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Obelisk
Italian Restaurant$$$$
Today 6:00 – 10:00 pm
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2029 P St NW Washington, DC 20036
2029 P Street NorthwestUSDistrict of ColumbiaWashington20036
(202) 872-1180obeliskdc.com
$$$$Italian Restaurant, BarToday 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 6:00 – 10:00 pmWednesday 6:00 – 10:00 pmThursday 6:00 – 10:00 pmFriday 6:00 – 10:00 pmSaturday 6:00 – 10:00 pmSunday Closed
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Set menus of simple Italian cooking & wine are presented in an informal townhouse setting.- Google
"The hazelnut berry jam was the perfect compliment!"
"This is my favorite Italian restaurant."
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Carol Chan
7 months ago
My husband had fed me well for every special occasion. For his 30th (and since I do finally have a grown up job), it was my turn to return the favor. I chose Obelisk after learning their tasting menu changes daily. It was a risky choice since i didn't have a clue what would appear on their menu that day. We went in keeping our fingers crossed hoping that they were serving attractive options. And we definitively were not disappointed! Antipasti - smoked swordfish, grilled stuffed sausage, grilled pepper, fried fish, and burrata. I wasn't a big cheese fan to begin with (I actually asked if I could swap the cheese course for something else) but their burrata was a life changer! Soft, creamy, and light - I ate two whole breadbasket with smear of their scrumptious burrata alone! Primi - arugula ravioli and spaghetti with clam - both pasta dishes could had been a meal on their own. Definition of perfectly made pasta! Secondi - bass and quail. My husband enjoyed his bass but didn't think it was too memorable. He wasn't a big fan of the slaw salad pairing. I, on the other hand, picked up my whole quail and attempted to eat every piece of meat off the bone. Tender, juicy - out of the world! Cheese - I'm so glad they said no to swapping my cheese course. I initially was just going to take a small bite of each but ended up polishing my plate clean! The hazelnut berry jam was the perfect compliment! Desserts - chocolate chestnut cake and rosa pudding. The cake was nutty and moist but wasn't sweet enough - perhaps should had been paired with some type of ice cream or sweeter cream? My rosa pudding was really runny and didn't have the consistency of a pudding. It was also overwhelmingly sweet - what a contrast to their cake. Overall - attractive, ever changing menu - perhaps we just came on a bad night for their desserts. Most of the dishes nevertheless were something I would definitely return for more! Service was a bit of a miss - we placed our order prior to the group of 6 next to us but they were served a whole course before us. We sat around for 25 minutes between each course. Our servers were not apologetic and offered no explanation. Ultimately, our 5 course dinner took over 3 hrs. Perhaps it was because we didn't order wine... 4 stars for food, 3 stars for service - Bad service really spoil dining experience! In sum 3.5 stars.
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Alice Wang
a year ago
Located not too far from the heart of Dupont Circle, Obelisk is a true treasure find in Washington. A five-course Italian tasting menu reveals fantastic dishes with artistic performances. The parade of antipasti, pastas, and desserts makes this restaurant one of the most authentic, elegant, and flavorful in DC. The menu changes daily, but the top notch attentive service and dressy casual romantic intimate nature of the restaurant are forever the same. Located in a brownstone, the restaurant seems almost residential with close and cozy tables and it feels like you're inside someone's tasteful living room. There is limited seating so definitely make reservations. Unlike other upscale restaurants with five course meals that seem more like one course meals, Obelisk's five courses are surprisingly very, very filling. The antipasti alone feels like an entire dinner, so I recommend you pace yourself when eating. Pastas are the restaurant's strength, but the meat and fish dishes are just as impressive. Obelisk is prix-fixe at $75 and there is a wine pairing option. The restaurant has been around for 26 years and has been consistently known as DC's top Italian place for more than two decades, an impressive feat in the ever-changing culinary world. I came here with my boyfriend and close friends to celebrate his birthday and everyone loved the food, the drinks, and the atmosphere. It was such a perfect evening and we were all stuffed afterwards!
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Paige Mason
a year ago
This will forever be one of my favorite restaurants in DC. I have had two unforgettable meals here, with many courses and incredible wine. Even the "simplest" of dishes is done exquisitely. Great place for a special occasion!
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Mike Galante
4 years ago
Obelisk gets one of my coveted "Best Evers" because it might be the best meal in DC. It's a fixed price meal and they just keep bringing you small plates of food until your main course, which you pick from a menu. You need to call right at 10am exactly a month before the night you want to go to ensure you can get a reservation.
Thomas Grahm
2 months ago
This is my favorite Italian restaurant. Every coarse and service was great. Thank s
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Gregory Sun
a year ago
The best food I've ever had. From the cheeses to the main course and to the dessert. Everything was well seasoned and the service was impeccable. As a foodie, I was highly impressed and I will be back for more.
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Alyx Mark
a year ago
I have eaten at lots of really amazing places in DC, but I have to say, I did not find my meal (or the service) at Obelisk very memorable. The service was below par and way too informal. The dishes were too salty at times, including the burrata (which was too salty by burrata standards). For all of the hype, I wasn't really convinced. I'd advise folks interested in well made Italian food to make the trek to Shaw to the new location of Dino.
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Gary Book
2 years ago
In a brownstone that is simple in setting but extraordinary in food. It has a modern bistro feel and the highest quality food. How is it possible that Eola is across the street and both serve food as good as it can get. NO website, but they put all the energy into the food. You can't miss here.

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