722 7th Street NW
Washington DC 20001
J and I came here for tapas on Friday night. This restaurant+bar is located just a block from the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stop. We made reservations, and, judging from the length of the line, it was a good idea.
The food was good, albeit not great, and the prices were fair. The high noise level (to be expected at a restaurant that doubles as a bar, and offers live entertainment) made conversation nearly impossible. Our server was polite and attentive, but the hostess was awful. The decor was charming in its own way, but also reminded me of a cheap Mexican restaurant down the road from my high school in Virginia.
If you're looking to move up in the areas of taste and atmosphere while remaining close to La Tasca, Zagat recommends that you check out Jaleo, just 3 blocks away.
If you're willing to travel, however, I still stand by my old tapas favorite: Bodega (located in Georgetown). You'll pay a bit more, but it'll be worth it; the food is extraordinary and the atmosphere enchanting.