Details

Estadio

1520 14th St., NW
Washington, DC 20005

202-319-1404

Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw, Logan Circle

Cuisines: Spanish/Portuguese, Tapas/Small Plates, Breakfast

Opening Hours:
Monday through Thursday 5 PM to 10 PM; Friday 11:30 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 11 PM; Saturday 11 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 11 PM; Sunday 11 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 9 PM.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo, Dupont Circle

Price Range: Moderate

Dress: Informal

Reservations: Recommended

Website: http://www.estadio-dc.com/

Best Dishes:
Pintxo of chorizo, manchego, and quince; salmorjero, a thickened gazpacho; shrimp with garlic and lemon; patatas bravas; montadito of goat cheese, tomato, and salsa verde; chorizo bocadillo with Idiazábal cheese; tuna bocadillo with peppers; mushroom croq

Price Details:
Tapas, $3 to $14.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Weekend Brunch, Good for Groups

100 Best Restaurants 2011: Estadio

No. 23

Only the top 40 restaurants were ranked in 2011's Best Restaurants list.

Tax attorney turned restaurateur Mark Kuller can add a new title: hit maker. Proof, his debut restaurant in DC’s Penn Quarter, is about as tough a wine-bar reservation as you’ll find. And this Spanish spot in DC’s Logan Circle is fast matching its sibling in popularity.

In an ideal world, you could walk in, get a seat at the bar, and watch the vintage World Cup games that play on TV while enjoying Cava-spiked slushies and tapas. But a no-reservations policy for groups smaller than six after 6 pm means that unless you arrive early, you’ll have a one-to-two-hour wait. That might seem silly for charcuterie boards and small plates, but dishes such as grilled chicken marinated in Lebanese yogurt and lemony charred squid prove the place is worth the wait.

Bookend meals with a few rounds of pintxos—toothpick skewers of, say, chorizo, Manchego, and a cube of quince paste or artichoke and a vinegary boquerón—and one of the terrific sweets, from a lovely fig tart to a vanilla-ice-cream float spiked with sherry.

Also good: An open-faced sandwich of goat cheese, salsa verde, and tomatoes; miniature sandwiches with chorizo and Idiazabal cheese or spicy tuna with roasted peppers; mushroom croquetas; hanger steak with tomato-and-bread salad; a bowl of blistered shishito peppers.

Open Monday through Friday for dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.

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