District Commons

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located on bustling Washington Circle in the West End, District Commons is anchored by a monumental raw bar and an open hearth oven for flatbreads and savory tarts. A 'Pig Board' of ham and biscuits will showcase a selection of America's finest hams. Chef/Owner Jeff Tunks serves up classic American cuisine in this gorgeous setting, including classic seafood selections, a full menu of steakhouse Butcher's Cuts and more. Freshly baked breads and desserts round out your meal. Try one of our regional American drafts or exquisite wines, or sample from the 99 Beers on the Wall!
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was courteous and very accommodating. Our waitress was professional, to the point and knowledgeable. Food was great and they did everything they could do to accommodate our restless family (with little ones). The pretzel was great! Could have had two more of those. I really liked the grits. And brunch was light but good. Ordered eggs and potatoes. Chocolate cake desert was outstanding. The part that was cake has the texture of mousse. It was magical. We will be visiting again! Besides, what adult doesn’t like bottomless mimosas!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice food, great ambience, but it was toooo noisy.

J
Sydney / NSW
62 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good location. Fast service. Good food.

C
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and nice service. Does get busy and crowded on the weekends

T
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

But not to anyone with hearing problems! The noise level was overwhelming!

W
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food. Great service. A little loud. And the booth seats always make you think you need a booster seat.

AP
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very friendly staff all around, and the food was phenomenal. The service was nothing short of fantastic. I was there with my wife to celebrate a very special occasion -- our waitress took note of this and welcomed us with a glass of champagne on the house.

DE
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Boyfriend and I started with the cinnamon sugar pretzel baguette which was really good. The seasonal butter that came with it was phenomenal. Boyfriend had crab cake sandwich and I got the brunch quesadilla, both were okay. Crab cake didn’t have any crisp, and there wasn’t enough egg in the quesadilla. Mimosas had too much orange juice. The brownie sundae was good—nice soft brownie (not warm, but still soft) and the ice cream reminded me of Cold Stone (two thumbs up). Service and ambiance was good. I’d give them another try.

C
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice dinner with great service. The crab cake was good but just a ketchup container size of cole slaw. Could have used more. My dining partner had the pork chop. I tasted it. I was delicious!

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great servers and large portions

KP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We arrived at 5:30 -- a little before the crowd, and it was very quiet and pleasant. As more people arrived, it remained easy to have a conversation. The food was not outstanding, but it was good for the value and we appreciated being close to the Metro and the Kennedy Center bus, which we took to the performance. District Commons provided what we were looking for. The service was very good.

RN
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was great brick chicken over couscous was outstanding. We asked about the seasoning on the chicken and the waitress brought us a list. Wonderful evening after a show at the Kennedy Center

JJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our meals were upscale diner breakfast food. But at full price. OK. But not a good value.

KB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We came in to a half empty restaurant at 5:45pm and the host said it would be an hour wait. I get on open table and make a reservation for 12 minutes later. The place is still half empty, yet we have to stand there for 10 more minutes to get a table. Food was fine.

PB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My server was AMAZING! I was dining by myself, watching a movie and just really trying to relax. He gave me time and space and didn’t rush me.
Amazing guy!

P
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Consistently excellent food, very good service, very loud. Like, really loud.

M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around. The seafood chowder was fantastic.

KW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were shown to a table at the back of the restaurant, which turned out to be surprisingly nice since we were able to talk without too much background noise. Really lovely venue for a birthday lunch with co-workers. Lobster roll (special on Monday) was great with plenty of lobster! Portobello mushroom & quinoa was very tasty. Three of us shared chocolate bread pudding with vanilla/bourbon ice cream for dessert (yum)! Service was great - our server Vanessa didn't hover, but was always there when we needed anything. Already looking forward to the next visit!

A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

I love this restaurant however I feel like the lighting keeps getting brighter and brighter. It would be nice to have a little bit more ambience. Other than that the service is great and I love all the US sourced wines etc.

c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant!

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FM
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night with the hubby. Looking for a bite to eat before a Kennedy Center show.

