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Cranes

4.7
141 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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Special menus

  • Omakase Menu

     $88.00 per person
    Starting Jul 15, 2020
    Our six-course omakase menu is a constantly evolving chef’s selection showing off our current seasonal favorites. A curated beverage pairing is also available. There are no substitutions, however we are able to accommodate some allergies and dietary restrictions. 6 Courses / 88 Beverage Pairing / 45

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
What 141 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Mira
Nashville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So pleased with my experience. The omakase is a must-try. Every course was excellent, and the drink pairing took it to a new level.

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MousumiS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good. Table top heaters were okay. Service was okay.

Cranes
Responded a day ago

We are so sorry you had a less than satisfactory experience. We would love your feedback on how we can improve. Please email us at eat@cranes-dc

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vipmonicab
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crane’s is overall a fantastic restaurant experience and clearly nothing was left to chance. It is absolutely beautiful in decor and ambiance which makes it a wonderfully pleasant space for dining. We went for the first time this past Friday night and loved every dish and drink without question. The cocktails were amazing and beautifully crafted. We ordered many of the tapas dishes and the waygu beef and shrimp entrees. Each dish was carefully and artfully prepared and presented. And then we could not pass up the specialty churros. Just impeccable flavors all around. We enjoyed our experience so much that we went the next afternoon for a cocktail and tapas! I’d say we have a new favorite spot in DC!

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vipMParis
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The daily fish was very fresh and was cooked perfectly. The shank was good but enjoyed the endive even more. The mushroom croquettes were really good.

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VeronicaT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Cranes. We were so impressed! My companion and I both got the Omakase menu. It was beautifully prepared and presented exquisitely presented. Our server Gabrielle was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and the cuisine. The chef visited our table and allowed for our meatless diet! Every detail down to the beautiful tea cookies presented in the wooden box were superb!

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vipTyler
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual - their new outdoor patio is really cute too actually. Lots of fire features so should be good through the chillier nights.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was beautifully presented, drinks were good, and the server was very friendly and explained each dish. Omakase is the way to go, and it was actually filling without feeling too stuffed. Interior looks lovely but unfortunately with Covid that will have to wait to enjoy. They have an outdoor space, which is on the side street, but they did a great job creating ambience with greenery, lights, fire pits, etc., and spaced the tables apart. Look forward to going back.

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MZan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in DC. Incredible textures and flavors. High recommend for anyone for anything from a casual lunch to a special occasion.

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SDUA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omakase menu was fantastic! Would definitely recommend for any sort of celebration. Not only was the food great but the restaurants environment was felt safe during COVID.

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vipAnyiA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!! Loved it !!!

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ErinM
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. Took my husband there for his birthday on a Monday night so was not crowded at all, we got a seat by the window which was great for people watching and did the omakase menu. I wish I could remember our waitress's name, she was wonderful, as was the bartender whose name I also forget, probably because they kept brining us really delicious drinks. Food and beverage pairings were amazing, from hamachi to beef tongue and mushroom that tasted like chicken in a way. Highly recommend this spot!

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Nitant
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food, service and the overall experience was phenomenal

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Got the weekend lunch bento box and a couple other items (including fish of the day)—my boyfriend and I were blown away by the presentation of dishes, amazing interplay between flavors, and just top notch assortment of foods. Drinks were delicious as well. Highly recommend for friends or couples—it’s an amazing experience and I was highly impressed (and I’ve eaten at Per Se and Eleven Madison).

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vipfoodtastic
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic meal and amazing drinks. Will be back many times.

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vipRachael
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Love the ambiance and the staff, from entrance to wait staff to chef, all went above and beyond. We went twice this weekend!

Cranes
Responded on 26 October 2020

Thank you Rachel! Were so happy you enjoyed your time with us and thank you for coming twice! We look forward to welcoming you back. 😊

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food
Definitely worth trying

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GeorgeC
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A memorable, unusual dinner format -- the omikase, and the wive pairing was unusually nice

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, great food and fantastic service

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vipRene
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, ambiance, drinks were wonderful! Will definitely go back!

