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About Panache Restaurant
Panache Restaurant specializes in Spanish cuisine. Using only fresh ingredients, it creates a variety of authentic recipes with a contemporary twist. Along with entrées, its menu features both hot and cold tapas for lighter meals or sharing. Some tapas offered at Panache Restaurant include tuna tartar, calamari fritti and petite crab croquettes.
Keeping with its Spanish theme, Panache Restaurant's décor showcases a rich red and gold color scheme. It offers a casual dining experience in a stylish, ultra-chic space. For added comfort, each dining table offers high back, leather chairs for seating. A separate bar area with several flat screen televisions is often filled with sports fans looking to enjoy the game.
Washington, DC 20036
Modern European, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Monday -Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Friday: 11:30am-11pm; Saturday 5pm-11pm
Between L/M and 17th/Conn.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Happy Hour from 4pm to 7pm Monday-Thursday. 4pm-close on Fridays $5 and $6 beer, wine, cocktails and small plates
For dinner parties of two or more we validate parking at the PMI garage next door to the restaurant.
Farragut North Metro Station, take Connecticut Ave towards L St or Dupont Circle.
Pass the Mayflower Hotel, right
on Desales St.
Restaurant located on the left hand side.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Hold up to 75 people for 3 course fixed menu.
Hold up to 150 people for buffet style dinner & stand up cocktail.
Private parties may rent out the restaurant for a minimum, no fees.
Happy Hour parties under 30 people may reserve space at the the bar.
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Panache Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
I hadn't been to Panache in awhile, but was glad to have the opportunity to return and will remember this as a good business lunch option in the future. Tasty dishes. A different menu from what you find in most places. Lunch appropriate portions; though plenty filling. Nice environment.
Met out-of-towners staying at the Mayflower Hotel at Panache (which is across from the Mayflower on a side street). I had birthday flowers delivered to the restaurant which was a suggested service when making my restaurant reservation via Open Table. The flowers arrived on time. The Ahi Tuna was enjoyed and the staff was very friendly and efficient. The note I included in the Open Table reservation for a piece of cake with a birthday candle was followed to a "T". I was very pleased with how every thing turned out...with Panache!
Went for their Valentine's day menu. Consisted of 3 courses including a glass of red/white wine or cava. Had their sea scallops as the first course which was served with beats and a cranberry reduction. Second course was the Filet Minon with mashed potato and collared greens cooked in a red wine reduction. The cook on the meat was absolutely perfect and it melted in your mouth and was topped with a blue cheese crumble. For desert I had the Tiramisu and it was the best Tiramisu that I have had so far. Overall absolutely amazing dining experience and I hope to return soon.
The menu attracted us first with their various risotto dishes, and plenty of seafood plates, fit for a pescatarian. The environment is small and upscale-casual, and we chose it for a small scale restaurant that was less than a half-block walk from the DC Impov, where we were headed after dinner. Parking our car was done easily in the full-service garage right next door.
We made reservations through Open Table, but we had to wait 15 minutes before we were seated, and the restaurant was not full. We were given our choice of table when we were seated. We were happy with the drink menu, as they offered some refreshing options (i.e., Cava & ginger). There were two items from the Tapas menu that we were disappointed to find were not available that evening. Our meals were tasty and the table service was respectable, though the staff appeared to generally rushed that night.
My husband and I dined at Panache in D.C. one night in December. The restaurant was very cozy and they have an extensive menu. I ordered the seafood risotto and my husband had the rack of lamb. Both were delicious. Our waitress was timely and professional and recommended a good wine. Overall, great experience.
Panache by far is one of the best kept secrets in the DC area. While listed as an Italian restaurant, it truly has something for everyone. I was a little skeptical that it wasn't packed on a Friday night for dinner, normal time 7:30pm but the review I read were dead on. I am a foodie and love trying new restaurants and rely on reviews to allow me to make my decision in advanced. Panache did not let me down!
The scene was quaint but comfortable. The service was outstanding. There were just 2 of us and our server was also taking care of a party of 10 and we felt like anytime we needed him, he was there at all the perfect moments (I don't remember his name but he had a ponytail). The food was impeccable. We shared the calamari, I had the Pistachio Crusted Lamb Chops and my friend had the Salmon. It was so good, we did not want to finish our food because we wanted to savor every bite and neither of us wanted to share. For dessert, I had the creme brûlée and my friend had the cheesecake, both were tasty. The Lamb Chops and Salmon just left a lingering taste in our mouths, that we will definitely come back for.
Panache - Thank you for being one of the best kept secrets in the DC area! I will be back with more friends soon.
you tend to sense in a restaurant when things are done with love and passion, and when things are going through the motions. Overall it seemed like the latter applied here...the food was OK but it lacked panache. The service was good, positive, and the overall environment nice - but a bit tired. We had a nice time, but this place is not for foodies.
I had a great salmon dinner here on Friday night before going to Nat Geo to see and hear Bill Nye, the Science Guy. I deliberately chose La Panache because it is so close to the National geographic office complex and museum and because their food and drinks are wonderful. There were 4 of us dining and we all had delicious fish-based dinners: salmon, blackened salmon, scallops and trout. We had lemonade, water, red wine and sparking wine with our dinners. the portions were healthy and sufficient so that no one asked for dessert except me! I wanted their triple chocolate dessert in order to finish my red wine, also delicious. The service was prompt, attentive and courteous, keeping our water glasses full throughout dinner. Thank you!
We had a nice meal, although with about 30 open tables when we walked in, we were seated directly next to another couple (yes, one of the only in the restaurant). Given how quiet the place was, we whispered until they left. Puzzling move by the hostess. Food was decent, not amazing. Seemed like a relaxed bar scene.
This restaurant was not busy at all for our 8:30 reservation on Saturday. The waiter said that since it's in a business area, they are very busy M-F but it's almost empty except for reservations on the weekend. Our food was delicious and our waiter was friendly.
Unless I'm truly old, and an 8:30pm dinner reservation is still "early" this place was definitely not crowded. Which is a shame because the food was amazing. My Wife and I shared multiple small plates, and it was honestly excellent. Not sure if this counts as a "hidden gem" or not, but I was shocked at how empty the place was. Go give it a shot, we really enjoyed it.
The waiter was kind, he allowed one of us to sample a soup before deciding on it, free of charge. The food was great, everyone enjoyed their meal, and the ambience was very calm and relaxed. It's a little dim in there, which is nice for something romantic but don't expect to be able to take great pictures in there. Great restaurant, great location.
I love coming here for lunch. Because Desales is such a short street, it doesn't get much car or foot traffic. The food is very good, nice selection of small plates and the daily specials do not disappoint. When the weather is good, they have several outside tables. Because it isn't a busy street, it is quite comfortable outside.
I was looking for a nice place to eat ... Not too expensive but interesting food. I went online and saw it was a small plate restaurant, and that's just what I wanted. I had a nice glass of Rioja wine, a salad, calamari, and creme brûlée. I sat outside and truly enjoyed the food and the evening.
A tapas restaurant with a nice menu, good selections and attentive but not over bearing service just off Conn. Plenty of parking next door. The gazpacho was excellent as was the sangria. We both really enjoyed our sandwiches. We stayed quite awhile which is not always appreciated but still were checked occasionally to see if we needed anything
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