Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ruta del Vino, new Latin American restaurant on Upshur, now open; WaPo critic loves it

Upshur Street and Petworth have been blowing up lately with new restaurants and bars, and another new one seems to be a hit: Ruta del Vino, a Latin American restaurant that opened earlier this month at 800 Upshur, the old Riyad Market.

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema wrote about the spot earlier this month, saying it had "all the makings of a neighborhood hit." He raved about the grilled octopus, ceviche, carne asada, roast chicken, and more. He wasn't a fan of the Cubano sandwich though, which was echoed on Yelp.

He also liked the wines and reasonable prices for cocktails and happy hour deals -- for example, the spot has happy hour with $5 cocktails of the day, $4 glasses of wine and $2 snacks like fish tacos, pupusas or masa fries from 5-7pm, which is pretty great. See below for the info.

The Post article also has some nice photos; the place looks great inside.

It was opened by Justin Logan, a trained chef who formerly worked at the Cato Institute but loved Latin American food.

Yelpers love it too, with 4.5 stars so far from only 6 reviews.

Have you been? I'll have to check it out. They're open Mon-Thurs 5-10pm and Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, with later hours each day for the bar. They're closed Sundays.


  1. Food was amazing. The service in the other hand... AWFUL. They just didn't have enough staff. No Host/Hostess. The bartender (a woman and no a man) were trying to run the bar etc while also trying to coordinate tables and greet new patrons. Disaster. The woman bartender was severely rude and clearly didn't know how to make the cocktail we ordered. The food made up for it, but I'd be leery bringing any family or guests with me. I'd never risk the embrassmwnt.

  2. Well, it's still pretty new. Maybe they are still working through some issues.

  3. Nope. Still good food and awful service. We sat at the bar and no one even so much as made eye contact with us after our initial order. After eating the roasted meat board (the most expensive dish on the menu), there were bloody juices left dripping on the bar. Never wiped down. Never asked if we wanted more drinks or dessert. Their loss unfortunately. Sad because it's a gorgeous space on a cozy street. Gonna have to step it up with two award-winning restos on the block!


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