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Cranes

4.8
205 reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
Explore the intersections of Spanish and Japanese cuisine at Cranes, a restaurant and sake lounge by chef Pepe Moncayo. Chef Pepe’s contemporary dishes spotlight the similarities he has found with the ingredients, techniques and culinary viewpoints of Japan and Spain. From cooking style to ingredient and flavor combinations, his Spanish Kaiseki is a natural cultural and culinary marriage.

The design of the 12,000 square foot restaurant space includes a beautifully striking bar, large sake lounge, raised dining area, open kitchen, and private dining room suitable for 30 guests. The sleek, modern, yet approachable space draws on the chef’s Spanish and Japanese influences. Bright polished metals and thoughtfully placed wood elements layer amongst dark textures and dramatic lighting.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 205 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food

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vipCarlos
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chef Pepe Moncayo and team have created an excellent experience. The Omakase menu is fantastic, showcasing a compelling selection of items blending flavors and textures. I look forward to returning many times.

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rclarkd12
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We did the Omakase tasting menu. Everything was fresh and delicious- would definitely recommend. The service was great the restaurant and the chef came out to talk to us. We will definitely be back!

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EricH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Easily one of the best, if not the best, restaurants in D.C. right now. Cannot recommend it enough. Both the dinner and lunch tasting menus are exceptional, as is the service.

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JohnG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic Food & Beverage!

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vipBeatr1z
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The food wasn't as good as we were expecting. The service wasn't as professional as we think it should be for an upscale restaurant. The music was inappropriate for a restaurant of this level. In summary - we'll pass on Cranes next time.

Cranes
Responded 4 days ago

Hello Ms. Lopez, Thank you for your feedback and giving us a try. We are very sorry we did not meet your expectations. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve our cuisine, service, and music please feel free to reach out by emailing eat@cranes-dc.co m or calling (202) 525-4900. We value our guests feedback and are always looking to improve. We wish you all the best. -Cranes Team

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YoYoA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was awesome! The food was on point and highly elevated.

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ZhentianC
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I will recommend this restaurant to my friends. And post some pictures on social media.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Omakase was phenomenal. Refined, tasty. Gabby, our waitress, was knowledgeable of the entire menu. She also had great sake and cocktail recommendations. Pepe, the executive chef, came to our table to see how our meal was going. No rush even though our reservation was at 830. Just an overall treat!

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ascribe
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Cranes offers the most interesting food that I know of in the District. The restaurant is beautifully designed, and as a five-time return customer, I can vouch for the very high level of service. Alfred

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mariselw
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every dish was delicious. Serving are very generous for small plates. Focused menu, yet good variety of dishes offered. The outdoor seating is welcoming, with greenery and heaters. Will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious I ordered the 6 course meal which was beautifully served and unusual. We ate outdoors which was not to noisy though it is in a busy part of DC

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service is amazing! We loved the Omakase and the service was impeccable

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience2

Food cold, drink sticky at bottom no napkin or coaster; food uninspired... dissapointing bao bun

Cranes
Responded on 4 April 2021

Hello, Thank you for the feedback and were very sorry we did not meet your expectations. Please let us know how else we can improve. If you decide to join us again for another try, please email eat@cranes-dc.c om

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was amazing, but the general beverage/checking on us/bringing the check part of the service was not so great. We ate outside with a view of the street traffic - the ambiance inside was much better.

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ASB3
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was nothing short of sublime! When visiting order the Omakase, well worth the modest expense with the pairing. Got a chance to speak with the head chef and owner. Truly a humble artist and his craft clearly shows his passion. This is a can't miss and the DC area owes it to itself to make sure this wonderful experience doesn't fall victim to the economy/covid downturn. Please visit, we enjoyed it thoroughly during our visit during the cherry blossoms.

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vipTamiW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food is extraordinary. You must try the churros. you’re welcome.

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EddieS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great restaurant that focuses on the cuisine and the experience. Definitely embodied many of the dishes I have had during my travels to Spain. Worth the experience.

