Sneak Peek: Ulah Bistro

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Located at 1214 U Street, Ulah Bistro is set to open this coming Sunday. I was able to take a sneak peek inside and talk with the General Manager – Andrew Rose. I had reported a rumor back in September that the owner of Tunnicliff’s Tavern was opening up a joint on U Street. And that rumor is now fact, as Mr. Rose explained to me that one of the owners of Tunnicliff’s Tavern of Capitol Hill and Stoney’s in Logan Circle, Med Lahlou, is behind the Ulah Bistro. Rose also explained that the menu is “an American style with a European influence”. Ulah Bistro is two floors and Rose describes the “downstairs as casual comfortable dining” while the upstairs has more of a “lounging feel.” And I have to say the place looks phenomenal. It is open and airy with lots of light and a spectacular layout. If the food is good, which I expect it to be since I love Tunnicliff, this place is going to be extremely popular. I imagine that this is going to be a great nightspot destination as well as a go to brunch establishment. After the jump you can check out the full menu plus the brunch menu and lots more photos including the upstairs lounging area.

Above is the open kitchen that you can see from downstairs. Below is a shot from the dining area upstairs.

Below is one of the sweet lounging areas from upstairs.

Below is a shot of the upstairs bar.

Below is the full menu.


Crab & Artichoke Dip
Topped with herbs Parmesan
and Provolone cheeses with brick oven flat bread $8

Fried Calamari
Served with bistro sauce $8

Ahi Tuna Tartar
Fresh Tuna loin with Asian flavor seaweed salad and wasabi cream sauce $10

Mini Crab Cakes
Three savory broiled pieces served with cocktail sauce $9

Steamed Mussels
Prepared with white varietal wine, garlic butter and fresh herbs $9

Maryland Shrimp
Five peeled jumbo size, poached with traditional Maryland seasonings $10

Bistro Wings
Connoisseur recipe with homemade bleu cheese sauce, celery and carrot $8


Soup of the Day
Served with crostinis  $5    French Onion Soup
Topped with gruyere cheese  $6

Ulah Salad
Arugula lettuce blend, pine nut herb crumb crusted gorgonzola, Portobello mushrooms and lemon vinaigrette $12

Black and Bleu Salad
Blackened beef loin steak on a bed of romaine, diced tomatoes, crumbled bleu cheese, and Caesar dressing $13

Sesame Tuna Salad
Pan-seared tuna, mixed field greens, red peppers, scallions, and mushrooms tossed in Asian dressing $13

Mediterranean Salad
Romaine, field greens, feta, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onions, cucumbers and pepperoncini dressed in vinaigrette $10

Tex Mex Chicken Salad
Warm bread base with romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and grilled chicken topped with salsa and sour cream then finished with a spiced ranch  $12

Caesar Salad
Romaine lettuce,  shaved Parmesan and herb roasted croutons
with creamy Caesar dressing  $9
Add chicken $3
Add steak, salmon, shrimp, or tuna $5

Mozzarella, sundried tomato Fresh basil, shaved parmesan
and prosciutto  $12

Cherry tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, fresh basil lump crab meat, topped with shaved Parmesan $14

Chicken and Artichoke
Grilled chicken, marinated artichokes, mozzarella and cream cheeses brushed with garlic infused olive oil  $12

Fresh Mozzarella, thinly sliced tomatoes, parmesan cheese
and fresh basil  $12

Kalamata olives, feta and mozzarella cheese, sun-dried tomatoes,
spinach and fresh basil  $11

Sautéed eggplant, tomatoes, onions, green and red peppers, zucchini, squash, topped with Mozzarella cheese $11

Make Your Own $10
Choose your base
Garlic and oil                        Marinara
Then your toppings 50 cents each:
pepperoni, prosciutto, sausage, bacon, Gorgonzola, Feta, shaved Parmesan, onion, red and green peppers, anchovies, tomatoes, spinach, kalamata olives, mushroom, artichoke


N.Y. Strip Steak
Hand cut fourteen ounce USDA choice with herb butter and potatoes au gratin $22

Grilled Atlantic Salmon
Herb crusted, served with ratatouille and red potatoes $16

Shrimp and Scallop Linguine
Tossed in a pesto sauce with sun-dried tomatoes topped with
toasted pine nuts  $18

American Paté
Homemade meatloaf and gravy served with bistro fries and vegetable $13

Seared Tuna
Fresh loin filet served rare with tapenade and ratatouille  $18

Mojito Chicken
Sautéed breast filets in a light rum sauce
with fresh mint over risotto verde $14

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
Broiled, served with bistro fries and cocktail sauce$20

Pork Chops
Double rib center cut herb marinated served with seasonal vegetable and risotto verde $18

Seasonal Ravioli
With toasted pine nuts and parmesan $14

Served with Bistro fries

Bistro Burger
Flame grilled one half pound of lean fresh ground beef with lettuce tomato, mayo and pickle  $8

Turkey Burger
With lettuce, tomato, mayo,  pickle and bistro sauce  $8

Toppings: Cheddar, Bleu, Mozzarella, Provolone, American, Swiss, bacon, caramelized onions, mushrooms ($1 each)

Tuna Burger
Fresh Ahi tuna topped with tapenade  $10

Crab Cake Burger
Jumbo lump crab cake with tartar sauce  $12

Grilled Steak & Cheese
Eight ounce sliced sirloin with bleu cheese and arugula
on baguette $10

Mediterranean Panino
Fresh tuna salad, kalamata olives, marinated artichokes and
tomatoes on baguette  $8

