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Almeda, Washington, DC

Almeda

4.8
4.8
62 Reviews
$31 to $50
African
Welcome to Almeda, where Chef Danielle Harris invites you on a culinary journey that explores and celebrates the rich tapestry of the diaspora. Born and raised in the vibrant city of Cleveland, Ohio, Chef Danielle brings 16 years of professional cooking expertise to every dish. Almeda is more than just a restaurant; it's a reflection of Chef Danielle's passion for blending diverse flavors, traditions, and stories into a harmonious dining experience. From the heart of the Midwest to your plate, Almeda is a testament to the artistry of cuisine and the power of food to connect us across borders and cultures. Join us in savoring the unique flavors and culinary artistry that define Chef Danielle's inspired creations at Almeda.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    African, Caribbean, American
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (216) 645-9820
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual

What 62 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Best Food

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Best Value

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Innovative

  • District of Columbia

    Best Overall

  • District of Columbia

    Best Food

  • District of Columbia

    Best Ambiance

  • District of Columbia

    Best Value

  • District of Columbia

    Innovative

62 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Food wasn’t good. The ribs were supposed to be to be eaten with lettuce but had the bone in them that I had to cut out, so it was very difficult to eat. The doubles were one note. The jollof risotto had no other texture but mush. The dry charred cabbage on top was a weird unnecessary addition. Catfish and spaghetti don’t go together. Spaghetti was made for a 5 year old with no depth of flavor. And we left the catfish on the plate. Very disappointed in this food.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fabulous place! The service was incredible and the food was delicious!

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  3. gc2022

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The three dishes we ordered were perfectly seasoned, mixing different textures and layering flavors of various products with distinct cooking points. The dishes appear homely, but I am sure they take lots of effort to be presented in this form. Almeida offers a delicious travel through the African Diaspora cuisines. Some flavors reminded me of the food of Bahia, a primarily black state from my home country, Brazil. Highly recommended.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great experience overall. Highly recommend

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  5. Adnav

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The drinks were a bit disappointing. Overall experience was good. We ordered everything on the menu.

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  6. ashevillefun

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Almeda is a warm and inviting - you literally feel like you are in someone's kitchen! Wonderful menu. Only issue was that a couple of the dishes were a little salty for our taste.

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  7. SusanT

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, fun menu, amazing cocktails, fantastic service.

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  8. nomnomer

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Every dish was full of flavor and fun. Service was casual and friendly. Ordered nearly the whole menu and the drinks were amazing.

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  9. Nickowwww

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tried the cat fish and alot of the small plates and everything was excellent. Did not order the chicken but the table next to us did and it looked great. Excited to go back and try it.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent. The food is incredible and the owner is THE BEST.

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  11. NatalieN

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely amazing and the service was wonderful. The bread service and tenderloin are some of the tastiest bites of food I can remember.

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  12. Allen

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant, food was flavorful! And servers were really friendly. I would recommend.

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  13. Dclocal

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing pretty much sums it up. It will not disappoint.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Very cute restaurant with great food and service. Only 8 tables or so. I recommend making a reservation!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great neighborhood spot with wonderful staff! Highly recommend the tostone doubles, spicy awaze galbi ribs, and jollof risotto. Will have to go back for the jerk pork tenderloin. Don’t miss!

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  16. Tameisha

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service, and ambience. An inventive and delicious menu. Looking forward to many return visits!

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  17. DinnerDate2

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So delicious! Fantastic place from a fantastic team!

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  18. TaniaM

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful experience! The food was well flavored! Served well presented.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friends and I had an amazing experience at Almeda. Easily the best meal we’ve had in DC this year. Everything feels and tastes like an elevated home cooked meal. The food is gorgeous, hot, flavorful, textured, and thoughtful. As full as we were when we left, we were already discussing when we’d be able to make plans to come back. Congratulations to Chef Danielle and her small but mighty team!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding good. Chef had an excellent palette for spiced and flavors. I’ll be back!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful dinner with friends! The dishes and flavors were unique and beautifully presented. The chef stopped by our table at the end to ask our favorites, it was a lovely interaction. The restaurant itself is really small and intimate, makes conversing with friends so easy. We didn’t get cocktails but will definitely be back to try those and more dishes next time!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible all around! The food was fresh and delicious. The chef and owner was there and engaged with customers!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dining experience and will be back. The catfish and spaghetti is a MUST!

