Slate Wine Bar

4.1
296 reviews
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$30 and under
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Wine Bar
Slate Wine Bar + Bistro is a neighborhood wine bar helmed by award-winning chef & sommelier, Danny Lledó. With a New American menu inspired by Chef Danny's Spanish and Portuguese heritage and his upbringing in the kitchen, Slate redefines American cuisine to fit today's taste. The 200+ wine selection offers endless choices for every taste bud, and is paired with humble, honest hospitality that invites you to return again and again.

Specials:
Happy Hour Everyday 3pm-7pm
Late Night Happy Hour Fridays & Saturdays: 10pm-12am.
Wine Wednesdays 1/2 Off Wine Bottles
Thirsty Thursdays Happy Hour All Night
1/2 off Wine Flights on Sundays
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Wine Bar, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday & Saturday: 11am - 3pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4pm - 10pm, Sunday: 4pm - 9pm
Happy Hour Everyday: 3pm - 7pm
Late Night Happy Hour Fridays & Saturdays: 10pm-12am.
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Phone number
(202) 333-4304
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Danny Lledó
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Calvert Street NW
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Special events & promotions
Let us host your special event whether alumni events, wedding parties, office holiday parties + more! Contact us for further details.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the New Year with our Award-Winning Chef Danny Lledó. For reservations from 4PM-6:30PM: $40 3-Course, Optional Wine Pairing for $25, + tax & gratuity, 7PM-10PM: $55 4-Course, Optional Wine Pairing for $30, + tax & gratuity. For Menu information & options visit us at slatewinebar(dot)com.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 296 People Are Saying
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KB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Overall, not worth the money. If you are looking for quiet conversation and cozy....this isn’t the place. Loud, Uncomfortable, and bare feeling. Several issues with service and it wasn’t crowded. Fries seemed like they were frozen and bought from grocery store. 🤷‍♀️

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OT
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed the wine flights which allowed us to taste wine we would not have otherwise tasted.

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MW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I'll continue to come back, but the service needed improvement. None of the waiters seemed to be assigned to specific tables, so we were asked by at least three people (multiple times each) about drinks and if we wanted to order food. Felt very rushed, but we just wanted to take our time and get our drinks first!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food (especially the paella) and wine selection. Service is consistently good.

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MM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was amazing, and Wine Selection to make it ! had a wonderful time, fun appetizers, Best Vegtable Paella EVER !!!! NOT TO BE MISSED !!!!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Slate for a casual Friday lunch; Danny (the owner) and the staff treated me wonderfully! The food was delicious, and the wine was fantastic! The ambiance is chill and comfortable. I know I will go back many times, and take my friends on special occasions! I highly recommend it!!

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d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great options for food and wine. Friendly service. Casual relaxed atmosphere. Will be back!

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RC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

It was low quality food, and incredibly slow service.

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GL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Slate's a great wine bar and restaurant. One of its defining features is its head chef, Danny Lledo. Slate puts him, his food, and his wine selections upfront, and they all add up to a great dining experience. They have an extensive wine list and some great flights. Though, to be honest, their house options are so good I go to them more often than others! I really can't talk enough about the food--great quality and flavors. Lledo also features his award-winning paellas during competition season and upon request, and they are truly something special. His personable nature comes out when he talks to diners about their meal, and it's this personal touch, coupled with good wine and some great eats, that makes me recommend Slate to anyone.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Intimate place. Some excellent seats at the open front window were taken so we sat at a table for two in the restaurant. Nice menu: We enjoyed watermelon/arugula/goat cheese salad, duck tacos, lamb chops, red snapper. We ordered a bottle of wine but then wished we’d gone for a flight as that looked really nice. Wine was tasty but the markup was nearly3x retail which seems high. Attentive and friendly service. Good experience. We are from out of town but if we lived here we’d come back.

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m
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food sucked and the mimosas were drowning in pulp. I guess my mistake for ordering a mimosa at a wine bar! Still had higher hopes for the food - the fruit was gross and slimy, the churros were so burnt and dry. My chicken and waffles had no seasoning. Some of the food at the table was ok, but mostly “meh”. I’d go back but only to drink half priced bottles of wine.

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P
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! The service was good too. We enjoyed it! Totally would go back again.

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

Came here during restaurant week with family to celebrate a birthday. I was rather disappointed with the entire experience. It feels like a newer place that was trying to have charm and character, but the lights are too bright so it just feels a little cheap. The staff was nice and attentive.

The food was ok. Scallops and egg rolls were our favorite. Their paella is award-winning, but I was very disappointed with the lack of flavor. Strawberry cake is actually a yellow cake with whipped cream and 1 strawberry.

We stuck with cocktails since the wine list was on the expensive side. I don't claim to know much about wine, but my family said that it was overpriced.

