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minibar by José Andrés

4.8
39 reviews
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$50 and over
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List

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minibar by José Andrés
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Tuesday-Thursday 6:00 pm- 1:00 am
Friday-Saturday 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Phone number
(202) 393-0812
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
José Andrés
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
9th
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4.8  based on all time ratings
4.7
food
4.9
service
4.9
ambience
4.2
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDupontDiners (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

Best dining experience ever. Not only amazing food but a show as well since you get to sit and watch the prep. Best of the best and we try all the good restaurants!!!

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ChrisR 
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

The place is amazing. We went to MiniBar eight years ago. It has been our favorite place ever since. That said, MiniBar is better now than it was eight years ago.

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Bren (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2016

A must do for foodies at least once in a lifetime. Food, chemistry and great service.

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vipRandyA (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2016

Amazing. Exquisite food and service. It is an experience not just dining. Be prepared to drop serious money but it a special event for people who believe food can be art and dining can be an experience not a chore.

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JoeP 
5.0  Dined on July 12, 2016

Best place in DC! It is truly a great dining experience. As soon as me and my husband arrived, staffs are all welcoming. Service is always impeccable food is above and beyond. The concept of José Andrés is out of this world. Love everything about this gem.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

We would recommend this restaurant but you have to accept the price, which is very high end and not worth this price. The wine testing was not a good match for the majority of the courses the non alcoholic option was a much better pairing.

It's an experience but very pricey

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knowmoore (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

Perfectly stated, exactly the right amount of food, felt like I got more than I paid for.

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EdQ7750 (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on June 23, 2016

A once in a lifetime type of meal. Unexpected surprises with each course with food pairings that were inspired. It was very expensive but I will cherish the memory. It would probably not be appreciated by someone other than a foodie.

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vipMichael (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 22, 2016

Delicious fun! Innovative, creative, thoroughly enjoyable experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 22, 2016

Incredible combination of innovative, elegant, and well balanced. Attentive service operates like a well oiled machine. Best suited for groups of 6 or less. Perfectly appropriate for dates, small groups of friends or work related group who is comfortable partaking of unique dining experiences. One of my lifetime best restaurant experiences.

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vipChas (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 21, 2016

A special place.

This may be a once in a lifetime experience for us! It was nothing less than a fabulous experience, with incomparable service, and incredibly innovative, food and dedicated staff. Of course, none of that is worthwhile if the food is not great, and the tastes were amazing and mind-blowing. This was the first tasting menu experience we have had, and combined with the optional wine pairings, I cannot say enough about the place. It also gave a us a glimpse of a world that we do not and could not frequent, but as a special occasion, it makes all others pale by comparison. I think that the staff, and chef, Josh Hermias, did a fabulous job. I can say that this is likely the best meal that we have ever had or will ever have...

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KatherineB 
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2016

Minibar lived up to the hype. Definitely a must-do on anyone's bucket list, but at $275 per person (not including tax, tip or drinks) it is definitely an experience to be reserved for a very special occasion. Not recommended for those with food allergies - among the 25+ dishes we were served, most had shellfish and/or nuts. Bring your most adventurous palate- our menu included skate, bone marrow, sea urchin and plankton.
You don't HAVE to do the wine pairing at $95 or $195 (and up) extra per person, despite what they make you think when you walk in the door. We were just interested in the cocktails anyway but they almost made us feel like we were doing it wrong, despite bar-mini being attached to the restaurant where they specialize in craft cocktails, many with cool nitrogen presentations. The cocktails were awesome and ranged from $12--$20. The cheapest glass of wine was $25. So if you are going to do wine, you might as well shell out for the pairing. Overall a really awesome experience for any foodie.

