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Urban Roast, Washington, District of Columbia

Urban Roast

4.1
4.1
827 Reviews
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Urban Roast is a family-owned cafe and cocktail bar that offers gourmet coffees, specialty alcoholic beverages, and a wide variety of contemporary shared plates. Whether you’re grabbing a drink after work with colleagues, having a cozy Sunday brunch by our outdoor fire pits, or sharing some delicious appetizers with friends before an event at the Capital One Arena (located right across the street!) – Urban Roast has you covered. Come enjoy a comfortable, community-friendly atmosphere with appetizing food, endless drink options, and an ambiance always matched with the decor of the season.

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2 people

19:30


Booked 127 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Cafe Dining

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon 15:00–22:30 Tue 11:00–22:30 Wed, Thu 11:00–23:00 Fri 11:00–00:00 Sat 10:00–00:00 Sun 10:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    (202) 519-4629

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    For catering, message us at https://urbanroastdc.com/catering/

  • Private party facilities

    To inquire about private events, email us at info@urbanroastdc.com

  • Area

    Penn Quarter

  • Parking Details

    Street parking is available all day.

  • Public Transit

    Metro Center, Gallery Place less than 1 mile, Bus Stop less than 1 mile, Airport less than 10 miles, Commuter Rail Station 1 to 5 miles

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 827 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. RS

    RickyS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Roberto was FANTASTIC! Celebrated my birthday felt it was the perfect place!
  2. CM

    CourtneyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The overall experience at Urban Roast is very good. The drinks were really good, I would go back just for drinks. The lasagna was very good but it was more sauce than meat and lasagna! Which was annoying. The ambiance is great and beautiful! Many places to take pictures!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall the ambiance and food was great! We ordered a few things and all were great except the shrimp wrapped lettuce. I imagined the shrimp coming already wrapped in the lettuce and not in a bowl. For something that one has to wrap in lettuce, it probably shouldn’t be as soupy as it was. I just thought it would be more on the drier side. Our server Roberto was amazing but I think he was taking care of too many tables at once which I understand comes with the business but it made it a bit harder for him to come check on us and our needs a little longer than usual. I was very disappointed though that you don’t offer a free dessert for a birthday for the person being celebrated. That was absurd because most restaurants do. What’s the point of asking on the reservation the occasion if you couldn’t honor a request for a birthday. Something as simple as a dessert wouldn’t hurt the business. Overall great place.
  4. f

    feliciae

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food2service3ambience5
    I ordered a non alcoholic drink and I was almost done with my food before I got it. The check took forever to come and the steak tacos were really tough to eat
  5. ER

    EvelynR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Everything was great. The food wasn’t the best to my palette . The staff was great, ambiance was great.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    1-year Anniversary
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is great! Shareable plates, great drinks, they offer flights and trios of things so you can try multiple things. Their charcuterie board option is great when you’re there to socialize.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    Customer service is severely lacking - would never go back based on that alone
  9. BM

    BreonnaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a great time, the server was friendly and funny. He came to check on us frequently. The ambience and energy was great.
  10. CC

    CiCi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was so nice. We came from out of town and got there earlier than we thought. They were so sweet they accommodated us with no issue.
  11. G

    Gracey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food2service4ambience5
    The ambiance of the place was amazing and the cocktails were 100% great however, the food was on the lesser side. The food wasn't amazing or even good to say the least. The Charcuterie boards are amazing but the actual menu items tasted like great value products. First, I got the spicy crab dip and it tasted like buffalo chicken dip. Nothing about it screamed I got the crab. I was definitely impressed by the drinks and ambiance but extremely disappointed at the quality of food.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    This was my first time. I will come back! This was a great place for my fam to meet for brunch while they were visiting. Everything we got was shareable. We had the rise and shine, fruit medley, fresh baked, and pie board. We also had 2 pitchers, 1 basil berry mojito and 1 mango pineapple mojito. We all said how there were other things we wanted to try but we were so full. Between the 5 of us we may have even ordered one board too many but were glad we did. I look forward to trying more of the menu. The ambiance is so cute. Very instagramable! Service was good, not personable but good. That is the only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 overall.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome place! Definitely going back!
  14. N

    Nedhal

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Very cute and great food. Came here for my birthday with friends and I would definitely sit outside next time. The music was techno and turned up so loud that we couldn’t talk because we couldn’t hear each other. The food was really great. At the end there was some confusion as my friends requested a bday dessert for me and was told it was complimentary and it wasn’t. And then at the end when we were splitting the check it wasn’t split evenly at all and they charged me for my own complimentary bday dessert after my friend said to put it on hers. We had the flight mojitos and I will say for $30 they were extremely small but good. Overall we enjoyed the food but with the music so loud that we couldn’t talk and the check not adding up it was hard to enjoy my birthday dinner.
  15. J

