The Source by Wolfgang Puck

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Located at The Newseum in Washington D.C., The Source by Wolfgang Puck is the museum’s signature dining experience and features innovative Asian cuisine, paired with unmatched hospitality and service. The sleek and contemporary restaurant is spread out over three distinct levels.

Dining experiences include a casual and convivial bar & lounge area, an elegant main dining room and a subterranean private dining room. The modern design boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that line the restaurant and a two-story glass wine wall that holds more than 2,000 bottles of the restaurant’s impressive collection.

The bar and lounge area offers approachable dining in a casual setting with an array of small plates and Happy Hour Specials. The second-floor dining room is a fine-dining experience where servers will guide you through a menu with contemporary interpretations of Asian dishes and create a culinary experience just for you.
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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrate our anniversary and as many birthdays at The Source as much as we can. The ambience is romantic with dimmed lights in a cozy space. They have exceptional service, which is rare now. The staff will all pay special attention to you and make the dining experience very special. The food is consistently delicious. It tends to be on the salty side, but overall, always delicious. I would recommend The Source to visitors and locals. A gem 💎.

DT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a friend who was visiting from L.A. and wanted to celebrate his birthday. Made a last-minute reservation about an hour beforehand, and mentioned his birthday. They greeted us at the door and wished him a happy birthday. Then, to my delight... there were two complimentary glasses of champagne and a personalized menu with his name and a "Happy Birthday" message! Our waiter was great and the manager stopped by, as well. They even treated us to two delicious dessert items. The icing on the cake was the food..... delicious! It made his evening! Have already started recommending The Source to everyone!

W
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Its not the great place that is used to be. Old and drab. Filthy bathrooms and poor service. Still trading on a icon name but have not kept up. Same food, not bad. So many other great restaurants in DC. Your money is spent better elsewhere.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect dinner for my mother’s birthday

PO
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Based on the reviews we were expecting much more than we got. The "impossible" pot stickers were boring and didn't compare to any dumpling I ever ate in a Chinese restaurant. The "numb and hot" fried rice was equally mundane. The shrimp and carrot dumplings were good. The bill for 2 appetizers and 1 rice dish was $60. Disappointed is best I can say, but ripped off is a more accurate description.

DR
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the most amazing dining experience of my life. My wife and I had the 7 course meal paired with some exceptional Pinot Grigio and I must say we were completely blown away. I let the staff know in advance that it was my wife’s birthday and they had her name and happy birthday specially printed out on our menus. The waiter was super knowledgeable and friendly, he even added some champagne with our amuse bouche. It was expensive but totally worth it, highly recommended!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for making my birthday wonderful with such a friendly and refined meal.

AD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was wonderful and made my husband feel special on his birthday!

l
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another extraordinary meal at one of the city's most overlooked restaurants. For lunch: Miso cones, dumpling platter, shrimp with XO fried rice, followed by free chocolate chip cookies and a piece of 7 lawyer carrot cake. Great drinks.

OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 7 course menu was A M A Z I N G ! And very vast 👌🏻 wine and beverage list was huge, so many great options! And last but not least the service is on point, thanks guys! 💕 definitely a must in DC

AN
London
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were really keen to visit the Source but had to change our booking a couple of times to accommodate our evolving schedule. On both occasions rebooking was seemless, but it did mean we ended up having the lunch menu rather than the tasting menu which is available in the evening. That said, what we had was of the highest quality and for $36pp for a generous 3 course lunch, it represented great value. Service was attentive without being intrusive and the dishes themselves really showcased the restaurant very well. Our favourites were probably the dumplings and sushi bowl, but the cookies to finish were a great hit and some of them even returned with us across the Atlantic to be enjoyed at home.

SB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was very good, but the service was extremely poor. It took the waiter a long time to come to us, take our order, bring our food, and complete the check. Such great food was offset by very shabby service. It wasn't even busy.

CM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time here and as always everyone was so hospitable and friendly, and of course food was off the charts! Are server Jorge is the best, and we always ask for him when dining!

I
Washington DC
106 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is quickly becoming one of my go-to places. The house Wolfgang Puck cab is an excellent wine. Ordered the hot oysters which are absolutely delicious with the dipping sauce they provide. Decided to try the Colorado lamb. It was a great dish. Very tender. Also had the Lo Mein Noodle from the wok which were excellently prepared with mushrooms.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from the start to the finish. Jorge had great wine recommendations as well!

Will be back soon

FG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The ambiance is refined and located at the Newseum. Asian fusion food is super delicious. The waiter was helpful and was ready at all times to answer questions and find solutions to our special requests. I recommend this for both lunch and dinner.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Had dinner here during restaurant week. Big mistake! This is first restaurant that I've been to where none of the dishes on the restaurant week menu are on the regular menu. On top of that, the portions were tiny. I ended up having to order an extra dish for each guest off of the regular menu just to ensure we didn't leave there hungry. This is my first and last time to this restaurant. Totally not worth it given all the good restaurants in DC especially during restaurant week.

