Requin - Wharf

4.2
560 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Fit for Foodies
An upscale contemporary French concept from award-winning restaurateur Mike Isabella, Requin offers a modern interpretation of classic French cuisine. Chef Isabella has designed a menu that creatively reworks traditional French dishes with fresh techniques, flavor profiles and presentations. A robust wine and champagne selection matches the upscale menu. Located in District Square as the only free-standing restaurant, Requin offers sweeping views of the waterfront, with patio seating available during the warmer months.
We do require a credit card to hold a reservation for parties of 5 guests or larger. There will be a $25 charge for large party reservations that cancel with less than 24 hour notice.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Tuesday to Friday 11:30AM - 2:30PM

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday 11:00AM - 2:30PM

Dinner:
Sunday to Thursday 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Friday & Saturday 5:00PM - 11:00PM
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(202) 827-8380
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Whether you’re feeding a handful of coworkers at the office or a few hundred guests at a wedding reception, let our expert culinary team make it an event to remember.
Bring a taste of Mike Isabella’s restaurants to your event.
Our expansive catering menus offer an array of dining options in a number of cuisines, including French, Italian, Greek, Mexican and Contemporary American.
Contact us at events@mikeisabella.com for inquiries.
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Cross street
Maine Avenue SW
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Parking Garage located underground at the Wharf along with street parking on Maine Avenue SW.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Requin can accommodate all of your special event needs.

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Sun - Mon 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:45PM - 9:30PM
Tue - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 9:30PM
Fri 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM
Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM

What 560 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nothing special. This was a little disappointing. We found the prices to be expensive for what you get, and it seems as though quality at the MI restaurants is deteriorating. Perhaps it was just an off night, but this felt like any other generic chain restaurant.

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FV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I’ve been here 4 times now! The service is really really poor! Terribly slow! Tonight specifically! They really need to step up and get faster and better prepared staff!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was average, not worth the price and service was also average

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DK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

One of the worst restaurants I've been to in my life. The food is mediocre at best, and extremely overpriced. The steak was overcooked, the bearnaise "sauce" was more like butter, and the fries were soggy. The fish was bland, and the dessert was blah. The drinks were great, the wine was good, the server was friendly, and the location great. I am sorely disappointed.

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F
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Menu listed a number of appetizers and small plates, which were ok, and a very limited offering of entrees. We found the food decent but expensive. The wine list was ample but, again, somewhat pricy. It was a challenge conducting a conversation due to the background noise.

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w
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Requin was a real treat. We cekebrated our 35th wedding anniversary, and we loved every minute of it.

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MI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Our meal was good, not outstanding. The true shining element was the truffle gougeres. They were AMAZINGLY delicious! The rest was barely above pedestrian, and the service was the same. Cheese plate and onion soup were something you could find at any mid-level chain restaurant. And the inside temperature and noise level were incredibly high and loud. Conversation was impossible. I think this restaurant would be best for a bigger party, not an intimate date night. I won't be in a hurry to return here.

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C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Overpriced. Weird menu. Food was creative and good, BUT -- very noisy; food sort of thrown at you; courses came out at different times to different people. At those high prices, there was nothing elegant or charming, or anything close to fine dining. Too bad; food was good, but we won't be back.

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GY
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Requin... it was just fine. Food overall was good, but the menu is limited for brunch. Service could be better - nothing outrageous but small details matter: had to ask a few times for a missing fork, twice to get salt on the table, small plates were still on the table when food was brought and waiters (2) don’t know what to do about it. This is my third time at Requin - we like the area - but I am not sure I am crazy about coming back. Will explore some of the other restaurants in the DC water front.

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JC
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Our server, Hrise, was snobby; not friendly, didn’t smile, and DEFINATELY didn’t make us like we were special in any way. We were seated outside and luckily, it started raining. We abandoned our desire to eat. Luckily (again) there were two open spots at the bar (it seemed the restaurant was not prepared to accomodate the outside guests in the event of rain), so we decided to just order a couple of drinks and leave. The bartender, Nick, although very busy, made us feel welcomed. He was making super busy making drinks, but still answered my questions in a friendly and polite manner. Nick saved the night, in my eyes, for the restaurant. Inter wise I would have given one star. For the prices of the food and drink, I expected SO much more than what we experienced. One bad server can make or break clientele returning. We won’t be returning.

