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PoP Preview – RANGE by Chef Bryan Voltaggio Opening Dec. 18th in Friendship Heights

by Prince Of Petworth December 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm 17 Comments

5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Lots of folks have been eagerly anticipating the new restaurant, RANGE, from chef Bryan Voltaggio opening up in the Chevy Chase Pavilion by the Friendship Heights metro. I was able to attend a media preview last night and felt like I was launched into the future:

From a press release:

RANGE encompasses 14,000 square feet where the open kitchen design allows the 300 seats a view and ample interaction with the team of chefs. The kitchen stations include charcuterie, bakery, raw bar, rotisserie, wood fired hearth, dessert and candy, and coffee bar. Voltaggio’s approach promotes the use of whole animals such as Border Springs Farm lambs and Roseda Black Angus Farm steers that are butchered on-site and featured in a collection of offerings that include alternative cuts like shoulders, legs, and offal. Local game, fowl and the freshest seafood straight from the Chesapeake also grace the menu to meet all appetites. One menu is presented throughout the restaurant and highlights seasonal ingredients sourced from the Mid-Atlantic region prepared through classic and progressive techniques.

Check out the menus:




More photos after the jump.


raw bar



Located on the 2nd floor in the Chevy Chase Pavilion

  • Anonymous

    looks fancy and all, and i have no doubt that the food is top notch, but what about this seems like you were launched into the future? looks like a standard fancy dc place from my untrained eyes. the bar and raw bars shots look a little bleak to me, actually.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. That’s the same dessert case every diner has been using since approximately 1948.

  • Anonymous

    Great googly moogly! That’s ah-mazing! I want it all in my face. Right meow.

  • TG

    Can’t wait to try the raw bar.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know, I prefer my bars medium rare.

  • Anonymous

    The space looks amazing. Too bad the large glassed-in portion of the dining room overlooks a rather depressing shopping mall.

  • Anonymous

    Looks depressingly like a Disney World cafeteria to me.

    • Anonymous

      That’s Goofy.

      • bert

        but the Minnie Bar is awesome.

  • I’m not sold on the mall reno, but the restaurant menu looks great.

  • AnononTuesday

    The mall looked like swiss cheese when I was there a few weeks ago. I hope they have a creative way for people to get around all the construction going on downstairs. It looks a mess.

  • Sir Douchy

    Oh dear, it would appear that Mr. Voltaggio has over-extended himself. This is clearly a very expensive endeavor which has little chance of financial success regardless of how good the food is. I give it 2-3 years before the banks tell him to shut it down. I’m not sure why he chose to do this to himself, after all he had a couple of places in Frederick that seemed to be doing quite well.

    • My thoughts exactly – that reno looks pricey. I wonder if the mall gave him a generous build-out allowance to draw other high-end establishments.

      I’d rather the price of my meal went into the food rather than the renovations – after all I’m eating there not living there.

      • Anonymous

        yes, the low brow renovation budget really flies well with the foodie crowd in this town.

        i think the people that frequent this place will appreciate the design.

  • Anonymous

    It looks loud.

  • Martina Rivero

    It look very gourmet; I will go and taste their food.

  • Anonymous

    I love the design! The space was used extremely well. I can’t wait to try it.


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