Opaline Bar and Brasserie

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83 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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, Ratatouille , Steak Frites and our signature Opaline Burger topped with gruyere and caramelized onions.

Opaline Bar & Brasserie is taking part in Winter Restaurant Week.

Afternoon Tea is served exclusively at Opaline Bar on Saturday & Sunday between 2 pm - 4 pm. Reservations are required a minimum 24 hours in advance. Last seating is at 3:30 pm.

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 or a Seasonal Creme Brulee wherever you choose to dine. Seasonal dishes and specialty cocktails are featured throughout the year.

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
Washington DC
157 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!

JM
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.

F
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.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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

OT
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.

TN
New York Area
34 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.

L
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!

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

Sebastian at the host stand is wonderful

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great people

SD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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

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

DC
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.

PJ
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.

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

Very good, damn near exceptional. Go now!

F
Washington DC
30 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.

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

RF
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!

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

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

BC
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

CM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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

Good food, well prepared.

FB
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.

DA
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.

m
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent breakfast place with outside seating.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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

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

BW
Minneapolis
146 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.

MK
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience5

My girlfriend and I went in for Restaurant week. I would highly recommend this location for any of my friends doing the same. The hostess was delightful and accommodating, the chairs were surprisingly extra comfortable, and the coffee after the meal was excellent. I disliked the hands-off approach of our server, given that the room was quiet for a Sunday lunch, and wished we'd had more attention to clearing our plates in a timely fashion. The surf and turf Eggs Benedict was to die for, and I thought my pecan sticky bun to be heaven on a plate. However, I found my Monte Cristo to be too much Monte and not enough Cristo, with the over-buttered bread dominating what ham and cheese was there. Overall I'd say it's a great place for a quiet Sunday lunch/brunch, but I will order a different entree the next time I go in.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is absolutely amazing.

KA
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Wait was long. Food was so-so. Staff is not attentive and does not pay attention to what you say when you order. Then they automatically add an 18% tip onto a bill for 4 people. Won’t ever go there again.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious, it took a bit longer to come out than I was expecting but we were seated near a large party that had just ordered so I’m guessing that was part of it. Our server was fantastic though. My boyfriend was mostly just happy that we were greeted with Bonsoir instead of bonjour.

OT
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My girlfriend and I stayed at the hotel for a day in DC. We had a late dinner in which we ate exclusively from the appetizer menu. The escargot was exceptional as was the foie gras mousse with kumquat and hazelnuts. They we both rich and decadent. We also had the tortellini and a side of the asparagus, which was equally as delicious. We also enjoyed wine and cocktails. Every bite and sip was wonderful. However, the service is what made the dinner spectacular, the staff was knowledgeable, professional, and efficient making the perfect evening even more enjoyable. This is a restaurant worth visiting in DC.

m
Raleigh
44 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for family and friends to meet. First class service with a varied menu to please everyone. Rockfish and crab cakes are highly recommended, and the hamburger was delicious, cooked to perfection. Be sure and try the desserts, to die for.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Awful service. We waited 45 minutes for drinks. There was only one other table being served in the restaurant and we were ignored by 3 different employees.

M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food! Loved the decor as well.

VW
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Good food with mediocre service and ambiance. Happy hour drinks are over priced and moderately tasty.

MT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Few patrons were there when we went on a Saturday evening. It was quiet and the staff was attentive. The sea bass was excellent. The steak au poivre was good but not the best cut.

GD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice brunch but music was terrible and too loud!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience1

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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