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Obelisk

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$$$$
Dupont Circle
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2029 P St NW, Ste 101, Washington DC, DC 20036-5948
+1 202-872-1180
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6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Bethesda, MD
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83 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Three of us had dinner at Obelisk after not having been back for many years. We found the menu and food to be uninspiring and the prices too high for what was being served. The service was fine and the ambiance, which hasn't changed in years, muted and quiet. With the advances in the D.C. food scene, this restaurant hasn't... More 

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Maryland
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45 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate at obelisk regularly when It opened decades ago and we lived in D.C. It never disappointed. It is somehow the same and gently updated on a recent visit after all these years, and I can't recommend it enough.

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Thank Lynn S
Washington, D.C.
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91 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A classic, European dining experience, where you are made to fell like a special guest. With all the new, often large, "themed", buzzy restaurants, Obelisk is focused on the experience of food and wine. Nice environment, personalized service, creative cuisine with Italian foundation and ingredients. Having lived and traveled throughout Italy, this is reminiscent of those small intimate ristorante. Fix... More 

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Thank Miniamo
New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

Two New Yorkers came here on a recommendation from a work colleague and thank goodness we did. What a lovely experience, in every way. By far the most wonderful meal we had!! Everything was incredible. You will thank me for coming to this charming restaurant. Bon Apetit!

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Thank Sam-Kelle A
DC
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

I had been meaning to try Obelisk for years and went with friends for a holiday dinner. First of all, the service was outstanding - friendly and helpful and set the right vibe for the evening. The 5 course menu was perfectly done and nicely proportioned. The ragu was outstanding. All in with drinks/wine it ended up feeling a bit... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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180 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

Dined here on election night with husband and friends. We were the only guests...a private restaurant. We were never made to feel that we were unwanted, exact opposite. Food was fantastic. An array of appetizers, followed by marvelous sweet potato ravioli. Then wagu beef, an assortment of cheeses, and flour less chocolate cake. Others had pasta with rabbit ragu, snapper... More 

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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

This is a an elegant place to dine. There is a refined changing menu which you can select one of three for "primi piatti", "secondi piatti" and desserts in addition to fixed assortment of small plates and cheese. You can leave the choice of wine for the plate you selected to your hostess for a fixed price of USD 50.-... More 

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U.S.
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94 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

If you don't mind little or no choice on the menu this is the best food in DC. Plus they're accommodating to vegetarians and other food preferences if you let them know in advance.

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Thank Shain
Little Rock, Arkansas
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153 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

Had a very nice meal. Delightful appetizers started the meal with very interesting flavors followed by out of this world anchovy ravioli. Fish main course was good but not outstanding. Cheese course was nice and dessert was really good. Service was equal to the really, really good food.

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Durham, North Carolina
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

While the service is outstanding and the atmosphere relaxing, the food is quite bland. The amount of food is generous, but the menu is very limited. Overall, a good experience but an expensive evening with food that is nothing special. Simply stated, overrated. With all the outstanding restaurants in the city, spend your money elsewhere.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$60
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2029 P St NW, Ste 101, Washington DC, DC 20036-5948
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
  • Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: +1 202-872-1180

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?