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A casual spot by day, and a proper restaurant by night, hit The Partisan in Penn Quarter if you really enjoy meat.

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About The Partisan

Joined at the hip to Red Apron, Chef Anda's groundbreaking butcher and charcuterie shop, the restaurant and bar draws heavily from Anda's line of house made products and relies on the meticulous sourcing that has made Red Apron the first and only butcher shop in the nation to use 100% Animal Welfare Approved pork. Anda and Chef Aaron Schmude's charcuterie program at The Partisan draws from 100s of cured muscles, pates, and sausages, showcasing over 30 different products on any given night.

The balance of the menu is broken up into a series of meat-centric composed dishes highlighting distinctive cuts, cooking techniques, and animal breeds. The portioning encourages sampling, sharing and customizing, which allows guests to construct a completely unique dining experience with each visit.

709 D Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:00-2:30
Brunch: Saturday, Sunday: 11:00-2:30
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Friday & Saturday: 4:00 PM - 12:00 PM. Our bar is open daily beginning at 11 AM.

Cross Street:
Between 7th and 8th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 524-5322

Website:
http://thepartisandc.com/

Catering:
For those who have enjoyed dining with us at The Partisan and wish to have us cater your next event, we are pleased to partner with 550 Events & Provisions, a chef-driven, full-service catering and events company. As a member of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s family of award-winning restaurants, 550 possesses an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience, as well as culinary talent. For inquiries and more information, contact 550 Events & Provisions at inquiries@550events.com.

Parking Details:
Street parking and public garages

Public Transit:
The closest metro stops are: Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter &
Gallery Place-Chinatown.

Executive Chef:
Thomas Harvey

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Partisan Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (34)
Creative Cuisine (22)
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Notable Wine List (17)
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Fun (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Romantic (11)
Cozy (11)
Tapas (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Business Meals (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Seasonal (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Authentic (3)
People Watching (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Organic (2)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

The Partisan continues to perplex me. I've been going on occasion for 2-3 years. I don't go as often as I would if they corrected some problems they've always had. The Partisan has great food and a great drink program that includes excellent craft cocktails, beer and wine, and relatively consistent good food. The primary problem is the front of house management and organization (or lack their of). We feel like we enter another alternate universe when we go there and interact with the host and wait staff, and management. Everything seems to happen at a glacial pace, and the front of house staff (bartenders not included) seem like they'd rather be anywhere but there doing their jobs. We often have to get out of our seats to go find a staff person to take care of us. It is not uncommon to go for 10 minutes hoping your server will check in, or make eye contact with you. But no. they're usually too busy chatting with coworkers or disappearing all together.
Another weird thing about this place - the entire restaurant can be empty, but they will not sit you at a bar table unless you are eating a full meal. Drinks and apps won't suffice for them. I've often tried to go for happy hour with a group, found EVERY table in the place empty, and the host and management refuses to give us a bar table for drinks and apps. Its not that teh tables are booked with reservations, because they WOULD seat us for dinner, just not unless its for dinner. Last I checked, restaurants make better margin on alcohol and apps them entrees, yet they'd rather their place be empty than dare to sit a group of 6 that will easily spend $300 in 90 minutes. Over the years I would guess that we've NOT gone to the Partisan 10-15 times because of how they manage their bar tables for drinking.
To conclude, its a shame that the great bartenders and cooks of the Partisan produce such great product, but the front of house staff and management ruin the overall experience.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Overall pretty disappointing experience, which is a shame because The Partisan was recommended by someone who lived in DC and frequented the restaurant often. The service was pretty horrendous, even for a Sunday evening at 6pm. We were not served our wine until 50 minutes after we had been seated. There were no apologies by the mananger who was doubling as the sommelier and the server seemed novice, unprofessional, and scattered. The food was also mediocre. We got the wagyu briscuit which was heavily over salted (and we like our salt, so that’s saying a lot). I also called back the next week to tell a manager about our dissatisfacotry experience, and he was perfectly nice and apologetic, but did not offer any compensation (gift card, reimbursement of part of the meal, etc.). He also said that he would speak to the waitstaff and figure out what happened but he did not even take my name or look up the reservation, so I’m fairly confident this issue will not be discussed later and he had no intention of speaking to the staff who sat and served us (or to the chef about the subpar briscuit). Overall, poor experience. Wouldn’t go back or recommend unfortunately.

