The Pembroke

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923 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Savor global fare courtesy of Chef Harper McClure at The Pembroke, which Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema described as “cut from a different cloth.”

The Pembroke is Washington DC’s newest dining sensation. The venue was rated 2.5 out 4 in March 2019 by the Washington Post and was quoted “The Pembroke makes Dupont Circle a destination again”.

Designed by world-renowned Martin Brudnizki, The Pembroke is complemented by a seasonal outdoor terrace and features an edifying blend of cream-paneled walls adorned with playful artwork, plush velvet plush banquettes in a mix of blue and coral tones and beautiful marble tabletops.

At its center is the beautifully-appointed marble bar, a classic cocktail bar reminiscent of the 1950s, serving a range of spirits and the finest wines.

The Contemporary American Cuisine menu is prepared with locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. The venue is open for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner.
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MB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great eggs Benedict!

m
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space service and food

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

Wonderful ambiance but it can be very noisy. We requested a quiet table and they were most accommodating. We went during the week -- have been on weekend, very energetic! Great drinks, food, guidance from the staff. Will return, will recommend.

MP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great server. Problem in kitchen but he more than made up for it in attentiveness and service

w
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful and everyone was very welcoming and attentive. Matthew was wonderful, from guiding us through the menu to making us feel like very special and cared for. Drinks and food were delicious and modified to our special dietary restrictions (gluten free and lactose free). A fantastic evening!

The Pembroke
Responded on 9 October 2019

Hi! What a wonderful review, thank you so much for the kind words! Matthew is great, and so glad his warmth was felt throughout your time here. Please let me know when you'll be in again, we'd love to say thank you in person. Warm Regards, Matt Rafferty

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l
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a friend there for a belated birthday celebration. She loved it. We were served a complimentary glass of champagne in addition to the cocktails we ordered. We shared pumpkin soup and a prawn cocktail. She had steak frites and I had the lamb tagine, and we both took doggy bags home. Matthew, our waiter, was outstanding. And the hostess or manager came by to ask if everything was to our liking. This is the second time I’ve been there, and the first was equally good. And we could hear ourselves talk!

The Pembroke
Responded on 9 October 2019

Hi! Wanted to say, thank you SO much for this warm, wonderful review. Glad you were in good hands with Matt and your friend loved everything. This means a lot - please let me know when you'll be in again, we'd love to say thank you in person. Warm Regards, Matt Rafferty

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T
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pembroke in the Dupont Hotel offers creative wonderful food in a lovely setting with views of Dupont Circle from stylish terrace. The restaurants high ceilings and dramatic atrium brings the outdoors inside.
A wonderful diverse menu with fresh Dover sole, Oysters and fresh salads, sides and daily soups will make you want to keep coming back. The recently hired new chef is a real find and the servers and skilled management are professional and anticipate your every need. The full bar is also a big attraction as well with impressive wine list. Dupont is fortunate to have another go to restaurant centrally located right off the circle.

JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff was friendly but professional. Service was excellent.

AC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had two delightful meals at the Pembroke during our stay. The breakfast was outstanding. The omelette and eggs Benedict were delicious and our server was gracious. The decor is well done.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was tremendous and plentiful. The service was outstanding polite and attentive.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a spectacular dining experience for my wife and me. Delicious food, impeccable service and an ambiance which would be very hard to beat!

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

Service makes the meal here. Outstanding. Food is very good too with a good selection on the menu. Matthew, our server and the staff at the desk: A plus.

C
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is absolutely and a wonderful place for a business lunch or breakfast. It’s in a hotel so reservations are recommended as it can get busy with hotel guests. The patio is nice when the weather cooperates. The service can be slow - the staff is always polite and courteous but will bring you a fork with your oatmeal or you have to ask for your check more than once and so on. It’s not terribly service but if you’re coming here for a power hour, try the bar.

L
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Too pricey, but very nice atmosphere and food definitely good

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service, food and ambience were great! Staff were very friendly. Will definitely be back.

OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was exceptional. In general everything was great

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

My food was great however, my friend's pancakes were extremely dry and another friend's omelet was under cooked. My friend with the omelet did let the staff know and they happily cooked her another one. The drink list was a bit high and my friends who drank didn't love them. Other than that, I love the restaurant and the feel of it. I would probably go back.

F
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch was just amazing - it’s the best in DC. Everything is prepared with thought and with fresh ingredients, the staff is very attentive and speedy with service. Not to mention the restaurant is just gorgeous to dine in. Five stars!

B
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Absolutely lovely setting but my salad (arugula w/chicken) was by turns very dry (the chicken) and soupy (the greens). Way too expensive not to be top notch. This is the 2nd meal I've had at the Pembroke. The first -- a brunch -- was much better.

JA
Washington DC
138 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sat near window. Good view. Service with a smile. Good chia, coffee, juice drink, and delicious pastries and rolls

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

The staff did a wonderful job making me feel special on my Birthday!

AB
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with my dad for his 71st birthday

KS
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Really beautiful space, open and airy, loved the plants, however it was very overpriced. Food was not worth the money, small portions, somewhat bland. I would go back maybe for a drink but would not return for food. Waiter was too attentive, constantly coming over to check in and clean our table.

TP
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is in a hotel in my neighborhood. The food was VERY good and service spot on. I am surprised it was not more crowded.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Excellent place, but service is a bit slow. Ambiance is wonderful!!

E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and aesthetic was fantastic! Derrek, our waiter, was a true pleasure. Definitely a way to do an affordable brunch in DC.

MC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service, food and drinks! Recently went this past weekend and id highly recommend

KP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was wonderful, food was prepared with love

D
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Server was terrible and very unprofessional

OT
Puerto Vallarta
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

La sopa de maíz dulce está sabrosa , la burrata con jamón serrano también buena, el huachinango de Florida además de estar muy salado , tenía un aroma malo a pescado viejo y mal refrigerado.
Yo no regresaría a ese restaurante ni de a gratis . Venir de tan lejos para tener una mala cena , no vale la pena.

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c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. Will definitely be back.

MB
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful room, good food but not challenging. Pricey.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food was tasteless. Three menus for food, juice and other beverages. Had to ask for each one. Nice setting. Staff nice.

CD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious and impeccable service. Will certainly go back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The refresh of this restaurant is fantastic! Beautiful decor, highly professional wait staff and excellent food was worth the wait. In particular, our waiter, Christopher made a number of great recommendations and made us feel special with the extra attention he provided.

m
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. It is so fancy and of good taste. The food is delicious and the service is really good. Don’t miss it when you are in Washington

AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Pembroke has a cute "New York" sort of feel, and reminded me a lot of Tavern on the Green in central park. The food was so yummy.

DC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, excellent food, very good service. We will be back!

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I quite often eat at The Pembroke because it is convenient and I enjoy the ambience and the staff. However, I have become a bit bored with its limited lunch and dinner menus. A little more variety and more choices would be helpful in keeping me as an ongoing client.

h
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent brunch caring wait staff despite how busy. The manager can’t remember her name greeted guests discussed issues related to food and menu descriptions and cared we enjoyed this birthday brunch. I would definitely return

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