About Baby Wale

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.

1124 9th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Wine Bar, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between L and M Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 450-3311

Website:
http://www.babywaledc.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Baby Wale Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.6

service

3.7

ambience

4.0

value

3.3

Noise

Moderate

69% would recommend it to a friend

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Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Fun (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Seasonal (1)
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Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Fun, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

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

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 28, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 22, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 19, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 30, 2017

If you want to eat dinner at 7 PM prepare for
Noisy Happy hour crowd dominating the restaurant

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Great chow, accommodating but sort of slow service. Very helpful staff!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 20, 2017

The food was excellent

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 7, 2017

I didn't think it was possible to mess up pizza, but Baby Wale found a way. It was so repulsive and I felt sick after one small slice. The $12 "cheese and ham sandwich" is essentially wonder white bread toasted with leaves on the side. The decor is fun, but don't let that fool you.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 25, 2017

We sat down and waited for over 10 minutes before we were greeted by our waitress and then were completely rushed through the meal. Our main course arrived when we were mid-way through our appetizers (twice!). The food was mediocre and cocktails we good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Cocktails were good & food was tasty BUT SERIOUSLY SMALL PORTIONS, especially for the price.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 24, 2017

My wife and I split the mushroom pizza and pupusas. Neither were particularly good. The ambiance and beer were nice though. Decent place for a drink, not so great for dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Baby wales menu is overwhelming to look at and has a major identity crisis. Everything from grilled cheese to ramen or pizza or a ribeye. My drinks were great and I really enjoyed the length of the bar. Dinner was not impressive. This is a fine everyday place when want a quick bite but not a standout place for dinner.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2017

The pork dish and the duck dish were superb! Very good service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Food was all good but dessert subpar

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Baby Wale is always good. Considering we were there on one of the busiest days in DC and the restaurant was full. They were able to seat us quickly and provide the same quality service they always do. We noticed that groups without a reservation were turned away, because they couldn't be accommodated.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2017

I don't get it. The food is usually pretty good (particularly the papusas) but the restaurant is nearly always understaffed leading to terrible service. What gives. For this meal, one waitress was available for the whole dining room and she also served as hostess (on a Saturday night!). There was also only one bartender. As a result, it took 30 min to order, another 30 min for drinks to arrive, and 45 min more for meals to come out (appetizers ordered but given to another table). A second round of drinks never showed. This is not the first time this has happened. We keep making the mistake of going back and hoping staffing will be adequate.... I guess it's time to give up.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 10, 2017

I cant say this place was great by any means. The lobster bisque was salty and had no real flavor except the not-so-fresh lobster meat that was tossed in for an additional charge. The mushroom pizza was OK, but lacked any kind of sauce. The menu is very limited and uninspired, making it hard to find something you actually would want to eat. I will not go back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Our dirst time and we were satisfied with the food and service.

Tags: Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2016

The food was fine, nothing special. However, it was frustrating because it took about 40 minutes for our food to come, even though we were literally only one of a couple parties in the entire restaurant. That said the servers were certainly nice and the menu was good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2016

As always everything was excellent. We were greeted in the usual friendly way and the service was attentive, professional and timely. The menu is diverse and we all enjoyed our individual choices, and they were excellent as usual. We look forward to returning soon. Thank you being here.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 30, 2016

The waiter was kind and charming, but he didn't know the dishes well enough to keep us from duplicating dishes. The papusa was dry. The turkey BLT was hardly a 'fabulous' sandwich. No one knowledgeable seemed to be on staff that night.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2016

Good food in casual setting extremely close to he convention center

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2016

The waitress gave us attitude and rushed away from our table every time she came over. She also screwed up my order supremely. I ordered the fried chicken and I asked for white meat. I was given all dark meat -- I hate dark meat. My partner's beans were undercooked and the waitress acted as if they couldn't make a drink over that was way too sweet. Overall, we did not enjoy our experience today.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Underwhelmed by the interior & it was insanely noisy but the quality of the food and service made up for that. Had the faux ribeye which was excellent and very friendly servers.

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2016

Great wait staff.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2016

We had a delicious Caesar salad and then were told that three of the menu entrees were unavailable including the ones we came to enjoy. All items left contained red meat which we avoid. This was on a a very slow Tuesday night in a nearly empty restaurant. We had made a special trip downtown and braved the difficult parking to try this st a friend's recommendation. We left to continue our meal next door. Probably will not return.

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