Alhambra

4.4
301 reviews
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Mediterranean
Welcome to Alhambra, a culmination of modern Mediterranean and French cuisine that celebrates fresh, local ingredients prepared simply yet masterfully. Showcasing the rich bounty of produce and fish in the region in a modern and convivial setting, Chef Sebastien Giannini presents a seasonally inspired menu enhanced with the classic flavors of the Mediterranean.

Designed by renowned architect David Rockwell and the talented Rockwell Group, Alhambra highlights many of the historic building’s original features, including a landmarked hand painted ceiling. It is set in a landscape of bold hues of black, silver, brown, cream and gold, which intermingle with rich textures to create a lush, warm environment.
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Sun 11:30AM - 2:00PM

What 301 People Are Saying
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GV
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service paired with extraordinary food. The lobster ravioli is a most

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P
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing. Was expecting much more from this restaurant based on the ads.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Main course too salty and oily, salad just arugula and parm cheese.

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E
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant stands on its own as an excellent restaurant, not just as a place to feed hotel guests. In years past, the menu seemed overpriced and standard fare, but it appears to have been completely overhauled. There still are some overly expensive dishes, but I had an eggplant appetizer and a vegetarian tagine that were both excellent and different. Flavorfully spiced with impeccable ingredients.

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My bf and I came here for a special brunch date. Jazz brunch was amazing; the food, service, and ambience was superb.

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Overcharged for group function.

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j
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Did not know it was restaurant week and arrived to limited menu. The one person who liked the food was sick with GI problem the next day. Foie gras refrigerate and served as slab cut served with dollop of duck confit. Bad quality and expected to eat with a fork, no crackers, bread. Parsnip soup was so thick, thicker than heavy cream with little flavor. Branzino was edible, two deserts were not eaten, short ribs drenched in gravy, mashed potato consistency reminded one of dehydrated potato flakes reconstituted. Scallop entree, lobster appetizer enjoyed but that person had GI problems next day. Service was horrible. Too much time if I elaborated. Cushion bench was filthy. Picture attached. Restaurant pretty empty. Will never go back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We dined at Alhambra during restaurant week with high expectations based on the good reviews. The food was average at best, as was the service. Dinner for three plus wine was significantly overpriced for the quality. We would not recommend the restaurant, but we would return to have a drink at the bar for the lovely ambiance.

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CG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Food was okay- probably would be better outside of restaurant week, but regular menu is pricey so restaurant week was a good deal. Portions were small. Ambiance was a bit cold and modern and not as inviting as the warm and luxurious St Regis bar next door. Probably would go back to that bar but not to this restaurant.

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PP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wanted to try a new to us restaurant for January 2019 Restaurant Week and Alhambra proved an excellent choice with delicious food, elegant gentility and service to match. Although the menu was limited, all choices sampled excelled.

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JC
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was restaurant week so you can't expect their best but the deserts were minuscule postage stamp sized. The modern decor in the ornate building was jarring. There seemed to be a lot of service staff for the size of the room. I do not begrudge giving people work, but there was constantly someone moving about the table. It was like eating in an outdoor cafe but on the sidewalk, not in the cafe.

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MI
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great resto week option!!

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DC
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Restaurant Week menu. Service was really great, and the restaurant is nice and quiet. Would definitely recommend again.

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KA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food that was served was very good, We all had fish. We had no interest in a pre fix meal but that was our only choice as the online and had not seen any reference to this. We were told that the chef would not vary from the pre fix and that we could not have a salad. So we skipped the appetizers and dessert but paid for the entire meal. 4 people? What we ate was delicious but it caused some awkward moments when we first sat down. We felt captured. We had valet take our cars so couldn't leave. Server was nice but forgot my wine and I had to ask halfway through the meal. Again not smooth.

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CW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It's nice to have a quiet restaurant for a change - where one doesn't have to raise one's voice or lean in to hear your dining partners.
We thought it was funny that they couldn't quite get it right when it came to who gets which dish - deducted one star for that.
Otherwise it was a fine experience in a historic and beautiful dining room.

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CP
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Restaurant Week lunch. The space is gorgeous, and it wasn't busy. Waitstaff were polite, attentive, and friendly. The food was amazing! Short rib, beet salad, butternut soup, cauliflower--all excellent. The potatoes served with the short rib were to die for. Deserts were good but not great.

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SG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! The half chicken was moist, crispy and so delicious!

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OB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Yeqrs Eve 10 course dinner. Outstanding.

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RH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Brunch in town. Worth every penny. Thank you to Camille and Jose for an outstanding day.

