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Opaline Bar and Brasserie, Washington, DC

Opaline Bar and Brasserie

4.5
4.5
132 Reviews
$30 and under
French
The French way of dining – often en plein air, typically unhurried and with a strong commitment to quality ingredients – is one of the cornerstones of l’art de vivre. Join us at Opaline Bar for thoughtful, French-inspired cuisine and specialty drinks in the heart of Washington DC.

We also offer In-Suite Dining for guests to enjoy an Enhanced Private Dining experience in the privacy and comfort of your own guestroom or suite, available Tuesday - Saturday for up to 6 guests for 2.5 hours. No guestroom or suite rate purchase necessary, starting only at a $125 Food & Beverage minimum spend required per reservation.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, Afternoon Tea, Contemporary French / American

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 8:00 am–12:00 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 2:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 730-8701

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Derek Brooks

  • Private party facilities

    Opaline Bar & Brasserie provides a unique setting with a vibrant upscale bar, restaurant and terrace. The guests of your event will enjoy classic French food, seasonal dishes and cocktails, inspired by France, and interpreted by the team. Opaline Bar & Brasserie has a multitude of space and menu options for parties of 8 to 150 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Teresa Montgomery: (877) 248-2674

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown

  • Cross Street

    806 15th St. N.W. Washington D.C. 20005

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    McPherson square station (orange & blue line)

  • Entertainment

    Large parties, semi-private space, and outdoor patio

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Le Goûter (Afternoon Tea)

    US$49.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join Opaline Bar and Brasserie in a modern celebration of Afternoon Tea - LE GOÛTER on Saturdays from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Our uniquely modern LE GOÛTER menu is $49.00 per person and can be reserved up-to 24 hours ahead of time. Metz fine teas, sweet and savory treats, and tea infused cocktails make this a magnifique experience. Price per person excludes alcoholic beverages.

What 132 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Most Booked 1,000-Point Tables

  • District of Columbia

    French

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely perfect dining experience. Food was fabulous and phenomenal service!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Food was not up to standard, portions was very small but the service was decent.
  3. GE

    GarEka

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did a staycation at the hotel and got to try breakfast as well as dinner at the bar. Loved everything about this place. The bartenders were a major standout. Cocktail crafters and au fait with wine. Our favorite dish hands down was the duck confit. We will be returning as much as possible for delicious after work drinks and eats!!
  4. K

    dvbKansas

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We met for afternoon tea. Typical assortment of sandwiches, no scones, madeleines. Tea selection is limited (no Darjeeling?). Additional hot water not offered. Was ok, but if you are looking for more pomp (like a tablecloth), or something for a special occasion, keep searching. Service was pleasant but not attentive. Overall, tea seemed like an afterthought.
  5. AL

    AnnaL

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful breakfast on the patio. The food was great (the portions are very generous) and our waiter was very nice and always on time.
  6. JB

    JeffB

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Main dining room was closed. That was very disappointing.
  7. LC

    LCsdf

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    I have been here before for their Bastille Day party with much experience. Food was good if not on the pricey side which is expected for a hotel but the service was not good at all. While it was a little busy it was by no means busy enough for lack of service. We finally just left after about 20 minutes of our drinks being empty and no one stopping to ask if we wanted another
  8. M

    Mike

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It feels European classical style. Quiet and comfortable. Will go back again.
  9. HP

    HelenP

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely breakfast, excellent value, nice atmosphere.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to celebrate my moms birthday and the staff were so helpful and recommended the best drinks. My mom had a great time!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The worst! And food quality is terrible. Old and tired hotel!
  12. B

    Bobby

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    We were staying at the hotel above so we went once for a late afternoon drink and the next day for breakfast. Drinks and food were good but the place is severely understaffed so you better be patient. Despite having a reservation for breakfast , there’s no host at the front so it made no difference and we waited 20 min before being seated. Waiters constantly run table to table, I feel bad for them
  13. BF

