Thally Hoping to Open Tuesday August 27th in Shaw – Check out the Menu

1316 9th Street, NW

Update on Thally coming to 1316 9th Street, NW.

From a press release:

“Bringing new flavor to 9th St. NW in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC, Thally serves Modern American Cuisine created by Chef and Co-Owner Ron Tanaka, along with a rotating list of wines and craft beers, custom cocktails, housemade sodas, and unique spirits in a 70 seat restaurant which includes a 14 seat bar. The restaurant hopes to open on or about Tuesday, August 27th.

A Dream Realized

Thally is the brainchild of two good friends who have been talking about opening up their own casually elegant restaurant in Washington, DC for years. Chef & Co-Owner Ron Tanaka and General Manager & Co-Owner Sherman Outhuok finally found the perfect place, on a burgeoning block of 9th St. NW near the DC Convention Center, and Thally was born. Thally was conceived to be a comfortable and inviting neighborhood restaurant, as well as a destination worthy of Washingtonians crossing the city to discover our mouthwatering cuisine.

Our name pays tribute to our Shaw neighborhood as well as our families: “Thally” refers to the Tally-Ho Stables (built in 1883) located in Naylor Court directly behind our restaurant, as well as to Thalia, Sherman’s daughter. (Thally is pronounced without saying the “h”, as in Tally-Ho.) The interior décor also reflects the character of Thally’s surrounding neighborhood. Design details include: exposed brick, reclaimed wood, vintage barn-door hardware, blackboards, antique pipe fittings, leather seating, substantial wood and steel tables, and a 28 ft. absolute black granite bar with leather-finish. Our logo and the custom wall graphics created by local graphic designer/ artist Matthew Hlubny for Thally’s dining rooms and bathrooms feature images of the antique stables, row-houses and carriage houses that are characteristic of the Blagden Alley-Naylor Court designated historic district in the Shaw neighborhood, contained between O and M Streets and 9th and 10th Streets.”

MENU after the jump.

Simple, Fresh, and Flavorful… all of Thally’s dinner dishes have been carefully created by Chef Ron Tanaka with those three words in mind.


chilled cucumber soup – greek yogurt, celery, cumin, dill, mint

romaine salad- capers, grapefruit, worcestershire croutons, buttermilk vinaigrette

salad of grilled peach, crisp prosciutto, spiced cottage cheese, bibb lettuce, balsamic

watermelon, heirloom tomato, herbed goat cheese, pickled radish

bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, avocado vinaigrette, pain de mie toast

crab roulette- peekytoe crab, cauliflower/tomato salad, dill

carnitas sope- pork shoulder, red chile sauce, epazote, radish


swiss chard- tarbais beans, fennel, mushrooms, shallots

grilled branzino- eggplant caponata, basil, piquillo jus

pan seared rockfish- corn salsa, filet beans, tomato, tarragon

roast duck- artichoke, greens, black olive sauce

grilled pork t-bone, mustard brined, pinto bean puree, mustard greens, ginger, grilled scallion

grilled delmonico steak- baby spinach, coffee dust, bordelaise sauce


WINE: Thally will serve 24 wines by the glass, with a rotating list that switches out 6 wines by the glass per week!

DRAFT BEER: Our bar has 10 craft beers on draft.

DRAFT CIDER: We’re cider fans, and will always have 2 ciders on tap and a few by the bottle.

THALLYTAILS: Custom cocktails created by Co-Owner Sherman Outhuok.

HOUSEMADE SODAS: In lieu of serving traditional sodas squirted from a soda gun, Thally will be making its own sodas and colas.

Thally is co-owned by Chef Ron Tanaka, Sherman Outhuok, and Paolo Sacco.

Ron Tanaka, Chef & Co-Owner

A native of San Diego, Chef Tanaka began his culinary career in the mid 90s when he came to DC and began working in the pantry of the Morrison-Clark Inn under the tutelage of Susan McCreight-Lindeborge, who was a great inspiration to him. He was then spirited away by well-known Michel Richard who hired Tanaka as a line cook when he opened Citronelle. He continued to refine his cooking talents and techniques while working for Frank Ruta at Palena and then Eric Ziebold at CityZen. When Cork opened on 14th St NW, Tanaka was hired as Executive Chef, putting the restaurant (and himself) on DC’s culinary map. Excited for new adventures, Chef Tanaka left Cork to reinvigorate New Heights in Woodley Park, quickly making it a must –go dining destination, and earning it accolades on Washingtonian’s “2012 Very Best Restaurants” List. He is excited to now open his own restaurant which dedicates itself to Simple, Fresh, and Flavorful Modern American cuisine.

Sherman Outhuok, General Manager & Co-Owner

A longtime fixture on DC’s bar scene, Sherman Outhuok was a managing partner for a number of years at Posto restaurant on 14thSt. He then went on to open Maple in Columbia Heights as the Bar Manager /AGM. He makes his own “Cello” (sweet and citrusy) liquors, inspired from his time at Posto. You’ll regularly find Outhuok behind the bar mixing up new batches of Lemon, Tangerine, Orange and even Grapefruit Cello. You’ll also see him front-of-house, greeting guests.

