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Cranes

4.7
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113 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
Explore the intersections of Spanish and Japanese cuisine at Cranes, a restaurant and sake lounge by chef Pepe Moncayo. Chef Pepe’s contemporary dishes spotlight the similarities he has found with the ingredients, techniques and culinary viewpoints of Japan and Spain. From cooking style to ingredient and flavor combinations, his Spanish Kaiseki is a natural cultural and culinary marriage.

The design of the 12,000 square foot restaurant space includes a beautifully striking bar, large sake lounge, raised dining area, open kitchen, and private dining room suitable for 30 guests. The sleek, modern, yet approachable space draws on the chef’s Spanish and Japanese influences. Bright polished metals and thoughtfully placed wood elements layer amongst dark textures and dramatic lighting.

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  • Omakase Menu

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     $88.00 per person
    Starting Jul 15, 2020
    Our six-course omakase menu is a constantly evolving chef’s selection showing off our current seasonal favorites. A curated beverage pairing is also available. There are no substitutions, however we are able to accommodate some allergies and dietary restrictions. 6 Courses / 88 Beverage Pairing / 45
  • Dine Out on 8th Program

    Sep 25 - Oct 25, 2020
    Al Fresco “Streatery” dining available on 8th street, between H and I street Northwest. Please see us there and check in. Available from September 25 to October 25. Friday-5pm to 10pm Saturday/Sunday- 12pm to 10pm

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 113 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
Service
4.7
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4.3
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and amazing service

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vipRationalMind
London
17 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Top-notch food, with very fresh ingredients, boldly presented. Unfortunately, the outdoor dining was in several re-used parking spaces in the small street around the side of the restaurant, which provided a very noisy atmosphere including truck and car traffic right beside us.

However, that was minor compared to the excellent service, fine beverage pairings with the tasting (omakase) menu that we experienced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always! The Omakase always have me leaving full and happy. Great value for a tasting menu, truly the best deal in the city! Jake and Christian are fantastic, they surely know how to make a guest feel welcome and at home.

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mkbf26
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful, incredible service, food was splendid.

Cranes
Responded on September 16, 2020

Thank you! 🙏 😊

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vipMParis
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service and food. Delicious and executed well. If you have a good appetite and even if you don't, you have to spend a lot to fill up. You come here for the experience.

Cranes
Responded on September 16, 2020

Thank you for the great comment and feedback! 🙏☺️

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We got the recommendation from a friend and decided to try Sunday Brunch. Everything is perfect - the environment, service, food quality. We always love Spanish and Japanese cuisine, so the food at Cranes not only satisfies the taste buds but also brings surprises by the Chef’s creativity of combining the ingredients and preparation methods of those two different cuisines.

Cranes
Responded on September 16, 2020

Thank you for joining us and please send our 👍🏻 to your amazing friend who recommended us! We look forward to having you both back.

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squid
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We have been to Cranes twice now, once before the pandemic and once since. The food and service were excellent on both occasions. The restaurant is understandably pretty empty right now, but Cranes is maintaining its outstanding standards. The Serrano ham and gulf shrimp were delicious

Cranes
Responded on September 16, 2020

Were glad to have you back in our dining room! We miss our lively atmosphere and can't wait until its safe and everything is back to normal.

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vipgourmande
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is worth every calorie. Come ready to enjoy the tapas or the main dishes but make sure to save space for dessert.

Cranes
Responded on September 16, 2020

Thank you for the comment! There is a separate stomach for dessert 😁 🍨

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best new restaurant in DC

Cranes
Responded on September 16, 2020

Thank you! 🙏☺️

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first night out to a restaurant since the shutdown, and we absolutely made the best choice for our first anniversary! The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable, we felt incredibly safe and taken care of, and the food is magical. We couldn’t have had a more delightful evening.

Cranes
Responded on September 16, 2020

Thank you for joining us on your first night out! We hope to see you back again.

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Daniel
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The noise level note is entirely due to the country itself dealing with a pandemic.

