Flight Wine Bar

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197 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
**Please visit our website for updates on hours and closures for private events.**

Flight is an intimate wine bar in the historic Chinatown neighborhood of DC. The award-winning wine list is curated by husband and wife duo and sommeliers, Kabir Amir and Swati Bose. The globally-diverse wine list is paired with a small seasonal dinner menu. Friendly and knowledgeable staff make the experience delightful.

Menus can be perused on the Flight website. Reservations are recommended but walk-ins are welcome.
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NJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and delicious food. Service was fast and welcoming. We enjoyed sitting at the bar for flights. Will go back whenever in DC again!

TG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service. Very noisy.

CC
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visitor and it was our date night! The food was great, the wine selection was massive, and we had a great server who was attentive and courteous. Thank you Flight for a great date night setting and service, we will definitely be back.

R
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time at Flight. Our server Jessica provided some great flight suggestions of the chilled reds and the GSM flight. Our table got the charcuterie board (nice selection for $14!) and some burrata and sweet potatoes. The food complemented the wine perfectly!

M
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is excellent, expect dessert. This place is a gem. Beautiful wine, terrific food and fantastic atmosphere. Superb wines.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely! 22 flights to pick from for $15 during HH. Great bar snacks for HH too. Second time here for a after work date night. Service is nice and helpful. Cozy bar setting.

j
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flight is such a go-to place for me that I'm hesitant to leave a good review for fear the masses will overrun it. Fantastic wines, amazing service and excellent food. It's perfect for a drink before a show or a lively date.

RL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful evening connecting with out of town friends! Flight’s central location near the red and yellow lines made is good choice to gather a our small group. We enjoyed interesting new wines - thanks to the knowledgeable staff - including one of the owners who personally helped us pick a few things to try. For nibbles, we had an excellently prepared octopus (which is not to be missed) and the grilled vegetable platter. The crispy fingerling potatoes were certainly a highlight. I’ll be back for sure!

ST
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service and wonderful wine selection. Food options are limited although yummy. The focus is on good wine.

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and absolutely loved everything about it would definitely go back. Staff is super helpful answering any questions you may have

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The wine selections were great and to top it off they had flights for $15 during HH. The staff were helpful and friendly. The food was good, incredible octopus!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I enjoyed our experience

RT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food

LH
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like wine, enjoy wine, want to learn about wine this place is fabulous. Knowledgeable, friendly staff. A full book of flights and wines by the glass to choose from. And another full book of wines by the bottle. Obscure ones to try, we enjoyed it so much we went back the next day!

JG
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wine selection. We went here with an old friend who is into wine. They have 30 or 40 wine selections by the glass offering a few which we recognized but also several options that were new to us. We started with two wine flights and then each had a glass. All white wines. Loved them all. Great place if one wants to expand their wine knowledge with smaller menu but great food.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This feels like a secret find. We loved the chill vibe. A lady walked up and greeted us with a smile. Turns out she was the owner. Our bartender was knowledgeable and friendly. The manager explained the food menu and took our order when the bartender was busy with someone else. The burrata and spicy sausage was delicious with the grilled bread. The roasted vegetables were great instead of a salad. And the braised octopus was the most tender we have had. But the wine list is definitely the star. The flights came with notecards so we could continue to read about them once they were poured. Nerdy list so you have to be open to being challenged or trying new things.

BS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The wine and service were excellent. My only complaint was that the burrata was very expensive--basically two pieces of bread with some spreadable cheese for $14. Barely an appetizer.

EG
Nuremberg
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Staff really nice! I like the idea of the three wines to try, but even though those are small drinking portions I skipped the white wine since I was afraid the wine would get warm (I like my white pretty chilled). The food was good., but from the looks of website pictures I expected more. Great selection of wines!
Bathroom situation not ideal.
Overall nice place, nice people.

DD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The place is cute and comfortable, however I did not enjoy a single glass of wine (including sampling 2 flights with a friend) and the food was mediocre.

KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

I’ll preface this review to say that I’ve eaten in many restaurants, nice and not-so-nice, around the world. I can’t think of a time when/where I’ve sent food back.

On this occasion, my husband was reluctant to send his chicken back (raw inside), but asked the waitress to have the kitchen check. The waitress, who initially dismissed my husband and said no, it was fine, took it to the chef, and in fact, the chicken was raw. The waitress did not apologize and the manager (who was present) didn’t talk to us at all. The ‘solution’ was 10% off our final bill, which came to $6 off. One would think that a minimum, the chicken dish would have been comped, especially due to the health risk. Because the meal took so long to re-prepare, we were late to our movie.