    BobF

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outdoors. Wait staff was great and very attentive. Food was excellent.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Opaline was listed as one of the few places to go for afternoon tea especially post-Covid. The ambience is nice, but the afternoon tea was an utter disappointment. The food was stale and after sending it back they still charged us the $50 per person fee. They comped us a free drink each, but that didn’t make up for the food we didn’t get to eat. We ordered off the regular menu instead and it was not memorable. Considering we had already received a spread that had clearly been sitting out for hours and we’re still charged is unacceptable especially since we still decided to eat off the regular menu. Would not recommend.
  15. LC

    LukeC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Opaline is a nice restaurant, but for the amount of money you will have to spend, your money is better spent elsewhere.
  16. m

    marilync

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my second visit at opaline and I loved it. All three of us greatly enjoyed the service, food, and ambiance. Would highly recommend it
  17. AG

    AnnG

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined early on Christmas Eve at Opaline so it wasn't crowded. The host and wait staff were most accommodating. They offered a three-course prix-fixe that included a nice variety of dishes. We shared the butternut squash bisque and shrimp cocktail appetizers, the filet mignon and halibut mains, and the apple galette and white chocolate raspberry mouse for dessert. Each was excellent. The main dining room was closed for COVID concerns so we ate in the bar. It was elegantly decorated, the ambient light sufficient to read the menu but not glaring. We found a jewel with Opaline.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Great bartenders. They know what they’re doing.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall1food5service2ambience5
    Ambiance and Entree/Cocktail were great, however the Wait Staff was way too aggressive. I had a 7PM reservation, and called to share I’d be running late, but was still questioned by a Server when I arrived. I offered to sit at the Bar even though almost all of the restaurant was empty, where I was hovered over the entire time being told 2 or 3 times to order a dessert, and 3 or 4 times to order a second drink with my meal. I shared that I had an event early the next morning and declined, and then was told by a Server that I “would learn one day what it was like to work and have responsibilities..”? I suppose he judged my age off my appearance, and I shared in response that I have a full time career and a second job, to which he then stopped pushing for more orders. I felt uncomfortable throughout, payed cash and left immediately following my meal. As I was leaving, the same Server felt obligated to hand me my receipt when I already laid cash out, in an effort to attempt to protect his tip, I imagine. I tipped my usual 20%, but likely shouldn’t have given how aggressive they were throughout. I’d encourage doing research and finding a better spot, or definitely opting for the patio or a regular table.
  20. JK

    JoanK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing. Food and service were excellent. Highly recommend!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday! Wonderful experience
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    This was not what I was expecting. It is not a French brasserie! They only had four things on their menu to select from. A very big disappointment!
  23. S

    Stumperdining

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Is essentially a bar with restaurant food. Very average in every way. Cannot recommend .
  24. PK

    PhyllisK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining outside at the Opaline was a truly DC experience. The duck with beets and berries was cooked just right with the beets augmenting the superb taste of the duck. My daughter and I visit DC, from Maryland, for a weekend stay at least twice a year and the Opaline is always part of that experience. The service is personal and impeccable.
  25. A

    Allison

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience overall! We had a wonderful beautiful time! I just enjoyed the atmosphere a great deal.
  26. TG

    TommyG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and highly proactive waitstaff that will exceed your expectations. Highly recommended!
  27. A

    Acustomer

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I had been before but never for breakfast/brunch . Breakfast was truly a disappointment. Limued options and food was not good. Viennoisseries were old and overheated, dry and way too oily and no bread offered with eggs. Coffee was lukewarm but what really topped it all was the lack of service and to boot the automated 18% tip for a table of only 2. Won't go back at least not ever for breakfast.
  28. CR

    ChristinaRosemont

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We found this little gem and we are happy we did. The patio is really cute and the inside looks really nice as well. The food was really tasty, we both had the duck and loved the creativity of the dish. Our only complaint is that there is not a super accessible wine list, only 4 red options and all were $50 or over. Would have liked a more affordable option but in the end, the Pinot Noir we had was very tasty. Will definitely be back for a date night, it was nice and the service was wonderful.
  29. C

    Ceee

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Our server seemed to be in a hurry at all times. Hurry to clean the table when we were still working on our dishes. Hurry to take everything away. Hurry to give us the check when we, apparently, haven't finished our food yet. Worst experience ever.
  30. YK

    YKMD

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We sat outside. Food was good
  31. M

