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Spark, Washington, DC

Spark

4.5
4.5
131 Reviews
$31 to $50
Caribbean

Providing a modern take on traditional Caribbean street food and BBQ dishes, Spark brings a unique communal dining experience to the Bloomingdale neighborhood. Housed in the historic Engine Company 12 firehouse, guests are invited to enjoy our sumptuous appetizers and bar snacks and then build a feast to share from our jerked and smoked meats. Each item on our menu is meticulously created from scratch by Executive Chef Peter Prime. Craft cocktails and surprising desserts all offer a little spark of their own. Dinner at Spark is an unparalleled dining experience in Washington, DC!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean, Barbecue, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 299-9128

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Peter Prime

  • Private party facilities

    Host your next event at the firehouse! Whether you are hosting a corporate meeting, experiential marketing event, fundraiser or your wedding, the Engine Company 12 event team is ready to make your event unforgettable. Visit our private events website: www.enginecompany12.com

  • Neighborhood

    Bloomingdale / Brookland

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Small Sparks

  • Jerk Wings$8.00

    Served with house made mango mustard

    • Smoked Bone Marrow$16.00

      Served with slices of grilled rustic bread

      • Avocado Beignets$8.00

        Served with coconut chutney

        • Beef Patties$12.00

          Served with cinnamon avocado cream

          • Brisket Sliders$11.00

            Served with cucumber relish and baby cress

            • Crispy Calamari$10.00

              Served with house made remoulade

              • Fry Bread$11.00

                Served with curried garbanzos, coconut collards and cucumber relish

                • House Charcuterie Board$16.00

                  Habanero Guanciale / Beef Rillette / Wild Boar Sausage

                  Smokehouse Meats

                  We recommend selecting at least 1-2 items per person

                  • Chipotle Maple Grilled Oxtails$16.00

                    Marinated for 48 hours

                    • Lacquered Chicken$12.00

                      Island-Asian fusion

                      • Geera Porkbelly$12.00

                        Cumin spiced and smoked

                        • Jerk Brisket$16.00

                          Smoked in house for 14 hours

                          • Tri Tip Wagyu Beef$24.00

                            American Kobe served with black butter

                            • Hen of the Woods$14.00

                              Jerk-Miso marinade with habanero oil

                              • Whole Red Snapper

                                Fried to perfect crispiness

                                • MP

                              Sides to Share

                              • House Smoked Cheddar Mac n' Cheese$11.00

                                Made with house smoked Tillamook cheddar

                                • Crispy Lollipop Kale$8.00

                                  Drizzled with balsamic reduction

                                  • Coconut Braised Collard Greens$9.00

                                    Topped with crispy guanciale

                                    • Berkley Springs Mixed Greens$8.00

                                      Drizzled with house herb dressing

                                      • Brown Butter Mash$9.00

                                        Yukon gold potatoes mixed with toasted butter

                                        • House Rice$7.00

                                          Jasmin rice made with scallions, chives, parsley, cilantro, & lime zest

                                          • Fry Breads$5.00

                                            Small basket of fry bread

                                            • French Fries$7.00

                                              Seasoned with truffle oil, parmesan, parsley and thyme

                                              • House Hot Sauce$2.00

                                                Individual two-ounce bottle

                                                Desserts

                                                • The Urban Legend$12.00

                                                  Banana Beignets / Rum and Coke Syrup / Pop Rocks

                                                  • Atomic Apples$8.00

                                                    Crushed Atomic Fudge / Traditional Fudge

                                                    • Ice Cream Push Pops$5.00

                                                      Maple Chocolate Covered Bacon / Jalapeno Cheese Cake / Guava Lime

                                                      Craft Cocktails

                                                      • Burn Mark$12.00

                                                        Makers Mark 46 / Maple Syrup / Fresh Lemon Juice / Charred Orange Peel

                                                        • Spark Royale$12.00

                                                          Prosecco / Chambord / St. Germaine / Fresh Blackberry

                                                          • Ginger Beer Margarita$12.00

                                                            Patron Silver / Solerno Blood Orange / Fresh Lime Juice / Regatta Ginger Beer

                                                            • Atomichata$12.00

                                                              Malibu Coconut Rum / Pyrat Rum / Rumchata / Atomic Fireballs

                                                              What 131 people are saying

                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                                              4.5
                                                              4.5 based on all time ratings
                                                              • 4.6Food
                                                              • 4.3Service
                                                              • 4.3Ambience
                                                              • 4.3Value

                                                              NoiseModerate

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                                                              1. AH

                                                                AngelaH

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                3.0

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                Dined on December 30, 2018

                                                                overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                                3 of us in our party were celebrating birthdays. The waiter was especially warm and engaging and the food, generally delicious and in generous portions, was served promptly. Our soup was salty and the waiter and the chef responded promptly when we brought it to their attention. It was a fun, casual, dining experience with many wonderful choices on the menu. I look forward to my next visit!

