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Cranes

4.7
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122 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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  • Omakase Menu

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     $88.00 per person
    Starting Jul 15, 2020
    Our six-course omakase menu is a constantly evolving chef’s selection showing off our current seasonal favorites. A curated beverage pairing is also available. There are no substitutions, however we are able to accommodate some allergies and dietary restrictions. 6 Courses / 88 Beverage Pairing / 45

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 122 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food from start to finish. Highly recommended.

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vipJRM44
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finest of fine dining. Art on a plate. Interesting, creative menu. I had 5 tapas and dessert. The varied tastes, textures, colors, and concepts were all 5*. I am a foody who dines out a fair amount, even in Covid world, when precautions are in place. Crane's followed all recommended practices, and I felt entirely comfortable there. The space is also lovely, high ceilings and windows, beautiful place settings. Service was spot-on and friendly/low key. Literally, Cran'es served the best meal I've had in recent memory, including Europe when we could still go.

Cranes
Responded 4 days ago

Wow! Thank you for the fantastic review, were thrilled you had a wonderful evening with us. See you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious and unique food!

Cranes
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you! 🙏

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Dido
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and excellent service. Look forward to going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING LIVE CRANES

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vipSlouch
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I loved it. This was a cherished event meal- wife's birthday. Upon presentation at the host table, we were given many Covid-19 options for our meal. Contactless menus, outdoor seating, etc. We did avail ourselves of the outdoor seating. Appropriately cautious spacing between the tables outside (10ft). Such distance created a nice sense of intimacy. Service was polished, informative, ever present without being intruding. No gaps in service from the kitchen either. Plates were presented at a steady relaxed pace all night long. The dishes were stellar. Loved the Pork Belly Yakatori! A highlight. My wife loved her dishes too. A delicate touch with her Tilefish. Blankets were offered as the night temps got cooler, but we declined. The cafe lights overhead were a nice touch. Maybe some candlelight for a more proximal flash of soft lighting would be my only quibble, but with table space being at a premium it is understandable why this was not done. Being street-side on a DC Saturday night might add a noisy background to the meal, but it didn't. Very hushed. Dessert was a solid version of Churros with dipping sauces. And coffee. I have my own personal rating system and from lowest to highest: Avoid, not worth your time; Acceptable to eat there if no other better options exist and if you really can't wait for one to arise; If in the neighborhood and hungry for or in the mood for- have a meal; Would drive into the city for a meal here; Would travel across great distances for meal there; Must eat there before one dies. I would gladly travel into DC for a meal here. And with their menu, repeated trips appear to be in the cards. A solid A-. Worthy of your patronage.

Cranes
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us and for the wonderful feedback! We look forward to having you back again. -Cranes Team

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vipAnna
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was exceptional!! Such an amazing culinary experience! Nothing like it in DC!! It needs to be marketed better so that’s it jammed packed!! LOVED IT!!

Cranes
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thank you for the kind review! We miss the vibrant scene when the restaurant is full of happy people. We look forward to the day we can all go back to normalcy. 😁

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal! Incredible meal: service, experience, top notch. Outdoor seating is well appointed, quiet and protected from traffic. Great care was taken at social distancing and sanitation options. We had the tasing menu with optional wine/sake pairing and every bite was perfection.

Cranes
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thank you so much! 😁 We are absolutely elated you enjoyed your time with us. We hope you to see you back soon!

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vipTCinDC
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great value. The pulled pork sandwich is to die for.

Cranes
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thank you! 🙏

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and amazing service

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vipRationalMind
London
17 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Top-notch food, with very fresh ingredients, boldly presented. Unfortunately, the outdoor dining was in several re-used parking spaces in the small street around the side of the restaurant, which provided a very noisy atmosphere including truck and car traffic right beside us.

