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Top Spanish Cafe, Washington, DC

Top Spanish Cafe

4.6
4.6
48 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish

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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue, Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 723-1596

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Gabriel Flores

  • Catering

    We Can cater to your event! We deliver!

  • Private party facilities

    Yes, we host, call us!

  • Private party contact

    Denia Duran: (202) 723-1596

  • Neighborhood

    Petworth

  • Cross street

    Newton Place NW

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro stop (Yellow and Green Metro Line) Bus 70, uber, Lift, local taxis

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Tapas

Spanish Appetizers-Smart plate

  • Gambas al Ajillo / Garlic Shimps$14.00

    • Iberico Ham / Jamon Iberico$16.00

      Spanish Ham

      • Mussel a la Valenciana / Mejillones Al Tomate$14.00

        Mussel in a tomatoes sauce

        • Fried Calamari / Calamares Frito$12.00

          Serve with Marinara or Alioli Sauce

          • Chicken in Green Sauce / Pollo en Salsa Verde$10.00

            • Tenderloin Medallion / Medallon de Solomillo$14.00

              • Tortillas Españolas$10.00

                Eggs and Potatoes Spanish Omelet

                • Papatatas Bravas$9.00

                  Potatoes with spicy sauce

                  • Grilled Octopus with Potatoes / Pulpo a la Gallega$14.00

                    Pulpo a la Gallega

                    • Spanish Meatballs / Abondigas Españolas$12.00

                      • Mushroom al Ajillo / Hongos con Ajo$10.00

                        Garlic Mushroom

                        • Spanish Ham Croquettes / Croquetas de Jamon$12.00

                          • Patatas Bravas$9.00

                            • Catalan Spinach / Espinacas a la Catalana$9.00

                              • Pam Amb Tomaque / Bread with Tomatoes$8.00

                                Freshly made bread wit tomatoes sauce

                                • Vegetable Skewers / Pincho de Vegetales$10.00

                                  • Broken Eggs / Huevos Rotos$10.00

                                    Broken eggs over potatoes with Spanish ham

                                    • Butiffara Sausage with Garbanzo$10.00

                                      • Charcuterie Tapa$10.00

                                        • Scallops Skewer / Pincho de Viera$14.00

                                          Meats / Carnes

                                          • Churrasco Argentino$25.00

                                            Grilled Tender Loin with Chimichurri sauce, Roasted Potatoes and seasonal vegetables

                                            • Grilled Tender Medallions / Medallones de Carne$24.00

                                              In a Mushroom and wine Sauce, Serve with Seasonal Vegetable and Mashed Potatoes

                                              • Grilled Rack of Lamb / Costillas de Cordero in Romero Sauce and Wine Sauce$26.00

                                                Served with Pisto (tomatoes, onions, green and red peppers and olive oil)

                                                • Pork Tenderloin with Herbs / Solomillo de Cerdo$20.00

                                                  With aromatic herbs

                                                  • Spanish Meatballs / Albondigas Españolas with Tomatoes Sauce$20.00

                                                    Dinner size portion, served with Vegetable and Mashed potatoes

                                                    • Mixed Charcuterie Platter / Platos de Embutidos Españoles$40.00

                                                      Mix of Spanish Ham, Chorizo, Salchichon (Portion to Share)

                                                      • Grilled Meat and Sausages / Parrillada de Carnes y Chorizos$40.00

                                                        Grilled Beef Pork, Chorizo and other Sausages (portion to share)

                                                        Paellas

                                                        • Seafood Paella / Paella Marinara- for One$25.00

                                                          Scallops, Calamari, Shrimp, Mussels, Fish, Valencia Rice cook in a Fish and saffron broth, topped with green peas and peppers

                                                          • Vegetarian Paella for One$20.00

                                                            Seasonal Vegetables, Mushrooms, Valencia Rice cook in a Vegetable and saffron broth

                                                            • Paella Valenciana for One$24.00

                                                              Traditional Valencian Paella, Rabbit, Chicken, Butiffara Sausage, Valencia Rice cooked in chicken broth and saffron

                                                              Chicken / Pollo

                                                              • Spanish Garlic Chicken / Pollo al Ajillo$16.00

                                                                Garlic Chicken with potatoes, and onions, served with Brown rice

                                                                • Garden Chicken / Pollo a la Jardinera$18.00

                                                                  Chicken Breast stuffed with spinach, raisin, olives, served with steamed vegetables

