City Eats Reservations

Ring in the New Year with Graffiato

December 12, 2014

Please join us as we say goodbye to the year that was with a special New Years’ Eve menu. Our first seating from 5 to 7pm will offer the special menu a la carte or as a $65 fixed price tasting. The second seating from 8 to 10pm will offer a $75 tasting menu with sparkling wine toast.

Our special holiday menu includes favorites like:

  • Crispy Heirloom Potatoes with French onion dip, pancetta, and scallions
  • Whole Grilled Bronzino with 3 bean salad, lemon and fines herbs
  • Surf and Turf Carpaccio with venison, scallops, tomato shrub, seaweed and cucumber

Reservations are limited so reserve your seat today at 202-289-3600 or at

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East Coast vs. West Coast: Hip Hop Tribute Dinner

December 12, 2014

Join us on February 2 at 8pm, for our first food and art pairing dinner: a culinary tribute to Tupac, Biggie and the East Coast/West Coast hip hop rivalries of the ’90s.  The evening’s dishes are directly inspired by some of the biggest hits of these two godfathers of hip hop, and will be accompanied by a DJ playing those tracks, along with others from the era.

Seats are priced at $65 per person plus tax and 20% gratuity.  Seats are limited so please call the restaurant at 202-289-3600 to reserve.

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Graffiato Father’s Day Beer and Bourbon Dinner

May 16, 2014

Graffiato is partnering up with Michter’s, Atlas Brew Works, and Civil Cigar Lounge for an evening of American Whiskey, local beer, Italian-inspired cuisine and fine cigars.

This four-course plated dinner features unique Italian-inspired dishes crafted by the Graffiato team matched with fine spirits and brews from Michter’s and Atlas Brew Works. Unlike a typical Graffiato dinner, this is not a small plates experience, but a plated four-course meal.
These dishes are exclusive to the dinner and are not found on the regular Graffiato menu. Each course is paired with a beer from Atlas and a whiskey from Michter’s. Guests will take away a gift bag featuring a cigar from Civil Cigar Lounge as well as other exclusive items.

The dinner is on June 15, 2014 at 7pm. The cost of this Event is $95 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Credit card info will be used to hold the reservation, but payment will be collected at the conclusion of the event.

Tickets can be booked here.


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Chef Mike Isabella Goes to Peru

March 28, 2014

Check out this cool video about Mike Isabella’s recent trip to Peru with Care.

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Industry Takeover Night: The One Year Anniversary

January 15, 2014

On January 6, Graffiato celebrated the one year anniversary of Industry Takeover Night with a house full of big name chefs and ravenous guests. All photos by Alfredo Flores.

Planeta Wine Dinner “A Journey Through Sicily” on Dec. 16

November 27, 2013


Take a culinary journey to Sicily with the Planetta Wine Dinner on December 16 at 7pm.

The five-course dinner features plated dishes specially created by Chef de Cuisine Jennifer Flynn to pair with the distinctive wines of Planeta, which are drawn from vineyards all over Sicily.

Tickets are $125 and can be purchased through CityEats.

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Taste of Hope

August 30, 2013


This year, Graffiato’s own Mike Isabella is holding court as Chef Honoree of  Taste of Hope, the American Cancer Society’s signature culinary, wine and spirits event that features more than 50 of Washington DC’s most popular chefs, restaurants and beverage vendors. Join Mike and his chef friends for a tasting event that offers signature dishes, premier wines and spirits and inventive cocktails. All proceeds from Taste of Hope go towards the American Cancer Society’s goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

Taste of Hope takes place of September 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Library.

Individual passes are $150, and can be purchased at the American Cancer Society’s Taste of Hope web site.

Graffiato will host the official Taste of Hope after party from 10pm to midnight featuring $5 drink specials: Prosecco on draft, house red and white wines,draft beer, and a featured punch. The pizza oven will also be open for late night orders.

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Graffiato Wine Dinner Featuring Marchesi di Barolo on Sept. 16

August 30, 2013


Experience some of Italy’s best wines during the Marchesi di Barolo Wine Dinner on September 16 at 7pm.

For a five-course plated dinner, Chef de Cuisine Jennifer Flynn has designed signature dishes to pair with distinctive Italian wines from the Marchesi di Barolo cellars. Sixth-generation winemaker Valentina Abbona will co-host the evening and guide guests through the hand-selected pairings from her family estate in the Piedmont region of Italy.

Tickets are $125 and can be purchased through CityEats.

