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The Atlas Room

4.5
89 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

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About

Treat yourself to a culinary adventure at the Atlas Room. Launched in 2010, this cozy restaurant serves eclectic dishes and cocktails in alluring settings. Chef Matt Cordes and Chef de cuisine Bobby Beard helm an ambitious, globally influenced menu that features unique items like grilled seafood on Israeli couscous, lamb Bolognese and Indian chickpea fritters. Menu highlights include the chicken wonton soup, Amish summer pie, chilled seared tuna, pork loin and seafood salad. The Atlas room also offers vegetarian and gluten-free fare for diners with special needs, as well as top-shelf cocktails to complement with meals.

Decorated with colorful framed maps, shimmering curtains and moody lighting, The Atlas Room is an appealing choice for everything from a romantic weekend date to a midweek business lunch.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Global, International
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Hours of operation


Dinner:

Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm


Closed Mondays


Hours may vary with business volume

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Phone number
(202) 388-4020
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Matthew Cordes
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 10th & 11th Streets
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
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5.0Dined on April 21, 2016

The food descriptions a bit long and flamboyant :-) All the rest was great

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2016

Small and interesting restaurant away from the normal tourist areas. Fish dish was excellent. Chick pea fritters were only average. Wines by the glass were outstanding but expensive.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2016

Exceptional Food, great ambiance

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2016

Great food, lovely ambience, attentive service. Great place to eat before performances at the nearby Atlas Arts Center.

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1.0Dined on April 3, 2016

Carib, the manager, was a terrific host and we enjoyed his thoughtful recommendations. The sea bass and the pasta entrée were delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2016

The Atlas Room has become one of my favorite finds on Capitol Hill! The food is so fresh and interesting........I want to order everything on the menu! Seriously, I ordered a crab fritter starter that was to die for and followed with their special sea bass this past Saturday.........it was so fresh and delicious! They create very interesting dishes that I would never think of and they all wow you. My son and I love this treasure!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2016

Atlas Room continues to be a go to spot for a sophisticated, but relaxed dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2016

Wonderful experience! Warmly welcomed upon arrival, and had a delightful meal with attentive service from Karim. Instantly felt right at home. Cocktails were a real treat--and the food was delicious. Definitely recommend the pork shoulder!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2016

We went on a calm Tuesday and had a fabulous meal with Suberin service and discussion. Highly recommend!!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2016

It was great to know therapy DC food culture is evolving. But its even more of a surprise that characters has not been vanquished. Atlas has a classy feel, and still a relaxing. Probably due to cozy setup and engaging service. Blah blah, go check it out for a date and u will impress and be impressed

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2016

We were made very welcome by our server, Karim who had extensive knowledge of the menu. The food did not disappoint. Everything was delicious, including the cocktails! If we were ever to be in Washington DC again we would definitely go back for dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

The service was top-notch. The food was amazing. I wish I'd had the market fish -- it was bass and perfectly cooked. I had the chicken, which was great if conservative. Cocktails were a highlight and inexpensive, beer was market rate if expensive.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2016

The food was excellent. Don't let anyone tell you differently. Nicely presented, delicious to taste, and really wonderful.

I have two major complaints for why this restaurant doesn't get 5 stars. First, everything went too quickly. We ate three courses and were in and out within an hour and a half. For a restaurant of that caliber, the turnover should be double that. There was no offer of an aperitif, no bread before the meal, and really only 5-10 minutes between courses. It makes me question the freshness of the food when it comes that quickly.

Second, because the food was so excellent and expensive, I felt like there should have been fewer tables, so that we could have a little privacy to enjoy our meals. Our reservation was made a week in advance, and it was at 8:30, and it was clear when we got there that they'd already turned a full restaurant. We sat at a table in the middle of the hall it seemed, and got blasted with cold air every time someone came in.

