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Urbana

at the Hotel Palomar
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  • Italian, Bistro, Wine Bar
  • 2121 P St NW, Washington DC20037 38.909639 -77.047079
  • (Btwn 21st & 22nd St NW)
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  • (202) 956-6650
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User Ratings (Based on 6 reviews)

3.425
Food 3.5 Value 2.8
Service 3.5 Atmosphere 3.9

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(202) 956-6650
Fax:
fax
(202) 956-6651
Website:
www.urbanadc.com
Notes:
Major Credit Cards
Hours:
Mon-Thu: 7am-10:30am+11:30am-3pm+5:30pm-10pm Fri: 7am-10:30am+11:30am-3pm+5:30pm-11pm Sat: 8am-3pm+5:30pm-11pm Sun: 8am-3pm+5:30pm-10pm
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Business Dining, Group Dining, Kid-friendly, Trendy, Pre/Post Theater, Happy Hour, WiFi, Gluten Free Items, Bar Scene, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Urbana

    Posted by anonymous on 12/25/2012

    Average restaurant, gourmet prices

    The Urbana is a perfectly adequate restaurant with routine, but acceptable, food, but pretends to be a gourmet restaurant and has the prices to match. Service is adequate, although there are no tablecloths. Pasta antipasto was wholly inedible, fish adequate although cooked with too much butter, desserts routine. If this were billed as a neighborhood Italian "joint" with prices 50% lower, one wouldn't complain.

  • Urbana

    Posted by SimonSays on 11/07/2007

    The nadir

    This place was not good: bland food in unfortunate combinations, spacey service, an oddly designed space that recalled the underground lab area on Six Feet Under. Where to start? I was the first of my party to arrive and was asked to sit at the bar, and told I would be informed when my party arrived. Didn't happen - I eventually found them by hunting around the dining room. The lighting was funereal, so it was hard to read the menus. One of my friends had a cauliflower and carrot combination that was straight out of the commune I lived at in college, only there it didn't cost $12 and it had more flavor. My scalops had zero taste whatsoever, and somehow the fennel too had turned bland. The halibut too lacked zing. Good service might have helped things, but that's not what we got. The waiter consistently mixed up which person got which food. (There were only four of us.) It was difficult to get his attention and when you did get it the service was condescending, even though we were all a good 10 years older than he.

  • Urbana

    Posted by Mr. Man on 11/02/2007

    Loved It.

    Great food and a very cool wine bar. The staff seemed attentive and friendly. I had a great time.

  • Urbana

    Posted by Caroline on 10/04/2007

    Disappointing

    Basement interior of this restaurant feels corporate. Waiter very reverential and longwinded about the food. Pasta dish was made with penne, not garganelli, and boar sausage, not wild boar as stated on the menu. Ingredients not integrated well -- dish tasted tossed-off (In fairness, friends' pasta dishes were better). Wine list very interesting and varied, but prices high. This place is marketing itself as an event restaurant but seemed pretty pedestrian. Aimed at people who don't really know anything about food.

  • Urbana

    Posted by DC freq diner on 09/30/2006

    Decent and pricey

    Eating out a lot in DC, I like flavorful and healthy cuisine. I also expect that restaurants with good food should offer good wines at reasonable prices as well. I guess that my expectation were too high for this restaurant. The food was good, but not great. The restaturant space is very cool and modern. While the drinks are relatively pricey for even DC, the wine list markup was outrageous, charging 3-5x the cost of the wine by the bottle. For a decent bottle of wine, that is simple price gouging. I doubt that I would make it a regular dining out site.

  • Urbana

    Posted by dc diner on 09/07/2006

    I loved it!

    It opened only about a month ago and I have been there 5 times to eat. Try the Osso Bucco or the Lobster Agnoli. And the Gaspacho is fabulous too.

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