Opaline Bar and Brasserie

4.4
95 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Opaline Bar and Brasserie serves classic French food – food that people love and remember because it is classic and simply prepared every time.

COVID-19 Update:
Enjoy a delightful meal from our Enhanced Private Dining menu in the privacy and comfort of your own guest room or suite. Available Thursdays through Saturdays, 5pm - 10 pm. No guestroom or suite rate purchase necessary, only a $70 Food and Beverage minimum spend required per reservation. Room/Suite usage for up to 6 guests, for 2.5 hours. Contact us at 202-730-8800 and sunny.makhni@sofitel.com for reservations.


In compliance with DC ordinance, the Opaline Bar and Patio are also open for dining at limited capacity Wednesday through Saturday from 5pm - 10 pm.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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
What 95 people are saying
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RonnG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved having dinner at Opaline. Beautiful restaurant, very, very polite and respectful staff. Food and drinks loved it.

Opaline Bar and Brasserie
Responded on April 14, 2021

Thank you Ronn for your feedback. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience. We would definitely pass your note to our team. Thank you. Sunny Makhni

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JayJ
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We frequently travel to DC to spend get-away time. We had walked past Opaline several times and decide to try it this past Saturday. What a disappointment. Service was absolutely awful....not just for us, but the several tables around us were treated as poorly (we didn't complain, but many around us were vocal.) Food delivery was just terrible...I guess the kitchen was understaffed or just didn't know what they were doing. The servers appeared totally confused. The food itself turned out to be ho-hum. I had the chicken, mine was tolerable, but the lady next to me got hers delivered burned..... My guest ordered his hamburger well done...came out nearly rare. With so many good restaurants in DC, I recommend avoiding the Opaline.

Opaline Bar and Brasserie
Responded on April 8, 2021

Dear Jay, Thank you for taking the time in sharing your experience. I can assure you that this experience is not reflective of the high standards we strive to provide. Your feedback has been shared with our team and I will personally look into your experience. I sincerely hope we have the pleasure to welcome you back where myself and my team will be dedicated to make your dining experience an enjoyable one. Thank you. Sunny Makhni

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terribly disappointed with service and food. We waited 10 minutes to get seated and 30+ minutes before being served. Food is very mediocre. Stay away.

Opaline Bar and Brasserie
Responded on April 8, 2021

I would like to thank you for taking the time in sharing your experience at Sofitel DC. Your invaluable feedback is very important to ensure that we continually deliver the service we would like to be known for. We expect our staff to deliver to our guest needs in a professional, friendly manner and emphasize this basic core of hospitality. I sincerely hope we have the pleasure to welcome you back where myself and my team will be dedicated to make your dining experience an enjoyable one.

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MarshanA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My Wife and I had a great time. We elected to have our dinner served in-suite and it was a great expereince.

Opaline Bar and Brasserie
Responded on April 8, 2021

Dear Marshan, Thank you for your feedback. We are very glad that you and your wife had a great time trying our in suite experience. We look forward to welcoming you back. Sunny Makhni

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vipjbac
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were on the terrace on a pleasant evening. Considering the year we've been locked down it was a welcome experience. The menu, however, is very limited which I can understand since few people are eating out. When the menu changes we would certainly consider going back.

Opaline Bar and Brasserie
Responded on April 8, 2021

Dear Jbac, Your feedback has been shared with our culinary team and we will continue to work on our menu items. We hope you come and see us again soon and get to enjoy our patio. Thank you. Sunny Makhni

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vipEricL
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome bartender

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marlos was the best waiter! Great experience

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TimothyH
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Our experience of our dinner was very poor both the wine and food served was tasteless and over priced. Would not recommend restaurant nor hotel

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EmilyC
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun place for spooky drinks on halloween! The Steak Frites was delicious!

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Eliza
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious! We used a TravelZoo coupon which was good bang for buck!

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vipJohn
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best service and food experiences I've had in DC in a long time. Service was impeccable and the food was surprisingly amazing.Would give a sixth star if I could! Will definitiely be back to visit again soon.

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LeilaG
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place, I cant wait to go again. The ambience was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy, clean, good food but expensive. Beautiful place.

