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Cranes, Washington, DC
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Cranes

4.7
4.7
273 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
Explore the intersections of Spanish and Japanese cuisine at Cranes, a restaurant and sake lounge by chef Pepe Moncayo. Chef Pepe’s contemporary dishes spotlight the similarities he has found with the ingredients, techniques and culinary viewpoints of Japan and Spain. From cooking style to ingredient and flavor combinations, his Spanish Kaiseki is a natural cultural and culinary marriage.

The design of the 12,000 square foot restaurant space includes a beautifully striking bar, large sake lounge, raised dining area, open kitchen, and private dining room suitable for 30 guests. The sleek, modern, yet approachable space draws on the chef’s Spanish and Japanese influences. Bright polished metals and thoughtfully placed wood elements layer amongst dark textures and dramatic lighting.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Japanese, Continental

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri, Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 525-4900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Pepe Moncayo

  • Private party facilities

    Host Your Next Event at Cranes! Our guest relations team will work with you to create an enjoyable dining experience built around chef Pepe Moncayo's innovative Spanish kaiseki offerings and extensive sake list. Full restaurant reservations available. Please contact our events team with questions. Please email events@cranes-dc.com

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Cross street

    9th Street & G Street

  • Parking details

    Limited Street Parking available in the immediate area. Cranes offers Valet Parking and is available open to close, 7 days a week for $12. Colonial Parking is located in the Victor building at 750 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-638-0253. Colonial offers $22 daily parking. Hours of operations are: Mon- Fri-06:00 AM to 07:00 PM

  • Public transit

    The nearest metro station is the Gallery Place Chinatown Metro Station stop on the Green and Yellow lines. The station has three exits. Please exit through the 7th and F Street arena entrance. Exit with the museum on the right and walk towards G Street. Cranes is located between G street and H street next to the District of Columbia Public Library.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 273 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. M

    Melissa

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    everything was delicious!
  2. V

    Victor

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Place for foodies. Chef is very talented and involved. Open kitchen is always a treat
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! We did the chef tasting with wine pairing and absolutely loved it!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around, though not very different from similar restaurants.
  5. DZ

    DorisZ

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food! Besides the steamed mussels (came undercooked) and one of our orders forgotten, the rest of the dishes were delicious and made up for mishaps!
  6. D

    Dianne

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had my graduation dinner with my family at Cranes and we all had a great time! Although the Omakase menu was secret, we loved everything that was served to us! We were very full and satisfied after. It actually exceeded all our expectations. It was just perfect! Thank you so much for the marvelous dinner. We would love to come back next time. :)
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Place is nice. Food was good. But not deserving of the hype and not in the same category as the best of DC. High expectations were not met. But the food was fresh and tasted fine. Just not a “wow” experience.
  8. JH

    JoshuaH

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely worth the visit. We went for lunch, definitely going back for dinner.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The tasting menu was so dilated it took over 3 hours with inattentive service. Food was good but not Michelin-good and fairly uneven. Outdoor seating in a loud alley and fairly uncharming.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic!!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    First restaurant outing since pandemic
  12. NR

    NonaR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had our first experience at Cranes on Mother’s Day. We had quite a few tapas as well as several bigger plates. Every single bite was a delicious surprise! The flavors, textures and presentations were so very fine-tuned, making the Spanish-Japanese fusion a delightfully unique experience. It was a pricey dinner but everyone in our party of five left full and pleased. Worth every penny.
  13. LM

    LorenaMaria

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was exquisite and service was outstanding. Saray was our server and she was very thoughtful and attentive, she definitely made us feel very comfotable. We will definitely go back.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Went to Cranes on Mother’s Day and got the omakase. Our waitress was great, the ambiance was lovely and the omakase was a fair price for the 7/8ish small courses we got. This wasn’t your typical fusion meal where you’re left wondering which part of the meal was fusion. Each cuisine (Spanish and Japanese) was well represented in each course. The ingredients were quiet seasonal which I also enjoyed. The only reason I wouldn’t give the food 5 stars is because it didn’t feel like there was anything particular “exceptional” about the meal given that this restaurant had a Michelin star but still - over all very very good!
  15. L

    Loop

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food was very good. The service needs work.
  16. AS

    AnnabelS

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First, let me start by saying the service was excellent. Tarhaka was aware of food allergies in our party and at one point of the meal he came to check on a possible cross contamination issue and we were able to find a safe path forward. Second, this was my second visit, the first having been in February 2020 just 2 weeks before COVID shut down. It was so reassuring that outdoor seating was available and the social distancing was excellent and made for a comfortable Mother's Day meal. Third, the food was amazing. This was my son's first visit and he thought nothing could top the duck rillette gyoza or the jamon Iberico and then he took a bite of the Unagi paella. He said hands down the best first bite of the night. The unagi was cooked perfectly, the greens were incredibly fresh and the paella was excellent. My favorite was the eggplant confit. The roe and the eggplant were an excellent combination and the chips light and crisp for dippers. The chocolate carajillo was my second favorite. The coffee flavor of the ice cream was exquisite and oh so rich. I will put in a plug for the Spanish G&T. The use of elderflower liquer was an excellent touch. We had 6 dishes total and one dessert between the two of us. It was just the right amount of food so the recommendation of 2-3 dishes per person by Ethan, our host, was spot on. I look forward to returning to Cranes soon!
  17. CM

    CMax

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfection! One of the best meals I have had in DC or anywhere for that matter.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dinner I’ve ever had in DC! Highly recommend the tasting menu!
  19. d

    davidl

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    We sat outside but their outdoor dining is tables just set up in the street without any ambiance. The inside is very attractive. The food was excellent. We ordered three tapas and one main. Portions are small so not good value. Nice wine list but overpriced. Service was friendly but a bit amateurish.
  20. CM

