Unconventional Diner

4.7
1076 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Unconventional Diner serves inspired dishes that blend soulful comfort with haute technique. The menu is studded with imaginative delights that echo the restaurant's name, from French fries with "sexy sauce" to spring rolls with "Franch" dressing to a meatloaf "nothing like anyone's mom's.” Chef David Deshaies, a much-praised protege of Michel Richard, is the culinary force behind this highly anticipated spot in Shaw. Craft beer and cocktails add to the alchemy for diners looking for an entertaining (and delicious) culinary experience.

For parties larger than six, please contact the restaurant at 202.847.0122.

There are no reservations required for Breakfast/Lunch Monday through Friday as it is Quick Service and we have plenty of space!

Please note we do not seat partial parties. We will only hold reservations for 15 minutes.
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing experience

p
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding.

JW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I did restaurant week menu. Loved the beet salad. Enjoyed my meal

FR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cara and her staff are terrific and chef David continues to create delicious cuisine

KL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to the restaurant. I love the decor. The food and service was good. I look forward to going back again.

KW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal we’ve had in DC. Thanks for making our evening a special night.

CG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fresh food made with care. Plenty of vegan options. Great ambience

O
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

A great place to go for people who have food allergies/intolerances. It's great that the menu includes information regarding major allergens or foods to avoid (not all, but some of the big ones), so you don't have to feel like a pain asking for the information. I went during restaurant week, so the restaurant was packed and the service was a little slow. I imagine this was only because of how busy restaurant week can be. The food was delicious, and I can't wait to go back.

IG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

After reading a few Yelp reviews, I wanted to find out for myself! As a foodie, I was pleasantly surprised and will definitely go back again!

ML
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal! The dishes are very creative and the flavors are well balanced. Friendly staff and great service. A modern take on diner food.

SB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wanted to have dinner and celebrate my birthday with my girls and UD did not disappoint! Dino (manager) worked with me to accommodate my party of 10, even though it was restaurant week. I truly appreciate his responsiveness and warm welcome when we arrived!
We had the pot pie poppers, roasted cauliflower, cornbread muffins and chicken Parmesan. Everything was delicious but I especially loved the pot pie poppers and chicken parm.
I will definitely be back to try brunch!

L
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

restaurant week experience. sunny eggs and bacon was unique and yummy

OT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and lovely venue! Good brunch place, definitely reccomend.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic menu. It certainly has something for everyone, somewhat adventurous or conservative.

Service is outstanding.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Came for brunch. Server was incredibly friendly, gave great recommendations and efficient/unobtrusive service. Food was fantastic - had the Shakshuka and it was 10/10. My friend’s Chicken and Waffles looked so good. GM Dino is a gem. Thanks for a great time!

EB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really lovely brunch. Challenging to choose just one thing from the menu, but I decided to go with the Caribbean shrimp and grits. Perfect combination of sweet and spicy (quite spicy). The plantains were such an interesting sweet twist on traditional shrimp and grits. Would love to go back for the rest of the menu! They had another grits dish that sounded awesome. Restaurant is large and spaced out so easy to get a table but not crammed with people or too loud. The staff constantly refilled our waters and had our orders taken and to the table really quickly. Overall a solid experience that I would recommend!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Plenty of reservations available on the weekday we went for dinner between 5:00 and 6:00. Nice atmosphere and not loud.

TD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great service at the bar, delicious food will definitely go back again.

S
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been hearing about this place for a while but had not tried it. We thought we might be taking a bit of a flyer, but we absolutely loved it and will look forward to returning soon. We ordered three appetizers (mezza, tostada, and broccolini) and that was very satisfactory for dinner

b
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this place!

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

Service was great. Food-delicious as always!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was tight, shake was dope. Sat us 15 minutes after our reservation then ten minutes before a waiter came over.

BB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food

JF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

End of summer internship celebration

NG
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The overall experience was excellent but it was too noisy to have a conversation easily.

s
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a table on the sideline which was quieter. Food was great

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The French toast was pretty awful, unless you like wet, soggy bread, I guess. It didn’t feel like it had cooked for nearly long enough. The Eggs Jamedict was yummy, as were the drinks (although we didn’t get our drinks until after our food came out - not a big deal, but... yeah).

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

The french toast, pancakes, and shakes are all amazing! Great quality, unique food in a nice environment!

KW
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding experience at the Unconventional Diner- wonderful, inventive cuisine and good service. Overall, an excellent value.

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

We loved our server, Keenya. She was very helpful and friendly. She helped us narrow down our choices. The food was outstanding. It was initially quiet but by 12:30 it was very loud. Restaurant was clean and the bus service was prompt and courteous. We will be back!

DW
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Kelley was excellent!!! The food, as always, was excellent!

T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The restaurant had a modern look with an open feel. Good food with unusual combinations of flavors. Great place for vegetarians.

M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The most delicious pork shoulder and simply fantastic collard greens! Comfort food with style and panache.

AM
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the shrimp and grits, loved it. Appreciated that they noted the request for a quiet table and honored it.

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend is traveling back to California after a 3 month internship, and we wanted to celebrate together. As usual, the U-D was fantastic; excellent food, service, atmosphere, and pricing. You are amazing!

SE
Tampa
81 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were at an Art Tour at the DC Convention Center- and we opted for this " unconventional" name flip for our dine-out- and it was a very good choice. The place is a mini art space all by itself- loved the square deco art on the walls. The food was good- especially- we ordered the Lebanese pilaf, roasted cauliflower and some pistachio ice cream- delectably served by a gracious waiter. It was full house so there was some wait time between entree and dessert- otherwise this was dining with much finesse at a "diner"- no less!

AM
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Get the Kale Nachos, they are delicious! Roberto was an excellent waiter. There were six of us and each meal was prepared perfectly. It's a delightful dinner restaurant.

NP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant has a great, open vibe. The food is wonderfully fresh and tasty!

M
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great vegetarian options.

LF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu offering something new- not all the usual, tired brunch menu items. Good vegetarian options too. Service professional. The only issue is that it's a but loud for conversation.

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