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Cranes

4.8
246 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
Explore the intersections of Spanish and Japanese cuisine at Cranes, a restaurant and sake lounge by chef Pepe Moncayo. Chef Pepe’s contemporary dishes spotlight the similarities he has found with the ingredients, techniques and culinary viewpoints of Japan and Spain. From cooking style to ingredient and flavor combinations, his Spanish Kaiseki is a natural cultural and culinary marriage.

The design of the 12,000 square foot restaurant space includes a beautifully striking bar, large sake lounge, raised dining area, open kitchen, and private dining room suitable for 30 guests. The sleek, modern, yet approachable space draws on the chef’s Spanish and Japanese influences. Bright polished metals and thoughtfully placed wood elements layer amongst dark textures and dramatic lighting.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 246 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TiffanyF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent presentation and taste, we will definitely come back for more.

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BB11
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The food was ok. We are vegetarian and I did add specific notes to my reservation of our dietary restrictions. May be the meat eaters will have better luck. I do have to say that I loved their Zucchini Ensalada. It is a must must try. Our biggest complain was the service. Our waiter was very frustrated with any questions we asked regarding the menu. At one point he said, he'd rather be making what we asked then answering our questions. He was pretty jump, even took off his mask while talking and acted really weird. He said he was frustrated training somebody but it doesn't explain his overall demeanor. It was just odd. He would even answer some of our questions walking away without even looking back. One of the most weirdest dining experience at a restaurant that actually received a Michelin. We weren't sure how they could even secure a Michelin with such service. As I mentioned earlier, food is hit or miss. We tried a combination of omakase and tapas. Some dishes were really good & some dishes were lacking basic salt. I would definitely order the Zucchini Ensalada for to-go again but I am not sure if we will ever dine their again. :(

Cranes
Responded 14 hours ago

Hello, Thank you so much for the valuable feedback. We apologize for the sub-par dining experience you've had with us. We are very proud of what we do here at Cranes and are always looking for ways to improve our service and standards. We cannot do that without feedback from our valued guests. We would love to have you back at the restaurant! Should you decided to give us another try, please email eat@cranes-dc.co m or call (202) 525-4900 Sincerely, Cranes Team

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars and food and service gets better every time

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vipTravelandTourismInsights
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Tempura was so light and fluffy, best I've had in a long time! zucchini salad very inventive and delicious. Small tapas size plates are, in my opinion, never good value for money as I always end up ordering two plates, going home hungry, while paying a high price. But tapas are all the rage and this is a great new restaurant for inventive and very tasty tapas.

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vipDavidC
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing. The atmosphere is great! Perfect for date nights and anniversaries!

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vipDianaJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, nice relaxed yet upscale setting, attentive service.

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vipKimberlyC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous dining experience from beginning to end

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Carlos
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great mixture of ingredients and flavors. Food is delicious and presented very well. The chef has really done a nice job. Would recommend to anyone and already am to my friends. On top of the quality food, the prices are extremely reasonable!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great new restaurant. Food was interesting and innovative.

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LawyerEater
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful presentation and flavors to merit their Michelin star. The Hamachi and Bok Choy were standouts.

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vipZarahM
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly one of the most special meals I’ve ever had in dc. Everything from the staff, to the drinks, to each dish was absolutely outstanding. Never had such a well thought out meal.

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vipMaby
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We loved the food, its creativity, the ingredients and also our eyes were happy :) I had the vegetarian omakase and was super happy, they also had ramps :)
Lovely dinner, highly recommended!
The only so-so note..the service. It was a bit slow and the waiters were a bit distracted (the brought the wine after we had started) and some of them did not know the ingredients of the dishes we were presented with (fair to say that the ingredients are many and not the usual ones!).

Other than that, we would certainly come back!

Cranes
Responded 14 hours ago

Hello, Thank you for the valuable feedback! We are always looking for ways to improve and feedback like yours helps us. We look forward to your return and please let us know if you have further feedback.

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SofiaM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dishes, great price. Will certainly be back. We did the omakase and I would be happy to do it again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bento box was perfectly portioned and each item was delicious!
The outdoor space is comfortable. Service was prompt and thorough.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous in all aspects!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Highly recommended. Hamachi and paella were amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service wasn’t so great. Drinks were forgotten and never came out. They were busy so slightly understandable but more attention to patio guests would be good.

