I am interested if anyone has tried Urbana at the new Hotel Palomar? Good hang out spot? Or just another hotel restaurant?
I wish someone would answer you! I want to know, too. I am headed to DC next week and want to check it out.
We had our wedding reception at the hotel and Urbana catered it. Our guests thought the food was great as did we when we had our tasting at the resturant. I know that the Post's critic didn't give it many props. Good wine list.
I've eaten there twice in the last month or so. First time we got appetizers and drinks in the bar and it was great -- fantastic waitress, really good drinks, creative appetizers. Second time we actually got reservations and ate in the restaurant, and have to say we were really disappointed. Appetizers were still the most interesting part of the meal, but not as good as they'd been the week previous. The main courses were, on the whole, bland and overpriced.
I'd stick to the appetizers and drinks in the bar if you're going to go (and I'd even recommend doing that), but can't recommend it for dinner.
Zaf reviewed it over at dcfud a couple of weeks ago, too:
Great fun in the bar, but that's all I can judge. Have not tried dinner. During happy hour, pizzas are $7 (again, at the bar), I think, for a fairly large pie, and those were quite good. Some of the wines are on special too, but even not during happy hour, the quartinos are a great deal.
Great hangout spot, just don't eat dinner there. The food was most disappointing. It is supposed to be modeled after a tuscan wine cellar or something like that. I haven't seen a cellar like that yet, and I live in Tuscany. But on to the food. Bad. Just really bad. I might be spoiled by living in Italy for two years, but this place cannot call itself Italian. HOWEVER, the place is a blast to hang out at with friends, or solo, as some nice looking people swing by there. One of the bartenders did give me a weird look when I ordered a Negroni, and I had to tell him what it was. Other than that, the place is nice, clean, and swanky. Plus, it's hidden and kind of loungy, and if you drink too much, you can always crash upstairs.