The Partisan

4.5
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.
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AG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous food and service. Restaurant week menu amazing.

BO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Service was a bit slow. Food was good but came out not very hot.

MF
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect spot for lunch. It’s delicious. Insanely delicious. It’s super affordable (especially for DC). Wait staff is top notch. Food quality is off the charts. Did I mention it’s delicious?

My new favorite go to spot.

G
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Our first visit. Service was disappointing--too many tables for only two servers.

JA
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasty. Good value

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good food. Very nice setting. Birthday dinner with friends. Service was okay but everything else was excellent. Would dine here again.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, attentive service, and delicious food. Great experience over all.

MJ
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Experience did not start well when we were told that several items on the menu were no longer available. Then a couple of the ordered entrees had problems. The items were not cooked to order and were not fresh tasting. The problem items were taken off the bill, but it really should not have come to that. While the staff and manager were accommodating, it’s hard to overcome subpar food.

AJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great for pre-show drinks and dinner!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived and were told that no seats were available due to reservations taking up all of the open tables for the night. We booked an apparently open reservation via the OpenTable app and went to the bar. The manager told us there was a discrepancy with the reservations, but that he would take care of us nevertheless...and he absolutely did. We were seated on time, he took care of our drinks, and the service was swift, attentive, and thoughtful. The food was incredible (particularly the beef fat fries and one of the rosemary salami we had). Excellent evening all around and I highly recommend the restaurant. I commend the professionalism and understanding of the manager in particular.

AO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Savory Food. Great DC Vibe. Perfect place for drinks, lively conversation and munch on cheese & meats.

L
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

very tasty brunch- enjoyed the eggs benedict with smoked ham and pimento cheese and beef fat fries! emphasis is definitely on their meat products but there are good non-meat options too

RR
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to lunch spot in DC when we visit. Really enjoy the beautiful back bar.

N
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good service and excellent pastrami sandwich. Steak frites very small and disappointing and Less so the burger. Worth going back to for the pastrami, but not sure about the rest.

m
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

comfortable environment, good food, low-key vibe, not an extensive menu

HG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

After arriving promptly for our reservation we still waited over an hour to be seated.

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Service was great. Food was not superb. Portions small. If you like tough meat, order the ribs. We would probably only do back for drinks--good selection.

JR
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have season tickets to Georgetown basketball games at Capitol One Center, and we've been coming here a couple times a year since The Partisan opened. The menu always offers interesting new dishes along with some old favorites. The quality of ingredients is really good (Red Apron meats are a draw in themselves), tables are comfortable, and the overall noise level is OK for conversation. We've had unfailingly good service, too. Penn Quarter has lots of good restaurant choices, but this is still the stand-out for us.

EE
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great food and cocktails. Wait staff knowledgeable and attentive, but unimpressive host/hostess staff and ability to navigate basic logistics of the restaurant and responsiveness.

H
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drove about 40 minutes to restaurant and it was worth it! Food was delicious- particularly the lamb dishes and the meatballs. The baklava crumble for dessert was super yummy! Will definitely go back. Also enjoyed the ambiance. All in all, a delightful experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The four of us had a wonderful experience at the Partisan! The drinks were phenomenal and my favorite was the charcuterie board. Our server certainly knew exactly how to answer our questions and took great care of us!

DD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing Charcuterie tray with cuts selected by our server and one of the best pimento cheese appetizers I’ve had anywhere. Our server was very helpful with my gluten allergy. My entree of Wagyu steak was amazing and my husband had a gnocchi that was as authentic as if it came right out of Italy. This place is a keeper for us.

JM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I happened to mention to the hostess that I was conducting an interview over lunch...and she thoughtfully seated me at a booth, so that I could have space for my notebook. And then she notified our server, who offered to take drink orders and then give us plenty of time to talk. Food was outstanding, but this was service like I’ve never experienced. The Partisan is the only place I will conduct lunch meetings in DC from now on.

ML
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The food was okay, but with so many good-to-great restaurants in the area, why return? There is a menu posted on the web site. I studied it in advance and settled on 3 items of interest. The printed menu didn’t resemble the online menu in any way. It was disorienting and challenging to figure out what to order. Also, some of the draft beers are served in their stemmed wine glasses, and the full pour I ordered didn’t come up to even half of the glass. The ounces might be right, but I felt shorted. There was a group in the space that was much too loud, and the loud sound affected our enjoyment.

J
Salt Lake City
33 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and friendly, helpful staff. The meat and cheese appetizer was fun to try and interesting. My dish with the pasta and meat sauce with ricotta was good but I didn’t love the texture of the meat. My husband’s steak had good flavor but a lot of fat. Fries were delicious....I know b/c I ate most of them. Our son enjoyed his burger ....but he’s not overly picky :) but it did look good. We are not alcohol drinkers so wished they had a fountain drink soda machine rather than bottled cokes. Overall a nice evening.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waiter. Really love this place.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server, John, was EXCELLENT! The food was good and the bourbon options were great.

2
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burger was as fantastic with exceptional quality beef. The best French fries!!!!

R
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

I’ve had better steak at a Chili’s. Too loud for a date, probably best to just order a burger.

OT
Orlando
23 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Killer beer selection. Food was on point. Babette cooked perfectly. If a place known for its meat program is putting Meatballs and house made pasta in the menu, you order it. Had a bit of an awkward 2 top for a slower Friday Eve. A few fruit flies buzzing around wasn't the best, but overall very good and will be back regardless.

LK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. I would go there again and try something different.

II
Indiana
13 reviews
Reviewed on May 9, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

One of the best bourbon selections in the district with a good small menu.

NS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Reviewed on April 21, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Delicious, fresh food, really nice ambiance too.

TH
Washington DC
1 review
Reviewed on March 24, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

I liked the food a lot and the drink selection is insane. I would say that I did not feel as if it was worth the price for some menu options, though

n
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A return visit. We enjoy The Partisan. Good food, especially the charcuterie, and an excellent beer selection. Ambience in restaurant is different than in the bar, much less tumultuous.

LS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, choices, cocktails and service!!

ME
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible and staff was knowledgeable and attentive

CA
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The service was awful. The server got our drink order, and never came back. Then eventually another server took over, and the original server ended up with these loud people sitting behind us talking the whole time. The new server took so long to get us drinks, food, and our check. Then assumed that the change left over was her tip, and it was over 30% (she definitely did not deserve that much of a tip).

AP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My husband and I visited The Partisan on our first night visiting DC. It is in a pretty central location to a majority of the rest of the monuments and notable buildings, and our hotel was nearby, so we were able to walk to the restaurant.

We were about 20 minutes early for our reservation, so the hostess let us sit at the bar for a little. We ordered a charcuterie plate, and, because it took a little time, they were kind enough to make sure to transfer it to our table when we were seated.

The interior of the restaurant is soothing and dark, if a little noisy. Since it is a small space, you are seated very close to other tables, but you are not uncomfortable.

The drinks were delicious, a nice healthy pour. They are a little pricy, but it worth the cost. We loved the charcuterie plate. If we had ordered another couple meats and cheeses, it would have been more than enough for dinner. However, we ordered the kale and mushroom salad, the steak, and the papparadelle for dinner to share. AND that was plenty of food. My husband and I were stuffed. We did not particularly like the kale and mushroom salad, it was a little too bitter, but everything else was excellent.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Such a fun place to get small plates and share with friends. We tried a bit of everything and it was all delicious

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