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Cranes

4.8
256 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 256 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NonaR
1 review
Dined 4 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
2 reviews
Dined 4 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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vipLoop
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was very good. The service needs work.

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vipAnnabelS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 4 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
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipdavidl
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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.

CM
CareyM
Washington DC
4 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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AndyG
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
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DeepaS
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DC
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!

DJ
vipDianaJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Nica
Washington DC
1 review
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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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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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 7 days ago

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
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 7 days ago

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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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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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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & inventive tapas.

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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 7 days ago

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
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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rclarkd12
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the Omakase tasting menu. Everything was fresh and delicious- would definitely recommend. The service was great the restaurant and the chef came out to talk to us. We will definitely be back!

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EricH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the best, if not the best, restaurants in D.C. right now. Cannot recommend it enough. Both the dinner and lunch tasting menus are exceptional, as is the service.

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JohnG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Food & Beverage!

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vipBeatr1z
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food wasn't as good as we were expecting. The service wasn't as professional as we think it should be for an upscale restaurant. The music was inappropriate for a restaurant of this level. In summary - we'll pass on Cranes next time.

Cranes
Responded on 14 April 2021

Hello Ms. Lopez, Thank you for your feedback and giving us a try. We are very sorry we did not meet your expectations. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve our cuisine, service, and music please feel free to reach out by emailing eat@cranes-dc.co m or calling (202) 525-4900. We value our guests feedback and are always looking to improve. We wish you all the best. -Cranes Team

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YoYoA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome! The food was on point and highly elevated.

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ZhentianC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will recommend this restaurant to my friends. And post some pictures on social media.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omakase was phenomenal. Refined, tasty. Gabby, our waitress, was knowledgeable of the entire menu. She also had great sake and cocktail recommendations. Pepe, the executive chef, came to our table to see how our meal was going. No rush even though our reservation was at 830. Just an overall treat!

FAQs

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 256 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.