DBGB DC

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1846 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
DBGB is Chef Daniel Boulud's casual restaurant specializing in seasonal Lyonnais-inspired bistro cuisine. Located at CityCenter in the Penn Quarter, DBGB is a short walk to the Convention Center, Verizon Center, and The White House. We serve dinner seven nights a week, lunch Monday to Friday, and brunch on the weekends in a casual yet comfortable setting.

Special Offers

Happy Hour

Enjoy a special menu and seasonal cocktails, including Avocado Toast and Frose at the bar or patio! Available daily from 3pm-6pm.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 26 August 2019

Ends: 27 August 2118

Availability: Daily 15:00-18:00

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KC
Kansas City
68 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal in City Center DC.

F
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Server was fantastic..shame i didnt get her name as she was perfect for our luncheon.
Cobb salad was good but too much lettuce and little short on chicken.
Branzino was crispy and good.
Crab cake you cannot go wrong.

BB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was expecting a higher quality of both food and service.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a fan of Daniel Boulud and this restaurant is now on my list of DC favorites! I was lucky to dine on the patio on a beautiful day. The staff was very helpful, kind and efficient, and the meal was delicious. I chose from the 3 course lunch menu, ordering the farro salad and the Cavaletti pasta dish. The restaurant chooses your dessert and mine was a lemon tart topped with blueberries. With another day and a half left in the city, I’m looking forward to my next visit—Saturday brunch maybe!!

SR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a long day of touring it s was greta finding DBGB. We had a wonderful dining experience. We ate out doors and found the projected images so beautiful.

SS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved sitting outside on a mild September evening. The server inquired about food allergies which I wish all restaurants would do. My partners tuna was spot on, however my duck was a bit overcooked. This was our second time here and would come again.

WJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really great service by server and other staff. Gaspacho and seafood dishes very good. Baked Alaska is not the best dessert choice there. It flames, but tastes like fluff on top.

JO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Visited DC for a few days, and ate here twice because it is charming, great service and food - in a nice neighborhood. Across from the Grand Hyatt.

m
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time visit and was able to purchase a Travelzoo coupon to try the restaurant. Glad we did. Food was thoughtfully prepared and plated well. Everything we tried was delicious and will return. Servers were very good. It was so nice to go to a restaurant where the staff is friendly and well trained.

MS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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DA
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and cocktails. I highly recommend it for foodies and craft cocktail lovers.

d
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sat outside for Happy Hour and beyond. Great waiter. He overheard that it was my birthday and brought us a complimentary dessert, with a candle of course. Happy hour is a good value with interesting food selections. Really nice place to catch up with friends

S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated outside on a beautiful night. The fresh baguette and butter with a perfect rose!! We shared the charcuterie board which was filled with pate and meats and mustards. A little cheese would have been nice. The entrees and the gazpacho were all very generous and tasty.
For some reason the original waiter vanished but another manager, I assume, came to his rescue.
But so glad we went!!

DG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and great service!

J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Slow evening at the restaurant, yet very long wait for our drinks. Food was great!

JG
New England
42 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal tonight - our third visit. First of all Ashlee and Erica were a fantastic and funny team who took care of us. DBGB should be proud of how these 2 people enhance a dining experience at the restaurant. Two thumbs up for the heirloom tomato salad which was so flavorful. Had the ribeye which was perfectly cooked and was tender (and I like it very well done) and the Bernaise sauce helped bring it to a fantastic steak. Had the profiteroles for dessert which gave us a great ending to our meal. Will be back here on our next visit to DC.

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rudy was excellent server. Food outstanding. Comfortable booth seating. Will return.

GG
Atlanta
77 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

DC was dead for this visit, so the restaurant was quiet. I like the ambiance. Service was great. Food very good—French bistro style. Very reliable choice. Not cheap though.

D
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The lunch "romaine salad with salmon" for $25 is certainly not great. The salmon on the salad was not clarified that it was "cured salmon", and you receive such little salad for $25.
It's very typical of the restaurants around that particular Metro Center area, and disappointing overall. I've tried this restaurant 3 times and have left unsatisfied each time. I won't be going back- there are many, many great DC restaurants to go to where you can pay the same amount but have an amazing food experience.

On the plus side, their service is typically okay, they have a decent cocktail and beer/wine selection. The menu tries to be fun and inventive, but the quality and flavoring of the food is really lacking.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good was good (except for dry chicken), but service was very slow.