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JZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How wonderful to savor creative French cuisine and a lovely bottle of Chablis Grand Cru in a waterfront ambiance. Cannot wait to return soon.

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KL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beet salad, trout and sundae were delicious!

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SW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice. A little crowded, with a need for more intimate settings.

Notable food quality and wine select.

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SE
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My business partner and I visited Requin for a business dinner this week. We were pleasantly surprised by the cozy atmosphere, perfect for a date or business. We opted for outdoor seating and the view was amazing. I ordered a sparkling rose and we shared the sea bass with coconut curry, which was absolutely delicious. The curry was flavorful, but did not overpower the delicate sea bass. The accompanying vegetables were fresh and cooked perfectly. Unfortunately, we opted for black rice instead of the crab fried rice due to my shellfish allergy.

I will definitely return for a date night!

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SC
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful space, great location on waterfront with wonderful views. Some dishes were fine like the escargot and the mussels, but some were disappointing like the onion soup and especially the lobster thermidor which had more carrots than lobster.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food and drinks were great. So was the view and ambience. The only downside is that we learned the restaurant owner is a demeaning sexist pig.

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GS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 4

At Requin,clearly the most heavily used piece of equipment in the batterie de cuisine is the wallet press.” The roast chicken itself was very good but the presentation poor.

I suspect even the so called Pavlova “cake” is mostly inspired by how labor unintensive it is to toss a simple pre cooked blob of meringue into a bowl, spoon in some fruit and add a dollop of ice cream — no cake involved. Also, you only end up making as many servings as are ordered in a night.

A real Pavlova cake — at least the one I was taught to make — is a fairly laborious process that involves, like building a tutu, building up multi layers of an outward radiating circle of liquor soaked lady fingers covered by a thin circular layers of meringue to achieve a “cake” that is then sliced.

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JC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Will definitely go again. The setting is wonderful and the view of the water is terrific.

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PF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is slightly overpriced but considering the location, we were willing to overlook it. Our server but a bit standoff-ish and drinks were slow to arrive. Once we got our drinks and food, it was delicious!

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M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Great service and scenic view overlooking the DC water front. Food did not live up to my expectation.

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OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

make sure to try the pommes beignets and the french dip, the brisket is one of the best.

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The restaurant, location and food..all fantastic. Our service, however, left much to be desired with wait staff questioning our need for cutlery to our waiter completely forgetting to submit our entree orders. They tried to make up for it with a glass of wine and a complimentary dessert..which was fine. But all could have been avoided with better service.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

The space is beautiful. The rest not so much. The prices are offensive- $60 for an 8oz. filet? My wife is a vegan and any restaurant that charges these kind of prices always makes something that she can eat. Here they said that she could have a small salad and some French fries. No thanks.

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EW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really enjoyed the more tasting style menu, everything was beautifully presented

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CB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

We were two couples, both experienced and experimental foodies, expecting a fairly expensive but high-quality evening. All four of us were disappointed: the food was unusual and original, but generally not satisfying. Portions were too small to satisfyingly share among four, and simply too high-priced for the size. The gnocchi were doughy and simply unappealing; the pommes beignets were better, but not that unusual. We ordered two hors d'oeuvres, one tartine, and five petits plats, so we got a pretty varied selection. One stand-out: the petit onion soup was universally praised, with an oxtail base helping it to rise above the usual. We also ordered the sundae--truly magnificent! Service was very courteous and attentive, but the staff doesn't quite have it all together yet. Two waitstaff came by to take our drink orders...eventually we had to ask our primary waitress to check on the drinks. (The drinks were all quite good, especially the Allo Allo.) One petit plat was delivered twice--we'd already consumed it when someone showed up with a second one. In the end, we were willing to overlook the sketchy-but-well-intentioned service...but we just felt the food was too hit-and-miss, too small-portioned, and far too expensive to give us any reason to ever wish to return. Just not sufficient value for the money.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Occasion was a birthday. Could not have picked a better place!

