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Obelisk

2029 P St NW, Ste 101, Washington DC, DC 20036-6901 (Dupont Circle)
202-872-1180
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Ranked #66 of 2,650 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $60
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
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English first
San Francisco, CA
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Very high quality food. Some unusual dishes. Very friendly, helpful attentive service. Small, intimate setting, not stuffy. Excellent wine. We felt like very special guests at an elegant home. Very expensive, but worth it. Go when you have time to linger over a very special meal.

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Austin, Texas
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90 reviews 90 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I don't want to mislead. This is not one of the best meals I've ever had in a restaurant, but Obelisk does reach five stars and merits the attention of diners seeking an extremely good experience. The setting is intimate, simple, and inviting. The service is friendly, professional, and responsive. The food is imaginative and well executed. The approach is... More

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Estes Park, Colorado
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81 reviews 81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The menu and service were good, but did not live up to the rave reviews. We worked to slow down the delivery of items but were still done in an hour and 1/2. For $350+ for dinner and wine it felt too speedy. The waitress also seemed to have a tough night, very few smiles and lots of visiting and... More

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Texas
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95 reviews 95 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Very small restaurant with no signage but worth the search. Limited menu but everything was delicious. Surprised antipasto served complimentary and is enough to feast on without ordering. Shrimp, veal sweetbreads, burrata, endless bread basket. Following that our party each had primi and secondi. Nothing disappointed. The roast suckling pig was scruptious. Great Italian white wine with it all. These... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

First, visit local farmers markets to find the freshest possible proteins and vegetables. Build that day's menu choices from those selections. No compromises! Cook as though your guests are Julia Child and Queen Elizabeth. Instruct your excellent staff in how to mind read diner wishes. Pat yourself on the back for being in the 2 percentile of restauranteurs who understand... More

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Saint Augustine, Florida
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

The food was great in this tiny prix fixe dining establishment near Dupont Circle. It is expensive, but delicious, and we had a great bottle of wine with our meals. The staff is quite attentive but not overly so. Great experience for a special evening!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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53 reviews 53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Up a flight of stairs with almost no identification is found a true jewel of real Italian cooking served by committed staff in a town house setting. The menu is small, changes daily, is as authentic as you can find in the States. Antipasti are multiple and served for the table usually anchored by a mound of burrata cheese in... More

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vermont
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful meal for a family celebration. Had the wine pairing and it was an excellent choice. The veal for two cut and served at the table was excellent. The wine pairings were varied and very good, with service being informative and unobtrusive. Highly recommended.

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Manassas, VA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

I loved the antipasti. I thought the first and second courses were very plain. There weren't any sauces or fresh herbs. The scallops an tagliolini were so blah - too many breadcrumbs, but no sauce on the past and no garlic taste. There were only 3 choices, one of which was pigeon. My husband doesn't like fish or pigeon so... More

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Culpeper, Virginia, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

would go back again and again.. our first visit. and id not disappoint... worth the price.. you will be VERY full when you leave.. only glitch.. timing of gratis items a bit off... work on pacing ..

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