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Last Updated: March 2023
Tabla serves Georgian comfort food like big chewy meat-filled soup dumplings and flatbread vessels of melted cheese with other toppings in a casual setting. If that is what you are looking for, then we suggest going. Or even if it is not what you are looking for but suddenly sounds appetizing, then we suggest checking it out.
A spinoff of the more formal restaurant Supra, Tabla adds some things specifically for this spot, such as sandwiches (pork belly, fried catfish, chicken), and chunky fries topped with Georgian sauces. They have numerous salads with ingredients that are more sturdy than expected like roasted eggplant, red peppers and walnut dressing or a pickled cabbage salad of slaw, house-made pickles, herbs, sunflower seeds, sunflower oil.
Drinks include a sampling of Georgian wine by bottle or glass, including the orange wine for which it is famous. The beer list is a bit pedestrian. There are a few drinks including a Spicy Zelensky (with Ukrainian honey-pepper vodka) and variations on mimosas, mules and margaritas to match the brunch menu.
Located on a corner in Park View across the street from Call Your Mother, it has a large bar area and can open up its interior to the street on nice days. Considering its ability to offer a little ballast, it is helpfully within a couple blocks from night-out spots Midlands beer garden, St. Vincent Wine, and hidden gem Wonderland Ballroom.
Other Guidance. The food is bread/dough and meat heavy, but there are numerous salads and grilled vegetable options. The Post accessibility guidance: no steps to front door; ADA-compliant restroom inside.
Neighborhood: Columbia Heights/Petworth (Park View)
Address: 3227 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
Washington Post: Tom’s take from peak take-out era 2020 was positive.
Washingtonian: Flags it as a brunch spot.
WCP: Preview. Featured in the Dumpling Food Issue of 2021.
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