Café Atlántico
Comments () | Published March 18, 2009

Cafe Atlantico
Address: 405 Eighth St., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-393-0812
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: South American, Nuevo Latino, Dim Sum
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Gallery Place-Chinatown, Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Tender curls of squid and scallops with two rices—one crisped, the other bathed in coconut cream—and drizzled with squid-ink oil; a rich double bill of Malbec-braised beef cheeks and crisp-seared sweetbreads.

Jill Zimorski’s wildly creative cocktail list (all items $11) features a steady roster of nine drinks and one or two seasonal specials. Her Faux Syrah Syrah tastes just like wine, but it’s made with vodka, blackberry purée, black pepper, and a smoke infusion, and the margarita is served with salt-lime “air.” Celebrity chef José Andrés recently added a bar menu that includes small bites such as quinoa-crusted fried shrimp ($12) and the medio dia sandwich ($15), a take on a classic pressed Cuban.

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