Leftbank is one of the few ultra-modern establishments in Adam Morgan and is known to have a few faces, depending on when one visits. On one hand it is a French bistro that also serves brunch and sushi, on another, it is a lounge complete with with a dance floor and DJ playing a wide range of music from hip hop to international. One of the cool things about this place is that during the warmer months, they open up the front doors which gives the place an open feel. When I first came to DC almost three years ago, Leftbank was consistently packed on weekend nights and after a little bit of a slow down, I think the place has really picked up again. Leftbank also seems to be doing just fine as as a restaurant and special events venue.
Cost – $$
Service – B
From talking to others, comments from service range from being good to mediocre. I know the owner and manager so my experience has always been excellent.
Food – B
The food used to be sometimes inconsistent but a few months back, a new chef was hired and the food seems to be improved. The back sushi bar is pretty good and some of the sushi chefs really know how to make it fun for diners.
Decor – B
I really like the airy and open feel of the space which is complemented by a simple long three-sided bar. The orange banquettes and pieces of art add nice splashes of color to the minimalist decor. A good setting for brunch in colorful Adams Morgan.
Feel – B
I think Lefbank has picked it again and last time I popped in, it had a fun vibe which I was happy to see. For those seeking out an international crowd with international beats in Adams Morgan, Leftbank is a good choice. The open layout makes for a good dance floor so the nightly transition from a bar/restaurant into a club-like scene happens naturally.
Leftbank is located at 2424 18th St. NW. They can be reached at (202) 464-2100.