The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

4.5
2173 reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Smith is a casual American brasserie with two upbeat locations in Washington DC: The Smith Penn Quarter and The Smith U Street, as well as locations in New York City and Chicago. We care about every meal and every moment. The menu features bistro classics, seasonal fare, and craft cocktails. Walk in the door and you’re in for a great time. Whether it’s date night, drinks on the town, a big birthday bash, a working lunch, a boozy brunch, or an I-don’t-want-to-cook-tonight night, we’ve got you covered.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Nov 25, 2021

Celebrate Thanksgiving with us! Enjoy a special three course prix fixe menu for $65 per person, all the fixings, plenty of options, and we'll do the dishes!

What 2173 People Are Saying
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KarenB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place. Service was great. Bar is beautiful and vibe was lively but still allowed for pleasant dinner conversation! Mussels and Caesar salad were very yummy. Their bread is great too. Love the big carafe wine option for table.

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micheller
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Sunday brunch with my sister. Oysters were delicious and they serve a solid Bloody Mary, but the shrimp & grits were overcooked.

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Hannah
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Went for Sunday brunch with my sister. Great ambiance & great food. Service was not super engaging or personal but was happy to be left alone during the meal.

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GregM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as well as service. Perfect stop after a trip to the Portrait Gallery.

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JeffR
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I was very disappointed with my Smith Steak. While it was cooked perfectly to a temp of medium rare, the steak was not seasoned at all.

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JeffreyB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Not worth the money. Food was tasty but average and not worth the price.
Nice atmosphere. Nice people. Just overpriced.

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vipDonnaS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went at lunch time and the service was really good. Food was brought in a reasonable time and it was hot and very tasty.

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vipMuleDiner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Delicious mussels, burger, fries. But service was slow. Ran out of the draft beer we wanted.

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AnneW
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour before a hockey game was great

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AndreaK
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by all the staff and the food was amazing!

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vipMike
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice selection of foods both large and small. Quick friendly service. Great place to go before events at Cap One Arena.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent. Service was not on point

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I would come back to try other items on menu. The Smith Burger I ordered was prepared as requested and very tasty.

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DanielE
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They got my order wrong. The waiter was inattentive. To be fair much of this may have been due to the pandemic. As with many restaurants they were understaffed.

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SamanthaH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience2

Went for the caps game. Had a reservation but no one sat us. Was eventually put at a long high top table in the bar area. Only one server for the whole bar (felt bad for him). Drinks were late and my drink was incorrect. Won’t go back for a pregame dinner again.

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MichalS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Understanding the pandemic has done a number on staffing the wait staff could use some help. Too many people not enough staff. Our person was excellent when we arrived but as the crowd increased he was overwhelmed - not his fault just too many tables.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pre hockey dinner and drinks. Great food and service!

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marie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were there on a Caps game night with a 5:00 pm reservation. We had 4 different servers, which became confusing. Drinks, including iced tea, took a very long time. Food service was quicker. The food was very good but the service was lacking.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

I came for a 3-course dinner in the bar section. My oyster appetizer came out only after I told the food runner bringing my dinner that it had not yet arrived. This is after the server told someone to check on it multiple times. Once I informed the runner, she brought it right out, so it was obviously ready to be served prior to me saying anything. Then again during dessert, the server had to ask someone to check on my order, which again immediately came out. The server/bartender was very attentive, but there was definitely a lack of attention between the kitchen and dining area.

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Gr8vino
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great service and the food choices were awesome and unique. Very NYC vibe with the indoor outdoor feel.

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KatrinaF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Brunch was great. Latte/coffee were very good. Accommodated kids as well! Would definitely go back.

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vipbclucky
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Brunch food was okay but service was terrible. Waiter forgot about us for long stretches. Tallied check incorrectly. Do not recommend.

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John
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very different than I was expecting but in a good way. Had one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever had with their Spaghetti Bolognese. My wife got Shrimp and Grits. Grits were very creamy and the shrimp cooked perfectly. Will definitely be back!

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vipbarb
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Timing was a little off but they handled it perfectly.

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Birthday
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service is leisurely, kitchen missed delivery of several times.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was good. Sat outside.

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vipTAw81
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time eating here for brunch. The staff were phenomenal. The food was wonderful. Ate alone and had a wonderful time. Definitely worth eating here for brunch. The french toast, home fries, apple bacon, egg white omelet are excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was very busy but server worked with our special dietary needs.

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Karuna
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally fresh & flavorful food. Safe outdoor seating, too.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience4

Average steak. Ok service but probably we were there too early.
Not sure I would return as better options for the money and the steak cooking was so so.

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MichaelB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around.

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LindseyM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love The Smith, and highly recommend the spicy salmon tartare appetizer. Very tasty cocktails as well.

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BAMB
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were traveling through Washington and looking for a place to eat. This fit the bill. Varied menu, reasonable prices for the city, indoor/outdoor dining, not too loud. We had the fresh roasted tomato soup, a Mediterranean salad, a Caesar salad and a salmon entree. All were very good, hot and served promptly although it was rather empty for a Sunday night. The tomato soup was prepared like onion soup with a slice of good bread at the bottom and melted cheese on top. Delicious! Service was good but a little inattentive by the main server.

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KelliS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great, just wish they hadn’t run out of some food options.

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KWB2
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was a bit slow and it took awhile to get the check after asking. We were able to sit outside which was nice, inside seemed a little loud. The food was great! Something on the menu for everyone.

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JenniferM
Portland
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good ambience with the doors open on a beautiful Fall day. Food was good. Portions look deceptively small but are very filling. Service hit the right note of attentive without being annoying or feeling like we were being hurried to free the table. Felt COVID safe with sanitizer, separated tables, and masks.. Thoroughly enjoyable brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server JP was absolutely THE BEST. Service was prompt and professional. Food, cocktails and atmosphere exceeded our expectations for a special joint 59 and 60th birthday dinner. The filet mignon was perfect as was the pasta and seafood entree. An absolute “DO AGAIN”.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Murat was great. The desserts were amazing. We ordered the sticky toffee and the s’mores in a jar and my kids loved it.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I took a large group to the Smith. We enjoyed our time, however we had to ask for service multiple times. Also once we ordered, we were informed that they were out of multiple types of steak without being clear which ones they were out of. So one member of my group got a NY Strip instead of a ribeye without being informed. Other members who requested steak on their salad ended up receiving chicken.

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Gabrielle
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Smaller portions for the price and the service was very SLOW. Also brought me the wrong drink.

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You can order delivery directly from The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C using the Order Online button. The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 868-4900.

The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C is rated 4.5 stars by 2173 OpenTable diners.

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