If there weren't a pandemic right now, this place would be f*g packed.

I have no interest in censoring an absolutely stunning review, beyond putting in a bunch of asterisks for the overly sensitive readers.

This place is a place to be experienced. If you have the opportunity to dine here, or you have the flexibility to dine here, f*g dine here.

I have a background in culinary and beverage service, and I was absolutely blow away by the beverage options and culinary expertise that was displayed. A few friends were looking for a bit of normalcy and indulgence amid the pandemic, and the omakase selection didn't just hit that mark. It left them stunned.

I'm not exaggerating that. Stunned.

The scallop-ponzu butter course left a few friends who didn't know what ponzu was so stunned at what was dancing across their pallets that they didn't have words.

That is just one note, of one course. It leaves out the body of the timely service by the manager monitoring the sake lounge. It leaves out the gradual escalation of the body and intensity of the dishes, and the increasing subtly along with their intensity. The wagyu beef course wasn't *hot*...but I didn't want it to be. The carnal chew of seared and seasoned wagyu was primaly satisfying. And it was followed up by a palette-cleansing sorbet cocktail and dessert course that left everyone at the table absolutely *moaning*.

I'm not going to gloss that up with fancy text. *Moaning*. Everyone I brought to the table moaned at their first bites into the dessert course. It wasn't just a satisfying end to the meal. It wasn't just a nice and sweet dish, in and of itself. It f*cking capped things off in a way that made the whole experience ooze indulgence.

I don't care if anyone reads that and goes 'Oh, that sounds like it's too much'.

F**k you. Go here. Eat here.

I've eaten around the world. You should eat here.

DD
vipDiningDan
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Crane's was a pleasant surprise. The interior is beautiful and interesting. The menu is excellent and the quality of the food very high.. Service was good.

My only complaint is that, even for small plates, some of the items were kind of small. For example, the tomato and burrata salad was very tasty, but could have used one spoonful more for $12. The bao buns were great; as was the maitake tempura.

Worth a visit!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food!

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vipFoxsfoodbuzz
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Awesome evening food was fabulous with great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing dessert!

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xji11
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend the bento box. Really interesting dishes!

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Buddy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous find. Don’t miss it!! The Bento Box for lunch was fresh delicious and visually artistic. I can’t wait to return.

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vipSexypearl
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Service was above and beyond. Very clean and spacious (important in Covid times). Lovely food presentation. Would certainly come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Recommend the Bento box and off-menu ube coconut coconut!!

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mkmkmk85
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, fantastic and attentive service, beautifully modern interior design, and amazing cocktails!

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vipMichelle
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional, imaginative, creative, and innovative are the words that come to mind. My husband and I came for lunch for Restaurant Week 2020 on a Saturday. While it was still "brunch" early and eerily quiet (likely due to covid and people just not eating indoors), we got prime seating by a draped window, and the zen lounge music followed. He ordered a beer, I ordered a cute cocktail. The server gave a great background on the chef, whose cuisine is Spanish Kaiseki, prepared in a Japanese technique. Then, the food came. We got two matching oyster tapas, followed by bento boxes with unique ingredients you normally don't find in fine dining (very Jose Andres/ minibar), which were a joy to my taste buds. Every taste just blew me away with the unique flavors. We finished off lunch with a citrus tart, which tasted every bit amazing - like heaven in each tiny bite. We kept oohing and ahing at all the minimalist decor and interior touches. Loved this place - we can't wait to come back for the omikase and hopefully with friends. Definitely was the most memorable food I've tasted in years in DC and would recommend this to every foodie/food snob.

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AshleyP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service and good food! A bit expensive but in line with fine dining experience.

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SamF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cranes is navigating the pandemic scenario in the best way possible. The space is very large so all seating groupings had more than enough space to spread out.

The food was amazing (always consistent) and the service was top notch. It was great to find some normalcy in this tough time.

You won’t be disappointed!