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A
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dishes can be a little hit or miss, but we absolutely loved the escargot croissants, steak tartare, gnocchi, and salmon tartine. Service was great, as was the Rose (pinot noir). Would come back with friends.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Two meals over two days: one brunch and one dinner. Both were very good dining experiences. The food options sampled were all quite good, and the service was friendly if not attentive.

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LV
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Was excited to eat there as our first experience at the Wharf. Unfortunately, parking was a hassle with limited spaces and a $17 two hour fee, and the service at the restaurant was weak.

Not sure if the dishes we got were representative of their regular dishes as it was Restaurant Week. Assuming it was their normal menu, the appetizer portions were tiny, and the sea trout small too. The Chicken was juicy and excellent. The dessert was very good too though it really screamed for a mint leaf.

We were going to order a bottle of wine, but after selecting it, were told it wasn't available since we picked it from the wrong menu. We were informed as if that were our fault. Huh?

We were seated near the door to the outside and one server would leave the door open when he exited, leaving a huge blast of hot air coming in. I got up and closed it once. Felt like doing it more. There were other staff just standing around the door not noticing what it was doing to everyone sitting along the window line. Lots of waitstaff, but a bit inattentive. The speed of the service was also slow.

I guess it was good to experience the Wharf but probably unlikely to go back to this one.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food! Great service!!

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HY
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The service was friendly, but not timely at all. It took over 15 minutes for our server to greet us, and another 20 minutes until we received menus and were offered water. After we put in our drink orders, it took another 30 minutes for our 2 glasses of wine to get to us because the bartenders were behind. The restaurant had other customers, but it was not full or busy enough to warrant such a long and extended wait for service and our orders. The food was standard, but nothing special. Overall, it was a disappointing first experience at the restaurant.

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A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to Requin during Restaurant Week and sat outside. Everyone in our party ordered off the $22 three-course brunch menu and got a cocktail. The service was great and the food and drinks were delicious. The restaurant was located right in the heart of the Wharf, so it gave us the perfect excuse to explore afterward!

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a
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The absolute worst service and food. The brunch dishes were nothing but bread sandwiches. A minute amount of filling. Plates came out like tapas. Our drink order of a latte and sparkling water came after the first course. Our cocktails came during the second and the bar wasn't busy. Never again. A real waste of time and money.

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NM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Our waiter Milos was terrific
The cocktail was yummy
Food was good but i was not blown away

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R
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was very good but the prices very high, and the timing of service was strange -- drinks took forever to arrive; appetizers came out separately; entrees came out separately.

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OT
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was very good. The service was not. And it’s expensive.

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CC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

No creativity and sequence of service was not showcased. Food was only marginal.

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d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

We went for lunch during restaurant week 2019. Great Ambiance, but that's really the only highlight. The service was incredibly slow despite adequate staffing. Several staff members walked by our table without stopping to refilling water, take dirty plates, or ask how we were doing. Our waitress came by our table a total of 4 times, which is remarkably few considering the meal was 3 courses and lasted over 1.5 hours. The food was okay. The french dip was good. The croque madame was cold and when we were able to finally notify the server (approximately 20 minutes after we received our main courses), she did nothing about it other than tell us that it wasn't supposed to be served hot. Surely the dish wasn't intended to be served cold considering it comes with a fried egg. Would not come back for food, but would consider coming back to to sit at the bar for drinks.

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RV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Restaurant was beautiful. We went for restaurant week (brunch). Menu selection was good and portion sizes were fine. Our service is actually what made my rating of the restaurant so low. After we were finished eating we sat for around 25 minutes before anyone cleaned off our table and served the next course. We were both out of our drinks on top of having empty plates. Our server was standing in our vicinity but we could not get his attention. Put a damper on the entire meal.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Went for restaurant week and expected to be wowed and then some by the French cuisine. The food was decadent to a fault. Do the restaurant week menu with smaller plates the large plates are overwhelming!

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