Radiator

4.4
144 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Full of cozy nooks appointed in wood and leather, Radiator is 14th Street’s newest neighborhood hang. Channeling that era in D.C. history when quality and craftsmanship came standard, Radiator celebrates all that is classic and pretense-free. You can taste it in our creative cocktails and in Chef Jonathan Dearden’s tasty global spanning menu. From summertime brunches on the patio to winter evenings spent sipping whiskey over a game of checkers, Radiator’s keeping a place warm for you.
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J
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little restaurant and bar tucked away off of 14th Street. They had a great happy hour that made for the perfect post-work Galentine's day get together. Would definitely want to come back for brunch or dinner since the snacks we had were excellent. Try the cosmic tater tots or the croquetas!

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M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We received friendly service that was attentive, but not interfering. The 24 hr. Braised Short Ribs were excellent. We enjoyed the Kale Salad and Gem Salad. We recommend this restaurant for pre-theater dinner.

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KG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved Radiator. Mary was our server and she was MAGNIFICENT. I forgot my phone and she ran out to bring it. Sometimes the extra mile that people like Mary show make a good place amazing. The bonfire outside and lamb tacos were yum as we're the fries.

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

We were very pleased with Radiator. I typically don't expect much from restaurants in or associated with hotels ("the hotel restaurant.") Radiator was an exception. Welcoming atmosphere, enthusiastic staff, eclectic drink menu. Between the two of us we sampled most of the cocktails- great flavor combinations and we had to try them all. Our server guided us through the menu with accurate descriptions of what "small" and "large" plates were. Really enjoyed the potato gnocchi. The build your own sundae is a great idea. I want to return when the weather is warmer to try the outdoor seating.

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DC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time here. Very friendly service by Amy and Andy and they went the extra mile to make my wife’s birthday special, particularly with the amazing complimentary dessert! The butternut squash ravioli and vegan meatballs were spectacular! Fun atmosphere. The only recommendation would be to either enhance or lessen the price of the $18 cheese plate - kind of Costco-y cubed cheese and your money is better spent on the many other delicious entrees and cocktails. A perfect place to go before Studio theater too, or for drinks after. We did both!

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AW
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating waitstaff. I had had unexpected dental work and they let me have an item off the allowed list. I was surprised at the restrictions on menu items extending beyond those listed on the Travelzoo certificate. It said anything $18 or less, the waitstaff said no entrees or no mains, I don't recall which were off limits. The certificate included two cocktails, and both I had were excellent (helped with the tooth pain, too). This is a cozy chic place near enough to Studio Theater for convenience, just DON'T drive. There is NO parking anywhere near.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Radiator’s food and drinks were amazing. Great wait staff and fun atmosphere

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SU
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us were there near the end of Happy hour so we took advantage of the discount. Food was scrumptious. ..an order of gnocchi and two butternut squash ravioli and a shared salad. We sat in the bar, which was quite active and seemed like a popular meeting place. Mike, our server was accommodating and at the same time allowed for a slower pace, since we spent a lot of time talking. Very much appreciated!

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AS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I came here with a couple of my friends to try their bottomless New Year’s Day brunch. I was very disappointed. There are a number of things that went wrong:

1) Service: upon arriving there is no apparent host stand so we stood around looking confused until one of the many employees that passed us realized we were waiting for someone to greet us. The host that seated us was nice, inviting, and helpful. Our server took some time to serve us drinks. When we were ready to order our server wasn’t ready to write down our order. She also didn’t seem to know the menu at all. They did tell us it was a brand new menu but my very least expectation would be that she would have read the menu before hand. She also needed everyone to point out what item we wanted. This because frustrating because pretty much everyone in my 5 person party ordered similar things. You would think that after the 3rd person saying they want chicken and waffles that when another person said that same menu item we wouldn’t have to point at the menu. Two people from my party also got the bottomless drink option and it took at minimum 20 minutes to get each drink. (When we arrived at 11am it wasn’t busy so I don’t really understand the holdup on that.)

2) Food Quality: Their menu descriptions sounded delicious but unfortunately most things were either over cooked or undercooked. The main thing that stood out to me was that their fried chicken was very undercooked and noticeably pink. Their quiche of the day was very over cooked and tasted more of a muffin consistency than eggs. Lastly, we ordered the tater tots twice, the first came out we fresh prosciutto as a base and then the second order came out with the prosciutto noticeable baked/microwaved so it was crispy/over cooked.

Overall I would not recommend this place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I went to their ‘80s-themed New Year’s brunch. The food was quite tasty overall, but the experience was underwhelming. The server didn’t understand the all-you-could brunch menu. We were restricted to ordering one tapas-sized dish at a time (many where about 2 bites per dish), and experienced significant delays between “courses.” Our bottomless mimosas where generally empty until we finally complained and asked for a carafe. And the 80s theme seemed haphazard - they even struggled to keep 80s music on throughout brunch. I might try a cocktail here in the future, but there are many better brunch spots in DC!

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c
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was amazing from start to finish - very impressed with our server.

The food was hit or miss. I ordered the spicy tuna and the tuna and sauce were delicious, but the rice cake was rubbery, overcooked, and completely void of seasoning. If this was an attempt at a deconstructed spicy tuna roll, they failed.

The overpriced cheese platter was a joke. Looked like they bought some cubed cheese from Walmart and then put a scoop of Gorgonzola on it and a few slices of some other hard cheeses, but it was mostly dried out and not tasty. The fig jam was nice, however.

The worst by far were the olives - which were covered in a grimy, bitter slime "sauce" that our best guess was an attempt at curry? We ate a few and had to stop - the gritty, grimy slime covering each one was too much to handle without gagging.