    Juanita

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Will never return bad experience, the ambiance was the best thing about it
  16. RL

    RedLady55

    Boise

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We enjoyed our visit to Urban Roast. The atmosphere was trendy, kitschy, and lively. They have different themed areas and rooms, some more romantic and some for parties. We were in the large party area. The cocktails were beautiful and delicious but I did not see the area where exciting bartender tricks occurred (as on Instagram). We had appetizers which were good and fairly priced, but nothing to rave over (buffalo chicken dip and a cheese board). I would like to go back and try their tacos and crab dip, which I saw and looked good. The service was great, polite and personal, and I would definitely go back again. The music is very loud so next time I will as for a table closer to the front. The staff were brilliant and did turn the volume down when I asked.
  17. J

    Jimmys

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    I ordered prosciutto with burrata cheese — a dish I had a week earlier and it was wonderful and beautiful. This time however, there was no prosciutto on the dish – just some random salami slices. The burrata was also very different – just some chunks scattered around. Also there was a lot of salad greens on the plate. There were no explanations for it being so different and no words about there being no slices of prosciutto. After the wonderful dish a week before, i strongly recommended Urban Roast to a goon number of people who live in the Downtown DC area. I hope the don’t have a bad experience.
  18. R

    Robbie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Been here several times before won’t be back. We received drinks after our food sever offers food that wasn’t available barely returned to the table it just wasn’t worth any payment.
  19. ZV

    ZacV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a date night was awesome the venue is beautiful lighting is perfect great vibes drinks were on the sweet side but good
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and food was spectacular. Highly recommended. Very cute location for photo opps and curated drinks.
  21. S

    Shoegal

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    perfect for pics although the lighting at night is a bit dull,
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    Booked this place for our nite out in DC while on vacation / son’s graduation. Food on the menu is random…. no theme. Tacos, lasagna, crab legs… huh? Food was ok nothing special. Our server was great. Polite and easy going . We ordered the samoas s’mores .. it was 2 marshmallows, 4 crackers, and 2 pieces of chocolate drizzled with coconut shavings and caramel for $9. Over priced …wouldn’t go back
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a drink and tapa like foods! Fantastic service, kind, fast, and attentive.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    When seated, no one asked if we needed water for about 15 minutes. We actually saw someone seated after us get served water first. The watermelon kiwi cocktail was very refreshing. Chardonnay did NOT come in a chilled glass which seemed barbaric to me. The greek avocado salad with smoke salmon could’ve been better if there were more dressing, it was dry at the bottom even when mixing. My husband had a crab cake sandwich with chips. The taste of the crab meat was pretty good, but the proportion was off and it fell completely apart as he ate it. The chips were very fresh and tasty. Overall, don’t come here if you are hungry. For me, this is a cute place to take pictures and get drinks. HH seems to be popular!
  25. C

    Christina

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Urban Roast was a lifesaver! We had a reservation at the Watergate Rooftop for my friends proposal but due to the rain it was cancelled. I made a reservation with Urban Roast and let me tell you they did an AMAZING job they went above and beyond for us. It turned out wayyyyyyyyy better than it would have at the Watergate. I guess they say everything happens for a reason right?!? Definitely 10 Stars!!! Good, drinks, service atmosphere was Beyond expectations. If you’re thinking about proposing hands-down I choose urban roast!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Birthday party was good and enjoyed.
  27. EM

    EmarniM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience5
    THEY DID NOT HAVE ANYTHING!!!! Almost things that was ordered they had out of stock
  28. S

    Shaana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The staff and ambience was amazing. I had the crab cake dinner and it was delicious. Only thing i wasn’t a fan of was the limitations on side choices.
  29. B

    Bigghoya

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I Just Knew That My Fiancée Would Enjoy This Place, As Well As The Scenery! Our Table Was In The Flower Wall Room… Beautiful! She Loves Flowers/ Plants, So That Definitely Was A Plus! The Experience Was Everything From Our Waitress FELICIA, To The Drinks, The Meals, Oh I Cannot Forget AJ The Manager… Excellent!
  30. DE

    DeanaE

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    This was a perfect choice for a quick lunch downtown with a friend. The service was great, the food was delicious and we could actually hear each other. The decor is super fun!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    My friend and I went for brunch after reading reviews and seeing tiktoks and instagram posts. Just know this restaurant is for the aesthetic and drinks more than the food. The inside is decorated cute for instagram pictures, the food was on the level of a hotel continental breakfast arranged on a charcuterie board. Waited 10 minutes for utensils after our food came. Not terrible, but would not go back.
  32. NC

