Spark

4.5
131 Reviews
$31 to $50
Caribbean

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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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vipAngelaH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great restaurant

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vipLauren
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience4

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

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MrsDeePeeJay
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Would definitely return.

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vipkdiner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipAlfredoR
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LawannS
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.

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DamienS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ZinDC
Washington DC
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.

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PaulG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 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!!!!

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Nancy
Washington DC
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.

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Fatoumata
Washington DC
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.

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ReshmaP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 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.

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Nypeach4o4
San Francisco
1 review
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 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.

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Dolciemendoza
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Bmorefoodie
Baltimore
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 😁

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Marcus
Washington DC
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 !

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JuliaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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

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AlexV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ColoredSpirit
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun and very enjoyable dinner with family.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 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.

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vipmridulav
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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vipRyanM
Washington DC
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!

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DiGS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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MeLoveCookies
New York Area
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.

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TiffanyA
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SarahK
Washington DC
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!!

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JoriH
Washington DC
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.

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AlfonsP
Washington DC
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. :-)

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Teeny
Washington DC
14 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.

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vipGustavo
Washington DC
47 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.

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vipAllenyc
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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ChrisS
New York Area
1 review
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.

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AduNicole
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.