DC’s only kosher restaurant – Char Bar now open at New Hampshire and L Street, NW

2142 L Street, NW

Thanks to those who emailed and tweeted us the news – @eat_dc tweeted the photo above:

“Char Bar, DC’s only kosher restaurant from owner of now closed Eli’s, is open at 2142 L St NW”

Check out their menu here: Char Bar Menu (PDF)

Hours are Sunday-Thursday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Friday 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM

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  • i took a peek passing by there yesterday and for the type of space and decor this place is, the prices are crazy. $34 for a steak? $20 for a taco platter? Seriously????

    • Kosher meat is expensive. At the store, kosher ribeye is at least $16/pound and can go way up from there. When you consider what most restaurants in this city charge for steak that you can buy for much less at the store, it doesn’t seem crazy. They probably aren’t making much off a pound of ribeye for $34 when you consider all of the costs involved. Also, they are the only kosher restaurant in DC…

  • Who the hell pays this much for sandwiches? They might be good, but I’ll never know because I can get awesome sandwiches from Bub & Pops for 2/3 the price.

    • You can but someone who keeps kosher can not. There is a real lack of kosher restaurants and though I’d love to see the prices lower (or at least more of a range), I’m glad to see they’ve opened and look forward to having a place I can take my husband to eat – where he can eat anything he wants.

    • It’s also not kosher. Moot point.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Just not sure I can eat kosher tacos, but everything else looks good. I want to try the duck!

  • How is there only one Kosher restaurant in all of DC? Demand definitely exists.
    Will probably check it out at some point only b/c I’m a goy from NY that loooooooooves Jewish food. Get in ma belly. So long as the sandwich weighs 4 pounds, I’ll pay for it.

  • Looking at the menu, these prices are actually right in line (or maybe even cheaper) than what you would be charged at 2nd Avenue Deli in NYC. These are totally normal Kosher deli prices.

  • Not really a restaurant, but Soupergirl is kosher, too, and now in D.C., too. Wish she’d open a vegan kosher restaurant…

  • FYI, the Distrikt Bistro at the DC JCC is kosher, so they’re not the only game in town.

    The lack of kosher restaurants in DC astounds me.

    • Ditto. Thank you! Need to hike to Pikesville or Lamberton Drive up in SS for kosher food.

    • Distrikt Bistro closed this summer. And then there was one…

    • The orthodox Jewish population here is minuscule compared to somewhere like NYC, so there just isn’t enough demand.

      • The attrition level of kosher restaurants in the DC area has been extremely high, due to the limited number of people in DC who will eat only at a kosher place, high prices required by high costs, and the fact that such a restaurant can’t be open Friday night, Saturdays, or, for most of the year, Saturday night. If the restaurant indeed reopened in the DCJCC, it is under the fifth (I believe) different operator since the building reopened in 1997. (One wonders why the DCJCC does not just have a kosher dairy restaurant, whose costs would be much lower, instead).

        Even in New York, epicenter of the US Orthodox population, the Prime Minister of Israel earlier this week opted for a meal with a billionaire benefactor featuring non-kosher meat, with cheese on the menu as well: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/bibi-sheldon-doing-traif-italian-lunch-after-un-assembly-speech/2014/09/30/

  • Soupergirl has two (2) DC locations, the first in Takoma (in DC) and the second – newest – spot at 1829 M Street. A quick walk from where Eli’s was. While there aren’t many, I’m not sure how the OP missed all the other kosher options in DC.

    • Are you able to eat in there, or is it just for takeout? The Krispy Kreme by the Dupont metro is also kosher, but I don’t know if you can really consider these to be restaurants.

      • I go to the M Street Soupergirl maybe every other week for lunch and even have a client meeting. I’d a small (but really pleasant) space. They’ve got a high counter you can eat at – but there is no seating. Apparently, the Takoma Soupergirl has lots of seating.

  • clevelanddave

    I wonder how many people actually keep strictly kosher in the region? I don’t mean like kosher style, or “just at home” or that it is ok to eat vegetarian prepared in a non-kosher kitchen but only in a certified, kosher only food in a kashered kitchen/equipment? My guess is that it is less than 1,000 but maybe I’m wrong.

    • In the region there are actually a decent amount of people who keep kosher. Most of them live in Rockville or Kemp Mill though. In DC proper is a different story though. There are still a lot of people who keep kosher who work in DC, but they’re not concentrated in a specific area where you’d have the amount of people needed to support a restaurant.

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