The Partisan

Meat-Centric American

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  • 2015 Best Wine List
  • 2015 Best Beer List
Overview

This rustic Penn Quarter eatery (adjoining Red Apron Butcher) offers a head-to-tail, meat-centric modern American menu with an extensive charcuterie program.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“Four menus are a lot to absorb. Let me propose that you start with a cocktail, maybe the mezcal-driven Holiday in the Sun, while you wait for a board of sausages, arranged on the menu under helpful profiles as if they were wines. Look for Thai basil-cured bresaola under “Bright,” bacon liverwurst under “Earthy” and a red spread of pork belly and Calabrian chilies beneath “Spicy Hot” — hell on earth, and that’s a plug. With the plank of protein comes a rack of terrific tigelles (think English muffins, only thinner and brushed with lard). Go easy on the bread, though, because you’ll want to save space for small plates of sliced bavette (outside skirt steak) with minty eggplant caponata, and whiskey-kissed lamb ribs garnished with rings of fried shallots. No one-trick pony, executive chef Ed Witt treats vegetables, pasta, fish and fowl with the same care he expends on beef and pork. Bring on the mushroom and jicama salad, the bucatini darkened with squid ink — and enlightened with sea urchin — and the fried chicken zipped up with lemon zest and toasted coriander and fennel seeds! There’s liquid gold on the wine list, which lets diners try dear wines by the half-glass. Partisan is plenty good — a cure for what ails you.” – Washington Post

“This rustic partner of Penn Quarter/Chinatown’s Red Apron Butcher is definitely not your father’s meat palace, what with a dinner menu featuring a roasted pig’s head and some 30 kinds of charcuterie, paired with 400 wines (50 by the glass), craft beers and original 'tails.” – Zagat

“It’s a good problem to have when you can’t decide what’s more exciting at The Partisan — the expertly crafted booze options, or the overwhelming number of perfectly executed meat dishes. The corned beef belly remains a favorite, but only after a trip down their extensive charcuterie list that’s set up like a sushi menu. Chefs Nathan Anda and Ed Witt aren’t afraid to play with every part of a pig. You’re either drinking wine from Brent Kroll, beer from Greg Engert, or cocktails from Jeff Faile. That’s a win, win, win.” – Thrillist

Ambience

The low-lit, rustic setting features wooden beams (from which hang salamis in the process of curing), brick-lined and stenciled walls, and seating for 100 – plus a red-hued, high-ceilinged 20+ seat bar in the back.

Accolades

  • Number 82: 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016 - Washingtonian
  • Top Restaurants in Penn Quarter 2015 – Zagat
  • Top Restaurants 2014 - Washington Post
  • Two and a half stars from the Washington Post 2014
  • 38 Essential Washington Restaurants 2014 - Eater DC
  • DC’s 11 Best New Restaurants of 2014 – Thrillist
  • Zagat rating of 24 out of 30

Menu for The Partisan

Cocktails + Drafts

The Cocktails + Beer

  • Another State of Mind Amaro Meletti, Benedictine, Kings Ginger, Lime
    $13.00
  • Drop the Bomb El Dorado 8 Rum, Contratto Bitter, Amaro Angostura, Lime, Pineapple Gomme Syrup
    $13.00
  • Maybe a Joyful Noise Old Forester Bourbon, Cocchi Barolo Chinato, Bonal, Orange & Chocolate Bitters
    $13.00
  • Rise Above Rittenhouse Rye, Solstandet Aquavit, Cardamaro, Cocchi Americano, Salt
    $13.00
  • Heart of Glass Vida Mezcal, Breckenridge Bitter, Ancho Reyes, Grapefruit
    $13.00
  • Out of Step Barr Hill Gin, Sibona Camomilla, Elderflower Liqueur, Lemon, Saffron Bitters
    $13.00
  • Fool In the Full Moon Amontillado Sherry, Old Forester Bourbon, Sfumato Amaro, Cocchi Torino
    $13.00
  • All Cats Are Grey Sobieski Vodka, Yellow Chartreuse, Lemon, Grenadine
    $13.00
  • Everytime I Eat Vegetables Bernheim Wheat Whiskey, Paul Beau vs Cognac, Benedictine, Allspice Dram
    $13.00
  • Winnebago Warrior Sibona Camomilla, Apple Brandy, Pineapple, Lemon
    $13.00

