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Cranes

4.8
183 reviews
$31 to $50
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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Experiences

  • Omakase Menu

    $88.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    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

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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 183 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and great service. Get the omakasi. Covid protocols were great, and they also have outdoor dining. I love the fusion of Spanish and Japanese cuisine. Very unique and special meal

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JenniferR
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the tasting menu plus pairing and it was amazing. Courses were a mix of Japanese and Spanish cuisine, with either a sake or wine. Great experience tasting sake and loved being out at a new restaurant in DC.

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EugeneG
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food is average at best. Evening menu is extremely limited in food and drinks. One dish was not edible (octupus) while some other ones were ok.

Cranes
Responded on February 24, 2021

Hello, Thank you for the feedback and were very sorry we did not meet your expectations. We recommend trying out our Omakase menu if you’re looking for more variety. If you decide to join us again for another try, please email eat@cranes-dc.c om

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My experience was amazing! So many flavors, I was in heaven. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipMaryamA
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Wow! We loved Crane. My first time doing indoor dining during Covid. We felt safe and well taken care of.

Great service and the drinks were great. It's a great option for special occasion.

Cranes
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thank you so much! We’re thrilled you enjoyed your time. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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Victor
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food!

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sweetmateofries
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and drinks - really recommend the hamachi and patatas bravas. The bao buns are alright but they should had a solid vegetarian and meat option for them.

Cranes
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thank you so much! We’re thrilled you enjoyed your time. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! And cheap too

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CaitN
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

We wanted to try something new and ended up not liking any of our dishes. I think food here just didn’t go with our personal preferences. Our main server was very attentive and friendly. Some of food runners seemed to be lazy about explaining each dishes. Price seemed fair, not too expensive.

Cranes
Responded on February 24, 2021

We are sorry you did not enjoy your time with us. Should you decide to give us another try, please email eat@cranes-dc.c om

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CHUNYIX
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is awesome! The service is a bit slow. Will come back

Cranes
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thank you for the feedback, we look forward to having you back soon.

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vipLyziona
London
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, incredible cuisine + impeccable service! The Omakase tasting is absolutely the way to go!

Cranes
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thank you so much! We can’t wait to serve you again. Please let us know if there is anything we can do in the meantime.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience, food was spectacular, service was spot on. Will definitely be back.

Cranes
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thank you so much! We can’t wait to serve you again. Please let us know if there is anything we can do in the meantime.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very pleasant surprise: high-end dining in an area full of much less impressive restaurants.

Cranes
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thank you so much! We can’t wait to serve you again.

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DavidM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the very best culinary experiences in DC. Chef Pepe Moncayo creates magic that reaches all the senses! The Omakase (chef's choice menu) is extraordinary and an absolute must. I HIGHLY recommend this 5 Star restaurant!

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CharlotteA
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cranes was amazing! We got lucky and was able to enjoy the meal when the crowd was low. For two people, ordering a few small plates was perfect and filling. Unique tastes and outstanding customer service!

Cranes
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thank you so much! We can’t wait to serve you again. Please let us know if there is anything we can do in the meantime.

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AnandN
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Food is alright, did the omikase menu and unfortunately I thought the pairings fell well short of expectations. Need a better food and beverage person in there, not everything has to be saki with food... disappointed

Cranes
Responded on February 7, 2021

Hello, Thank you for the feedback and were very sorry we did not meet your expectations. We offer different pairings with our Omakase and Sake is unique to our menu and concept. We do a mixture of Sake and Wine depending on which pairs well with the dish. For our guests that do not prefer Sake, we also offer a Wines only option. Again, were truly saddened you did not enjoy your time, please let us know if you’d like to give us another try by emailing eat@cranes-dc

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything is just perfect.

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Ricecracker
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was here for lunch during restaurant week. The bento box was very delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food with Amazing Service! The team at Cranes really know what they’re doing and it’s so refreshing to see a one of a kind restaurant in DC!

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Lula
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I had the bento box for lunch during restaurant week and it was delicious! Our server was great, very attentive. Ate indoors and felt COVID safe. Will definitely be coming back for dinner.

Cranes
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thank you so much! We can’t wait to serve you again. Please let us know if there is anything we can do in the meantime.

