Truluck’s Ocean’s Finest Seafood and Crab opened on May 22, coinciding with the District’s lifting of capacity guidelines for restaurants.
Located at 700 K Street NW, the restaurant is across the street from the historic Carnegie Library between the Gallery Place and Mt. Vernon/Convention Center Metro stations. Truluck’s District location is the 12th for the national restaurant group.
Truluck’s layout has seating on two levels. The space is open and bright with tall windows, striking light fixtures and plenty of room to accommodate up to 400 patrons. A private dining room upstairs is available for group functions. There is a family vibe among the staff. After a few days of practice serving and trying out menu items on one another, staff were anxious to take care of restaurant guests.
“We were supposed to open April 1, 2020,” said General Manager Bond Davis, acknowledging that the coronavirus surge brought that idea to a screeching halt. The team is now more than ready. “We were able to bring back about 40 percent of the staff hired for last year’s opening. We also have two chefs and four managers who have worked in the District for a long time.”
Seafood Prepared Just Right
The dining experience was one of taking a taste, then closing your eyes to hold on to the flavors for as long as possible. The meal began with fluffy yeast rolls that glistened, sprinkled with a touch of grated parmesan and rock salt. The texture of the rolls reminded me of a holiday meal with homemade rolls that only a grandmother could make. The appetizer was the Salt and Pepper Calamari with stir-fried vegetables, specialty mustard and Vietnamese chili sauce. Those sauces were divine. Main courses were a succulent Miso-Glazed Sea Bass with crab rice and chilled cucumber slaw. We also had North Atlantic Salmon with crispy skin, prepared at the properly cooked temperature with asparagus. The portions were mighty!
“When I worked at Truluck’s location in Naples, Fla. it was not unusual to have 80-90 of the Miso Sea Bass go out during an evening,” said chef Laurence Cohen about one of the most popular items on the menu. “No matter what location of Truluck’s that someone goes to in the country, they will get the same flavors.”
Next-Gen Hospitality Professionals
In addition to bringing delicious meals to the Washington, D.C., area, Truluck’s has made a commitment to the future of the hospitality industry with a $2,500.00 donation to the American Experience Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity affiliated with Destination DC. Truluck’s donation goes towards the foundation’s scholarship and travel/field trips program. Several schools within D.C. Public Schools have hospitality programs that benefit from the American Experience Foundation.
“The American Experience Foundation finds people that need a little help and who have a vision of where they want to go,” said Davis. “We are a very inclusive restaurant and Truluck’s supports that. In a dream world, the money will go to a kid who wants to be a chef then ten years down the road he or she walks in my front door looking for a chef job. That would be a full circle of the whole thing.”
Truluck’s is open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.
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