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Panache Restaurant

3.9
982 reviews
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$30 and under
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Modern European
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch

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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.

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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Modern European, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Monday -Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Friday: 11:30am-11pm; Saturday 5pm-11pm
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Phone number
(202) 293-7760
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between L/M and 17th/Conn.
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Parking details
For dinner parties of two or more we validate parking at the PMI garage next door to the restaurant.
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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.
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Entertainment
Happy Hour from 4pm to 7pm Monday-Thursday. 4pm-close on Fridays $5 and $6 beer, wine, cocktails and small plates
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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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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Panache is available for private events.

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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.8
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3.7
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4.0
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4.0Dined on May 10, 2010

Very tasty tapas and French Onion soup for lunch. Service was a bit slow, even though the restaurant wasn't packed. It is a really nice place, tucked just off Connecticut in a European way. The outdoor tables will be great when the weather is a bit warmer. Definitely should be on the go to list.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2010

Good food, friendly & attentive service. Art on the walls a cut above restaurant-ordinary.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2010

Good food, good service. Will go there again!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2010

I took my daughter to Panache to celebrate her birthday and she was pleased with the decor, the food and the lighting. I was delighted to find out that Kir Royale was on the cocktail menu and insisted that my daughter have a glass as a toast to her special day. We were both delighted when to our surprise the restaurant brought out cheesecake with strawberry glaze and a candle for her to blow out; discreetly done w/o the happy birthday song. We both plan to go there again.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2010

Fancy place, much fancier than me. Delicious food, great presentation, and nice price tag. I'd expect to spend much more than I did. The tapas by themselves, at least; didn't try an entree. Tried four, and all were moist and perfect taste. Nice date place, or for birthdays. Though the drinks could be a bit much.

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3.0Dined on April 24, 2010

We liked the window table seating but the service was a overall a little overbearing (probably due to it not being very busy) but they forgot the espresso ordered with dessert. The softened garlic butter for the table bread was delicious - not sure whether if that as a more memorable feature is a compliment.

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2.0Dined on April 19, 2010

Lunch special rockfish came out fast, well-presented and well-cooked (though small). There was nothing notable though and I left somewhat hungry. Very prompt service though and pleasant enough space.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2010

We enjoyed our evening out at Panache. They had recently unveiled a new wine list and are hoping to add to it soon. There were several notable half bottles available and the price point was terrific. The service was a bit slow at the end of the meal (it took awhile for us to get our check after coffee) but overall it's a great spot. We'll go back.

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1.0Dined on April 6, 2010

Food was inconsistent -- some was excellent but most was unremarkable, especially given the prices. Problems with ventilation system made temperature uncomfortable. Tables are placed too close together, which makes it difficult to walk through restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2010

Received remarkable attention for a group birthday dinner; much appreciated.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2010

good choice for lunch meetings and location is excellent due to close proximity to Metro

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2.0Dined on March 27, 2010

No idea what triggered the rave reviews on the food at this place. All was of middling quality and execution. Tapas: You'll find far better at Jaleo. Drink list: adequate. Service: inattentive and spotty.

Obviously look elsewhere for a special dinner. Location is very close to Farragut North Metro and the Mayflower hotel, making it an easy spot for groups, but serious foodies should take great caution or move on.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2010

We had 7:30 PM dinner before seeing Terra Cotta Warriors - great location for National Geographic Museum. Food, service were both very good; hostess, wait staff very personable - friendly, accessible, not intrusive. Only complaint was noise level from bar area - clearly (and understandably) popular happy hour-plus spot but small space and absence of separation between that and dining areas made it hard to have conversation.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2010

When I got there, they were going to seat us at a table in the back in the middle of a lot of diners, but I asked them for a quieter area since I was conducting a business meeting. They set up a table where people had just left at the front of the restaurant by a window. That was perfect! Our waiter was as nice as could be too.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2010

The service was excellent for the three children in the group - children's menu, cookies to decorate and a quiet setting away from other people. The adults enjoyed the food and wine list.

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3.0Dined on March 20, 2010

We picked Panache for its proximity to our hotel, and made a good choice. It was a beautiful evening, so we opted to dine outside, where it was a little more quiet than in the main dining area. The menu consisted mainly of small plates, plus a small number of entrees. There was also a Prix Fixe menu with a good number of selections for three courses. Our servers were polite and speedy for a busy Saturday night. Overall, we had an enjoyable experience and will probably dine there again the next time we stay in the Dupont Circle area.

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1.0Dined on March 19, 2010

Our waiter waited half an hour to take our drink orders, twenty minutes to take our dinner orders, another forty minutes and our food arrived splattered across the plates. I was exceptionally disappointed by my weak and watery Mojito, my guests were disappointed by dinner. Why would any respectable restaurant serve mushrooms in an oily paper bag? The crowd was light the noise was low to moderate, the food and the service are to blame.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2010

I moved away from DC two years ago and this was my first visit back. Panache did not fail me! I invited close friends and hope they would love it as much as I do - and Panache did not disappoint! Everyone left feeling full and happy! The service was outstanding and the food was excellent. Keep doing what you are doing Panache!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2010

We were a group of 6: a married couple, a couple, and a blind date arranged by the first 2 pairs. We were seated at a banquet in the back where all of us could converse easily (the bar and the front were noisier), and the waiter was attentive but not intrusive. When we asked for the grilled squid without the spicy sauce, we were served PERFECTLY grilled, naked squid, and it was so good we ordered it 3 more times, along with many other dishes and several cocktails. We'd intended a short evening but were enjoying ourselves so much we stayed for almost 4 hours. We'll be back!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2010