                                                                  • Grilled Chicken$18.00

                                                                    Grilled Chicken breast with chimichurri sauce

                                                                    Seafood / Pescados y Mariscos

                                                                    • Grilled Salmon$20.00

                                                                      Grilled Salmon in Garlic sauce serve with Potatoes and Fresh Vegetables

                                                                      • Seafood Zarzuela / Zarzuela de Mariscos$22.00

                                                                        Mussels, Shrimp, Fish and Octopus Stew

                                                                        • Steamed Salmon with Sauce$20.00

                                                                          Salmon al Vapor

                                                                          • Grilled Seafood / Parrillada de Mariscos$45.00

                                                                            Board of Grilled Fish, Octopus, Shrimp and Calamari (Portion to Share)

                                                                            • Grilled Scallop / Viera a la Parrilla$24.00

                                                                              Wrapped in Iberico Ham

                                                                              Salads, Soups and Sides

                                                                              • Mediterranean Salad with Cheese$12.00

                                                                                Mixed Green, Tomatoes, Black olives and Cheese

                                                                                • Top Spanish Grilled Chicken Salad-House Salad$14.00

                                                                                  Grilled Chicken, mix green, cheese, apples, avocado and dressing

                                                                                  • Gazpacho (Seasonal Dish) Summer Only$10.00

                                                                                    • Vegetarian Soup$10.00

                                                                                      • Sauteed Vegetables$5.00

                                                                                        Seasonal Vegetable

                                                                                        • Rice$5.00

                                                                                          • Mashed Potatoes$5.00

                                                                                            Side of Mashed Potatoes

                                                                                            Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                                                            What 48 people are saying

                                                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                                            4.6
                                                                                            4.6 based on all time ratings
                                                                                            • 4.6Food
                                                                                            • 4.7Service
                                                                                            • 4.1Ambience
                                                                                            • 4.7Value

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                                                                                              StarPicucci

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              52 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              52 reviews

                                                                                              Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Great place for a pre hook Hall event

                                                                                            2. MP

                                                                                              MichaelP

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              50 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              50 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                                              What a nice surprise. We wanted to try something a little off the beaten path for us and this place in Petworth came highly recommended. It delivered. I think it was a little short of staff but someone -- I think it was the owner -- made up for it. He was all over the floor taking care of myself and others and the food was very good. As we try to move past the pandemic -- or maybe manage it better -- I am hoping to try more locally-owned smaller restaurants. This is a great example.

                                                                                            3. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on March 28, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                              Some good girlfriends and I went to a show at Hook Hall and took a walk up Georgia Ave to this little neighborhood gem of a spot. There was absolutely no one in the restaurant at 9pm on a Sunday, which initially made us nervous, but then we ordered our drinks and food, and well... it was AWESOME. The food, even the tapas, was generously portioned and beyond delicious. I ordered the vegetable soup, and at first I thought I wouldn't like it because of the abundance of zucchini (I hate zucchini), but it was pretty darned mind-blowing. It was subtly seasoned, but seasoned WELL, and the heat at the end was a nice addition. Since we were the only customers and it was late Sunday, we wrapped things up quickly so the staff could go home, but I'm sure the next time I go, it will be packed and my friends and I will truly be able to soak in all that this restaurant has to offer.

                                                                                            4. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              Chicago

                                                                                              10 reviews

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              10 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              The dining is really nice.

                                                                                            5. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on April 6, 2021

                                                                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                              The food was awesome! Great service as well.

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on May 10, 2021

                                                                                              Thank you!, We appreciate your support, we are glad to have contributed to an enjoyable dining experience. We look forward to having you back

                                                                                            6. KN

                                                                                              KareemN

                                                                                              Baltimore

                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on July 12, 2020

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Best restaurant in DC

                                                                                            7. D

                                                                                              Deee

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              8 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              8 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on March 6, 2020

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Lovely neighborhood place with great food and delightful staff. No brunch yet but I'm told it's on the way. The paella is outstanding.

                                                                                            8. P

                                                                                              Piscosour195

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on February 23, 2020

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              This place is a hidden gem. My husband and I make it a point to visit them at least once a month. The tapas are beyond amazing and the service is always wonderful. So glad to have them in the neighborhood.

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on February 28, 2020

                                                                                              Thank you for your continuous patronage!