AA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Brought a dear friend visiting from out of town here for Sunday brunch at 11am. The service was terrible. For context: we sat on the patio, and there were only four other tables occupied in the whole restaurant (two outside, two inside). It took almost twenty minutes for our server to take our drink order. Thirty minutes after being seated, my coffee arrived, and without cream, which took an additional
5 minutes to arrive. Then my friend’s salad arrived before his Bloody Mary and my mimosa. Painfully slow and disjointed. Then my food arrived wrong. Perfect. Such a distracting and irritating experience. I was embarrassed to have brought my friend here, and I won’t be returning. What happened to their professional standard? They didn’t even get the basics right.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. We went for a birthday dinner. Not only was the food exquisite, but the service was top notch and we had a nice birthday dessert. Highly recommend!

A
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Suboptimal food! Ordered escargot which was ok, but the $41 ribeye steak is at diner quality level. Not worth it.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. We went here for our anniversary celebration our Romanian waitress is so nice made our experience wonderful! We will definitely be back!

h
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food beautifully prepared. It was luxurious. Service was impeccable and staff appropriately friendly. Our glasses never went empty.

L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whether it's restaurant week or an important dinner meeting DCBG never disappoints. Food and service is always impeccable.

SG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took advantage of the opportunity to dine at DBGB for the first time during Restaurant week, on Sunday 8/18.
We are so glad we did. The food was absolutely delicious. We had the corn soup and tomato salad, the branzino(so well cooked), and our dessert was the key lime sundae. The ambiance of the place is very nice. The music added to the ambiance (top soul tunes from the past we LOVED). Ordered cocktails that were well made by a very friendly bartender ( husband's "high noon" and my "DB Cosmo"). What a lovely dinner experience. WE WILL RETURN!!

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for restaurant week and was not disappointed!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This review is for brunch. We were a group of 8 and all ordered different items on the menu, everything was great, the service even better. Highly recommend the egg Florentine. Will definitely return.

P
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is consistently good and so is the service. We've been there several times.

IL
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat!! Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to DBGB DC. This was our first time—definitely not our last. Thank you!!

Z
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything very good (apart from the beer menu)

B
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We had noon reservations for 6 and arrived right at noon and were seated immediately. We ordered at around 12:10 and received our food nearly an hour later. At no time were we approached with an explanation. Once, at around 12:40, then again at 1:00 we asked how much longer it would be before our meals were ready and we’re told both times that the kitchen was backed up and it would be right out.

A “medium rare” steak was served well done. A “medium well” burger was served rare. The “mixed greens” that were to accompany the steak was a charred half head of lettuce. The rest of the food was delicious (rock fish, salmon, a couple other dishes that needed to be wolfed down since we hadn’t planned on a 2-hour lunch). The kombucha was delicious.

Desserts that were ordered at the same time as our meals took another 20 minutes. The manager delivered the check when we asked for it and told us the kitchen was overwhelmed that day and gave me a 15% off coupon to be used in the next 30 days. $240 for 6 people and 2 hours later...Hard pass.

Our office building is across the street and this was the first and last time we’ll have lunch there.

MJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined on a Restaurant Week menu. My companions had a lovely cold corn soup, I had the farro salad, also delicious. My branzino was perfectly cooked, with a crispy skin, and moist flesh. The little apricot tarts were delightful and my husband got the key lime pie-raspberry dessert was even better!
Would definitely recommend to someone looking for a high-end, perfectly cooked French food.

JD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We’ve dined here on several occasions and have never been disappointed in the least. The staff pay special attention to your needs and requests. They do everything well.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This place is way overpriced for mediocre food. I ordered the burger and it was meh. I ordered it medium and received a burger that was well done. The burger was also $22 before tax and tip. There’s a reason this place gets bad reviews on yelp. Never going again.

m
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent and the server very good and friendly. We felt a little hurried as they brought the main course before we were finished with our first courses.

LL
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our Restaurant Week dinner there - all 3 courses were delicious. Service was great from the host to the server to the sommelier. Highly recommend!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for restaurant week. It was amazing. I had the Bronzino. Best ever!

e
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perhaps because I was dining alone, DBGB tried to seat me in the bar altho there was plenty of space in both the main and secondary dining rooms. I had the salmon mousse (somewhat bland), branzino, and ice cream from the Restaurant Week menu - all generous servings, nicely presented.
Since I'm a light eater, just a little too rich. A nice treat in a pretty setting.

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