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vipEvaravesrants
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best paellas ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & inventive tapas.

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JillianE
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here, staff very nice and friendly and food was amazing

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vipHonestReview
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed by the food at Cranes. The oysters was very wonderful! The meal was delicious! The chef took some time to talk to us and I thought that was really nice of him. That added to the overall experience. I cannot wait to come back!

Cranes
Responded 14 hours ago

Thank you for joining us! were thrilled you had a great experience, we look forward to your return! :)

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food

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DinerX
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I generally steer clear of fusion-themed restaurants because making fusion food is a high risk business that can easily offend adherents/devotees of the various cuisines that form the basis of said fusion. In the case of Cranes, you have an example of a restaurant that successfully walked the fusion tightrope and delivered a culinary experience that was grounded in the Spanish tradition and further refined by Japanese influences. The result - the omakase option - was wonderful and satisfying. Every item was thoughtfully prepared and presented with a sensibility that reflects both Spanish and Japanese influences.
To top this off, the staff was friendly and attentive. Highly recommended. Look forward to the next visit.

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vipCarlos
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Pepe Moncayo and team have created an excellent experience. The Omakase menu is fantastic, showcasing a compelling selection of items blending flavors and textures. I look forward to returning many times.

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rclarkd12
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the Omakase tasting menu. Everything was fresh and delicious- would definitely recommend. The service was great the restaurant and the chef came out to talk to us. We will definitely be back!

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EricH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the best, if not the best, restaurants in D.C. right now. Cannot recommend it enough. Both the dinner and lunch tasting menus are exceptional, as is the service.

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JohnG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Food & Beverage!

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vipBeatr1z
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food wasn't as good as we were expecting. The service wasn't as professional as we think it should be for an upscale restaurant. The music was inappropriate for a restaurant of this level. In summary - we'll pass on Cranes next time.

Cranes
Responded on April 14, 2021

Hello Ms. Lopez, Thank you for your feedback and giving us a try. We are very sorry we did not meet your expectations. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve our cuisine, service, and music please feel free to reach out by emailing eat@cranes-dc.co m or calling (202) 525-4900. We value our guests feedback and are always looking to improve. We wish you all the best. -Cranes Team

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YoYoA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome! The food was on point and highly elevated.

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ZhentianC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will recommend this restaurant to my friends. And post some pictures on social media.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omakase was phenomenal. Refined, tasty. Gabby, our waitress, was knowledgeable of the entire menu. She also had great sake and cocktail recommendations. Pepe, the executive chef, came to our table to see how our meal was going. No rush even though our reservation was at 830. Just an overall treat!

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ascribe
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cranes offers the most interesting food that I know of in the District. The restaurant is beautifully designed, and as a five-time return customer, I can vouch for the very high level of service. Alfred

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mariselw
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was delicious. Serving are very generous for small plates. Focused menu, yet good variety of dishes offered. The outdoor seating is welcoming, with greenery and heaters. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious I ordered the 6 course meal which was beautifully served and unusual. We ate outdoors which was not to noisy though it is in a busy part of DC

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is amazing! We loved the Omakase and the service was impeccable

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Food cold, drink sticky at bottom no napkin or coaster; food uninspired... dissapointing bao bun

Cranes
Responded on April 4, 2021

Hello, Thank you for the feedback and were very sorry we did not meet your expectations. Please let us know how else we can improve. If you decide to join us again for another try, please email eat@cranes-dc.c om

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing, but the general beverage/checking on us/bringing the check part of the service was not so great. We ate outside with a view of the street traffic - the ambiance inside was much better.

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ASB3
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was nothing short of sublime! When visiting order the Omakase, well worth the modest expense with the pairing. Got a chance to speak with the head chef and owner. Truly a humble artist and his craft clearly shows his passion. This is a can't miss and the DC area owes it to itself to make sure this wonderful experience doesn't fall victim to the economy/covid downturn. Please visit, we enjoyed it thoroughly during our visit during the cherry blossoms.

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vipTamiW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is extraordinary. You must try the churros. you’re welcome.

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You can order delivery directly from Cranes using the Order Online button. Cranes also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Cranes also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 525-4900.

Cranes is rated 4.8 stars by 246 OpenTable diners.

Cranes does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/cranes-dc-724-9th-street-nw/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.