I had made a reservation for 9:30 on opentable. On arrival I was greeted by a locked door opened by someone who was on the phone. Then I was told it was closed till 10pm by another. On re arrival I was greeted by an individual who said they were no longer serving dinner and on top of this the individual was unaware of any involvement with open table leaving me a little more shocked. Very disappointing experience (for a Saturday night especially).
This place is advertised as a "small plate"/tapas place to eat, but it is more a bat that serves food. The food was also advertised as "Asian" but the closest to Asian that was offered was their hummus. The food was decent enough, but the atmosphere was not one for "dining" or as a restaurant. Service was somewhat slow.
The food was amazing. Service was excellent and we had a blast.
I went there with my husband and the music/drinks/food were very good. We had an awesome date night
We tried this restaurant on a week night and it was fairly empty. However, the food was good. The only item we didn't like was the tuna skewer: the tuna was overcooked for our taste. Otherwise everything else was cooked well. Try the curried sweet potato green pea samosas and the Thai coconut curry crab: they are delicious. The mushroom leek & Gruyere fritters were very tasty. The lamb and the falafel sliders were good as well. And don't forget their risotto: phenomenal (they are not an Italian restaurant but their risotto is cooked perfectly)!!
I've been to Red Maple many times for drinks, so I wanted to try it for dinner. What a huge mistake! The service was terrible b/c there were so many large groups there at one time with only one server! Our food took forever to come out and when it did my salad was completely missing dressing. We sat at these low large couches and the music was so loud that I couldn't hear my friends talking across the table from me. I also ended up choosing two items on their menu that were not available...I was told they were "out of season." If that's the case, why wouldn't the menu's be updated to reflect this. What a huge disappointment!
My husband and I went to Red Maple for a pre-concert dinner and were pleasantly surprised by Red Maple. The vibe, music and food exceeded our expectations. Every dish we had was delicious, especially the chorizo tacos. We live in DC and go out to dinner frequently and enjoyed our dining experience at Red a Maple more than recent dining experiences in DC. Our only complaint is they need more wait staff. Our poor waiter was running around all night without a chance to breathe. He did the best he could but he could have used help. The seating hostess ended up helping throughout the night.
We will definitely go back again. Great place!!!
Ibloved the decor theyvseating could be cleaned or updated but the cheese platter was great the salmon melts in your mouth the pork skewers were good the prices were right and the drinks were pretty good
Withstanding the overly intoxicated guy that interrupted our dinner and started a fight in the middle of the restaurant everything else was satisfactory.
The bench seating needs to be cleaned behind the back rest. The tables could be a bit higher makes eating difficult to sit a bit higher than the table. Look of restaurant is nice. Dj for the most part is great. Food is good out of 6 small plates the dumplings were cold. (Server replied they were hot when I picked them.) No asking if I wanted another batch. (Good thing they were to go for later anyway). I would go back. Overall it was nice.
Red Maple is not a spot for older diners. Too dark, too load, too worn. Service started out good and went down hill. If we were to go again it would be later & we would sit at the bar. As we were arriving at 6 they were taking a reservation for a party of 6 at 7. This might be what caused the service delay.
I had been to Red Maple a few times about 5-6 years ago and it was hip, chic, and one of the places to be in Mt. Vernon. I bought a Living Social coupon recently because it had been so long since I'd been to Red Maple... definitely not the same caliber it used to be at! It looked exactly the same at first glance, but when the host/waiter sat us, the laminate tables were full of black cigarette burn marks as were the bench cushions. The bench cushions were covered in an old scratchy burnt orange woven type fabric that reminded me of my grandmother's house. The same benches against the wall were also not attached to the wall, so every time I leaned down to get something from the low table, the bench leaned with me. I ordered a martini and my glass had old lip remnants from other lipstick/chap stick. The bartender also had to run out to the local store to buy olives for my martini. We came in around 6:30 on a Thursday night, and there was only one other table there. The women's bathrooms were also very drab and rundown feeling. All in all, you could tell that it used to be an amazing chic place, but the owner/management has not put any money into upkeep and replacing things. The only reason they are getting three stars is because the waiter was very pleasant and the food was good. I won't be returning to Red Maple. It makes me sad to see this place go so far down hill.
Haven't been here in awhile. Looked up menu including happy hour menu on line and was excited to go. When I got there, the menu had changed. Unfortunately, several items they were out of, so I found the menus limited. However, what I did order was very good! The chicken skewers and soft shell tacos were great (and tasty)! Also tried the pumpkin fritz which were good too. Wine selection was good as well. All in all, I enjoyed the meal.
I came to Red Maple to drink wine and snack. I ordered a couple skews and the cheese board which was perfect with tempranillo recommended by the bartender. A good cheese board is surprisingly difficult to find and this was a good cheese board. It included three cheeses with distinct characteristics, fruit and chutney for some sweetness and interesting breads. The only thing missing was the bowl of olives, which I'm hoping they'll add to the menu.
Went at 6 o'clock on a Friday and it was not very busy. It was rather cold inside as they had not turned the heat on yet on a cold November day. The heat seemed to be turned higher or on midway through the dinner. Food was great. Highly recommend the lobster dumplings, crab cakes and lamb burgers. Drinks were hit and miss. I disliked the Mz Behavin while the Jungle Fever was okay. Dessert was incredible, we got the pumpkin creme brûlée. Very good, could have been served a tad warmer though.
The tapas quality was inconsistent. The salmon, eggplant dip and chicken skewers were fine. the tacos and dumplings not so fine.
