DISH+drinks

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1468 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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DISH +Drinks is a casually elegant American neighborhood restaurant set in historical Foggy Bottom. DISH +Drinks features innovative American regional cooking focused on the freshest local ingredients and influenced by foods from the Bay to the Blue Ridge. It's a 10 minute walk to the Kennedy Center. Valet Parking for $10.
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JM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A few blocks from The Kennedy Center, DISH+drinks is a great place to grab dinner before a show. With a preset three course menu, it is very economical and also delicious.

d
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is our go to restaurant when visiting the Kennedy Center.

EL
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was pretty slow; one of our appetizers didn't come out until we reminded the waiter and had to go up to the bar to ask for refills of drinks a couple of times. Entrees were decent though, and dessert was delicious.

CP
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had excellent service and great food.

d
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

perfect place for pre-theater dinner before going to the Kennedy Center.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was very good. The service was ok but slow.The restaurant is very noisy. They were out of the house wine and then the computer was down and we had to scramble for cash. We were going to the Kennedy Center so we could not wait around for a long time after we finished our meal.

EB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant/bar in DC! Amazing service, fantastic food, and great drink selection.

5
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience3

We had a reservation yet no table was available w/o a wait. Mngr offered free drink and did not deliver. Pre fix was so slow, we couldn't eat dessert there before we left for KC show. We were there over 90 min. Tho' we jokingly stipulated that our to go dessert not include ice cream (of course) we opened our desserts to see soggy floating ice cream mush. Not much to favorably review.

SS
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a friend's birthday with a delicious lunch. The setting is elegantly relaxed & cozy, on quiet 25th street in Foggy Bottom, with good bus & metro stops close by.

We chose the 3 course prix-fixe, which had a tasty range of options for apps, entrées & desserts at a very reasonable prix 😉. The calamari was nice and happily breaded with a light touch. Our steaks was cooked perfectly to rare & medium rare and the frites looked & tasted hand cut. My friend loved her warm flourless chocolate cake (that arrived with a birthday candle!) & I thought my pistachio creme brûlé was yummy (although I couldn't taste pistachio). Definitely plan on going back.

B
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable place for meeting friends or companions before a Kennedy Center show. At 5pm mid-week it's quiet enough to talk very easily, but by 6:30 or 7, expect the pre-performance crowd to be plentiful and exuberant. There is a prix fixe menu for big meals, the drinks/wine menu is quite nice, I wish there were more options for small plates, however. Still, very nice indeed, and there's not much else in this neighborhood that really suits a pre-performance social site.

b
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my husband and friend have gone twice now. the maitre d ' is very helpful. the restaurant is small and service is excellent. food comes out hot and everything was cooked perfectly. wine which was recommended was a good choice. we could hear each other at dinner which i appreciate. atmosphere is lively.

if i had a suggestion it would be more dessert options and some lighter ones. there was a bread pudding with banana bread which is quite heavy, chocolate flourless cake, and other options were ice cream ... maybe a couple other options with fruit, something a bit lighter for those who just want something small with their coffee. a few beignets or nice cookies or something and a fruit dessert.

H
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Keith is the best bartender in the DMV......... he can make a martini that you will never experience again.
Carlos is also wonderful, just wants to make your experience the best and they both did!!
Love the DISH because of them!!

I
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for a pre-theater lunch or dinner. Food was excellent and the service was outstanding.

C
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood gem. Wonderful wait staff complemented great food.

TI
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful place to go before a night at the Kennedy Center; just a few blocks walk past the Watergate Complex and onto 25th Street. Small though, and very popular with the pre-theater crowd, so reservations are highly recommended. They have a great 3 course menu for $45 and so far everything we have had on it has been delicious!

SA
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this dinner was awesome, our waiter was super attentive, the food was hot and HUGE servings, we had the crème brulee and the flourless chocolate cake, and we ate every bit, best desserts in a long time.

BT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband and I had dinner here with our four grandchildren before going to the Kennedy Center to see a show. The food was absolutely delicious and the presentation was excellent. The service was very good considering the restaurant was full with every table occupied. Our server did a great job considering how busy he was with many other tables to cover and we got done in plenty of time to make our show.

JN
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great time
The vegetables for my wife salmon was not the best, should of been green beans of some kind

SM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was fine for the purpose of meeting an out of town friend for dinner on a Friday night, close to her hotel. Fine is the best word I can use to describe the experience, restaurant, food, staff, and decor. It was fine, fairly priced, food was good/fine.