The cocktails and bacon fat fries were OUTSTANDING. I would recommend going here for happy hour or cocktails, but I would avoid dinner.

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s
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visited Radiator with several friends for dinner. Best food I have had in DC. Lots of variety with unique combinations. Conversatioquickly turned to the quality of the dishes served. Highly recommended if you like a cocktail bar with noise levels in which you can hold a conversation and comfortable booths to relax and sample great food.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice atmosphere for a hotel restaurant. They have games and a cute outdoor patio area (did not use because it was winter but it looked nice!) The Brussels sprouts were amazing. The spaghetti squash carbonara was not my taste- the egg makes it overly creamy and kind of nauseating in my opinion. However my friend did like it. Cute place to meet up for drinks or a small meal.

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TB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden and his staff are amazing!!! The food and service are always outstanding!!

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RL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! What a nice find tucked away inside the hotel Mason & Rook. Low ceilings and nice decor, has an initimate feel. Good happy hour selection and prices on bar snacks. The drinks from their “signature” list were OK but not spectacular.

Our server was attentive and helpful. Alll and all Radiator exceeded expectations.

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L
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I was not very hungry so I shared a salad (v good) and had 1 small plate (eh). My friend had bucatini and didn’t comment. We were very comfortable eating at the bar and service was excellent. I’d go back if staying at the hotel.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was great, service was not

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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Every dish we had was delicious! Great for brunch with friends.

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k
Phoenix
94 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Waaaay overpriced. $8 for a pot of coffee, $5 for juice, $30+ for breakfast entrees. Plus an 20% gratuity and an $8 delivery change to a room upstairs. Creative food, service was absent. Bartender was super aloof and unfriendly too. Liked the music they played though. With so many neat places nearby, they’ll have to do better than this.

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ES
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very much enjoyed our meal. Highly recommend their short ribs, and spaghetti I squash carbonara. So delicious, great options for keto folks.

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F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Food was terrific, service attentive and gracious, location - love Mason & Rook.

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RA
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Overall sub par experience, waiter was trying best but neglected orders and extremely slow. Had called prior to confirm and was hung up on.

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R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely intimate space, great bar and comprehensive selection.

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MJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent, with great service. Outdoors was not available, but it looks comfortable, with a nice atmosphere. . Inside was noisy.

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B
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Food and cocktails were amazing but had some of the worst service ever. Took 25 mins for anyone to come by the table to ask for a drink or app order, then forgot about it. Had to flag down other staff to order, get refills, and the check. Absolutely unacceptable service.

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CC
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Delicious food. Our party had lobster tagliatelle, scallops and burger.

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R
Mississippi
33 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! The sea bass, eggplant and wagyu steak were good with great flavor. Drinks were excellent and the waiter, Mike, outstanding!

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c
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful cocktails and the service was great! The only knock was the burger I ordered, which was a little on the salty side. The small plates more than made up for it, though!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great burger, beer and shot.

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DM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Server was not attentive, we never got water after the first pour, drinks took 30-min to arrive, food was cold, and standard accompaniments (straw with a smoothie or syrup with pancakes) had to be asked for or gotten from the bar. There were two large tables in an otherwise not busy restaurant but there were plenty of servers. The food for the larger table was actually delivered when we were leaving so there was no excuse for the service. Manager discounted drinks but experience was neither relaxing or pleasant for a Sunday brunch. Won’t be back soon.

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DH
New England
20 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drove from Rockville to this location to entertain friends and my dog and we were not disappointed. Menu selections were excellent, dog friendly and the outdoor ambiance was amazing. Good service and the food & drinks were great. We will be back!

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k
Tampa
48 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for breakfast. Order the lemon pancakes and don’t look back. They are amazing. Bright, fresh and light as a cloud. The maple ginger butter melts right over them and gives them just a touch of sweet and heat. So good! Bacon side portions were generous and the coffee was steaming and strong. We sat in the courtyard which is nicely tucked off the street.

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AC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was not the best. Porch chop eh. But loved the burger.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really great. Service was good too. Would recommend the Wagyu beef. Good cocktails

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N
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was fast and friendly, food was tasty, specialty drinks were amazing, good music selection, and overall a great experience for our team dinner. The ambiance was beautiful and energetic. I see this becoming a go-to location for future team dinners.

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a
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The vents smelled like old fish. Our waitress was so good

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MA
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great and service pleasant, though waiter disappeared after our entrees arrived. The only things we didn't like were that there weren't any fans/cooling systems on a sweltering hot summer day. The heat made everyone on the porch a bit testy and one of the servers (not ours thankfully) sprayed deet on herself twice right in the eating area, and the smell and chemicals wafted over to our table - ick. Overall we would say the service outside needs more oversight by management. Otherwise hotel staff was gracious and food inventive and tasty.

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l
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our family was visiting the DC area and we decided to try out Radiator. We were very pleased with a quiet booth away from all the noise but we were disappointed with our server. The food runners were more attentive than the server. We enjoyed our food and drinks along with the nice private booth. My other concern was when we asked about the tree nuts for dessert the server said my daughter would be fine. The thing is they have pistachio ice cream which could have cross contaminated but the food runner assured us that separate scoops are used. They also brought sprinkles on the side separate from the other toppings.

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d
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Shared some of the small plates; each was tasty on its own but the textures were much the same.

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J
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The food was not bad, however the brunch menu had been paired down. The best part of the experience was the fact that we could sit outside and it was not noisy. The service however was awful. Getting even a glass of water was tough and after asking 3 times never got my glass refilled.

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