Had a great experience overall. Very good food!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2010

I brought some out-of-town guests to Panache for dinner after seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors at the National Geographic Museum around the corner. Having never been to this restaurant before, I was gratified to find that it was delightful. The menu was interesting and included enough variety to please everyone; the food was excellent and nicely presented. Staff was friendly and helpful and appropriately attentive. The patrons at the bar were rather loud at times, but not enough to disturb our conversation. All in all, this was a very good experience and I was happy to have brought my guests to Panache.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2010

The food was excellent, as always.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2010

My friend and I had a very nice lunch at Panache recently. The service was excellent and the food was very good. We had four tapas dishes, which was plenty, as the portions were generous. The prices are reasonable and the ambiance is pleasant. It's one of my favorite lunch spots downtown.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2010

Small plates and tapas were excellent with great variety. Pricey but good.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2010

Excellent lunch spot. great small plates, beautifully plated. Great service. perfect location if you find yourself at the National Geographic.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2010

The food was great and the service staff very attentive. It took a little while for our first waiter to serve our drinks, but someone noticed without our asking and got them to us immediately. I really appreciated that! I would recommend Panache to my friends and family.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2010

The food is modern Mediterranean and very, very good. The noise level, however, is a bit distracting. Nevertheless, it was a good experience.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2010

Cute, comphy booths that allowed for 6-8 to sit compfortably. At first didn't seem vegetarian friendly, however simply not the case we were very happy with our veg selections and went away more than satisfied. Enjoyed the local VA wine selection.

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3.0Dined on March 6, 2010

Great menu, and most food was quite good, except for some very overcooked lambchops. Service was painfully slow though, it felt like we were being ignored.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2010

High-end tapas joints seem to be all the rage now. Panache was "very good" in just about every sense -- especially liked the tuna tartare, and the potato-wrapped sea bass. Everything is presented very very well. The menu, though, doesn't have the flair of some of the other places. For my money, though, if I'm doing "Mediterranean tapas," I'm going to go to Zaytinya. But Panache was very good, and had a great atmosphere -- they have some huge booths that are great for big groups, if you want to pass tapas around the table. If I'm back in the neighborhood, I'd go again

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2010

We went to Panache after seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors at the National Geographic Museum. The restaurant couldn't be more convenient. The setting was nice. The noise was moderate, but somewhat more than we prefer. It was still possible to have a conversation, but it took a little effort. Service was great.

The restaurant has both full meals and tapas. My wife and I had the full meals and were pleased. Our children chose the tapas, and I think they made the better choice. The tapas portions were almost as big as the full meals, so two (perhaps with a salad or soup) should be sufficient for just about anyone. They were really pleased with what they had, and I liked the things they let me sample, as well.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2010

very much enjoyed our dinners at Panache. They were very accommodating in handling our modest but off-menu request.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2010

Great tapas - the reason to go.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2010

The staff was friendly and provided helpful hints for our first time there. The service and food was very good. We enjoyed our meal and never felt rushed. The three of us each ordered differently. One had tapas, another the three course dinner and the third ordered an entree from the regular menu. The only thing in common was that all of the dishes had seafood. All of us felt the seafood was prepared well and really enjoyed it.

Because we were there early on a Saturday evening the place was realtively empty. Therefore it was very quiet, which suited us fine. I can't say that when the restuarant and bar area are crowded it would still be quiet.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2010

Great lunch. Clients enjoyed it, as did I!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2010

This restaurant is consistently good. The food is delicious and the wait staff is attentive. We live outside the District and make this our choice each time we come in.

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1.0Dined on February 19, 2010

Friday night at Panache was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. Apparently, Panache turns into a Happy Hour hot spot at night, or at least on Friday night. There is no space whatsoever between the bar and the dining tables and there must have been 25-30 very raucous people there. They yelled, screamed, and generally made unbearable noise from 6:30 till we left at 8:15. The staff were accommodating, moving us to a booth where we could sit side-by-side so we could hear each other, but it didn't help much. I had been to Panache before for lunch and the contrast couldn't be greater. Decent food and good serice were totally overwhelmed by the ambience. If it's dinner and conversation you seek, BEWARE!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2010

We most recently hit Panache for Valentine's Day. The service was perfect with an attentive, but not hovering staff. The food was vibrant, colorful and interesting in presentation. The setting feels nostalgic--think 20s--and looks like the kind of place where couples or small groups enjoy a great evening together.

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2010

I was pleasantly surprised with Panache! I was not sure if it was going to be good food but boy was I in for a treat! First of all the service was incredible - the server was kind, patient and made great recommendations. The low point of the night was the bread - it was hard, crusty and tasteless. I almost choked when eating it. The redeaming factors was the food we ordered. My friend ordered the spinach salad which she loved and added in grilled shrimp instead of salmon which they gladly arranged. I ordered a caesar salad which was out of this world and ate every last bit of it. I think it is my favorite caesar salad I have ever had! We ended up splitting the zucchini purse tapas and were in heaven! definitly go back and recommend!

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2010

My friends and I came to Panache for my birthday and it was great! We had the grilled calamari, seafood risotto, wild mushrooms and many, many more things! We didn't tell the server we were celebrating my birthday but somehow he knew (he might have seen it on my ID or overheard us talking about it) and he brought us shots and dessert with a candle! I am definitely going back to Panache - maybe for Valentines day!

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