Cranes
Responded on 24 October 2020

Thank you! We look forward to welcoming you back 😊

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food from start to finish. Highly recommended.

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vipJRM44
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finest of fine dining. Art on a plate. Interesting, creative menu. I had 5 tapas and dessert. The varied tastes, textures, colors, and concepts were all 5*. I am a foody who dines out a fair amount, even in Covid world, when precautions are in place. Crane's followed all recommended practices, and I felt entirely comfortable there. The space is also lovely, high ceilings and windows, beautiful place settings. Service was spot-on and friendly/low key. Literally, Cran'es served the best meal I've had in recent memory, including Europe when we could still go.

Cranes
Responded on 17 October 2020

Wow! Thank you for the fantastic review, were thrilled you had a wonderful evening with us. See you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious and unique food!

Cranes
Responded on 17 October 2020

Thank you! 🙏

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Dido
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and excellent service. Look forward to going back.

Cranes
Responded on 24 October 2020

Thank you for joining us, we look forward to welcoming you back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING LIVE CRANES

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vipSlouch
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I loved it. This was a cherished event meal- wife's birthday. Upon presentation at the host table, we were given many Covid-19 options for our meal. Contactless menus, outdoor seating, etc. We did avail ourselves of the outdoor seating. Appropriately cautious spacing between the tables outside (10ft). Such distance created a nice sense of intimacy. Service was polished, informative, ever present without being intruding. No gaps in service from the kitchen either. Plates were presented at a steady relaxed pace all night long. The dishes were stellar. Loved the Pork Belly Yakatori! A highlight. My wife loved her dishes too. A delicate touch with her Tilefish. Blankets were offered as the night temps got cooler, but we declined. The cafe lights overhead were a nice touch. Maybe some candlelight for a more proximal flash of soft lighting would be my only quibble, but with table space being at a premium it is understandable why this was not done. Being street-side on a DC Saturday night might add a noisy background to the meal, but it didn't. Very hushed. Dessert was a solid version of Churros with dipping sauces. And coffee. I have my own personal rating system and from lowest to highest: Avoid, not worth your time; Acceptable to eat there if no other better options exist and if you really can't wait for one to arise; If in the neighborhood and hungry for or in the mood for- have a meal; Would drive into the city for a meal here; Would travel across great distances for meal there; Must eat there before one dies. I would gladly travel into DC for a meal here. And with their menu, repeated trips appear to be in the cards. A solid A-. Worthy of your patronage.

Cranes
Responded on 5 October 2020

Thank you so much for joining us and for the wonderful feedback! We look forward to having you back again. -Cranes Team

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vipAnna
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was exceptional!! Such an amazing culinary experience! Nothing like it in DC!! It needs to be marketed better so that’s it jammed packed!! LOVED IT!!

Cranes
Responded on 5 October 2020

Thank you for the kind review! We miss the vibrant scene when the restaurant is full of happy people. We look forward to the day we can all go back to normalcy. 😁

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal! Incredible meal: service, experience, top notch. Outdoor seating is well appointed, quiet and protected from traffic. Great care was taken at social distancing and sanitation options. We had the tasing menu with optional wine/sake pairing and every bite was perfection.

Cranes
Responded on 5 October 2020

Thank you so much! 😁 We are absolutely elated you enjoyed your time with us. We hope you to see you back soon!

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vipTCinDC
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great value. The pulled pork sandwich is to die for.

Cranes
Responded on 5 October 2020

Thank you! 🙏

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and amazing service

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vipRationalMind
London
17 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Top-notch food, with very fresh ingredients, boldly presented. Unfortunately, the outdoor dining was in several re-used parking spaces in the small street around the side of the restaurant, which provided a very noisy atmosphere including truck and car traffic right beside us.

However, that was minor compared to the excellent service, fine beverage pairings with the tasting (omakase) menu that we experienced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! The Omakase always have me leaving full and happy. Great value for a tasting menu, truly the best deal in the city! Jake and Christian are fantastic, they surely know how to make a guest feel welcome and at home.