However, that was minor compared to the excellent service, fine beverage pairings with the tasting (omakase) menu that we experienced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! The Omakase always have me leaving full and happy. Great value for a tasting menu, truly the best deal in the city! Jake and Christian are fantastic, they surely know how to make a guest feel welcome and at home.

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mkbf26
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, incredible service, food was splendid.

Cranes
Responded on September 16, 2020

Thank you! 🙏 😊

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vipMParis
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and food. Delicious and executed well. If you have a good appetite and even if you don't, you have to spend a lot to fill up. You come here for the experience.

Cranes
Responded on September 16, 2020

Thank you for the great comment and feedback! 🙏☺️

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the recommendation from a friend and decided to try Sunday Brunch. Everything is perfect - the environment, service, food quality. We always love Spanish and Japanese cuisine, so the food at Cranes not only satisfies the taste buds but also brings surprises by the Chef’s creativity of combining the ingredients and preparation methods of those two different cuisines.

Cranes
Responded on September 16, 2020

Thank you for joining us and please send our 👍🏻 to your amazing friend who recommended us! We look forward to having you both back.

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squid
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been to Cranes twice now, once before the pandemic and once since. The food and service were excellent on both occasions. The restaurant is understandably pretty empty right now, but Cranes is maintaining its outstanding standards. The Serrano ham and gulf shrimp were delicious

Cranes
Responded on September 16, 2020

Were glad to have you back in our dining room! We miss our lively atmosphere and can't wait until its safe and everything is back to normal.

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vipgourmande
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is worth every calorie. Come ready to enjoy the tapas or the main dishes but make sure to save space for dessert.

Cranes
Responded on September 16, 2020

Thank you for the comment! There is a separate stomach for dessert 😁 🍨

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best new restaurant in DC

Cranes
Responded on September 16, 2020

Thank you! 🙏☺️

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first night out to a restaurant since the shutdown, and we absolutely made the best choice for our first anniversary! The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable, we felt incredibly safe and taken care of, and the food is magical. We couldn’t have had a more delightful evening.

Cranes
Responded on September 16, 2020

Thank you for joining us on your first night out! We hope to see you back again.

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Daniel
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The noise level note is entirely due to the country itself dealing with a pandemic.

If there weren't a pandemic right now, this place would be f*g packed.

I have no interest in censoring an absolutely stunning review, beyond putting in a bunch of asterisks for the overly sensitive readers.

This place is a place to be experienced. If you have the opportunity to dine here, or you have the flexibility to dine here, f*g dine here.

I have a background in culinary and beverage service, and I was absolutely blow away by the beverage options and culinary expertise that was displayed. A few friends were looking for a bit of normalcy and indulgence amid the pandemic, and the omakase selection didn't just hit that mark. It left them stunned.

I'm not exaggerating that. Stunned.

The scallop-ponzu butter course left a few friends who didn't know what ponzu was so stunned at what was dancing across their pallets that they didn't have words.

That is just one note, of one course. It leaves out the body of the timely service by the manager monitoring the sake lounge. It leaves out the gradual escalation of the body and intensity of the dishes, and the increasing subtly along with their intensity. The wagyu beef course wasn't *hot*...but I didn't want it to be. The carnal chew of seared and seasoned wagyu was primaly satisfying. And it was followed up by a palette-cleansing sorbet cocktail and dessert course that left everyone at the table absolutely *moaning*.

I'm not going to gloss that up with fancy text. *Moaning*. Everyone I brought to the table moaned at their first bites into the dessert course. It wasn't just a satisfying end to the meal. It wasn't just a nice and sweet dish, in and of itself. It f*cking capped things off in a way that made the whole experience ooze indulgence.

I don't care if anyone reads that and goes 'Oh, that sounds like it's too much'.

F**k you. Go here. Eat here.

I've eaten around the world. You should eat here.

DD
vipDiningDan
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Crane's was a pleasant surprise. The interior is beautiful and interesting. The menu is excellent and the quality of the food very high.. Service was good.

