Boqueria takes it name from Barcelona's famous Boqueria market. The Dupont-Circle location, a spinoff of the popular restaurants of the same name in Manhattan's Flatiron and Soho neighborhoods, opened its doors in 2012 to enthusiastic, after-work throngs, a phenomenon that continues to this day. Fortunately, reservations are taken also! Boqueria serves Spanish tapas, a cuisine characterized by a plethora of small dishes. In a city that has embraced quality Spanish cuisines, be it as formal meals or the lighter tapas menus, Boqueria at Dupont Circle will continue to thrive.
Sandria spiked with gin, pink grapefruit juice and campari complements fast-delivered Tapas such as tomato-sauced lamb meatballs; tender baby squid; roasted fingerling potatoes; hanger steak; hand-sliced Iberico de Bellota ham and Manchego cheese; and, green shishito peppers that may set your mouth in fire.
History of Boqueria
Boqueria restaurants were inspired by the best tapas bars in Barcelona. Bars such as Xampanyet, Vinya del Senor, Ciudad Condal and others where one can go at any time of night for a beer, glass of wine, and perhaps the best fast food known to man are institutions in a city known for its devotion to epicurean delights.
At Barcelona's famous Boqueria market, stalls such as Pinotxo, Quim de la Boqueria and Kiosko Universal take the concept up a notch and serve the best of the market everyday to an eager mix of chefs, shoppers and tourists. Boqueria restaurants offer New Yorkers the chance to dine as they would at these bars without ever leaving town.
Our chefs prepare a wide variety of "market fresh" specials offering a typically Spanish take on the best of the week's market, in addition to our everyday menu of perennial favorites such as "Datiles con Beicon", "Patatas Bravas", and other tapas.
Whether at our flagship restaurant which opened in the famous Flatiron district in 2006, our Soho outpost which opened in 2008, or our newest location in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in Washington, DC, our staff is ready to transport you to Barcelona 7 day a week.
Every server I've encountered at Boqueria talks in exclamation points when chatting about the food, none more so than the young woman who pampered a posse of grazers on a recent weeknight at the inviting new Spanish tapas restaurant in Dupont Circle... The high-octane pitches might not matter if the small plates didn't live up to the hype, but plenty of them do at this recent import from New York.
New York is sending another restaurant our way. Blessedly, Boqueria won't involve hamburgers or steak, but rather, the flavors of Spain. Expected to open late this fall at 1837 M Street, NW in Dupont Circle, the restaurant also comes with more of a connection than most imports: Owner Yann de Rochefort is a 1989 graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Boqueria—the latest New York import to hit DC—is a worthy addition to the tapas-house scene. Some foods are hard to find in Washington—a good bagel, a killer pastrami sandwich. Tapas, however, are not among them. So it was a surprise when a server at the nearly five-month-old Boqueria asked if we'd ever had small plates before. At this point, that's almost like asking if we'd ever had a main course or an after-school snack.
It was a gutsy move for this Manhattan tapas bar to make its way to Washington, an already small-plates-mad town. Turns out that keeping the earth-toned dining rooms and Carrera-marble bar loud and crowded wasn't a problem. And not just for the myriad sangrías—we like the rum-spiked white variety—and Spanish wines. The kitchen sends out fine renditions of familiar fare, such as a skillet of shrimp sizzling in olive oil and shavings of garlic or spicy patatas bravas mellowed with aïoli ...
Average Price ( Per Person ):Under $30
Alcoholic Beverages:Full Bar, Specialty: Sangria, Specialty: Wines
Cuisine:Spanish, Tapas/Small Plate
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