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
160 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Sofitel Hotel is very pretty and chic as is the Opaline Brasserie. The hostess was very friendly - she was the best! Our waiter was unobtrusive. We were given a nice table in the middle of the room with two wing back chairs. The chairs were nice and wide, but they were a little too low and "cushy"( so that we sunk down in them) for the table. it would have been better if we could have sat a little higher. The food was beautiful but the portions were petite. The mini croque monsieur sandwiches were the best! We could have eaten a whole plate of them! The cheese twists were good too, very fresh. We liked that there were more savory items rather than sweet. The deviled eggs had a little bit of caviar on them. There were tiny little triangles of cucumber sandwiches and of a pesto sandwich. There were also mini tarts of mushroom and a salmon quiche and an egg salad sandwich. For sweets, we liked the tiny éclair that was stuffed to the brim with caramel cream - very good! And the macarons were very fresh! The crust was a bit thick for the mini fruit tarts. The mini blueberry scone didn't come with jam or clotted cream but it didn't need any additional sweet topping as it was stuffed with dried blueberries and sprinkled with sugar. It was very petite. The only complaint would be that the tea selection was rather sparse - maybe 6-8. There were more teas listed on their online menu. There was only 1-2 black teas that you would use cream and sugar, and as we didn't ask for it, it wasn't on the table. But they did have mini jars of honey. There were decaf, green, and a herbal option (chamomile) too. This was a more French inspired tea, very petite things, beautifully presented, than an English high tea. But it was good. We'd go back. More mini croque monsieur sandwiches please!

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JeeperMike
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a double date and the food and drink were both Delicious. Both couples enjoyed everything.

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Fred
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was exactly what I was looking for to give my love a special night out for Valentines. Exceptional service and fare.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Amazing! Service was slow due to Valentine’s Day crowd but I will visit again soon!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a fantastic time dining at Opaline in Washington, DC. Service was outstanding. Super clean and the food was scrumptious. Upscale and great value. The staff went out of their way to make our experience fabulous.

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vipTribecaNeighbor
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am in love with Opaline. The food, the services, the atomasphere, etc. open all my senses: my heart, mouth, eyes, nose, etc.
Food was delicious and naturally and beautifully, and not pretentious. my beets salad was presented like a beautiful flower with fresh, yet intense flavor. foei gras was nicely done. cheese plate excellently paired with honey, figs and toast..
The service felt intimate, but not intruding.
table setup, forks, knives, glasses, etc. were all placed perfectly
Will come back again and again whenever I am in DC.

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Lene
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff here is amazing. They personally get to know your name. The service was exceptional. I would definitely recommend this place for afternoon tea with your girls!

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MarthaM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sebastian at the host stand is wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great people

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vipSheilaD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best creme brûlée I have ever had. Great restaurant week meal.

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vipMichaelS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very nice place, good for an informal get together with business associates.

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vipDCfoodie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A lovely breakfast spot. The prices were a bit high for what we got. I got the bagels and lox ($18) and my boyfriend’s was more reasonable at $15 for the chorizo scrabble. I didn’t like that the salmon was already on the bagels and was not patted dry, when I picked up the salmon from the bagel the cream cheese had a pink juice on it that seemed odd. The onions were diced perfectly however and the capers were roasted so they had a crisp to them that I enjoyed and had not seen.

We both got a coffee and he got an orange which somehow brought out bill closer to $70 which felt a bit crazy for coffee and an orange juice.

Service was great, extremely attentive and only needed a simple glance their way to get an servers attention.

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vipPhilJ
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here on Christmas day and ordered their Christmas dinner. All of our selections were perfect. And the service was as inviting and enjoyable as I've experienced in Washington. We will look for an opportunity to return.

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AWESOME
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good, damn near exceptional. Go now!

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vipFoodfreak
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The best thing our waiter did was relay to the manager that the music was too loud and she was nice to lower it. Very slow service. Tuna tartare was a very odd preparation, and my steak frites was mediocre. My husband did enjoy his bronzino.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s a beautiful space with very thoughtful and professional service

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RachelF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Everything we ordered was above par and tasted delicious! The staff and management were so helpful and professional in their suggestions and making us feel valued. The monkey bread and croquet monsieur were to DIE for! I can not recommend this establishment enough!

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Likesfood
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

service was fantastic but food was too salty. :( Drinks were superb.

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BeckieC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most lovely breakfast I have enjoyed in some time. The French press coffee was the best. Service was impeccable. Will be back

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vipCarolineM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing!!! Cigar smokers smoking in the wind though. Bad.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food, well prepared.

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vipFlatbushBoy
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered a few items at the bar for dinner. The bartender was attentive without being intrusive and the food was delicious - raw oysters, mussels in a curry broth, and deviled eggs made with smoke roe topping. Sofitels always seem to have good kitchens for their dining venues and this was no different.

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vipDeborahA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely and quiet surroundings. Took a little longer than expected to be seated, but upon that service excellent.

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vipmajw
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent breakfast place with outside seating.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service. Perfect place for a business lunch!

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vipBradW
Minneapolis
161 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Overall, what a disappointment for a French bistro in a Soffitel hotel. Service was poor. Food was just okay. Bloody Mary tasted very watered down juice.

FAQs

Opaline Bar and Brasserie offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 730-8701.

Opaline Bar and Brasserie is rated 4.4 stars by 95 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.

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