                                                              2. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                11 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                11 reviews

                                                                Dined on December 30, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                Great restaurant

                                                              3. L

                                                                Lauren

                                                                New York Area

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                Dined on December 28, 2018

                                                                overall4food4service2ambience4

                                                                Great food! Service was a little slow but still really enjoyed the food and will go back.

                                                              4. MD

                                                                MrsDeePeeJay

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                18 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                18 reviews

                                                                Dined on December 16, 2018

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                Great food. Would definitely return.

                                                              5. k

                                                                kdiner

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                13 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                13 reviews

                                                                Dined on December 13, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Excellent food. Avocado beignets, smoked brisket, fried snapper. Yummy!

                                                              6. A

                                                                Alfredo

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                21 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                21 reviews

                                                                Dined on November 21, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                This is a hidden gem, management very customer oriented! Can't wait to go back for some more Fry Bread.

                                                              7. LS

                                                                LawannS

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on November 18, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                The food was amazing. Everything our waiter recommended, we ordered and was very satisfied. The service was above average as well, he took his time explaining the entire menu to us.

                                                              8. DS

                                                                DamienS

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on November 17, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                We were really surprised at how great this was. I hope people go

                                                              9. ZD

                                                                ZinDC

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                31 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                31 reviews

                                                                Dined on November 11, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                I don’t know what’s better - the customer service or the food. This is my/our new favorite. Great for foodies who love flavors, presentation and plethora of choices.

                                                              10. PG

                                                                PaulG

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                10 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                10 reviews

                                                                Dined on November 11, 2018

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                My wife and I were pleasantly surprised by Spark. We like to try new resturants regularly to change things up. Sometimes we have a good meal, sometimes we are disappointed. At Sparks, we were not disappointed. The food was great, the service was knowledgeable of the menu and made great recommendations. The appetizers were flavorful and the serving size was enough for two. They were also good enough to be a meal on their own. The entrees were also big enough for two along with the sides that outstanding (highly recommend the greens). Lets just say, we walked away stuffed and satisfied. Only negatives, it was cold outside and the door does not close on its own so the cold air kept coming in making it hard to get comfortable. Also, they can expand their bar a little more. Not everyone is into beer.

                                                              11. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                Dined on November 4, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Amazing. I ordered Jerk Wings, ox tails, bone marrow & coconut greens. This had me craving hard. Everything was super delicious!!!!! Sparks rated my favorite restaurant. I hope for many more years in biz!!!!

                                                              12. N

                                                                Nancy

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on November 1, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                We enjoyed the entire evening. Always have to have jerk wings, which were great. But loved the smoky TILLAMOOK (a fan) cheese Mac/Cheese, the lacquered chicken and don't leave without the fresh baked cookies. Seriously, everybody needs to feel like a kid again sometime.

                                                              13. F

                                                                Fatoumata

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                10 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                10 reviews

                                                                Dined on October 31, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                The food is delicious regardless of what you order. The servers are attentive. The music is great. Goes perfectly with the wonderful food. When we wet they were playing calypso/soca music.