Paolo Sacco, Co-Owner

With more than 20 years of experience in Washington, DC, as well as substantial culinary work throughout Italy, London, and New York, Paolo Sacco is highly regarded as a dynamic leader in the restaurant and hospitality industry. He is the well-known and admired Owner of Ristorante Tosca, Co-Owner of Posto, and now a Co-Owner of Thally. Sacco’s hard work, dedication, and mission to always provide the highest quality cuisine and service to his patrons have placed him among the elite of Washington’s restaurateurs. Sacco’s career in DC began when he became the maitre d’ at the very trendy Bice Restaurant from 1993-1995, where he was responsible for the operation of the dining room, as well as creating unique menus with the chef. Since its opening in April 2001, Ristorante Tosca has firmly established itself as a mature player and premier Italian restaurant on the Washington restaurant scene. Sacco’s trattoria-style restaurant, Posto, has followed that same path – albeit on a more casual level, as it is quickly became a cornerstone on 14th St.’s restaurant row. With Sacco’s guidance, Thally is poised to lead the charge in making 9th St. NW a culinary destination.


Thally is located in the newly thriving 9th St. Corridor in Shaw, immediately adjacent to Seasonal Pantry and A&D Neighborhood Bar, in the middle of the block between N and O Streets NW.

Open Tuesday –Sunday: 5pm -11:30pm (bar), 5:30pm – 11pm (kitchen)

Closed Mondays

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  • I wonder what the price point will be. It’d be nice to have a local spot with some no-frills cheap food and beer, although I don’t see that happening.

    • Yeah, clicked in for the express reason of seein what the prices will be. Oh well. Probably too rich for my blood, as usual.

    • Check out Veranda on 11th and P. They have a no-frills menu and it’s definitely affordable. I’ve always found it’s a great option when everything else is packed. The staff are very friendly, too!

      • LOVE VERANDA – great food and great prices

        • maybe I’m missing something because I can’t drink now, but when we went, I thought my meal was horrible. The burger was inedible. My husband’s order had to be redone (fish and chips, the fish was super soggy). Maybe we ordered wrong?
          Don’t get me wrong, I’d LOVE it if it were awesome because we live right there and the outside is lovely, but I had two bites and it was not something a person could eat. (and this was after they had to redo it because it was raw on the inside, and ms pregnant lady can’t eat that).
          The brunch there is decent, though. Not great, but not bad.

        • leftcoastsouthpaw

          I have to agree with jindc. I given Veranda a couple of shots, because I like their outdoor space. However, I’ve been really disappointed and would only ever go back for a drink.

  • For months, this restaurant was advertised in press releases as a “friendly, neighborhood spot.” It’s disappointing to see that this is just another trendy, frou-frou spot with overpriced cocktails. I’m still excited about this opening, but disappointed that the phrase “friendly, neighborhood restaurant” is completely different than I always thought it was.

    Remember when Table was advertised as the same? Once it opened it was immediately clear that it wasn’t the homely cafe that I envisioned.

    • +1 to being sad that Table and Thally both went trendy frou-frou. See my comment below about how much I hope we get a place to actually *open* that’s a real friendly, neighborhood spot! Maybe Baby Wale on the next block down? Anyone seen a menu for them yet?

    • I can’t imagine any place asking for its name to be pronounced “TAH-bluh” is going to be down-to-earth or homey.

  • Yeah, I live really close to this place. I have to say, I’d been REALLY hopeful for a place anywhere in the neighborhood with a decent burger for $9-$12 or a decent steak for $18-$22. Not talking Kobe beef or anything here – just good old fashioned very acceptable quality and decent priced American fare.
    I have a lot of friends who are hardcore foodies who find a groupon for somewhere new that promises to fuse Siberian, Samoan & Salvadorian cuisine or some such craziness and also has “small plates” (translation – $15 appetizers) that feature a goat liver / organic octopus / escargot pate with artisan cheeses that are all locally made with a hydroponic parsley garnish and they squeal with delight.
    I am not one of those people.
    Give me a basic American place or an awesome diner with all-day breakfast food like Ted’s Bulletin that opened yesterday on 14th Street any day! Just wish we could get something like that over in Shaw. 14th Street shouldn’t get ALL the love… Just sayin’. Maybe Thally will add a burger someday!

  • Those no frill low price places only work with high customer volumes. I think 9th street is a little too off the beaten path for someone to take a chance on something like that. Better (in the eyes of the owners) to do a high price “destination” type place which is gonna draw people to a unestablished strip without much commerical activity/foot traffic.

    • Or have really great happy hour specials.

    • I dunno, Boundary Stone seems to be doing OK. Neighborhoods need quality neighborhood joints. If you are that place in a sea of overpriced trend-chasers people will find you and go back night in and night out, not just for special occasions.

  • Jesus – all the people asking for “no frills American fare” … just go to McDonalds or TGI Fridays and have done with it.

    • +1. Thally and Table may be a lot of things (like overrated). But I hardly consider them “frou-frou”.

  • A fairly sober press release by restaurant standards. Where are folks getting that this place is “expensive.”? I don’t see any prices. I can’t imagine any of these entrees are over $25

  • nothing on this menu sounds like a reason for me to go, sadly, unless they’re going to have extensive specials.
    oh well – I wish them all the luck in the world, though! I’m happy when any place opens in our neighborhood, it’s just not my type of food (chilled cucumber soup costs like 25 cents to make at home, and the rest sort of sounds boring to me)

    (I DID think “thally” would be an Indian restaurant when it was first announced and I got all excited.)

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