The menu at Pulpo is extensive and exciting...but many dishes don't translate into reality. A small stuffed tomato, served in a bath of olive oil, is neither appetizing or easy to share…and this two bite dish comes for a whopping $8. A goat cheese and beet salad, although pretty, lacks in flavor, with a nonexistent amount of goat cheese, and grilled mushrooms are greasy and bland. Pan con tomate, bread which is served with tomatoes and cheese, is soggy and the sliced cheese ruins the look of the dish; cheese shavings would be more elegant and would allow the bright color of the tomatoes to be visible. All dishes are not as disappointing, crispy brussel spouts are crunchy and salty; patatas bravas are traditional and addictive. But unfortunately these tasty treats are few and far between.
The restaurant itself is rustic and charming with exposed brick and trendy lighting. Drinks are fun, and range from the classic (mojito) to more creative (jalapeno margarita). A variety of wine, beer, and sangria are also available.
Enjoyable for groups, it is better to just come to Pulpo for drinks. Stop by at happy hour, grab a seat at the bar and chat with the friendly bartenders.
Pulpo, 3407 Connecticut Ave Northwest Washington DC 20008, (202) 450-6875