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1905 9th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
U Street Corridor
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$30 and under
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Hours of Operation:
Dining Room: Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM; Thursday - Saturday: 5:30PM - 11:00PM; Sunday & Monday - Closed Bar: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 2:00AM; Friday & Saturday: 5:30PM - 3:00AM; Sunday & Monday: Closed
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Comfort Food, European, Contemporary American
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
Private Party Facilities:
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Private Party Contact:
Tony Lucca (202) 332-1905
Featuring live jazz starting at 9pm on Thursday evenings. Drink specials and Absinthe cocktails.
Special Events & Promotions:
Live jazz on Thursday nights at 9PM from September through May, no cover charge.
9th Street NW between T Street NW & U Street NW
Less than 2 blocks from the U Street Metrorail stop, and 4 blocks from the Shaw/Howard Metrorail stop - both on the Green/Yellow lines.
Street parking as well as 2 parking lots on our block of 9th Street, just north of the restaurant.
A word from 1905
New Orleans speakeasy meets European bistro, serving unique renditions of Mid-Atlantic, Southern, and European comfort foods.
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Food was excellent. The service
was friendly, but a little slow. It was a Saturday night, and they were busy, so it's understandable."
Dined on 2/22/2014
Been meaning to try this place for
dinner. Pleased we did. Portions were just right and prices were fair."
Dined on 2/21/2014
The burger is delicious! Add the
pork belly for an incredible experience! Coming back for more."
Dined on 2/20/2014
We just moved to Shaw a couple of
weeks ago and decided to try 1905 with friends. It was pretty crowded so I am glad we had reservations. We sat at the bar while we waited for our friends and table. The bartender was very cool and took the time to explain to us the menu and all the specials. We tried some local beers and a few appetizers, including the grass-fed burger (which my husband totally loved) and the pork belly with truffled grits. Both really good. The decor is pretty nice and we had a really nice experience. Service was great and we would def come back. It feels very cozy and it's like 2 blocks from us."
Dined on 2/15/2014
1905 is tucked away upstairs on
9th Street near a random assortment of shops. Don't let the lack of storefront deter you from visiting. The menu is creative and changes often enough to make it interesting, but not so often that you can't make it back for your favorite. The chef uses unique ingredients or sauces to ensure you'll have difficulty picking. The staff is spectacular -- attentive, but not overbearing. The drinks are great and the wine list outstanding -- always something that I like, but never outrageously priced. The desserts are also worth noting -- rich and perfectly prepared. I can't believe this isn't rated in the top 5 restaurants in DC!"
Dined on 2/15/2014
1905 sounded good, but was a
disappointment. The restaurant is located on the second floor of a renovated space accessed by a flight of stairs that confront the patron once they open the outside door. It does not look as advertised - no authentic turn of the 19t century decor. The food and the service are just OK. If you order a cocktail, be advised to ask the waiter what ingredients he/she intends to use, or be specific about what you expect in the drink. Otherwise you will be surprised and possibly annoyed when you take your first taste I ordered a Cape Cod, and could tell almost immediately that there was something not right about it. The waiter told me they used 'tea vodka' instead of traditional vodka. Not very classy."
Dined on 2/7/2014
We really enjoyed our dinner at
1905. The restaurant's look and feel is like stepping back to, well, 1905 - it was perfect for a cold winter night. The service was attentive and our waiter was very knowledgeable - we got into a discussion about whether green totatoes were really tomatoes or something else, and he was able to settle the question. The food was excellent - some of the things we tried sounded like outlandish combinations, and they were all delicious. Standouts were the deviled eggs, ancient grain entree, crawfish hushpuppies, and the poached pear. I'm not a vegetarian, but the veg dishes sounded (and were) so good that I ended up ordering a vegetarian meal. We'll definitely return."
Dined on 1/19/2014
I am glad that 9th Street, DC is
being developed with new restaurants but 1905, New Orleans cuisine, missed the mark for me. The kale salad was dry, with one dimensional flavor, the bread cost $2.00 for three slices of unimpressive "white" bread, the shrimp and grits was a big disappointment and had a different taste to it, (one that I have not tasted in shrimp and grits before), and finally the dessert was poorly done. It was suppose to be a white chocolate and banana bread pudding, but I think the banana's where not ripe or they were plantains and if it was white chocolate, you could not tell and the dessert had a sponge like consistency. I love New Orleans coffee....this was not it."
Dined on 1/16/2014
I went here with a friend during
restaurant week and was very happy with the experience. The ambience is warm and cozy with brick exposed walls and a French cafe feel. The staff was very friendly, and a welcome change from the pretension from staff at style-but-little-substance places in more upscale neighborhoods. I ordered the kale salad on a date-based dressing and that was delicious. I had the farro dish as an entree and the flavors of the accompanying pear in the mushroom sauce was a perfect accompaniment. My friend ordered the rice pudding with pear and a chai salt topping which was also delightful. Had only 2 vegetarian entrees so was somewhat limited but many vegetarian appetizers to choose from. I would certainly go again."
