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“Excellent Food and Service, Surprisingly Good Value” 5 of 5 stars
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Range
5335 Wisconsin Ave, Washington DC, DC 20015
+1 202-803-8020
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Ranked #441 of 2,710 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: In 2011, after opening three well-received restaurants in Frederick, MD, celebrated Chef Bryan Voltaggio launched his first concept in the nation's capital with RANGE. This spacious 14,000 square-foot restaurant, located in the Friendship Heights neighborhood, includes over 300 seats and 9-kitchen stations, including a raw bar, salumeria, wood-fired grill, pasta station, rotisserie, and bakery. A culmination of all his experiences as a chef, Chef Bryan Voltaggio offers inventive American cuisine inspired by regional mid-Atlantic flavors and ingredients. RANGE-named after the various foods available from local ranges within the Chesapeake watershed-focuses on serving a variety of dishes from an extensive menu of nearly 100 a la carte items. RANGE also shares space with Aggio, Voltaggio's Italian restaurant-within-a-restaurant.
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Excellent Food and Service, Surprisingly Good Value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We went to range expecting an extravagant experience, and that is certainly what we got. Our server was incredibly helpful with my food allergies, and we got to try a lot of fun dishes. The timing of the meal was perfect - not rushed, but we never felt like we were waiting for something. The most surprising thing was that our bill was not as crazy as we expected for such a special meal. Not cheap, but definitely great value for a special night out.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Manhattan, NY, USA
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Really decent food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We were two people visiting the restaurant on a Sunday evening (Monday was a holiday) with a 9pm reservation.

Being from NYC, we were a little apprehensive when we saw the restaurant was in a mall. But a friend had recommended it, so we persevered.

Overall we were happy with the experience. As everyone notes, it's shared food -- kind of tapas style but slightly larger portions. What we ate:

-- Flat bread with chickpea/garlic spread (it was just hummus): pretty good
-- Clothbound Cabot cheddar: always delicious though some of the mostarda/chutney was distracting and didn't really pair well
-- Kale ceasar salad: very good
-- Foie gras: ok
-- Brussels sprouts with pancetta: very good
-- Pork cheek with mostarda: good
-- Leg of lamb: only ok; we wanted the lamb shank but they were out and this lamb dish was a bit all over the place in terms of ingredients and flavors

Service was mixed. The sommelier was helpful. The wine menu is organized in a way that I guess is supposed to be more accessible for everyone by arranging the wines in categories like "punchy sexy reds" and peppered with references to the Rolling Stones. That made it a bit too confusing, but telling the sommelier to pick a wine with a certain grape at a certain price point worked well.

Our waitress came over, dropped menus and never resurfaced (though she did introduce herself as our waitress). I saw her several minutes later wandering around so I called over a different waiter and he helped us out (and stuck with us the whole evening). He was fantastic. Super sweet and extremely helpful.

We ended with coffee, tea and a couple things from the dessert cart (I had a gooey chocolate cookie that was incredibly good).

With one $35 bottle of wine and the food above, our total with tip came in at $180.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Italy
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“fantastic food and pizza”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I am italian, so my food quality standards are pretty high.
However I have to say that the food of this restaurant is very good. I have had a full dinner and a quick lunch (a pizza). In both cases I have had a very good impression. The quality of food is impressive. In particular I was impressed by the quality of their pizza. Prices are pretty average for the standard of DC.

Visited February 2013
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Washington, DC
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“Destination Dining served Family-style”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The biggest surprise of the evening was that the dishes are served family-style, despite the size of some of the portions (the grouper, in particular) being barely sufficient for one - somewhat reminiscent of a tapas experience. That said, the grilled grouper was cooked perfectly. The more generous leg of lamb as well, which was served in a roasting pan drizzled at the finish with a green cilantro and brown (tamarind?) sauce that gave it a sort of Indian bent to the dish. Very lovely, if not channeling Indique Heights across the street? Vegetables (Brussels sprouts and Swiss chard) were also delicious, and disproportionately generous in regard to the proteins. That's saying something as this writer is not keen on Brussels sprouts, but was good-naturedly brow-beaten by the waitress and dining partner to give them a go. I'll close this entry with the opening cocktails/martinis, which were curiously delicious and not too sweet, most featuring novel liquors and flavor elements, a generous pour and a good kick (what more can you ask?). The made-to-order Manhattan, served over a single block of clear ice, was superb.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington, DC
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Jury's still out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

This very open airy restaurant in a mall faces a lot of interesting challenges primarily how to fill its many tables every night in a relatively quiet part of the city. Like black salt in palisades, it will have to have consistently outstanding and innovative food to compete with its less
pricey neighbors.

The food was very good - the lamb and beef dishes were very good. Kudos to the superb Brussels sprouts. The various charcuterie starters were also very good. The problem was there was no "knockout punch" dish that would have me coming back again and again.

The decor is very airy open and bright. Nice if there's a view outside but at the end of the day you're inside a mall. The music was also interesting. While I like 90s Seattle scene grunge I am not sure the 60 something's a few tables over were reliving their lollapalooza memories.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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