HalfSmoke

4.2
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398 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
HALFSMOKE is a modern day gourmet American restaurant serving a classic American menu of premium wood grilled dishes, tater tots, mac and cheese balls, funnel cakes, milkshakes, liquor, beer and wine.

The beverage program features a wide array of innovative alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. A full bar of alcoholic beverages to include seasonal craft cocktails, boozy milkshakes, 10+ craft beers (with an emphasis on local), as well as wine, and mixed drinks on tap. Non-alcoholic beverages to include craft sugar cane soda, house-made seasonal lemonade and teas, and ready to drink juices, sparking water and cold brew coffee are also available.

The main dining room accommodates 100 guests seated and offers guests excellent views of Shaw through the restaurants expansive windows. An outdoor patio is also available during the spring and summer months (weather permitting) and can accommodate an additional 50 guests.

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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.0
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4.4
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4.1
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Bianca
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience4

If you want to eat outside (because COVID) be prepared to wait up to 2 hours even with a reservation. Do not expect to be accommodated for your wait. The hosts leave much to be desired. My friends and I really wanted to support this business and that is really the only reason we stayed. Once seated, the service was excellent. Sara was attentive and took great care of us. The food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Halfsmoke hit once again! My mood was off until I arrived at Halfsmoke where my friend & I were greeted by a wonderful hostess. She brightened my mood and walked us to the table. I ordered a margarita, which was wonderful, along with crab fries and shrimp PO’ boy. Although I asked for no tomatoes on my PO’ boy it still came with them but once I took them off and bit into it, it tasted heavenly. The crab fries were good as well however I felt like there was something off I just couldn’t think of what. Could of just been my tastebuds though. I do prefer to sit inside as this was my first time sitting outside, I just felt as if the vibe was better when I ate inside as opposed to outside. I’m now glad I can one of my friends who vouchers for Halfsmoke when it comes to getting something to eat for brunch and dinner.

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BLane
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I like this place. Our waiter was sweet but a little forgetful. In his defense though, he was basically the only waiter on duty when we arrived. It was a good time though and he was helpful.

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carmeliaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Black-owned and delicious! brunch and mimosas all day!

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MissB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Service was a little slow and different waiters provided us different information. It was really warm in there (2 tables next to us also mentioned that)
Nothing but trap music being played (cardi, migos)
Took 45 mins for our food to come out, 10 mins for water and 20 for mimosas

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CarlaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time on the patio

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

It went well the service was fairly slow we sat for a while and thankfully an employee behind the came to our rescue. The food was good. The flies though is a different issue.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome, black owned spot super friendly

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The restaurant is super cute and all the staff were very friendly and following social distance/mask guidelines. Our server (Sam) mentioned being new but he did a great! The food was okay, maybe not worth the price but our drinks were very good. We used the photo booth while we were there which was free and got a cute souvenir from date night which was an awesome bonus. I would definitely come back, if anything just for the drinks and dessert!

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BLane
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Half Smoke is great. Good food and good vibes. This was my 2nd trip and I've already made my 3rd reservation with them!

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MiaL
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Wonderful staff. I had a great birthday at halfsmoke!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

made reservation, we were seated immediately. service was great.

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ChandraH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The customer service was very good.
My mother in law and family enjoyed the food and the atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The server was friendly and attentive.

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NoraLoves
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience1

They do not have active social distancing practices in place. They check your temperature but other than that the tables are really close together. Multiple team members walking around without masks. You could see into the kitchen and the prep team in the back did not have their masks on either. I don’t recommend going until it’s safe to do so post pandemic.

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SadieS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The theme of a restaurant should never be more interesting or satisfying than the food itself.

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AriO
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We made a reservation for 4:15PM. We didn’t get seated until around 4:35PM. They’re usually late with that kind of thing. Online it says the the reservation would be held for 2 hrs. But around 5:45, we were told we had 20 minutes to move from our table, because of a party that needed the deck. So, even though we were seated late, and had only gotten our entrees a few minutes prior, we had to move. It was very annoying. But the food was good, and the ambiance is nice. It just seems like there’s always something wrong when we go here. The time before that, all of the employees quit before we could even order our drinks. No one even told us what was going on so we just left. I support black businesses, but they have to do better.

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Drey
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great, laidback, environment. Food was okay but we also didn’t get highly recommend food options

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AyshaS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Customer service, decor and atmosphere was superb! Only complaint was the food choices offered on the menu weren't available, the website provides different information than the actual restaurant policy which was frustrating for newcomers and a large party at that. I would visit again with it family and smaller party now I know what to expect.

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GilD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I was seated and placed my order. Once my drink arrived, the waitress said "The kitchen was backed up and it was going to be a 45-minute wait for my food". I told her that was too long, so I paid for my drink and left.

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APBRGT
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

I visited Half Smoke with my boyfriend and we had a conflicted experience. The service, ambience and mimosas were bomb... but then when the brunch was finally brought out we were very disappointed. My “Oh you too fancy” meal consisted of a large mound of unseasoned grits, sprinkled with 4-5 pieces of shrimp and even less andouille sausages. My boyfriend’s “The walk of shame burger” is better served on the child’s menu as it was very small. Moreover the portion of “home fries” was stingy too. I will say the sauce drowning my meal was tasty and the burger was cooked to his liking. Nevertheless, overall no longer a fan 👎🏽

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was excellent. Food and service was great. We went for bottomless mimosas and we were never without a drink. We will be coming back! Thank you for the great experience!

