Radiator

4.5
164 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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

I came here for Easter brunch with my family, and after reading reviews was excited to try this place out.

I was kind of surprised to find out how hotel-ey the restaurant space felt. The brunch area was in a hotel conference space, and you had to walk through the lobby to get there. We were seated in an area that was off to the side of the main bar area (which seemed to have a nicer atmosphere) and the decor seemed cheap.

The food was pretty good. Doughnuts were dense and would recommend to avoid.

This place would be really good in a city where exceptional restaurants didn’t abound, and also somewhere where it wasn’t common for hotels to have quality restaurants attached. There are so many other, better places in DC to eat- I’ll look somewhere else next time.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Easter brunch - lacking overall. Made to order eggs were good but the

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v
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch excellent!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drinks and place! I would like to come back! And Recomend it to friends!!

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MW
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I enjoyed the ambiance and atmosphere food selection was minimal and the service was unpredictable the waiter explained to me that the reason she wasn't attentive was that she was helping out in the kitchen cleaning very unprofessional will go back to try their happy hour

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10/10 would recommend!

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LA
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant must be fairly new and we stumbled on it by accident on Open Table. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the service. We sat outside and had a wonderful meal. The only misstep was the restaurant setting up a beanbag toss game in the middle of the dining patio, but when we mentioned it after some children began playing with it, the server was quick to move it away.

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r
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I heard about Radiator because of their ice cream sundae dessert but the appetizers and entrees are also excellent.

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J
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. The fish tacos were too salty. The rest of the food was excellent.

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d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was great all around; I'm happy to become a regular.

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LG
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place— perfect for a friends birthday brunch. The drinks were perfectly strong and not watered down like other places and the food was unlike anything we’ve had before. Our waitress was so fun we wanted her to join us for the rest our birthday plans, she even gave our table a birthday plate of scones with a candle. Seriously what a great find, will def be back soon

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f
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice vibe. Was cozy. Great music and excellent service.

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j
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, nice ambiance and incredible service.

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DG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner at Radiator on Saturday, 3/2. The pre-dinner cocktail was both beautiful and delicious. We enjoyed the baby gem salad as a starter and had the Impossible meatball bucatini dish and the Rad burger with truffle fries. Both entrees were delicious! Billy, our server, did a fantastic job explaining the menu and being attentive to our table throughout the meal.

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j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative food at reasonable prices. Server was very easygoing and knowledgeable. We had some yummy disco fries and this crazy squash carbonara. Way better than pasta could ever do. And thank you for smartly featuring so many Pennsylvania beers.

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LW
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best brunches in the city without a doubt. My server, Ayla, was very helpful and explained everything there was to know about the menu and the food itself. $40 all you can eat and drink? Will definitely be coming back again.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun little neighborhood spot

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CL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday brunch and had a great time! There was a group of 8 of us doing the bottomless (food and drinks) and our waitress was very attentive. All of the food was delicious, the drinks we had were great. I loved that the bottomless drinks included mimosas (with fresh OJ), bloody Mary’s, orange crushes, and gin rickies. I would definitely go back!

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N
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had dinner here before seeing a play at the Studio Theatre, which is close by. Nothing spectacular, but pasta with lobster and a burger were both good, and they got us in and out pretty quickly.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter and delicious food at affordable happy hour prices! We will definitely be back

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J
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
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
30 reviews
Dined on January 25, 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
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
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 15, 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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