Alhambra

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$50 and over
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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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What 379 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.5
ambience
3.7
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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a
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and food, would definitely recommend to family and friends.

SG
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall. Beautiful setting and service.

s
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Service and customer attention is fantastic. Beautiful restaurant with a fantastic service. Great location.

ML
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The restaurant, located in the St, Regis hotel, has an upscale feel. Even crowded on Valentine’s day it was quiet enough to carry on a long conversation without having to raise our voices. The service was timely and accommodating. In all fairness, since we were there for Valentine’s day the menu had limited options, which we were ok with. However, each course was mediocre and I couldn’t help but think I could get food of that quality in a ton of other restaurants at easily half the price. The amuse bouche was forgettable. My filet mignon, ordered medium rare, arrived medium. The bill for two was over $300 (included gratuity)

LD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were looking forward to our dinner at Alhambra - it was our first time there. Unfortunately, while food was good, it was VERY overpriced and not memorable like in other DC expensive, but special restaurants. The service was underwhelming. We ordered two glasses of Pinot Noir that was listed at $17 per glass in the menu, when our bill arrived, we noticed that we were charged over $21 per glass. When I questioned the discrepancy, the waiter brought the menu and pointed out a different more expensive Pinot Noir that he apparently brought. There were no apologies, no concessions. Also, the bill included 20% tip. Nowhere in the menu did it say that they automatically add tip fir a party of two. We usually tip 20% and more for good service, but this expression of entitlement is not appreciated. Looked like all other customers where people with expense account who stay at the hotel and don’t know that DC has many much better places.

NS
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing buffet but quite pricey

RT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alhambra's menu changes frequently and we always are wonderfully surprised. Last Saturday, my wife and I shared the Spanish octopus appetizer. The beautiful presentation included a decoration of finely minced vegetables scattered over the octopus that was displayed on a thin spread of mashed winter roots. For the main course, I had the lamb shank. Tender describes the texture of the meat. The flavor hinted of roasting, rosemary and a touch of garlic. My wife raved about her scallops. Our waiter recommended a pinot noir that accompanied my lamb and complimented my wife's scallops. Each time we dine at Alhambra we are more impressed than the visit before.

OT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time! Everything was great!

c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed Alambra. The food was good and ambiance very nice. Service was good. Pricey though!

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience1

We had previously been to Alhambra for brunch and the experience was good, natural light filled the room and made the beautiful ceiling seem warm. The service was fantastic and the food was fine, but the lighting and seating felt like we were in a conference room, and the spots on the ceiling made it less pretty. I don't mind sitting near other tables, that's part of dining out, but the lighting didn't foster any sense of intimacy. We were there celebrating my birthday and declined to order additional drinks to extend our time there and instead went to another nearby restaurant bar for better ambiance.

LG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose a 3 course fixed price dinner which was delicious and a great value. I had a Caesar salad, scallops over couscous and a Carmel toffee tort for desert. Everything was seasoned beautifully. Service was excellent.

L
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pamela’s birthday

FV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Average food in a nice environment. Not very Mediterranean, though!

S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Today’s brunch was much better than Friday night dinner. Food selection and service staff were more prepared on Sunday than last Friday.

SE
Tampa
84 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating New Year's Day- and several personal milestones- with our son visiting from Boston- and this was early dinner post theater at Sidney Harman's. The magnificent old world elegance of St Regis adds to the beautiful modern ambiance of Alhamra. We ordered the salted salmon/potatoes, roasted lamb and the mushroom ravioli- all prepared as delicacies with much care. Dessert was gingerbread cheesecake and apple pecan/ bourbon ice cream- all superbly delicious. Service was courteous and informative- we even stopped by at the concierge desk for local info as the manager and maitre d' wished us a happy new year. A walk down to the Ellipse to see the lighted Christmas tree on this mild winter evening ended our great day out in DC!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Starters took 45 mins to make it to the table. Soup was cold. Beef Wellington was wet on bottom. Lamb served without proper utensils. Chocolate torte was insanely sweet. Panna cotta was icy in center and berries and coulis were too tart.

S
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I fear that either this restaurant is over-rated...or we just happened to be there on a night that was not their best. Service was terrible. Wrong drinks, wrong dessert served, had to ask for wine twice...on the third time we were served the wine...food was very tasty...they were accommodating regarding the menu, but mistake on the bill and no birthday candle as had been requested. All in all, quite disappointing.

NM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A bit expensive. Food was very, very good. Service was a bit slow.

D
London
35 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Day lunch. Special 3 course lunch. We had chestnut soup, beef Wellington and deserts. Everything was delicious.
The lunch was nicely paced, and service was attentive and not intrusive. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the different choices.

There was also an oyster with caviar amuse bouche.

The room is elegant with a choice of table and booth seating.

RN
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

To be fair, since this was a Christmas lunch with a fixed menu.... not all items were acceptable given the price being charged... Fish was very chewy and the dessert was grocery store variety

EJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 25th anniversary the staff and food was spectacular. There was another part there with more people that’s what added the noise. If there is anything I would add to make it better it would be some soft classical music or very soft music which would have enhanced ambiance. Overall it was great.

YG
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch I’ve ever had in my life. Simply exquisite!

TT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly outstanding brunch and worth $79. I would recommend getting the poached lobster eggs benedict (a $5 supplement) as your entree that is made to order, as it is their signature dish and amazing.

j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

One of the lousiest dinners I’ve had in DC. Never ever go here. Entrees came out cold and late. Waiter forgot several orders. It was just sad.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Wonderful seamless service

j
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We have eaten several times at the St Regis and always thought it wonderful. Thanksgiving, not so much. The waiter seemed harried although, when we ate, the restaurant was far from full. The soup was served lukewarm, the meat was covering whatever accompaniment was there and the desserts were miniscule. I understand that on a holiday, things can get hectic.The restaurant, however, should be professionally prepared for that. I felt the Alhambra was not.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been in two first dates in a week madre and they gave me an awesome secluded table in both

j
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely ambience, beautiful hotel, delicious food. The porcini ravioli with black truffle and the octopus appetizer were as good as it gets.

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food and service

VC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ambiance and service are top notch. Both our server and Nichola the sommelier were absolutely the best, professional, helpful and knowledgeable. I was disappointed with the food. I ordered bouillabaisse and it came with the blandest mayonnaise, no rouille, no garlic taste and the broth was actually so salty, I couldn't finish:(

JD
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Never been here before. But great atmosphere, good service, wonderful food, and a nice quiet place to talk with friends. The grilled octopus and lobster ravioli were spectacular. So was dessert - Yazu something? - though I have no idea what it was. And after lunch we retired to the comfortable St. Regis bar for more drinks and conversation.

SG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blueberry Pancakes were divine.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience was perfect and my main entree, the braised lamb shank was Amazing....

KS
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Location, staff, ambiance is wonderful. Food is pretty terrible. Very salty and/or covered with butter. Not good at all. Pretty disappointed.

SG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! In every way.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

We had to request water, one main was wrong so we didn't eat at the same time, one drink was wrong, and sadly, they TRIED to automatically decide tip, $25.60 tip for horrible service and bad food and they knew it was our 10th Anniversary....

k
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, ambience were all wonderful! Our waiter and the other staff made us feel like we were the only customers in the restaurant.

B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most perfect brunch in DC! I live in NY and make it a priority to gather the girls for brunch here every time that I visit the District. There's so much opulence, top-notch service, delicacies... it is definitely a treat that I look forward to. The food is delicious, the service is excellent it is a true gem!

J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience. Great service. Great food.