                                                                                            9. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Went for a date night while visiting from out of state. Our waiter was fantastic! He was friendly, attentive, made great recommendations, and didn’t hover. The ambiance of the restaurant was great, it was quiet and had a casual, cozy, romantic feel. Our food was delicious and came out in a more than reasonable amount of time. The sangria was good, tapas and mains were great, but the poached pears we had for dessert were an absolute show stealer! 100% will visit again when we come back to visit.

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on February 16, 2020

                                                                                              Thank you for your detail review. We are glad that our food and service contribute to make a memorable date night for you and your companion.

                                                                                            10. B

                                                                                              Bluebird

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              10 reviews

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              10 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on November 3, 2019

                                                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                              Lovely restaurant and delicious food. Neighborhood changing slowly near Petworth metro.

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on November 14, 2019

                                                                                              Thank you, Bluebird. We appreciate your kind review.

                                                                                            11. AB

                                                                                              AlanB

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on November 2, 2019

                                                                                              overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                                                              The 5 of us enjoyed the evening and our meal. Daniel was as helpful as ever. Usual friendly, accommodating atmosphere. My paella mariscos could have been a bit more moist but the garlic chicken and meatball entrees ordered by others were very good. We’ll be back.

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on November 14, 2019

                                                                                              Thank you, AlanB!. We appreciate your feedback and kind review.

                                                                                            12. AB

                                                                                              AlanB

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on October 26, 2019

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                              The tapas were nothing short of terrific. Tasty and tender pulpo a la galena. Delicious gambas al ajillo. Interesting abondigas españolas and a pleasing espinacas a la catalana. For tapas, the portions were comfortably generous and the accompanying vino tinto pleasingly smooth. Danny, my waiter, proved both friendly and informative helping to cap a perfect meal.

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on November 3, 2019

                                                                                              Thank you AlanB, we appreciate your kind review!

                                                                                            13. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              San Francisco

                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on October 25, 2019

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Awesome staff and food, highly recommend!

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on November 3, 2019

                                                                                              Thank you for your recommendation; we appreciate it!

                                                                                            14. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              Yorkshire

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on September 18, 2019

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Booked a table for our family of five. Lovely restaurant with attentive staff, excellent service and delicious food. We would all highly recommend a visit!

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on November 3, 2019

                                                                                              Thank you for your recommendation; we appreciate your insight and patronage.

                                                                                            15. C

                                                                                              Cecizavaj

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on August 31, 2019

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                              The best Valenciana paella in the DC area! It was cooked to perfection and you can taste all the special ingredients in it, including the real saffron. We felt welcomed from the beginning by their friendly and knowledgeable staff. Its cozy environment reminded us of the traditional cafes and tabernas in Spain. We were not surprised that behind the amazing paella was Chef Gabriel Flores. It was an honor to meet him!

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on November 3, 2019

                                                                                              Thank you for your kind recommendation; we appreciate your insight.

                                                                                            16. JH

                                                                                              JeffH

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              16 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              2.0

                                                                                              16 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on August 7, 2019

                                                                                              overall2food3service2ambience4

                                                                                              Three of the tapas - pulpo, albondigas, & croqeutas de jamón were excellent. The scallops taps were underdone and the rack of lamb came out medium well instead of medium rare. The oil on the scallop plate was poured on my wife’s lap when collected by the server. Cocktails were perhaps a victim of language, however, the rioja reserve bottle was very warm, above room temp.

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on August 15, 2019

                                                                                              Hi Jeff, thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback on your visit. As we did in person, we again apologized for not providing you and your wife with the experience that you both deserve. We hope you grace us with your visit another time.

                                                                                            17. I

                                                                                              Irishgirl

                                                                                              Phoenix

                                                                                              22 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              22 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on August 3, 2019

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Fantastic food and the wine and service were wonderful!!

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on August 10, 2019

                                                                                              Thank you!

                                                                                            18. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on July 10, 2019

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Fantastic meal with even better service

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on August 10, 2019

                                                                                              Thank you!

                                                                                            19. c

                                                                                              cblancom

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on June 12, 2019

                                                                                              overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on June 25, 2019

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

                                                                                            20. CR

                                                                                              CherylR

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on March 30, 2019

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                                              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!