    Molare

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The server was very attentive and courteous. The food was great but his service was even better.
  32. W

    Wonderful

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friday August 6 Absolutely marvelous service, cuisine and wine were superb. Very accommodating of our request for a quiet table outdoors away from others because my sister is immune compromised. They could not have been more accommodating and gracious- what a truly lovely experience.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Costumer Service! We were delighted by the attention and service of the hotel stuff. Thank you to Marlos to make our dinner experience AMAZING. We will definitely come back!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, great food, and a beautiful ambiance out on the patio! Will definitely be back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every thing was great
  36. RG

    RonnG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    loved having dinner at Opaline. Beautiful restaurant, very, very polite and respectful staff. Food and drinks loved it.

    Opaline Bar and BrasserieResponded on April 14, 2021Thank you Ronn for your feedback. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience. We would definitely pass your note to our team. Thank you. Sunny Makhni

  37. JJ

    JayJ

    Richmond

    34 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    We frequently travel to DC to spend get-away time. We had walked past Opaline several times and decide to try it this past Saturday. What a disappointment. Service was absolutely awful....not just for us, but the several tables around us were treated as poorly (we didn't complain, but many around us were vocal.) Food delivery was just terrible...I guess the kitchen was understaffed or just didn't know what they were doing. The servers appeared totally confused. The food itself turned out to be ho-hum. I had the chicken, mine was tolerable, but the lady next to me got hers delivered burned..... My guest ordered his hamburger well done...came out nearly rare. With so many good restaurants in DC, I recommend avoiding the Opaline.

    Opaline Bar and BrasserieResponded on April 8, 2021Dear Jay, Thank you for taking the time in sharing your experience. I can assure you that this experience is not reflective of the high standards we strive to provide. Your feedback has been shared with our team and I will personally look into your experience. I sincerely hope we have the pleasure to welcome you back where myself and my team will be dedicated to make your dining experience an enjoyable one. Thank you. Sunny Makhni

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terribly disappointed with service and food. We waited 10 minutes to get seated and 30+ minutes before being served. Food is very mediocre. Stay away.

    Opaline Bar and BrasserieResponded on April 8, 2021I would like to thank you for taking the time in sharing your experience at Sofitel DC. Your invaluable feedback is very important to ensure that we continually deliver the service we would like to be known for. We expect our staff to deliver to our guest needs in a professional, friendly manner and emphasize this basic core of hospitality. I sincerely hope we have the pleasure to welcome you back where myself and my team will be dedicated to make your dining experience an enjoyable one.

  39. MA

    MarshanA

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My Wife and I had a great time. We elected to have our dinner served in-suite and it was a great expereince.

    Opaline Bar and BrasserieResponded on April 8, 2021Dear Marshan, Thank you for your feedback. We are very glad that you and your wife had a great time trying our in suite experience. We look forward to welcoming you back. Sunny Makhni

  40. j

    jbac

    Washington DC

    70 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We were on the terrace on a pleasant evening. Considering the year we've been locked down it was a welcome experience. The menu, however, is very limited which I can understand since few people are eating out. When the menu changes we would certainly consider going back.

    Opaline Bar and BrasserieResponded on April 8, 2021Dear Jbac, Your feedback has been shared with our culinary team and we will continue to work on our menu items. We hope you come and see us again soon and get to enjoy our patio. Thank you. Sunny Makhni

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Opaline Bar and Brasserie offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 730-8701.

Opaline Bar and Brasserie is rated 4.5 stars by 132 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Opaline Bar and Brasserie

806 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    806 15th St. N.W. Washington D.C. 20005

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 8:00 am–12:00 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 2:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Afternoon Tea, Contemporary French / American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    McPherson square station (orange & blue line)

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Derek Brooks

  • Entertainment

    Large parties, semi-private space, and outdoor patio

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 730-8701

  • Private party facilities

    Opaline Bar & Brasserie provides a unique setting with a vibrant upscale bar, restaurant and terrace. The guests of your event will enjoy classic French food, seasonal dishes and cocktails, inspired by France, and interpreted by the team. Opaline Bar & Brasserie has a multitude of space and menu options for parties of 8 to 150 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Teresa Montgomery: (877) 248-2674

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