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About Radiator

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 Sarah Rosner’s playfully 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.

1430 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday-Friday 7AM-10:30AM
Saturday: 8AM-11AM

Sunday Brunch: 8AM-3PM

Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5PM-10PM
Friday-Saturday 5PM-11PM

Late Night Menu: Sunday-Thursday 10PM-11:30PM
Friday-Saturday 11PM-12:30AM

Cross Street:
14th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 742-3150

Website:
http://radiatordc.com/

Executive Chef:
Jonathan Dearden

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

For a special event that radiates personality, book one of Radiator’s exclusive dining spaces. Please contact us for more information about reserving our private dining spaces!

Radiator Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

3.7

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

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Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
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Hot Spot (4)
Casual (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
People Watching (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
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Comfort Food (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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Pre/post Theatre (1)
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Spicy (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

good cocktails and ambiance. It's never been really crowded whenever I've been so you can still hear each other/have a conversation. The booths are comfy and spacious. food is good too (I've had the short rib ravioli, lamb gnocchi, lamb tacos, and radiator burger. Portions are a bit small though (only 3 raviolis in short rib dish for example) so either don't come hungry or order apps in addition to entree.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was great, jeff was awesome bloody Mary’s were on point steak and eggs....yes. Lemon pancakes yes.... what more......

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

An otherwise great evening was totally spoiled by a waitress with a terrible attitude, we didn't feel welcome and felt as though our presence was an inconvenience to her. Frustrating, as the cocktails were tremendous, and the menu very unique!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was delicious! Chef Dearden has a great menu to explore! The crab beignets were great. So was the duck and grits. Drinks are great as well. My party had a great time at Radiator for brunch. Can’t wait to go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

What a waste of time. We went there last minute for Xmas Evenings dinner. It was dead. When wanted to order off drink menu, was only allowed to order off special drink menu. The food that was cold. We didn’t bother complaining, our waiter was no where to be found. The only saving grace was that was out to dinner with my husband and we enjoyed each other’s company and not having to fix dinner.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This is my second time here and once again, the food was amazing! Our waiter (Jeff) was excellent and timely! Definitely try the duck and waffles - it's the best!

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

So mediocre. The server was attentive, but drinks and food arrived with great delay. The server could not explain the dishes (nor could we explain the “cornstarch” residue on “bacon fat fries”. ) In general, it’s a hotel bar fit to hang in to wait for a ‘date’ to come get you. NOT A RESTAURANT.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fantastic food, drinks, service, everything. The new hotel it’s in ain’t too shabby either!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Healthy, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Spicy, Good for a Date, Vegan
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The restaurant received the reservation, even received a confirmation email (apparently auto email) went there, it was closed!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We were impressed with this little hidden gem. Food was great, excellent craft cocktail menu, and the service was excellent. They have a great outdoor patio with fireplace.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Let me start off by saying, I don't typically write reviews on OpenTable. But my wife and I recently moved out of DC to raise a baby and so our trips in to the city for date night are a bit more valuable to us. Therefore I feel more compelled to review the places we try to help others who might also be looking for new and exciting places in DC.

We picked Radiator because it was a new restaurant in our old neighborhood and the outdoor dining option looked really cool. I should also say, most of the other places we wanted to try were already booked, so we took our chances on a spot we had never heard of before. We were seated outside and tried a range of their "tapas" style dishes. Before we could order food though, we had to sit and wait about 15 minutes for our drinks. And then another 10 minutes for the waiter to take our order.

Once we finally did order, we started with the croquetas - which were very good. We then had the lamb belly tacos - also good but nothing earth shattering. My wife had the gnocchi and I had the lobster tagliatelle. Again, both were good but neither dish was life changing. We passed on dessert and left feeling as though we had paid way too much for a very average meal.

