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Policy - 4 Reviews - 1902 14th St NW, Washington, DC - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (202) 387-1324


1902 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-1324
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excellent food 7/4/2010

We took our daughter here with two friends for her 29th birthday recently. My husband and I were skeptical of the "tapas" concept and the dramatic red and black interior downstairs. We were quickly won over when the food began to arrive - creative, fresh food, expertly prepared. Each of us had 3 plates and everything was great, especially the oysters, gnocchi, and fresh tomatoes. Delicious cocktails and a respectable selection of draft beers and many more in bottles. So, in short, while the atmosphere at Policy might not be our thing, the food and drink are definitely worth a return trip. Our bill for 5 with alcohol and two desserts was around $230. more

Weekend Bite(s) 3/7/2010

Policy may have great good but I cannot comment on the food as I didn't eat any. I made a reservation for a party of 6 on a Friday night. All seemed well until we got there and they tried to seat us upstairs were a DJ was spinning to the happy hour crowd. It was beyond noisy and the bar crowd was pretty much hovering over our one tiny table (for 6 people). Suffice to say we left. They apparently don't have room for large parties downstairs where the decibel levels are more tolerable. I would check what other events (i.e. DJ, happy hours etc) are going on before booking a table or specifically request the downstairs seating. Then let us know if the food is any good! more

WhatMickyEats 2/13/2010

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Editorial review from 4/2/2009

Your first views through Policy's large windows are of the diner-style restaurant, where Chef Brian Murphy's menu includes madras curry lamb sliders and veal sweetbreads. I haven't made it to dinner yet, but I did drop in around midnight last Friday to find a party going full blast in the upstairs lounge. If you want to check out Policy without dropping too much cash, Friday is the night to do it. There's no cover charge when you RSVP, and unlike most other lounges you can visit tonight, Policy's Sound Elevation party doesn't require an exorbitant minimum to reserve a table, though you do have to purchase something. "It's kind of like a restaurant in that ... people can sit as long as they wish after their meal but when demand for tables is high, it's considered respectful to vacate your seat in a somewhat timely fashion after dining," promoter Kevin L. Murray explains in an e-mail. On Saturdays, however, Policy's minimum is one bottle for every four people at a table, and when bottles are a few hundred dollars each, that can add up. The space itself is attractive, with stylishly mismatched chandeliers overheard, low tables and a very busy bar. One wall is covered with graffiti by local artist Andrew Funk, and while it's really well done, it doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the lounge's vibe. There's no dance floor, but the music is a key part of the night. DJs rotate every week, often featuring selectors from well-known DC9/Black Cat nights like Nouveau Riche or Sorted. Drinks are almost as affordable as everything else; a large Bombay Sapphire and tonic and a bottle of Amstel was $13, though I didn't find out until after I'd ordered that Policy requires a minimum tab of $25 if you want to use a credit card. You can get on the guest list by visiting To reserve a table, call 646-457-0553. -- Fritz Hahn (April 3, 2009) more
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  • Hours:

    Daily 5:30 pm-2:30 am, food served until 12:30 am
  • Neighborhoods:

    Northwest Washington, Cardozo / Shaw, Northwest