Tapas 218 brings hip, Spanish concept to downtown

Open now downtown is the Spanish-inspired Tapas 218, with a seasonal, small-plate menu and bourbon bar. The concept comes from Tony Ly, owner of Basil Asian Bistro, and co-owner Steve Coon of Coon Restoration, who also owns the building. Located at 218 Court Ave. NW (previously Fedeli restaurant, and more recently, Tozzi’s Downtown), a visit will open your palate to classic Spanish tapas—an array of hot or cold appetizers or snack-size portions—like the ceviche, pictured below.

The idea is to order a variety of these small, mix-and-match dishes to create a full meal, which makes Tapas 218 a great place for sharing and trying new things (though many may be ordered as a full portion on their own). We like the calamari tacos ($9), empanadas ($6) and the jamon cerrano and machanego cheese platter ($8 or $12), imported from Spain.

Vegetarian and gluten-free choices, and a five-course ($40) or eight-course ($60) tailored tapas tasting is available—ask for the chef’s choice. Tapas 218 is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For the full menu, visit tapas218.com.