The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

4.5
2080 reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Smith brings its signature lively atmosphere to the Penn Quarter neighborhood of the Nation’s Capital, just steps from the Capital One Arena, The White House, Capital Hill, museums and more. By working closely with local farmers and purveyors that they trust, The Smith serves delicious food and drinks people crave. The menu features bistro classics, seasonal fare, and craft cocktails. Whether it’s an after work bite, drinks on the town, a birthday bash, a working lunch, a boozy brunch, or an I-don’t-want-to-cook-tonight night, The Smith has got you covered. A private dining room is also available for events of any occasion.

We are open for patio seating, delivery, and pick-up daily with expanded menu offerings, family style dinners for two, cocktails, beer, wine, and more!

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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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • 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
What 2080 People Are Saying
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJoeR
Washington DC
177 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This, our first trip to The Smith post-pandemic, was just as good as any before. We shared the tuna tartare and calamari apps -- both fantastic. Then we shared the Smith steak -- delicious. Our drinks were great. The server couldn't have been more on top of things, and was always friendly. What a delightful experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there to celebrate my daughter’s bday. The food was fantastic and the service was really good. We had a great experience, will be coming back soon.

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Jane
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great burger, beer, wine. The sea bass was half a fish with some mixed vegetables on top. No carbs or salad. But $28 dollars. Then at least make the whole fish for the price or add something. Quite overpriced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Awful service

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Margaret
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner there. The staff was attentive, they take food allergies seriously, and teenagers and adults alike had a relaxing dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don’t know who does the voting for the internet, but disregard any list that doesn’t have them as #1.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is delicious! My only concern was I indicated I had celiac disease and was told they would personally speak with me about my food choices after ordering, as well as have them flagged when they came out of the kitchen. I only ended up speaking with my waitress who didn’t seem as knowledgeable, and only the appetizer was flagged. As someone with celiac, it’s important to know that the food prep is done safely so I was just a little concerned. Fortunately I did not get sick and the food was amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent & attentive service—something that’s lacking in many restaurants this summer.

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vipmacattack
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love our server. Very attentive!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waitress was WONDERFUL! Nice meal in a calm atmosphere. Our teenage daughter loved the s'mores in a jar dessert!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for brunch. Not a ton of options, but the shrimp and grits and the French 75 frozen cocktail was really good

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Brunchlover
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely brunch outside today. Oysters of the day were fresh and delicious. The frozen French 75 was just what the Dr ordered on a beautiful Sunday afternoon! We enjoyed the burrata, brussel sprouts, shrimp & grits, omelet and pancakes. All delish!

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YummyFoodie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was great, and it was nice to receive a “free”
Cocktail with our brunch entrees. However the service at the F Street location was pretty lousy, in comparison to previous experience at the U Street location.

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Becca
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really delicious. We went for brunch and were very pleased to have a brunch cocktail included with our meals. A great value!

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Ks213
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice ambience, we avoided the brunch crowd by going at 10:30. Food came in a reasonable amount of time. The homefries were stale but the french toast and eggs were good.

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Alexandra
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alberto and our server Nigel were absolutely fantastic and welcoming. We did not interact much with our hostess, but she was also wonderful. I hadn't been to the Smith in Penn Quarter in two years, and the bartender remembered my drink that has since been removed from the menu. The chef was accommodating of my friend's dinner choice modifications, and overall we had the best time. This experience was so fantastic that I've decided to take my boyfriend for our 6 year anniversary and celebration of moving in together. I can't wait to be a regular now that I've returned to the area. Thank you for the best night.

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Callum
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, drinks and amazing prices in downtown DC convenient to metro and attractions. What more can you ask for?

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vipJschwartz
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The waitress we had was the best service, kindness and fun since 2020. Enjoyed every minute of her presence.
The food not so hot

Salad only tasted like garlic, fries overly salty, and the calamari has no flavor.

