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“Damn good new restaurant that is NOT on 14th St! Oh yeah what is "the wharf"?”
Review of A Rake's Progress

A Rake's Progress
Ranked #734 of 3,555 Restaurants in Washington DC
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

The setting is amazing - big old church/guild hall kinda building. Several restaurants and bars... main lobby is dead center with high vaulted domed ceiling and lots of seating - bars to the left and right under the mezzanine - go right. Great bartender with skill working with HUGE selection of booze. Scene is post grad GU/AU bros in packs with no idea how to flirt with the darkly sexy and (shockingly for DC) well dressed women from countries you mispronounce. Upstairs is Rakes - starts with a more elegant bar with seating along the mezzanine rail overlooking the lobby below - dining area is across the void. Massive chandelier made from old pipe organ bits and pieces. Fantastic decor - someone was smart enough to hire someone with some taste and style. The food - very fresh oysters with little bottles of amazing sauces - something smoky something sweet something tangy - excellent. The winter lettuces salad was oddly amazing - a stand out. Fried quail - freakin' awesome. A few other tasty odds and ends. The pork loin - which others had raved about - was a disappointment and the waiter took it off the bill. There was some sort of cake for desert that was... yes... awesome. The sommelier is great - she knows her wines, will work with you on a price you are comfortable with, and is utterly charming. All the staff were quite nice really. Crowd is local celebrity newscaster, older couples with $$$ out for an adventure, and annoyingly attractive same sex couples one of whom is ALWAYS a real estate agent.

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

It's important to preface this by saying that I'm tired of overpriced and overrated food taking over Washington DC. Too many restaurants are not offering a product that is worth the time, effort and money to make it worth going out. That being said, A Rake's Progress is confident and secure enough in its identity to already be worth a visit. First of all, the space is unique to DC. It's large, open, filled with light during daylight hours and grand. But it manages to not be ostentatious or pretentious, a huge bonus for a city were there is enough of that. The staff are incredible. Warm, friendly, engaged, professional and yet they manage to be personable and informal. The space, staff and food cohesively convey a message: to keep things elegant yet rustic, elevated yet comfortable, creative yet classic. The utmost respect is given to the local-only ingredients. Somehow I envision flavors harking back to colonial times (Virginia ham, rabbit, root vegetables) that are updated and plated in a way that manages to feel familiar but still interesting. The balance in all the dishes is what makes A Rake's Progress a success. In fact, everything feels thoughtful, considered, and executed with purpose. This place is pleasing, comforting and a thorough pleasure. In a city whose dining scene is over-dominated by restaurants promising an "experience", this is one of the few worth actually having. It isn't cheap, but I felt it was more than worth the value.

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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

We came here with some friends for a birthday dinner. We waited for 20 minutes before we were finally greeted. We ordered a couple of starters that were completely tasteless. I have been to the wood berry kitchen in Baltimore and have had good meals. I don’t know what happened here, it truly wasn’t worth the money between the tasteless food and awful service. There are better restaurants in the DC. We will not go back!

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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

Good place to eat in DC. A bit noisy but worth considering given the great food and excellent service

Thank Elie A
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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

This bar and restaurant is on the second floor (attached to the Line Hotel) and is a wonderful new spot. There is a large bar and plenty of small tables for sitting. Most people here are in for drinks or some fancy bar snacks, but they do have a full dinner menu. The wait staff is very attentive and know a lot about the menu. The cocktail list is longer than the food list and has lots of local distillers. When we stayed at this hotel we had drinks here every night before dinner. Definitely check this spot out!

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