Here's the thing, I don't expect every dining experience to be a religious experience. But if I'm spending over $100 on food, I think it should be memorable. And service needs to be on point on a Friday night half a block off one of the busiest neighborhoods in the city. At any rate, I doubt we'll go back. There are just too many other great options for us in DC to waste it on average. Maybe if they add an extra server or two during busy nights, it might make the overall experience worth return trips. The patio is very cool and the place has great potential, it just missed the mark for us this time.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The rooftop bar is amazing! The view is spectacular and the drinks are great. getting to the rooftop (10th floor) is a bit confusing and they could have a sign somewhere to let you know how to get there, but once you make it, it's worth it. The restaurant downstairs is nice, but the food is so/so and different from the bites available upstairs. But still a nice place to eat (and it's pet-friendly!)

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Radiator's choices are always great and different. I like the cold watermellon pie and the waugu beef was terrific.

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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Absolutely delicious! I ate here for my birthday and the staff truly spoiled me and my guest. We were able to sample quite a bit of the menu and the Lamb Belly Tacos are a MUST-HAVE, such a burst of flavor! I also enjoyed the Stone Bass and my guest said the chicken was cooked to perfection. The food came out fast and hot and the staff were so nice and polite. Overall a great visit!

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Hot Spot, Fun, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 13, 2017

I had the private dining room reserved for a large group a few weeks in advance and they were poorly understaffed. I expected a dedicated server for our group of 16, but they only had two servers and one bartender on staff for the entire restaurant. The food was great, but the service was less than adequate - we were busing our own table and getting our own drinks off the bar after the waiting got out of control. They did offer a discount to help make up for it, but I would not recommend for a large group or anything quick.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We ordered whisky cocktail and was very blend. Too much ice and very less alcohol. Not worth it. Lamb belly tacos were good. Very noisy inside outside patio was better. Disappointing whisky cocktails.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Happy hour bites and drinks were the highlight. The dinner food was overpriced and not so interesting. One server was great, the one who took over when she left was quite short with us.

Would recommend for happy hour- nice setting and not too crowded.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Great food, fast service, we were celebrating a birthday and they brought out a death by chocolate with a candle and wrote happy birthday in fudge it was perfect. And they didn't even charge us for it :) would highly recommend and will definitely be going back.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Waitress service was poor, never checked up on us during the meal. I had to ask for the check after a long wait. She didn't know anything about the meals on the menu. Never did get asked for water or drink refills. The table was stuck between two Walsh's so we didn't get any ambiance. The food was good but nothing to rave about. The price was too expensive for what you get. We didn't know they were tapas.

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

The bartender Kevin was excellent. The food was amazing. I thought everything about it was great and I look forward to returning.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

This is a small but nice restaurant and bar attached to a hotel. The staff were wonderful, and I appreciate everything they did to make our visit comfortable.

However, the menu promised some tasty and creative options, but none of it met expectations for my friends or me. The lamb belly tacos looked great on the menu, but the lamb chunks were quite dry, and the chickpeas were dull. The scallops and bass were pretty flavorful, but the portions were quite small for the price. We ordered two cocktails for the table, and none of us really liked either of them. I had the Brooklyn and found it to be harsh.

Finally, the dining area is small, and the ceiling is low - so noise gets amplified. Everyone had to come in from outside due to the rain, and so it was really noisy inside. This isn't the fault of the restaurant, but you should be aware if you are hoping for a place to have a meal and a conversation.

I'll just say again that the staff were terrific, and I would go back just because they treated us so well.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Food was ok. We had a couple members of our part with celiacs, and therefore required gluten free options. Upon asking, one server told me they could do gluten free no problem, the only issue was the potatoes because of the way they're cooked. No problem. Then later, when ordering, we asked our server what the gluten free options were and she said 'almost nothing.' Um...that's an issue. Once it all arrived, the entrees were good, but my burger came with a side of truffle fries, and we ordered an order of the bacon fat fries with smoked sea salt. Both sets of fries looked and tasted exactly the same. There was no sea salt on the bacon fat fries, and both were coated in some white powdered substance which I couldn't identify because it had zero flavor whatsoever. Overall, some food was good, but some was disappointing. All of us ordered the same drink, the seasonal crush, which was good. Bottom line: not bad, but probably not somewhere I'll return.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Although friendly, it took way too long to get our food. They mixed up our order with other tables of guests that arrived after us. Then they have all different kinds of dishes, ranging from apetizers to entrées. We got the bigger dishes first then the smaller and cold ones... When I said something about it the waiter said it's because it's tapas-style... Too bad their opinion(or excuse:)) on tapas took away the taste. It turned out to be a little of an dissapointing experience. Cocktails were great I must add.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

