The Partisan

Meat-Centric American

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  • 2015 Best Beer List
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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

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
  • Lemongrass & Jalapeno Grassy, Herbal, + Spicy / Light Citrus
    $4.00
  • Thai Basil Bresaola Cured Beef / Ginger / Kaffir Lime / Jalapeño
    $4.50
  • Preserved Lemon & Urfa Chili Cotto Style Salami / Citrusy / Subtle Heat
    $4.50

Boozy

  • Turkey & cranberry rillette Turkey+ Duck Fat / Domain Canton Infused
    $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
  • Captain Beefheart Beef + Beef Heart / Bourbon Soaked Peppercorn
    $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
  • Kimchi Korean Chili Flake / Funky, Spicy & Garlicky
    $4.50

Smoky

  • Pickled Half Smoke Porter / Mustard Seed
    $4.50
  • Andouille Smoked Southern Sausage / Cayenne / Thyme
    $4.50
  • Saucisson De Strasbourg Dried / Light Smoke / Coriander / Mace
    $4.00
  • Summer Sausage All Beef, Hot Smoked / Marjoram + Red Wine
    $4.50
  • Bacon Liverwurst 50/50 Bacon + Pork Liver / Smokey, Very Smooth
    $5.00

Spiced

  • Tongue ham Classic Ham Brine / Gamey & Smokey
    $4.00
  • Curried Pork Pate Pork + Pork Liver / Spicy Pickled Tongue
    $4.00
  • Pig Face Biraldo Pork + Blood / Pinenuts
    $4.00
  • Szechuan Peppercorn Dried Salami / Szechuan Pepper + Galangal
    $4.50
  • Saucisson DE Provence Lightly Smoked / Quatre Epices / Red Wine
    $4.00

Rich + Earthy

  • Culatello Cured Leg / Aged 24 Months
    $6.00
  • Sirloin Ham Cured Top Ham / Aged 9 Months
    $5.00
  • Mortadella Emuslified Sausage / Diced Lardo + Pistachio
    $5.00
  • Wild Boar Pâté Apricots / White Wine / Pine Nuts / Coriander
    $5.00
  • ossabaw belly Fatty & Rich / Spiced W/ Clove, Juniper, Cinnamon
    $5.50

Cheese

  • That'll Do Ewe Bloomy Rind Sheep's Milk / Soft / Grassy, Tangy
    $4.00
  • Abbaye De Belloc Sheep's Milk / Sweet, Caramel
    $5.00
  • Pleasant Ridge Reserve Washed Rind Cow's Milk / Firm / Rich, Nutty
    $6.00
  • L'amuse Brabrander Goat Gouda Goat's Milk / Aged 9 MO. / Fruity, Light Caramel
    $6.00
  • Chabrin Goat's Milk / Firm / Rustic, Toasty, Slight Tang
    $5.00
  • Bayley Hazen Blue Cow's Milk / Soft / Barnyard, Nutty + Sweet
    $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
  • Snacky Thing #7 Crispy Chicken Skins, Valentina Butter
    $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