Never coming back! What a disaster.

OT
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful gem of a place! Girls night out, loved the flights of wine. Perfect location to sit and catch up with friends!

CD
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem!

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NM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Okay to decent wine options and the flights are reasonably priced. However, they serve wine flightd in weird glassware that doesn't allow you to smell the wine. When you buy by the glass, you are offered stemware and can actually get a real taste.

Service was attentive and friendly. However, the food was disappointing. The portions were small and everything was consistently under-seasoned. Moreover, the fried chicken was not crispy.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Not for people who like wine. They serve generally cheap brands at a high premium. Food is mediocre and overpriced and the selection strange. Tourist trap.

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The ambience was nice but the food was just not great.

JR
New England
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience - hope to go back

s
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the range of wines they serve. Service was great! I'd like to see more food options...but despite that, I'll be back!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyable experience...wide variety of wines and delicious entrees. The braised octopus was awesome and the ambience was wonderful. Great experience!

RM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really great wine selection as well as options for non-wine drinks. Food was good, but pricey.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We didn’t eat, but everything else was perfect. Went for happy hour on a Monday so the vibe and the atmosphere was chill. We enjoyed our time.

KO
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Sometimes "less is more", and sometimes "more is better". That's how I view Flight Wine Bar.

I understand the business economics of running a wine bar in a busy urban environment. The offering of wine flights is certainly a draw--especially when there's an appeal to share opinions with your companion or date. But there's probably too many flights, too many wines, and even too many whole wine bottle selections; because of this, in order to maintain a reasonable price level, the food & wine portions are really, really small. For the flights, for example, although you get 3 glasses, the total amount equals one generous wine glass at any other bar.

Worse yet, the food portions are also very small. Their entrees are more like appetizer sizes.

In the end, I found myself paying around $60 for a flight, an extra mini-glass of wine, and an entree. For half that price, I could have bought a really nice wine bottle in a store nearby--and filled myself more with a fast-food burger.

The manager told me that the wine menu was going to change soon since they were ADDING to the wines already on the wine menu. If anything, I would have hoped that Flight would be REDUCING the wines...so that they can focus more on delivering more value to its customers.

Hence, my "less is more"...and "more is better".

SA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and management at Flight is wonderful. When I walked in and I was waiting for my group, the owner I believe offered me a glass of this wonderful Chardonnay. He explained the grape to me and the type of barrel it was stored in. I enjoy Flight over any vineyard in DC. Besides wine they have some excellent spirits to enjoy. I loved the vegetarian options. The food has flavor and the menu is not overboard.

OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Popped in for a pre-game bite. Limited food menu but what we had was fabulous. Fried chicken and the ricotta with figs were real stand outs! Decor is a little bland but the service was excellent and the location is perfect for a pre-game bite or post game drink.

DW
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't even know how to say thank you properly to the staff that made our trip so amazing! My boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary there with wine flights and a few dishes. The service was amazing and I wish I remembered everyone's names. We got recommendations for their favorite spots, tons of questions about wine answered, and just overall outstanding service. Thank you!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and selection.

HR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The food and service left a lot to be desired. I have a feeling they were understaffed when I went, because I had to hunt down servers for more wine! At a WINE BAR.

If you're looking to spend too much money on portions that are TINY, this is the place to do it.

WS
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wasn't much of a wine drinker when I started going to Flight wine bar in Chinatown. I work in the area. But I kept returning for the service, good food, and the ambiance. And I have now been converted into a wine explorer. The space is pretty. Service from the servers and the owners/sommeliers is always exceptional. And the wine and food is among the best in the city. You never know if they are going to be very busy (or sometimes they close for events) so I always email them for a reservation.

KS
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent wine and food. Our server Kathy gave great recommendations, had a wonderful personality and overall provided great service. It was a lovely experience and I have recommended this venue to several friends, family and colleagues.

RL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely and delicious night. We order a selection of small and large plates - highlights were the octopus and the asparagus. Great waitstaff made us a custom flight of big reds that was amazing. We’ll be back.

KS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fiona, our server, was incredible. She was vibrant, enthusiastic, and genuinely passionate about educating us on the wines in my and my boyfriend's flights. She was quick to check up on us between drinks, and made sure we enjoyed everything we ordered. The wines, importantly, were delicious. Best selection of reds and roses in the DC area!

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