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HalfSmoke

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611 reviews
$30 and under
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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Experiences

  • Winter Wonderland Igloos

    $50.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    The Winter Wonderland Experience transports us out of regular life into a whimsical setting of outdoor dining. The heated igloos are decked out with a space heater, board games, personal bluetooth speaker, and candles. Blankets are available for purchase. The HalfSmoke menu is available and will also feature new pop-ups, Morning After Next and Get Social Pizzas. Street parking available. No refunds. 10-minute grace period. 20% auto gratuity. Hours: Open daily from 10am until 12am. 1 hour & 45 minute reservation time limit. Address: 625 T Street NW. Phone: 202-986-2079
What 611 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.0
food
3.8
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lynn
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

VERY SLOW. I had a 3:30 reservation I was seated at 3:40 and left at 4:13....
not one person approached our table after we were given water at 3:45. We weren’t acknowledged AT ALL.
I’m not sure what was going on if it was short staffed or what but it was a COMPLETE waste of time !!!!
It’s cute in the inside but ...
Wouldn’t recommend if you’re looking to get descent service.

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KayeB
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Servers were very attentive and the food was really delicious and plentiful. Enjoyed the atmosphere. Even the restrooms were nice and clean.

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DiamondL
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

they seated my boyfriend and I near the take out area. I had a reservation and still had to wait. also ended up leaving due to no waiter coming to us after 20 mins.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

I had originally picked this spot to do the bottomless mimosas and meal. I called before making our reservation and was told outside area is covered (it was raining) and that the deal was available all day. When we arrived outside was wet so they sat us inside ok awesome, then we were told because it’s before 11am we can only order from two smaller menus (which didn’t have what we wanted from looking at the menu the night before) and we could add 18 to the cost of our food if we wanted bottomless. One of my friends had to order three different things and was told they couldn’t be made because they didn’t have all the ingredients. Once the food came two of us order pancakes and the waitress got irritated when we asked for syrup and instead of going to get it went to three other tables, had to ask the host. When our waitress came back to check on us we asked for a spoon she came back after walking straight to the kitchen and back told us she forgot the spoon. It took another 5 minutes to get a spoon. On top of bad service I don’t believe they are following Covid guidelines!! Condiments bottles placed on all tables and ours look like they hadn’t been wiped down in days!!! Dry ketchup was all over one bottle. Then when she brought the check in a vhs case it had a massive clump of hair in it. It took the manager 20 minutes or more to come see us after we requested to speak with him and before he came over the waitress and him stood at the bar pointing and talking about us! He apologized and said oh this isn’t who we are, when I brought up the hair he pulled it out of the VHS case and put it on the floor next to our table. He gave us 10% off and said he was sorry and asked us to come back. I would never return to this place!!! The service was horrible, they were not clean and the food was not even impressive! Find a better BOTTOMLESS place!!!!

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MensahA
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

We got seated at 10:20 pm and ordered drinks at 10:30 pm...we didn’t receive our drinks until 11:35 pm! Our waiter never came back to check on us after we ordered our drinks from her. Two other people that worked there came and checked in on us around 11:15. They proceeded to tell us that they were short staffed and our drinks that we ordered was no longer available. Why couldn’t our waiter come and tell us that?? Anyway, because of the horrible service, I probably will go somewhere else next time.

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Jacqui
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waitress never put my food in and never checked to see if I got my food.

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Gabrielle
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

celebrated my birthday here and had the best time! the staff were all so friendly and accommodating and the food was A1

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Made a reservation for their outdoor seating area across the street from the main restaurant. We checked in at the restaurant and were directed across the street to get seated — took us several minutes to be greeted by a staff member. Once we were seated, it took almost 40 minutes to get a drink. When we did get our drinks, the wrong drink was given to one of us (we specifically asked for Tito’s due to a gluten allergy in our party). We were comped the cost of one drink (which was nice of the staff) but it still took almost 40 more minutes to get our check, etc.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked this for my birthday dinner and well...

Still waiting for my money back. We sat there for an hour and only had a waiter ask for our drink order. Really felt like sitting in a parking lot next to loud traffic for an hour

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall4food1service3ambience4

Great location, ok drinks and service. The food was not good at all.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Good experience! Needs more food for happy hour

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Mell
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

I ordered the pinky and the brain. My food came out hard and cold. My chicken was extremely greasy I had to order another one (which I was charged for). There was no honey mustard. The waiter tried making some but it was a very strong mustard taste with oil at the bottom. When the check came it couldn’t be split and the waiter brought back the wrong amount in change TWICE! I’ve never had a unpleasant experience with them until now.

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kalihahB
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to dine a d chill out with friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Took over 45 minutes to get first drink. Many things were not on the menu. Horrible service. Never received food

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AjiaJ
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bottomless mimosa special :) good food, great atmosphere!

HalfSmoke
Responded on 23 March 2021

Thank you so much for gracing us with your presence!!

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ApolloDC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This is no longer my favorite brunch spot and I will not recommend this restaurant ever again.

