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Estadio

4.4
945 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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Estadio is a lively tapas bar offering contemporary takes on regional classics in pintxos, tapas and raciones, along with sandwiches on house made bread, all washed down by Iberian wines (many under $10 a glass) and frozen alcoholic slushies; the über-stylish setting incorporates decorative wrought iron, reclaimed timber, colorful tiles and themed murals, with seating at a large concrete bar, a marble counter facing the open kitchen and window-side tables perfect for scoping the vibrant street scene.'
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 319-1404
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between N Church St & N P St
Additional
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Weekend Brunch
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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
4.1
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2014

This was the first time eating at Estadio. We had 7:30 theater tickets so arrived by 5:45 and the bar and restaurant were already busy. Service was prompt but not at all intrusive and the food was fabulous! If you like a little kick to your flavors, don't miss the spice chicken -- out of this world!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 13, 2014

My wife and I went here for brunch recently, and, other than one strange dish, we enjoyed our meal. We split biscuits with bacon gravy to start, and the dish was fantastic. The biscuits were fluffy and buttery, and the bacon gravy certainly did not disappoint. We then each ordered a main dish from the sections of the menu we were told was "more like entrees" (versus small plates or appetizers). I had the chorizo hash and fried eggs, which was very good. It could have maybe used something to cut through the saltiness of the hash, but it was good all the same. My wife, though, got the slow roasted pork with fried eggs. That's the dish that left us very confused. While it was a very tasty, braised pork, the plate was just a hunk of meat with a fried egg on top. No veggie, no acidity, nothing more to compliment the richness of the meat (other than a rich fried egg). It seemed like it should have been served as a small plate and we should have ordered a veggie on the side to compliment it, but that's not really how the dish is presented. It's presented as an entree, a complete dish, and all the other dishes on that section of the menu have elements other than the meat but this one did not. Once again, it was a good dish, but it needed something more. Not sure if we'd return for brunch, but obviously Estadio has great food.

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Evika (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 2, 2014

The food was good. There was nothing especially creative or outstanding about any of the dishes or drinks. There was nothing entirely memorable about any dish or drink either. For a tapas restaurant and bar the entire dining experience, food included was mediocre at best. We tried a majority of the food that the waitress graciously told us was popular. The prices do not reflect the quality of the food (which, again, was good but not excellent) or anything special about the ambiance. The restaurant does not even open until 5:30pm during the week and there are no happy hour specials. While all restaurants do not need to cater to discounted food and drinks during a certain timeframe, the atmosphere of this restaurant lent itself to that. This restaurant is not fancy, posh, or remotely traditional. It was a surprise that they didn't offer happy hour options. This was one of many examples of the restaurant trying to create an image for itself that it could not realistically support. Even making a reservation was very overblown. I was told at noon on the day I wanted to dine there that the only reservation left was for 5:30pm. I took that reservation and arrived at the restaurant around 5:00pm. After being seated promptly at 5:30pm, ordering, eating and enjoying my company, it was 6:15pm before any other tables had guests. It was 7:00pm before my section was full. There was never a wait and always available tables. During the week, the estimated crowd size is overblown and walk-ins should be perfectly acceptable. Unfortunately, it appears this restaurant has been deceived by its own hype. After receiving the bill and reflecting on my barely memorable food experience, I was disappointed. My party and I deserved more for our money. This experience was not worth what we paid.

Frankly, La Tosca is a better bet, as is Jaleo. La Tosca also has good food, good drinks but a more vibrant atmosphere, including happy hour and live entertainment.

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vipJimleemo (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2014

The title says it all. Also loved the vibrancy and our wonderful server.

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KfWill (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2014

Estadio remains my favorite restaurant in the city. The quality of the food and service is always outstanding. However, I've noticed that their portion sizes have gotten even smaller and their prices have gone up! Of course tapas aren't meant to be huge portions, however, after two small bites, we had finished the bocadillo! It was barely large enough to share.The scallops are definitely much smaller than they were in prior years and $9 for a child-sized slushee is insane. If Estadio had more reasonable prices or larger portion sizes, we'd definitely frequent the restaurant more often. Until then, it will remain our "once a year" restaurant.

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vipjbc42 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2014

Always a treat to dine here...each small plate had something worthy...great for vegetarians as well as fish and meat eaters. You cannot go wrong!

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QBethesda (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2014

The food was absolutely spectacular. We especially enjoyed the delicious octopus. The wine list was compressive with a wide range of prices. Our enthusiasm for the restaurant was finished by the service. Our server was abrupt and the food came out too quickly. It would have been nicer if there was more time in between the different dishes coming out. Overall, this is a great restaurant.

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vipbreakingbad (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 8, 2014

Saturday's dinner was another outstanding meal at Estadio. the food was delicious and the variety on the menu is amazing. have been there numerous times and it has never disappointed. one of my absolute favorite restaurants in DC even after several years.

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vipMaggiano (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 7, 2014

Eastadio has become the best and most authentic tapas bar in Washington.

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Casey1977 (Poconos)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2014

Estadio offers small dishes which is great for trying and sharing with friends, but everything was so good we just wanted to keep ordering more. Service was great, atmosphere was fun, and the desserts were outrageous. Estadio is a must, when visiting DC.

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on October 27, 2014

Tapas style
Great chees and wine listing
Entree was good however small portion

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vipSatisfiedDiner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 26, 2014

Stopped before Studio Theater and worked out very well. Not as noisy as it would be later, food and service very good

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adam71 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 25, 2014

Definitely the best Spanish cuisine I've ever had...everything was outstanding, including the sangria. And though the restaurant was very busy, our server was helpful, attentive, detail-oriented, and quick.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 24, 2014

Food was delicious and the waitress was very knowledgable but the expensive drinks had such big ice cubes, they were down in two sips. Sort of annoying when you leave spending $150 for a couple and you're still hungry and not buzzed. Food is great but pricing is a bit high for food and especially mixed drinks. They were delicious but super super small.

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vipIlikedelicious (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 23, 2014

My wife and I went for our anniversary and loved everything about the restaurant. Highly recommended.

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Cmiller7786 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2014

Very good all around. The food was wonderful, I highly recommend the scallops. Drinks were great as well, sangria was amazing. A bit cramped in there, but when we went it was not to busy so it was ok. Can imagine it being annoying if it was busy though.

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vipSFFP (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on October 18, 2014

Delicious food Enjoyed everything we ordered. Best and most unique Brussels Sprouts we have ever had. The chicken dish was flavored well. Hanger steak was a little tough but a minor flaw. Topped the meal off with the chocolate cake and could not wait to tell the waitress the service was great and we'd be back.

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vipJayMc (Nashville)
3.0  Dined on October 18, 2014

Not exactly what we expected based on the reviews. More pubby and casual on a busy side street. Tapas were good with a big variety, but not great. The Spanish themed drinks were okay, but again not inspiring. If we were to go back, we definitely would sit at the bar and nosh. It's more that kind of place.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 17, 2014

Third time here, and it's been consistent. Tasty Tapas, many cocktails, and packed to capacity with the typical NW crowd.
Although better for groups than as a romantic date night spot, I would recommend this place for those who don't mind being up close and personal with fellow diners.

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Lovefood (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2014

Our dinner was amazing! I went with my son and we both loved it. Great variety, lots of options. We would go back again!

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