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vipPeeM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated outside as requested; no wait time. The servers were very attentive and gave great food recommendations.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience. We had party of 6, family from out of town. Looking for fresh ingredients, high quality food. All expectations exceeded. Ashanti was our server, outstanding! Manager checked on our experience, outstanding! Food, outstanding! From crabby teens wanting food to crabby grandparents wanting food, all expectations exceeded. I can’t say enough about all around experience, food quality and service- AMAZING! We will definitely return. You can just tell when a company treats their staff right, it shows in what the customer gets. If your looking and uncertain about where to go, GO HERE!

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HungryEater
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A nice spot for lunch. Diverse menu and convenient location.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rasheen made sure my husband and I had an amazing experience and the food was perfect! Would recommend for date night or special occasion!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We were first seated at an outdoor table next to a homeless person. We needed to ask to be moved. We were moved to another outdoor table. Another homeless person panhandled down the entire row of tables. The street noise was also very loud with cars. My suggestion is get an indoor table. Food was mediocre at best. They were sold out of the red sauce Sunday special so we ordered off the menu. Man and cheese - fair, chicken Caesar salad- would not get again and the pot of mussels. DC offered better eats. I would go elsewhere.

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darpanK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food was mediocre, and drinks were overpriced. Ambience was great, and service was pleasant.

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MBear
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The service was kind, we were sitting on the sidewalk with out 2 year old daughter. The kids menu is impressive! Not your regular chicken fingers and fries type thing. They had salmon with veggies on it! My daughter loved it. It also came with fries which she also loved. Their appetizers shishito peppers with sea salt and lightly fried Brussel sprouts were delicious and light. I ordered brick pressed chicken with spinach and smashed garlic potatoes (YUMMY!), very well seasoned and before I knew it, it was gone :) My husband had filet mignon and it was delicious as well. Our daughter got a complimentary scoop of ice cream bc she did so well and she loved this little treat! We were grateful for quick service and attentiveness to our little one. Oh, and bathrooms are clean and hand sanitizers are placed in several locations throughout restaurant. The hand sanitizer smells amazing! So yeah, definitely go! It's quite casual too.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Guest ordered martini on the rocks. Arrived up.
I ordered a Manhattan, was not informed manhattans are “on tap”. Literally worst Manhattan I’ve ever had. Dark brown. Mostly bitters. Undrinkable. Asked for a classic Manhattan, which was fine.

Food was great, as usual. Server was very pleasant. I’d just advise guests that some of the cocktails are premixed.

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RigobertoB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This is a beautiful restaurant,which also has a very nice patio.
The food is very good and the service quite agreeable.
I will definitely return and recommend it.

AM
vipAndyM
St. Louis
41 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Washington with our ten-year-old granddaughter and wanted a casual place for dinner. The Smith’s outside dining was perfect and we all had a great meal.

MB
vipMeganB
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Unfortunately we did not have a wonderf

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vipLizY
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the mac n cheese skillet is a must have! wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably good service, great opportunity to sit outdoors, and tasty food. I would love it if the good music that is played indoors could be piped outside. Would add a lot to the ambience, especially since it is on a noisy street corner.

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vipSteve
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that the squid ink tagliatelle is back on the menu and even better than before!

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viptapaslover
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very good overall, but we waited a long time for the check and credit card to be charged.

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vipKathyV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Server was great EXCELLENT oysters!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I was really looking forward to this. It wasn’t overly busy, but service was terrible. I will spend my money elsewhere next time.

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Fish21
Montana
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the shrimp and grits, sunchokes, and salad. Great service and location.

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foodNfun
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for our first night out dining again after the pandemic settled down.

The service was wonderful, the seating was great, social distancing was great, and the food was spectacular!

Highly recommend The Smith!

AR
AndreaR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I’ve eaten here many times. The Restaurant was empty. Food with mediocre at best. Disappointed, will probably not return.

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anilaa
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We got a great welcome. Our waitress was great and food was served pretty fast.
Atmosphere was great.

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Isotravelsolo
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager and waiter were extremely nice. I’d recommend you order the burger 🍔

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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 2080 OpenTable diners.

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.

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