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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.

1725 Desales St., NW
Washington, DC 20036
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Modern European, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Monday -Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Friday: 11:30am-11pm; Saturday 5pm-11pm

Cross Street:
Between L/M and 17th/Conn.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 293-7760

Entertainment:
Happy Hour from 4pm to 7pm Monday-Thursday. 4pm-close on Fridays $5 and $6 beer, wine, cocktails and small plates

Parking Details:
For dinner parties of two or more we validate parking at the PMI garage next door to the restaurant.

Public Transit:
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.

Additional:
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:
Panache can:

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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Private Dining

Panache is available for private events.

Panache Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

3.8

ambience

3.7

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (934)
Neighborhood Gem (879)
Great for Lunch (771)
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Good for Groups (575)
Romantic (546)
Special Occasion (533)
Great for Outdoor Dining (446)
Vibrant Bar Scene (347)
Hot Spot (233)
Notable Wine List (190)
Late-night Find (173)
Great for Brunch (55)
Kid-friendly (33)
Scenic View (16)
Cozy (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Healthy (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Authentic (1)
Business Meals (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 29, 2016

Fairly good entrees, soups, salads. Two members of our party had a bad reaction to the taste enhancing in the food. I don't know if it was MSG, but it did not make us feel very well. Otherwise, perfectly lovely food and nice servers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 18, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 17, 2016

Loved the sangria!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 17, 2016

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 12, 2016

The fresh seafood and steaks were prepared as ordered . Would recommend to friends to visit this restaurant for a wonderful evening .

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 11, 2016

We decided to try this cute little place since it was next to our hotel and thoroughly enjoyed the drinks and food. Really liked the sautéed wild mushrooms and grilled portabella goat cheese tapas. Would definitely go back when in DC again

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 10, 2016

Impeccable service compliments exceptional food preparation & presentation

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on February 26, 2016

Better for lunch than dinner. They have a good sharing plate menu. Quality of food is very good.
Atmosphere is ok, not great.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 25, 2016

Food was great, server a bit inattentive, food a bit pricey for selection. I would go again but not with a party of five.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2016

Great food, nice ambience...service was a little inattentive but, I suspect that was due to their being understaffed. Otherwise, very nice dining experience . Would definitely return.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 23, 2016

I always think of Panache first when meeting a friend for lunch -- it's relaxed but efficient, and the food is very good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2016

I love this place. The staff was curtious and patient. The service was great. The food was execellent and great price. It was very romantic

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2016

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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Perfect Valentine's Dinner - Best French Onion soup ever!

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 12, 2016

We were not seated in a booth in the more dining oriented part of the restaurant, but right next to a rowdy after work bar group. Food was so, so. . .

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2016

This used to be my Goto place for a reasonably priced lunch but I haven't been in a while. Seems as if the food has slipped and while the restaurant was not full it appeared that the server was in a rush to get us out.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2016

It was great food. Prices were a bit high but the service was great. I had a great time for my birthday!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2016

We were celebrating my birthday and picked Panache due to the Tapas menu. It was great. The Tapas were all wonderfully prepared, beautiful and delicious. I also enjoyed the Sangria.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
·Dined on January 16, 2016

We'll the place was almost empty, we were one of three other two person tables, maybe with a crowd this places rocks as the food was excellent. We'll do a walk past next time before we book.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2016

Good place for a business lunch with attentive service and well-prepared food and more than ample portions.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2015

The food wasn't really for me and although edible, there was nothing to be desired. It did seem to get packed with groups getting drinks, so it seems like a hot spot for that sort of thing.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 23, 2015

Expensive and not great

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2015

I've been coming here for the past 15 years and the seafood risotto is the best in town! The seafood tastes fresh and the risotto is cooked to absolute perfection. It's a perfect balance between creamy and buttery. This place will not disappoint!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2015

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2015

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2015

Came here for a couple date and we had a good time. The ladies are from the tapas menu and the guys had rack of lambs. Really nice location, especially they have a parking garage next to them and they valid the ticket for $5

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 6, 2015

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2015

Food was great, presentation on the plate excellent. Noise level was outrageous And most annoyiing. The service was terrific and if it hadn't been for for the lousy acoustics we would of had a five star dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 26, 2015

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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 26, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 26, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 26, 2015

Really loved the food, it was fantastic. Our server was very nice and attentive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2015

Food was great. Service at the bar even better.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2015

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 11, 2015

Sure shot hot spot. I'm well pleased with the outcome of our visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 9, 2015

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 1, 2015

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

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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