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AmusedWithLife
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful dishes paired with great beverages! Our server was also amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place with great service. The presentation of the food was beautifully done (we had the 8-course meal with pairings and some). Two of the dishes were too salty, but the rest (& the extras they gave) were absolutely delicious! And fresh oysters every day! The pairings also went surprisingly well with each dish (none missed each flavor profile). All the staff were very helpful and friendly from start to finish. We will definitely go again. Also, it is very COVID-19 friendly. Outdoor space is cute and in an alley as well as well heated with propane fire features. Inside is very well designed, including even the bathrooms, and spread out. Also has a private event room for larger parties.

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vipPaul212
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A stellar experience! We had the omakase with the wine / sake pairing. Every bite was a treat. The service was gracious and efficient. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and beautiful restaurant.

JB
JaebiB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I can't wait to go back, it was so good. The duck was the best I ever had. Mussels, the best I ever had.

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vipfeedmyface
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

We went with a group of guys and because we were hungry we did the omakase meal. It was a disappointing amount of food. Halfway through the courses, we added several appetizers and mains to make sure that there was enough food to go around.

What we ate was decent but definitely not worth $85/person.

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HungryGreek
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. They were very accommodating, and provided an incredible Omakase and beverage pairing. Make sure you try the mushroom soup!

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AlexO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Exquisite expensive elegant

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HarryT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

My only comment is my drinks were very light. The amount in each glass was less than what you would think should be poured when you are at the chef's table.

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EssenceW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite would definitely recommend to anyone! Good food is all I can say!

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vipAndreyC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent meal, thank you. Glad that you are going strong despite the pandemic.

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AndrewE
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Food did not seem fresh. Service was painfully slow.

Cranes
Responded on 24 March 2021

Hello, Thank you for the feedback and were very sorry we did not meet your expectations. Please let us know how else we can improve. If you decide to join us again for another try, please email eat@cranes-dc.c om

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vipJennifer
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, great food, beautiful presentation. Love this place.

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conniec
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious. Great ambience and appreciate all the safety precautions during this difficult time. Will definitely go back.

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AmyD
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful special occasion birthday brunch at Crane's. Food and drinks were delicious and presented beautifully. My only complaint is that the dessert portions were very small considering their price.

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vipAlex
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place with plenty of capacity. We first went when they opened right before COVID shutdowns back in Feb and it was good but they were still working out the kinks. The second time was even better. Was able to snag a reservation on Friday an hour before when no other place had availability due to the 25% capacity rule. This is the best kept secret in DC and won’t last long once things fully reopen. Highly recommend.

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vipfood4tought
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The dishes and presentation of their omakase menu were very creative and tasty. We had a wine pairing as well and this is a great value. The staff is well informed and very attentive, kindly informing us on the dishes ans their complexity. I think we have to be fair and realize that it’s hard to have a lively ambiance in the aftermath of COVID-19 in this location. I wish them to stay in business a long time, continue to put out quality food like this and return to a lively atmosphere as soon as the times allow. Well done!

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FranciscoG
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice menu and quality of food!!! Highly recommended!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and great service. Get the omakasi. Covid protocols were great, and they also have outdoor dining. I love the fusion of Spanish and Japanese cuisine. Very unique and special meal

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Yony
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was phenomenal and I am so glad I listened to our server Saraih and ordered the Bento box. What a nice surprise and great chance to savor the chef's talent and creativity. My low scores on ambience and noise are a little unfair as I asked to be seated outside where option is limited to street seating- that's what you get. Inside is NICE!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The chefs 6 course is the way to go! I’ve done it 3 times and the dishes are beautiful and delicious!

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JenniferR
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the tasting menu plus pairing and it was amazing. Courses were a mix of Japanese and Spanish cuisine, with either a sake or wine. Great experience tasting sake and loved being out at a new restaurant in DC.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cranes using the Order Online button. Cranes also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Cranes also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 525-4900.

Cranes is rated 4.8 stars by 205 OpenTable diners.

Cranes does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/cranes-dc-724-9th-street-nw/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.