Rogue 24: Sign Your Soul to Dine, No Phone Shall Ring

By peter in Whats hot in DC Nightlife
Monday, August 22, 2011, 11:26am. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 4:37pm) Add comments

Superior Food and a Stellar Staff at Rogue 24

Under the watchful eye of celebrity Chef RJ Cooper, Rogue 24 is redefining the concept of urban fine dining.

Which seat should I take?

The restaurant, set in what was formerly an old auto garage, is incredibly unique: the whole kitchen is directly in the middle of its 52-seat dining room! Guests are encouraged to interact with the knowledgeable culinary staff and check out their next course as it’s prepared in front of them.

Two menus are offered: the 16 course “Progression” or 24 course “Journey” — both of which offer exotic and carefully prepared sample-size dishes. With items like “liquid chicken,” the delectable iberico lomo (watermelon, manchego, almond, and cocoa nib), and savory desserts prepared by renowned pastry chef Chris Ford, Rogue 24 is guaranteed to excite your taste buds! Each menu can be paired with exquisite beverages picked out by advanced sommelier Matthew Carroll.

Although not cheap — with the Journey running at $175 ($120 without beverage pairings) and the Progression at $120 ($100 without) — the culinary creations of chef RJ Cooper might just be worth the price. Having won the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic in 2007 and been featured on the Iron Chef America television show, Cooper is setting the bar high for DC restaurants. Aside from preparing some of the most delicious food on the east coast, his restaurant has implemented a few strict and unique policies.

No cell phones. No photography. And a reservation agreement?
Savory food!

One of the many delicious menu options.

When Rogue 24 first opened its doors in July, it originally had its guests sign a two-page reservation agreement with provisions like:

  • No cell phones or cameras during dinner.
  • Diners that cancel reservation less than 72 hours ahead of time are charged half of the bill. If reservations are cancelled after 3pm the day of, diners are charged the entire check.
  • If the contract is not returned within 72 hours of making the reservation, then the reservation is voided.

The restaurant has recently revised its reservation agreement after publications like Time magazine and others wrote critical articles. It is now described by Rogue 24 as more of a “guest questionnaire.”

Step into the Salon

If you’re not fully prepared to drop over $100 on dinner or don’t have three hours to embark on the “Journey,” Rogue 24 also has a 14-seat salon featuring à la carte dishes and a menu of handcrafted cocktails. The salon does not require reservations and offers guests a taste of the Rogue 24 experience.

Getting There and Making Reservations
Rogue 24

The brick "bones" of this renovated facility are still in place!

Address:
922 N St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Located to the rear of N St. in Blagden Alley
(202) 408-9724

Hours:
*Tuesday–Saturday: 6 pm – midnight

Reservations:
Contact Bonji Beard at (202) 408-9724 during the hours listed below.
*Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
*Saturday: Noon to 4 p.m

You can also place an online reservation for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays.

A credit card is required to hold the reservation and cancellations must be made 72 hours in advance to avoid a full charge. Any dietary restrictions must be disclosed at the time of reservation.

One Response to “Rogue 24: Sign Your Soul to Dine, No Phone Shall Ring”

  1. Reem Trahan says:

    Want to check this place out! I am very critical… so not sure they can handle my criticism being so new!

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