    CareyM

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cranes is the best! Food is delicious as well as the drinks. Staff is super friendly. Highly recommend this restaurant! 10/10
  21. AG

    AndyG

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Did the omakase. Food was good, not amazing. Presentation was the highlight. The service was very inconsistent... our waiter disappeared for about 15 minutes between the desert courses then put the bill on the table as we were still eating our last course...
  22. TF

    TiffanyF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent presentation and taste, we will definitely come back for more.
  23. BB

    BB11

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2021

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    The food was ok. We are vegetarian and I did add specific notes to my reservation of our dietary restrictions. May be the meat eaters will have better luck. I do have to say that I loved their Zucchini Ensalada. It is a must must try. Our biggest complain was the service. Our waiter was very frustrated with any questions we asked regarding the menu. At one point he said, he'd rather be making what we asked then answering our questions. He was pretty jump, even took off his mask while talking and acted really weird. He said he was frustrated training somebody but it doesn't explain his overall demeanor. It was just odd. He would even answer some of our questions walking away without even looking back. One of the most weirdest dining experience at a restaurant that actually received a Michelin. We weren't sure how they could even secure a Michelin with such service. As I mentioned earlier, food is hit or miss. We tried a combination of omakase and tapas. Some dishes were really good & some dishes were lacking basic salt. I would definitely order the Zucchini Ensalada for to-go again but I am not sure if we will ever dine their again. :(

    CranesResponded on May 6, 2021Hello, Thank you so much for the valuable feedback. We apologize for the sub-par dining experience you've had with us. We are very proud of what we do here at Cranes and are always looking for ways to improve our service and standards. We cannot do that without feedback from our valued guests. We would love to have you back at the restaurant! Should you decided to give us another try, please email eat@cranes-dc.co m or call (202) 525-4900 Sincerely, Cranes Team

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are regulars and food and service gets better every time
  25. TT

    TravelandTourismInsights

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Tempura was so light and fluffy, best I've had in a long time! zucchini salad very inventive and delicious. Small tapas size plates are, in my opinion, never good value for money as I always end up ordering two plates, going home hungry, while paying a high price. But tapas are all the rage and this is a great new restaurant for inventive and very tasty tapas.
  26. DC

    DavidC

    San Antonio

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing. The atmosphere is great! Perfect for date nights and anniversaries!
  27. DS

    DeepaS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the service were outstanding! Attention to details was excellent.
  28. DJ

    DianaJ

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, nice relaxed yet upscale setting, attentive service.
  29. KC

    KimberlyC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fabulous dining experience from beginning to end
  30. C

    Carlos

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great mixture of ingredients and flavors. Food is delicious and presented very well. The chef has really done a nice job. Would recommend to anyone and already am to my friends. On top of the quality food, the prices are extremely reasonable!
  31. N

    Nica

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is awesome! It opened shortly before Covid and we kept going to it - sitting outside or ordering take away - because the food and staff are great! They do a wonderful job of creating interesting, flavorful dishes that are very reasonably priced. The staff is very knowledgeable about the food and very nice. The ambiance is cool and fits different needs - it has a great bar/lounge area, cozy front and far back seating for quieter conversation and large middle area for more lively groups.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great new restaurant. Food was interesting and innovative.
  33. LE

    LawyerEater

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful presentation and flavors to merit their Michelin star. The Hamachi and Bok Choy were standouts.
  34. ZM

    ZarahM

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious! We will be back!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly one of the most special meals I’ve ever had in dc. Everything from the staff, to the drinks, to each dish was absolutely outstanding. Never had such a well thought out meal.
  36. M

    Maby

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We loved the food, its creativity, the ingredients and also our eyes were happy :) I had the vegetarian omakase and was super happy, they also had ramps :) Lovely dinner, highly recommended! The only so-so note..the service. It was a bit slow and the waiters were a bit distracted (the brought the wine after we had started) and some of them did not know the ingredients of the dishes we were presented with (fair to say that the ingredients are many and not the usual ones!). Other than that, we would certainly come back!

    CranesResponded on May 6, 2021Hello, Thank you for the valuable feedback! We are always looking for ways to improve and feedback like yours helps us. We look forward to your return and please let us know if you have further feedback.

  37. SM

    SofiaM

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dishes, great price. Will certainly be back. We did the omakase and I would be happy to do it again.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bento box was perfectly portioned and each item was delicious! The outdoor space is comfortable. Service was prompt and thorough.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous in all aspects!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Highly recommended. Hamachi and paella were amazing.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cranes using the Order Online button. Cranes also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Cranes also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 525-4900.

Cranes is rated 4.7 stars by 273 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    9th Street & G Street

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri, Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Japanese, Continental

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Limited Street Parking available in the immediate area. Cranes offers Valet Parking and is available open to close, 7 days a week for $12. Colonial Parking is located in the Victor building at 750 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-638-0253. Colonial offers $22 daily parking. Hours of operations are: Mon- Fri-06:00 AM to 07:00 PM

  • Public transit

    The nearest metro station is the Gallery Place Chinatown Metro Station stop on the Green and Yellow lines. The station has three exits. Please exit through the 7th and F Street arena entrance. Exit with the museum on the right and walk towards G Street. Cranes is located between G street and H street next to the District of Columbia Public Library.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Pepe Moncayo

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 525-4900

  • Private party facilities

    Host Your Next Event at Cranes! Our guest relations team will work with you to create an enjoyable dining experience built around chef Pepe Moncayo's innovative Spanish kaiseki offerings and extensive sake list. Full restaurant reservations available. Please contact our events team with questions. Please email events@cranes-dc.com

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