CB
New England
91 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm greeting by the hostess and were seated immediately, even though we were a half hour early. She seemed pleased that we were early. Our server Jorge was friendly and helpful. He was also very attentive as was the water server. My spouse and I chose from the Restaurant Week list ($35). Vegetable sushi rolls to start, which were nicely presented as well as delicious! 3 pieces each and our son helped us out. He got the Pei Pa Duckling ($32) from the main menu and enjoyed the flavors and portion size. I had the Kung Pao Beef and my wife the XO Chicken. Both were very well presented and tasty. For drinks I wanted the Sam Adams Summer Ale, but they were out so the Manager comped me the Ommegang Rosetta $(12), which was ironic because we live about an hour away from their Cooperstown Brewery. It was an interesting change from my normal craft brew selections, but I enjoyed it as it complimented my meal. Spouse chose the Pinot Grigio ($10) from a wide selection of wines. Jorge even refilled her glass, but we did not see a charge for a second glass on the bill. Son had two mini bottles of Coke at $3 each. Dessert choices on RW menu were Carrot Cake or Yuzu Pannacotta (sp?), we both chose the Carrot Cake (Superb!) and Jorge brought over a small Pannacotta (sp?) for my son with no charge. Overall an excelent experience.

m
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good vibe and the food was great. The service was outstanding and the right mix of diners made a pleasant dining experience.

P
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food tasted fabulous. Service was impeccable. Bring Restaurant Week it was a great value. Would definitely go again

LM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved their restaurant week menu! Such a great deal, and the food is fantastic!

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, and the dim sum brunch was as good as always. The restaurant even gave us a complimentary dessert and commemorative scroll for our anniversary.

LO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had a wonderful dinner with delicious food and wine.

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Would go back for dinner or happy hour.

RG
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a thoroughly enjoyable business dinner for nine on a stormy August evening. The table was well located for conversation among a large party. Great wine recommendations. The dumpling appetizer platter was creative and enjoyed by all. Entrees were perfectly cooked. Service was attentive but not obtrusive. Looking forward to returning.

NS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! The food was flavoursome and delicious- would highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants! The staff & food were top quality. Highly recommend the every course but especially the desserts.

LB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Do yourself a favor and order the whole roasted duckling. It came in two courses - not sure which we liked better as they were both outstanding.

OT
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were visiting DC and the museums on the Mall, and when they started to close we went to the restaurant. The server was as cute and friendly and helpful and patient as anyone could be. We were tired from walking, having just toured the Newseum (the restaurant is in the same building), so we sat in the lounge rather than going upstairs to the dining room. But we ordered from the dining room menu. I can’t remember the name of the IPA I had, but it was quite good. The food was excellent, and I’m pretty particular, especially at these prices. I had a lamb stir-fry in a fabulous sauce with toasted cumin, crispy new potatoes, asparagus and cilantro. My wife had pork and cabbage dumplings and a very creative baby gem lettuce salad with cashews, various veggies and a lemon vinaigrette dressing. We shared organic chicken wontons, which also were delicious, as an appetizer. It was quite pricey, but we both thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food!! One of my favorite places in DC for a very nice dinner. Will be back soon

GA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was exceptionally welcoming and friendly! Our birthday “boy” was treated very well, indeed. Service, food and atmosphere were all top notch!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

everything was very good but i wouldn’t say as outstanding as the expectations were

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic 7 course tasting meal that was well worth it.

IW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been to the restaurant before, and loved it. This time I took my husband, and he was so impressed by the creativity of the preparation and serving of Asian food. We had dumplings--he had the salmon, and I the flounder--both dishes were delicious. Our server was super nice--we were sitting at a table under an air conditioner--it was cold--he moved us immediately. We got chocolate chip cookies to take home. We gave them to our friendly staff and we got a thank you saying that they were the best they ever had.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and so was service. Was quiet night and dining room quiet enough to actually have conversation - much appreciated. Don’t know if as quiet when full.

f
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice for our anniversary. Loved the food and service

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Good food and excellent service

J
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food! Taste was great, presentation great but most of all I’m still Intrigued by the best chicken ever!! It was crunchy on the outside and juicy roasted inside.. WOW! The best ever!

DW
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The SOURCE was absolutely phenomenal. One of the best meals we have had. The service was impeccable. The wine pairing was superb. We tried the tasting menu and the wine pairing and our server elevated the experience by making the best choices of pairings for our meal. Very upscale and quiet for a romantic dinner for two or a double date. You will not regret this choice.

KS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional. The service and atmosphere were very nice as well. I particularly liked that the food was so inventive with unique flavors. Our waiter was kind of enough to agree to let me halve an appetizer when I wanted only a smaller portion than was offered on the menu. This kind of "over and above" service makes The Source stand out! Highly recommend!

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