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Help Mike Isabella get Fit for Hope

June 28, 2013

The Fit for Hope contestants gather

This summer, Graffiato’s Mike Isabella is joining with the American Cancer Society and 15 other Washington, D.C. chefs and mixologists for the inaugural Fit for Hope weight loss challenge. This 12-week challenge, running from June 24 – September 24, will have Mike Isabella working with local trainer Jason Yoo to achieve the end goal of losing the largest percentage of body weight. Announcement of the winner will occur at the culmination event, Taste of Hope, held September 24 at the Carnegie Library. Taste of Hope is the American Cancer Society’s annual signature culinary, wine and spirits event.It will be the 100th birthday of Taste of Hope, and the first time the event is held in in Washington  D.C. “Fit for Hope will be an incredible challenge,” said Isabella, who is co-hosting Taste of Hope with the American Cancer Society , “but if anyone is up for the challenge and the competition, it’s my friends in the restaurant industry.”

Each chef must raise a minimum of $2,500, with all proceeds going toward the goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem. To support Mike Isabella’s Fit For Hope challenge and make a donation to the American Cancer Society, or to buy tickets to the Taste of Hope event, please visit Mike’s Donation Page.

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Mike Isabella Wins DC’s 5th Annual Cochon 555 Title

April 18, 2013

Chef Mike Isabella competed against four other renowned DC chefs in the 5th Annual Cochon 555, a one-of-a-kind traveling culinary competition and tasting event to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs. Mike Isabella was crowned the “Prince of Porc” at this year’s DC competition held April 7th at the Newseum. He will compete for the national title in June at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, CO.

The competition required each chef to prepare a menu created from one entire heritage breed pig by creating dishes using all of its parts. Isabella won the title with six dishes, including a pig’s head parm, and a nutella cookie with whipped pork fat frosting, and the crowd’s favorite – a pork fat arancini.

See the slideshow below for photos from the event.

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DC Chef Participants in the 5th Annual Cochon 555

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Mike Isabella's menu included a charcuterie board, pork fat arancini, pork belly pastrami, pig's head parm [sesame seed bun, brined and braised pig head, breaded and fried like a chicken parm sandwich], n'duja stuffed morel with cockles, and a nutella cookie, whipped pork fat frosting.

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Mike Isabella at the Cochon 555 event.

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The Cochon 555 promotes sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs and required each competing chef to prepare a menu created from one entire heritage breed pig by creating dishes using all of its parts.

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DC Chefs competed in the 5th Annual Cochon 555 at the Newseum.

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Mike Isabella's team at the 5th Annual Cochon 555.

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The First Ever “Top Chef: The Cruise” sets sail

March 11, 2013

This April, Mike Isabella will be joining Top Chef hosts Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons along with other chef’testants aboard the luxurious Celebrity Constellation. Bravo Media is hosting the April 11-15, 2013 cruise, which sets sail from Miami, with stops in Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico. The float plan includes interactive “Quickfire” cooking challenges, culinary demonstrations, Q&A sessions, Top Chef prepared menus, and a cocktail party. If you are interested in rubbing elbows with Mike, and other stars of the Emmy-winning reality competition, visit It’s sure to be a first class culinary vacation.

Nominate Graffiato for Drink DC’s “Drinker’s Choice Awards” 2013

February 19, 2013

Drinker's Choice Nominations - 2013Voting for Drink DC‘s 2013 Drinker’s Choice Awards is now open to the public. Nominate Graffiato for Best Cocktail Program by Sunday, February 24 using this link :

The top 10 nominees in each category will move on to the final round, which will be decided by popular vote using the same link over a two-week period, February 26–March 10.

Thank you for your support!

Join Chef Mike Isabella and Taha Ismail at Sips & Suppers (Jan 26 & 27)

January 9, 2013
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Join Chef Mike Isabella and Taha Ismail at the 5th annual Sips & Suppers, a celebration of food and community hosted by José Andrés, Joan Nathan, and Alice Waters on January 26th and 27th, 2013. Some of the country’s finest chefs, artisans and mixologists will come together to raise money for DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table, organizations that serve the neediest individuals in our nation’s capital.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Nominate Graffiato & Chef Mike Isabella for James Beard Foundation Awards

November 5, 2012

Nominations for the prestigious 2013 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards are now open to the public. Support Graffiato and Chef Mike Isabella with votes for Outstanding Bar Program and Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. The deadline to nominate is December 31, 2012 and winners will be announced May 6, 2013.

For more information and to cast your vote today, visit:

Thank you for your support!

