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Boqueria

1837 M St., NW
Washington, DC 20036

202-558-9545

Neighborhood: Dupont Circle

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 10:30, Friday 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM, Saturday 10:30 to 11:30, Sunday 10:30 to 9:30

Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle

Price Range: Moderate

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Website: http://www.boquerianyc.com/

Best Dishes:
Shrimp with garlic and olive oil; dates wrapped in bacon; spinach with raisins and pine nuts; squid a la plancha; hanger steak; roasted-carrot salad; flatbreads; pork-shoulder confit; prawns with corn and heirloom-tomato salad.

Price Details:
Small plates $5 to $19.

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Boqueria

It was a gutsy move for this Manhattan tapas bar to make its way to Washington, an already small-plates-mad town. Turns out that keeping the earth-toned dining rooms and Carrera-marble bar loud and crowded wasn’t a problem. And not just for the myriad sangrías—we like the rum-spiked white variety—and Spanish wines.

The kitchen sends out fine renditions of familiar fare, such as a skillet of shrimp sizzling in olive oil and shavings of garlic or spicy patatas bravas mellowed with aïoli. Round those out with beautifully balanced salads, often-excellent chalkboard specials, and heftier plates such as a hanger steak with shishito peppers and mojo verde.

Don’t miss: Bacon-wrapped dates; grilled squid with romesco vinaigrette; spinach with raisins and pine nuts; shrimp-and-grapefruit salad; lamb sandwich with salsa verde; flatbread specials.

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

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013