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  24. SusieD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely loved every dish I tried at Almeda! Amazing flavors, great atmosphere, will definitely be back!

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  25. HGM503

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in a very long time. The food, service and intimate atmosphere are perfection.
    AlmedaResponded on March 8, 2024
    Wow, thank you for such kind words! Can't wait for you to dine with us again.

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  26. JP19

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    AMAZING!!! Every course was exceptional. The cocktails were so delicious. Such a hidden gem. I cannot wait to come back and hope I can still get a table.
    AlmedaResponded on March 8, 2024
    Thank you so much for coming in!

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  27. TinaB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Almeda is an excellent restaurant. The food is superb and the chef is Amazing. It’s a smaller restaurant so you definitely need to have reservations.
    AlmedaResponded on March 8, 2024
    Thanks so much for joining us!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a culinary experience not to be missed. One of the best meals I have ever had, period.

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  29. SophieM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Small menu but lovely variety in dishes and amazing flavors. Tasty drinks. Warm layout. Would absolutely go back!
    AlmedaResponded on March 8, 2024
    Thank you so much! We can't wait for you to dine with us again.

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  30. EvetteB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious. I will definitely go back and tell my friends.

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  31. Nita

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food, sweet staff, but we had first reservations of the evening for which they were not ready for and they made us go outside to wait in cold rather than in lobby
    AlmedaResponded on March 8, 2024
    We cannot accommodate guests before we open. Every minute of prep time is needed before a busy service, especially a Saturday. This is why we open our doors exactly at 5PM every night. Unfortunately, when the weather is less than ideal, our early guests have to wait outside since we don't have a waiting area or lobby. Keeping our doorway clear is required to prevent a fire hazard. Thanks for dining with us.

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  32. AndyM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredibly good food and drinks. The ribs, tostones, and pork stood out.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely remarkable food and service. A dining experience that was casual and frankly unrivaled. I wish there were more of these kinds of establishments in DC. Restaurant owners who really make you feel at home!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was so good our second time going we finally got to try the chicken and that was soooooo good. It was crispy and juicy and the yum yum sauce made it perfect. The potatoes were cooked to perfection and so were the green beens. The drinks are delicious and unique and the brownie was my favorite and the coconut cake was my girlfriends favorite 10/10
    AlmedaResponded on March 8, 2024
    Thanks for coming back! We can't wait for you to try our new menu items this spring!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was wonderful! The food is creative and delicious. The chef and wait staff are warm, helpful, and help make the entire experience special.
    AlmedaResponded on March 8, 2024
    Thank you so much!

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  36. CaraL

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant Afro-fusion food. Delicious and fast and flavor profiles I haven’t experienced before. Highly recommend the spaghetti and catfish.
    AlmedaResponded on March 8, 2024
    Thank you so much Cara!

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  37. MichaelH

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Almeda is a welcome addition to Petworth. The service is warm, friendly, and prompt. Small but wonderfully curated menu of food and beverage options. The food is delicious. Some items vary from what you might be used to, but the staff does an amazing job of explaining it. The rib wraps are a crave-worthy must!
    AlmedaResponded on March 8, 2024
    Michael! We are so happy when you come in! Thank you for dining with us again; we hope to see you again soon!

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  38. BrendanM

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely curated menu in a great atmosphere with friendly staff!

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  39. Tiki06

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We received a warm welcome when we came in. The menu included some nice call backs to familiar dishes, like fish and spaghetti, and a play on dishes I’ve come to know and love in my adulthood like the Jollof Risotto. The portion sizes are just right, the Risotto was generous in fact. Do not pass up the dessert. The pound cake reminded me of my Auntie’s, but the drizzle of cream over top, shards of raspberry chocolate, and moat of toasted coconut surrounding the mini Bundt take it to another level. I plan to go back to try other dishes for sure!!
    AlmedaResponded on March 8, 2024
    We can't wait to have you join us for dinner again!

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  40. LynneA

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was phenomenal. The service was perfect, including direction on how to order with an expectation to share dishes. Initially thought we'd be taking home leftover, but we consumed every bit.
    AlmedaResponded on March 8, 2024
    We are so happy to hear this! Thank you so much for dining with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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FAQs

Almeda is rated 4.8 stars by 62 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Almeda

828 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011-5837

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Petworth
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    African, Caribbean, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine
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