                                                              14. RP

                                                                ReshmaP

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on October 28, 2018

                                                                overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                                The food here is ah-MAZZING! The service, however, left me wanting. We got complimentary desserts to make up for it, so, bottom line: I will definitely be coming back despite the slow service. I came here with 3 friends; we had a reservation for 8:30pm. We arrived about 10 mins early and they told us it would be a 5 min wait because the chef’s family came in and they had to accommodate them last minute. They invited us to wait in the lounge area and order drinks—problem, we were early anyways. While waiting in the lounge area, it took quite some time for someone to help us. We all ordered cocktails, which also took awhile before we got them (I tried to order wine, but they were out of about every single wine I wanted). After about a half an hour, we are seated (not a 5 min wait at all)! We were eager to order, so we went a little crazy with 2 appetizers, 4 entrees, and 3 sides. Needless to say this was A LOT of food for the four of us. Appetizers: Fry Bread-this was a modern take on Trini “doubles”; 4-6 pieces of bread with chickpeas, cucumber, and pepper sauce, I loved it! Jamaican Jerk wings-a bit spicy, but delicious. Entrees: Lamb, Fried Chicken Curry, Brisket, Ox Tail. Honestly, I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the entrees. I personally did not care for the Ox Tail but everyone at the table said it was their favorite entree. The lamb was fall off the bone DEE-LICIOUS. The brisket was also melt in your mouth (cooked perfectly). The chicken, was a bit over cooked and did not come in a curry sauce like I expected, instead the sauce was served as a side and tasted almost like gravy. Sides: Mashed Potatoes, Mac & Cheese, and Stewed Cabbage. The mashed potatoes and mac $ cheese were great. The Mac had a smoked flavor to it, which I really enjoyed. I could have done without the stewed cabbage. DESSERT: This was complimentary due to our long wait time: cheesecake, which I highly recommend, and some type of fudge cake, which was OK.

                                                              15. B

                                                                Bambi208

                                                                San Francisco

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on October 27, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Second time dining at Spark and it does not disappoint. Perfect place to bring a small group of friends. You can’t help but to order multiple dishes for sharing since you’ll want to try them all! Personal faves: fry bread, oxtails, and jerk wings. I also liked the mac and kale! I’m sure that I’ve had all of the cocktails too! Street parking isn’t the worst I’ve encountered but you may have to walk a block.

                                                              16. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                1.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on October 27, 2018

                                                                overall1food3service1ambience1

                                                                The restaurant was freezing and there was no explanation what was wrong with the heat and no apology given. After being sat and given water by the hostess, we sat for 7 minutes without anyone asking if we needed anything. During that time I saw 3 servers take a selfie together. I asked for coffee, the machine was broken. I had to ask my server to explain the menu, since it was our first time dining there. We were the only table there for a while (no surprise after my experience). All of the servers were next to my table, talking and ignoring us. I had to loudly ask my server for sauce because my “inside voice” wasn’t loud enough over 5 people talking to each other. The food was good, however, our food quickly became cold because the restaurant was freezing. I asked to speak to the manager and saw her pass my table on the phone. When she finally came to my table, I explained to her my experience. While talking to her, not only did her phone ring, but she looked at the phone while I was talking to her. She explained she was on the phone with her boss, which is sort of amazing to be a guest and told the owner takes precedence over people that provide your business with revenue. I’m a server. I have a lot of patience and sympathy for fellow servers especially if the effort is there. There was no effort at all. No one cared at all. Save your time and your money. Don’t go to Spark.

                                                              17. D

                                                                Dolciemendoza

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on October 21, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Love the vegetarian options. Service was excellent. All staff were friendly! We will definitely be back and recommend to everyone!

                                                              18. B

                                                                Bmorefoodie

                                                                Baltimore

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on October 20, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                We had the French toatsticks, fried bread, smokehouse bacon and the banana cake! Everything was delicious!! We will be back 😁

                                                              19. M

                                                                Marcus

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on October 20, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                This is a must-visit. Food is excellent (we pretty much tried everything on the menu) and the RUM PUNCH is AMAZING! GO GO GO !

                                                              20. JM

                                                                JuliaM

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on October 13, 2018

                                                                overall4food5service3ambience3

                                                                Nice Caribbean inspired cuisine. The oxtail was great as were the jerk chicken wings. Will be back!

                                                              21. AV

                                                                AlexV

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on October 10, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great food, great service

                                                              22. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                16 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                16 reviews

                                                                Dined on October 6, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Brought my bf after raving about it and he also loved the food and drinks

                                                              23. CS

                                                                ColoredSpirit

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                Dined on October 3, 2018

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                Fun and very enjoyable dinner with family.

                                                              24. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                1.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on September 28, 2018

                                                                overall1food5service1ambience3

                                                                We got our food an hour and a half after we sat down. Service was extremely slow. Unfortunate because the food was delicious.

                                                              25. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                3.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on September 16, 2018

                                                                overall3food5service3ambience4

                                                                The snapper and the jerk brisket is very good!! I like that they give you the bottle of champagne for the mimosas, but the menu is a bit pricey for brunch.

                                                              26. m

                                                                mridulav

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                Dined on September 16, 2018

                                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                Service staff was over-exuberant in clearing dishes even though we had not finished.

