Great New Restaurants 2010: Dickson Wine Bar
25 places that are making the Washington dining scene better than ever
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published September 30, 2010
Great Bars 2011

Dickson Wine Bar
Address: 903 U St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-332-1779
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw, Logan Circle
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Monday through Wednesday 5 PM to midnight, Thursday 5 PM to 2 AM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM to 3 AM, and Sunday 5 PM to midnight.
Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes House-marinated olives; charcuterie and cheese plates; frisee salad with poached egg; bánh mì with rib eye or pork belly; fig-and-Gorgonzola and onion/crème fraîche flatbreads; French 75 and Brunswick daiquiri.
Price Details: Appetizers $7 to $14, sandwiches and flatbreads $9 to $13.
Special Features:
Late Night, Good for Groups
Happy Hour Details:
5 PM to 7 PM daily; Monday all night.
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

The new breed of wine bar pays as much attention to what’s on the plate as to what’s in the glass. The menu at this bilevel hangout from the group behind Marvin offers upscale versions of the Vietnamese subs called bánh mì, nicely done salads, and high-quality charcuterie (some from local sausage master Jamie Stachowski). The wine list centers on organic and biodynamic selections, and the often excellent cocktails are made from organic liquors. The place still doesn’t have a sign, but the secret is out. If you want to sit right away, get there early or late. (It’s open till 3 am Friday and Saturday.)

Don’t miss: Frisée salad with poached egg; rib-eye or pork-belly bánh mì; fig-and-Gorgonzola and caramelized-onion flatbreads.

For a full review of Dickson Wine Bar, click here.  

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