Opaline Bar and Brasserie

4.0
45 reviews
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Opaline Bar and Brasserie serves classic French food – food that people love and remember because it is classic and simply prepared every time. The all-day menu will feature favorites including Oysters on the Half Shell, Boudin Blanc, Ratatouille , Steak Frites, Coq au Vin and our signature Opaline Burger topped with gruyere and caramelized onions. The Bar menu offers classic bites such as Escargots and Deviled Eggs, as well as more satisfying plates like Moules Frites, Croque Monsieur and Tuna Nicoise. You can end your meal with Apple Tarte Tatin, Mont Blanc or a Seasonal Creme Brulee wherever you choose to dine. Seasonal dishes and specialty cocktails are featured throughout the year.

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What 45 People Are Saying
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GD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice brunch but music was terrible and too loud!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 1

If this review were based solely on the food, 5 stars would be a no brainer. I went for brunch with my mother, who was visiting from across the country, and this was her last day in DC. Food was spectacular and drinks, while a bit pricey, I admit were worth every penny.

We were greeted and seated by Alicia, the sweet and attentive hostess. She even came and checked on us part way through our meal, and made a point of ensuring my mom was comfortable and we were being well taken care of. We were served by Peter, who was both attentive and a delight to talk to, while providing about as flawless of an experience as we could have asked for.

That all being said, the entire meal, we were continually disturbed by one of the staff members yelling and screaming at the rest of the staff. About half way through the meal I asked the bartender who in the world was yelling like that (I thought at first it was an irate customer and was going to ask to be seated outside). As it turns out, it was the MANAGER, Pauline. Throughout the entire meal, we were abruptly interrupted by this girl berating everyone in her path, using abhorrently unprofessional language, and not caring one bit that the entire establishment was having meals ruined by these disturbing outbursts. I have nothing but positive things to say about the food and the service we received; but unfortunately, we left earlier than planned once Pauline seemed to direct all attention to the girl at the front, Alicia, and any hope of a peaceful meal was long gone. I hope this place gets it together as far as the management issues go because I will NOT be going back to witness another mental breakdown like that. Regardless of the fact that she sounded French, Pauline is by far the most offensively unprofessional "manager" I've ever witnessed in ANY dining establishment. But, best of luck to the rest of the staff here as they were fantastic, and the food totally exceeded expectations.

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JG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The noise level is too high if you are having a meeting when the restaurant is full. It is hard to hear the discussion at the table. That is the only negative about Opaline.

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OT
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very nice brunch for a large group.

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MF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Came for Easter brunch. Thought they would have the breakfast/ brunch menu as well as their Easter menu available but they did not limiting our options to 7 choices. The service was extremely slow. It seemed almost as if they were stalling or something. The restaurant was not very busy at all and yet we were not impressed with the service whatsoever. Beautiful building however and when our food showed up it was delicious!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We were seated right away for breakfast. It took about 10min for someone to approach us at the table to take our drink order. After that the food came out as expected from a time perspective. The wait staff didn’t seem to be to attentive. We had to ask for water refill a couple times.
Food was good.
Couple things to be aware of....
1. When ordering coffee it is a French press coffee. They charged $6.00 per press.
2. They added an 18% gratuity on a family of 4. This might explain why the service was not attentive. Didn’t seem like they were working for the tip.

Would I recommend? Possibly with some side notes.
Would this be my first choice when back in DC? Probably not

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l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely, quiet spot with impeccable service. An oasis in the middle of a busy day, or a day of museums. The croque monsieur was a revelation!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, the food very tasty, a very nice, quiet place with excellent personal service.

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RF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

While my dinner date and I enjoyed our meal (steak tartare, escargot, coq au vin, and roasted halibut), we were the only two-top table filled with the other parties two very large groups. As you can image, service was challenged to handle all the diners. Oddly, at one point, the dining room lights were undimmed and staff rushed to find out what happened and returned them to proper dining lighting. Then, later a staff member came up to let us know that the lights would be again undimmed briefly so that the party could take pictures. So the lights were undimmed and the brightness remained throughout the remainder of our dinner, so we decided not to have dessert and to leave the unpleasant surroundings.

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LL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant located is the Sofitel is super chic. The food was amazing, but we were the only patrons in the restaurant. Though this did lend to amazing service ( even accommodating my friend’s request to order brunch :30m after brunch service completed) it lacked a buzzing experience that makes brunch fun. I would definitely return for the monkey bread at least!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Terrible! So regret picking this place. Ordered 4 different bottles of wine and they had none of them. Took almost 30 mins. Ordered an appetizer and salad to share. Both inedible. Canceled entree and left. What a waste of a night out.

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k
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always find the quality of food in this restaurant is excellent. If you love a good French onion soup, this is the place. Even their tomato soup brought me to scraping the bottom of the bowl! The fish entree’s are really great and pumpkin ravioli is excellent.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Looks more like a a hotel contr

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S
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed the food and service provided by Opaline and Brasserie. The atmosphere was very relaxing and welcoming. I would highly recommend this restaurant to family and friends hands down.