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DavidM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cranes and its immensely talented chef, Pepe Moncayo, provides a culinary experience that is second to none!! I HIGHLY recommend Cranes to everyone looking for the best DC has to offer. Each plate is an experience unto itself. ENJOY!!!

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vipYourAvgJoe
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

The flavours in certain dishes in the omakase were perhaps too complex (e.g. octopus rice dish and the sauce on the steak). Steak was perfectly cooked but the sauce was too overpowering. The churros were not at all like you’d expect. It was not shaped like churros and lacked the crunchy/crispiness of fried dough.

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vip21veka
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent bento box for Restaurant Week lunch. No outdoor seating here, but the inside dining room has high ceilings and spacious with roomy walkways and well distanced tables providing a safe environment. My only complaint - there is only one bento choice for the RW lunch but if you have t been already it's definitely worth checking out.

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vipfoodfocus
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cranes is a gem. Best food and restaurant experience in DC in years. Creative food with fantastic flavors, but not too crazy. Sleek interior but not pretentious. The number one restaurant in DC right now for sure. And does not break the bank.

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vipMarkM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is amazing!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible. This is the best restaurant in the city, and no one knows.

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vipFoodie
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, service and ambience was amazing. We were not expecting much, but were blown away instead. Not only was the food creative with the Spanish and Japanese flavors, but the chef went out of his way to create special surprises for our 9 years-old very pick eater. They even gave us a tour around the restaurant.

Cranes just opened back on Feb 2020. We really hope that this gem will survive the COVID restrictions and economy. This place is perfect for date nights, gathering with friends and families. We'll definitely be back!

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AaronW
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fascinating concept, food was displayed beautifully and service was impeccable. Curious to try Omakase option.

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vipfoodtastic
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing meal. Every dish was thoughtfully prepared, presented beautifully, and tasted amazing. Will be back often.

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DavidM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pepe Moncayo is an extraordinarily talented chef!! Every course was a culinary delight!
Cranes provides an outstanding dinner experience and should be on everyone's A-List as one the very best restaurants in DC! A MUST!!!

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vipEJTTTT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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MicheleP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed dinner at Crane’s...the food is exceptional. The restaurant itself is big and open and airy, easy to maintain social distancing and the staff was super helpful. We will be back :)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We stumbled upon Cranes on a walk and are so glad we made a reservation the same day! The omakase was an amazing experience and we great appreciated the sake recommendation from our server. Can’t wait to go back!

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vippandc
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent Asian-Spanish influenced dishes. We enjoyed everything...potatas bravas was a creative take on the original, gazpacho was an amazingly smoky, tasty version, and my husband loved the pork bao buns. The salmon fisherman's stew was more like sauce with a piece of salmon, but it had an amazing deep flavor of saffron. Delicious. We also loved the perfectly cooked shrimp.
We visited during the coronavirus pandemic and sat outside on the sidewalk, which was not much fun given that it was open to the street. But we will go back nonetheless. A super place to eat in DC--perhaps our favorite.

Cranes
Responded on July 14, 2020

Thank you for the kind words! We hope to see you back again!

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MicheleP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday dinner at Cranes...the food was first class as was the service. Highly recommend, we will be back :).

Cranes
Responded on July 14, 2020

Were thrilled you enjoyed your birthday! We hope to see you again soon.

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vipEric
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service. The maitake tempura is amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the omakase menu and picked a couple of bottles of saké and champagne along the way. The sommelier was extremely knowledgeable and did not steer us wrong, and the menu was exceptional! From the presentation, portion size, interesting mix of Spanish and Japanese dishes, pace of the courses, and highly attentive service it was all perfectly done. The restaurant is also spacious and comfortable.

Cranes
Responded on July 14, 2020

Were glad we were able to make good recommendations with your beverages! We look forward to serving you again.

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FAQs

Cranes does offer delivery in partnership with Toast and Uber Eats. Cranes also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 525-4900.

Cranes is rated 4.7 stars by 113 OpenTable diners.

Cranes does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/cranes-dc-724-9th-street-nw/giftcards.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.