The expansive 9,300-square-foot space at 1250 Connecticut Avenue NW can fit 180 diners and drinkers at a time, serving up similar American fare found at nearby sister spot City Tap House in Penn Quarter.
A 360-degree copper bar for 40 is offset by floor-to-ceiling windows facing Connecticut Avenue, and other design accents in the wood-heavy space include orange leather and hand-picked antique pieces, a private event space in the back, and a giant fireplace planted in the center of the dining room.
Read on to hear what the customers are saying, just a few weeks in (with lunch added into the mix October 18):
The One-Stop-Shop News: Facebook user Theo Abbott says, “The staff makes you feel very welcome. The food is wonderful. They have some of the best wings in the City. The bar is a great place to watch a game.” Yelper Kelly W. calls it a “great place for a happy hour, date or watching a sports game. I'll be back for all three!” Instagrammer @eatprayrundc says “friends + cider = a nice little Thursday.” [Facebook, Yelp, Instagram]
The Epicenter News: Facebook user Paul Furiga says, “Great new location for this excellent restaurant in a neighborhood with lots of after-dinner options for fun.” Instagrammer @mathewluc hails “Saint Yves new neighbors City Tap house in the old STK space!! Welcome to the block!” [Facebook, Instagram]
The Frequent Flyer News: Visiting Yelper Valerie P. stopped by multiple times during a recent business trip. “The ricotta was light and fluffy with hints of sea salt and some sort of oil. Jam on top was a perfect balance. I also had of the miso salmon ... perfectly seasoned and cooked,” she writes of her initial visit. “The next day I went in for a beer and burger. Another home run!” [Yelp]
The Seating Setting News: Yelper Tom W. says, “The atmosphere was great for sitting at the bar for a couple drinks, or sitting down to dine in.” De K. says “the decor has a nice rustic comfy feel. Even though the noise level at the bar is high, it was not a problem to have peaceful conversation in the dining area.” [Yelp]
The Pumpkin News: Washingtonian calls out City Tap Dupont’s seasonal “Last Name Crane” cocktail: “This up-cocktail incorporates fresh pumpkin right into the alcohol ... it’s nutty, sweet, and with four different kinds of liquor, packs a strong punch.” And Instagrammer @eeveeeichooseyou says it houses the “clear winner of this year's pumpkin carving contest everywhere.”
The Beer Here News: Yelper Alec W. says, “Servers had incredible knowledge of the beer selection - I followed their recommendations and got perfect matches with my meal.” And Instagrammer @guinnessladydc calls it an “Awesome new spot at #DupontCircle! Enjoying a delicious #guinness200anniversary.” [Yelp, Instagram]
The Highlight Bite News: Yelper Alyssa N. says, “These mussels were fantastic,” while F B. decrees that the “miso glazed salmon ... was definitely worth the visit all by itself.” Caleb T. says, “The ribeye was cooked to perfection and one of the best I've had in recent memory.” [Yelp]
The Up-and-Down Service News: Yelper B F. couldn’t figure out what the deal was. “Sat at a table waiting for a server. No one came. Went to the bar. It wasn't crowded and two people were a few seats away. The bartender kept talking to then and acted like I wasn't there,” B F. reports. Yelper David R. had a different experience. “The manager, Lisa, kept checking on us and was great. Had excellent service from bartender, James, also,” he wrote. [Yelp]