Graffiato’s Chef Marjorie Competes in AIWF Crab Cake Competition (Oct. 29)

October 16, 2012

On October 29, watch Graffiato’s Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley take on other D.C. chefs at the American Institute of Wine & Food’s seventh annual “I Love Crab Cakes!” competition and fundraiser, honoring Karen Cathey. Guests will sample each chef’s unique take on crab cakes, along with carefully selected wines and seasonal beers from Port City Brewing Company. Chefs Scott Drewno and Ris Lacoste will emcee the event at Phillips Flagship restaurant.

AIWF’s “I Love Crab Cakes!” Competition

WHEN:   Monday, October 29, 6:30-9:00pm

WHERE:  Phillips Seafood, 900 Water Street SW, Washington, D.C.

TICKETS:  Tickets are $60 for AIWF members / $75 for non-members, and can be purchased here.

Chefs For Equality After-Party at Graffiato on Oct. 24

October 5, 2012

On October 24, join us at Graffiato for the Human Rights Campaign’s Chefs for Equality fundraiser After-Party. The party will feature small plates by Chefs Mike Isabella, Scott Drewno of The Source and Teddy Folkman of Granville Moore’s, as well as cocktails from D.C.’s top mixologists and music by DJ Shea Van Horn.


WHAT: Small plates, cocktails and music to benefit marriage equality in Maryland.

WHEN:   Wednesday, October 24, 10pm-1am

WHERE:  Graffiato, 707 6th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

TICKETS:  Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online.

Wash. Post Express Best of 2012

September 24, 2012

Washington Post Express readers think Mike Isabella is one of DC’s best chefs and Bandolero is one of DC’s best new restaurants. If you agree please vote now via the link below. Polls close Thursday, September 27.

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Cookbook Signing at Graffiato on September 23

September 6, 2012

Mike Isabella’s Crazy Good Italian is available nationwide September 25. The first cookbook signing takes place at Graffiato on September 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Top Chef All-Star Runner-Up Mike Isabella puts his gnocchi where his mouth is with 200 Mediterranean recipes that pack a modern punch.

Millions know Mike Isabella as a tough-talking Top Chef competitor and the celebrity chef behind hot new D.C. restaurants Graffiato and Bandolero. Now, in his first cookbook, Mike Isabella’s Crazy Good Italian, you’ll be able to taste the chef’s New Jersey childhood alongside the refined flavors that come from decades in the culinary world. Inspired by the food his Italian-American grandmother prepared, Isabella serves up 200 recipes for everyday meals that appeal to the heart and the appetite, with a modern twist. These are “small plates” versions of Mediterranean classics, made lighter and more flavorful. Isabella shares his secret family recipes, the dishes that made him famous on Top Chef, and signature meals from his restaurant. From Ricotta with Charred Scallion and Harissa to Grandma’s Potato Gnocchi, Chicken Wings with Pepperoni Sauce to Carnival-Style Zeppoles with Seasonal Sugars, home cooks will taste the pure joy these meals can bring. Delivering lip-smacking food (and talking some smack while he’s at it), Isabella makes Italian fun to cook again.

ISBN: 978-0-7382-1566-2
334 pages



The first book signing will take place at Graffiato in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, September 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event is open to the public. Reservations for brunch are also available, but not required to purchase a cookbook.

Visit the tour page for additional book signing events, dates and locations.

Pre-order your copy online:

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Graffiato Hosts Dinner with Chef Angelo Sosa

May 11, 2012

On June 9, Top Chef All-Stars contestant and celebrity chef Angelo Sosa  will visit Graffiato for a special dinner hosted by Chef Mike Isabella. The five-course dinner menu will feature recipes such as scallop banana tartar with jalapeño vinaigrette and grilled duck breast with honey pepper glaze from Chef Sosa’s upcoming book, Flavor Exposed: 100 Global Recipes from Sweet to Salty, Earthy to Spicy. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase books and have them signed by Chef Sosa.

When: Saturday, June 9 from 5:00pm to 12:00am

Price: $65/person (exclusive of tax and gratuity)

Reservations: Reservations are available online or by calling 202.289.3600.

*If the reservation is made online, please request Chef Sosa’s dinner menu in the notes, as it is not available to order the day of.  

Graffiato at ZooFari on May 17

May 8, 2012

Graffiato joins more than 100 of the area’s finest restaurants as a proud partner of the National Zoo’s annual fundraiser, ZooFari. The event features gourmet food and wine tastings, entertainment, animal demonstrations, and a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Zoo’s conservation, research, and education program. Additionally, Mike Isabella and other acclaimed chefs will judge the Sweet Eats Challenge, a zoo-themed cake decorating contest.

When: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 6:30-9:30pm

Where: National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

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