The Imperial reopens with picnic-themed meals, Dinner for Two takeout

New To-Go offerings usher in an early summer, including seasonal takeout libations

The Imperial in Adams Morgan has opened back up again to serve DC in takout mode while it awaits an easing of restrictions in Washington, DC to fully reopen. Chef Russell Jones has spearheaded a new to-go menu. The new takeout at The imperial offers a casual Picnic Bar menu of sandwiches, snacks and grab-and-go picnic packs. Ther restaurant also offers a more upscale Dinner-For-Two menu.

Customers can order for pick-up via Tock. The Imperial will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Imperial At Home Dinners for Two Menu

These selections are priced from $45-$50 and are meant to be finished off at home:.

The Wellington At Home Dinner for Two at The Imperial. Photo by The Imperial.
The Wellington At Home Dinner for Two. Photo by The Imperial.
  • Seafood-rich Bouillabaisse.with mussels, clams, shrimp, monkfish, fennel, tomato broth and a baguette;
  • The Beef Wellington, portioned for each person, features roasted carrots
  • A cocoa-dusted Chocolate Mousse topped with whipped cream, and a seasonal Strawberry & Rhubarb Crisp topped with a brown sugar & almond crumble
  • Finishing touches include the Provençal Potato Salad with fingerling potatoes, capers, herbs de Provence, and Dijon vinaigrette

Picnic Pack for the park

Ready-to-eat meals have also arrived at The Imperial. The resaurant offers a backyard-themed Picnic Pack for $22, which serves two. The meal provides for enjoyment in a safe, socially-distanced outdoor space or pretend outdoors area indoors. Enjoy smoked trout, classic hummus, Green Goddess dip, crudite & Bibb Lettuce, capers & cornichons mini baguette, lavash crackers. Guests can also find Snacks like Fried Belly Clams with housemade tartar sauce for dipping, and flatbreads such as the Soppressata with niçoise, olives and Pecorino Romano.

Libations to go

On the libation side, creative director of beverage Andy Bixby is ushering summer drinks early for the restaurant. To-Go Bottled Cocktails ($11) include Sherry Colada (Sherry, Imperial White Rum Blend, Plantation Pineapple Rum, Dulce de Coco, Pineapple Juice, Lime, Pebble Ice), Greenpoint (Rye, Cocchi di Torino, Herbal Liqueur, Imperial Barrel Aged Bitters), New Melon, Who This? (Mezcal, Manzanilla Sherry, Cantaloupe, White Peach, Ginger Tarragon Syrup, Lemon), and Charleston Shuffle (Gin, Citrus infused Fino, Kirsch, Maraschino, Curacao, Cocchi Americano, Acido).

During stay-at-home orders, home mixologists have been honing their at-home bartending skills, The Imperial will sell two Full Bottle Cocktail Kits, priced between $55-$60, serving 8 to 10. These include a 750ml pre-batched cocktail with a bag of crushed ice and fresh fruit garnishes. Select the Sherry Cobbler, with Lustau Amontillado Sherry, oranges, lemos, sugar, Gomme, berries, or the Summers in Seneca, Red Newt Riesling, Plantation Pineapple Rum, guava, ginger, lime, and Verjus Rouge.


A delightful menu of sandwiches, priced from $10 to $16, include the Pan Fried Softshell Crab with Old Bay mayonnaise and fresh tomato; Crispy Atlantic Cod with housemade tartar sauce and Bibb lettuce; Portobello & Herbed Goat Cheese with roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and greens; Roast Pit Beef & Provolone with horseradish sauce and fried shallots; and a gruyere, caramelized onion and roasted tomato-topped Imperial Burger.

The Imperial, 2001 18th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009

Photo credit: The Imperial

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