Gravitas

4.6
12 reviews
$50 and over
American
Housed in a former tomato packing warehouse in the historic Ivy City neighborhood of DC, Gravitas is a tasting menu destination from chef-owner Matt Baker. The menu, which changes with the seasons, draws inspiration from local produce and products, while the industrial-modern space (read: original brick and steel beams) boasts antique, floor-to-ceiling windows, which provides for an airy and whimsical dining experience.

Guests can choose between two 6-course tasting menus: the Chef's Tasting or From the Garden.

We are consistently changing our standards and finding new ways to make everyone in our restaurant feel safe. For more information, please visit our website. Kindly note, a 2% Health & Safety Surcharge will be added to your final check as we ask you to partner with us in the ongoing health and safety of our team and beloved guests.

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
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

Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 11:45PM

What 12 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.8
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about the experience was fantastic. Good, service, wine pairing—all amazing. Especially nice that the founder and chef Matt Baker came in on his day off to chat with us (my name is Matt Baker also). He’s a great guy and runs a great place.

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Longisland95
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was very nice and friendly and the portions were also a good size and left very full

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Fuen
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience1

Very nice and well presented food. Service nice and professional explaining the different courses of the menu. Very poor setting for the quality and price of the restaurant with tables for 2 way too small, bad illumination and noise from ventilator over our heads. Nobody came to say thanks/good bye when leaving the restaurant. Not a first choice recommendation. They need to work with the overall experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall1Food2Service3Ambience3

Just like where the restaurant is located, the quality is just Okie. We had the 6 course chef tasting menu, and only the appetizers (Tuna sashimi and poached lobster) were somewhat impressive. Since they are seafood, you can't really mess that up as long as they are fresh. However, all the dishes went skydiving after that. The veal risotto was rough and beyond al dente. The risotto was very salty and they shredded the veal hair thin and I could barely tell it's there. The sweetbread was over fried and the breading was too thick. Then it came the entrees where I had the pheasant breast with the add on foie gras. The portion was a joke. Not only I got one little slice of tasteless pheasant but that foie gras was as thin as a piece of paper. The wife got the poached halibut and it was just Okie. The chocolate and caramel pave was not bad but nothing to rave about.

Overall, we are quite disappointed with the meal especially when the server checked up on us on the risotto. I told him it was not good and he just took it away without saying much. Any decent restaurant would either offer something else as a replacment or take off a little bit from the bill. He surely did neither to keep the customer unhappy.

Lastly, if Blue Duck Tavern loses their star, I just don't know how Gravitas and Bresca still have their star unless the Michelin inspectors have not been visiting the restaurants lately.

Here's my rating for the 5 criterion

Quality of ingredients: 4/5
Skill in preparation and the combination of flavors: 3/5
Level of creativity: 4/5
Value for money: 2/5
Consistency of culinary standards: 2/5

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vipAllieS
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was delicious. Always love a meal with courses especially when you can share. We had one of everything. My favorite in the main course was the halibut, but I did not get a photo. I did get photos of the chicken and the pork belly.

RC
vipRyanC
South Dakota
24 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic dining experience with some of the most attentive wait staff I’ve seen in a long time. The tasting menu portions are just right, allowing you to appreciate the flavor nuances but not leave you too full. They are making a great effort to make everyone feel comfortable and safe in this environment and it doesn’t detract from the dining experience in any way. I highly recommend Gravitas for a truly special dining event.

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SamiH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Honestly the place never disappoints.

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TamaraF
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was lovely. The staff was very accommodating. They even gave us small blankets to keep us warm on the patio.

SD
StephDMV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific food and service! Definitely worth a trip!

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Europhile
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Bottom line: not Michelin star quality. The food was good, but not worth $400 for two people (inc tax and tip, with a reg menu [150] and garden menu [115] plus one supplement and one glass of wine]. For that much money, I expect something outstanding. This wasn't. A few weeks from now I won't remember any of the dishes we ate there. You are much better off going to Fiola, Kinship, or another fine dining restaurant.

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RandallS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We dined at Gravitas on Saturday, July 11. On arrival, the staff was appropriately masked and they took my temperature. There was dining inside and on the patio. We were able to be seated outside ... beautiful evening with a bit of street noise but not too much. The service, and especially the sommelier, was impeccable and the wine pairings added to the meal. My guest had the Chef's Summer Garden Menu; I had the Chef's Tasting Menu. Both were superb. The Shashimi and the Squab were especially notable. We really enjoyed being able to share a nice meal at a wonderful restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
East Texas
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ambience, staff, and food were amazing. I will definitely be going back. The rooftop is a plus as well.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Gravitas using the Order Online button.

Gravitas is rated 4.6 stars by 12 OpenTable diners.

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.