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“This place totally disregards reservation times - not worth the hassle!”
Review of Espuma - CLOSED

Price range: $30 - $30
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 1st street
Reviewed July 28, 2008

Every summer we give Espuma a try and every time we're left totally annoyed by their complete disregard of reservation times. You're always going to wait here. This time was particularly bad. We had a reservation for 8:30 and weren't seated until 10p!

The owner, Jay, was very nice and apologetic and comped a bottle of wine and four appetizers for our party of six. But, at the end of the day, this really couldn't make up for the fact that we were stuck for an hour and a half waiting around -- it presented an extremely poor first impression to our friends who had never been to Espuma and didn't set a great tone for the evening. Our dinner ended up being rushed because by the time we were finally seated, we just wanted to hurry up and order and eat.

Here's the thing. People with earlier reservations apparently arrive up to a 1/2 hour late. That's the first problem - as I told Jay, they need to have a policy in place where if you're more than 15 minutes late, your reservation won't be held. Also, the table ahead of us (in addition to showing up late) then felt free to linger over a few drinks long after paying the bill. Again, I told Jay he really needed to politely ask them to move to the bar. Geez, he could have comped a round of drinks for them at the bar and spent less than what he did to try and mollify us during our hour and a half wait!

The food here is good, but it's not worth the aggravation. I'd rather go to Back Porch which might not offer the same level of creativity or flair with the menu, but I know they would never hold our party hostage without a table for such an embarrassingly long period of time. Shame on Espuma -- they clearly are a little too cocky for their own good that they feel they can do this to patrons. This time was definitely our last!

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Reviewed March 15, 2008

We ate at Espuma on 3/15/08 on the recommendation of the hotel's concierge. Espuma is overpriced and serves mediocre food when compared to other first class restaurants in DC and NYC. The beet salad was good but pricey at $11.00. The Paella is mostly choriso and rice with four mussels and is way overpriced at $34. This paella is a distant cousin to this dish served in Spain.or in good Spanish restuarant in the US. The side dishes are listed as "to die for". Well, you will almost die when you see what you get and how tasteless it is. The Brussels sprouts consist of two meager table spoons of tasteless sprouts at $5; the cauliflower ragout is also two tablespoons of small tasteless florets at $7.. The dessert of Chocolate chocolate, is very good at $10..

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Reviewed December 22, 2007

Had an outstanding meal at Espuma last night.

To start, DH had the crab salad and I had the bacon & organic egg spinach salad. Crab was perfectly seasoned; the egg in my salad was first soft-boiled, then chilled and carefully peeled, then rolled in cornmeal and flash fried. A truly amazing dish -- the egg yolk is "sunny side up," inside a hardboiled white with a crispy coating -- perfect accompaniment to the greens and the chunk of country bacon.

For entrees, DH had the paella. He's an aficionado, and said this was one of the best he's ever had. Chock full of shrimp, chicken, chorizo and mussels. I had the caramelized scallops, served with a single short rib ravioli. Scrumptious! The ravioli is also a side dish -- it was so good, I'd be tempted to order a double portion and have it as my main dish.

We had a bottle of Spanish Cava with the meal that was just perfect with both dishes -- $30. The bread, an herb-flavored sourdough baked on the premises, was so good we bought a loaf to take home. $12, but it's huge and the flavor and texture (very dense) made it worth it.

No room for dessert, though they all looked delicious. Cappucino was served luke-warm, but when we mentioned that, we quickly got fresh-brewed hot replacement.

Some confusion about the check -- a Tanqueray-on-the-rocks was initially billed at $11, but when we questioned it, the price was adjusted to $8.50.

Espuma is not inexpensive, but it has a lovely ambience and the food is outstanding. Our check for two was around $150 before tip, and we thought the meal was well worth it.

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Reviewed September 4, 2007

Very charming place - quite dark, with candles on the dark walls, clever plates, silverware, glassware, etc. Small place, so a nice intimate feel and not too noisy. Very expensive, but what food! I've loved everything, but particularly the bacon and egg salad, the three-day pork, the paella, deckle, and all the sides. AND desserts, especially chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Always great service. Definitely make a reservation. One of my top 3 favorites in Rehoboth.

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Reviewed August 22, 2007

Dining in resort areas always seems punishing. So I was amazed to have such an extraordinary meal recently at Espuma in Rehoboth beach. We did not have reservations, but got lucky when a group cancelled. The food was magnificent, both in presentation and flavors. We got the 3 day cooked pork roast, which was subtly smoked and incredibly moist. We also shared the vegetarian plate, which consisted of 5 different vegetarian tappas-like appetizers. A panoply of different flavors all distinct, but beautifully combined. Excellent service, very attentive but not overwhelming. I don't give out 5-stars easily, but this restaurant and chef deserve it.

Do yourself a favor and just go!

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