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“Ehh...rather mediocre...spend your money elsewhere...”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Urbana

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Ranked #226 of 3,199 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $10 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 21st St NW
Transit: Metro: Red Line, Dupont Circle
Description: Located in the heart of Dupont Circle, Urbana imports the flavors and culinary craftsmanship of Italy to DC's most cosmopolitan neighborhood. You're in the capable hands of our stellar team, as our neighborhood bartenders craft you a thoughtful happy-hour cocktail and Chef Ethan tempts your taste buds with his house-made artisan pastas, inspired vegetable dishes and local seafood delicacies.
Atlanta, GA
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129 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
“Ehh...rather mediocre...spend your money elsewhere...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

I've stayed at the Palomar many times but had never tried their adjoining restaurant, Urbana. I've often seen it crowded and buzzing as I walked by on the street in the evenings. I finally decided to try it on a Friday evening. It did not live up to the reviews I read elsewhere.

In terms of ambiance, there was a substantial proportion of younger folks drinking at the bar, hanging out, and a large group who were part of a bachelorette party. Mixed in were a smattering of folks beyond their 20's, including a pair of elderly couples who were staying at the hotel. It was quite loud but not so loud as to make conversation impossible.

As to the food, my Pickled Pumpkin salad was unique and tasty, though priced like a hotel restaurant at $11. As an entree, I ordered the lamb shank. The portion was not only absurdly small, but the lamb itself was fatty. It was also overly salty. For $38, this was disappointing both from the standpoint of value as well as quality and taste. I've seen this restaurant described as "French-Italian." Maybe that's the problem: it does neither well.

The service was friendly, if somewhat amateur.

With a drink, tax, and tip, I spent over $60 solo. Had it been a great meal, I would have been happy with this. Given nothing special about the cuisine, poor value, and a particularly disappointing main course, I would give this place 2.5 to 3 stars.

Visited March 2013
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glen ellyn
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“Great Pizza”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

I very much enjoyed the veal sweetbread appetizer, but I realize they aren't for everybody. But who doesn't like pizza? The brick oven pizza here is very tasty with classics as well as more original choices. This is a good place for upscale dining as well as finding something kids will eat. Not really a kid atmosphere, but my son and I were taken very well care of.

Visited February 2013
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“Had breakfast buffet in Urbana”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We had a free breakfast option along with our room. It was a decent breakfast with plenty of fresh fruit juice choice - loved it.

Visited December 2012
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Miami, Florida
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477 reviews
342 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
“Best Pizza is now at Urbana”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

Pizza Chef Anthony Pilla has taken moved from 7th Hill to Urbana. His pizza creations have always been astounding, delicious, and creative. Today was no exception. His carne pizza and his argula pizza, with his freshly made mozzarella were stupendous. Folks sitting at the pizza bar agreed it was their best pizza ever. Everyone who has his pizza says the same thing. I always stop for his pizza whenever I am in DC. Check it out.

Thank Joseph F
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Columbia, Maryland
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“Great food but not a place for a quiet conversation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

Great food and a great deal during Restaurant Week. Will go back there again - and with all the restaurants in DC, that's a real compliment. The average age of diners is about 30 - and it is quite loud. Had the mussels starter and the fish casserole. Both were full of seasonings and made the sourdough loaf disappear.

  • Visited February 2013
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