**Update 6/24 — Restaurant K has closed.**

Restaurant K recently opened and I was excited.  I had heard a lot of great things about Alison Swope, so I had some high expectations.  From their Web site, they describe the restaurant as one that will “feature modern American cooking, a contemporary twist on traditional comfort foods utilizing local and regional ingredients.”

Since it’s K Street, it’ll come as no surprise that they had an impressive wine and liquor collection.

  • Food: While waiting for the others to arrive, we sat at the bar for happy hour.  We ordered the cheese fritters and wild mushroom baklava.  The cheese fritters were good, but there were only 5 or 6 on the plate.  It was too big of a plate for the few fritters — they should bring it out on a smaller plate.  The baklava was by far the best with the goat cheese, balsamic reduction and roasted sweet pepper puree.  You could taste and identify each one of the flavors and they worked together so well — I’d definitely order it again!  When we were ready for dinner, we were given an amuse bouche which was good.  I can’t remember exactly what it was, but it was a bit like bruschetta.  Then I ordered the leg of lamb steak with the goat cheese mashed potatoes.  I wasn’t paying attention when I ordered so I was surprised when this steak-looking piece of meat came out — instead of the chop.  It was good and cooked perfectly. Unfortunately, my friends’ food was not cooked properly.  One ordered the seared salmon and let me tell you, it was definitely not seared and was borderline overcooked.  She said it was fine.  The other friend ordered streak (I don’t remember which one), but she had ordered it medium well (don’t get me started, I know…why medium well?!).  Instead, it came medium rare.  Then a couple of friends ordered the chocolate cream pie and banana fritters.  Both said their desserts were tasty.
  • Service: Courteous and efficient. 
  • Atmosphere: It has a great interior.  The restaurant has a comfortable feel with the medium dark wood and big booths.  The bar has their liquor bottles lined up against the wall and their selection is impressive.
  • Attire: Business casual
  • Price: $$$
  • Overall: I’d go back for the happy hour in a heartbeat.  There are a lot of other restaurants I want to try before I come back for dinner though.  I think they’re still fixing the kinks.  Some of the dishes were “hits” while the others would have been good if they were cooked properly.  In a few months, I’d be willing to go back to try dinner one more time with the hopes that their kitchen understands their menu a little bit better.

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri from 3-7 PM with appetizers half-off and discounts on drinks, wine, and beer.  Beverages range from $5-$7. 

Details:

  • Reservations accepted.
  • Hours: Lunch: Monday through Friday 11:30-3; Closed for lunch Saturday and Sunday Dinner; Monday through Thursday 5-10; Friday and Saturday 5-11; Closed for dinner Sunday; Bar: Monday through Friday – open all day; Saturday 5-close
  • Address: 1700 K Street NW; Washington, DC 20006
  • Ph: (202) 974-6545
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