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“Good Lunch Destination” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nage Restaurant

Nage Restaurant
1600 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)
(202) 448-8005
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Ranked #615 of 2,495 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $15 - $26
Cuisines: American, Fusion
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Doing business
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Cross street: 16th street
Transit: METRO: Dupont Circle (2 Blocks), Farragut North (2 Blocks) BUS: S-2 Bus A 16th and M streets
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Good Lunch Destination”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

My first visit to Nage and I was very happy with my meal. Nage goes a little above a typical Courtyard Hotel restaurant -- OK quite a bit above -- and, although the decor isn't as warm and "homey" as old-style Courtyard restaurants, the food is a nice surprise. I had the crispy falafel pita sandwich and it was delicious. The falafel was indeed crispy and tasty with delicious accompaniments. The obligatory side salad was a throw-away, however, with too much dressing on greens that were just too big and hard to eat or cut. The meal came with an appetizer-size order of bread that had a delicious spread. All in all it was a good meal at a decent price for downtown DC.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Good for what it is, but not among DC's top restaurants”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We went on a rainy weeknight, for an early Valentine's Day celebration. Attached to the lobby of a hotel, the restaurant was noisy with young work colleagues, probably hotel guests, when we arrived at 8:30--definitely not the place for an intimate talk, owing to the hard surfaces in the stylish dining room, off lobby and separated from the bar by a glass wall.

There was no host/hostess, and eventually a server passes and seats you.

The French onion soup was delicious and satisfying, not among the best I've enjoyed but reasonable value for a starter. The baklava of mushrooms, by contrast, was delicious and the accompanying blueberry confit was inspired. Nage's version of Beef Wellington was also delicious, but did not look as generous as the Beef bourguignon we saw pass. My Lobster Mac and Cheese, a signature dish, was very tasty, with generous portions of tail and claw meat, though the pasta suffered from having spent a bit too long under the heat lamp after the kitchen put it out to be picked up by our server, who seemed a bit distracted for such a small crowd in the establishment that evening.

We passed on dessert because we were full.

The wine list has something for every taste, and is reasonably priced. The California Syrah was delicious.

Overall, our meal was fine, more than OK but not as good as Nage would like you to believe. We had a Living Social deal, and the $20 saving made the meal reasonable value for the evening spent. The pacing and the somewhat distracted service in a room that was noisy even when not full made the evening OK, but not memorable.

Bottom line: if you are staying at the hotel, and it's a miserable night out, Nage is fine. But there are many restaurants just a short walk away that are either up to the reputation they aspire to, or are better value for food that's about the same quality.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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illinois
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143 reviews 143 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
“Convenient to hotel - but we should have gone out!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We stayed in for dinner at the Courtyard based on the good reviews of Nage. It was just OK. Food was interesting, but not all that tasty. Drinks were WAY over priced. People raved about the fries on here so we ordered a side - and they were gross. Mushroom baklava sounded so promising - but it swam in blueberry compote and that ruined the dish. Scallops and grits were good. Beef Borg. was boring. Just not tasty. Sorbet dessert was huge - 3 flavors in one dish. Only the pear was good - really good - the rapsberry and lemon were over the top tart and not even refreshing. Service was relaxed and good. Not forced or rushed. Decor in here is fun and natural but the AWFUL white LED lighting from the lobby of the hotel shines into the restaurant and just ruins the look. Some curtains on that wall might soften that harsh awful lighting. If staying here again I would try something out in the neighborhood instead.

Visited January 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Excellent food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Nage is definitely one of Washingtonians best restaurants in DC. I went there last week for dinner. The staff was well informed, helpful and prompt. The food, which was both interesting and creative, was excellent. I had a Chesapeake crab cake that was one of the better crab cakes I've had. Highly recommend.

  • 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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A nice brunch.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

We had Sunday brunch and while the menu has some interesting items (pumpkin pancakes, kill-it-skillet, shrimp n' grits, bloody swine, etc) the atmosphere and food are just good, not great. We'll likely give it another try, but it's not at the top of our list.

Visited January 2013
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