The Partisan

4.5
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737 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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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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Gabison
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing, food was beyond our expectations, the ambience was super cozy, and our waitress was extremely attentive-she asked about food allergies, went into detail about how to use the a la carte charcuterie menu and even gave us complimentary aperitifs for our anniversary! We’ll definitely be back

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Ehd1
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overpriced charcuterie and cheeses! The food’s pretty good though.

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vipGeoffS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both great. This restaurant is especially good for people who love red meat and / or charcuterie. We started with a charcuterie platter then moved on to a steak and a pork chop, all of which were excellent.

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GeoGourmand
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Although our server (Andrea? Alexis?) was very attentive and appropriately engaging, the food was a letdown: wild boar ribs - $28; 12 oz ribeye - $42 both were poor values at their respective prices, especially as each came unadorned by any vegetable or other accompaniments. The ribeye, in particular, was a disappointment, as it appeared to have not been trimmed and the fat/flab to meat ratio was nearly 50-50. Plus, there was no discernable char on the steak. As for the "wild boar" ribs, any wild or game flavor was lost beneath spicing and sauce that could have come from a chain restaurant. So, they might as well had been all-you-can-eat pork baby back ribs from TGIF. Having been to The Partisan once before, I had left with better memories that, alas, were not validated on this visit.

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vipk2708
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We ordered the pork chop and the steak frites. The pork chop was well seasoned and hot. The steak frites were room temperature, not even the slightest warm. We talked to our waitress, and she took the plate back to the kitchen. I assume they reheated the food. On the new plate of food, the fries were hot but the steak was the exact same temperature and chewy. Not impressed. We received a dessert on the house for the food temperature issue. The restaurant left us disappointed and frustrated. I also wouldn’t recommend sitting at the high tops. It’s very noisy. Overall, I do not recommend for dinner and will not be returning. I will, however, return during lunch for the Italian sandwiches. We always love those.

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vipLinda
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Partisan! Delicious pastrami hash with lemony arugula salad and a bloody mary for brunch! Fabulous. Wonderful staff who were so welcoming. Fun place! Great food! Reasonable prices!

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vipNativeWashingtonian
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family get together

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GirlsLunch
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Partisan was everything we expected and more.
The food was amazing. The service was impeccable. We showed up early for a reservation but worse at immediately. The waitress and hostess were very helpful in breaking down the menu and the specials. We order drinks, charcuterie, appetizers, and a main dish to share for the table. We left so full and so satisfied.
I can't wait to bring my other friends here. Aislin and her crew are true professionals!
Run, don't walk, here and try the oysters and short-rib. I'm still thinking about it!

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Masonfac
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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vipAGRDC
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service2ambience4

Hot dog with chili was excellent. Pimento cheese was mediocre. Service was slow - had to repeatedly hunt down waitress to request check.

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Kitepimp
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a good friend for her birthday, we indulged in some pretty epic Belgian beer, boar ribs, beef short rib, a mushroom and a beat appetizer. This was on superbowl night so it wasn't too crowded.

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EvaS
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very good food and service. Don’t sit at a high top in the bar area. Noise level too high

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vipMamaO
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food.

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vipMelissaL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I love the partisan! It’s a great farm to table spot and always has good charcuterie and cheese boards.

We came in for a date nights and loved everything minus the baked oysters. They were WAY too bitter. We mentioned it to the server who came back from the kitchen saying it was the “umami” of the dish.

Listen, I’ve eaten at Eleven Madison park, mini bar, and many other amazing chefs table michelin star restaurants and not to say the partisan needs to uphold that standard but never have i tasted “umami” in the way of you way too bitter baked oysters. (We literally scooped the oysters out of the shell in an attempt to get them away from
the seasoning and breading in the shell)

I would change your baked oysters recipe for sure.

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vipAliceG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous food and service. Restaurant week menu amazing.

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vipBrianO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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

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vipMichaelF
Washington DC
22 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.

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

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

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vipJAMT
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasty. Good value

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMJA1
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.

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vipAlexisJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great for pre-show drinks and dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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AimeeO
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.

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Lilah
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

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vipRandalR
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.

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vipNeighbor
Washington DC
79 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.

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

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

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HowardG
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.

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Ceviche
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.

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vipJRM44
Washington DC
29 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.

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vipEEMM
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.

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nancyH
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
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!

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vipDowntownDCer
Washington DC
15 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.

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JMdiner
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.

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vipMaryLou
Denver
22 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.

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vipJchrista
Salt Lake City
34 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waiter. Really love this place.

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The Partisan offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 524-5322.

The Partisan is rated 4.5 stars by 737 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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