Bistro Turkey Melt
Sliced turkey, gruyere cheese and caramelized onions
on multi grain bread $8

Salmon BLT
Grilled salmon, bacon, lettuce, tomato and
Dijon on baguette $10

Vegetable Panino
Select farm fresh grilled vegetables topped with mozzarella
and pesto on baguette $8

Chicken Panino
Grilled marinated chicken breast, mozzarella and caramelized
onions on baguette $9

Fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil drizzled with
extra virgin olive oil on baguette  $8


Bistro Fries
Served with Aioli  $3

Seasonal Vegetable $3

Risotto Verde
Spinach and parsley risotto  $7

Potatoes Au Gratin
Thinly sliced potatoes baked with cream and shallot  $3

Following is the Brunch Menu


Eggs Benedict
Two poached eggs with ham, hollandaise sauce & home fries  $9

Nova Scotia
Smoked salmon and two poached eggs with hollandaise sauce, served with home fries  $11

Eggs Chesapeake
two poached eggs with lump crab meat, hollandaise sauce & home fries  $9

Green Eggs and Ham
They’re really made green with fresh herbs! Served with sautéed spinach & home fries  $8

Two Eggs Any Style
home fries, toast and choice of ham, bacon or sausage  $8

Steak & Eggs
Strip steak with two eggs any style & home fries $12

Western Omelet
ham, cheese, onions and peppers  $8

Farmers Omelet
mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese and bacon  $8

Mediterranean Omelet
spinach, feta and tomato  $8

Crab Omelet
Lightly seasoned lump crabmeat with home fries or toast $9

Breakfast Burrito
scrambled eggs, sausage, mixed cheeses, peppers, served with home fries  $8

Breakfast Pizza
basil tomato sauce, prosciutto, with three basted eggs  $11

Smoked Salmon Platter
with cream cheese, red onion and capers, served with brick oven flat bread  $10

French Toast
with powdered sugar and maple syrup  $7

Pancakes with Maple Syrup
your choice of chocolate chips, blueberries or plain  $7


Mediterranean Salad  $8
add chicken..$3    Caesar Salad  $8
add chicken  $3    Seasonal Fresh Fruit  $8

All sandwiches come with bistro fries
Bistro Burger
Flame grilled one half pound of lean fresh ground beef with lettuce tomato, mayo and pickle  $8

Breakfast Burger
with two strips of bacon, cheddar cheese and a fried egg  $9

Croque Madame
Ham and cheeses with one egg sunny side up  $8

Chicken Panino
topped with gruyere, caramelized onion $8


Home fries  $2         Bacon, ham,sausage $3    Two eggs  $2


Mimosa  $5    Bloody Mary  $5    Irish Coffee  $5

15 Comment

  • damn, that’s an impressive scoop there, prince.

    it’s funny, but i’ve noticed the place under construction for a long time, and i always thought the sign said “utah bistro”. i was thinking it was a mormon oasis in town, a place where mitt could go if he was president.


  • That lounge area looks very sweet indeed. I like the menu, although I wish there were a few more vegetarian options. A veggie burger with tapenade would be very yummy.

  • I hope they have Stone IPA on tap, like at Stoneys.

  • Me too IMGoph! I thought “Utah Bistro” was going to have some sort of ski lodge vibe!!!

  • The hamburger, I would like to point out, is only $8. Is this expensive enough to give Ulah’s enough “U St. cred?”

  • If they charge another $8 for fries, yes.

  • stunningly boring menu. nearly identical to every other place in the area, ny strip, salad, fried calamari, burger, blah blah… Better be very very good to stand out.

  • Allen, actually there aren’t many palces filling that type of menu on U St. I’ve been saying for awhile that the U St. corridor could use a low- to mid-priced sandwich/burger-type joint that has a relaxed, loungy feel. U St. has plenty of ethnic restaurants, pizza, and $15 burger places. They don’t have many places like that.

    I, for one, think Tunnicliff’s and Stoney’s are great, and it looks like the Ulah will be a great addition to the U St. strip.

  • I think there’s a reason why Tunnicliffs and Stoneys don’t serve edgy cuisine. Besides, there’s plenty of expense accoutn places where you can gorge yourself on Venezuelan beaver cheese, seared leopard cheek tartare, and artisinal orangutan sphincter salumis.

  • I don’t think they are going to rely on the menu for their revenue…that will probably come from the bar. Once they have you snockered, you’ll eat a 8 dollar burger!

  • What’s wrong with an $8 burger? That’s pretty much standard in restaurants these days…

  • I think it is really funny that a restaurant could serve the same burger at $8 or $12, and the general public will order the more expensive one everytime. Why don’t you just try it and make an opinion based on taste and presentation as opposed to price. My guess is that they will probably raise there prices a little bit over time, but don’t want to intimidate anyone from the start.

  • stuningly boring menu, can we petition for an upgade befor they open?

  • i just called them to see if/when they’re open, and they said monday (the 25th)

  • I had brunch today at Utah Bistro. Beautiful space, lousy food. You would think in this neighborhood they would have some decent vegetarian options and at least 1 vegan option on the menu. I had the greek omelet. In addition to the eggs being overcooked, they fried the eggs like a pancake then put this nasty overcooked spinach-tomato mash in the center along with cold feta cheese and folded it over. I expressed to the waiter that I was not happy with the food and he said “I’m sorry” and walked away. I watched for the manager for some time, but I didn’t see one the whole time we were in the restaurant.

    I doubt they will be around long if they can’t improve the food and service. It’s a shame since the restaurant is beautiful. I shall not be going back.

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