The SALLY is a modern American small plates cocktail-centric restaurant/lounge inspired by French trained Chef Ricardo Planas. Located in the DuPont Circle area within the Fairfax at Embassy Row hotel, The SALLY provides locally sourced produce and beef from the DuPont Circle Farmer’s Market and Liberty Delight Farms of Reisterstown Maryland. Chef’s plates are meant for diners to order two or three per person to share. Join us in The SALLY to relax and unwind with a local craft beer or signature cocktail.
Chef’s menu will feature frequently rotated menus based upon seasonal availability of the Mid-Atlantic region.
Okay, so I have given this place two official chances and both times, with two different servers it was an epic fail. First, the good. The interiors are gorgeous. They have done a fantastic job reinventing the hotel lobby & the space the Sally is in. It’s modern & elegant & has a great first class feel and screams chic hotel lobby bar. The bathrooms are clean & well lit. The food itself is tasty & the drinks are cold, as is the service. First time was just for cocktails before an event at the Anderson house. We were scoffed at by the server for only ordering drinks, in a hotel bar. They had no idea what cremé de violet was. We felt very unwelcome and were constantly upsold, but not in a positive manner. Overall we were annoyed but not enough to not come back. We once again tried the Sally as we had another event at the Anderson house just this week. We made a reso @5 for when they open, but no one was ready for us. There was no bartender anxiously awaiting his first guest. No server to direct you where to sit. We sat in some couches waiting for the staff to show. When someone did arrive she had no tie on and seemed annoyed she had to be there. We told her we had a reso and asked if we should sit somewhere in particular she just pointed to a table. This was Saturday the 20th. The heat wave weekend & we really needed some water to start before we ordered a drink, we shouldn’t have done that it made the server even more annoyed. She tried to push certain drinks on us, had no idea what Pimms & she had no idea what items were GF which scared the member in the party with dietary restrictions. I saw a chef with an apron on in the dining area (health code violation) and just walked right up to him and asked. He was visibly annoyed too. Establishments in 2019 should have this ready to go or a sep menu. The portions were small. She was annoyed we asked for sep checks as well. Just overall a terrible experience which is sad bc it’s so close to a place we frequent often.
Was expecting a restaurant, not just a bar with pricey bar food.
It had a $$ rate but it was a $$$$$ meal. The food was excellent but it is tiny portions. The write up wasn’t clear that it’s pretty much tapas size dishes. So if you want to spend $200.00 on a snack for two this place won’t disappoint but if you’re hungry and looking for a nice meal that won’t empty your wallet this is NOT the place for you.
My wife and I were delighted to find this gem. Our food and service were fantastic. We were recommending it to friends before we left the building.
Get the private room. Quiet and private!!