Draft Beer

Crisp

  • Braumeister Pils Victory | German Pilsner | Pennsylvania | 5.5 % | Nonic Pint | 16 Oz
    Tst $3.00
    Gls $7.00

Hop

  • Pernicious Wicked Weed | American Ipa | North Carolina | 7.2 % | Nonic Pint | 16 Oz
    Tst $3.00
    Gls $8.00
  • Drunken Master Melvin | Imperial Ipa | Wyoming | 9.5 % | Snifter | 12 Oz
    Tst $4.00
    Gls $9.00

Roast

  • I'm Sad Tired Hands | Imperial Porter W/ Honey | Pennsylvania | 8.5 % | Snifter | 12 Oz
    Tst $3.00
    Gls $8.00
  • St. Klippenstein Allagash | Bourbon Ba Belgian Imperial Stout | Maine | 11.0 % | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $6.00
    Gls $12.00

Fruit + Spice

  • Saisonhands Tired Hands | Saison W/ Rye, Wheat, + Oats | Pennsylvania | 4.8 % | Tulip | 13 Oz
    Tst $3.00
    Gls $7.00
  • Lil' Lady Tired Hands | Grisette | Pennsylvania | 5.4 % | Tulip | 13 Oz
    Tst $2.50
    Gls $7.00
  • Goldfinch Bluejacket | Belgian Blond Ale | Washington, DC | 5.8% | 13 Oz | Tulip
    Tst $3.00
    Gls $7.00
  • Sibling Rivalry off Color | Tripel | Illinois | 6.7% | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $5.00
    Gls $10.00

Tart + Funky

  • Prairie-Vous Francais Prairie | Saison W/ Oats + Brett | Oklahoma | 3.9 % | Tulip | 13 Oz
    Tst $3.00
    Gls $7.00
  • Cuvee Des Jacobins Prestige Vander Ghinste | Ba Sour Red Ale | Belgium | 5.5 % | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $7.00
    Gls $14.00
  • Bianca Mango Lassi Gose Omnipollo + Buxton | Gose W/ Rock Salt, Lactose and Mango Purée | England | 6.0 % | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $4.50
    Gls $9.00
  • Omega Alvinne | Sour Blond Ale | Belgium | 6.0% | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $6.50
    Gls $13.00
  • Cucurbitophobia Jolly Pumpkin + Monkish | Wild Blond Ale W/ Blood Orange | Michigan | 6.1% | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $5.00
    Gls $10.00
  • Fuego Del Otono Jolly Pumpkin | Belgian Blond Ale W/ Chestnuts | Michigan | 6.1 % | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $4.00
    Gls $8.00
  • Rodenbach Vintage 2015 Rodenbach | Sour Red Ale | Belgium | 7.0 % | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $7.50
    Gls $15.00
  • Avery Raspberry Sour Avery | Ba Sour Blond Ale W/ Raspberry | 7.2 % | Colorado | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $5.00
    Gls $10.00

Dessert

Main

  • Chocolate Cake Donut Holes Chocolate Pudding, Chocolate Crunch Pearls
    $10.00
  • Negroni Vacherin Grapefruit Campari Sorbet, Juniper Cream, Vermouth Citrus Segments
    $10.00
  • Hazelnut Mud Pie Nutella Brownie, Azelia Custard, Azelia Whipped Ganache, Candied Hazelnuts
    $12.00
  • Apple Cranberry Crumble Oat Streusel, Vanilla Gelato
    $10.00
  • Cheese Plate Three Selections from Righteous Cheese, Toasted Baguette, Honey
    $15.00