Dinner Menu

Savory

  • Lupini Beans pickled ramps, herbs
    $5.00
  • Whipped 'Nduja toasted tigelles
    $7.00
  • Lardo Frybread honey
    $8.00
  • Sun Dried Duck sesame seeds, shark sriracha
    $9.00
  • Pig Ear Terrine smoked cherries, mache
    $12.00
  • Pig Wings valentina hot sauce
    $8.00
  • Shoyu Tuna Poke vidalia, jicama
    $14.00
  • Salmon Crudo easter egg radish, dill, ginger' d avocado
    $15.00
  • Steak Carpaccio pig frites, garlic aioli
    $15.00
  • Kale Salad wild mushrooms, salsify, shallot, goat cheese, pedro ximenez vinaigrette
    $12.00
  • Chili-Garlic Cauliflower red pepper flake, thyme, almond puree
    $7.00
  • Summer Squash pine nuts, anise hyssop
    $7.00
  • Panzanella baby heirloom tomatoes, toasted sourdough, basil
    $14.00
  • Beef Fat Fries garlic & rosemary, ranch aioli
    $6.00
  • Artichoke anchovy remoulade
    $10.00
  • Long Peppers aulente white vinegar, grated ham
    $14.00
  • Mezcal Baked Beans pulled pork
    $7.00
  • Crispy Pork Masa Cake curtido, olive oil fried egg, hot sauce
    $12.00
  • Spam Musubi furikake, ponzu
    $15.00
  • Kung Pao Sweetbreads peanuts, orange zest
    $15.00
  • Octopus and Pork Sichuan Ragout pig skin noodles
    $16.00
  • Bucatini heirloom tomatoes, lemon verbena
    $14.00
  • Red Apron Feature specialty beef cut, herb lard, lime
    $12.00
  • Pork Tenderloin oregano, balsamic shallots
    $18.00
  • Triple Stack Burger beef & chorizo patties, american cheese, bacon caramelized onion, tomato aioli
    $14.00
  • Duck Breast ginger-lime cure, rum gastrique
    $20.00
  • Rotissi-fried Chicken honey hot sauce
    Half $18.00
    Whole $32.00
  • Red Apron Sausage Board mustard, pickles, toasted tigelles
    $25.00
  • Lamb Shoulder mezcal glaze, chimichurri
    $20.00
  • Crispy Pork Pata salted Thai chilies, pickles, lard tortillas
    $75.00
  • Aged Bone-in Sirloin lambrusco butcher butter
    $90.00

Sweet

  • Chocolate Panna Cotta dark chocolate ganache, cocoa nib crunch pearls
    $10.00
  • Lemon Ricotta Zeppole lemon curd, lemon vanilla cream
    $10.00
  • Sticky Toffee Waffle brandy toffee sauce, ginger ice cream
    $10.00
  • Caramelized Bananas vanilla, chocolate & peanut butter ice creams, pork fat caramel, chocolate sauce, togarashi peanuts, bacon corn pop crunch, whiskey vanilla bean cream
    $20.00

Wines

Sparkling Wine

  • NV / Chateau De Lavernette / "Granit" Blanc De Noirs / Beaujolais / France
    Half Gls $9.00
    Full Gls $18.00
    Full Btl $72.00
  • NV / Fiorini / Corte Degle Attimi / Lambrusco Sorbara / 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

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 / Pratsch / Gruner Veltliner Qualitatswein / Austria
    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
  • 2013 / White Knight / Viognier / Clarksburg / California
    Half Gls $4.50
    Full Gls $8.00
    Half Btl $16.00
    Full Btl $32.00
  • 2012 / Chehalem /"Inox"/ Chardonnay / Willamette Valley / Oregon
    Half Gls $6.50
    Full Gls $12.00
    Half Btl $24.00
    Full Btl $48.00
  • 2014 / Acrobat / Pinot Gris / Wallamette Valley / Oregon
    Half Gls $5.00
    Full Gls $10.00
    Half Btl $20.00
    Full Btl $40.00
  • 2013 / Tangent / Albarino / Edna Valley / California
    Half Gls $5.50
    Full Gls $10.00
    Half Btl $20.00
    Full Btl $40.00
  • 2013 / Saintsbury / Chardonnay / Carneros / California
    Half Gls $6.00
    Full Gls $11.00
    Half Btl $22.00
    Full Btl $44.00

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 / Pareto's Estate / Pinot Noir / Monterey / California
    Half Gls $5.00
    Full Gls $9.00
    Half Btl $18.00
    Full Btl $36.00
  • 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
  • 2013/ Vina Galana / Garnacha / LA Mancha / Spain
    Half Gls $5.00
    Full Gls $9.00
    Half Btl $18.00
    Full Btl $36.00
  • 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 $5.50
    Full Gls $10.00
    Half Btl $20.00
    Full Btl $40.00
  • 2013 / Baumgartner / Zweigelt / Weinviertal / Austria
    Half Gls $4.50
    Full Gls $8.00
    Half Btl $16.00
    Full Btl $32.00