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

Slate is one of the best things about Glover Park. It strikes an excellent balance between a friendly, neighborhood spot and a modern restaurant exploring new flavors and ideas. The wine selection is excellent and the suggested pairings for Restaurant Week were perfect.

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MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff was very friendly and accommodating about seating.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We went for Restaurant Week. I was disappointed by the small portions. Many restaurants still serve normal size portions. My husband ordered the steak and it wasn’t much more than three bites. We had to go get a burger after. I ordered the gnocchi and was sad to find it flavorless and the peppers very crunchy. The strawberry cake dessert has a liquor in it which was sitting in the bottom of the ramekin causing such a strong taste I couldn’t even eat it. Service was fine ES EOY I kept having to ask for more water. Overall I was hoping for so much more.

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SF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want to try real Valencian paella, this is the place. Great food and amazing wine selection.

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P
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing first experience at Slate Wine Bar! We were celebrating birthdays and they provided a complimentary bottle of wine! We will definitely be back. They have an extensive wine list and the food was great.

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DR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Slate for DC Restaurant Week and opted for the wine pairing. It was fabulous--better than expected. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable in the wines and food which made our experience even better. The food-wine pairings were mainly spot on and led to much conversation about what we were enjoying. We will definitely be back.

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LL
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a beautiful restaurant and the food was delicious!

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SA
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time at Slate Wine Bar during my visit home to the DMV with exceptional service & delicious food. Wanted to visit this place ever since I heard about it 4 years ago. Of course, I planned my visit during the time when DC’s Acclaimed Winnie The Pooh, I mean, Paella king Chef Danny Lledo was away. Bummer! But, I guess that’s reason enough for a second visit soon! Thanks to the grumpy dude at the bar for giving my little angel a cocktail demo. As many times as she attempted to make it, she succeeded to fail. But we don’t waste alcohol and we drink it anyway 🤘🏼

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AZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly wait staff, great wine (rosé), excellent burger.

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ES
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food. Small and intimate restaurant. Did the tasting menu with wine pairings—great value!! One waiter shared the specifics of each wine we requested he pair with each course. Portions a little small for my husband. We were gifted a drink pairing because it was our anniversary and then charged for dessert so the discount was only $2 instead of $20, but the thought was there. Didn’t complain because the service was good.

Update: Slate actually reached out to us because of the confusion. I wish we would have spoken up to give them a chance to rectify the confusion. Amazing customer service!!

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MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The paella is amazing! The wine list is extensive! There is something here for everyone and all of it is delicious. My friends always request that we come back.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Staff and chef were knowledgeable, passionate, and approachable.

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PA
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent. Service was slow, due in large part to problems in the kitchen (according to our server). When we complained about the long wait for dessert, they deducted the cost.

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RA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The wine service and selections were excellent. The service was very cordial and welcoming. It is a good place for friends who want to talk and enjoy the wine. Our group of four never felt rushed. I rate the restaurant with high marks for wine and quiet conversation.

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Slate is the best! It’s great for a casual happy hour or a special occasion. Just had an engagement brunch there and the service and food couldn’t have been better! Highly recommend!

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CP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time at Slate. The wine pairings were fun, information packed, and tasty. The food was delicious. The service- friendly and knowledgeable. We will recommend to friends and go back!

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience, delicious food and great wine. The staff was friendly and attentive. The filet was outstanding, rivaling many great steak houses. A definite must when visiting DC!

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M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly adore Slate. We have only ever gone for brunch, which is fairly quiet and low key. The bartenders and manager are very sweet and love to chat with customers. We enjoy going here and will be back!

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good selections of wine from across the world. Food was delicious. Nice hostess and friendly management staff.

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were 3 people , one person did not get what he ordered .
In good récupération they préparé the Wright meal extremely fast and did not charge us for it.
That concludes for a very good experience

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GP
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought 10 people from my office to celebrate year-end event. Danny prepared a wonderful dinner with options for vegetarians and wine pairings with each dish. Event was simply outstanding. Paella is to die for. Wines were great. Even desserts were excellent. Highly recommended.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Cute wine bar, but brunch wasn’t good. Probably would go back just to sit at the bar for wine and apps. Service was slow.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a graduation/Mother’s Day brunch and it was fabulous! We had someone with dietary restrictions and they were more than accommodating!

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Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Nicolas salad was excellent. Wine selection is thoughtful and extensive.

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food well prepared and delicious. Varied and interesting wine list. Excellent by the glass wines available with some outstanding choices by the bottle. Staff knowledgeable and owner is very involved and knows his wines.

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D
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine selection, knowledgeable bartenders, especially Ellen and Ruben. Sexy little bites at happy hour.

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AK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The impressive wine list never disappoints. Knowledgeable staff and wonderful food. The best part of the experience is hanging out with the chef/owner/som, Danny!

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