 stars by 227 OpenTable diners.