HalfSmoke
Responded on 21 July 2020

Hi! Thanks so much for visiting. We're happy you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you again. Because you took the time to give us a great review, we would love to offer you 25% off your next meal. The offer applies for your visit anytime outside of brunch. Kindly make a reservation on OpenTable, pop by and show this message. :)

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NicoleG
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Service was absolutely terrible. I understand it’s a tough time for all, but we watched servers walk around, drink laugh and ignore all patrons for 25 minutes. It was a quiet Monday night with only three tables. It took a half hour to get our order in, and when someone finally took it they were rude and condescending. Will not be back

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was fun! Although they said Opentable was at fault for the reservation I reserved, we got seated within 30 minutes of arriving. Food took a while due to short staff but they assured us it was on the way even providing us complimentary fries! The bottomless mimosas were terrific. They ran out of pineapple but we can’t wait to go back and hopefully try it!

HalfSmoke
Responded on 21 July 2020

Hi! Thanks so much for visiting. We're happy you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you again. Because you took the time to give us a great review, we would love to offer you 25% off your next meal. The offer applies for your visit anytime outside of brunch. Kindly make a reservation on OpenTable, pop by and show this message. :)

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LinkeyaS
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation for 1:30 my party didn’t eat until 4:30, they were out of a lot of drinks & food and the food was just okay.

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PrettyGirlRC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Great atmosphere but waited 3 hours for my food to reach the table, by the time it came, I was already turned off and wanted to just go home.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It was a good experience I came for a lil friend get-together on 4th of July. The servers took our temperature at the door. We were seated outside as requested. It’s a small outdoor seating area so you would think that they would keep some tables empty to keep everyone 6 feet apart but they didnt. Eventually the whole outdoor area was full, which I did not like. The area is beautiful though. The food was good and in the same price range as Milk & Honey, and it has it’s own taste for sure. They have a lot more options for food to suit most lifestyles such as vegan and vegetarian. It was a plus that they marked which was which on the menu. Loved the bottomless mimosas which you can get at any time of the day and choose either orange juice or cranberry juice. They include an all day brunch menu as well. Thats why I think this is going to be my new go to stop for brunch! I love the menu items names, they are so contemporary and black-ish
So pretty much I only gave it a 4 stars because of not distancing people in the little outdoor seating area. But I will be coming back!

HalfSmoke
Responded on 21 July 2020

Hi! Thanks so much for visiting. We're happy you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you again. Because you took the time to give us a great review, we would love to offer you 25% off your next meal. The offer applies for your visit anytime outside of brunch. Kindly make a reservation on OpenTable, pop by and show this message. :).

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service could have been a little faster outside but overall great experience. Will be back.

HalfSmoke
Responded on 21 July 2020

Thank you so much for the review! We would love more feedback on where we fell short. Because you took the time to leave a review, we'd love to offer you 25% off your next visit!

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vipHopingForBetterNextTime
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Was able to make a reservation for outside, unfortunately, they informed me once I arrived that outside was booked and our reservation could only be honored inside. I was okay with this but they should be more diligent in the future to remove the option to make reservations outside if it is not available.

HalfSmoke
Responded on 21 July 2020

Hi Iluvramen! Thanks so much for visiting. We're happy you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you again. We apologize about the miscommunication with your seating. Because you took the time to give us feedback, we would love to offer you 25% off your next meal. The offer applies for your visit anytime outside of brunch. Kindly make a reservation on OpenTable, pop by and show this message. :)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Awesome playlist. Beautiful restaurant.

Definitely exceeded my expectations.
I’ll be back to try everything else on the menu!

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AmyP
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Made a reservation for 8, which OpenTable allowed. They did not attempt to contact me to tell me that it could only be no more that 6 per table. So part of our party was sat elsewhere. The Brunch option was not explained until we questioned about it. We ordered our food and after waiting about 45 minutes it finally delivered and that's when they told us one of the options ordered was not available and asked if they could make them something else. Staff seemed very frazzled and untrained. Overheard one staff member state he would read the training manual whenever he had time. This was the only time I've visited this place so I don't know if this is typical or Covid related.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Service was very slow. Good but extremely slow. We didn’t get our food till after 1.5 hrs

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was sweet. The space was cute but needed updating outside. The lights were magical and the music was on point!!!! The food is absolutely delicious! Make sure you get the Shrimp n Grits when you go!

HalfSmoke
Responded on 21 July 2020

Hi! Thanks so much for visiting. We're happy you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you again. Because you took the time to give us a great review, we would love to offer you 25% off your next meal. The offer applies for your visit anytime outside of brunch. Kindly make a reservation on OpenTable and show this message on your next visit. :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was amazing.

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BriGuy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HalfSmoke is a lot of fun! Love the music and the vibe. Will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great $30 happy hour! Fun environment! Thoroughly enjoyed my time

HalfSmoke
Responded on 21 July 2020

Hi! Thanks so much for visiting. We're happy you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you again. Because you took the time to give us a great review, we would love to offer you 25% off your next meal. The offer applies for your visit anytime outside of brunch. Kindly make a reservation on OpenTable, pop by and show this message. :)

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JaelMendez
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SUCH good food, atmosphere and general vibe. Our server Lana was great! She made sure our food was HOT and our drinks were never empty.

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CocoT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Slow service, food was overcooked had to send back. Bottomless mimosa ordered with food per person but only one was brought to our table. I like the music and vibe very cool setting with early 90's themes throughout which was a nice touch.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional staff, vibe, music and food. I’d for sure come back when in DC!!!

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EdgarG
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing, I was celebrating my anniversary with my girlfriend and felt super welcomed and our waitress made sure everything was perfect. Amazing food and amazing service.