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“Every Bite and Sip Was Delicious” 5 of 5 stars
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5335 Wisconsin Ave, Washington DC, DC 20015
+1 202-803-8020
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Ranked #456 of 2,699 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.
Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Every Bite and Sip Was Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

5 of us went and shared excellent meat and cheese boards and a host of veggie sides and pasta and meats. Everything including the cornbread with a bacon infused marmalade was very tasty. The sommelier was very knowledgeable, helpful, and not extortionist. Too boot, Range markup on wines is only about +50%. Keep in mind the place is bit noisy. The service is very attentive and friendly but still professional but not pretentious. Casual overall atmosphere for eaters.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Make Friends With Your Server”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

This is a fever-pitch restaurant. new, crowded, loud. "Ouch," you say. But wait -- this is great food. And you can have as much or as little as you want of whatever you want.

Unlike Volt, the food is not pretentious (only one item had foam on it), the wait staff is not arrogant, and the sommelier is willing to listen to your thoughts.

We ate from around the menu: astonishing tuna crudo, delicious cheddar chive biscuits (and I don't even like pepper jelly), lovely fennel and blood orange salad, delicate pea pasta, excellent halibut, knock-your-socks off cauliflower, terrific mushrooms, tart rhubarb sorbet, and absolutely not-to-be missed new-on-the-menu donuts.

That's right. No bacon. No meat. No chicken. As sometimes pescetarians often vegetarians, we were delighted.

As believers in portion control, we were delighted.

Talk to your server. Ask and listen. Is this enough? Too much? How about this? Our server, Jonathan, was completely willing to answer questions and offer opinions without a hint of snideness. The sommelier was completely willing to discuss the merits of our 22 -- yes, 22 -- dollar bottle of wine. And the water guy pours both still and sparkling.

All in all, great. Now if they could just turn down the noise......

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, Ontario
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Food was well-prepared, but lacked any memorable flavour, except the caramel salt ice cream, which was quite tasty. The tables were on the edge of being too small. I saw no coat check, and draped my jacket over the back of my chair. None of the scores of servers noticed, although the coat fell twice. Once the bill was proffered, the server disappeared and we had to alert another.
This was not the type of service expected.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Good food but not worth the hassle”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

We had an 8:15 reservation. I had two bags and a coat; no one offered to take or check them. Table was not ready; we went to the bar, asked for a Bloody Mary & Maker Ginger. Bartender said they were out of ginger ale and bloody mary mix. Really? We were not seated until 8:35. We ordered quickly but did not see a morsel of food until about 9:10-- an hour after our reservation. And they don't validate parking. All round, too precious, too pretentious and not remotely enough concern for the guest. We were curious, wanted to try it, but will not ever be going back.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chevy Chase, MD
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Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Range: Tops in Fun, Flavors and Fireworks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Range. 5335 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Suite 201, Washington, DC. Opened in December. 2012.

On a serene Sunday evening in April, My Favorite American and I strolled into Friendship Heights, a Washington neighborhood awash with the glitzy showrooms of Bulgari, Gucci, Cartier and Jimmy Choo. Taking up most of the second floor a once-struggling mall, the Chevy Chase Pavilion, is a restaurant called Range. Range is a widely hyped, four-month-old, $10 million, 300-seat, 14,000-square-foot, stone and steel monument to exotic consumption.

It was 7 p.m. The woman in black said we could have a table at 9:30. “It’s his birthday,” MFA told her. True, and the woman’s own birthday was imminent, so we bonded. She led us off to Siberia, to a remote yet spacious counter beyond the tables. Our seats faced a corner of a wide open kitchen where synchronized teams of young cooks in sneakers and white uniforms, some with white skullcaps and dazzling tattoos, roast, bake, sauté and dress seafood and meat. “This restaurant has a lot going for it,” said one authority, a woman day-tripper from New Jersey who sat down beside us.

Range is the triumph of 36-year-old, Top Chef finalist Bryan Voltaggio (older brother of Top Chef Michael Voltaggio). Bryan first won acclaim with his South Beach-inspired Volt restaurant in his hometown of Frederick, Md., 50 miles northwest of Washington. Range marks Voltaggio's leap from the provinces into the continental arena of splashy dining. He has learned the knack of masters like Wolfgang Puck for surprising ingredients and their veneration of local produce.

Back at our counter, a waiter appeared at our shoulders. He was cradling a bottle of Champagne in a white linen towel. “For your birthday,” he said. He popped the cork and poured two coupes as we settled in for an hour-and-a-half of mesmerizing theater. To start, MFA ordered the menu’s Little Gem lettuce sprinkled with blue cheese and applewood-cured bacon. I ordered the generous three-ounce terrine of creamy foie gras, which came with a teaspoon of apple compote and two slices of toast and two of brioche. (Even numbers because Range promotes sharing.) Like all other plates, the portions were sensible.

For an entrée, I asked for halibut. A cook placed a thick, four or five-ounce slice of halibut in a skillet and slid it into an oven. Removing it, he tipped the skillet to let juices pool and to spoon them over the fish. Next, with a watchmaker’s eagle-sharp concentration, he aligned the halibut atop a bed of asparagus risotto and placed six or maybe eight morels and as many asparagus tips around the risotto. MFA ordered striped bass embellished with hazelnuts and sorghum. Her fish, like mine, was soft as a baby’s cheek.

We don’t do desserts, but we buckled at Range. Its menu of ice cream and sorbet listed salted caramel, espresso, cinnamon peppercorn, rhubarb, Granny Smith apple and Tahitian vanilla yoghurt—each for $3 or any three for $8. We choose the caramel. It came in a small ceramic bowl nestled on granules of dark chocolate. Set into the scoop was an oblong wafer of chocolate. The white script on it said, “Happy Birthday.”

Okay, we were seduced. But Range’s prices, in view of what you get, are hardly out of line with Friendship Heights’s trendy chains, like P.F. Chang’s, Capitol Grille, Clyde’s and Maggiano’s. My halibut was $28 and MFA’s bass, $19. The foie gras was $21. My glass of a 2011 Argentine Pinot Noir was $14. Our bill before the tip came to $110.

For all that, Range might become easier to like than to love. With the digitized precision of its service, it could risk seeming formulaic like the chains, if more innovative. With its clanging and edgy décor and a relentless din from its tables, Range can project the air of an industrial assembly line as much as the essence of intrepid cuisine that it indeed is. Already, for its fun, flavors and fireworks, MFA said, “We hit the jackpot.”

  • Visited April 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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