Pulpo Soft Opens in Former Tackle Box (McDonald’s) Space in Cleveland Park

3407 Connecticut Ave, NW

Back on the 1st of May we learned that Pulpos from the owner of Floriana would be opening in Cleveland Park’s short lived Tackle Box. I stopped in earlier this week and the space is looking good (though construction continues for more seating on the second floor):

Their Web site says:

Pulpo offers Spanish tapas inspired cuisine with American Fusion. Located in the beautiful and historic Cleveland Park neighborhood.

Pulpo’s extensive wine list features wines from Spain, Europe, and South America as well as four different Sangrias. Our four large communal tables and open kitchen, allows guest to enjoy the amazing culinary experience that Pulpo has to offer.

Ed. Note: They are still getting their liquor license and in the meantime offer mocktails.

Check the menu after the jump.

11 Comment

  • 7 bucks for bread with a slice of tomato on it?!?!

    • Haha, my thoughts exactly. hate.Hate.HATE tapas.

    • It’s not a slice of tomato…its tomato rubbed onto the bread. It sounds cheap, but if you’re using high quality olive oil, high quality bread, and high quality tomato the costs add up (with just a few ingredients you can’t skimp).

  • That exposed brick wall just looks gross with all that nasty, crumbling black stuff on it.

  • So I see this place will be just as loud, if not louder, than Tackle Box? Nothing but concrete on the floors and nothing on the walls to absorb sound. No thanks.

    • This seems to be the norm with most new restaurant finishes. Nothing but concrete floors and ceilings, brick walls, and expansive glass windows. Echo chamber to the extreme.

  • Went last night and actually the 7 buck bread was decent–we got it with the pricey Serrano ham and received 4 large pieces of bread/ham, which seemed a fair value (for DC). The patatas bravas and meatballs were just ok, but the cod fritters and catalan bean stew were excellent and large enough to share. The shisito peppers are akin to padron peppers, but my wife never got a “hot” one–1 in 5 or 10 are hot apparently. Yes, it’s not Barcelona and the tapas aren’t as cheap as there, but it’s potentially solid addition to CP and we’ll return to try more items once they have beer and liquor.

  • Gotta say, I’m getting a little tired of the modified crackhouse school of interior design. Unless I’m, you know, actually buying crack.

  • If they made a bigger burger with the ingredients below it (quail egg, spanish cheese, bone marrow, foie gras) inside, I would be tempted to pay a visit.

  • I think it’s great that there’s something opening up in that space! Cleveland Park needs new blood. This is exciting. Anyone know if there are any happy hour specials? I love checking out new places for happy hour!

    • Update: checked out Pulpo for dinner the other night and it really is a great addition to the Cleveland Park hood. The place was spacious, which I really appreciate. Too often in DC restaurants I find myself unwittingly in the middle of an awkward first date with how close the tables are. Having never had octopus before, I had to try the Pulpo. It was awesome! As were the goat cheese and crispy brussel sprout dishes! 2 people were full off of 4 plates, which speaks highly to the portion size. Good portions, great service, and a non-pretentious ambiance gives this place a thumbs up in my book. I’ll definitely be back!

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