I'm a Baltimore Hound in town in DC for a couple of days for work. Just had a solo din at Oya (9th and H). I sat at the bar b/c I travel a lot and I've come to realize that solo diners are more appreciated at the bar. While the bartender was indeed friendly and engaging, he was neither knowledgable nor attentive. I ordrdered a glass of wine and he looked at me like I had 4 heads before repeating to me what he thought I ordered. I confirmed my order (side note: not a great by-the-glass list). I then longed for his attention so that I could order dinner. My glass was empty for 10 minutes (literally) by the time he asked me what I wanted. I ordered a small plate of edamame and a large plate of Lamb Loin. Again, he looked at me as if I was an alien descended upon DC and repeated what I asked for with a questioning look. Again, I confirmed. He told me that my order of medium lamb would "take at least 20 minutes" and asked if I wouln't prefer something else. Hello? I want lamb. What's with the inquisition? I confirmed my order. The edamame came. There was no follow-up regarding a 2nd glass of wine -- we're now going on 15 mins with no drink -- so I had to shout down the bar (even though I was one of three people there) to get a 2nd glass. The edamame was not evenly cooked but it was OK. The lamb, I have to say, was perfectly cooked and delicious. I loved it. Wonderful. I then had to verbally accost the bartender to get my check -- still only 3 people at the bar, including me. In sum, OK food, not-so-great bartender service. Perhaps it would have been different with a crowd and/or sitting in the dining room.
I'm annoyed since I rarely come to DC and chose Oya as my one night out on this trip. I love Zaytinya but didn't want to go there because I wanted to try something new. I'm glad I did b/c now I won't wonder what I would have missed. However, I wish I would have chosen a better location. Just my 2 cents on Oya!