Medium to Full - Body

  • 2013 / Matchbook / Tempranillo + Graciano / Dunnigan Hills / California
    Half Gls $5.00
    Full Gls $9.00
    Half Btl $18.00
    Full Btl $36.00
  • 2013 / Gran Passione / Merlot + Corvina Blend / Veneto / Italy
    Half Gls $5.00
    Full Gls $9.00
    Half Btl $18.00
    Full Btl $36.00
  • 2012 / N2 Wines / Grenache + Syrah / Côtes Du RhôNE / France
    Half Gls $5.50
    Full Gls $10.00
    Half Btl $20.00
    Full Btl $40.00
  • 2014 / Altos Las Hormigas / Malbec / Mendoza / Argentina
    Half Gls $4.50
    Full Gls $8.00
    Half Btl $16.00
    Full Btl $32.00
  • 2012 / The Rule / Cabernet Sauvignon / Napa Valley / California
    Half Gls $6.00
    Full Gls $11.00
    Half Btl $22.00
    Full Btl $44.00
  • 2012 / Worthy / Cabernet Sauvignon "Sophies Cuvee" / Napa Valley / California
    Half Gls $10.00
    Full Gls $18.00
    Half Btl $36.00
    Full Btl $72.00

Sommelier's Selections

  • 2013 / Heidi Schrock / Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) / Burgenland / Austria
    Half Gls $9.00
    Full Gls $17.00
    Half Btl $34.00
    Full Btl $68.00
  • 2010 / Vincent Careme / Vouvray Demi-sec "Le Cote" / Loire / France
    Half Gls $13.00
    Full Gls $25.00
    Half Btl $50.00
    Full Btl $100.00
  • 2015 / Ameztoi Rubentis / Geariako Txakolina Rose / Basque / Spain
    Half Gls $6.00
    Full Gls $12.00
    Half Btl $24.00
    Full Btl $48.00
  • 2012 / Larkin / Cabernet Franc / Napa Valley / California
    Half Gls $13.00
    Full Gls $25.00
    Half Btl $50.00
    Full Btl $100.00

Orange Wine

  • 2013 / Orgo Rkatsiteli / Kakheti /Republic of Georgia
    1 Oz $2.00
    1/2 Gls $5.00
    Full Gls $10.00
    1/2 Btl $20.00
  • 1998 / Chateau Yvonne / Saumur Blanc / Anjou-saumur /Loire/ France
    1 Oz $6.00
    1/2 Gls $13.00
    Full Gls $25.00
    1/2 Btl $50.00
  • 2013 / Cos / Gracanico "Rami" / Sicily /Italy
    1 Oz $4.00
    1/2 Gls $9.00
    Full Gls $18.00
    1/2 Btl $36.00
  • 2012 / Domaine Economou / Assyrtiko / Sitia / Crete / Greece
    1 Oz $5.00
    1/2 Gls $13.00
    Full Gls $25.00
    1/2 Btl $50.00
  • 2013 / Meinklang / Pinot Gris "Graupert" / Burgenland / Austria
    1 Oz $3.00
    1/2 Gls $6.00
    Full Gls $11.00
    1/2 Btl $22.00
  • 2012 / Paolo Bea / "Santa Chiara" /Umbria / Italy
    1 Oz $5.00
    1/2 Gls $12.00
    Full Gls $23.00
    1/2 Btl $46.00
  • 2007 / Escoda-sanahuja / Chenin Blanc "Els Bassots"/ Conca De Barbara /Spain
    1 Oz $4.00
    1/2 Gls $9.00
    Full Gls $18.00
    1/2 Btl $36.00
  • 2008 / Movia / "Lunar" / Ribolla / Slovenia
    1 Oz $5.00
    1/2 Gls $13.00
    Full Gls $25.00
    1/2 Btl $50.00

