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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

4.4
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1897 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1897 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlejandraC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place, great ambiance, good food and good service.

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AmyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Kinda pricey but a good steak when you need one. Also amazing fries.

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vipOptimisticJD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Smith will surprise you. Everything on the menu is good. And a few things are just amazing.

We had brunch outside today and they staff did a fabulous job. All of the patrons put their masks on when staff approached, staff were wearing masks, and the outdoor seating was spaced out.

I also want to commend the staff for calmly and gently handling a tough situation that could have gone wrong.

Two homeless men (one white and one black) entered the outdoor seating area in search of water. They were both suffering from some form of mental illness. The staff engaged them very respectfully and got them some water and defused a situation that could have gotten out of hand.

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vipJillianB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We have been to several restaurants in DC, VA and MD since Phase 2 began, and The Smith was the worst experience. We had made a reservation as we thought this mandatory to be seated. When we arrived (93 degrees), we were told that all inside tables had been seated to walk in guests and we had to sit outside. I asked if since we had a reservation we could be given priority or wait for a table inside, and was told no. Our waitress asked us to put on our masks while my husband was eating a potato chip and I was ordering.
Again, these are strange times; however, this is not our first time back at a restaurant and we found the attitude of the staff to be dismissive and abrupt. We have been to The Smith more times than I can count, and doubt we will return in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience3

My birthday dinner was great . Raymond was amazing !

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vipTomK
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Really disappointing experience at The Smith, considering this was our first time venturing into the District since the COVID nonsense began. It's obvious the management's concentration was on takeout orders, not the dozen or so diners sitting at the outdoor tables. I ordered chicken meatballs, my wife the mussel pot, & it took 40 minutes for the meals to be served. Not surprisingly my meal was not hot when it arrived, indicating the waiter forgot to bring it out sooner. I'm sure they are capable of better, but there are way too many restaurants in DC to bother making a return visit.

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JohnL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The servers and the place was amazing! Would love to go back. Perfect birthday relations

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Pete
7 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food , great service. If I had to find a fault, I would say it has a lot of hard surfaces and was pretty noisy.

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vipfoodie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Coffee was sub par, I don't recommemd it. Peets. Compass or Starbucks is much better...

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Mikeylax10
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My girlfriend and I split a burger and the gnocchi and it was so insanely flavorful. I enjoyed every single bite. I also tried one of their spicy cocktails and was pleasantly surprised. I would recommend The Smith for Brunch and Dinner!

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SaraY
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

I was pretty disappointed with my last visit to The Smith this past Sunday. We had a reservation but didn't get seated for 20 minutes. The hostesses never gave us updates, just kinda looked bored while they waited for tables to be clean. It was extremely unwelcoming. Once we were able to be seated, we followed the hostess to a table that was open the entire time we were waiting.

When we sat, we were never greeted by a server. Someone eventually brought two bottles of water over but didn't bother to tell us which was which. Luckily i have been to The smith several times but the guest i were with had never been.

After 15 minutes, our server finally came over. She quickly took our drink orders and left. I stuck with water and asked for lemon wedges but never received them. It took about 10 minutes for an ice tea to come over and then about 15 minutes for a coffee with no cream. I asked again for the lemon wedges, but they were forgotten.

Once our server finally strolled over, she took our meal orders. We ordered two chicken sandwiches and burger. Food came out really hot and well prepared - everything was tasty! Unfortunately, our lovely server never had a moment to stop by and ask us how we were doing. After lunch, we didn't bother waiting for our food to be boxes up so we just asked for the check. Once the server brought the check over, we finally got our first smile out of her. Great that she smiles when it counts...

The food we ordered was REALLY good, that's why we come back to this place. I was so disappointed with the service. I never once felt welcomed or comfortable while at the restaurant. It just seemed like everyone was tired and overwhelmed with the brunch crowd and ready to clock out.

I think i will wait a bit before coming back to the Smith. I really hope they improve their service. The hostesses and servers must be kinder and welcoming to their patrons.

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StaceyC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had reservations and were seated shortly after arriving. We grabbed drinks at the bar, Manhattan for him - dark and stormy for me. Both were very good. We started with the Mac and cheese, it was good but not the best I have ever had. He got the bone in prime rib - said it was delicious. I got the short ribs, they were good but too many competing flavors in the dish. The short ribs should have been the star and it was underwhelming with all the other vegetables and flavors in the dish. Dessert was good as well, s’mores in a jar and banana chocolate bread pudding. Both were very decadent and definitely the best part of our dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Very slow, but at least friendly, service. Wine serving was small, and warm (room temp for a Sav Blanc) and really overpriced. Food was good, but small portions and again, over priced. $150 for dinner for my family of 3 was all in all not worth it. Will likely not return.

