Top Spanish Cafe

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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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vipDeee
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 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.

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vipmarielag
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 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 Cafe
Responded on February 28, 2020

Thank you for your continuous patronage!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 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 Cafe
Responded 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.

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Bluebird
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

Top Spanish Cafe
Responded on November 14, 2019

Thank you, Bluebird. We appreciate your kind review.

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AlanB
Washington DC
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 Cafe
Responded on November 14, 2019

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

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AlanB
Washington DC
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 Cafe
Responded on November 3, 2019

Thank you AlanB, we appreciate your kind review!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome staff and food, highly recommend!

Top Spanish Cafe
Responded on November 3, 2019

Thank you for your recommendation; we appreciate it!

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 17, 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 Cafe
Responded on November 3, 2019

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

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Cecizavaj
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 Cafe
Responded on November 3, 2019

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

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vipJeffH
Washington DC
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 Cafe
Responded 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.

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vipIrishgirl
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and the wine and service were wonderful!!

Top Spanish Cafe
Responded on August 10, 2019

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal with even better service

Top Spanish Cafe
Responded on August 10, 2019

Thank you!

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cblancom
Washington DC
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 Cafe
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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CherylR
Washington DC
5 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 Cafe
Responded on April 19, 2019

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 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 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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Edskilove
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

Top Spanish Cafe
Responded on April 19, 2019

Thank you, Edskilove!

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vipDCDRaleigh
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Great paella marinera

Top Spanish Cafe
Responded on April 19, 2019

Thank you, DonD!

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cblancom
Washington DC
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 Cafe
Responded on April 19, 2019

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

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vipLebecfin
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Top Spanish Cafe
Responded on April 19, 2019

Thank you Lebecfin! We appreciate your review.

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vipApolloDines
Washington DC
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.

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Responded on April 19, 2019

ApolloDines, Thank you!

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vipparkeast
Washington DC
6 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 Cafe
Responded on April 19, 2019

Thank you, Parkeast. We appreciate your review!

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MichaelO
1 review
Dined on November 17, 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 Cafe
Responded on April 19, 2019

MichaelO, Thank you!

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vipdcJJ
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Top Spanish Cafe
Responded on April 19, 2019

Thank you dcJJ!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 19, 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.

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vipChristopherJ
Washington DC
4 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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vipWaltLo
Washington DC
15 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.

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AmandaO
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.

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vipdcluv2dine
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on July 7, 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!

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vipLisa
New York Area
19 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!

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AngelC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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vipsckautte
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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HelenR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant. The food is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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TimL
Washington DC
22 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?

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SebastienC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The Tapas and meet were excellent minus the paella

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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LaurenC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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vipAERP
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipGeorgia
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience2

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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Top Spanish Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 723-1596.

Top Spanish Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 42 OpenTable diners.

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