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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Afternoon Opera at Vendetta

Oyster Specials
The fried oyster special. Photo provided by Vendetta

I just got word of a pretty interesting sounding event. Vendetta (1212 H Street) is launching Afternoon Opera. World-class performer Diane Atherton will perform a series of short opera segments with piano accompaniment. 3-4pm this Sunday. There is no cover.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is a really cool idea. i hope it turns out well.

Feb 28, 2014, 12:54:00 AM

Anonymous Lil Flip said...

Do I have to eat any of their food?

Feb 28, 2014, 1:05:00 AM

Anonymous grr said...



Feb 28, 2014, 8:14:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there food really that bad? I have heard that from two people so far and as a result have yet to visit them. What is the issue with the food - lack of flavor?

Feb 28, 2014, 9:37:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been three times, thru at least two menu changes, dinner & brunch, and loved all the food each time. My fiance has gone with me each time and been underwhelmed each time, so make of that what you will.

I loved: The bellini cocktails. The mozzarella! Soooo creamy and good. Both the table bread and the brushcetta were good. My fiance didn't like his dishes because they weren't large enough in his opinion, and were somewhat bland. He got some kind of meat bolognese the last time we went and was bored with it, so I finished it and loved it (needed salt tho). He did praise the coffee as excellent.

Feb 28, 2014, 10:03:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i want to go soon. but i do find the comments about the food funny. like when the loser of the bocce ball tourney had to eat their food. hahaaaa

Feb 28, 2014, 10:25:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meh-the food is actually pretty good now. seems like they finally got a good menu going.

Feb 28, 2014, 10:51:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems they have finally found some footing with the menu. Their fries and sliders are RIDICULOUS. Opera? Not really my gig...

Feb 28, 2014, 12:42:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome to hear their food is better now. We will re-visit for another bite. And, this opera is really creative idea!

Feb 28, 2014, 1:04:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure if their doing it this friday but last one they did fried osyters for super cheap and I was real surprised they were great! Their old menu wasnt good.

Feb 28, 2014, 3:08:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing burgers and sliders and their fries are served with fantastic dipping sauces. I love this bar. It's cozy and fun and the staff is super friendly.

Feb 28, 2014, 4:32:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We ate there shortly after they opened. The fresh pasta was rolled very thick and, as a result, not cooked through. I had the rabbit ragu, and it sat in an odd pool of unappetizing liquid and contained small bones. Despite the great setting, we decided not to waste another Friday night there. If the food is better, as some of the posters have suggested, maybe we'll give them a second chance.

Feb 28, 2014, 8:28:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Louie Prima Said:
Owners gave the people want they want...upbeat atmosphere...solid very reasonably priced bar food and lots of specials...fine dining just doesn't pay or make sense on H Street...If Atlas Room can't make it...why try sublime food? Instead go for spicy chicken legs and burgers and cheap proseco?

Mar 1, 2014, 10:05:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:37 -- their, not there.
3:08 -- they're, not their.

Mar 1, 2014, 10:40:00 AM

Anonymous lou said...

@anonymous 10:05,

Wait, Atlas Room closed? When? It looks open to me.

Mar 2, 2014, 8:55:00 PM

Blogger inked said...

The Atlas Room is definitely still open, and usually quite busy.

Mar 3, 2014, 3:05:00 PM

Anonymous alizadk said...

I went with a guy in Oct. I ordered the chicken arrabiata, and it was well spiced, but the chicken was overcooked. My friend, who is Italian and has spent a lot of time in Italy, ordered the chicken Parmesan. The chicken was overcooked, the pasta was undercooked, and the sauce had no flavor whatsoever. Another friend of mine has similarly been underwhelmed with the food. It would be a hard sell to get me to go back there. I'd rather wait to get food somewhere else (which is why I originally went there -- there was a 40-min wait at the Queen Vic).

Mar 4, 2014, 2:30:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say what you want about their old food. Their new food is actually pretty good.

Mar 4, 2014, 11:45:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Red Palace had better food, better bartenders and better entertainment.

Mar 4, 2014, 12:43:00 PM

Blogger Scott said...

We went to "Opera at Vendetta," and it was fun. The singer did two sets with arias from Puccini, Mozart and a song from Carousel. It was a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. Owner said he would like to do this once a month.

Food was good too.

Mar 4, 2014, 5:05:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

>Amazing burgers and sliders and their fries are served with fantastic dipping sauces.

If the highlight at an Italian restaurant is the burger, that says a lot about the food. I've been a few times, food and service dreadful each time. The WaPo summed it up nicely in their review: http://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/at-vendetta-on-h-street-ne-the-food-deserves-a-black-rose/2013/12/04/26134a06-57c1-11e3-8304-caf30787c0a9_story.html

If the prices were reasonable, I may be ok with the quality, but hardly acceptable when you're paying $20 for a meal.

Mar 5, 2014, 5:19:00 PM


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