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“Fine dining but limited menu selections” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Obelisk

Obelisk
2029 P St NW, Ste 101, Washington DC, DC 20036-6901 (Dupont Circle)
202-872-1180
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Ranked #77 of 2,709 Restaurants in Washington DC
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
Tucson, AZ
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Fine dining but limited menu selections”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Obelisk offers an eclectic menu, fine food but a very limited number of appetizers and entrees. The evening we visited the entrees were limited to veal, squab and tuna. The price fixed menu is billed as three courses but it's really more than that, with a variety of delicious appetizers appearing one after the other. The wine list is extensive, featuring excellent (and pricey) Italian wines that one doesn't see often in the United States. The decor is nice but nothing special for a small second-floor restaurant in one of Washington's busiest areas. Servers are knowledgeable about the food and go out of their way to deal with patrons who are having trouble finding something they want to eat. (One group apparently couldn't; they left shortly after reviewing the menu.) Some may see it as evidence of eccentricity but I found the absence of a sign outside the building mildly annoying.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Panama
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77 reviews 77 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A lot of food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

Following a good recomendation from Zagat and tripadvisor,I went last sep28. Small restaurant,staff friendly and the food very good. Be aware because they served a lot of antipast and I tasted extraordinay tomato. Well,at the end we were full, with no space for deserts. Cost $85 per person plus $70 for pairing wine

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vienna, Virginia
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Outstanding dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Delicious home made Italian cuisine based on fresh seasonal ingredients. Casual, romantic setting in a very comfortable environment where you can easily converse with your dinner companions. There is one window table for four that overlooks the vibrant street scene below from an elevated vantage point. Be sure to bring the address as there is no sign street side and you could easily walk on by. Very personal service expedited in a smart professional manner. The antipasti parade of dishes that are chef's choice provides an impressive beginning. Ours included home made burata, chicken liver pudding, eggplant crostini and fried squash blossoms . Set price is five courses for $85 with wine pairing for an additional $55 (optional). The well prepared variety of the primi and secondi selections as well as the surprise element that extends to the cheese course is a nice touch. Distinctive house made desserts including a fine chocolate cake with fresh mint sauce put the final touch on a memorable dining experience.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I booked a table here as a birthday gift and so I did not personally go, but the couple who did raved & raved. They especially loved the beef and the wine pairing. The restaurant was very helpful and kind getting everything set up.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bethesda, Maryland
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Superlative Italian cuisine in casual setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Five of us had a very enjoyable meal in this consistently wonderful small restaurant that is up a steep flight of stairs in a row house and which is perennially popular and respected. The meal is "prix fixe" with 5 courses for $75 (can add matching wines for $50 more pp). Three courses are selected from 3 or 4 possibilities, while the initial tastings are served at the whim of the chef as "antepasti' (aka amuses bouches). On our visit these included smoked salmon, burrata with olive oil, shrimp "balls" that were fried like falafel, pig's head salad, and others. The "first plate" offerings included wonderful tagleroni with calamari and tasty artichoke-stuffed ravioli. The second course possibilities included loin lamb chops (2) that were succulent if a bit of excess fat was left on the bone, plus fish and quail. There was also a cheese course with 3 small offerings of Italian cheeses. The desserts were uniformly wonderful combinations of blackberries or sweet cherries and ice cream, chocolate cake, etc. Somehow we enjoyed the food more on previous occasions, but everything this evening was well prepared and served by knowledgeable young waiters in jeans and sneakers.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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