When my friend and I arrived, we were greeted by the server who kindly explained they were running low on water and there was a 1-1.5 hour wait for food. We were ok waiting. I could tell by the state of the restaurant that they were slammed. Once it was past the time we were initially told, we inquired about our order. He kept saying that he didn't know the status and we had to coax him to find out any information. During this time we ordered 5 drinks (total) to pass time. We continued asking about the status of our order as it was well over 2 hours. We kept waiting because the server gave us some hope and told us our orders were up next. Nearing 3 hours, we asked the server for a manager as no food had arrived. We had to ask another server for the manager because no one came over for about 10 min. The manager arrived and wasn't aware of anything going on. We tried explaining our situation to her. She gave us an update that our food was queued to be made. We wanted to leave. She offered us 20% off the 5 drinks and said that she would take the food off (which we never received) as well. We were astonished that she was charging us for drinks we only ordered to wait out time. We mentioned to her that was an unacceptable offer and we needed to leave to get to our new restaurant reservation. She proceeds to say that she has to call law enforcement for people that don't want to pay their bill. I asked her for another manager and she said every manager there was in accordance with this response. Law enforcement arrived as we were leaving after we just said we'd pay the bill. We paid AND tipped.

HS Ownership - I truly hope Angel is not your example of top leadership. I also hope someone from HS ownership acknowledges our experience as it was gravely ignored by Angel. This is not the time for unnecessary police calls because a manager can't problem solve.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Hair in my food. 2 hour wait for my food. Food that never showed up. Host was extremely rude! If I consider going back it would only be for my waiter Jake. He tried his best but his team wasn’t very helpful. Staff definitely needs more training on customer service. My first time here and I’m very disappointed.

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Reese
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience4

They seem to overbook themselves lacking appropriate service to better serve guests. I understand with covid they want to get people in but its not giving wait 30 min to be seated and waited on and we had a reservation.

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JasH
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I just came to dine at your restaurant last night and had THE WORST service I have ever received there. We were seated at an extremely wobbly table, and when asked to move we were told no by your host. So I asked the waiter who helped to accommodate us. After about 45 minutes we did not receive any drinks or food orders placed during our time. Out of the maybe 4 times we actually saw our waiter, he never came back with drinks. I’d also like to inquire about why your bar would be closed on a Saturday evening. This is something that should be communicated to guests upon arrival. I’ve dined at your establishment multiple times and had a great experience, especially with the help of Dominique. I’m not sure if she just wasn’t on the schedule but she is the best thing that happened to that restaurant. I don’t know what happened to this place but I am certainly not recommending it to anyone else based on last night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The service here is horrendous. We never got a receipt or anything

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The vibe was there. The food came out cold. Went about 11:45am . I had to send some things back. Maybe I’ll catch it on another day. Service was good. Our waiter was very attentive.

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JoseC
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I would not recommend this place to anybody. Our food was cold and we had made indoor reservations but they placed us outside because there weren't any tables.

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RussP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Had problems getting the restaurant to honor the reservation for our anniversary dinner. No way to talk to a human and when we showed up they had us indoors. During a pandemic. Fail. Some neighboring party was making so much noise it still impacted our dinner. The food was good overall.

HalfSmoke
Responded on 19 March 2021

Hey Russ, I am so happy that you enjoyed your food. We thank you for gracing us with your presence. Time is precious and we are happy you spent yours with us. I'm so sorry that you were placed indoors when you wanted to be outside. Please let me express our regret that that happened. We wouldn't want you to feel uncomfortable. So, I am so sorry about that. We hope to see you outdoors this coming summer!

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CourtneyD
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I put moderate cause my table was the loud table LOL, but the bubble outdoor seating is beautiful and so much fun. Food was BOMB y'all and so were the entree names.

HalfSmoke
Responded on 19 March 2021

Thank you so much for stopping by!! We are eternally grateful for you! I love my loud tables, you guys create that sweet atmosphere for HalfSmoke. Hope to see you soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

I have frequented HalfSmoke many times, and I can honestly say… Do not reserve their igloo experience or agree to sit outdoors. The outdoors location is a block away. The heaters are malfunctioning. The service was horrible. Many patrons waited over an hour for their food. They didn’t have most of the items on the menu. The staff was running back-and-forth across the street to put in our orders, to bring us our food, and even to swipe our cards for the check. One of the worst dining experiences ever!

HalfSmoke
Responded on 15 March 2021

Thank you so much for supporting our company. I understand your frustrations and I would like you to know that I've heard your complaints and your concerns. I am so sorry that you did not enjoy your time. I hope we can have you once more so that you could see how much we have improved. Thank you so much for supporting our business.

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TeyoM
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Server didn’t really payed attention to us .. food came like an hour later just for a small sandwich and some Brussels.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Had a reservation was seated on time. Took 15 minutes for a waiter to stop by. Took another 20 minutes to get drinks by the time the food arrived we’d been there an hour. Appetizer platter was missing food. Entree was wrong. Overall horrible experience we paid to sit in the domes which was nice but for what we paid for the dome and the food this experience was not worth it. To top it off I went to use the restroom and they were out of toilet paper. After waiting another 10 minutes someone brought some in. I picked the cleanest stall which is pictured. 🤢

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst experience ever. Manager was completely disrespectful and it took 1.5 hours to receive our food.

