Last updated on : May 26, 2020

(Last Updated On: May 26, 2020)

When I walked by an Eatsa restaurant in Washington, DC, I was immediately intrigued. I had never seen anything like it. It reminded me of something futuristic from the Jetsons cartoon!  I decided to give eating at Eatsa DC a try.

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First impressions

From the outside, the large windows and minimalist style with paneling offered a well-list space and were ultra-modern. 

There was only one worker in sight, and that’s because everything is automated. At first, I was a little intimidated by not knowing how the process works and by the volume of options.

Ordering must be done using kiosks or the Eatsa app.

Eatsa DC Menu

The food offerings were vegeterian, and you could select from the menu or create your own meal. I opted to create my own meal and selected quinoa, potatoes, a vegetable blend, mushrooms, and a few other items for my bowl. 

To pay, I swiped my credit card at the kiosk, and I saw my name appear on the food board. I waited a few minutes for my order to be delivered to designated capsules with my name. 

After opening the capsule to retrieve my meal, I got utensils from a really cool dispenser that drops them when a utensil is taken.

First taste

The first bite of my meal was not bad.  I just wished I had not put the mushrooms in there, as they were quite rubbery.  All in all, it was OK, and I would try it again, only picking from the menu next time.

In hindsight, I wasn’t familiar enough with the flavor and menu to randomly assemble a great meal.

Eating at Eatsa DC

It’s definitely an innovative concept that more and more companies will pursue. And maybe one day, this will be the future of ‘fast-food’ dining. 

UPDATE: Eatsa has permanently closed and is now a tech company.

Did you ever eat at Easta DC or any of their other locations? How was your experience?

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10 thoughts on “Eating at Eatsa DC”

  1. Awww I wish the DC one was still open! Maybe I’ll check out the SF one someday because this is a cool concept.

  2. Interesting concept! Japan has something a bit similar (of course Japan haha), it was ordering via the vending machine style thing but you gave your ticket to the people cooking, then theyd bring your food when it was ready. Totally eliminated the need for waitresses! All bar style too so they didn’t have to walk anywhere. Was very quick too!

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