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Panache Restaurant

981 reviews
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$30 and under
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Modern European
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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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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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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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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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Gift Card
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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vipMak17 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 31, 2016

This place was decent, but not amazing. I had a groupon for the restaurant, so it was a very affordable evening for my boyfriend and I. We stuck to the hot and cold tapas menus. The service was great, and the ingredients tasted very fresh, but nothing really stuck out to me as amazing. I would probably visit again if only they weren't closing their doors :(. I hope the waitstaff and chefs find luck elsewhere in D.C.

Please note that this restaurant closed on Aug. 31, 2016.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 22, 2016

This use to be one of my go-to spots for lunch when I worked downtown, and I was so happy to have a chance to visit again for a dinner date! My family was in town and staying at the Mayflower right across the street. The food is delicious - they have hot/cold tapas as well as full entrees - and the service is always excellent. We closed out the restaurant but the servers never rushed us. Had a great time! Definitely recommend!

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

Service was great, food was good but we had a 15 percent discount coupon and they forgot to reduce the bill. After we paid and I called back at the hotel advising they did not reduce the bill they would not give me a credit so very disappointing they could not do anything . I spent over 200 so would have been nice if they could have done something....Make sure you check your bills very carefully if you are going to eat there .

SusanD (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 8, 2016

Had a delicious meal of small plates, dessert, and wine with an old friend at Panache on 8/8/16. We sat outside since it was a nice evening. The food, service, and ambience were perfect. Couldn't have asked for more. Thank you, Panache Restaurant!

MichaelP (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on August 6, 2016

Food was fantastic , best meal I have had out in a long time . Excellent service .

vipOpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2016

We loved it! Great food good sized portions not too loud great service clean

TinaP (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

We had a Groupon for Panache and went prior to attending a comedy show at the DC Improv. The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable. It was surprisingly quiet for a Saturday night, but we enjoyed it! Will definitely be going back!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2016

We had a lovely lunch, our food and our waitress Amy was great. Definitely will go back, loved the ambiance .

CfromDC (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 20, 2016

On the noise level rating, rather than "energetic" (too euphemistic!), I would re-label it as "overly noisy". I like Panache -- the lamb was excellent. But every time I've gone there, I've struggled with the noise level. As I'm hard of hearing, I reserved a table next to the entrance and the window, which the staff did. But at the peak of lunch hour, I still found it difficult to hear -- even my younger friend (who is not hard of hearing) commented on the noise level. It's the only reason I don't go there more often. Other than that, service and food were very good.

LaceyH (Savannah)
3.0  Dined on July 15, 2016

Came here for dinner with my mom. First note, there are no real bargains on the wine list--all wines were $10+ for pretty humdrum stuff. We were seated quickly, the restaurant was nice and quiet, and the food was decent. This is going to sound more negative than I really want it to, but this place is totally fine--if you are in from out of town and want a low-key nice serviceable meal (which is exactly what you are looking for sometimes!!), then this is a good pick, but it's not really anything super special. I do think that overall everything on the menu is priced a little too high.

HeatherM (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 15, 2016

Food was yummy and the service was great at the beginning but then faltered for some reason. And it was really warm sitting in the front corner of the restaurant by the window. The a/c vent was close to the table but unfortunately the way it pointed meant that no air got to the corner which made dining a bit uncomfortable as it was about 95 degrees that evening. But I would go back for sure!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on July 15, 2016

We were seated in the back near the DJ booth which was empty. There as a faint smell of cleaning product which of course depressed the appetite. The booze selection was sufficient though not extravagant or in depth. The server was really young and really anxious and therefore a bit rote. The food was the highlight which I suppose should be at a restaurant. Their pre-meal bread basket is pretty awful. But the top us were surprisingly delightful. We had the olive tapenade, prosciutto date role, and the caprese. The saffron risotto was particularly delightful.

RuthC (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2016

love the small plates - especially the 2 lamb chops with veggies - perfect for lunch

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 29, 2016

Nice, reasonably priced tapas.

vipclosetshopper (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on June 28, 2016

The food was good (nothing special), but we thought a tad overpriced for lunch. Restaurant was empty except for us and another couple, yet those coming in were told there was only seating available at the bar. Restaurant never did fill up and I found it odd to be turning as way diners. Would we come back? Probably not. I was especially turned off by the lack of air conditioning on hot, humid day. Made experience unpleasant. Wait person didn't check to see if we needed drink refills, which was also an issue.