Dinner Menu

Savory

  • Sun Dried Duck Sesame Seeds, Shark Sriracha
    $9.00
  • Ahi Tuna Slider Galbi Sauce, Cabbage Slaw, Sweet Pickle
    $7.00
  • Brussels Sprouts Slaw Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette
    $6.00
  • Beef Fat Fries Roasted Garlic, Rosemary, Ranch Aioli
    $6.00
  • Seared Scallops Morcilla Sausage, Adobo Cream, Lardo, Agave
    $16.00
  • Kung Pao Sweetbreads Peanuts, Orange Zest
    $15.00
  • Kale, Wild Mushrooms Fennel, Shallot, Goat Cheese, Pedro Ximenez Vinaigrette
    $12.00
  • Seared Foie Gras Brioche, Almond, Pomegranate Gastrique, Frisee
    $18.00
  • Lamb Koobideh Kebab Doner Spice, Sumac Onions, Coriander Yogurt, Mint
    $11.00
  • Red Apron Butcher's Cut Black Garlic Butter
    $12.00
  • Bacon Cured Spare Ribs Pork Fat Glaze, Apple & Celery Root Slaw
    $16.00
  • Steak Carpaccio Pig Frites, Garlic Aioli
    $15.00
  • Roasted Beet Mustard Greens, Winter Citrus, Blue Cheese, Crispy Pig Ear
    $14.00
  • Arepas, Braised Pork Guajillo Tomato Sauce, Curtido, Queso Fresco
    $14.00
  • Casarecce, Roasted Mushrooms Arugula, Caramelized Onions, Lemon-Chili
    $13.00
  • Grilled Octopus Cremini Mushroom Panzanella, Sauce Salvitxada
    $16.00
  • Beef Ragout Papardelle, Golden Raisins, Pine Nuts
    $14.00
  • Beef Heart Bibimbap Banchan, Egg, Bone Marrow Butter, Gochujang
    $18.00
  • Triple Stack Burger Double Beef & Chorizo Patties, American Cheese, Bacon-Braised Onions, Tomato Aioli
    $14.00
  • Rotissi-fried Chicken Honey Hot Sauce
    Half $18.00
    Whole $32.00
  • Red Apron Sausage Board Mustard, Pickles, Toasted Tigelles
    $25.00
  • Beef Tenderloin Shiitake Cream, Bacon-Onion Gratin, Pink Peppercorn
    $60.00
  • Crispy Pork Pata Salted Thai Chilies, Pickles, Lard Tortillas
    $75.00
  • Ancient White Park Bone-in NY Strip Foie Gras Butter
    $85.00

Pig Feast

  • Pig Feast A Five Course Family-style Tasting Menu Highlighting Any and all of Our Favorite Parts of the Pig
    Minimum Of 2 People $50.00

Sweet

  • Chocolate Cake Donut Holes Chocolate Pudding, Chocolate Crunch Pearls
    $10.00
  • Apple Cranberry Crumble Oat Streusel, Vanilla Gelato
    $10.00
  • Negroni Vacherin Campari Sorbet, Juniper Cream, Vermouth Citrus Segments
    $10.00
  • Hazelnut Mud Pie Nutella Brownie, Azelia Custard, Whipped Ganache, Hazelnuts
    $12.00

Charcuterie Menu

The Charcuterie

Herbal + Floral

  • Greek Fennel-Lemon Verbena Cotto Style Salami / Spiced / Citrusy
    $4.50
  • Tete De Pho Spiced Pho Braised Pig Head / Bright / Acidic
    $4.00
  • Curried Pork Pate Pork + Pork Liver / Spicy Pickled Tongue
    $4.00
  • Thai Basil Bresaola Cured Beef / Ginger / Kaffir Lime / Jalapeño
    $4.50
  • Lemongrass & Jalapeno Grassy / Herbal + Spicy / Light Citrus
    $4.00

Boozy

  • Bourbon Fig Rillette Pork / Bourbon Figs / Onion + Parsley
    $5.00
  • Campari-Rosemary Dried Italian Style Salami / Negroni Inspired
    $4.50
  • Eva Peron Cotto Style Salami / Fernet Branca Infused
    $4.50
  • Iron & Wine Pork Heart+ Chianti Salami Studded W/ Lardo
    $4.50
  • Lamb Salami Lamb + Pork Fat / Piment D'esplette / Red Wine
    $5.00

Spicy Hot

  • Red Menace Spreadable /'Nduja Inspired / Fierce Spice
    $4.50
  • Hot Salami Cotto Style / Calabrian Chili + Garlic
    $4.00
  • Pepperoni Beef + Pork / Calabrian Chili / Anise + Fennel
    $4.00
  • Four Chile Calabrian, Arbol, Cayenne, Korean Chile
    $4.50

Smoky

  • Pickled Half Smoke Porter / Mustard Seed
    $4.50
  • Andouille Smoked Southern Sausage / Cayenne / Thyme
    $4.50
  • Lebanon Bologne Smoked + Cured / Cinnamon / Ginger / Clove
    $4.50
  • Summer Sausage All Beef, Hot Smoked / Marjoram + Red Wine
    $4.50
  • Speck Cured Pork Loin / All Spice / Juniper / Coriander
    $4.00

