Top Spanish Cafe

4.6
31 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Spanish Cafe is a Restaurant and Catering offering Spanish dishes -Paellas Valenciana, Paella Marinera, Tapas, Spanish Hams (Iberico and Serrano), a variety of Spanish Cheeses (Cabrales, Maon, Manchego, Ideazabal and others), Spanish and International Wines and Sangria in addition to Meats, fish, and vegetarian options.

Top Spanish Cafe daily Tapas and Wine - is a great place to relax after a workday.

Top Spanish Cafe is located in NW DC, borderline with the Parkview/Petworth neighborhood. After working for many years as executive chef of some of the best restaurants in town, Chef Gabriel Flores vast experience in the DC culinary scene is on display in his signature restaurant.
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal with even better service

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c
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I have eaten at this restaurant half a dozen times and every time the food and service have been excellent. I highly recommend the meatballs, so far my favorites. Recently I treated a rather large group of friends and the bill was quite small, and we even took some food home. One of my guests congratulated me on my selection of restaurant and we were all happy with the quiet ambience of the place.

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Responded on June 25, 2019

Thank you for your continue support, we are glad our food and service contributed to a successful gathering.

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CR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was simply fabulous. The waiter was attentive and kind. I would highly recommend a visit to the Top Spanish Cafe. I cannot wait to return!

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Responded on April 19, 2019

Thank you, we glad your group had a grood time with us!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an absolutely amazing experience here for a Bachelorette party dinner. They were great with our group of 12, provided excellent service and reccomendations. Exceeded all expectations! Highly recommend!

Top Spanish Cafe
Responded on April 19, 2019

Thank you for your review. We are glad your group enjoyed the time with us! Congratulation on your nuptial!

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E
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, service was very good, romantic atmosphere

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Responded on April 19, 2019

Thank you, Edskilove!

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DD
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Great paella marinera

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Responded on April 19, 2019

Thank you, DonD!

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c
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I have eaten several times already in this restaurant and the food is superb and the service very courteous and useful. I have ordered pretty much the same dish all the times (meatballs, fantastic), but i have tried samples from other dishes in my table. Probably my second favorite is churrasco.

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Responded on April 19, 2019

Thank you Cblancom, we appreciate you review and continue patronage!

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L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Spanish food in town - great wines - and all inexpensive!

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Responded on April 19, 2019

Thank you Lebecfin! We appreciate your review.

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AD
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely neighborhood restaurant with terrific food, friendly service and good drinks. A very welcoming European ambiance. We really enjoyed our meal.

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Responded on April 19, 2019

ApolloDines, Thank you!

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p
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty tapas for quick inexpensive dinner! We visited on a quiet night (right before Thanksgiving) and enjoyed authentic Spanish tapas with excellent cocktail and wine options. The server was knowledgeable about the menu and provided sound advice about ordering (portion size etc.). I definitely recommend.

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Responded on April 19, 2019

Thank you, Parkeast. We appreciate your review!

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MO
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Don't let the plain storefront and old school decor fool you, the food here was delicious and the service was excellent. We had some delicious tapas (the garlic shrimp was fantastic, in particular) and a seafood paella that tasted just like one I had in Spain. We had a great evening. If they were to make the place a little hipper looking ala the new Petworth, it would be packed all the time. For now consider it lucky that you can get there while it's still a little off the map, so to speak.

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Responded on April 19, 2019

MichaelO, Thank you!

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JJ
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The paella and octopus are amazing. We always have a great meal here.

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Responded on April 19, 2019

Thank you dcJJ!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm struggling to understand why this place isn't crazy. Great food, excellent wine. Chef is out talking to patrons. I'm stuck. I want it to be busier but not crazy.

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CJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had no idea such an impressive Spanish restaurant had been hiding in plain site on Georgia Ave all this time. The food, service, ambience, etc were all on point. As soon as we walked in it reminded me of being back in Madrid at one of the traditional bistros hidden away on one of the many pedestrian streets/alleys that give Spain's capital city it's charm. We were not disappointed with the food at all either. The appetizers/tapas (patatas bravas with a spicy kick, mushrooms in a rich garlic broth) and the paellas (vegetarian and seafood) were excellently done and very satisfying. The Sherry cocktails (mine was a twist on the mojito, recommended by our server) were very refreshing and didn't feel forced at all (i.e. very balanced flavors). The service was very personalized and attentive without being cloying. I highly recommend it to anyone who has walked by a thousand times and wondered if this place is legit. I think the name and the suggestion of "Tex/Mex" on the sign out front might throw some people off but, trust me, try it and you won't be disappointed!

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WL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Stopped in for a quick dinner with my wife and our daughter who lives in Petworth and had a lovely experience. The proprietor was kind and welcoming. The menu is broad, featuring all your favorite traditional tapas as well as some larger plates. We enjoyed some very good sangria and the Octopus, Patatas Bravas, Tortilla Espanola, Mushrooms al Ajillo and Catalan spinach tapas. Our server brought us some delicious toasted bread that we could dip into nicely seasoned olive oil. In a very sweet touch, we were treated to a little glass of Port as a parting gift. Overall, a very solid meal served with kindness and civility.

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AO
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top Spanish is a great and not well-known place. For true "comida casera" Spanish food, this is the place. Hands down the best paella in town. The staff are so friendly and welcoming, you feel like you're in any bar in Spain. Truly bringing a Spain feel to the Petworth neighborhood.

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d
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant, excellent food and service. A real gem for the neighborhood that serves authentic Spanish food. The seafood paella was outstanding!

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L
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely evening at this restaurant. The classic tapas plates were delicious, especially the meatballs, the croquetas, and the Iberian ham and cheeses. The service can’t be beat, and the food was very reasonably priced. This restaurant is a gem just waiting to be discovered!

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AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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s
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food - we had both tapas and paella. Extremely helpful, friendly staff.

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HR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant. The food is amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tapas were big and tasteful, shrimps and tenderloins were outstanding, the seafood paella was the best I’ve never eaten in the city.

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TL
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There on Mother’s Day. Fabulous, authentic Spanish food. Reasonably priced and delicious. Have to go back for the Spanish croquettes, but the seafood was good, pork tenderloin delectable, and drinks perfect. Highly recommend this place. Right on Georgia Ave in Petworth - who knew?

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SC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Tapas and meet were excellent minus the paella

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

We enjoyed our meal at this restaurant. It is located in a changing neighborhood so don’t be put off by the location. They had a nice tapas menu. We’d return.

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LC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a lovely birthday dinner, sun streaming through the windows on the beautiful golden walls. Terrific service, delicious food and wine, and legit Spanish (owned by Spaniards.)

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AE
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was super friendly and caring. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant and intend to go back. The food was great and the prices were reasonable. Loved it!

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is exquisite at this Georgia Ave gem! Every tapas dish was delicious. On a few other visits, I have had the seafood paella, which is tip notch, with high quality seafood and wonderful flavors. Daniel has an incredible knowledge of sherry from his homeland, so be sure to enjoy this delicate Spanish beverage as well!

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OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great tapas! We made some selections and the server recommended a couple that were very good. Nice selection of vegetarian options. The lighting was pretty bright for an evening meal so the ambiance was just okay.

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

What a hidden gem in the Georgia Ave/Petworth. Great tapas, paella, a nice selection of sherries and a thoughtful wine list.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

With 7 in our party we were able to sample a number of dishes and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Hospitality and service were excellent.

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