This is our first time ever writing a bad review about a restaurant, and we dine out quite a bit and are not negative people. The service is terrible and the food mediocre at best. 1. Required to place a $50 reservation hold and respond to a confirmation several days ahead, our 7:45 table ended up 8:05. 2. While waiting NEXT TO the host station, we received a call on our cell phone letting us know our table was ready. 3. Our table, at this very expensive restaurant, was IN THE BAR. 4. The couple is the bar table behind us commented on the comical lack of space, as bumped seat back to seat back. 5. The menu is written in Italian without translation and the waitress simply asked if we were ready to order with our explanation. (sorry, Italian is not the major language of DC). 6. While eating our appetizers, the waitress appeared and said, " I hope you are done because your entrees are ready!" In short, this is not the type of service I expect from a $$ restaurant. The food is definitely overpriced (and yes, we have experienced the other high end DC places) but it is the service that really provoked this review. Be wary if you are looking for that special place for dinner.