Cocktails + Drafts

Cocktails + Beer

  • Pies Descalzos Amaro Montenegro, Peloton De La Meurte Mezcal, Honey, Lemon, Peychaud's Bitters
    $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
  • Hanging on the Telephone Siembra Valles Tequila, Rothman & Winter Pear Liqueur, Green Chartreuse, Lime
    $13.00
  • Out of Step Barr Hill Gin, Sibona Camomilla, Elderflower Liqueur, Lemon, Saffron Bitters
    $13.00
  • Silence Is Golden Manzanilla Sherry, Yellow Chartreuse, Nardini Tagliatella, Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
    $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
  • Rich Girl Butler Nephew 10 Yr White Port, Cynar, Lemon, Lindera VA Berry Vinegar, Orgeat
    $13.00

Draft Beer

Crisp

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

Hop

  • Pale Joe Founders | American Pale Ale W/ Coffee | Michigan | 5.3 % | Nonic Pint | 16 Oz
    Tst $3.00
    Gls $7.00
  • Big Eye Ballast Point | American Ipa | California | 7.0 % | Nonic Pint | 16 Oz
    Tst $3.00
    Gls $7.00

Malt

  • Melange #14 The Bruery | Bourbon Ba American Strong Ale | California | 13.4 % | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $7.50
    Gls $15.00

Fruit + Spice

  • Aldred Trou Du Diable | Saison | Canada | 4.7 % | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $4.00
    Gls $8.00
  • Kili Wit Logsdon | Witbier W/ African Coriander | Oregon | 5.5 % | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $4.50
    Gls $9.00
  • Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale Oxbow | Dry-hopped Saison | Maine | 6.0 % | Tulip | 13 Oz
    Tst $3.00
    Gls $8.00
  • Blonde LA Rulles | Belgian Strong Blond Ale | Belgium | 7.0 % | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $5.00
    Gls $10.00

Tart + Funky

  • Hottenroth Bruery Terreux | Berliner Weiss W/ Brett | California | 3.1 % | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $4.50
    Gls $9.00
  • Trois Mousquetaires Gose Trois Mousquetaires | Gose | Canada | 3.8 % | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $4.50
    Gls $9.00
  • Suburban Beverage Perennial | Gose W/ Orange, Lemon + Key Lime | Missouri | 4.2 % | Tulip | 13 Oz
    Tst $4.00
    Gls $9.00
  • Against the Grapefruit Brewski + Against the Grain | Berliner Weisse W/ Grapefruit | Sweden + Kentucky | 5.8 % | Wine Gas | 10 Oz
    Tst $4.50
    Gls $9.00
  • Wild West: Grape Edition Alvinne | Wine Ba Sour Red Ale W/ Primitivo Grapes | Belgium | 6.0 % | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $7.50
    Gls $15.00
  • Fuego Del Otono Jolly Pumpkin | Oak Ba Belgian Pale Ale W/ Chestnuts | Michigan | 6.1% | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $4.50
    Gls $9.00
  • Kriek 2015 Urban Family | Oak Ba Sour Red Ale W/ Cherries | Washington | 6.3 % | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $6.00
    Gls $12.00
  • Mosaic Saison Anchorage | Oak Ba Saison W/ Brett | Alaska | 6.5 % | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $6.00
    Gls $12.00
  • Calabaza Boreal Jolly Pumpkin + Anchorage | Oak Ba Saison W/ Grapefruit | Michigan + Alaska | 7.0 % | Wine Gls | 10 Oz
    Tst $4.50
    Gls $9.00

Dessert

Main

  • Chocolate Cake Donut Holes Chocolate Pudding, Chocolate Crunch Pearls
    $10.00
  • Adult Hog Heaven Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter, Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream Pork Fat Caramel, Porter Chocolate Sauce Caramelized bananas, Togarashi Peanuts, Bacon Corn Pop Crunch and Whiskey Vanilla Bean Cream
    $20.00
  • Sticky Toffee Waffle Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake Waffle, Brandy Toffee Sauce, Ginger Ice Cream
    $10.00
  • Buttermilk Panna Cotta Pineapple, Vanilla, White Chocolate
    $10.00
  • Cheese Plate Three Selections from Righteous Cheese, Toasted Baguette, Honey
    $15.00

709 D Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004

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Details
  • 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