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 (London)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our food was delicious but the service was subpar. Our waitress was friendly and helpful when we got her attention, but we went 10-15 minutes at a time without her checking on us when we had not gotten any food or drinks (or when we needed more food or drinks). We sat at the table for 20 minutes after we were first seated without being asked for our food and drink orders.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was outstanding; service was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and gave good advice. Charcuterie was awesome, as expected. Shockingly good and interesting wine and beer lists. Would (and will) go back again and again.

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

This used to be a "go-to" restaurant recommendation. After my most recent visit, it's off the list—my experiences here have been... inconsistent. Most recently, the combination of extremely inattentive service and multiple dishes being overcooked left a bad taste.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Server was weird and they ran out of multiple items we ordered. Not impressed.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were in DC for the weekend and ended up eating there 2 nights in a row. Amazing food, great wine list, very attentive service, and on point with dietary restrictions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great dining/beer/craft cocktails Penn Quarter/Capitol/Newseum/Smithsonian. Tho’ described as meat-centric, the Kale salad that leads the brunch menu was lush, lavish and loaded with flavour. My son inhaled the Red Apron burger. Tables of reclaimed barn board project a rustic ambiance...but make no mistake...this place is hip and cutting edge. Attentive and smart service. I’d be a regular if I lived in DC.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Bar Seating, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The menu requires study to compose a good meal. My friend had a half roast chicken, an ample portion size. My smoked lamb shoulder was a smallish portion of shredded meat on hummus, tasty but not intended to be a main course. The charcuterie on the adjoining table looked nice. Our side dish of roasted Brussels sprouts was delicious, as was our dessert choice of cheesecake. The latter had no crust, but was rather some fruit compote on a rich cheese-based filling.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

If I lived in DC, I'd eat here once a week without question.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good food and good service. However, we were there on Sunday lunch hour so only bunch menu is available. We were looking for more like a proper lunch menu. The server is nice and helped us to have some dishes that's on their lunch/dinner menu. The food is great! A little bit too savory (salty) to us.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Everything we ordered was fantastic and the service was great as well! I will be returning soon.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fun, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Be ready for an incredibly filling meal, with lots of meat and lots of flavor

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

This is a hidden gem. Great imaginative plays on classic dishes score big! Fun drinks. Extensive beer menu.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Delicious burger and fries!! Polite and attentive service. Nice ambiance.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had a great pre-theater dinner at The Partisan last Saturday. One member of our group was late, but our server made sure that we got to try a wide variety of delicious food and got out the door in plenty of time for the show. I will definitely be back again!

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

My son always takes me to interesting places for lunch when I visit DC. The menu was unique and the beer was interesting with fun names. I enjoyed the roasted beet sandwich which was delicious. Our only dissapointment was that the charcuterie was not on the lunch menu.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food and ambiance. Went with a group of friends and co-workers and we loved every single dish that we ordered

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Good for Groups
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Spectacular wine list, excellent food, friendly and reasonably prompt service. Our only (minor) gripe was the noise level.
We had a sekection of the chacuterie, which is all made in-house and is delicious, their famous potatoes fried in lard, the foie grasse, and a Waygu (sp?) steak. The fries and the foie grasse were to die for, the beef was good but I would probably not order it again. My husband and I had cocktails and wine and the bill was about $140. Well worth it! Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Organic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Overall good experience. Menu is a little different than I have experienced but good

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was fantastic and the place is pretty cool. Seems to be a vibrant bar scene for the after work crowd. Between the charcuterie options and the main menu, there is something for everyone and we would definitely go back. Definitely a hip place for young professionals!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The staff went out of their way to ensure our dietary restrictions were accommodated. Not every restaurant knows or cares to try.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Probably the worst service I have had in DC. Entrees were pretty good but not memorable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Amazing meal and wine!! The som was great. Such a fun birthday dinner with friends!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Eggs lonely on plate no garnish green or fruit.....good but expensive for what it was

