Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

January 29, 2016 11:54 AM

Restaurant: Char Bar and Eli’s Market

Char Bar & Eli’s Market

2142 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Friday 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 pm
For many years Eli’s Restaurant, located on 20th and N Street NW, was the primary kosher restaurant in Washington. A number of years ago I ate lunch there with Jacob.

In mid-2014, Eli’s relocated, and became Char Bar & Eli’s market. Recently, I had lunch at the Char Bar with Jacob and his sons Menachem and Yosef.

As you enter the restaurant there is a six person bar to your right. At the back of the restaurant there is a partially open kitchen.

The restaurant seats 75 people. The eating area of the restaurant is located on two levels. The lower level has a variety of table sizes. The upper level (a couple of feet above the lower level) wraps around two side of the lower level. It also has a variety of table sizes. We had a table designed to seat five.

There is a private room that appears to seat 11 people. Reservations are required.

Jacob and Menachem had Ribeye Steak – 16oz marinated, then grilled over flame, served with baked potato and chopped salad.

Josef selected Country Style Chicken and Steak Fajita – grilled vegetables, herb brown rice and beans, guacamole and pico de gallo.

I had a Caesar salad; the House Burger, plain with Lettuce and Tomato; and Hand-Cut Onion Rings.

It is fair to say that the portions are quite ample.

The service was quite attentive.

The restaurant offers a full catering service. There are limits to the addresses to which it will deliver. However, you can pick up an order. The menu is on the restaurant’s website.

Reservations are not accepted for lunch, but they are accepted for dinner and for use of the private room.

The Char Bar is affiliated with the Blue Star House of Beef, Burgers and BBQ in Rockville.

The Char Bar is under the supervision of the Orthodox Union. Char Bar’s letter of certification can be found on its website.

The restaurant is closed from 2:30 p.m. on Friday until 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.

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