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Per a Reader’s Request – the Return of Judging Restaurants – Del Campo

by Prince Of Petworth — March 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm 12 Comments

777 I Street, NW

From Del Campo’s website:

The lifestyle and food culture celebrated on an estancia, a large South American vineyard estate, is the inspiration for Victor Albisu’s flagship restaurant in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The airy, 174-seat agrarian space is home to a meat-driven, wine-centric menu that is a product of Albisu’s Latin American roots and travels throughout Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay.

An extensive selection of steaks and various slow-roasted meats served with vibrant herb sauces, such as chimichurris and fresh salsas is the backbone of Del Campo’s menu. Albisu’s Peruvian heritage shows itself in the form of a Latin raw bar of ceviches, tiraditos and crudos. The wine program leans heavily towards South American varietals, which are decanted in traditional Argentinean carafes.

Del Campo is open for dinner seven days a week. A nine-seat asado bar offers guests a front row view of the gallery kitchen’s open flame. In addition to the dining room, guests can enjoy pisco sours and caipirinhas at the bar along with more casual South American street food. Albisu offers his take on Argentine sandwiches, chivito and chori-pan, as well as Peruvian skewered and fried meats, anticuchos and chicharones.

Albisu also owns Taco Bamba, a Mexican street food-inspired takeout counter in Falls Church, VA.

Del Campo opened in the former PS7s space back in April 2013. You can see their their menus here. Any fans? Any must order items?

Also for soccer fans:

“Warm Up for the World Cup with El Clásico at Del Campo

On Sunday, March 23 at 4pm, Del Campo will be hosting a viewing of the biggest Spanish soccer match of the year: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid. Think of it as a warm up to this summer’s world cup. The bar will feature $5 Mahou beers along with sandwich specials.”

  • Anonymous

    The logo kind of turns me off. It looks like some kind of Kmart jeans.

  • Anonymous

    Expensive but super delicious.

  • 17thSter

    Does this attract more Madrid or Barsa fans? Barsa fans go to Elephant and Castle. I haven’t found a Madrid bar yet.

  • Anonymous

    We went last November – full disclosure: we were working a show at the convention center and the company paid for our meal after, so my three friends and I sampled more than we normally would have with these kinds of prices.

    The food was great in my opinion. Everything tastes like smoke, so you have to have some sort of an affinity for campfires.

    We tried the hanger steak, chorizo, prawns and a few of the sides and everything was delicious. The steak is seasoned so well and is one of the best ones I’ve ever had in DC. The brussel sprouts are on par with the ones they serve at NoPA and Graffiato (not sure if gourmet brussel sprouts are the new trend, but I fully support it). Also the bread that they give you with the meal is amazing!

    The dessert is really the amazing part though. We tried the s’mores, tres leche twinkies, grilled berry cheesecake, and dulce de leche doughnuts. All of the desserts were great, but the s’mores with the burnt ice cream and the dulce de leche doughnuts with the melted chocolate sauce were the best. The wines were pricey, but on par with what you’d expect from an upscale steakhouse.

    Verdict: I’m glad that I went for the really great food and a different experience, but the prices and variety of new places in town will likely get me to try out some other places before I go back for a second time.

  • bb

    Never been here so I can’t comment, but I’m glad that restaurant judging is back! El Rey should be next….

  • I would agree with the general consensus thus far. I thought the food was very good, not great, but the price somewhat exceeds the quality. It does however occupy a cool restaurant niche though that wouldn’t exist in the city otherwise (with their charred / smoked tasting menus).

    • Anonymous

      Plus 1. Its expensive, so I would consider it for a special event or if someone else is paying, but not a random night.

  • leftcoastsouthpaw

    I went there with a couple of friends last May and we all really enjoyed our meal. I don’t remember leaving there thinking it was too expensive for what we got. I would recommend ordering the marrow to smear on your bread.

  • My boyfriend and I did dinner here on Valentine’s Day. It was great–definitely good food and good service. The prix fixe was a better deal that ordering a la carte, so it would definitely count as expensive in my book if we were to go back and order a similar meal, but the steak I had was about the best I’ve had in DC. Also, their happy hour is a fantastic deal–definitely get the grilled scallop sushi ceviche. The scallop ceviche on the regular menu isn’t as good, and isn’t nearly as good of a deal.

  • I went there for a HH in December and thought the HH prices were good and the food/drinks were also good.

    • It’s a good thing they dropped the prices on their happy hour from $7 to $5. $7 for a Peroni as a “special” was absurd. I’m not saying the current crop of beers at $5 is really a deal either, but at least it’s less offensive.

  • Anonymous

    The 48 oz ribeye is epic, but this is a place I’ve passed over returning to because its so expensive. Could have an equally enjoyable but less expensive meal at Rose’s Luxury, Doi Moi or Boqueria.


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