minibar by José Andrés

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101 Best Restaurants in America
855 E St NW (9th & E Streets NW)
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-0812
Molecular Gastronomy
Tue–Sat: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

They really have tried to make it easier on everyone, but getting into minibar, where protean chef José Andrés channels Spanish avant-garde cuisine, is still difficult. The restaurant now accepts reservations on a seasonal basis (in three-month periods), with each season opening one month in advance. But you still need to send them an email a couple of months ahead of time and keep your fingers crossed. When you do get what is still essentially the reservation of a lifetime (let’s be honest here), you’ll perch at one of two counters that overlook the kitchen, which The Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema called "suggestive of an operating theater when you factor in the chefs in their whites, bending over dishes manipulated by tweezers, tongs, liquid nitrogen and cloches galore." Expect a "molecular gastronomy" experience executed by executive sous-chef Johnny Spero and filled with culinary hat tricks — think edible rubber duckies, popcorn that smokes in your mouth, and a churro made with veal tendon. Even with a price tag of $250 for 25 to 30 (mini) courses, it's a steal of a deal. The imaginative cuisine displayed at minibar scored chef José Andrés a 2011 James Beard Outstanding Chef Award. In 2013, Andrés opened the adjoining barmini, his “culinary cocktail lab,” where more than 100 adventuresome cocktail creations adorn the menu. According to Sietsema, it is “home to some of the most fascinating liquids this city has ever sipped.”

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

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Foursquare Tips
Kevin Sbraga loves this place! -Kevin Sbraga, Top Chef
Monday, November 29, 2010 - 05:44
The Obamas celebrated Valentine's Day 2013 at Jose Andres' Penn Quarter restaurant, which left Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema unimpressed in December 2012.
Washington Post
Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 05:59
When was the last time you picked up a mezcal-spiked cocktail and ate it like a snowball? Jos Andrss 27-course menu kicks off with just that and follows up with other mind-bending surprises.
Washingtonian Magazine
Monday, January 9, 2012 - 08:47
With only six bar seats available for dining, this restaurant within arestaurant is arguably the country's toughest reservation to score.
The Daily Meal
Friday, March 4, 2011 - 05:54
Call at 10am exactly 1 month ahead for a reservation.
Jim H
Monday, March 1, 2010 - 11:17
The restaurant address is incorrect. It is on The corner of E Street NW and 9th St. And, Daniel the maitre d is great! ;)
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 16:34
Bill Addison was "hooked by a dish called 'Ibrico tendon,' where noodles fashioned from Ibrico ham consomm and Japanse kuzu root mimicked the translucent chewiness of beef ligament."
Friday, August 15, 2014 - 07:22
Obama's favorite chef, Jose Andres, feeds the plebes at his Penn Quarter restaurant. Since it takes ages to get a reservation, we hope you booked yours last year.
BlackBook Magazine
Monday, January 14, 2013 - 09:08
Reservations are hard to come by at this six-customer, two-chef restaurant. Call exactly at 10am (not 10:05) one month ahead for a reservation.
M Squared Real Estate
Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 19:53
Unpredictable hours...
Home Owner Solution Network
Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 11:20
If youre looking for something more daring than Jos Andrss tapas restaurant Jaleo, head to nearby Minibar, where one-bite molecular concoctions take center stage.
Travel + Leisure
Friday, January 4, 2013 - 12:41
A must do everyones bucket list if you are a foodie! Also , for a corkage fee you can bring wine. The culinary staff are talented, creative and entertaining. I cannot begin to discribe the menu but t
Friday, March 25, 2011 - 18:49
Try the Philly Cheese Steak
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 18:37
Try the Boneless Chicken Wing
Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 16:05
The whole menu is stunning-it is a true experience
Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 18:41
Very comfortable & friendly spot
Andrew ONG
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 05:42
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 21:48
Check out Minibar as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate
TV Food Maps
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 15:59
Holy mother of everything. This meal was fantastic and completely worth it.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 08:22
The chefs hear E V E R Y T H I NG you say.
Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 20:13