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0.7 miles from Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Reviewed June 18, 2015

very small single seating restaurant located in small retail store. clever, fun and creative. requires tickets in advance, so go online and reserve (they are helpful if visiting from out of town).

Date of visit: November 2014
Reviewed June 4, 2015 via mobile

If you plan right , there are tickets available for Supper Club . Chef Daniel O'Brien gets expediently better with each visit . It's a single seating per night at a communal table . You don't have to be a foodie to understand his vision.... Don't miss this treasure in DC .More

Date of visit: January 2015
Reviewed April 25, 2015

Memorable Experience Because my wife and I disagreed about whether we wanted to return, I decided to wait a few weeks until the glow faded before writing this review. For those who don’t know, Seasonal Pantry is a small store that several nights a week...hosts a 12-person dinner party with a chef-selected multi-course menu. Non-refundable tickets must be bought in advance; ours cost $135 each. Eight of us knew each other, albeit some only slightly. Two other couples, previously strangers, quickly joined into the lively conversation. Dan, the chef and co-owner joined in. He is passionate about his work and is not afraid to voice his opinions strongly. Interacting with him made the evening special. With his two assistants he finished and plated the courses while in our dining room over the span of several hours, although I imagine a great deal of prep work had been done before we arrived. But what about the food? Recounting the courses would be of little help to the reader because the menu changes weekly, both because of Dan’s insistence on the freshest, preferably local food, and also because he likes to experiment. One wall has a large whiteboard filled with possibilities. I can say every course was precisely cooked and plated, and none were uninteresting. Some were playful, such as the amuse bouche that looked like a cheese ball but was filled with hot pureed escargot. Some were universally admired, such as the course based on scallop and greens. Some were controversial, such as the rigatoni with kalamata olives and an olive reduction—I thought it was outstanding, but my wife thought it was too intense. I found one course, based on a sous vide egg a little bland. The sauces were so good that my wife told me she regretted that the Parker House roll was served as an early course; she would have preferred to have it available to sop up every drop of sauce. The included wines, a Chardonnay and a Grenache blend, glowed freely. They were adequate, but not outstanding. But I left very happy with the meal, and even happier about the interactions with the other diners and with Dan. Now, three weeks later, I am faced with the task of awarding stars. I am stingy with the fifth star, so because while every course was interesting and good, only a few were outstanding, so the food only gets four stars. Although the room was narrow, the table nearly filled the room, and there was no white table cloth, the ambience of the chef, his assistants, and the party atmosphere rates that fifth star. And so does the highly competent and attentive service. All in all, it was one of my most memorable dining experiences. So I would return the next time I was ready for a gastronomic adventure with acquaintances and strangers. I hope I can persuade my wife to join me.More

Date of visit: April 2015
Reviewed March 24, 2015

I like different so this was fun. As previously indicated there are 12, dinner starts at 8:00 sharp! Rules are explained in fun fashion, water and wine is liberally added to the table and we began. There were so many courses, I can't remember them...all! They explained as they delivered each course. Everyone around the table of 12 discussed the food and their lives. Even though I questioned some of the things I was eating, they all tasted pretty darn good. So if you are looking for something that can be described as NOT the same old, same old thing, this is the place to go. What a great night. dined on 02/28/15.More

Date of visit: February 2015
Reviewed August 24, 2014

Good comfort food and an inviting atmosphere! It is definitely different from your typical restaurant experience but quite interesting!

Date of visit: April 2014
Reviewed December 16, 2013

It seems as though 'going out to eat' these days is more about filling the void in our gut instead of experiencing something marvelous for our taste buds. It is a different type of dining experience ... allow yourself to relax and enjoy the mystery...of the journey ... the food will not disappoint!More

Date of visit: December 2013
Reviewed December 1, 2013

Place only has 12 seats, only becomes a restaurant after the store closes. If you are a fussy eater, this place isn't for you as there are no menus. You get the set meal they have created for the evening. I enjoyed most of the...dishes presented and am a bit of a 'foodie' so I didn't mind at all that there wern't menu choices. One note, half of the table the night we were there was a party of 6 specifically there for someone's birthday. It made for a less enjoyable evening as they were loud and didn't interact with the other 6 guests at all - even thought we were all seated at a single communal table. That's part of the randomness of this type of 'restaurant' experience. You can live or die by who the other people are that reserve the same night as you. I'm glad we went, but I won't be back.More

Date of visit: September 2013
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