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1520 14th St NW, Washington
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Look, we’ve never been actual spies (which is exactly what we would say if we were spies…) but that doesn’t mean we haven’t seen every Mission Impossible movie three times. And sometimes we like to pretend that we are clandestine operatives in a foreign country. When we want to feel like we’re going to woo a source, we hit up Estadio.

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OK, maybe we’re the only ones who have that spy fantasy, but for the more “traditional” situational needs, Estadio works pretty damn well, too. If instead of a source you’re trying to woo, it’s a date, we can’t think of many better places to do it than here.

The menu will look pretty familiar if you’ve been to a traditional Spanish tapas place before, but the food will probably taste better than whatever you’ve eaten at those places. And with a long wine and cocktail list, plus a Spanish lair vibe, the whole experience is sure to impress whoever you’re with. Regardless if they’re in the espionage game or not.

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Food Rundown

Deviled Egg

A great deviled egg. Not like the ones passed around by out-of-work actors at cocktail parties. Get a couple of these to start.


Not the sexiest thing on the menu, but it sure tastes good. Cooked with lots of garlic, so maybe skip this if you’re on a date.

Brussels Sprouts

Good but not great. And since every restaurant on earth now serves this, feel free getting something else here. The pine nuts on top do add an interesting twist.

Chorizo Bite

Estadio has a “bite” section of the menu, which are small skewers of a meat, cheese, and veggie. They’re small but only a couple of bucks, and we’re fans. This one comes with manchego cheese and quince. It would look weird if you ordered ten of these but we’ve thought about it.


Probably our favorite thing here. Served with perfectly roasted cauliflower, and something called Salbitxada sauce, which, best we can tell, means “killer sauce to go with the scallops.”


We have a problem with octopus being over-cooked, but not here. So if you aren’t afraid of tentacles, go for it.

Butternut Squash Soup

Very good, very thick. Great in the winter. The pepitas on top add a nice crunch.

Hanger Steak

A very good meat choice if you’re going that way. Fairly sizable, too, for a tapas joint.


Yes. We prefer the white version, which has tequila in it, but you can’t go wrong with either.

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