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2) Seven Reasons: Bold Latin American flavors come to life on bustling 14th Street NW at Seven Reasons, chef Enrique Limardo’s three-story ode to the vibrant cuisines of Central and South America. The inventive cocktail menu leans heavily on rum and vodka as a vessel for imbibing these Southern flavors, while the often-changing menu has a dish for everyone. Diners rave about unique dishes like the ceviche served with a coconut leche de tigre and a vegetarian jelly tomato salad adorned with a cilantro mint pesto and smoked carrot puree.

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Ezequiel Vazquez
Eater: The 15 Hottest Restaurants in D.C., June 2019

3. Seven Reasons: The brick-lined townhome that used to house Piola reemerged in April as an ivy-covered Latin fusion destination, starring artfully presented dishes from an acclaimed Venezuelan chef. Chef Enrique Limardo most recently made a name for himself in Baltimore, helming Alma Cocina Latina for the past five years. For his first D.C. venture, Limardo presents his menu in seven sections: snacks, small plates, medium plates, large plates, desserts, cocktails, and wines. The format aims to unite flavors from his native country with those from Peru, the Amazon rainforest, and the Caribbean. The space just grew with the addition of a patio area for 30, outfitted with lounge seating and a full bar. 

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Ezequiel Vazquez
Washington Post: Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now

It’s a jungle in there. Three floors tall, Seven Reasons is crawling with greenery, to which chef-owner Enrique Limardo only plans to add more. “Nature is going to take over the place,” vows the city’s best ambassador for the foodways of Latin America. Golden, one-bite, cheese-filled arepas are a tip of the hat to Limardo’s native Venezuela. Same for the skate-stuffed plantain ravioli, a blast from his past as the recipient of his grandmother’s Sunday cooking.

Vegetarians are made more than welcome with such dishes as cauliflower tartare and jelly tomato salad, the latter of which I’m sure to return to in the heat of summer. But sumac-spiced duck on a drift of sour cream, served with salsa verde, and a soupy riff on paella, starring rugged chorizo and sweet lobster, reveal a chef that excels with fowl and meat, too. Isn’t the space cool? Aren’t the servers lovely? Doesn’t everyone look happy to be here? When I think of it, there are dozens of reasons to pick this restaurant for your next dining ad­ven­ture.

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Ezequiel Vazquez
Washington Post - To Washington, with love: Seven Reasons

It turns out there is something new under the sun, at least in Washington, where an ambitious chef from Baltimore is dazzling diners with dishes bridging modernity with Latin America, “from the Caribbean to Patagonia,” says Enrique Limardo, late of the stellar Alma Cocina Latina in Charm City.

Suffice it to say, Seven Reasons, introduced by the Venezuelan native on 14th Street NW in April, taps into what a lot of dining enthusiasts want right now. “We are at Seven Reasons,” texted a gal pal shortly after the three-story restaurant set sail. “All I can say is OMG!!!!!”

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Ezequiel Vazquez
Washington Post: April showers bring new dining options, including a Venezuelan hotspot and a glam cocktail lounge

Seven Reasons: When chef Enrique Limardo ran the kitchen at Baltimore’s Alma Cocina Latina, Sietsema called him one of “the best ambassadors for Venezuela in the United States right now,” and gave the alluring eatery a rave three-and-a-half star review. Limardo’s first D.C. restaurant finds him exploring a broader, regional menu, offering new riffs on dishes from Peru and the Caribbean, including lobster ceviche and ravioli de chuchos, a cross between fish stew and lasagna that was a hit in Baltimore. At the bar, Josué González, formerly of St. Anselm, serves cocktails heavy on rum and cachaça. 2208 14th St. NW.

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Ezequiel Vazquez