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The Source

575 Pennsylvania Ave NW (at 6th Street)
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 637-6100
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The Source - Washington, DC
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Long wait for appetizer...but then they comped it!


I dined here a few weeks ago for dinner. They first seated us up against a wall so you couldn't see anything but a wall - then moved us to a table beside the bathroom/kitchen. The...

Long wait for appetizer...but then they comped it! 11/16/2012

Long wait for appetizer...but then they comped it! more

Pricey 10/26/2010

I dined here a few weeks ago for dinner. They first seated us up against a wall so you couldn't see anything but a wall - then moved us to a table beside the bathroom/kitchen. The constant traffic was a bit distrubing. The appetizers were great but the entrees were very expensive for the quality of food. I would recommend having drinks/appetizers at the bar downstairs. more

fine dining 8/1/2010

We went to The Source for our anniversary. We started at the lounge downstairs. The service was excellent. The bartender told us of a special of three appetizers for $20 for happy hour. We had crispy pork bellies, lobster dumplings, and Guilin Chili Squid. All were awesome! We were escorted upstairs for dinner. We had turbot with lobster fried rice (the lobster fried rice was incredible) and crispy sea bass prepared at our table. All dishes were amazing and we had a nice time. Prices are steep but for a special occasion it was alright, just seemed more overpriced than needed. The biggest complaint we had was that a beer (Japanese white ale) was $14! The service was excellent in both the restaurant and the lounge. more

Great Service and Amazing Food! 6/22/2010

I came here for dinner for my birthday recently and was honestly impressed. The service was incredible from the host staff, bartender, and server. I don't remember the bartender's name, but he made the best dirty martini ever! (They have jalapeno stuffed and bleu cheese stuffed olives, yum!) As for the food, you can't go wrong with anything here; I had the tuna tartare and the tiny dumplings to start (their signature dishes) and the American style Kobe short ribs, where the meat was very tender and flavor full. Pros: Great Staff more

Editorial review from The Washington Post 10/17/2009

2009 Fall Dining Guide By Tom Sietsema Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009 The best cone in the city? My vote goes not to that pricey gelateria in Logan Circle but to the Source, next to the Newseum. That's where chef Scott Drewno and his crew fill fragile, faintly sweet cones of sesame and miso with minced tuna tartare and a dusting of shaved bonito. If my job didn't require me to cover the entire menu, I'd order the beautiful snack as my appetizer, entree and dessert. That's not to say there aren't other compelling things to try in this cool, airy (and loud) second-floor dining room. Someone at the table should order the sort-of-spicy, kind-of-sweet stir-fried lamb, crisp with squiggly rice sticks, neatly served in saucer-size lettuce "cups." Come to think of it, I'm also partial to the halibut, jazzed up with red curry and resting on a fruity and fiery base of pineapple and chilies. Spoonfuls of a rich uni-and-lobster sauce are poured around the fish at the table, gilding the entree. The restaurant's pan-Asian concept comes courtesy of California boss Wolfgang Puck, yet the plate manages to feel personal rather than corporate. Fueling that notion: hosts who always look glad to see you and bartenders who shake and stir some of the best libations around. Fixed-price lunch menu per person: three courses $25. Fixed-price dinner menu per person: seven courses $125. more

The Scene 10/31/2007

Bar Review The Scene : Wolfgang Puck's new restaurant at the Newseum gives its first floor over to an airy lounge with plenty of wines by the glass, a few draft beers and a dozen cocktails divided into "Classics" and "Specialty" categories. It's already a popular destination for happy hour groups, business meetings and dates. What Works : The Classics section is especially strong. A Sazerac is made with Sazerac rye whiskey, the pungent herbsaint liquor and old-school Peychaud bitters. The Sidecar strikes the right balance between tart sour mix (made in-house) and soft Martell cognac. The modern side is serviceable -- a mojito muddled with ginger, a gin martini muddled with cucumber -- but the Peach Creek, which finds Knob Creek bourbon shaken with white peach puree and topped with fresh ginger, is crisp and sweet. Service is quick and polite, and the bartenders are fairly exacting. What Doesn't : The "Specialty" section includes a Flirtini, which makes me instantly deduct 20 points from my review. (Maybe if it was 1998 and I was dating Carrie Bradshaw, I wouldn't mind.) Actually, most of my problems with the Source have nothing to do with what's in my glass. The tables nearest to the bar are really, really low. If you have to sit on one of the stools, you look like you're squatting on the floor. The soundtrack -- Fleetwood Mac, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin -- seems out of place in such a modern (and ostensibly hip) setting. Also, the three televisions behind the bar aren't angled towards the ground, leading to less-than-optimum viewing from the barstools. The Cost : Everything is $12. Tip : Can't get a reservation at the restaurant? The full menu is available at the bar. -- Fritz Hahn (November 2007) more
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  • Floor-to-ceiling windows and a sleek, ultra-modern style help The Source’s dining room blend into its home: the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue. That's not to say it doesn't stand out on the...

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Additional information

  • Hours:

    Restaurant: Mon-Thu 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-11pm Sat 5:30pm-11pm Bar: Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm Fri-Sat 5pm-12am
  • Payments:

    American Express, Discover, Diner's Club, Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Northwest, Downtown, Northwest Washington