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on April 19, 2019

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

                                                                                            21. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on February 24, 2019

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              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 CafeResponded on April 19, 2019

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

                                                                                            22. E

                                                                                              Edskilove

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              21 reviews

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              21 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on February 15, 2019

                                                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

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

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on April 19, 2019

                                                                                              Thank you, Edskilove!

                                                                                            23. DC

                                                                                              DCDRaleigh

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              26 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                              26 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on January 4, 2019

                                                                                              overall4food5service3ambience2

                                                                                              Great paella marinera

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on April 19, 2019

                                                                                              Thank you, DonD!

                                                                                            24. c

                                                                                              cblancom

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on January 4, 2019

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on April 19, 2019

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

                                                                                            25. L

                                                                                              Lebecfin

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on December 20, 2018

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on April 19, 2019

                                                                                              Thank you Lebecfin! We appreciate your review.

                                                                                            26. AD

                                                                                              ApolloDines

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              22 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                              22 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on November 23, 2018

                                                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on April 19, 2019

                                                                                              ApolloDines, Thank you!

                                                                                            27. p

                                                                                              parkeast

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on November 21, 2018

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on April 19, 2019

                                                                                              Thank you, Parkeast. We appreciate your review!

                                                                                            28. MO

                                                                                              MichaelO

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on November 18, 2018

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on April 19, 2019

                                                                                              MichaelO, Thank you!

                                                                                            29. JJ

                                                                                              dcJJ

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              17 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              17 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on November 6, 2018

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                              Top Spanish CafeResponded on April 19, 2019

                                                                                              Thank you dcJJ!

                                                                                            30. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on October 20, 2018

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                            31. CJ

                                                                                              ChristopherJ

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on October 11, 2018

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                              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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                                                                                              WaltLo

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              16 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                              16 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on August 16, 2018

                                                                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                            33. AO

                                                                                              AmandaO

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on July 28, 2018

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                            34. d

                                                                                              dcluv2dine

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              96 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              96 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on July 8, 2018

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                            35. L

                                                                                              Lisa

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              20 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                              20 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on June 13, 2018

                                                                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                              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!

                                                                                            36. AC

                                                                                              AngelC

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on June 10, 2018

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Great food!

                                                                                            37. s

                                                                                              sckautte

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on June 10, 2018

                                                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                                                                                            38. HR

                                                                                              HelenR

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on May 17, 2018

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              This is a wonderful restaurant. The food is amazing!

                                                                                            39. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on May 17, 2018

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                                                                            40. TL

                                                                                              TimL

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              26 reviews

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              26 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on May 13, 2018

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                              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?

                                                                                            Safety precautions

                                                                                            • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                              • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                              • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                                              • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                                                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                              • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                                                              • Contactless payment available
                                                                                            • Physical distancing

                                                                                              • Limited number of seated diners
                                                                                              • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                                                              • Extra space between tables
                                                                                            • Protective equipment

                                                                                              • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                                                              • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                                                                            • Screening

                                                                                              • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                                                              • Diner temperature check required
                                                                                              • Staff temperature check required
                                                                                              • Contact tracing information collected

                                                                                            FAQs

                                                                                            Top Spanish Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Top Spanish Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 723-1596.

                                                                                            Top Spanish Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 48 OpenTable diners.

                                                                                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                                                            Google Map for Top Spanish Cafe

                                                                                            3541 Georgia Ave NW Washington, DC 20010

                                                                                            Additional information

                                                                                            • Cross street

                                                                                              Newton Place NW

                                                                                            • Neighborhood

                                                                                              Petworth

                                                                                            • Hours of operation

                                                                                              Dinner Tue, Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

                                                                                            • Cuisines

                                                                                              Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar

                                                                                            • Dining style

                                                                                              Casual Dining

                                                                                            • Dress code

                                                                                              Casual Dress

                                                                                            • Parking details

                                                                                              Private Lot

                                                                                            • Public transit

                                                                                              Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro stop (Yellow and Green Metro Line) Bus 70, uber, Lift, local taxis

                                                                                            • Payment options

                                                                                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                            • Executive chef

                                                                                              Gabriel Flores

                                                                                            • Additional

                                                                                              Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                            • Phone number

                                                                                              (202) 723-1596

                                                                                            • Catering

                                                                                              We Can cater to your event! We deliver!

                                                                                            • Private party facilities

                                                                                              Yes, we host, call us!

                                                                                            • Private party contact

                                                                                              Denia Duran: (202) 723-1596

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