Eater: D.C.’s Hot New Latin Fusion Place Can Now Fit More Diners With an Airy Patio

Since opening in a brick-lined townhome on 14th Street NW in April, Seven Reasons has been drawing big crowds who want to sample artfully presented dishes from acclaimed Venezuelan chef Enrique Limardo. Starting tonight, the trendy spot will be able to relieve the pressure with more tables.

The ivy-covered Latin fusion destination is opening an airy outdoor patio, effectively adding 32 seats outside of the 90-seat venue indoors. The patio, which walled off outside of the public eye, has the same hours (5:30 p.m. to midnight) and features the same menu served inside.

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Ezequiel Vazquez
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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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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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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