Overall, if I were only rating the food, I'd say 5 out of 5. Delicious. But this place gets a 4 because the experience wasn't what it could have been.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

The service and food was superb. Be sure to try the crab for your first course.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2016

We enjoyed our pre-theatre meals. However, this place is a bit pricey for what it offers.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2016

First time visit to The Atlas Room, but it won't be our last. Very convenient for patrons of the Atlas Theater. Food combined a variety of flavors, very carefully prepared. We were early diners, so we don't know how noisy it can get during later dining hours. Service was caring and professional without being intrusive.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2016

We had to change the number of ppl for our reservation; they were accommodating and very pleasant. Very pleasant and patient service. Calm but efficient. Will return. Nice cocktails, too!

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2016

We had a little trouble getting in but once that was sorted out, the host was friendly and accommodated our request to move away from the entrance. The cocktail list was interesting and we enjoyed those. I liked the appearance and set-up of the dining and bar area but I think the HVAC system was right next to the bar with nothing to block the noise, so it was very loud. As for the food, the portions were appropriate and the presentation was okay but the taste was disappointing. I had the beet salad followed by the mushroom ravioli. My husband had the foie gras followed by the salmon. The beets tasted like they came from a can, the ravioli was what you can get from the frozen section of a standard grocery-store and the foie gras had a canned tuna-like consistency. It looked like they repeated the same sauces on different dishes and they were bland. Overall, I would go back for a cocktail, but definitely wouldn't bother with the food again.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2016

We had 5 people for dinner and were seated right on time. The beer list is short and only bottled, but there are good choices. Appetizers came in a timely fashion and well before the main dishes arrived. Everyone liked their meals. We had dessert and those were good also. The only negative I can think of was how long it took to get the final check, but since we were not in a hurry it was not a big deal.

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4.0Dined on January 9, 2016

We were looking for a place to eat after a weekend show at the Atlas theater, a few short blocks nearby. Atlas Restaurant had seating on a Saturday night at 8pm, which we booked that night via Open Table from our seats in the theater. The place had a great ambiance, struck us a bit like a small NYC bistro, it was upscale and well decorated, modern style, nice, and quiet, we could converse easily. They offered a small menu of choices, with a large wine and drink list. What we did enjoy was the food. Both our choices, a beet salad appetizer, and a pan fried seabass with risoto or a lamb rigatoni/noodle dish were over the top in presentation and flavor. Portions were well sized. Not cheap, but not expensive either, and all considered, we thought good value and will definitely come back. The servers were pleasant and did a nice job.

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4.0Dined on January 9, 2016

This is our third visit to The Atlas Room and we are sure it is not our last. All of the staff are friendly and attentive and we feel recognized when we walk in. The food is creatively prepared and presented with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options balanced.

It is a lovely place to dine before going to the theater.

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4.0Dined on January 8, 2016

I ordered the beet salad and the lamb ragu. The beet salad was very good but it had too much salad dressing for my liking. I had to scrape it off the beets. The lamb ragu is a meal I would order again and again. My spouse had the hangar steak and the short-ribs. He ate everything including the vegetables (he hates veges). The downside was the first glass of Chardonnay. When it arrived the color was bad and it tasted flat. The server changed it immediately and opened a new bottle. All was well and harmony was restored. I would definitely eat here again.

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2016

Small menus can be a wonderful thing. Each thing we ordered had clearly been prepped fresh with care. The pork was a stand out entree. Everything was seasoned perfectly.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2016

We had a wonderful dinner. Our waiter was very experienced and knowledgable. The beet salad was delicious but the standout was the lamb bolognese with home made fettuccine--outstanding! I highly recommend this restaurant to any foodie!!

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2015

I was very disappointed as I had heard good things about the Atlas Room. After waiting over 25 minutes for a drink (and watching others get served prior to us), we we were able to barely get the attention of a server who seemed less than thrilled to be working there. We got appetizers and entrees which were good, but nothing special or worth the price. Additionally neither of our meals came out hot, or barely even warm. It was a real bummer, we wouldn't go back or recommend this for the food or the service.