Sarah

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m
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

If you like classic French bistro fare, this place is for you. Extremely good location, too.

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j
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we wanted a perfect venue and found it at Opaline - flawless. We got lucky with the DC Restaurant week and a great tasting menu value. The Coq du Vin was simply delightful. There is no end to the wine selection and every request was satisfied. Will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for restaurant week and the dishes were amazing! The portions were larger than I expected and the service was impeccable. I will definitely be returning!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Opaline offered a special restaurant week menu which was excellent and good value.

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It was good, but a little pricey and the portions were small. They had a $20 gift card that they were giving out for restaurant week, so I think I would go back with that, but it was otherwise too expensive for the small portions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service I’ve ever had a restaurant. Food was delicious. My date and I would highly recommend

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DC
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was good. Service was terrible. Waiter arguing over who should pour the wine, bringing the check without asking if we wanted dessert (we did, and ordered some) and hovering again with the check while we were still eating dessert. Terrible service, I would not return.

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RC
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at Opaline. We did lunch of the regular menu on New Years Eve. Steak frites for me and grilled salmon for my wife. We shared a huge Apple Tarte Tain for dessert. Excellent Service. We will return.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

No one greeted us on the way in. A waiter told us to sit wherever. The restaurant was understaffed. A French restaurant that was out of baguettes and butter on a Saturday night? No salt or pepper on the table. Never asked after my first drink if I would like another. Bottom line The DC Sofitel needs to provide a better dining experience.

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SC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the experience here is top notch. The service, the food, the ambiance is all simply wonderful.

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HW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My wife and I wanted to try some French food, the ambience was nice, the server was very helpful with explain the different French foods on the menu, it was spacious and not like your typical French restuarant where everyone is bunch together.
We order steak and chicken, it was well peppered and tasty, for appetizer we tried the french onion soup it was unique, we'll definitely go again.

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D
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous food and service. Early on a Saturday night it was surprisingly quiet. I had the steak au poivre and others had two different fish entrees. Everyone was pleased with their meals. The glasses of wine were rather pricey; had it not been we may have ordered a bit more. I would not hesitate to return.

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L
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Such interesting mixes of textures and flavors. Wow. Great service.

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CK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Kitchen sent out salad with onions despite request to omit them

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k
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, I had the halibut for lunch and it was excellent. I have also had breakfast there and it is a great for business meetings and/or social events.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Top notch service....The staff were very attentive and patient

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CL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter had been here before and wanted to have brunch for her 40th birthday here. Our waiter was amazing and went out of his way to make her brunch special for her birthday. This has become one of my favorite restaurants.

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BL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great coffee. Good servers.

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Streak was fatty and over cooked

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K
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Washington Resturant week menu!!! Worth the trip! Excellent value and delicious menu! Yummy!!

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JP
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. Presentation was very nice. Waiter was efficient. Eight of us had a great time.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Inept, slow, totally inattentive service during a time when the restaurant was nearly empty.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The lighting in the dining room is entirely too bright.

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IB
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We went to Opaline for brunch. When I arrived at the reservation time, there was no one with whom I could check in.
I looked for someone in the restaurant - crossed the hotel to the other dining room, found a server and asked him what to do. He took me back to the first side, walked me to the bartender, who then introduced me to the server who was covering the tables outside, which is where I wanted to sit. Neither the bartender nor our server did anything to check me in, even after I told them twice I had a reservation.

The server spoke limited English and did not understand most things I said, even after I repeated them 3-4 times and she pretended to have understood.

The steak tartare was OK.
The Niçoise salad was OK.
The salmon was OK.

The steak frites was inedible. The quality of the meat was really low - it was a very poor cut of meat - it was dry (despite my having ordered medium rare) - and had way too many spices on it in an effort to cover the inferior quality of the meat.

The croque monsieur was quite good.

The desserts were also quite good.

They have to up the service and improve the steak (they should not have served such poor quality in the first place!) before I can go back there again.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

elegant dining room, service was good, food was outstanding - steak au poivre was cooked perfectly. oysters were fresh and delicious. quiet and romantic.

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K
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate lunch there yesterday with a friend. We both thought the remodel made the restaurant much brighter and the bar area seating much more comfortable.

We shared the steak tartare and the boudin Blanc. The steak tartare was delicious with crusty bread and appropriate accompanists to top the tartare and bread and the boudin was so tender it melt in your mouth (I had to try not to drool - my friend would have been devastated).

My friend had the Ravioli and spinach and ricotta and found the flavors wonderful and the ravioli cooked to perfection (for a moment I thought he might drool).

Tuna Nicoise is my go to for lunch. I haven't found any better than Kinkaids, which has been closed for several years. Well, Dagnabit, I've found it. Plenty of tuna as rare as I like it and the salad dressing was subtle but amazing. And, it's a large portion and I loved how they cooked the hard boiled eggs (with the yoke barely cooked).

I can't wait to go back and take my husband.

BTW we sat at the bar and the bartenders were most helpful in our ordering and told us when they thought we were ordering too much and they were right on. They were not just helpful but very friendly and accommodating.

LOVE, LOVE Opaline.

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