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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.
Washington, DC 20004
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.
Between 7th and 8th
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Street parking and public garages
The closest metro stops are: Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter &
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Partisan Ratings and Reviews
A busy and somewhat noisy restaurant. Luckily, the host asked the sound guys to turn down the music or we would not have been able to talk! (Thanks for the courtesy; we really appreciate it.) The food was unusual and fun. The small bites were a nice selection of cheeses, meats, and pates. And the main courses were substantial enough with a variety of choices and ingredients. The brussels sprouts had, in my opinion, too much garlic, but that just may be me! But overall the food was interesting, the service was very good, and the wine list by the glass short but good choices. Interesting cocktails and beers too. We'll be back.
Overall, a nice evening. Charcuterie was good but pricey. Most of the small plates were very good. Loved the fries, lamb, and butchers cut steak. Brisket had good flavor but was very salty. Only real complaint was the value. Small plates are small, and $14 for the tiniest pour of rose was disappointing.
My girlfriend and I were visiting DC and looking for place with good craft beer and food before a play. The Partisan delivered on all accounts. The fresh meats and cheese plate was excellent thought the cheese portions could have been a little larger. The mushroom ravioli was more like a tapas than an entree but very rich and flavorful. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful with the fresh made meats and menu options. This was great option for us and not crowded at all for pre-theater. They have an amazing bar and high end liquor options to all tastes as well as craft beers and wine.
We always enjoy the Partisan, but this last trip was even better than we remembered. The dishes we ordered were all great! I want to know the secret to how they cooked the bavette steak. The staff was really on their game, also. Love the creative cocktails and unusual beer options.
We spend nearly every Friday night at Partisan! We live nearby and it’s such a great spot to grab a meal. Jenna is a great server and she, honestly, is the best server we’ve had there. Our order was perfect, served quickly, and exactly as we asked for it! High praise.
I was extremely disappointed. I made reservations for a Saturday lunch (January 27th) during Restaurant Week. The Partisan website confirmed that they offered a Restaurant Week menu that we highly anticipated. After being seated and given regular menus, I asked for the Restaurant Week menu. The server informed me that management had decided not to offer the Restaurant Week menu on the last two days of the special. We were disappointed and were not offered any accommodations for our inconvenience. My brunch entrée, pancakes, were bland and mediocre at best. I felt that The Partisan was using a bait and switch technique. I felt that they should have notified all patrons who made reservations thru Open Table for Restaurant week that they were discontinuing the offer. We traveled from Northern Virginia specifically to try out Partisan since I frequently attend events at the Capital One arena.
We tried The Partisan for restaurant week, probably not the best time to judge a new spot, but honestly we were disappointed with the food. The Brussels sprouts were way too greasy, the pound cake was a rock, and our entrees (wagyu brisket and fried chicken) were ok at best. Service was slow, and not very friendly either.
The best part of our experience would have to be the beer list.
The Partisan has a great selection of charcuterie options as well as small and medium plates. This allowed us to mix and match a variety of items, all of which were delicious. Service was very prompt and attentive. The only slight drawback was that we were seated at a table in the bar area and the music was a bit loud.
I love the draft beer list and that they always have multiple tart and funky beers! Good selection of meats and cheeses too. Have always just sat at the bar with a friend and chatted with the bartender about the food and beer. Knowledgeable and friendly service. I recommend going on the early side (if it's an evening visit before an event at the Capital One Arena as it can get crowded quickly.
We chose the Charcuterie Board chosen by staff and added a couple cheeses - also staff recommended. It was fantastic! The wine selection was great, the service was so professional, the meat was amazing and also the fries (beef fat) and brussel sprouts rounded that out nicely. I've already recommended it to several people and am planning a couple returns in the very near future.
Fun meal with great service. Love the charcuterie options, got a great recommendation from our waitress. Saw some complaints about service in other reviews but had no problems. Very attentive staff, food arrived promptly. Place was packed but never felt we had to wait or flag down the staff for attention. One of the beer selections ran out after my first order but the beer and drink menu is varied enough that there are plenty of options. Highly recommended for a fun meal for couples or groups.
The Partisan is highly recommended in certain online circuits, but was the most disappointing food experience I had in four days of great eating in DC, and just poor all-over. The waitress was impatient and rude from the get-go, our NY steak wasn't cooked as we asked, extremely rubbery, fries were more like ones you'd eat at a very cheap restaurant, and nothing else was particularly tasty. Only two other tables were occupied there for a Sunday brunch, so don't believe the hype.
"Excellent" is the word that best describes this great restaurant. The service was friendly and efficient. We immediately felt welcome. The food, a variety of small plates, was delicious. The ambience evidences an attention to detail. We'll be back. We give The Partisan five stars.
We’ve been coming to Partisan for years now. They have a great bar in the back with some high top tables long the wall. They have an amazing menu that changes seasonally as well as an extensive beer and wine selection. The bar doesn’t get too crazy, but is busy throughout the week and especially on the weekends. Their pimento cheese with tagellie breads is always on the menu and we always order it. The staff are very attentive and always remember us even if we haven’t been in a while. This is a great spot for locals to become regulars or for tourists looking for a great place. Thursday-Sunday I would recommend reservations, but throughout the week you can usually get a table. Hope everyone loves it as much as we do! I really want this place to succeed so that we can keep coming back.
It was a good setting, not great. We went after a business event, so the setting was great for us all to digress. My greatest criticism of this place is how heavy the food is. It seems like they just cant balance the weight and heaviness of what they offer.
We all talked the next morning and agreed we just felt heavy.
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.
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.
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.
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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