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BarbaraF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fabulous! We brought 2 other couples with us and they were so impressed. Great cocktails and wonderful ambience throughout the restaurant. Thank you we will be back!

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Delicious
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Disappointed in the food- usually so delicious but a hamburger bun in a breakfast sandwich? Not good!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

$17 for bland avocado toast is not what I was looking for

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vipLaurieA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Not for a big party! Service was terrible. I pre-ordered appetizers to be brought out staggered not all at once an hour after we sat down. My husband's beer took 30 minutes to arrive (the person paying the bill should be brought a drink asap). Our waiter was dishonest. Very disappointing. Love The Smith in general but not so much after this.

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vipFood4Thought
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Every dish our party ordered seemed prepared by someone with a heavy seasoning hand. For example, my pasta and my wife's salmon had more than enough pepper, and I'm someone who likes pepper. However, the food was adequate despite the overuse of pepper and other seasonings. Service was excellent - our waiter was friendly and attentive without being overbearing, and the food was served promptly. We've been here before and might come again before thinking we'd be better off elsewhere. Perhaps this was an off night for the kitchen.

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OpenTable Diner
Greece
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very tight seating arrangements, food was brought cold and late!

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JaeEllis
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely birthday brunch with my mom and sisters. The food was delicious, the service was excellent and we will definitely return. Kudos!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We didn’t wait around to get our water. We arrived a few minutes before our reservation time. The staff greeted us and let us know it would be a few minutes, fine. 3 groups of, who obviously did not have reservations got seated before us, odd, but that’s ok. However, when we got seated, it was in the busiest part of the restaurant, right next to the waiters station. Our table was crowded up next to the neighboring table. Looking around, the groups who got seated before us were seated in more comfortable seating out of the any major traffic. Why go through the proper process of making a reservation if you’re going to be put in the worst seat in the place. We got up and walked out.

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SonyaP
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The menu has a very wide variety of offerings. I appreciate their efforts to use local sources for their dishes. What we ordered (bolognese and catfish) were good, but just average. Portions are a little on the small side. The wine I had was REALLY good - I’m going to have to call them to find out the exact name of it.

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JoanA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great place to go for cocktails and appetizer or dinner with friends. Close to Verizon Center.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff went above and beyond while celebrating my Husbands graduation from business school

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Luv2TryNew
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great cocktails and awesome decor.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great. Glad you could seat a party of 10 on short notice. Thanks Open Table !

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Golfgal
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Noisy, over priced and the staff was almost surly. One dinner item was completely wrong and ha don't to be sent back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Smith is a bustling city scene with attentive servers and great management all around. And the food is incredibly delicious. This is a perfect place for a casual lunch .

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MagenW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Everything was great, but the host stand completely ignored my note in the reservation that it was a special occasion for my fiancé’s 30th birthday

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Pete
8 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really good drinks and food. they were a little overwhelmed by the Caps game at 1200, and the place was packed, but they soldiered through and the food came out hot and was delicious.

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Effort
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good service and good food. Brunch menu and good Bloody Mary. Noisy.

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CyndieS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great time!

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vipEcf2523
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is perfect for a fun dinner! Cocktails are delicious! Pot pie is the best!

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NYcsweets1
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and surprisingly great for kids! I always like The Smith in nyc and DC location did not disappoint

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Packersgirl
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time to be had The Smith. I had the fried chicken sandwich and it was really good and spicy. Great spot for lunch or drinks after work!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great environment but our waiter was mostly absent and we had to flag him down to get him to the table. I had the pork chop and fries which was good.

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vipmerskamp
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Hate to ever leave a bad review but this was really disappointing. Service staff uniformly bad. No smiles, no welcoming feel at all. Food was average. My wife hated her pasta and mushrooms. Ambiance was that of a place overrun with tourists. I like The Smith in New York but this was somewhere I couldn't go back to.

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TiffanyB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aside from the sold-out chicken and waffles, the food was amazing and I am eager to go back.

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vipPaulB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was great but not extraordinary for the price. For what we paid, we could have eaten brunch at the Hay Adams. The drinks we below average and the restaurant packs the tables together too tightly. We felt like the table next to us was part of our group.

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AnneB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Service was slow. Asked for bread 3x. Most of the dishes were just okay. Wouldnt come back for the price

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