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The Source by Wolfgang Puck - Restaurant Review - Washington, DC

About.com Rating 4 Star Rating


The Bottom Line

The Source by Wolfgang Puck, the three-level restaurant at the Newseum offers casual dining on the ground floor bar and lounge and fine dining on the upper level. The restaurant serves great food in an elegant atmosphere at high prices. This restaurant is probably best for a business lunch or a special occasion.


  • Award winning restaurant with innovative menu
  • Modern and romantic setting
  • Extensive wine list
  • Elegant bar and lounge


  • Expensive


  • Address: 575 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Washington, DC 20001
  • Phone: (202) 637-6100
  • Reservations: Recommended for upstairs
  • Closest Metro: Navy Memorial/National Archives
  • Prices: Bar/Lounge: $8 to $22, Dining Room: $26 to $60
  • Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2pm. Dinner Mon-Thurs 5:30-10 pm, Fri & Sat 5:30-11 pm, Closed Sunday
  • 2008 recipient of the "New Restaurant of the Year" Award from the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington.

Guide Review - The Source by Wolfgang Puck - Restaurant Review - Washington, DC

At the Source, the lounge menu includes a range of smaller plates, such as Prime beef sliders with smoked onion marmalade and white cheddar, to Wolfgang Puck’s signature pizzas from the wood-burning oven including the smoked salmon pizza with dill cream and caviar. The fine dining menu features modern interpretations of Asian dishes such as roasted suckling pig with a plum-fig chutney; steamed black bass “Hong Kong” style with baby bok choy; and lacquered Chinese duckling with wild huckleberries and glass noodles. There is an extensive wine list and a variety of creative, yet expensive cocktails. Recommended dishes include the Spicy Tuna Tartare, Warm Maine Lobster-Daikon Roll with “Sweet & Sour” Dressing and the Kobe Short Ribs, Slow Cooked, with Indian Spices.

The restaurant design is trendy and sleek with neutral colors, dark wood tables, and romantic candle lighting. Floor-to-ceiling windows line the restaurant and a two-story, temperature-controlled glass wine wall links the main floor with the upstairs displaying more than 2000 bottles of the restaurant’s impressive collection. The large upstairs dining room is divided into sections that providing an intimate setting.

The Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group operates award winning restaurants in popular destinations across the country including Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Maui, San Francisco, Atlantic City, Detroit and more.

Reviewed September 2008 - Prices are subject to change

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