Housed in a former tomato packing warehouse in the historic Ivy City neighborhood of DC, Gravitas is a tasting menu destination from chef-owner Matt Baker. The menu, which changes with the seasons, draws inspiration from local produce and products, while the industrial-modern space (read: original brick and steel beams) boasts antique, floor-to-ceiling windows, which provides for an airy and whimsical dining experience.
Guests can enjoy a 5-course Chef's Tasting menu at an indoor or outdoor table.
Enjoy our rooftop, the Conservatory at Ivy City, as an experience by itself or as a stop before or after your dining experience. Conservatory reservations are available to book through the Resy app.
A gratuity of 22% will be added to all parties of 6 or larger.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
- Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 11:45PM
Date night with someone special and Gravitas was the perfect balance of ambiance and energy. Everyone serving us was extremely pleasant and very helpful when we asked specific questions about the drinks and menu items. All courses were amazing and you could truly enjoy the craftsmanship that went into every taste and presentation. Coming from (2) very design oriented professionals, Gravitas should be experienced by everyone in the D.C. and DMV area.
The staff at Gravitas was wonderful. The watermelon gazpacho appetizer was amazing. Branzino main was tasty but a little dry. The dry aged strip steak was a disappoinment. Lots of gristle, difficult to cut through at times. Served with a sauce that shouldn't be necessary with a good dry aged piece of meat.
The food was pretty good. However, we sat outside and the ambiance was not great. We were right on the sidewalk and there was quite a bit of noise from all the cars. Also, service was not great outside. They seemed to forget about us. Definitely not what would be expected for an expensive Michelin star restaurant.
The restaurant is fabulous delicious food graet service
Wonderful presentation and blend of tastes from the kitchen.
My husband and I had a lovely dinner out to celebrate our anniversary. We had a bit of a slow start to our meal but wanted to be mindful that the restaurant industry is still hurting from the pandemic. By slow start I mean it took an hour and 20 mins for us to get bread and they had already served us our bottle of wine and refilled our glasses. In that time, I saw a couple who came in after us in a different section get served three of their courses before we got our bread. Needless to say, I was a bit tipsy and hangry.
As a testament to their professionalism, once our waiter realized we had been waiting for a bit, everything was smooth sailing and they were incredibly apologetic. I was happy they acknowledged our wait time without us having to complain. Our food came out promptly and our favorite dishes were the tuna sashimi, lobster tail, schnitzel, wagyu ribeye, and root beer float dessert. We loved getting to sample other small bites and the dessert wine in honor of our anniversary. We know that mistakes happen and we were more than happy with how our waiter handled it with grace. We would highly recommend going there for date night, anniversaries, birthdays, or any other celebration!
Clientele was extremely casual, which did not fit the expectation. Music choice was sub par and chaotic. Food was some of the best I have ever had - extremely creative and full of explosive flavor. Definitely overpriced for setting.
Food was very uneven - starters were excellent, pasta indifferent, and main courses downright bad. Wine markup also notably high even for a restaurant. Servers were very nice, but overall a disappointment.
If you do go, make sure to specify a table on the main floor, not the balcony.
A very good restaurant, but quality had slipped at our last visit. It seems that the chef no longer is investing as much personal attention in this kitchen. The classic dishes are still pretty solid.
Great experience overall but was hoping for a faster more efficient service
While the food was good, it didn't blow my socks off compared to other Michelin starred restaurants I have eaten at. The place was a bit noisy and that coupled with the waiters' masks meant that we couldn't hear much of anything that they said when they came out and explained the dishes. I took wine pairing with my food - I felt that the $115 up-charge for wine-pairing wasn't worth it (for the 5 pours of wines). Wine pairings at The Plume or 2941 were significantly better - the wines actually complemented and in some ways completed the dish in those places. Not only that, my wines came either too early or too late (except for the 1st one) with respect to my food. The cocktails on the other hand (that my son might be a unique experience for some, but not for me).
Amazing service, and unreal tasting menu. It is more expensive than some other chefs tastings but the portion as bigger and you walk away feeling full and happy. Would definitely return and suggest to others
Incredible meal, with spectacular flavors, and fun, friendly, accommodating staff! I will most definitely go out of my way to dine here again.