Spiced

  • Tongue Ham Classic Ham Brine / Gamey & Smokey
    $4.00
  • Bastardo Dry Beef + Pork / Clove / Cinnamon / Pepper
    $4.00
  • Pig Face Biraldo Pork + Blood / Pinenuts
    $4.00
  • Szechuan Peppercorn Dried Salami / Szechuan Pepper + Galangal
    $4.50
  • Tarese Cured Loin + Belly / Cold Smoked
    $4.00

Rich + Earthy

  • Culatello Cured Leg / Aged 24 Months
    $6.00
  • Sirloin Ham Cured Top Ham / Aged 9 Months
    $5.00
  • Vanilla Whipped Lardo Leaf Lard Whipped W/ Vanilla Bean & Sea Salt
    $5.00
  • Wild Boar Pâté Apricots / White Wine / Pine Nuts / Coriander
    $5.00
  • Lemon Verbena Pancetta Cured Belly / Aged 6 Months
    $5.50

Cheese

  • Harbison Bloomy Rind Cow's Milk / Soft / Citrus
    $4.00
  • Grayson Washed Rind Cow's Milk / Nutty + Grassy
    $5.00
  • Pecorino Sardo Sheep's Milk / Firm / Salty + Sweet
    $6.00
  • L'amuse Brabrander Goat Gouda Goat's Milk / Aged 9 Mo. / Fruity, Light Caramel
    $6.00
  • Ashbrook Cow's Milk / Semi-Soft / Bright + Funky
    $5.00
  • Mad River Blue Cow's Milk / Soft / Aged 3 Mo. / Mild
    $6.00

Snacks

  • Marinated Olives Calabrian Chile / Garlic Confit / Citrus Zest
    $4.00
  • Bread + Herb Fritters Grana Padano / Parsley & Thyme / Beef Fat Fried
    $4.00

The Boards

  • Staff Favorites Too Many To Choose From? Let Us Build the Perfect Sampler To Showcase What We Do Best
    $24.00
  • Dealer's Choice A Large Selection of Various Charcuterie Handpicked by the Chef That Will Easily Satisfy 4
    $60.00

Wines

Sparkling Wine

  • 2014 / Fiorini / Terre AL Sole / Lambrusco Grasparossa / Emilia Romagna / Italy
    Half Gls $5.50
    Full Gls $10.00
    Full Btl $40.00
  • NV / Roli & Ryan / "Rosi" / Lambrusco Di Sorbara / Emilia Romagna / Italy
    Half Gls $5.00
    Full Gls $9.00
  • NV / Carnard Duchene / Authentique Brut /Champagne / France
    Half Gls $9.00
    Full Gls $18.00
    Full Btl $100.00

White Wine

Light to Medium Body

  • 2014 / Millbrook / Tocai Friulano / Hudson Valley / New York
    Half Gls $4.50
    Full Gls $8.00
    Half Btl $16.00
    Full Btl $32.00
  • 2012 / Odysseus / Gewürztraminer Blend / Alsace / France
    Half Gls $6.50
    Full Gls $12.00
    Half Btl $24.00
    Full Btl $48.00
  • 2013 / Dr. Heyden / Riesling Trocken / Rhein / Germany
    Half Gls $5.00
    Full Gls $9.00
    Half Btl $18.00
    Full Btl $36.00
  • 2013 / La Vite / Sauvignon Blanc / Treviso / Italy
    Half Gls $4.50
    Full Gls $8.00
    Half Btl $16.00
    Full Btl $32.00

Medium to Full - Body

  • 2014 / Zocker / Gruner Veltliner / Edna Valley / California
    Half Gls $4.50
    Full Gls $8.00
    Half Btl $16.00
    Full Btl $32.00
  • 2014 / Xarmant / Arabako Txakolina / Basque / Spain
    Half Gls $5.00
    Full Gls $10.00
    Half Btl $20.00
    Full Btl $40.00
  • 2012 / Chehalem /"Inox"/ Chardonnay / Willamette Valley / Oregon
    Half Gls $6.50
    Full Gls $12.00
    Half Btl $24.00
    Full Btl $48.00
  • 2014 / Milbrandt / Pinot Gris / Columbia Valley / Washington
    Half Gls $4.50
    Full Gls $8.00
    Half Btl $16.00
    Full Btl $32.00
  • 2013 / Tangent / Albarino / Edna Valley / California
    Half Gls $5.50
    Full Gls $10.00
    Half Btl $20.00
    Full Btl $40.00
  • 2013 / Federalist / Chardonnay / Sonoma County / California
    Half Gls $5.00
    Full Gls $9.00
    Half Btl $18.00
    Full Btl $36.00
  • 2015 / King Vineyards "Roseland" / Viognier Blend / Crozet / Virginia
    Half Gls $5.50
    Full Gls $10.00
    Half Btl $20.00
    Full Btl $40.00

