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Cranes

4.8
261 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff 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
What 261 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

First restaurant outing since pandemic

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NonaR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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.

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LorenaMaria
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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!

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vipLoop
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

The food was very good. The service needs work.

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vipAnnabelS
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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!

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vipCMax
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best dinner I’ve ever had in DC! Highly recommend the tasting menu!

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vipdavidl
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 6 May 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.

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CareyM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipAndyG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 May 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...

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TiffanyF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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BB11
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 May 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. :(

Cranes
Responded on 6 May 2021

Hello, 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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are regulars and food and service gets better every time

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vipTravelandTourismInsights
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 1 May 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.

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DeepaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipDavidC
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipDianaJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food, nice relaxed yet upscale setting, attentive service.

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vipKimberlyC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fabulous dining experience from beginning to end

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Carlos
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 April 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!

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Nica
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great new restaurant. Food was interesting and innovative.

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LawyerEater
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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

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vipZarahM
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious! We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 April 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.

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vipMaby
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 25 April 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!

Cranes
Responded on 6 May 2021

Hello, 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.

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SofiaM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous in all aspects!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Highly recommended. Hamachi and paella were amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Stellar. Ambiance is sophisticated yet calming. Modern Japanese design, Spanish music setting the mood. Excellent service and the food was beautiful and flavorful. A great choice for a special occasion.

Cranes
Responded on 6 May 2021

Hello, Thank you for the rating! We would love to get your feedback as it will help us improve our standards and service. Please let us know by emailing eat@cranes-dc.co m or calling (202) 525-4900

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Service wasn’t so great. Drinks were forgotten and never came out. They were busy so slightly understandable but more attention to patio guests would be good.

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vipEvaravesrants
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of the best paellas ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service & inventive tapas.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Recently opened, staff was still unsure about menu and specifics.

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JillianE
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it here, staff very nice and friendly and food was amazing

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vipHonestReview
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was very impressed by the food at Cranes. The oysters was very wonderful! The meal was delicious! The chef took some time to talk to us and I thought that was really nice of him. That added to the overall experience. I cannot wait to come back!

Cranes
Responded on 6 May 2021

Thank you for joining us! were thrilled you had a great experience, we look forward to your return! :)

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food

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DinerX
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I generally steer clear of fusion-themed restaurants because making fusion food is a high risk business that can easily offend adherents/devotees of the various cuisines that form the basis of said fusion. In the case of Cranes, you have an example of a restaurant that successfully walked the fusion tightrope and delivered a culinary experience that was grounded in the Spanish tradition and further refined by Japanese influences. The result - the omakase option - was wonderful and satisfying. Every item was thoughtfully prepared and presented with a sensibility that reflects both Spanish and Japanese influences.
To top this off, the staff was friendly and attentive. Highly recommended. Look forward to the next visit.

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vipCarlos
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chef Pepe Moncayo and team have created an excellent experience. The Omakase menu is fantastic, showcasing a compelling selection of items blending flavors and textures. I look forward to returning many times.

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You can order delivery directly from Cranes using the Order Online button. Cranes also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Cranes is rated 4.8 stars by 261 OpenTable diners.

Cranes does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/cranes-dc-724-9th-street-nw/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.