2nd time at radiator - it has 2 vibes depending on where you sit. The more "formal" (it isn't really) dining space to the left of reception is good for a group who want to eat and talk, the bar area is louder with seating for smaller groups. The food's great, very inventive and high quality, although the menu layout is pretty confusing (separated into " hand" and "fork" sections, rather than conventional "sequences" of a meal (appetizer / entree etc). Overall, the foods great, the cocktails fantastic, and its a cool place to go in preference for DC's rather formal alternatives . Haven't tried outside yet (it was deepwinter trip # 1, raining for trip #2) but cant wait to, the space looks great. Good support for GF patrons.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The service was impeccable and the food was excellent. I would definitely come back for brunch.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We had a nice meal and cocktails. The staff was wonderful and friendly.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2017

My brunch crew...yes, there is a crew...visited Radiator for a birthday celebration and we immediately fell in love with the decor and quaintness of the restaurant. The brunch menu had a good variety to choose from and the service was great. All-in-all it was a great experience and I look forward to going back and introducing others to the venue.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Last minute breakfast find for the family which was accommodated but didn't get the feeling our business was appreciated (couple of kids so maybe this is fair?). Waitress seemed almost annoyed to have to deal with us and we only saw her to take the order and deliver the food and then the bill. Food was pretty mediocre (eggs were bland, bacon was burnt, sausage was inedible). I will say that the layout of the restaurant was nice and the coffee was decent. There was also another waitress who helped us when we couldn't find our waitress and she was great considering it wasn't her table.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Delicious food, great service and a great atmosphere. A little on the pricey side....

Tags: Tapas, Bar Seating, Fun, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 4, 2017

We had breakfast here and the food is sublime and sophisticated. Great service and atmosphere ...

Tags: Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Overall food was delicious the service was good but spotty since waiters would take quite some time to get orders and bring drinks

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Our server Kourtney barely provided 1 star experience. We had to remind her several times if we needed anything. She ended up giving us warm water with no ice...not really sure why. We ended up asking other staff members to assists us....mind you, the restaurant wasn't busy at all.

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 (Miami)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The menu is tapas style, great for sharing. Everything was delicious: perfect octopus, amazing burger (which we split 4 ways), and the serrano ham and fontina croquetas were off the chain. The scallops were probably the best scallops I've ever had, in a salsa verde with tostones.

The service was spot on, very attentive staff.

I recommend you check this out if you're in the DC area. And you can reserve on open table!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Nice and delicious food, service and great place to grab drinks.

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 27, 2017

I was on vacation and gathered with friends and family, great gastropub in the community with an outside sitting option. My family loved the burger, the squid dish was my favorite, small portion even for one, but well executed on taste.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Great atmosphere and food. Amazing!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Food was really good - croquettes were outstanding, as were the scallops, tilefish, and octopus

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 22, 2017

What a great restaurant, unique decor with amazing food. Loved the variety of flavors in food and drinks! Would go back in a second.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Tapas
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 (Berkshire)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Came to DC from the UK for a 5 day break! We ate at a different restaurant every night and this was by far the best we are in! The food was hot, good quality and a twist on the traditional, superb! The cost was good and good Happy Hour deals for drink and snacks. Will recommend to any visitor to make an effort to visit here!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Creative and tasty food options makes this an adventure in dining! We also had our 14 year old nephews with us and they enjoyed as well. Our server, Matt, was excellent!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Tapas
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