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 28, 2017

I love this place. The food is delicious. I loved the wagyu brisket - it was an amazing dish.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent salad and vegetable plates, and friendly and cooperative server who happily changed my wine order when I said the wine I had selected was mediocre.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were visiting from Australia & my husband & I wanted a nice meal out without the kids. This was perfect. Excellent food & wine! And the service was fantastic. Food is great for sharing, which we loved.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Went there pre-theatre for a date night. Really great food as always, but incredibly slow and inattentive service. The server was really occupied with another table, and it took us 20 minutes from being seated to ordering our food. We were really looking forward to dessert, but because of our tickets and the slowness of the initial service (eventually the sommelier took our order), we didn't have time. Definitely recommend the extensive charcuterie menu, the foie gras, and the lamb shoulder. The brussell sprouts and scallops are not worth the price tag.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had snacks/small plates in a bar. Unfortunately we had planned for dinner. We had no sense that the food would arrive awkwardly-tomato salad and fries? And the service was awful.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Phenomenal food and cocktails! Our first experience dinning here while in town! It's not to be missed! Must have the charcuterie... It is to die for!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The food was delicious and loved that you had an opportunity to share/try many dishes. It's probably not for the "veg only" crowd, but hopefully that was apparent before you made your plans - even the vegetables have meat :-). My favorite was the "Rose All Day Wine Menu". I hope that doesn't go away for fall and winter.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The Partisan really has it all - great food, great beer/cocktails/liquor/wine, great service, and great atmosphere. The staff at The Partisan are nothing short of amazing. They can provide wonderful recommendations for dinner and always find us a perfectly paired bottle of wine. The wine prices and selection are also very good. They have a large and more upscale liquor selection. The food is delicious and the rotating menu keeps us interested. The atmosphere is very neat - a little darker, but a great place to have a quiet evening. We will most certainly be back again. Looking forward to it!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Stopped in for a quick dinner before catching an early evening IMAX movie at Air and Space. Absolutely would return. Loved the cocktails and each of the dishes. We may have disappointed our waitress because we were eating lightly, but we really did enjoy eating small amounts of very well prepared food. Skipped dessert because nothing really spoke to us on the dessert menu. But really really liked this experience - excellent pre theatre option that was quiet even on Fri night.
Also not far from Verizon - great way to break out of the traditional eateries before the event/ game.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 7, 2017

The menu was phenomenal, including beer and cocktail selections. Wanted to try everything. Everything we decided on was very good... with the beef fat fries and octopus the biggest table hits. For dessert, the berry donuts with mascarpone were delicious. Will definitely look for an excuse to return and try more off the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 4, 2017

A great place to Meat! That is The Partisan. Wonderful charcuterie choices started our meal with craft cocktails. Their version of an old fashioned is tasty. We picked a couple of dishes each and had a nice time tasting them. The wagyu beef and sweetbreads were particularly enjoyable. The kebab trio was ok. One of our party wanted something other than meat and ordered the rotisserie chicken. It was delicious: moist and flavorful, with a delectable honey/pepper sauce accompaniment. The octopus was quite good. We tried all 4 featured desserts, a bite of each for everyone. A very nice night. Worth going back.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food was great and the staff was just as good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

A little bit of a wait at the table during the dinner hour (8pm on a holiday Friday),but well worth every second and every penny spent. Sommelier was outstanding and waitress (Jenna) made the evening a memorable one. OH! And the FOOD! So, wife is a foodie so I had to research DC foodie spots we haven't visited yet ( Iron Gate, Momofuku, Maketto, MiniBar, DC Eater usual). Charcuterie is all it's hyped up to be. MEAT.... wow. Son has a peanut allergy and wife is still nursing, so Jenna took care of us. Dessert...strawberry donut holes almost brought a year to my eye. But wait... The BEER LIST.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The Partisan is pricey, but worth it. This is a good place to try different foods and combinations of foods. It's rather dark inside, which creates a more intimate mood. Great place for a date.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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