This place was a must! We cannot wait for a mother excuse to stop back in.

The waiter asked right off if we had a show to get to and from then on he was on the ball!

The food was amazing and service was great

District Commons
Responded on 27 September 2019

Thank you for joining us at the best pre Kennedy Center Show dinner in Foggy Bottom. We at District Commons are grateful for your feedback and look forward to you joining us again.

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OT
Washington DC
240 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The perfect place before Kennedy Center. Flatbreads are wonderful (and large enough to share). Server was particularly helpful in guiding us through the menu as my guest has dietary restrictions. Very accommodating to his needs. Very appreciative of the good service - and delicious dinner.

J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great experience as usual. Enjoyed one of favorite items — Seafood Cobb Salad. Yummy! Have not had a bad meal at District Commons ever.

District Commons
Responded on 27 September 2019

Thank you for your loyalty to us at District Commons. we look forward to your return to the Foggy Bottom area and you joining us for your next dining experience!

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

I had the Red Mussels and they were delicious. The staff was very attentive. It was a wonderful experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was good but the service took a really long time and we had to go ask for our waiter.

District Commons
Responded on 27 September 2019

Thank you for your feedback. I apologize that your dining experience did not meet your expectations. It is never our intention to have our guests wait to be greeted. I would like to discuss this further with you. Please check your private messages I have sent you my contact information.

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AG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Our waitress was flustered the whole time because the credit card system went down and she kept forgetting which table she was at etc. then they poured red wine in the water glass. Food was just ok. It was highly recommended so I think it must have just been an off night. Seemed slow for a Friday night.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

I was very annoyed by the fact that the restaurant canceled our reservation because we were late (20 minutes) and didn’t even bother to call us. We have been going there for a long time and never missed a reservation.
Today the skirt steak was very poorly seasoned and the table we were sitter was so small that I had to dump the salad on my steak to create room.
We normally get a better service, today was not the case!

BA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The place is not worth the cost. The food is awful just flat un eadiable. What a waste of time and money.

PB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The server we had paid us no attention. We had to speak to a manager in order to get his attention and even still he barely came to the table. He was terrible but the food was really good

R
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was fine, but our waitress took plates and silverware away while I was still enjoying my appetizer
She and a colleague stood right behind our table chatting loudly, kind of distracting...
Restaurant was fairly quiet, so not sure why we were seated at a tiny table between others when there was plenty of space...

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

This experience was not my first at district commons, and I have to say that I’m utterly disappointed. The hostess was rude and acted as tho she was too bothered to seat us. Our waiter was inattentive and didn’t check on us or the table behind us ONCE. We saw him socializing in the corner with the other staff, but he couldn’t be bothered to attend to us. It took 20 minutes after finishing desert for us to see him again, and when we did he walked right past his tables without even looking at us. We had to flag him down for our check. The staff was completely aloof and unaware. As someone who has worked in the food service industry, I know that this attitude and atmosphere comes from poor management.

Dinner was fine but not filling and not worth the price. Desert (creme brûlée) was cold on top and not tasty at all.

Overall, very disappointed.

MK
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for dinner and a cocktail before a show at the Kennedy Center.

l
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had requested a table in a quiet section and to my delight, we were ushered to a table beyond everyone else's that was in a quiet alcove. We were so pleased and thoroughly enjoyed the food, the wine, the service and the evening! Thank you District Commons for being able to accommodate those "of a certain age" whose hearing is challenged in a noisy restaurant.

BH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Server was very nice. The blower level was a bit high.

DJ
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and the food are always excellent at District Commons. Everything is consistently excellent. Sammy and Jasmine are way above par as servers. I can always depend on District Commons people and food.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere. It was a great Wednesday night dinner. Thank you

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Great service, great food!

LS
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a fun place with great energy. The old fashioned cocktail was subpar but the Manhattan was enjoyable. The food was outstanding. We will continue to return when in town.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

My potatoes tasted freezer burned and the French toast like it had been sitting uncovered in the fridge all day. Steak and eggs were okay. A little too fatty which was unpleasant

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