Rosé Wine

  • 2015 / Blenheim / Merlot + Cabernet Sauvignon / Charlotsville / Virginia
    Half Gls $5.00
    Full Gls $10.00
    Half Btl $20.00
    Full Btl $40.00

Red Wine

Light to Medium Body

  • 2013 / 10 Span / Pinot Noir / Santa Barbara / California
    Half Gls $8.00
    Full Gls $15.00
    Half Btl $30.00
    Full Btl $62.00
  • 2014 / Chehalem / Pinot Noir "3 Vineyards" / Willamette Valley / Oregon
    Half Gls $8.50
    Full Gls $16.00
    Half Btl $32.00
    Full Btl $64.00
  • 2016 / Stolpman / Sangiovese "Carbonic" / Ballard Canyon / California
    Half Gls $7.00
    Full Gls $13.00
    Half Btl $26.00
    Full Btl $52.00
  • 2014 / Tablas Creek / Gsm Blend "Patelin De Tablas" / Paso Robles / California
    Half Gls $5.50
    Full Gls $10.00
    Half Btl $20.00
    Full Btl $40.00
  • 2012 / N2 Wines / Nebbiolo + Barbera Blend / Piedmont / Italy
    Half Gls $4.50
    Full Gls $9.00
    Half Btl $18.00
    Full Btl $36.00
  • 2015 / Vinum Cellers / Petite Srah / Clarksburg / California
    Half Gls $4.50
    Full Gls $9.00
    Half Btl $18.00
    Full Btl $36.00

Medium to Full - Body

  • NV / Marietta / "Old Vine Red" Lot #65 / Zinfandel Blend / California
    Half Gls $4.50
    Full Gls $8.00
    Half Btl $16.00
    Full Btl $32.00
  • 2013 / Matchbook / Tempranillo + Graciano / Dunnigan Hills / California
    Half Gls $5.00
    Full Gls $9.00
    Half Btl $18.00
    Full Btl $36.00
  • NV / Archer Roose / Carmenere / Colchagua Valley / Chile
    Half Gls $4.00
    Full Gls $7.00
    Half Btl $14.00
    Full Btl $28.00
  • 2013 / Gran Passione / Merlot + Corvina Blend / Veneto / Italy
    Half Gls $5.00
    Full Gls $9.00
    Half Btl $18.00
    Full Btl $36.00
  • 2015 / Early Mountain / "Foothills" / Bordeaux Blend / Madison / Virginia
    Half Gls $4.50
    Full Gls $9.00
    Half Btl $18.00
    Full Btl $36.00
  • 2014 / Michael Pozzan / Cabernet Sauvignon "Annabella" / Napa Valley / California
    Half Gls $6.00
    Full Gls $11.00
    Half Btl $22.00
    Full Btl $44.00

Sommelier's Selections

  • 2013 / Heidi Schrock / Muskateller / Burgenland / Austria
    Half Gls $9.00
    Full Gls $17.00
    Half Btl $34.00
    Full Btl $68.00
  • 2007 / Escoda-sanahuja / Chenin Blanc "Els Bassots"/ Conca DE Barbara /Spain
    Half Gls $9.00
    Full Gls $18.00
    Half Btl $36.00
    Full Btl $72.00
  • 2013 / Cos / Gracanico "Rami" / Sicily /Italy
    Half Gls $9.00
    Full Gls $18.00
    Half Btl $36.00
    Full Btl $72.00
  • NV / Castillo Perelada / Rose "Pescador" / Barcelona / Spain
    Half Gls $4.50
    Full Gls $9.00
    Half Btl $18.00
    Full Btl $36.00

709 D Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004

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  • Price Range: $$
    Atmosphere: Eclectic, Industrial, Trendy/Scene
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Hot Spot, Late Night, Meet For A Drink
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (202) 524-5322
  • Private Dining Room: No