I don't often do these reviews either... This was just really a disappointment.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2015

We found this restaurant on the Internet and didn't even look at reviews. It was the best restaurant we have EVER been to. What a wonderful surprise! Every aspect was superlative - the service, the food, the ambience! We will go back again and again. I'm going to tell all my friends and write other reviews. This is a place not to be missed! Why haven't I heard about this place before. Go, go, go!

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4.0Dined on December 18, 2015

Good food, good service. We had a great time here- try the pork! Our server (tall handsome black man) was fantastic and made spot on recommendations.

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2015

We love the Atlas Room! The food is excellent and our service tonight was stellar. Thanks, Kareem, and to all the staff at AR, for making Stefan's birthday dinner so wonderful.

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2015

Had a great experience from booking the reservation to having a fabulous dinner with friends. Staff friendly and knowledgeable about wine and food selection. Food was fantastic. Atlas Room is a real gem.

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2.0Dined on November 14, 2015

Service vacillated between being overbearing (explaining the menu) and non-existent (delivering food and drinks). In fairness, I think our server knew this and comped the drinks. The restaurant was not at all crowded and I saw our drinks sitting on the bar as our server joined a friend at the bar for a glass of sherry. Very civilized...for him...not so much for us. Food was passable; far too expensive for portion size. Very scanty menu; not much to choose from.

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2015

I had dinner here prior to a concert at the nearby Atlas Performing Arts Center. It was excellent. I had the fish, which varies from day to day. They also have a very fine wine list and a good selection of after-dinner cocktails.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2015

Not a bad thing in the menu. I've had everything several times and keep going back for more. Favorite drink is their Atlas 75. I give it: ❤️❤️❤️❤️s. It's a must every time I go. Had to say what is best in terms of food. Everything is amazing, so it comes down to what you are in the mood for. Can't go wrong with this place!

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3.0Dined on November 6, 2015

The food was prepared creatively, but the flavors were almost too overpowering and rich. Our dishes seemed to be a little confused flavor-wise. It was also over-priced, without any perks like free bread. Atmosphere was great for a date-night. An okay experience overall but don't think I'll be returning.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2015

The spot for this restaurant is not very big, but is an excellent neighborhood spot on H st NE. The food is very interesting, excellent different flavours and textures. The service is excellent with very attentive waitstaff. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to other!

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2015

We've been eyeing Atlas Room for awhile as we live right near H street. This is a nice, romantic spot for dinner. I guess you could say it's a "fancier" restaurant for the neighborhood. Either way, they hit it where it counts; the food is excellent and the service was great. It's an "older" crowd but perfect for the occasion.

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2015

The Atlas Room is small and cosy. Our group of 8 made a reservation in advance, arrived early, and they were ready for us. There really wouldn't be room for another group of 8. The food is creative and very good, some a bit spicy, but be aware that it is a small menu. The wine by the glass was a bit pricey; i.e., about $2 more than usual. We did have to send one glass back, but they brought a glass then from a newly opened bottle to be sure it was okay. We went here after a fun hour at Escape the Oval Office down the street. Great evening.

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2015

Wait staff was great. Straight forward menu with great execution even late into the service. And the boulevardier was memorably good.

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4.0Dined on October 15, 2015

Friends from Virginia join me at The Atlas Room for dinner on Thursday night. Our waiter was personable, knowledgeable and extremely helpful guiding us through the menu and specials. This was the first time we'd all dined here and we could not have been more pleased. The menu was interesting and the food proved delicious. Wish we'd had room for dessert. Definitely merits the great reviews I've seen.

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4.0Dined on October 10, 2015

H street is becoming a great new center of creative cuisine, and Atlas Room represents this evolution well. Very good food and excellent service.

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3.0Dined on October 2, 2015

The salmon wasn't as flavorful and we were celebrating our anniversary and they did not bring us anything which was disappointing since we selected their restaurant to celebrate at.

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