Nestled in the heart of Washington, DC, Opaline in the Sofitel Hotel is more than just a hotel restaurant; it’s a culinary experience that beckons visitors and locals alike. As a hospitality writer based in the city, I recently enjoyed indulging in their offerings, and I’m here to share my delightful journey with you.

Happy Hour Delights

Opaline’s Happy Hour is not an exclusive affair for hotel guests. Every Monday through Friday, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and even on Sundays from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm, the bar comes alive with enticing deals. The house red, white, or sparkling wine is available for wine enthusiasts at just $9.

For those with a penchant for savory bites, the menu boasts a range of delectable options:

Mayan Shrimp: A delightful combination of corn velouté and warm chorizo vinaigrette.

Crab Artichoke Dip: Paired perfectly with homemade old bay potato chips.

Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders: Served on a Hawaiian roll with buttermilk ranch slaw and a dill pickle.

Beer lovers can choose from a selection priced at $6, including favorites like Miller Light, Guinness, Heineken, Sam Adams Boston Lager, and local brews like DC Brau Joint Resolution Hazy IPA and Hopfheiser Old Time Lager.

First Ladies Cocktail Menu

In a unique collaboration with local artist Maggie O’Neill, Opaline Bar & Brasserie presents the First Ladies Cocktail Menu. Celebrating the eleven First Ladies displayed throughout the Sofitel property, each cocktail is a tribute to these iconic women, drawing inspiration from their lives and legacies. And as a keepsake? You can take home the coasters!

A Symphony of Flavors

In the heart of Washington, DC, the Sofitel Hotel houses a culinary gem, Opaline Bar & Brasserie. While many know it for its vibrant happy hours and afternoon teas, I recently had the pleasure of experiencing its dinner offerings. As a hospitality writer based in the city, I’m thrilled to share my gastronomic journey with you.

The evening began with the Hand-Cut Steak Tartare, a classic dish elevated by smoked bone marrow aioli. The winter radish added a crisp bite, while the fine herbs lent a fresh aromatic touch, setting the tone for the courses to follow.

Next, the Beet Cured Hamachi Crudo graced the table. The zesty winter citrus complemented the vibrant color of the best cure. The aji amarillo brought a hint of heat, balanced by the crispy shallots that added a delightful crunch.

The Shrimp Louis was a refreshing palate cleanser. Succulent shrimp paired with crisp cucumber, juicy cherry tomatoes, creamy avocado, and a perfectly cooked 7-minute egg. The green goddess dressing tied all the elements together in a harmonious dance of flavors.

The Goat Cheese Ravioli was a revelation. The salty notes of jambon de Bayonne enhanced the tangy goat cheese encased in delicate pasta. The smoked honey added a touch of sweetness, and the marcona almonds provided a contrasting crunch.

For the main course, the Whole Branzino Almondine was a standout. The flaky sea bass, adorned with toasted almonds, was perfectly complemented by the slender haricot verts. The lemon and brown butter sauce added richness and zest in equal measure.

The Australian Lamb Loin was a journey in itself. Tender and flavorful, it was paired with smoky baba ganoush and earthy wild mushrooms. The crispy chickpeas added texture, and the chimichurri sauce brought freshness.

To conclude the evening, the desserts were nothing short of spectacular. The Apple Tarte Tatin, with its caramelized apples, was elevated by the coconut sorbet and a drizzle of salted caramel. The Chocolate Torte, dense and rich, was adorned with nutty pistachios, zesty candied orange, and crunchy cocoa nibs.

A Reminder to All

Locals often overlook hotel restaurants and their lobbies and see them as spaces reserved for tourists and travelers. But Opaline at Sofitel Washington DC breaks that mold. It’s a reminder that these establishments are for everyone, offering a blend of luxury, comfort, and culinary excellence right in our backyard.

So, whether you’re a visitor exploring the capital or a local looking for a new dining experience, Opaline awaits with open arms and a menu that promises to tantalize your taste buds.