It was peak busy when I arrived at 7 PM and the staff seemed overwhelmed. They did do a good job of managing considering. It is a small space directly off a hotel lobby, when the earlier crowd started phasing out, it alleviated any tension and crowding. It wasn't until then could finally have a proper, relaxed conversation.

If you are staying in the area or want a light meal on a weekend night that is better than Cava or Shake Shack but not over the top $$$$ in the area, this place is fine.

DC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service, with a well-priced wine list. Might be my new go-to for dinner before the Kennedy Center.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience from the time we entered everyone was hospitable and ready to help. Very cozy and a great time pre-theater.

W
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place to go before the Kennedy Center. We parked at the Kennedy Center and walked over for dinner. Very nice people who serve you. Great atmosphere! Food and drinks were delicious!

D
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our go to place in the West End. Before theater but honestly anytime. Food is always solid, great wine list and superb service. Nice to know there are some constants in DC. Keith and Carlos make everything terrific.

a
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our waiter

A
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the steak and frites pre-fixe dinner. Very big portions for the steak and the calamari appetizer. Will happily return before another show at the Kennedy Center (an easy 10 min walk)

SA
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant I’ve been to in awhile. Loved every part of it.

C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Carlos was outstanding. The butternut squash soup and branzino were delicioso!

d
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the staff here. We especially appreciate Keith and his wine knowledge, as well as amazing cocktails!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Crab cakes were more filling than crab. Flavor was OK, a bit salty, but for $35, it should be the other way around.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! Ambiance wonderful! The service was little out of sync....our cappuccino came several minutes after our dessert. They have a wonderful GF dessert!

JR
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything about this small cozy restaurant was top notch. The food was delicious. Frisée salad with a poached egg, duck confit spring rolls, shrimp & grits, and crab cakes were all prepared perfectly. The service was attentive without being intrusive. The wine complimented the food. Our only complaint was that we didn’t have room for dessert.

RC
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant. The fixed price menu is a great value. Service is always excellent. Our go-to restaurant when dining out.

MH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great quiet place in the middle of GW/foggy bottom. We went before a show and the food and service was wonderful. Easily found parking on the street.

DS
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Sat'd night reservation, for 3 of us, one wheel chair bound. Seated on time, beautiful setting, gracious and attentive welcome and overall service. thoughtful assist for our handicapped mother. Alacart menu pricey. Two of us had Mahi Mahi, and one had Rock fish [their special]. Salad mixed green good, and plentiful, one caesar modest, but tasty with two small anchovy. Fish was quite good, even though the Mahi Mahi felt a tad dry. We had an expresso ice cream and an apple beignet dessert, and they were clearly not worth the money. Small, and ok, but not great.. 2 glasses of malbec wine were quite good. By the end of our dinner, this smallish restaurant had filled up, and the din was substantial, making quiet easy conversation difficult. We still walked away having had a good feeling, perhaps mostly due to very warm hosts and waiters plus a very good entree. Perhaps in another few weeks the $60 per person credit card bill will make me less positive, but all in all, we liked the place.

r
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My colleagues and I greatly enjoyed our visit to DISH+drinks for our annual holiday office lunch. The restaurant keeps its music very low, so that could enjoy conversation at our own table without anyone having to raise their voice or shout. We appreciated that calm, quiet of the place. Service was gracious, attentive, efficient and friendly. The food was savory, handsomely prepared and delicious. We would come again.

A
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

BIG disaster and BIG disappointment !!!!!!!!!!

We came at 7.30pm NO table was reserved !!!!!!!!!!

We ordered steak MEDIUM , all served WELL DONE !!!!!!!!!!

MH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlos and Reilly were fantastic!

TJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time; the bartender, Keith, doubled as a waiter and he was not shy about making recommendations for the dishes or the drinks. I was debating between the lamb chops and another dish on the menu, and he recommended the lamb chops -- they were delicious and cooked to exactly to my requested temperature, and the wine he suggested was well suited to the dish. We will be back again soon!

AS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time dining here and the experience, once again, was excellent. The manager and staff were friendly, attentive, and had great recommendations for both food and wine. Our entrees were prepared and presented beautifully. The best thing about this restaurant, however, is the ambience. It's relatively small and makes you feel like you're a guest at someone's home. It's a true local gem. I highly recommend for a date night or for pre-show food and drinks before a Kennedy Center performance.

J
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a little gem! Keith and staff were friendly and service was terrific, very in tune with theatre crowd and got food out quickly. Nice to find a place where the staff has personality and exceptional customer service skills!