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mkbf26
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, incredible service, food was splendid.

Cranes
Responded on 16 September 2020

Thank you! 🙏 😊

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vipMParis
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and food. Delicious and executed well. If you have a good appetite and even if you don't, you have to spend a lot to fill up. You come here for the experience.

Cranes
Responded on 16 September 2020

Thank you for the great comment and feedback! 🙏☺️

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the recommendation from a friend and decided to try Sunday Brunch. Everything is perfect - the environment, service, food quality. We always love Spanish and Japanese cuisine, so the food at Cranes not only satisfies the taste buds but also brings surprises by the Chef’s creativity of combining the ingredients and preparation methods of those two different cuisines.

Cranes
Responded on 16 September 2020

Thank you for joining us and please send our 👍🏻 to your amazing friend who recommended us! We look forward to having you both back.

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squid
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been to Cranes twice now, once before the pandemic and once since. The food and service were excellent on both occasions. The restaurant is understandably pretty empty right now, but Cranes is maintaining its outstanding standards. The Serrano ham and gulf shrimp were delicious

Cranes
Responded on 16 September 2020

Were glad to have you back in our dining room! We miss our lively atmosphere and can't wait until its safe and everything is back to normal.

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vipgourmande
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is worth every calorie. Come ready to enjoy the tapas or the main dishes but make sure to save space for dessert.

Cranes
Responded on 16 September 2020

Thank you for the comment! There is a separate stomach for dessert 😁 🍨

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best new restaurant in DC

Cranes
Responded on 16 September 2020

Thank you! 🙏☺️

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first night out to a restaurant since the shutdown, and we absolutely made the best choice for our first anniversary! The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable, we felt incredibly safe and taken care of, and the food is magical. We couldn’t have had a more delightful evening.

Cranes
Responded on 16 September 2020

Thank you for joining us on your first night out! We hope to see you back again.

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Daniel
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The noise level note is entirely due to the country itself dealing with a pandemic.

If there weren't a pandemic right now, this place would be f*g packed.

I have no interest in censoring an absolutely stunning review, beyond putting in a bunch of asterisks for the overly sensitive readers.

This place is a place to be experienced. If you have the opportunity to dine here, or you have the flexibility to dine here, f*g dine here.

I have a background in culinary and beverage service, and I was absolutely blow away by the beverage options and culinary expertise that was displayed. A few friends were looking for a bit of normalcy and indulgence amid the pandemic, and the omakase selection didn't just hit that mark. It left them stunned.

I'm not exaggerating that. Stunned.

The scallop-ponzu butter course left a few friends who didn't know what ponzu was so stunned at what was dancing across their pallets that they didn't have words.

That is just one note, of one course. It leaves out the body of the timely service by the manager monitoring the sake lounge. It leaves out the gradual escalation of the body and intensity of the dishes, and the increasing subtly along with their intensity. The wagyu beef course wasn't *hot*...but I didn't want it to be. The carnal chew of seared and seasoned wagyu was primaly satisfying. And it was followed up by a palette-cleansing sorbet cocktail and dessert course that left everyone at the table absolutely *moaning*.

I'm not going to gloss that up with fancy text. *Moaning*. Everyone I brought to the table moaned at their first bites into the dessert course. It wasn't just a satisfying end to the meal. It wasn't just a nice and sweet dish, in and of itself. It f*cking capped things off in a way that made the whole experience ooze indulgence.

I don't care if anyone reads that and goes 'Oh, that sounds like it's too much'.

F**k you. Go here. Eat here.

I've eaten around the world. You should eat here.

DD
vipDiningDan
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Crane's was a pleasant surprise. The interior is beautiful and interesting. The menu is excellent and the quality of the food very high.. Service was good.

My only complaint is that, even for small plates, some of the items were kind of small. For example, the tomato and burrata salad was very tasty, but could have used one spoonful more for $12. The bao buns were great; as was the maitake tempura.

Worth a visit!!

FAQs

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

Cranes is rated 4.7 stars by 141 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.