Dined on 1/16/2014
Celebrated my 14th wedding
anniversary at 1905. First time there. Impeccable service. Loved it. We arrived at 7:30 pm (7:15 reservation) and were immediately taken to our table under the front bay window and were wished a happy anniversary. Seating was side by side and perfect. Romantic, set apart from the other diners and gave us a great view. Great ambience in the room -- dark, quiet, and full. Our main server was low key, helpful, and attentive. Loved dark and stormy & posh spice cocktails. We had the beets (terrific), frites (so-so), red cabbage (terrific), warm bread w/regular butter (skip it), pork loin (tasty), heirloom grains (vinegary, but tasty), and molasses cake (yum). Two free glasses of champagne. Left happy 2 hours later. Go!"
Dined on 1/15/2014
Smaller dining room located on the
2nd floor just off the busy U street corridor. Fairly limited menu but great atmosphere and the food is well prepared. Have returned several times when I am in town and want a place to catch up with friends."
Dined on 1/11/2014
Loved the look of the dining room
with exposed brick and candlelit lighting. Happened to go in a slow night, which made for a quiet dinner which we loved. Food was top-notch--particularly the roasted beet appetizer and cocktail made with house cayenne ginger lemonade. Would definitely go back again!"
Dined on 1/7/2014
Friday Night, One waiter, one
host, one bus boy...not enough staff in my book, especially if the waiter speaks ESL, and not that well, and allows himself to get involved in lengthy conversations with one or two friends. Let's kick up the professionalism a notch and we could have a gem here. Food was uniformly rated as good, great, or excellent. Mine was piping hot on an 18 degree day, so good job!"
Dined on 1/3/2014
The food here is good, a
contemporary twist on southern comfort food. The menu is, however, rather limited, and they do not allow substitutions, even of side dishes. The restaurant itself is small, but sort of cute. The service was not very good. Visits from the waitstaff were too infrequent and the server seemed bothered by the idea of having to explain the specials to our table."
Dined on 12/7/2013
Food was tasty...Kale salad was
fresh and light. Chicken pot pie needs a new name because putting a biscuit with two pieces of roasted chicken does not make a pot pie. Brought friends from out of town. Couldn't talk or hear each other comfortably. Piercing laughter and very boisterous group of eight made it hard to enjoy our evening. No acoustics at all...probably will not go back even tough food was good."
Dined on 11/30/2013
Our meal began with beet salad
with an outstanding goat cheese accompaniment -- amazing! Other than a misnamed entree -- "Pork Loin" was actually a perfectly grilled pork chop (with an awesome bread pudding) -- there's nothing bad to say about 1905. The southern influenced preparation, especially the bone-in NY strip special (great lentils beneath, but scrimpy amount of carrots), is outstanding and stands up well to any of the leading southern/Creole places in DC. The pole beans (side) were lightly seasoned and perfectly done (not crunchy or mushy). Service was very good. Our server was slammed and, at times, ignored us. The bus boy saved him (server) by stopping by the table at well-timed intervals. We'll be back."
Dined on 11/15/2013
I was pleased to find this nice
restaurant, so different then too many DC places... here you relax and the food is really good"
Dined on 10/12/2013
Went for brunch. Food was
delicious, service was mediocre, but would try again in the future."
Dined on 11/10/2013
great ambiance and unpretentious.
Some food combos try too hard (quinoa hushpuppies? just NO.) The server was charming and funny and not overbearing. Simple food prepared well"
Dined on 11/13/2013
This was my second time having
brunch in the U Street area with five of my friends. I must say I've walked by this place several times and didn't realize it was a restaurant. It is nicely tucked away in an Ethiopian community. The food and service were excellent. I love the fact that they have bottomless mimosas, bloody mary's and a signature cocktail. We all agreed that we would come back with a larger party."
Dined on 10/13/2013
Creative menu with interesting
choices that taste great. Observant, not intrusive, professional and friendly servers. Loved the rough brick walls, pressed tin ceiling and thoughtful, fun decor."
Dined on 10/20/2013
Could be characterized as a
"Bohemian" spot in an up-and-coming section of town. Very creative menu, which seems to favor seasonal adaptation. Down-to-earth young staff. When I dined, there was a large party celebrating a birthday in the middle of the dining room, which definitely dominated the atmosphere, but everyone was having a great time. My experience was quite enjoyable."
Dined on 10/10/2013
Tuesday night was moderately
filled, had a great ambiance, and therefore made for a great date-night spot. The appetizers were very tasty and were the best dishes we had that evening (hush puppies and the faro salad special). As entrees, my husband got the ham chop which came with a unique bbq sauce (it had hints of anise) and I got the shrimp and grits, which were delicious but suffered from an overly generous hand with the squid-ink breadcrumbs that ultimately made the dish too salty. I enjoyed it at first (because I add salt to everything), but half-way through I was looking for reprieve and none was to be had on the plate. That said, the dishes were creative and made for a different experience. We'll likely return to try others."
