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The Alchemist, Washington, DC

The Alchemist

3.9
3.9
23 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Speakeasy🥂Craft Cocktails + Fine Foods. Join us at the Alchemist.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Speakeasy

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–3:00 am

  • Phone number

    (202) 319-9700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Joshua Valencia

  • Neighborhood

    McPherson Square

  • Cross street

    14th/U

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

What 23 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Drinks were strong and inventive. Definitely a place to go for drinks over food. Their menu was extremely limited (3 entree options, a meat board, and a cheese board). The food we got was good, but be aware that the portions were small. We left hungry. Excellent service and ambiance!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    We booked because we were excited about the menu but, upon arrival, learned that the kitchen was only doing charcuterie and cheese plates. Friday night in the U Street corridor meant booking someplace else wasn't happening. The cocktails were delicious and made with skill. The bar had a cozy feel.
  3. JP

    JPro

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting and lovely drinks. However, the kitchen was under renovation, so they offered a very limited menu. I feel that was a miss on OpenTable’s part.
  4. M

    Melissa

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very special cocktails. Also asked for open ended requests and got great cocktails. Friendly bartenders.
  5. M

    Mari

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Alchemist is super dope & intimate. I will admit I almost walked past it because it’s door is flush with the brick surrounding it. Upon walking in my friend and I were met with super low lighting, candles & chill music giving it a speakeasy vibe. We set at the bar & were taken care of by Daniel & Andrew. Being a mixologist myself I’m VERY particular about cocktails & Daniel made my unfamiliar request, a gin cocktail called Sunflower, amazingly. The lamb was delicious & cooked to temperature, I just wished it was more food. I will definitely be returning.
  6. DC

    DrinkChillandRelax

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It is a small quaint place it was a nice change from the club scene. The bartenders make all different kinds of drinks. The staff was very attentive. We will be coming back!!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was seated right away at the bar and the bartender was very attentive. We got great service and the food was delicious. The ambiance is super chill with dim lights and good vibes. I will definitely be coming back
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks and a nice atmosphere.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    They did not have a kitchen! The place it a dark little dive bar that said its kitchen was closed the night we had reservations but never thought it was important to let us know. I would not recommend.
  10. M

    Megan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Saw this place on Instagram and decided to give it a try. Didn’t disappoint at all! Had the charcuterie board and the drink with the bubble on it. Food and drinks were outstanding. Bartender was lighting shots on fire which was cool to see. Will definitely come back.
  11. RM

    ReehamM

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Went for a drink thinking it was a speakeasy. What a joke.
  12. WJ

    WJCS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Only one bartender on a Friday night. We waited 20 minutes to order drinks, another 10 and our drinks were still not ready.
  13. FD

    FoodieDuo

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Despite an impressive website and some impressive reviews, the Alchemist was pretty disappointing. Our party of three ordered a drink each, and all three were terrible (though one was completely undrinkable). The food menu is pretty basic, but we didn’t order any so I can’t review it either way. We paid for our drinks and left after 2 sips. It’s also fairly noisy (super loud music, mostly) and unnecessarily dark—not the vibe we were looking for in a cocktail bar.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was very nice!!!! The bar was very cute! Will definitely go back in the future!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    It was a special occasion and I made a reservation for 6 at 9 pm for dinner. Once we arrived we were informed the kitchen was closed so we could not eat there. I wish the reservation indicated that so we would have found another place to eat.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food and service were below par to say the least.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gianni is a great bartender! Super cozy vibes. Excellent craft cocktails and the sirloin was delicious.
  18. EM

    EvMc

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Poor Service. Broken AC. Drinks were not great. Loudest cocktail bar I have ever been to. Not my favorite experience .
  19. JW

    JadaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing service and even better drinks! The bartenders are super friendly and the atmosphere provides such a great space to unwind! 10 for 10 would recommend!
  20. C

    Cortez

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Where this spot lacks in size, it makes up for with great food, unique cocktails, and amazing service. Would definitely recommend to anyone who’s looking for a nice night out.
  21. AV

    AmberV

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Supposed to be a speakeasy, vibe was nice but basically just a bar with fake brick over the door. Drinks were disappointing and couldn’t hear my date with the noise level so we happily left to find a better place for us.

    The AlchemistResponded on July 13, 2022Amber, thank you for your feedback. Without us knowing where we are lacking, we cannot improve. We would love to have you back, 1st round of drinks on us. We believe you will like the new changes we have made.

  22. A

    Anonymous

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    An up-and-coming hit. Delicious drinks and fun atmosphere; still a few kinks to work out with food (availability of listed menu items), but would definitely visit again.

    The AlchemistResponded on July 13, 2022Thank you for giving us this incredible feedback. We are definitely excited for your return to see how we have improved since your last visit.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Very bold cocktails, with unlikely combinations. Compared to the Gibson, the food is Michelin level, but the cocktails are the main thing! Not very loud or dark, perfect on those fronts.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Alchemist is rated 3.9 stars by 23 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for The Alchemist

1334 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009-4445

Additional information

  • Cross street

    14th/U

  • Neighborhood

    McPherson Square

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–3:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Speakeasy

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Joshua Valencia

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

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