HalfSmoke
Responded on 19 March 2021

I am so sorry that your experience wasn't what it could have been or even should have been. Please, let me know how we can make it up to you and I will be looking forward to seeing your face once again so we can do just that.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

It was okay, the food wasn’t the best. Could’ve been made at home.

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vipFrequentdinner1261
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I have gone to this place one time before and loved it so much. This time I was completely appalled. They were out of so many food and drink items. My favorite drink was not available. They did not have garnishes or every day food items. I understand it is covid and there is a shortage but advertise that ahead of time. I am so disappointed. I will be back to give it another chance. Because I believe this was an off night. I hope for a better visit next time.

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AlondaH
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love half smoke that like a new food place to go

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vipTheJeffOwens
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The restaurant was across the street from the seating area. The “igloo” bubbles were freezing and super thin so it just felt like you were eating outside.

The food was insanely overpriced and it tasted like freezer food. $18 for a plate worth no more than $10.

Our server was anything but sober. Asked for a box at the end of the meal to take food home and never was brought out.

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vipBryanR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I always wanted to try this place out after hearing so many good reviews , I went on a sunday afternoon at 1pm. Ok so it's not at full capacity due to limitations so i expected service to be a lot quicker than what it was. After being seated we were given water , after that they took our order quickly ok no problem. We were bought our mimosas they were very strong we liked that. We ordered our food and it didn't arrive until an hour later literally an hour wait for 3 mac and cheeses... we were really hungry. Disappointed with the wait , waiters weren't attentive they didn't bring us napkins or checked to see if we needed water we had to request water twice and they took 20min just to bring us water. Chicken and red velvet was what i had. It was pretty bad , the piece of chicken they gave was so small it look like something from the kids menu but it was $18 for a tiny piece of chicken and red batter. What a ripoff. They included 20% tip and were not worthy because service was just horrible. I've been for dinner before and it wasn't this bad. Never coming back taking my business to 801 or shaws much better than this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I went here for my partners birthday. We reserved a “special winer wonderland bubble”. The bubble had a tear along one of the zippers, had been taped up, what looked like many times, and was still open on the street side. We waited ten minutes outside to be seated, when we were sat down we were told it would be 35 minutes for food. We considered leaving but given we’d paid for the bubble and that it isn’t easy to just go somewhere else at the moment we stayed. It too 45 min to get a drink and over an hour and a half to get our food. When we asked the second time about our food we were told it would be comped. So we stayed. When the bill came they were only giving us 10% off our food. We had an unproductive discussion with someone “in management” where we were expected to bargain for our discount and told that because we accepted the food, when it came more than 90 minutes later, that we had to pay for it as the restaurant delivered on their promise. I will never go back. It was a terrible experience on what was supposed to be a special night.

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vipShania
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

I come here often but the service has gone down. We got charged for things that they ran out of, and our server kept disappearing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

The food was good but the service was absolutely terrible. We had to wait over three hours to get our food. There was something going on with the computer system but couldn’t servers/staff just manually right down orders?

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I went for brunch for my birthday over the weekend. I had to wait over twenty minutes for my table although I made the reservation far in advance. We had to wait about 45 minutes for our appetizers and almost two for out entrees. On top of that the restaurant didn’t acknowledge my birthday even though I put that on the reservation. This restaurant definitely has the potential to be great but need to start with better service and food. I won’t be going back.

HalfSmoke
Responded on 15 March 2021

I am so sorry that your experience was not great. If you give us another chance I promise we will make it up to you! We would hate to see you go!

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KiahR
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

In 90 minutes we received 1 round of drinks, cold fries, and a couple of misprepared dishes. Apparently, the wifi was not working so the kitchen did not receive our orders, but we only found this out an hour after we arrived. Instead of coming over to apologize/see what could be done/etc our server opted to chat with other staff and pretend like 60 minute table times were appropriate. Most of what we did receive was comped, but the apology was lacking. Oh, and all of this happened right before close so we had no other options for dine-in food that night.

HalfSmoke
Responded on 15 March 2021

Ms. Kiah, Please, I know it is late, but let me express my sincerest apologies to you. I am so sorry that the wifi being down was not communicated to you. I'm sorry that your wait time was so long and your server was not as attentive as they should have been. I am happy, however, that some things were comped for you. Once again, my sincerest apologies to you.

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vipErrikaH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sat outside in the igloo tents due to COVID. It was raining and cold. Would’ve been nice for the heater to be on prior to us being seated. Otherwise it was great!

HalfSmoke
Responded on 12 March 2021

We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience. We will definitely take your suggestion into account and do just that. My apologizes that that didn't happen in the first place. Thank you so much for supporting our business. We promise to have the heater on an hour in advance to our customers arriving. Thank you once more!

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FAQs

HalfSmoke does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. HalfSmoke also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 986-2079.

HalfSmoke is rated 4 stars by 611 OpenTable diners.

HalfSmoke does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://giftup.app/place-order/3184dadc-071d-4e93-9ca5-5b4dd159e064.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.