Radiator

4.3
122 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(202) 742-3150
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jonathan Dearden
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
14th Street
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Special events & promotions
We can help you plan the perfect business dinner or cocktail party. You will be in good hands with our Private Dining Manager, Caroline Cox. caroline.cox@kimptonhotels.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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!

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What 122 People Are Saying
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely intimate space, great bar and comprehensive selection.

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MJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
9 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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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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Mississippi
30 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
18 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
46 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
75 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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Pittsburgh
2 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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MT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great hidden gem in DC, inside is cozy, outside patio is perfect for the summer to grab a drink with some friends. Menu is balanced, but stay away from the tuna sushi appetizer- tiny dish about 1/4 the size of a normal sushi roll and beet salad lacked flavor. Would still go back given the ambience and service.

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S
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My 18-year-old son and I were visiting DC this past weekend, and stayed in the Kimpton Mason & Rook, so we also wanted to try the restaurant fare. We ate inside, because it was pretty crowded out on the patio. I was disappointed at the indoor seating, because they only had the high bar top tables, where I feel a bit unstable due to having vertigo. The other seating choice was a loveseat with a coffee table in front of it, not conducive to dining. Our waiter was very polite and helpful, offering good insight and suggestions for our feast. Sadly, he was called away to lift heavy items and was replaced with another waitress. She was also very helpful, engaging, and friendly. We tried the kimchi pickles as an appetizer, and it was our favorite part of the meal! My son ordered the lamb belly tacos, which he said were so salty that he couldn’t eat all of them. I ordered the fresh beet salad, which was delicious. I also ordered some spicy tuna, which I ended up sharing with my son because of his tacos being too salty. Overall, it was a decent dining experience, despite the uncomfortable seating. I’m a bit spoiled by the restaurant at the other DC Kimpton hotel, the Donovan. That was a much more upscale restaurant, with similar pricing but better food.

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SS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Check in was easy and the hostess was pleasant. I loved the happy hour options. The waitress was not very attentive although we enjoyed our meal.

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AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed
After seeing reviews - I expected much more. Food was fair. Wait staff pleasant but I'll informed or just not into job.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicious drinks & food - everything was very good. The Brussels sprouts with dried peaches were amazing. Nice seating outdoors. Service was friendly but slow.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Radiator was a surprisingly great dinner in DC. The ambiance of the outside seating is cool, with a ‘rooftop’ feel, even though it sits the ground level. Food was awesome (definitely recommend the Amish chicken), and the house cocktails were unique and worthy of the price tag . Service was great too! Highly recommend!

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The cocktails were well crafted, but the rest of the meal and service was not pleasant. There was only a handful of tables that had customers but we ended up waiting almost 45 minutes for our meal. The server was nice but new, her first day actually. The meal would have been tasty but all three of our meals were terribly over salted. We tried to eat them because we were so hungry and let our server know about the problem. She did go back and talk to the Chef and they reduced our bill by the cost of one meal. We would not go back to this restaurant in the future.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic! Jeff really hooked us up with brunch drinks, and the food was high quality

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We waited 6-7 minutes for someone to come to the hostess station. Once we were seated, we were never seen by a server. No silverware, no water, no hello. We waited 9 minutes before leaving.

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r
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Threw me at a table that felt like I was in a closet.

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TS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is casual and yet feels alive - we loved sitting outside. The server was friendly, and offered helpful suggestions. We loved the appetizer tots and the burger.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This was by far the worst Open Table experience that I have ever had. The restaurant was a third to half full when we arrived and remained so for the rest of our visit.

Our server seemed disinterested/bored and admitted to forgetting our drink order. A second server took our food order. It took over an hour for our food to arrive and it was not the correct order.

My brussels sprouts were charred beyond recognition without any hint of cashew or yogurt. My salmon rillettes turned out to be a cream cheese based dip topped with a quarter inch of olive oil for good measure. There were no obvious signs of salmon. The kitchen had run out of lavash and they substituted slices of country bread that were burned to a cinder.

I will not be back.

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SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the food... especially the appetizers. Great service and nice atmosphere.

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EG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had reservations for 4 and the host quickly adjusted for us 5 and we had a cozy spot on a cool u-shaped leather coach. The happy hour specials are great and at $5 for a Glas of bubbly and wine nothing to complain about as we were waiting for everybody else to arrive. Yes, we were seated without having to awkwardly wait for everybody to get there like at other restaurants. Nice! Our waitress was fantastic. Super friendly and bubbly and she made she quickly took our orders got us replenished an out in time for our play. Some of us had a series of apps - bacon fries anyone - and others entres. I had a the purple sweet potato gnocchi with kale, onion and labneh and they were phenomenal. Nice different take on an ubiquitous dish! Everybody else enjoyed theirs as well and we have been telling everybody about Radiator because of this.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The service just was not up to par never gave us any clue on quantities of the appetizers we had ordered after appetizers we decided to go somewhere else for dinner since the service was not up to par ordered an old fashion with no squeeze or orange rind inside the old fashion it appeared there wasn’t a lot of love that went into taking care of us tonight I am never this way when it comes to reviews but I think you should know that it was just Idiocracy at best waitressHad zero knowledge of menu and kept referring to her full-time job as a bartender during the day not a warm and fuzzy feeling when you’re there to drink at y’all’s place and have an incredible time we did 12 months to go and a little disappointed after all that time but will give you another chance when Sarah is working knowing I will get top-notch service

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Danielle is the best!!! Yummy food : )

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JS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place and great brunch. Overall, a good experience.

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CI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exellent food and drink

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B
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Noise level was high for a Wednesday night, made it a little hard to talk. The food and cocktails were fantastic!

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SM
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We met up with some friends on April 1st for Radiators "April Mules Day" half price Moscow Mules promotion! It was a lot of fun in a new, elegant and trendy setting. They had about 8 varieties of Moscow Mule... we tried the Sailors Mule (rum based) and the regular and they were delicious. Service was super slow on the drinks, but our very lovely and fun server, apologized and explained that it was a new thing they were doing, so the bartender was still finding her rhythm. When they arrived, the drinks were garnished with Easter eggs which had different prizes inside. We snacked the Bacon Fat Fries and Cheese Croqueta's which are a MUST when you're there - you will relish every bite! The lamb taco's are also very yummy, as it the chacutterie platter which they added cheese too (nice but pricey for the quantity). The staff were all super friendly. Dying to go back so we can try the beautiful outdoor patio.

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T
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

I was a bit skeptical of booking a reservation for brunch at Radiator since it was Easter Sunday and unlike the vast majority of DC area restaurants, Radiator had open availability. To my dismay, I was pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious, and the drinks were even better. However, the service was absolutely terrible. We had to walk around the restaurant in order to flag a someone down to be seated. Fortunately, one of the bartenders ran out to assist us. Yet nobody could find the hostess. When we located the hostess, she didn't immediately sit us down instead she seemed confused. By the time we sat down, we had to find her again to get menus. Then she sat us in an awkward corner although the entire restaurant was empty. We were relieved when her shift ended because we were given someone who rescued the rest of the day. Unfortunately, I still give the place 1 star for service.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Came for Easter brunch at 915. We were seated after a short wait. Minute 15 we were greeted and gave drink orders. Minute 35 we were finally given water. Minute 45 we were told drinks would be another 5 minutes. At this point we decided to brunch somewhere else.
I have had cocktails and snacks here once before and was excited to try more of the menu, however, the service was not on point that day. Note, we were the only table seated in the dining area.
I’m hoping our future visit will be better.

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