We were so disappointed about this restaurant. Firstly, there is no sign of the name of restaurant that we could see when we arrived, so Uber driver and us were confused where the restaurant was. Secondly, the exterior and interior of the restaurant looks like a warehouse, which has nothing to do with elegance and grace that associated with a Michelin star restaurant. Thirdly, the noise was so loud, table was so close to each other, and table was in such a low quality, and we thought we walked into a restaurant proves cheap food. We had tasting menu. The food was ok, the presentation was nice. Overall this restaurant does not feel like a Michelin star restaurant rather a bar type restaurant. It is not worth the money at all. I feel so sorry that this is the first time that my friend dined in a Michelin star restaurant. I am afraid that she will not be interested in eating in a Michelin restaurant in the future based on this dining experience.
The food was exceptional as was the bubbles and wine. The service was also really terrific. A great place for a special occasion.
We had an absolutely wonderful dinner celebrating our anniversary. We had a lot of fun - not just dinner. The food was excellent with a wide range of fresh ingredients that were innovatively and expertly put together. The service was wonderful;, staff were attentive, and the staff was knowledgable about the dishes and ingredients, they swapped out silver after every course, and drinks always refilled. Dinner was over 2.5 hours for the entire pre fixe meal so plan accordingly.
Some small suggestions for improvement were to consider a more curated music playlist - the top 40 from the 90s was so distracting considering the food experience and let's face it - the cost - and it was a bit loud when trying to hear the waiter or runner explaining the detailed dishes. I had fun anyway and would love to go back soon.
Great food terrible service
Excellent location, dining room, service, food, ambiance.
Each course was superb. The tuna sashimi was swoonworthy and the veloute with lobster equally so. My only complaint is that for geezers like me, six courses are too many. We had to take one full course home and I know it wasn't as good the second day. I will be going back though, very happily.
I booked Gravitas initially for a party of three to celebrate my daughters eigteenth birthday. Expanding the booking to five people just six days before was no problem. The restaurant staff was very responsive to my email request making arrangements within the hour of receving my note. My reservation was for outside on their roof top patio. We arrived layered and equiped wiht a blanket or two as it turned out to be a very windy evening at 52F. Needlessly. Thankfully the staff of Gravitas were mindful of the chill factor and had moved us to what I susoect in non pandemic times is the foyer The windows were wide open, they had a small heater for each table and, yes, blankets! Something I have in the past experienced only in Turkey. We were made to feel very welcomed and taken good care of by the knowledgable and mindful staff throughout the seven course chef's tasting menue which we thouroughly enjoyed. We are very much tasters so there was some food sharing going on which was not frowned upon. All dishes were very tasty and served with a lot f appeal to the eye. Added to the seven course was a small greeting from the kitchen plus hot homemade breads. The adults opted for the wine pairing and the somelier (as well as our head waiter) explained all wines origin and flavor (and te different dishes). Topping it of was a small cake with a candle for the birthday adult. All in all a wonderful experience fully meeting my expectation of Michelin star dining. Our reservation was for 6pm, which initally I thought to be on the early side. No regrts though as the meal took roughly four hours., so do book the early slot if you can. I would absolutely go again.
Given this was our first venture to a restaurant after 388 days of #stayhome we were a littel concerned, but saftey and cleanliness protocolls were followed to the T. The bussing staff did ask us (none of the other tables though) to put on masks while clearing between courses. We felt very safe.
A very cool warehouse space but no name on the outside so hard to find. We did the wine pairing and I liked that the tasting menu had a couple of options for each course. We loved everything we ate - especially for me the hen egg with black truffle course and the garganelli. My husbands favorites were the garganelli and the lightly poached scallop. Both desserts were delicious but we both slightly preferred the lightness of the panna cotta with strawberry and rhubarb
Went there as a group of 4. We all got a drink each and ended up paying 30 dollars for it. There is a hidden 3 dollar charge per person due to covid which is ridiculous. The drinks were not worth it and safe to say it’s the last time we will go there. Ambiance is cool but way too overpriced for where it is located.
Auto charged 22% tip which is OK. But the tip charging based on food and sales taxes together is not OK.
When we made reservation, the price per person was $120 on Open table, but when we arrived, it was $150 per person on the menu.
We spent about $500 (with two drinks) total for two people.
Best in DC
The caviar and truffle covered Brioche with Champagne is the perfect way to start the evening. If you have not done Absinthe as them to pour it the classic way. You will enjoy the experience.
Took my hubby for his birthday here. We were seated, then waited for 30 minutes before someone came to our table. However, the food and over all experience was amazing!