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b
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our Christmas dinner (family of four) at Alhambra. The service was very good and the setting was lovely. Our food selections and overall experience was very good.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing. Good was fantastic. We really enjoyed it.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Honestly it was sad that we trusted reviews to spend our Christmas dinner here. Obviously there is an issue with the chef, the quality of the food was terrible. And the dishes were not well thought out and sloppy. For a pre fix 4 course dinner we expected sooo much more and rather have had stayed home to cook ourselves. Each dish was over sauced/ over salted and the presentation was poor and boring. Additionally each plate that was brought out was cold. Unless there is a change in chef or cooking staff I would not plan to come back or recommend this place to someone which is a shame because the bar area and ambiance was beautiful. On the bright side we made friends with the tables surrounding us because they all had similar opinions on the dining experience.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My family and I went for the Christmas Day lunch. $79 four course meal +$40 wine pairing. Duck confit was a little dry and the beef was a little fatty for my liking, but everything was delicious. We got a cozy private table and the ambiance was great.

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OT
Washington DC
218 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

First, the lady in phone for reservations did not let us reserve before 1pm. But we could reserve online and all times were available. The lady I spoke to was very unfriendly.
Next, service was not at all prompt and felt that server assignment was not clear.
Third, menu descriptions were inaccurate and vague. Server was also unknowledgeable and could not explain readily.
Food was so so, nothing to write home about.
Very disappointed. It used to be an enjoyable place before Alhambra. We will be looking for different venues next time

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CM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to dinner here on Christmas Eve. The food was amazing, our server was awesome and the wine was very good. The restaurant itself is beautiful and centrally located. Go immediately.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, you must go to the buffet at the bar for the Seafood, cheeses, and breads...and the bloodys are perfect

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is very beautiful and pleasant. We sat next to the Jazz Player and found it really enjoying. The buffet style appetizers offered a wide range of choices. I really enjoyed the shrimp cocktail, oysters, mash potatoes, and the soup. I ordered the lobster Benedict as my entry. To be honest, It looks better than it tastes. While my boyfriend ordered a banana pancake which tastes better than it looks

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch!

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambience, secluded, private booth with exquisite chandelier. Excellent, savory menu

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WM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Not all menu items available. Food was extra oily. Not my cup of tea, so I don’t agree with other reviewers. Good selection and creative menu, just be specific on how you prefer the preparation. Wait staff and management were great, was more kid friendly than expected which was appreciated.

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The folks at Alhambra go out of their way to make your dining experience enjoyable from start to finish.

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GH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our dining experience. We had a booth which was great for our anniversary celebration. The Octopus and Mussels were wonderful starters and full of flavor. We had Red Snapper and Lamb for mains. The lamb was a little underdone for my liking but very flavorsome. Desert of French apple tart and Plum Calfoutis rounded off a great evening. The only complaint is that the restrooms feel like they are in another building and confusing with stairs, doors and corridors.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gloriously elegant way to enjoy Sunday brunch. From the delicious food selections to the impeccable service to the fantastic jazz duo, we got our money’s worth. On a side note, what is the deal with people arriving at a place like this dressed in rumpled t-shirts and wearing hats in the dining room. One guy was actually wearing swimming trunks. Oh well! It didn’t ruin our time but kind of disappointing to see people showing up to place dressed so scraggly!

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MF
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We selected Alhambra based on other Open Table Reviews, and decided Restaurant Week was a good time to try. First, the positive - the service was excellent, all the way from the hostess to the servers. the appetizers (we had the eggplant and the salad) and dessert were also very good. However, the roasted chicken was very dry (not sure if it was reheated or simply overcooked). We may give them another try, but based on what we had we would probably not pay full price.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, very attentive. The food was amazing. My appetizer was the eggplant. The flavors combined so well. My entree was the lamb. It was incredible; so tender just slid off the bone. I highly recommend.

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RR
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Overall nice experience during Restaurant Week. Extensive wine list and food was well prepared. Service experience was a bit rigid and lacking. Disappointed in that aspect.

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RJ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience, from top to bottom. Beautiful decor, great service, fantastic cocktails and food. Only complaint was the $17 valet parking. Otherwise it was near perfect. Best key lime pie I've ever had too.

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AL
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I came here for restaurant week. Excellent menu and service. Very romantic elegant place right inside the St. Regis Hotel.

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k
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Sunday Brunch here. It was absolutely fabulous. Beautiful, elegant restaurant interior. Excellent, attentive service. Live jazz. The food was wonderful.

We started with the seafood station which featured smoked salmon, oysters, octopus salad, shrimp (prawn)
cocktails, grilled asparagus, delicious red peppers with pine nuts and a variety of cheeses and bread assortments.

There were champagne mimosas made with melon, grapefruit, orange or strawberries and rich bloody marys available. There also was quiche and soup at a hot station which was always refreshed.

You order an entree also as part of the meal. I had a lobster/egg benedict on toasted rustic bread and my husband had a hearty tuna nicoise salad. Both of our entrees were exquisitely prepared and delicious as we enjoyed them while listening to the smooth live jazz.

The dessert station awaits with miniature carrot cakes, macaroons, chocolate mousse cups and more.
This was a wonderful experience and we think it is one of the best brunches in DC. Go!

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TM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I attended the Jazz Brunch on Sunday and it was such a wonderful experience. The food was delicious and the service was superb. I would definitely recommend Alhambra.

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