My only complaint is that, even for small plates, some of the items were kind of small. For example, the tomato and burrata salad was very tasty, but could have used one spoonful more for $12. The bao buns were great; as was the maitake tempura.

Worth a visit!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

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vipFoxsfoodbuzz
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome evening food was fabulous with great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing dessert!

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xji11
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Highly recommend the bento box. Really interesting dishes!

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Buddy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous find. Don’t miss it!! The Bento Box for lunch was fresh delicious and visually artistic. I can’t wait to return.

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vipSexypearl
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Service was above and beyond. Very clean and spacious (important in Covid times). Lovely food presentation. Would certainly come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend the Bento box and off-menu ube coconut coconut!!

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mkmkmk85
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, fantastic and attentive service, beautifully modern interior design, and amazing cocktails!

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vipMichelle
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional, imaginative, creative, and innovative are the words that come to mind. My husband and I came for lunch for Restaurant Week 2020 on a Saturday. While it was still "brunch" early and eerily quiet (likely due to covid and people just not eating indoors), we got prime seating by a draped window, and the zen lounge music followed. He ordered a beer, I ordered a cute cocktail. The server gave a great background on the chef, whose cuisine is Spanish Kaiseki, prepared in a Japanese technique. Then, the food came. We got two matching oyster tapas, followed by bento boxes with unique ingredients you normally don't find in fine dining (very Jose Andres/ minibar), which were a joy to my taste buds. Every taste just blew me away with the unique flavors. We finished off lunch with a citrus tart, which tasted every bit amazing - like heaven in each tiny bite. We kept oohing and ahing at all the minimalist decor and interior touches. Loved this place - we can't wait to come back for the omikase and hopefully with friends. Definitely was the most memorable food I've tasted in years in DC and would recommend this to every foodie/food snob.

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AshleyP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and good food! A bit expensive but in line with fine dining experience.

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SamF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cranes is navigating the pandemic scenario in the best way possible. The space is very large so all seating groupings had more than enough space to spread out.

The food was amazing (always consistent) and the service was top notch. It was great to find some normalcy in this tough time.

You won’t be disappointed!

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DavidM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cranes and its immensely talented chef, Pepe Moncayo, provides a culinary experience that is second to none!! I HIGHLY recommend Cranes to everyone looking for the best DC has to offer. Each plate is an experience unto itself. ENJOY!!!

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vipYourAvgJoe
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The flavours in certain dishes in the omakase were perhaps too complex (e.g. octopus rice dish and the sauce on the steak). Steak was perfectly cooked but the sauce was too overpowering. The churros were not at all like you’d expect. It was not shaped like churros and lacked the crunchy/crispiness of fried dough.

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vip21veka
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent bento box for Restaurant Week lunch. No outdoor seating here, but the inside dining room has high ceilings and spacious with roomy walkways and well distanced tables providing a safe environment. My only complaint - there is only one bento choice for the RW lunch but if you have t been already it's definitely worth checking out.

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vipfoodfocus
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cranes is a gem. Best food and restaurant experience in DC in years. Creative food with fantastic flavors, but not too crazy. Sleek interior but not pretentious. The number one restaurant in DC right now for sure. And does not break the bank.

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vipMarkM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible. This is the best restaurant in the city, and no one knows.

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vipFoodie
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambience was amazing. We were not expecting much, but were blown away instead. Not only was the food creative with the Spanish and Japanese flavors, but the chef went out of his way to create special surprises for our 9 years-old very pick eater. They even gave us a tour around the restaurant.

Cranes just opened back on Feb 2020. We really hope that this gem will survive the COVID restrictions and economy. This place is perfect for date nights, gathering with friends and families. We'll definitely be back!

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AaronW
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fascinating concept, food was displayed beautifully and service was impeccable. Curious to try Omakase option.

FAQs

Cranes does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Cranes also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 525-4900.

Cranes is rated 4.7 stars by 122 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.