Mediterranean meze in bustling setting
Mediterranean · Penn Quarter/Chinatown · $$
The Zagat Review
Featuring “exceptional, not overly expensive” small plates, José Andrés’ “one-of-a-kind” Penn Quarter Med hot spot is a “go-to” choice for everything from dining with out-of-towners to “impressing” a first date; its light, “airy” space and “sunny service” supply the “warm” backdrop for its “magic” mix of traditional and “inventive” meze, and the “bar scene is a hoot” , though it can be a “little too loud.”
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hours Open Today · 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
location 701 9th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001, USA phone +1 202-638-0800 website directions Get Directions
What To Order
Crispy Brussels sprouts
Octopus Santorini
Yogurt with apricots
Insider Tip
Desserts come in half and full portions, and vegetarians would be hard-pressed to find an omnivorous restaurant with more delightful veggie choices.
Known For
Great cocktails
Outdoor seating
Lively scenes
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Google Reviews
Went excitedly with group of family members. Big bill, yet BIG let down with food and atmosphere, overall cleanliness, & service. Would not recommend to anyone. We are all positive people and three have restaurant work experience. We are really easy going but were truly disappointed in this place. I just wanted to leave an honest review because we looked this place up beforehand and when we got there from the get-go, it didn't seem to match up with the reviews at all. Even the table next to us told them it was a horrible experience for them too. I have no idea how they get these reviews at all?? We stuck it out through the meals and didn't get any better unfortunately. Again, would not recommend.
Ashley Scott · October 8, 2017
Phenomenal place to enjoy a nice dinner. My wife and I celebrated an anniversary here, and our waiter made it a lovely evening. We were offered an intimate setting, and the food was beyond expectation. Try something you're familiar with, and try something new. We had 5 plates between the two of us, but probably would've been just fine with 4. The beer and wine list is also exceptional. Finally, a reservation may be a good idea specially if for an occasion like a birthday or anniversary.
Thomas O'Neill · September 19, 2017
Great flavors and is authentic. Price is high but it's due to the location and specific clientele. I would go back even if it's expensive. I do like the Turkish coffee and the Mediterranean desserts. Authentic and simple pita bread is fantastic. Great presentation and atmosphere.
Anthony M. Casapao · October 9, 2017