Dined on 10/2/2013
I'd never been to 1905 but found
great reviews on YELP and decided to try it with some out of town guests. We had a terrific experience. I have a pretty extreme dairy allergy, which I alerted the restaurant to when I made the reservation on Open Table. Our server showed up with a list of what I could eat, which was really helpful. Of course i wanted one of the specials and the server was great about asking the chef and the chef accommodated me, which isn't always the case. Definitely get the bread basket while you are waiting. It comes with bite sized portions of corn bread, bacon biscuits and blueberry muffins topped with thyme honey butter. Absolutely delicious."
Dined on 9/22/2013
We started at the bar with Lynn.
She gave us quarters for the parking meter! Along with many suggestions. We proceeded to the large window table for dinner where the owner John dropped by for several minutes. The mules frites, hoppin john and grtis were our favs. Very enjoyable."
Dined on 8/22/2013
Most of the apps we had were quite
tasty; the burger was phenomenal. Drinks were also very good. Rooftop is nice but not for dining, great for drinks though. Will definitely be back to try more of their food and have another burger!!"
Dined on 8/22/2013
A great go-to location for
affordable, but creatively interesting food. The cauliflower steak was amazingly flavored and vegan, and the flank steak was equally amazing, though significantly less vegan. :-) The truffled grits as a side are fantastic!"
Dined on 7/25/2013
Probably one of the most decadent
and delicious brunches I've ever had. Some highlights: chicken and waffle, truffled grits and pork belly, goat cheese frittata special."
Dined on 6/30/2013
Nothing special, food was good, I
don't like a lot of changes to typical food so for my taste didn't care. No yellow mustard, etc. dessert was weird smoked s'mores with a real smoked flavor tasted like an ashtray. Lol. I wouldn't say the food was bad and people did seem like they were having a good time."
Dined on 6/22/2013
Love this place. Whether brunch or
dinner, I always pick this restaurant for a chill, tasty dinner. Dish flavors are always spot on. Service is subtle and sweet, always. Ambiance is charming. Have yet to have anything but a very great time with whoever I bring to 1905."
Dined on 5/30/2013
It was a Sunday night on Memorial
Day weekend, but there was no one else dining. There were, however, a lot of casually dressed folks loudly bounding up and down the stairs on their way to and from the rooftop bar. Considering that there was no one else to attend to in the dining room, the service was friendly, attentive and accommodating. The food lived up to expectation of the menu's description, but I have a feeling 1905 is more widely recognized for its bar and rooftop scene. Before we ordered the main course, we had a round of drinks. The "Hot Kentucky" was a hit. The Sazerac I ordered off the menu was also top notch."
Dined on 5/27/2013
I don't know why this place has
such reviews on Tripadvisor. There is nothing special there. Service is OK. The place itself is quite old. The food is, again, OK at best. Nothing special. The size of the courses are small compared to many other restaurants in the States. The decoration of the place and the place itself is in desperate need of renovation. Ok, but would not recommend at all."
Dined on 5/6/2013
The restaurant had a nice
atmosphere. I went to school in Louisiana and really appreciated the New Orleans noir style. Our server was aloof and was too preoccupied to provide excellent service. Although my catfish was absolutely perfect, the rest of the food was only ok. The truffle grits were almost tasteless and sprinkled too heavily with chopped onions. One of the main things we really disliked about the restaurant was the seating - that wooden bench was murder on each of our behinds and took the quality of the restaurant from very nice to almost pub-ish. The interior was so nice that the hard chairs and wooden bench were very disappointing. Our only other compliant was that our drinks were very diluted."
Dined on 4/17/2013
The food was mediocre - not bad or
good. The service was terrible. The waiter who certainly was competent was more interested in chatting up friends and regulars than attending to his taxes. The decor was ramshackle cute. I'm good with that but the locker room benches in lieu of chairs are ridiculous unless one is aiming for quick turnover. In that case they need to alert their waitstaff"
Dined on 4/4/2013
Great spot, but our experience was
spoiled a little by the rude service."
Dined on 4/3/2013
had a wonderful time at 1905 with
two girlfriends and my husband. we all found cocktails, apps, and entrees that we all loved. would definitely go back!"
Dined on 3/30/2013
The food was ok. I was hoping for
a bit better, considering the price....I would try it again to see if maybe the kitchen was having an off night. I like the space and it wasn't too noisy. The roof deck looks nice for better weather."
Dined on 3/15/2013
Great spot to grab dinner before
heading to 9:30 club! Good drink and beer list."
Dined on 3/15/2013
I really love this place. I hadn't
realized they have a new chef, but the meal was very tasty and our server was friendly and attentive. Went on a Wednesday night, so it was pretty quiet. I hope they are getting more business on the weekend. The rooftop bar was closed, but it's a really great place to go when it's warmer."
Dined on 3/13/2013
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