We have been Michael Voltaggio fan ever since his Ink days in Los Angeles when we lived in California. I even went to his and his brother Brian, book signing a long time ago. So When I read that they will be a part of the Estuary restaurant, inside the new Conrad hotel in the city center area of D.C., I was intrigued. Of course the night we dined there, neither one of the brothers were there. Service was good but needs a little polishing. The food we tried was pretty good but almost every dish needed a little improvement to make it perfect. The space was bright and modern with a wall of windows in one side. This review is two part. Dinner and brunch.

Bread Basket
Pretty good mini croissant with spiced tomato jam plus breadsticks and pimento dip that I really enjoyed.

Rice Cracker atop an avocado yogurt dip. I loved the cracker more than the dip. I did not taste the yogurt.

Maryland Crab Roll Crab Chips, Old Bay, Ice-plant
The brioche bun was crunchy and buttery but it was too tall and awkward to eat. Crab  tasted fresh. Crab shape plantains added crunch and visual appeal.

Octopus Kelp Pasta, Zucchini, Black Olive, Smoked Paprika
Octopus had a nice char taste. My husband was not crazy about the kelp pasta sheet. I found it fine.

Atlantic Cod Cuttlefish-Enoki Ramen, Cod Bone Tonkotsu, Benne Seed Togarashi
A little spicy. Cod was cooked perfectly, enjoyed the broth and enoki but the cuttlefish was a little chewy.

Key Lime Pie Coconut, Lime Curd, Peanuts, Brown Butter Meringue
This was our favorite dish and a great way of finishing up our dinner. A bargain at $10 and delight to eat. We almost ordered a second one. Coconut sorbet, chocolate shell, lime curd, peanut saucer, brown butter meringue and hyssop sauce. How can you go wrong with that line up?

Petit Four
usually you get one item per person. Here we had to share. The chocolate one was better.


We stopped here for brunch yesterday. Our experience was positive. Service was friendly. Some of the pricing raises your eyebrows like $7 for a croissant and $9 for a chocolate croissant. Really? What is in there? Gold!!

Pastry Basket
At $10, we knew it was probably going to be small pasties. We received one plain croissant , one chocolate, one Danish and a mini blueberry muffin. Plain croissant had a good texture. Chocolate was my favorite and had a dark chocolate. Danish was nothing special and the muffin tasted very bland. The butter was whipped and the strawberry jam was delicious. It was worth a try but could have ordered the delicious key lime pie for the same price.

Steak and Eggs Grassfed Hanger Steak, Broccoli Omelette , Seven Sisters Cheese
The steak was nicely charred and cooked perfectly to a medium rare. It was chewy but tasty. The omelette was a little dry and needed more cheese to make it more palatable.

Estuary Brunch Burger Beef Belly Bacon, Burger Sauce, 7 Sisters Cheese, Fried Egg, Malt Vinegar Fries
It was a tasty burger but the beef patty needed to be a touch bigger. I enjoyed the beef belly bacon. Fries was on the soft side but looked and tasted good!