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DC Coast

May 6th, 2012 by kimly

DC Coast

1401 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

[on the corner of 14th Street and K, NW – One block north of the K Street exit of McPherson Square Metro exit]

Part of the Passion Food Restaurant Group which also includes District Commons and Burger, Tap & Shake

May 4, 2012 – 7.30pm reservation, 5 people

I first experienced DC Coast back in 2007-ish and found the place to be outstanding. I had begun working in the city shortly before and met a friend when she was in town for business. I remember having a fabulous time with great food. But for unknown reasons, I hadn’t been back since so I hadn’t reviewed it here yet because it had been so long (an oversight I will not make again.) When I suggested it for this dinner, I was actually a little nervous that I was making the restaurant out to be almost mythical in my memory. I needn’t have worried. Our waiter was attentive but not overbearing, especially at the beginning when we were busy catching up and ignored the menu. He was able to answer all our questions and give recommendations without stumbling or hedging. Towards the end, he could have checked in a bit more often, but this is probably more picky than truly warranted.

We had a wonderful time with superb food and service. I have no reservations recommending DC Coast whether for an formal/informal evening out or entertaining business clients. Dress is stated as business casual but several patrons where in jeans without issue. My impression is slacks are a better option.


  • Chilled Market Oysters – House made Cabernet Vinegar Mignonette
  • “Poisson Cru” Tahitian Style Tuna Tartare – Fresh Lime Juice, Coconut Milk, Wonton Crisp
  • DC Coast Salad – Applewood Bacon, Hard Boiled Egg, Tomatoes, Blue Cheese, Radish, Lorenzo Dressing
  • Caesar Salad – Garlic Croutons, Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese, Spanish Anchovies

The Oysters were from Virginia; the DC Coast Salad was presented in a chopped salad format; The Tuna is served in a 1/2 of coconut and was as wonderful as I remembered – this item has been on their menu for quite some time; by the lack of anything left on our plates, these first courses were a hit.


  • Maine Diver Scallops – Brussel Sprout Petals, Caramelized Onions, Pancetta, Chestnuts, Cider Jus
  • Bacon & Crab “Stuffed” Soft-Shell Crab – Crispy Fried, Peas & Carrots, Pea shoots, Lemon-Thyme Butter
  • Pan Roasted Golden Tilefish – Confit New Potatoes, Charred Green Onions, Caper-Preserved Lemon Crème Fraiche
  • Grilled Beef Tenderloin – Parmesan-Chive Polenta, Royal Trumpet Mushrooms, Rosemary-Red Wine Jus

All dinners enjoyed their selections and the scallops were prepared perfectly. But of the dishes I tried, the soft-shell crab was outstanding. The batter was extremely light without a hint of residual oil from frying.


  • Chocolate “Cup Cake” Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Crumble, Coffee Ice Cream
  • Lavazza Espresso, Cappuccino & Port
  • Islay, Single Malt: Caol Ila Distiller’s Edition 17 Year Old

A wonderful way to stretch out the evening. The ‘cup cake’ is served warm which maybe not be everyone’s favorite style. The ice cream is make in house.

Four of us went through two bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon, Tortoise Creek, Lodi, California, 2009 – very affordable with a nice palate that paired well with the seafood and the beef.

Total Cost: ~$350 plus ~$70 tip

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