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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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