Looking for interesting meal before event at the Lyric Opera, happened upon Red Maple. We were there early, and it was quiet (the trendy younger crowd comes later). Service was great - attentive, interested in us and interesting in her own. The curry crab was the hit, followed closely by lobster & shiitake and my personal favorite, honey glazed parsnips. Chorizo tacos were appropriately spicy, and the pork loin a personal favorite (my date was just okay with the pork loin). Finished with a carrot cupcake, which was rich, moist and almost too much for two to share.
This was my first experience doing Tapas and it was a great one... The Lobster tacos was the highlight of my evening... Great drinks too!
service is a tad slow for tapas, especially when there were only 4 diners. crabcakes took more than 30 min to come out and a salad took 15-20. Ambiance and servers are nice enough. Furniture seriously needs some updating.
We took a chance to book an early visit and were the first customers of the night. Seated in front of the fireplace, our meal unfolded with prompt and well appointed service. The variety of plates included mushroom & leek dumplings, salmon & avocado salad with wasabi peas and crab cake sliders. The wine list is small but the cocktail list more substantial.
Overall, the food was well prepared and served Promptly, allowing us a relaxed and yummy dinner before the symphony.
We have loved this spot for years. Great atmosphere great food. It's a fun and easy place to go with a large group.
My husband and I had dinner at Red Maple for the first time recently and really enjoyed it. Friends of mine had told me the food was amazing, and they weren't kidding! It's quite the hidden gem! It is a lounge so plates are small (tapas) and shareable. Being a rare night without the kids, husband and I had a great time and stayed for a lot longer than we expected, sharing dishes and chatting. The staff was great. Nothing but accommodating. Favorites: mountain bird cocktail, white fish, ceviche and the scallops. Will definitely go back.
I usually combine my dinners at Red Maple with a late night get-together with friends but this time we headed downtown for an early dinner. The Restaurant Week menu gives some really nice choices (to vegetarians as well!!). The watermelon salad is outstanding, and everything on the Surf&Turf plate was cooked to perfection. My friends were very happy with the white fish and the stuffed portabello. Only two desserts to choose from, but if you are a chocolate-addict (like me) you will not be disappointed!
Food was great, great variety but it's so dark you can barely see what you are eating.
I was somewhat surprised by the PORTIONS. I would NEVER go to that restaurant if I did not have the coupon. I was the only patron at the time I visited.
The environment was very visually appealing. The food was pallet pleasing and the service was awesome. The music however was too loud for dinner, we had to scream to hear each other while sitting side by side.
on a Thursday night, it seemed more like an empty club with a quiet happy hour..however, the bar tender had good recommendations and the tapas were better than we expected. Had I not been feeing so old, i would have stayed and gotten a few rounds and danced awhile.
We got dinner here before a show, so very early at 5:30pm. As a result, we were the first people there and the service was great and attentive, the bartender even gave us free glasses of sangria that he was mixing for that evening and the waiter was very nice. The food was pretty good- great tenderloin, lamb burger, and spanikopita. A couple mediocre tapas dishes (crab samosa and lychee salad) but all in all a tasty meal. However, the place is definitely best experienced with dim lights and more people-- otherwise you notice the somewhat dingy decor including slightly ratty benches and burn marks on the tables.
We had the tapas for four and loved it! There were so many dishes to sample and we we had more than enough food. Loved it and will go again.
It was very good. Living Social deal was a great value. The second bottle of wine was only $11.
The Good: Terrific food. Good service. Great Happy Hour prices.
The Bad: Way too dark--can't even see the menu. Uncomfortable seating (half seats have no backs). Have to lean over the low tables to eat--not a pretty picture!
The place needs a major refresh. Service in nice and friendly. Food is good but dated. The interior is god awful. Needs a major refresh.
Friday night at 6:30 was great, because service was extra fast and the concert was at 8. We tried 5 or 6 small plates and enjoyed them all.
Go here for the experience of a nice ambience - dim lighting, fireplaces at each table, comfy cushy seating and even better food. I've been here several times, mainly for the food (lamb burgers anyone?), but also to get a nice chill spot to relax with my hubby. I addition to the lamb burgers, we had the seared duck, fried goat cheese, pork flatbread, and something else I can't remember but it was delicious. We finished off with the crème brulee dessert. Also very yummy. It took a while to get waited on bc our server was very busy at other tables as well. So this place could benefit from having more servers especially on a busy night. But that didn't ruin our experience.
Tables and chairs have burn marks all over them, apparantly from Hookah night. Waiter brough all 6 tapas ordered by 2 people at the same time.
The food was good and well presented. The atmosphere was lacking as it is set up to be a night club. Furnishings were less than desirable and well used.
Very uncomfortable seating w/ upholstered benches that are tattered & worn. Food was pretty good. Poor selection of wines. Not a comfortable place to relax & enjoy wine with tapas.
The menu selections were limited. The small plate and entrée were about the same regarding portions but the entrée cost more. I took my boyfriend there to celebrate his birthday and was embarrassed throughout the entire evening. The tables were very low, making eating awkward and the food was overcooked and overpriced. Our waitress was great but he could only do but so much. There was nothing special about my event at Red Maple. Overall experience, I wasn’t impressed and would never return.
Had a really great time for a middle of the week happy hour. Food really good, service outstanding, and very relaxing. Value for the money and lots of neat menu items to try. I will visit again and hope you give the place a try if you like new things and not your run of the mill sit down dinner experience. Stepping out of the traditional confort zone was worth the visit to Red Maple
This place is a little nondescript on the outside, but inside it looks great. The place feels really hip and modern. The food is great too. We got the apricot salad,scallop grits, and duck breast. It was all delicious.