Great tapas and wine bar. The only way to do Tabaq Bistro is if you can snag a table on the rooftop. The view is fun and it's a quainter version of W Hotel's P.O.V. Don't bother looking at the menu - just treat yourself and have your server make recommendations. The staff is very knowledgeable and will pair a bottle of wine with your table's tapas. Definitely a fun place while the weather is still warm.
Tapas with a View.
Tabaq is one of those places that you may not notice unless you're planning on going there...so you should plan to go there!
Set in a converted rowhouse on U St. (and RIGHT off the 13th street Metro exit), the tapas restaurant offers mediterranean fare, fruity martinis and a breathtaking view of DC. Recently they added raw oysters to the menu, and Tuesday through Saturday Tabaq hosts a happy hour in their Red Room (main floor) from 5-8 p.m.
My advice? If dining during the week enjoy the happy hour then move to the roof for dinner. The ambience is romantic and doesn't usually get so loud that you can't hear your dining partner talking. And the calories you'll burn hiking to the top will allow you an extra order of Tahini Eggplant! (Also try Dolma and Kibbeh. Don't ask me how to pronounce any of the names -- just eat them!)
Citysearch Editorial Review. It may not look like much from the U Street entrance, but ascend three sets of stairs to the top level of Tabaq Bistro and it's obvious why locals keep coming back: The glass-encased rooftop provides unparalleled views of the district, including the Capitol dome and Washington monument. Expect traditional Mediterranean fare such as lamb and beef both in entrees and small plates, as well a raw oyster bar. Candles and starlight make for romantic evening dining in the glass terrace but go back for brunch too; 360 degrees of sunlight and fruity mimosas are hard to beat.
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