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Reviewed 30 May 2021 via mobile

We went to Barmini for the “Night in Tokyo”. The food is a sequence of six light and very delicate snacks (eel roll, seaweed tacos….). We got the pescatarian version, which was fantastic. We’re not big cocktail drinkers but I ended up having four cocktails:...two of which were sublime (Highlander), two very very good (Palermo) but that may be a matter of taste. The service is outstanding, seating is intimate and spaced out. It was a bit difficult for us to figure out what the experience was, a tasting menu? Drinks with snacks? But it’s probably somewhere in between in a category of its own. Certainly a really nice experience and a fabulous evening!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 22 February 2020

In March, we were back to BarMini. Again, this was part of our dining experience at the adjacent MiniBar, though on this visit, we were in BarMini for only our dessert courses, as our evening began in the “living room” next door. There were a...few subtle changes, from our previous visit to BarMini, over a year before, but not enough to really notice - a chair removed here, one added there, a new table, but with the bright, highly eclectic décor, one would almost have to study previous photos, to pick up on the changes. On this visit, there were several patrons at the bar, when our group of 12 diners (the number seated at MiniBar, as we were only a party of two) entered, after our savory courses in the adjacent dining room/kitchen. All of the others were enjoying their craft cocktails, which looked amazing. We, however, were there for desserts, coffees and in our case, two lovely Madeiras. Service was excellent, and we wanted for nothing. There was as much whimsey in the desserts, and their presentations, as there is in the décor of the interior, plus a lot of visual “fun and games.” The cocktails, which the bar patrons were having were intriguing, to say the least. I would have joined them, but we had already had 14 wines, with two more on the way, so it was not cocktail night for either of us. Still, the drinks were amazing in their complexity, and presentations, and enough so, that we will return, just for cocktails, though we are both avowed winos. I also got to see how the chemistry set, which I had observed on my previous visit, was used in the making of a cocktail. I just have to experience that first hand, and will do so, when we’re next back to DC - or so I plan. Just a fun way to end an evening of fine-dining at Chef Andrés’ next door. The whole experience was a bit like Salvador Dali conspired with the Mad Hatter from Lewis Carroll to design and decorate BarMini, and then Young Frankenstein was tending bar in his laboratory - slightly surreal, but in a very interesting, and charming way. Got to get back for those cocktails!More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed 23 January 2020

My wife and I were flying to D.C. from Boston for the day. Our plans were tight. We had made reservations including a reservation charge of $30.00. When we arrived at the restaurant and bar we were seated in the bar area.When we explained we...were there for dinner they said they could not accommodate us in the restaurant. They made no attempt to offer us food and were minimally apologetic. We left and luckily found another restaurant, Jaleo, that was terrific in every respect.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 7 January 2020 via mobile

Loved the experience here. The drinks were comprehensive and top notch. Loved the wide variety and knowledge of the servers. They not only knew the ingredients but how they were made. Must go. Original experience. Drinks with dry ice and acid base indicators. Drink changed...from blue to purple with addition of lime juice. Soo fun. I ordered butterfly pea tea powder and did it with my kiddos at home sans alcohol! If you have time and money, get the line up. The mojito in the capsule was AMAZING! Like nothing you’ve had before. This whole place is a must see and experience!More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 7 September 2019

We went with another couple for our 30th anniversary. It is very expensive, and does not include drinks. And the cheapest wine on the menu is 180$. That being said, it is a unique experience. It is hard to describe, but it is a culinary...adventure. You sit at a bar and watch the kitchen prepare the food. The taste are incredible. You need to be a little adventurous in order to go. If you are a meat and potatoes person, do not like seafood, or do not like veggies, do not go. The service is excellent. I highly recommend it for a special, special occasion.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 7 August 2019

Yes it's pricey, but the flights of cocktails are so unique that it is worth it for a special evening out with a group of friends/couples. We even had a cocktail made with liquid nitrogen! They do have a small selection of nibbles available to...order but definitely not dinner. Do this as a pre or post treat to your evening. Highly recommend. It is small and cozy with really eclectic decor. Be sure to make reservations in advance.More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed 6 August 2019 via mobile

The bartenders in Barmini are absolute craftsmen. They can take liquor, spices, gases and other liquids and make magical, tasty AWESOMENESS. You must reserve your places and head to a slide of heaven in DC.

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed 1 August 2019

Been kicking around the idea of coming here for sometime. We still need to come back for dinner. Reservations are a must! We dropped by prior to a concert to see if we could have a drink. Although they require reservations for the bar, we...came at a perfect time to have one drink. The staff is great and the drinks were very different an very good. Yes its expensive but for what they prepare you should really try it!More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 2 July 2019

Going to Barmini is a culinary adventure. Be ready for tastes and textures you never imagined. Go with a group. All of you will be in the moment and the conversation will be about the experience you are having, I guarantee!

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 25 June 2019 via mobile

Great mixology. Innovative techniques of classics (mojito spheres, caparhina on liquid nitrogen, etc) plus Nuevo mixology. Staff knowledgeable and friendly. Pricey but I would highly recommend.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Response from NYCSET | Reviewed this property |
It’s perfectly spaced and yes, they’re on the smaller side. WELL worth it!!
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Response from Lisa W | Reviewed this property |
We sat at the bar and our bartender was great really helpful at recommending cocktails for us.
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Barmini is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5