Alhambra

4.7
276 reviews
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$50 and over
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, French
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Afternoon Tea
Daily 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 509-8000
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sebastien Giannini
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
16th & K
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Parking details
Valet parking is available upon arrival at St. Regis Hotel main entrance.
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Special events & promotions
For large parties and special events please contact Camille Pisano at camille.pisano@stregis.com, or Andy Powell at andy.powell@stregis.com
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Alhambra is available for private events, and also offers a semi-private dining room

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Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the night before Christmas with a special four course dinner in Alhambra. Our esteemed culinary team presents a delectable menu featuring seasonal delicacies. $79 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Gather family and friends to celebrate Christmas with an exquisite dinner in Alhambra. Featuring the bounty of the region, our festive four course menu showcases an array of indulgent dishes to fit the festive occasion. $79 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the new year with all the glitz and glamour of the roaring twenties at Alhambra. Guests will count down to 2019 with a luxurious 10 course dinner, created for the occasion by Chef Sebastien Giannini. Enjoy live music and a special Champagne sabering at midnight. $149 per person

Monday, December 31, 2018

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Sun 11:30AM - 2:00PM

What 276 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
5 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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OT
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
7 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
92 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
4 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
53 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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SC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New York quality. This relatively new restaurant with a distinguished executive chef will come to be seen as one of the best restaurants in the area. Get there ahead of the crowd.

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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Very pretty place -- the whole dining area is pure opulence. The set-up however is a bit awkward -- small plates make for many, winding trips to the food/drink bar but I would definitely be back. The food was awesome!

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EE
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, friendly unpretentious service; subdued music for a welcome change facilitating conversation; and the chef is an artist - all dishes we had were unique and delicious.

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SG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was perfect. As usual.

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DT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alhambra in the St. Regis is a total sensory experience! The food, the decor, the ambiance - the restaurant is such a treat. The floor-to-ceiling windows glow in the evening and the juxtaposition of the modern seating to the old-world architecture is stunning. The new executive chef, Chef Sebastien, presented a perfect Chateaubriand with a divine Bordelaise sauce that would melt in your mouth! The staff is attentive and pleasant but not overbearing. We had pre-dinner drinks in the adjoining bar - always build in time to do so!

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j
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Power breakfast place, private dining room is perfect for small group tucked away nicely done. Food was great corn beef hash the best!!! Kasey and José were very attentive the provided wonderful service.

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RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alhambra delivers! Whether having productive business meal or enjoying a moment with friends or family this hidden gem on the corner of K & 16th is the place to be. Service is attentive but unobtrusive - food is delightful, prepared to perfection highlighting every ingredient - and vine list is suited for a sommelier. Busines 3-course lunch with menu that is changing daily starts at only $39 for exquisite selection of meat, fish or vegetarian option. Looking forward to my next visit.

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PA
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stellar brunch. Not too many entrees to choose from but a nice presentation of upscale items in the buffet, plus your choice of a handful of entrees from the kitchen which is in addition to the buffet. Adam, our server, was very friendly. We were both impressed with the atmosphere, presentation, taste and service. Oxana, who took our reservation was also extremely pleasant. We will go back.

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Old smelly lobby. No patrons at 7:30pm on Friday. Limited menu and wines by the glass. Food was marginal. Service was great. Whole restaurant concept needs to be redone. Worst dining experience in Washington DC I’ve ever had.

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j
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch chef made extra effort for my wife to lighten the lobster dish. The strawberry mimosa was devine!!!!

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BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and the live music was great at our Father’s day brunch!

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and extremely good food!! Service was outstanding!! Well above my expectations!!

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SG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere and wonderful food complemented by imperceptible service. Perfect for a business luncheon or really any occasion.

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j
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were outstanding, we met the Chef from southern France very nice gentlemen, extremely knowledgeable about Mediterranean Provençal cuisine.
I will certainly return. Great price value for food and beverages.

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j
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Brunch for value and food, great service. Live music was outstanding.
If you are looking for a wonderful Sunday Brunch I highly recommend this restaurant.

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D
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We really didn’t eat there. Reservation was made we arrived and restaurant was closed. 😕

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W
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went on Mother's Day for Brunch - it was $79 per person and $99 if you wanted to include their drink package. The quality was good but not worth $79, there was not a lot of selection if you don't eat seafood. The main buffet area revolved around seafood (mainly raw options) which doesn't really make sense for a mother’s day brunch as a quarter of the guests were pregnant and could not eat the seafood. A limited hot bar section which consisted of tomato soup, 2 quiches and an individual size corn beef hash plate. The final buffet table was a dessert table which was very good. Included in your buffet selection you get 1 entrée. The portions were very small but good again mainly revolved around seafood. Overall service was friendly and accommodating though it was not 5 star services. The servers have not been taught as such. You may sit with an empty cup or a few empty plates on your table, menus left on the table and silverware not replaced for the length of your meal unless you request that service. I am only saying this as they advertise as luxury and charge prices of luxury but have fine tuning to do on the service provided. Overall the ambiance was enjoyable while we sat surrounded by beautiful décor. The hostess recognized my special requests that I had input in my opentable reservation and our waiter went above and beyond on recognizing the special day which we were very grateful for.

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S
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in the St. Regis hotel. Great food without the crowds.

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D
Washington DC
114 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time and were treated like royalty. I highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion or date night.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is beautiful, but the food was disappointing, especially for the price, but it would have been disappointing at lower prices as well. Our waitress was excellent and did everything possible to try to make our experience positive.

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J
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We found the menu to be a bit quotidian, but everything that we consumed food was expertly prepared and really very succulent.

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DC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall experience was excellent. One request—a larger table for our party of four. Not much room for dinner plates when you add sides pots, bread, butter, wine and water glasses.
Still, I am looking forward to my next meal here.

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D
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very romantic- excellent service.
Wondered why it was so empty

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DJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at Alhambra. Excellent, professional staff; fine menu and reasonably priced for a "high end" restaurant in DC. Very peaceful, quiet atmosphere is most appreciated since finding a quiet restaurant in the District has become a bit of a challenge. Well done!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful new menu! Loved the lunch ‘box’ menu - very creative and well priced!

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