The two of five courses were over salty.
Also customer shouldn’t be charged for tax of the service fee. Tip is not taxable item for customer.
For $140,- per tasting menu, you can expect top quality with Asian fusion influence - and we really enjoyed fantastic food, beautifully presented & excellent service!
BUT, the price is simply too high and should be downgraded , especially when you combine the menu with the proposed wine selection, you find yourself at $225,- p.p., a rather expensive experience!
AND the really surprise comes: you have no choice of tipping whatever you want, rather a 22% tip is automatically included in the check, AS WELL as $6,- p.p. extra Covid fee for cleaning and disinfecting! We normally give a good tip, but it still should be your choice!
And the Covid fee - ridiculous for this kind of restaurant! We complained and the $12 were deducted :) .
Everything about the experience was fantastic. Good, service, wine pairing—all amazing. Especially nice that the founder and chef Matt Baker came in on his day off to chat with us (my name is Matt Baker also). He’s a great guy and runs a great place.
The staff was very nice and friendly and the portions were also a good size and left very full
Very nice and well presented food. Service nice and professional explaining the different courses of the menu. Very poor setting for the quality and price of the restaurant with tables for 2 way too small, bad illumination and noise from ventilator over our heads. Nobody came to say thanks/good bye when leaving the restaurant. Not a first choice recommendation. They need to work with the overall experience.
Just like where the restaurant is located, the quality is just Okie. We had the 6 course chef tasting menu, and only the appetizers (Tuna sashimi and poached lobster) were somewhat impressive. Since they are seafood, you can't really mess that up as long as they are fresh. However, all the dishes went skydiving after that. The veal risotto was rough and beyond al dente. The risotto was very salty and they shredded the veal hair thin and I could barely tell it's there. The sweetbread was over fried and the breading was too thick. Then it came the entrees where I had the pheasant breast with the add on foie gras. The portion was a joke. Not only I got one little slice of tasteless pheasant but that foie gras was as thin as a piece of paper. The wife got the poached halibut and it was just Okie. The chocolate and caramel pave was not bad but nothing to rave about.
Overall, we are quite disappointed with the meal especially when the server checked up on us on the risotto. I told him it was not good and he just took it away without saying much. Any decent restaurant would either offer something else as a replacment or take off a little bit from the bill. He surely did neither to keep the customer unhappy.
Lastly, if Blue Duck Tavern loses their star, I just don't know how Gravitas and Bresca still have their star unless the Michelin inspectors have not been visiting the restaurants lately.
Here's my rating for the 5 criterion
Quality of ingredients: 4/5
Skill in preparation and the combination of flavors: 3/5
Level of creativity: 4/5
Value for money: 2/5
Consistency of culinary standards: 2/5
Everything was delicious. Always love a meal with courses especially when you can share. We had one of everything. My favorite in the main course was the halibut, but I did not get a photo. I did get photos of the chicken and the pork belly.
Fantastic dining experience with some of the most attentive wait staff I’ve seen in a long time. The tasting menu portions are just right, allowing you to appreciate the flavor nuances but not leave you too full. They are making a great effort to make everyone feel comfortable and safe in this environment and it doesn’t detract from the dining experience in any way. I highly recommend Gravitas for a truly special dining event.
Honestly the place never disappoints.
Everything was lovely. The staff was very accommodating. They even gave us small blankets to keep us warm on the patio.
Terrific food and service! Definitely worth a trip!
Bottom line: not Michelin star quality. The food was good, but not worth $400 for two people (inc tax and tip, with a reg menu  and garden menu  plus one supplement and one glass of wine]. For that much money, I expect something outstanding. This wasn't. A few weeks from now I won't remember any of the dishes we ate there. You are much better off going to Fiola, Kinship, or another fine dining restaurant.
We dined at Gravitas on Saturday, July 11. On arrival, the staff was appropriately masked and they took my temperature. There was dining inside and on the patio. We were able to be seated outside ... beautiful evening with a bit of street noise but not too much. The service, and especially the sommelier, was impeccable and the wine pairings added to the meal. My guest had the Chef's Summer Garden Menu; I had the Chef's Tasting Menu. Both were superb. The Shashimi and the Squab were especially notable. We really enjoyed being able to share a nice meal at a wonderful restaurant!
Gravitas offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 763-7942.
Gravitas is rated 4.6 stars by 41 OpenTable diners.
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.