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LeahK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dining experience. The service was excellent, the food was interesting and delicious and the three-side open Outdoor dining set up made me feel comfortable all while the fire pts kept us warm. Would LOVE to go back. So enjoyed the entire experience. Kudos Crane kitchen and team!

Cranes
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thank you so much! We can’t wait to serve you again. Please let us know if there is anything we can do in the meantime.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Only downside was the temperature. A bit too chilly to dine outdoors. Otherwise, superb in all regards.

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vipHeatherM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every single dish was absolutely perfect! Omakase was the perfect way to celebrate a friend's birthday.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful / safe outdoor dining experience … excellent food and grand service.

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KarinaK
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, caring staff, great value for the price

JB
vipJoeB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A truly terrific culinary experience. We enjoyed the omakase meal with wine and sake pairings. Creative, inventive, and delicious dishes were highlighted by stunning plating and composition. This was a special dinner with my fiancé the night before we got married and we were so well taken care of. The patio dining was comfortable with plentiful heaters and blankets, which made for a great COVID-safe experience. We are so glad to have made Cranes a special place for us with this milestone meal and look forward to coming back for years to come!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Despite the no indoor dining order related to COVID, our experience at Cranes was exceptional. A warm, friendly greeting was followed by showing us to our outdoor table - compete with fire pit and on-table mini fire pit. The menu was small but sounded exceptional - a mix of tapas, appetisers and entrees, with an optional tasting menu. The short wine list, also very good, included a sake equivalent for each style (fizzy, dry white, bold red etc).
We shared the tempura shrimp & squid and beef bao bun tapas as appetisers then had the rabbit and wagu beef entrees. We finished by sharing the churros desert. Everything was excellent. The service was always attentive and friendly, but not overbearing.
All in all, a superb meal with a really interesting twist - I’ve never seen this particular fusion food done before. We will be going back.

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vipallisonr
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything we ordered at cranes was out of this world. The mushroom soup. And OMG the mushroom rice. Please don’t ever take it off the menu!!! Our entire meal was phenomenal. The menu was small and perfect, easy wine and sake descriptions, too. The churros melt in your mouth. Bravo.

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vipmonicab
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Crane’s has quickly become a favorite of ours. The entire dining experience is wonderful from the ambiance, the cocktails and food. We brought friends last night and they raced about it too. I’m so glad we got to have one last indoor dinner at Crane’s before another shutdown of indoor dining, but we’ll keep supporting them with their outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We did the omakase and everything was phenomenal

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always good service and amazing food👍

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vipUliW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Really creative, delicious food for a reasonable price. The chef, Pepe, would get at least 1, if not 2 Michelin Stars if they would do another review for DC

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were a party of three on Sunday night . Our experience was amazing ! We were outside under a covered area with fire pits and table top warmers. It was 50 degrees but we were warm without coats most of the time . We did the chefs tasting . Our hostess was our server and she was amazing . Such service and attentiveness . The courses were spread out so perfectly without large gaps . The presentation was beautiful almost unreal . The tastes were like magic . The chef Pepe came out to talk . Go there if you can to support this delicious place .

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DennisM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Greeted kindly and informed of the steps they were taking to prevent the spread of Covid. Service was spot on and the tapas style menu was so delicious! Was a great experience!

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JanneH
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Even the finest dining can become routine. But this is extraordinary. Bravo.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s the fourth time I have been there and the food and the service gets better every time. One of the best restaurants in DC.

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vipGarrettJ
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

After many fantastic meals in DC I think this may take the cake as the best. The omakase was technically and creatively wonderful. The outdoor seating was warm and well spaced out. Great go to for a special occasion.

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vipaubneal
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We can’t recommend Cranes highly enough! 10/5 stars! It was the best meal, service, cocktails, and experience we’ve had in a really long time and can’t wait to return. We did the chefs 10 course special and every course was incredible in flavor, presentation, and unique approach. Make Cranes your next dinner out and you will not regret it!!

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vipCarlos
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic brunch. Safe environment and awesome service!

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Mira
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So pleased with my experience. The omakase is a must-try. Every course was excellent, and the drink pairing took it to a new level.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cranes using the Order Online button. Cranes also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Cranes also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 525-4900.

Cranes is rated 4.8 stars by 183 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.