    NatC

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wish I lived in DC and could visit Urban Roast on a regular basis. Roberto was my server and he was phenomenal. He went above and beyond my expectations and made sure that I had the most enjoyable experience! The kitchen staff accommodated my requests and I was blown away with what they did. I am a forever fan of this restaurant!
  33. NJ

    NihjaJ

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. I enjoyed the summer flight. Our server was amazing. Great energy and vibe. Outdoor dining perfect for date night
  34. AH

    AnnH

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, the seasonal."mocktails" were fun and the service spot on!
  35. EM

    ErikaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A little pricey but excellent! The gyro wasn’t what I expected, but I’ll still come back.
  36. RR

    RayRay

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I currently work in a restaurant and have worked in restaurants/hospitality for over a decade - it takes a lot for me to post a negative review but I would categorize my entire experience from the staff, to the food, to the state of the restaurant as lazy and complacent. 1. The manager on duty was on his phone on the patio while on speaker/Facetime the entire time. 2. Our server, while sweet/endearing, needs tightening on his service and knowledge of the menu. He left halfway through to go on break to get something to eat and someone else would be taking care of us until he got back. I don't need to know that but fine - however no one came over and when they did they didn't know that our server had gone on break. 3. Ordered Salmon Avocado something - it was listed as sashimi salmon but what we got was smoked salmon. Not to mention the server described it as slightly seared. That was wrong. 4. Ordered tiramisu with gelato. It came without gelato. I was told the kitchen was out but I could have a scoop of acai. What? 5. Walking to the bathroom led me past a full view of the dishwashing station/kitchen with all the things you'd imagine finding on the floor. I get it, it's a restaurant but they should put a door in so guests don't have to see that. 6. Walking to the bathroom the floors were slick - like they were covered in grease - as you would expect in the kitchen. 7. In the bathroom the dirty bucket of water and mop were left in the middle of the floor. The food was mediocre completely passable but not for $150 after tip for two people. I would have had better food, service and a cheaper bill at Le Diplomate - heck, Chipotle would have been better. Memorial Day weekend everyone is slow - staff get bored and lazy but I would be shocked if all of what I listed above would be any different if I came back - which I never will. I wish I could get money back from such a laughably poor experience. I'm not even upset - just floored.
  37. MM

    MarkusM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and decor! Well definitely return
  38. LI

    LIF1216

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    Busy night but even busier server. There were a few things missed and we weren’t checked on. The food was really good.
  39. ME

    MERMaid

    Houston

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    So disappointing. Horrible service - our server didn’t come for ~15 min (after we asked another waiter for help). Staff seemed inattentive and distracted; overheard some gossiping about a group of loud patrons. Finally got water and an appetizer but no utensils. Got coffee and dessert served 5 min later (melted gelato). The food was ok (the lettuce for the wraps wasn’t trimmed properly - lots of inedible stalk served); seems more like a bar not a place to enjoy coffee (misleading restaurant name, obviously). Definitely will not be going back..
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Right off the bat, this place has very trendy vibes. They have neon signs, loud music, and dim lighting. My friend ordered a mango margarita mocktail and I had a watermelon kiwi margarita. The drinks were delicious but a bit sweet. I couldn’t taste the tequila in my drink so I’m not sure if they even put any in (maybe half a shot?) I couldn’t believe a cocktail would be $16 and a mocktail which was basically juice was $9. We had ordered two tacos. The chicken shawarma tacos and the ahi tuna tacos. Both were good amazing. The flavors worked well together, especially in the chicken tacos. The pico de gallo gave a nice fresh taste to the chicken. Overall not a bad place. Service was a bit slow, and music a bit loud. Food wasn’t terrible. They need to make their cocktails stronger.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Urban Roast using the Order Online button. Urban Roast also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 519-4629.

Urban Roast is rated 4.1 stars by 827 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:30


Booked 127 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Urban Roast

916 G St NW Ste C-1 Washington, District of Columbia 20001-4571

Additional information

  • Area

    Penn Quarter

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon 15:00–22:30 Tue 11:00–22:30 Wed, Thu 11:00–23:00 Fri 11:00–00:00 Sat 10:00–00:00 Sun 10:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Cafe Dining

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street parking is available all day.

  • Public Transit

    Metro Center, Gallery Place less than 1 mile, Bus Stop less than 1 mile, Airport less than 10 miles, Commuter Rail Station 1 to 5 miles

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 519-4629

  • Catering

    For catering, message us at https://urbanroastdc.com/catering/

  • Private party facilities

    To inquire about private events, email us at info@urbanroastdc.com

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