Cherry at W Hotel DC
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Sun 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Mon - Sat 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Went to Cherry for restaurant week and wasn’t impressed. Yes, we were late and the kitchen was closing in 25min- server was obviously bothered which I get but it’s a new place I would think they would let it slide for a Saturday night. The drinks were awful, so strong and clearly trying to be so different that both me and my friend couldn’t drink ours. I had the rockfish- it was okay- not much seasoning, the fish was well cooked but the lack of flavor made me feel I could have made myself at home easily. My hazelnut dessert was great, my tuna app was very interesting, I enjoyed that lots of different flavors. I like the decor and the renovation but for as much hype as this place has gotten the food should be more flavorful.
I enjoyed my octopus and rockfish. My friend enjoyed her carrot cake. Drinks were on the pricey side.
I went for Restaurant Week and ordered the avocado appetizer, rockfish entree and "hazelnut joy" dessert. The waitress recommended the avocado and rockfish, but I didn't find anything special about either. They were just ok. I love hazelnut, and I found the dessert outstanding...a scoop of hazelnut ice cream, a generous piece of hazelnut torte and hazelnut cream. Sheer divinity. We had late dinner reservations and really didn't begin dining until after 9pm. What really spoiled the atmosphere is when the bright lights were turned up around 10:30pm. We complained to the waitress, who mentioned something about the night staff coming in to clean up. In general, I would not recommend Cherry, but I'm doing so here only because it's worth the trip if you just have the hazelnut dessert.
Tasting menu restaurant week was fabulous and didn’t feel mass produced or poorly prepared. Hazelnut dessert was one of my favorite desserts I’ve ever had. Will be back!
Awesome grilled octopus
The space is beautiful and the service was great; however, the entrees lacked flavor. My friends and I went during restaurant week which may be partly to blame since many restaurants experience more traffic and have to produce food more quickly to meet demand.
I went to Cherry because there was a NY strip on their menu posted for restaurant week. But, after I arrived and was seated the menu they presented to me for Restaurant Week did not have the NY strip. I asked them why, showing them the aforementioned menu I downloaded from the RW website. The server conferred with management and the management told me that the menu posted on the RW website was somehow mistaken and that they had no NY strip steaks. They offered me a filet instead. Meanwhile upon checking the menu posted on Cherry’s website I see there is a NY strip offered there. Both the server and management were very courteous but I feel like I am the victim of a “bait and switch”. Aside from this food issue, this was no place for a relaxing meal. There was some unduly noisy music being played off to the side of the Restaurant near its bar area that pretty much ruined any satisfaction I was trying to get from the substituted filet.
Like many, I use Restaurant Week to try a bunch of the new restaurants I have heard about over that past few months. Cherry came on the scene with big acclaim for its indoor wood burning grill. When used properly, the wood burning grills or hearths in DC have been a source of great flavors and experimentation (see Maydan and The Dabney). The atmosphere of Cherry was a nice change of pace: Not too loud, interesting interior design, and an appreciation of space. The wait staff was attentive and friendly without being overbearing or insulting us with a panned diatribe for every dish presented. The food, while kissed with the smoke I deeply desired, was mostly uninteresting. Not bad, but no standouts, wow moments, or anything I could designate as truly solid. Proportion sizes might have reflected Restaurant Week skimping, I hope. All in all, I will give the place some time to find its direction. It definitely has the tools to do so. In meantime, I do plan on returning to sit at the bar and enjoy my surroundings.
Excellent for restaurant week. The grilled octopus and the hazelnut dessert were outstanding.
Great food, bad service. They tried to sit us at a bar table when there were other tables available. They brought the wrong drink, and when I ordered my steak, the server told me that the kitchen was way too busy to get the temp right. Octopus was a winner.
I came here to sample for restaurant week with friends. Love the wood fired theme but they are still working on some of the dishes. I had the grilled octopus as an appetizer and the wood fired chicken as an entrée and cherry cheesecake as a dessert. The best parts of the entire meal were the octopus and the cherry cheesecake. The wood fired chicken came with about 4 small potatoes with chimichurri sauce. The sauce was tasty but the chicken had no seasoning. A minor fix here is needed. Overall some good dishes still needs a bit of refining.
The menu was delightful and the service impeccable. Will certainly revisit.
My first visit to Cherry could not have been better - and I think it had to be one of the best Restaurant Week lunch deals in town. My husband I loved everything we ordered, which included the grilled octopus starter, artichoke salad, rockfish, filet, carrot cake, and chocolate and nuts dessert. The service was excellent, and the seats were comfortable (and padded, unlike so many these days!). We can’t wait to return.
It is a beautifully decorated light filled room. The food exceeded my expectations and was all really tasty and beautifully presented. The rockfish with faro was amazing and I would go back for that alone! Great server though the hostesses were a bit unfriendly. Still a great new place you should try out. Milk chocolate dessert was enough for two and delicious.
From soup to dessert, everything was wonderful. Washington Restaurant Week is a great opportunity for people on a budget to eat at a special restaurant like Cherry.
The wood fire definitely comes through in the taste. Rockfish was cooked very well.
This menu is trying to hard. Poor combinations. We left and ate at I occidental and the menu is ten times better. Our triple Waitress Essence was amazing.
Not enough menu items
The music being played by the DJ was ridiculously loud. We are bar people and would have had a drink at the bar before and after dinner but had no interest due to volume. It also was loud enough to interfere with the dining experience. Would impact my decision to go back I spite of the great food and service.
Even for a W it’s overpriced, especially given the lack of execution. And $17 for cocktails is egregious.
Flavors of food were good with the hints of smoke but underwhelmed by wine selection and what we did order was room temperature — not even slightly chilled for a red. Prices are what you would expect for the district, aka overpriced for what you do get.
Cherry is a new lobby level hotel restaurant with an attractive open Cherry Blossom decorating theme. The food was very good for breakfast but the service staff is still getting the kinks out as a new restaurant. Staff attempted to serve food items to the wrong table, regular condiments were not placed at the table with normal orders, etc - nothing major. The waitress/waiter staff had a very good attitude.
Justin is the best waiter ever!!!!! Made our anniversary even more special.
We stay at the W regularly a few times a year. We came downtown for the night to checkout the completed bar and restaurant and love it!!! Food was amazing, service was on point and the bartenders know how to make some amazing cocktails.
Cherry is still trying to work out the kinks since they are brand new, but the service was excellent and most of the food was delicious!
Horrible, three different waiters who were all very confused and didn’t know where the other left off. No drink menu until we pressed and she said they ran out of menus. Food subpar for price with most meals not coming with a side dish.
Other W’s that we have been to have been far superior. Overall terrible experience. It was obvious that others in the restaurant were having a poor experience as well.
Didn’t get to try the avocado or the hearth potatoes which I really wanted to... they were out of quite a few things which sucked but what we did order had good flavor
Excellent food quality. Innovative cocktails. Outstanding service. Beautifully decorated. A winning combination.
Excellent customer service. Everyone makes mistakes, and one or two were made -- but what was exceptional is that the staff recognized them, owned them and tried to figure out a way to help address them in a fair way. Appreciate all their efforts