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2029 P St NW, Ste 101, Washington DC, DC 20036-6901 (Dupont Circle)
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Ranked #64 of 2,623 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $60
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
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98 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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English first
Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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
83 helpful votes 83 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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Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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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
20 helpful votes 20 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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Springfield, Virginia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Last Sat night, we went to Obelisk for my belated (6 mos!) bday dinner. It's my fave restaurant here in DC and really was excited to go back. We were among the first seated and got a nice table close to the window. We ordered a nice bottle of amarone, and the waitress brought out the evening's menu. As we... More

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