Panache Restaurant

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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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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.8
service
3.7
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4.0
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Mak17
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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manny
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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 .

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SusanD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipMichaelP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipEllaDinDC
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TinaP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Annajosefina
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipCfromFairfax
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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LaceyH
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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HeatherM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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!

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samirb
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall2food3service2ambience2

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.

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RuthC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice, reasonably priced tapas.

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vipclosetshopper
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2016
Overall4food4service2ambience3

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.

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viptheredtomato
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised at how wonderful this restaurant was. We went here for dinner on a Saturday evening, and the service, decor, and ambience were all of the highest quality. We plan on coming back. Highly recommended in all respects.

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vipeatingwell
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good choice for business lunch - good food and service and relatively easy to carry on a conversation.

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vipEdward
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2016
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Decent overall, but defies any logic why a restaurant would keep its doors open in 90 degree weather. Will not be returning since if we wanted outdoor dining, we would have asked for it.

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PattyB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside on a lovely Saturday evening! The food was delicious and the service excellent. We were a group of five and we offered small plates and shared. It was lots of fun.

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vipLaceAce
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely bread service with a garlic aioli was a special treat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food

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RobertO
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were visiting DC and staying at the Mayflower. A rainy evening after a long day enjoying DC's fabulous art museums, we chose Panache, which is just across the quiet side street from our hotel. Staff could not have been more welcoming, attentive and accommodating. Food was excellent, and they did not mind splitting our entre' and salad onto two plates. (We're small eaters, so that typically works well for us.) Only minor issues: my wife's margarita ended up costing $20 after a request to add a splash of gran mariner, and the entre' ended up being really too small to have been split.

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PMoore
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was very delicious. It was a bit noisy inside so we enjoyed our meal outside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was timely and of good quality. I would recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our Server Miguel was excellent!!! We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience.

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TiffanyS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very very good. The calamari was cooked to perfection. The seafood risotto was great. My espresso martinis were fabulous. The staff was tremendous. Will definitely return!!!

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vipJandroid
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food, ambiance a bit odd - TV blaring in background of elegant Bistrot. Waiter definitely abrupt but worth the cuisine. Good wine list

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and our experience were absolutely amazing and unforgettable. Anything you get is perfect!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food, service good. Can be a bit noisy from the bar around 5:00-6:00p.

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MsMali
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Tucked away on a side street in the heart of the business district, I would have never discovered this place if it weren't for OpenTable. I was looking for French cuisine near my office, and while this is not quite French, I decided that since French Onion Soup was on the menu, it was close enough. It had some unique and interesting tapas, and I really liked the cozy ambiance. There were no servers anywhere to be found when it was time for the bill and then it took more time to find someone to take our money, but other than that, my colleague and I really enjoyed the experience, and I would certainly go there again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came here around 9 p.m. for late dinner. The place was fairly quiet and empty. Our server was great. We ordered some tapas and a main dish. All of the food was delicious. I will definitely be returning.

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boobilyboo
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!! I had the French onion soup which was awesome, not too salty; just right! Mboth ordered some tapas. I had the grilled squid which was excellent and my wife had the zucchini purses which she really enjoyed. We both had the filet for dinner. Although my wife's had to be taken back because it was a little bit too rare for her, but it only took a couple of minutes to get it cook to perfection. Everything about the evening was excellent!! We were celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary and the waiter brought us out a chocolate mousse cake; it was incredibly delicious! We love going to Panache and can't wait until the next timey

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved finding this restaurant with choices of either full dinner or small plates. Onion soup is a great starter with a nice pinot noir. Service was helpful.

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TeresaS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

But there was a great selection and they all were delicious. Good for sharing and trying things out. Liked that there was also an option to do a "regular" meal instead of the tapas, although we all opted for the tapas. Staff was very attentive. Great place for before/after a show at the Improv.

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sandraA2
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The location of Panache is perfect...seems like it's secluded but it's right off of busy Connecticut and 17th. Perfect place to go for lunch. Their specials are great, they're fast and it's a good old fashioned business lunch ambiance. We all thoroughly enjoyed the food and the meeting went well!

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Andrew
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2016
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Nothing memorable. The service was attentive but mostly because no one else was there.

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vipEllenH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2016
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Water was horrible and this was acknowledged by the waiter. Nice spread with the bread but the bread could be better. Otherwise interesting and good food.

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Jk100
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for a meeting

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I come there for my B-day, and the caring of the service make my B-day celebration even better!
We have fun, server was so nice and help us with the menu, food was amazing.
I just love it!

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vipRick
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service took forever, only one server for most tables. The did not have on stock two of the bottles I ordered from the wine list. Food was OK but nothing memorable. Hot tapas were very good as well as dessert options.

FAQs

Panache Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 293-7760.

Panache Restaurant is rated 3.9 stars by 982 OpenTable diners.