                                                              27. RM

                                                                RyanM

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                11 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                11 reviews

                                                                Dined on September 9, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                Spark is a great addition to the neighborhood. I have been a few times now and I have yet to be disappointed in anything that I have tried. It is great for both dinner and brunch (it is not your typical brunch fair, however). The space is also beautiful. Definitely check it out!

                                                              28. DG

                                                                DiGS

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on September 7, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Excellent food and service! We have been trying every item on the menu =)

                                                              29. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                1 review

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on September 5, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                We had the most delectable meals! We started with the jerk wings served with a honey mustard dipping sauce - the flavors truly complemented each other. For our entrees, we had whole fried red snapper (which you could swirl in what tasted like a light salsa verde) and the jerk brisket. Both dishes melted in our mouths!!! Absolutely amazing menu with perfectly paired flavors! Thank you for a wonderful experience!

                                                              30. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on September 2, 2018

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                I loved the laidback feel of the restaurant, the food was great and our server even more so.

                                                              31. ML

                                                                MeLoveCookies

                                                                New York Area

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on August 30, 2018

                                                                overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                                Unique slant on Caribbean restaurant. Whole Snapper was tasty but overpriced. Oxtail abd madged potatoes were both perfectly cooked, tasty and priced Right. Bone marrow did not make the grade. Worth a second visit and I suspect it will gradually overcome the few shortcomings.

                                                              32. TA

                                                                TiffanyA

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on August 26, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great food and service! Food was very flavorful! I look forward to eating here again!

                                                              33. SK

                                                                SarahK

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on August 25, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Awesome, unique menu offerings. Fun and polite service. We've now been for dinner and brunch, and both have exceeded our expectations!!

                                                              34. JH

                                                                JoriH

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on August 18, 2018

                                                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                Great food, great customer service. Like the family style—sharing dishes approach. Would def recommend to others.

                                                              35. AP

                                                                AlfonsP

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on August 18, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                I went there for a brunch to celebrate my birthday. The food was great! The service was even better as I felt like I was a regular there. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good, affordable brunch. I plan to return within 30 days. :-)

                                                              36. T

                                                                Teeny

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                19 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                19 reviews

                                                                Dined on August 17, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                Service was great! Our server Felix was very attentive and made great suggestions for menu selections. Oxtail was "melt in your mouth" delicious. Will definitely recommend to folks and will DEFINITELY go back.

                                                              37. G

                                                                Gustavo

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                63 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                63 reviews

                                                                Dined on August 17, 2018

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                I live nearby and wasn't even aware that the old restaurant closed and that a new one opened in the firehouse. I decided to go and was presently surprised at how good everything was. The meat was so tender it could be picked with a folk. I hope these guys stay around for a long time and keep up the quality of the food because we'll need them in the neighborhood.

                                                              38. A

                                                                Allenyc

                                                                Jacksonville

                                                                37 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                37 reviews

                                                                Dined on August 16, 2018

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                Great cocktails. Unique delicious food choices. Can’t wait to come back

                                                              39. CS

                                                                ChrisS

                                                                New York Area

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on August 15, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Fantastic food! Great atmosphere! Super service! We met friends there and had kids with us. Everyone loved the food. The atmosphere is cool and rustic. You can sit outdoors or in. Great place for two or for a big group. The food is so tasty and creative.

                                                              40. AN

                                                                AduNicole

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on August 12, 2018

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                I truly enjoyed my dining experience at Spark @ 12! The staff is so welcoming and the food is delicious. My only critique is that it was a bit difficult to get our waiter to come check on us during our meal which made getting our check a hassle. A good experience overall and I would definitely recommend dining here.

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                                                              Spark is rated 4.5 stars by 131 OpenTable diners.

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                                                              Additional information

                                                              • Neighborhood

                                                                Bloomingdale / Brookland

                                                              • Hours of operation

                                                                Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                                              • Cuisines

                                                                Caribbean, Barbecue, Contemporary American

                                                              • Dining style

                                                                Casual Dining

                                                              • Dress code

                                                                Casual Dress

                                                              • Parking details

                                                                Street Parking

                                                              • Payment options

                                                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                              • Executive chef

                                                                Peter Prime

                                                              • Additional

                                                                Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                              • Phone number

                                                                (202) 299-9128

                                                              • Private party facilities

                                                                Host your next event at the firehouse! Whether you are hosting a corporate meeting, experiential marketing event, fundraiser or your wedding, the Engine Company 12 event team is ready to make your event unforgettable. Visit our private events website: www.enginecompany12.com

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