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jaysen (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 16, 2016

One of the finest dinning experiences I have ever had. From the theatrical curtain opening to the open kitchen and the presentation of the food we had a wonderful night of dinning and meeting some great and friendly people. Very highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on June 15, 2016

Considering the price tag, the taste of most of the many courses was underwhelming. While everything is prepared with great care and attention to detail, the low temperatures of the food are often masking flavor.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

Jose Andres has created a truly special dining experience with minibar. From the moment we entered and were presented with glasses of Cava to the moment we received our bill in Russian nesting dolls three hours later, the whole night was whimsical. The chefs prepare food in front of your eyes and the kitchen is open. While it is a menu of 20-25 small plates only 4-5 are truly tapas entrees and the rest are small bites that amuse and delight your senses. I would highly recommend this restaurant for your next special occasion (as it is a quite pricey). It was an unforgettable night.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

I've been waiting to go here forever, and I finally got to go for my birthday/graduation with my brother and my partner. The three of us absolutely loved the immersive food experience (and had it been a different night, probably would have added a cocktail or few as well). We were served 25 dishes of almost unbelievable variety of sources, textures, flavors, smells, and appearances.

The "low point" was the chicken leg, which did not show off as much adventurousness as the other dishes. The flavor was good, and were this any ordinary restaurant, it might have even been the best dish available. But the follow-up with chicken skins was great.

The "high point" was pretty much everything else. It's hard to identify the true best, though the langoustine and skate were perhaps my favorites (I had never tasted either before). My brother's favorites were the donut icecream stuffed donut (like a Krispy Kreme mochi), and the bone marrow with strawberries and honey. My partner's favorites were the Last Word meringue and sorbet, and the Vegetables de Bellota.

The price is pretty high. Certainly high enough that we can't afford to go more than once or twice a year. We've been to barmini a few times and will probably be back there soon. But will we be back to minibar? Absolutely. Eventually. I'm counting the days.

P.S. I have seen reviews that have implied (or stated) that the food was not filling enough. Maybe this is true if you're an athlete, or you're quite a bit larger than average. No one in my party, nor in the other parties at our evening seating, had room for any food after it was over. We were all stuffed. It's small dishes, but there are a lot of them and they add up.

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vipallyblah (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 31, 2016

This was my second visit to Minibar, the first being at the old Cafe Atlantico incarnation. At first I was taken aback by the difference in price, but it was worth every single penny. The food, of course, was stunning. The design of the place is weird and wacky and I loved it (Those bathrooms! The acoustics that allow us to hear each other but not other tables/chefs!). But I keep coming back to the people and their cheerful, impeccable service, particularly by our server/sommelier Carl. With nothing but the vaguest parameters, he was able to select drinks for me that were perfectly paired with the upcoming dishes and my taste — three different times. And he made my non-drinking husband feel right at home by presenting his non-alcoholic flight with the same care and panache as my cocktails. That means a lot, when so many restaurants ignore non-drinkers. If I could afford it, I'd go back just for Carl. This was an ideal place to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, and we'll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

The food was wonderful, service was outstanding, but the experience does border on gimmicky at times. Each of the 25 or so courses tasted and looked amazing, and I can't think of anywhere that has better service. However... After a few courses, it does seem like they are trying too hard with the preparations -- it's all gels, liquid nitrogen, foams, frozen & fried, etc, and none of it for any apparent reason other than 'because you can'.

It is definitely worth going, but only once. Even if they charged a fraction of what they do, it is absolutely not a place worth going back to.

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vipMichelinStarCollector (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2016

Excellent food and creativity. Pleasantly not much overlap with é's menu.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 24, 2016

Couldn't savor the minimal amount of servings. It seems they were served too close to each other in a rush to get the next sitting of people.
Server Chefs diction and accents were hardly audible nor understandable at times, maybe again because of time pressure, pride or arrogance.
Would be helpful if a description of what we have before us was written so we would relish it more.
The evening should be relished, enjoyable and pleasant but it turned for us anyway that we were being done away with but in a grand manner.
The auxiliary help were most gracious, professional , friendly and efficient.

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