Alhambra

4.6
318 reviews
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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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Alhambra will be hosting a spectacular Father's Day Brunch. We are requiring a credit card for each reservation. Cancellation policy is 48 hours, if you cancel within this period of time you will be charged approximately half of the total.

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What 318 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. The lamb shank was falling off the bone. The service was prompt and took care of us throughout our brunch. Excellent first time experience!

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Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I actually was booking to have Afternoon Tea but reservation was for brunch but the staff was wonderful and was able to get me and husband in for tea. Which I would highly recommend. It came with tea and both savory and sweet treats. Very elegant and a treat.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! The staff were all so welcoming and accommodating! Very pleasant evening and experience

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n
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food & service. Highly recommend!! Every aspect of our evening and dinner was perfect.

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FB
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience was wonderful. Food & presentation first class. Our server was knowledgeable & friendly & we enjoyed talking w him.
We ordered a bottle of white wine that we would have preferred to be chilled & it took a bit of time to get it chilled on ice. Otherwise happy & will return.

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BJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Took over 10 after being seated to see our server. Service didn’t get much better after that.

Food was excellent. Good value on wine list. Attitude of staff borders on arrogance

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s
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food, great service. Beautiful and intimate space.

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SG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have a new Chef and menu! Delish.

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j
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday experience! Wonderful attention to detail and excellent service! Brunch with cold bar including raw oyster, shrimp along with charcuterie, cheeses and fruit. Hot bar with lobster thermador and wonderful corned beef. Then you choose delectable items from the menu. Our lobster Benedict and lamb shanks were marvelous! Would definitely go again.

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S
Raleigh
42 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience!

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LB
London
40 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

A very nice setting but a short menu for a restaurant of the type which my choosing rather difficult. Overall, the restaurant served well prepared food but the restaurant does not have any buzz.

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NR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant. Overall, the food is good. The restaurant is very overpriced. $69 for brunch is really over priced for what is included. It should not cost $200 for 2 people to have brunch.

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CK
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Went for a birthday . The room was beautiful but poorly lit. That greatly reduced the ambiance. Wildly under staffed, we waited for almost 15 mins to before we saw a waiter. A manager came and assisted which helped. Very very poor representation for a st Regis property and luxury experience that you pay for at a property of this type was absent. Two of three entrees were delicious. One was cold.

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OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The lobster ravioli was exceptional. The restaurant is a stark contrast with the traditional St Regis so that was a bit of a shock but if you’ve looked at photos of the restaurant it shouldn’t be a surprise. Excellent wine selection and desserts were great as well.

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MB
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely 5 stars, from the hostess to Maître d'hôtel to servers and busser! Praises to the chefs. We all enjoyed every meal. Now, this missed the Diamond mark because of bellhop. The older gentleman with red jacket never greeted nor interacted with us warmly. He was even brash with us as we left. Otherwise, all else was superlative!

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GV
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Good experience. Food was typical of any higher end restaurant. Love the decor. The service was so-so. A little slow and not very attentive for initial order or subsequent drinks or menu items. Perhaps it was because I wasn’t wearing a suit.

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P
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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

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A
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

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

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OT
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
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
28 reviews
Dined on January 19, 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 19, 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 18, 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
39 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
25 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
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 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
6 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 December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Yeqrs Eve 10 course dinner. Outstanding.

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RH
Washington DC
9 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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OT
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning Christmas Day lunch! Food, Service and wine pairings were top class.

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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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