Urbana Dining & Drinks at Hotel Palomar in Washington DC is among the very-best-rated restaurants and wine bars in the city. Tucked discreetly inside the hotel and at a near subterranean level, Urbana mirrors in its quiet but elegant decor, ambience, cuisine and guests' zest of life, the dynamism of a revitalized, vibrant and affluent Dupont Circle neighborhood that surrounds it, while still maintaining the intimacy of a subtly romantic hideout. Experience from the heart of D.C.'s Dupont Circle neighborhood the unique and flavorful fare of coastal Spain, Italy and France. Executive Chef Ethan McKee invokes the culinary traditions of the Mediterranean with petite, light and fresh dishes designed with social dining in mind and perfect for any occasion.
Inspired by the culinary traditions of the western mediterranean coast, Chef Ethan McKee's delightful and healthful dishes focus on fresh seafood and vegetables in simple, flavorful preparations. From whole-grilled fish to house-made pasta, charcuterie, and artisan pizzas prepared by Urbana's in-house pizzaiolo, the menu is designed with sharing in mind. Linger over one of the signature dishes — such as osso buco for two or caramelized onion and ricotta agnolotti with corn, cherry tomatoes, basil — or come for a weekend brunch when innovative egg dishes and bomboloni pastries take center stage. Whatever you choose, all dishes feature hand-selected, seasonal ingredients enhanced by the freshest produce and herbs, some from Urbana's own garden.
In the mood to imbibe? Ask for one of the Mediterranean-inspired cocktails or something from the old-world wine list to enjoy the full Urbana experience. Our seafood and vegetable-focused menu is complemented by a diverse beverage program with a notable selection of old-world wine and classic-craft cocktails with a Mediterranean twist. Whether joining us for artisanal pizza at brunch, a private event with colleagues, or simply a beverage in the bustling lounge, you'll be transported by the warmth and flavor of the Mediterranean, which conjures up images of pan, vino, sol y mar.
Our Executive Chef Ethan McKee, knows how to create Mediterranean small plates in an exciting and innovative manner by drawing on classic French and Italian culinary traditions to complement contemporary new flavor profiles. Born in Austin, Texas, McKee found his way into the kitchen at age 17, followed by culinary school at L'Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg. Previously landing two spots on the Washingtonian's "100 Best Restaurants List," Chef McKee brings a world full of experience and flavor to the restaurant we've all come to love.