Disclosure: Two weeks ago I received an invitation to a complimentary tasting experience at Pulpo. The restaurant recently hired Chef Billy Klein and radically reinvented their menu. In the words of the invitation they now have “a vastly improved core menu, a top-flight craft cocktail program, greatly enhanced standards of service, and coming in Autumn; Billy Klein’s tasting menus and chef’s table.” This all means that the meal you’re about to see was free but all of the opinions are my honest and non-influenced thoughts as well as those of my dining companions.
We arrived a bit early for our 5pm reservation since we opted to take the Metro. The restaurant is less than two blocks away from the Cleveland Park Metro station and, since parking is limited to street parking and I don’t parallel park, riding the Metro was easy and painless. The hostess was very friendly and happy to seat us right away. She warned us that the brunch crew hadn’t completely left upstairs, so that it would be a bit noisy for a few more minutes, but I certainly didn’t notice an unpleasant volume. Art, who is a bit sound sensitive, did notice the increased volume, but only when we were first seated. During the rest of the meal the noise level in the restaurant was great for all of to enjoy each other’s company.