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Dirty Martini DC

346 reviews
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$50 and over
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Fusion / Eclectic
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Set in historic Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., Dirty Martini has created a new standard for dining out. The result of careful design and planning, and with great attention to detail throughout, Dirty Martini is upscale yet casual. It is the ideal place for a post-work cocktail, business or casual dinner and special event.

The menu at Dirty Martini includes inventive signature cocktails in addition to a great selection of vintages. Executive chef Walter Rhee has created a thoughtful dinner menu suitable to all tastes and preferences. Reservations are suggested, and you can explore all of the restaurant's menus online.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Fusion / Eclectic, Latin / Spanish, Asian
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Hours of operation
M-Th: 11:30am - 2:00am
Friday: 11:30am - 3:00am
Saturday: 4:00pm - 3:00am
Sunday: Closed for Private Events
Happy Hour: M-F 4pm-7pm
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Phone number
(202) 503-2640
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Alexis Hernandez
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Private party facilities
Menus are presented in a classic semi-private tables with personal butler/waiter, there are 2 seating spaces with capabilities for Private dining set-ups.
Opt 1: The first floor table seats up to 20 people, is semi-private space divided by luxurious and elegant Drapes.
Opt 2: The second floor is offered as a private dining area, it seats up to 80 people and tables set up can be manage according to guest needs (also offered for smaller groups as a semi-private area)
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Private party contact
Kay: (202) 427-9610
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Weddings, Bar/Bah Mitzvahs, Birthdays, All Celebrations, FULL Catering options(Onsite & Offsite
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Cross street
Jefferson PL
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Parking details
Valet is offered for evening dining (starting at 5pm) and after hours.

Price $10.00 before 10:00PM, $20 after 10:00PM. Street parking is available.
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Public transit
By bus: L2,42,L4 the Connecticut avenue corridor.
By Metro (subway): Red Line Farragut North and Dupont Circle Stops
Orange Line Farragut West Stop
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Wednesday evenings Live Latin Jazz 7pm-10pm
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Special events & promotions
Meze on the Mezzanine Please visit for more information.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7  based on all time ratings
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Aria123 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 22, 2015

Service was great, food was very good, and the drinks were superb. Definitely will come back!

RuffledRhapsody (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2015

I went for Restaurant Week and it was a major steal because the food was excellent and the service was decent as well.

vipcvliano (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 28, 2014

The hostess, the outdoor table, the drinks and the food were all really top-notch. Our server seemed like he would rather be anywhere else than our table - we had to flag him down each time we needed something (which was every 10 minutes or so). In spite of the hands-off approach we received from our server - we had an excellent time here and really enjoyed the cheese platter, and the grilled caesar salads. Also the cocktail list was quite extensive and impressive and the HH wines tasted like much higher quality than other HH wines in the area. I would definitely go back.

vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2014

Everything was great. Food was great, server was professionals and courteous, and drinks were great. BTW ambiance was great too.

hate2dine (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on September 20, 2014

We go to Adega restaurant in downtown Silver Spring a lot, great food for great prices. We were told that Dirty Martini was ran by the same person. , so we went there for our 5th wedding anniversary. When we got there we should have just left as the seats were very stained and uncomfortable. The food was ok but in no way worth the $145.00 bill we received at the end of the meal.

anniemae (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 23, 2014

I had a good time there, the food was great, service was good. Little overpriced but I had groupon, so it turned out to be not as expensive.

Fufi (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2014

It was a very great experience, my friends and I had a blast! Great food, drinks, and music.

vipsumsumsum (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 20, 2014

Our food was cold and uninspired. This was to celebrate a birthday and they didn't do so much as to say happy birthday and we weren't offered a dessert menu. It was disappointing to say the least.

vip4eva21 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 19, 2014

This is a great restaurant/bar with excellent service but lacks the energy. It was too quite - may be because its Tuesday night! But music could have put me to sleep - nothing bar-like about it. Food was very tasty. We ordered lamb meatballs for appetizers, only 3 in an order, but delicious. The eggplant fries were something I never tried before and they were great and I guess healthier than the potato fries.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on August 14, 2014

I was excited after reading the menu online and decided to go during Restaurant Week.
At arriving I was greeted nicely, by the host and a patio/windowside server who both had good energy. We ended up getting a server who wasn't good at all, especially considering the restaurant was maybe 1/5 full. Too many on staff and none were engaging. The food descriptions were not as they arrived on the plate. The steak was good, but very small for a list price of $32 with badly cooked, cooled and over-oiled veg. The chicken was tiny portioned. The cheesy grits were gross and cold. One desert was good but poor presentation-to-eat, the other, boring.
I could have done better with buying the ingredients for $11 and cook both meals myself.

Trelle (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on August 13, 2014

Gathered some friends together for my birthday celebration and was not disappointed. The food was enjoyable, the atmostshpere lively and vibrant, but the service was really the 'icing on the cake'. We were treated as are their favorite customers even though it was our first time at this restaurant. Best of all we were treated to a bottle of champagne; will definely go again. Chao'

vipKEArion (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 13, 2014

I've only been to this restaurant twice, but both times I was impressed by the service and the food. I would definitely go back!

vipJzen (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 11, 2014

Good drinks. Up beat atmosphere late in the night. Sometimes tough to get a drink at the bar unless you push to the front and rudely hail a bartender. There are never quiet, nod of the head, drink orders, its a process. But most places in dc are like that so its normal.

