The following review appears in The Washington Post’s 2016 Fall Dining Guide.

The room is rich with dark wood and hams hanging over the bar. But a seat at the kitchen counter is where you can marvel at the ballet of a few cooks. (Kris Coronado/For The Washington Post)



The Spanish do small well. Evidence is everywhere at the warmhearted Estadio, where some of the grandest eating is just a few fab bites. Check out the tiny spicy mushroom fritters on a wisp of arugula and red pepper threads. Or a suggestion of crunchy bread bearing baby chorizo and an ooze of intense Idiazabal cheese — one of the best sandwiches anywhere. Creamy scrambled eggs with black truffle butter let you roll like royalty, while the signature cocktails remind you what a friend we have in sherry. The room is rich with dark wood, chunky chairs and hams hanging over the bar, but my preference is the kitchen counter, where you can marvel at the ballet of just a few cooks whipping up abundant great eats.

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2 1/2 stars

Estadio: 1520 14th St. NW. 202-319-1404. .

Prices: Small plates $8-$15.

Sound check: 78 decibels / Must speak with raised voice.