Great (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 9, 2014

It was our second time going to Dirty Martini and both times were great. We were able to indulge in wonderful cuisine as well as drinks! I would definitely recommend the Dirty Martini for couples that would like a romantic evening out.

CovergirlOM29 (Baltimore)
2.0  Dined on August 9, 2014

While I have had some BAD food experiences this does not fall into this category. The food was just ok. Presentation of the food was beautiful!!
My MAJOR COMPLAINT was, I had a BAD "Dirty Martini"! Now if the name of your establishment is Dirty Martini please make sure ALL of your bartenders know how to make a GREAT Dirty Martini. This was very disappointing.

vipprfctstrm (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 29, 2014

Great vibe that flows between social/bar type atmosphere and romantic/quiet atmosphere. It's all together, and yet it works. Food was great, service was outstanding. Good time.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 12, 2014

Ambience fantastic, food great, wait staff--wonderful!!! Will definitely go again!!

Letdown (Atlanta)
1.0  Dined on June 21, 2014

I woundn't recommend this place to anybody. Really disappointing. The seats were dirty, the food was tasteless.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on June 21, 2014

Bar area was fun. Great layout and fun place. Food was average. Drinks were pricey and the service was poor. Maybe just wasn't my cup of tea.

vip7hom7hom (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on May 28, 2014

PreSource dinner for 2. We sat inside, outside seemed fairly busy. Everything was just marginal. Not bad.. but not good either. Jambalaya had only one extra jumbo shrimp, unshelled, and fairly tough. Closing out was fairly slow as I think the staff was mainly giving attention to the outside group even though the inside clientele grew as we were there. At one point both of us looked at each other and complained about the noise. For a half empty restaurant, it was impressive.

Foodie254 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2014

Unlike other places, this place doesn't fill up like crazy, which I love, because its quiet and relaxing. I hate crowded places and noise. They have good service and a great ambiance.

Sandi (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2014

I was at Dirty Martini with a few friends for Cinco de Mayo and the place was hopping! The atmosphere was energetic, and alot of fun! We had small bites (and a few margaritas!).....the fish tacos were outstanding. The fish was fresh, lightly breaded and lightly could taste the fish and the additions to the tacos were modest to let the taste of the fish really shine!

This is the second time I've been to Dirty Martini, and it's rapidly becoming one of my favorite places!

Fyrbug (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 26, 2014

Small plate gem. We ordered 6 items and loved each one. The food service was incredible. Wait staff perfect.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on April 18, 2014

Sat in bar area at a booth but was told could only get happy hour specials if we sat at the bar or one of the long high tops but both were full. Server took our appetizer order then disappeared. Other servers constantly checked on us but we had been there at least
35 mins before someone asked for our dinner order. Took our appetizer (6 drumettes) 20 mins to come out and were brought by another server ...still no sign of our original server. Did I mention the place was practically empty other than the bar area. Another server asked to take our order but we informed him we were ready for the check. He brought the check but our original server brought it back -_- ...we left and will probably never return!!!

vipKingbird (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 8, 2014

This place doesn't disappoint! I've been here many times and the food is on par (I've had the burgers, salmon and meatball appetizers and more). The service has been great and the venue is clean and modern. LOVE IT!

Atlguy1 (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on April 5, 2014

Very hip, fun and great all around

vipLouise (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on March 24, 2014

We went on a Monday night and the place was fairly empty. Even so, the service was slow and the food just mediocre. I am sure that this place is much better as a night club than a restaurant. I most likely will not go again.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on March 24, 2014

I really wanted to like this restaurant. It was nice looking and the staff was pleasant. I ordered a dirty martini expecting it to be incredible - it was not. I was worried since this was their namesake.

The plates were artfully displayed with very little food on them. My husband ordered the crab cakes - they were three silver dollar size cakes. I ordered a blue burger med rare and it came so well done, I ate less than half. The maitre'd came by and offered to bring another but it had taken an hour and a quarter (on a slow Monday evening) to get the salad and dinner and we did not have the time to wait. He offered a free dessert but we passed since we were going to be late for our appointment. Hard to justify trying this restaurant again.

Hummingbird (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 1, 2014

My fiancee and I had an awesome date night dinner at Dirty Martini. Our server, Antonio, was AWESOME. The food and drinks were good and the ambience was almost perfect! We were seated in a very comfy, gorgeous curved booth. The lighting was dim and romantic, and the staff was friendly and helpful. It's a little pricey but the portions are reasonable. We had a great time and will definitely be back again!

JylAmon (Key West)
4.0  Dined on March 1, 2014

Our two appetizers, which were fabulous (bruschetta and garlic shrimp) made up for our disappointment in the catch of the day, sea bass, which was somewhat overwhelmed by a tomato sauce. I wish I had ordered the grilled salmon!