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1905 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.1905dc.com
  • Phone: (202) 332-1905
  • 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
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Richardson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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: Call the restaurant for details
  • Private Party Contact: Tony Lucca (202) 332-1905
  • Entertainment: 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.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 9th Street NW between T Street NW & U Street NW
  • Public Transit: 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.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "1905 is the only place I've ever been that said to order whatever we want and if the total is less than the restaurant week fixed price, they will charge the lower price...which we took advantage of because we didn't all want dessert! The food was amazing!! Wonderful vegan options (cauliflower steak was delish) and a great burger too! Service was good and wait staff was attentive without interrupting. Loved it!! Can't wait to go back!!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The salads are delicious! I had the jar salad and tried the kale salad, both were great; however, there was less excitement about my entree. I had shrimp and grits, they were okay (I've had wayy better). Now on to dessert....wonderful...mud pie is a must! Overall, I would definitely go back for the salad and/or deserts."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Awesome restaurant. We need to come here more often and so should everyone else. Excellent menu. Creative, but not "silly". Was tough to decide which items to order because everything was so appealing. Can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Funky spot. Service is attentive but slightly irreverent. The ambiance is almost too cool, at least by DC's somewhat stodgy standards. The food is good-surprisingly so, given that it seems to be offered almost as an afterthought. Nothing I'm still craving days later, but not at all disappointing to a discerning palate. Again-cool spot, and I'll return again. Overall, it feels disproportionately expensive for the dining experience, but that's just my two cents..."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The place is eclectic without being pretentious, and the look is warm and homey, which is a nice change from the industrial trend in DC. Food is superb, start to finish. Pimento cheese deep is a must. So is the pork belly. And the kale salad. Seriously everything is so good. Cocktails are hit or miss, but the Rye Smash is my favorite. Sometimes they seem a bit unbalanced, but the selection is good, and the beer and wine list are legit. Tons of vegetarian options too -- and not just the veggies with slab of cheese variety. I love this place. The service is chill but attentive, the ambience has a SECRET GEM feeling. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I came for dinner on a weeknight and the bars were both full, but we were the only table in the restaurant for the first hour. We had excellent service and impeccable food, and we will certainly be back!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "A very un-DC restaurant. 1905 is not designed to be suitable for large corporate-team or Congressional staff get togethers, like so many souless restaurants all over downtown DC. It is not an overdone "concept restaurant" through which you can see the drawing board of the "restaurant group" pitching to their financiers, like almost every new or newish restaurant (last dozen years) on 14th St. NW, in Penn Quarter, in the West End, in Logan, at the Yards. It is a restaurant with a genuine, charming personality--in the decor, the menu, the music, the ambiance. (Only a genuine personality can be charming.) It's romantic. The food is amazing. It is someone's labor of love, as a restaurant should be."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Good, but nothing special. For the money I'd continue exploring other places. No desire to head back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "1905 is one of my go to restaurants when I forget to make weekend reservations, but that's a shame because the food really is delicious. Our party had a watermelon and avocado salad that was divine, salad in a jar and homemade pimento cheese to start. For entrees, the vegetarian grains dish really is a star - although lamb shoulder and brisket were also a hit. Great cocktails, great service and a nice wine selection. I highly recommend this place. And when you're done, the roof is a great spot to enjoy the summer evenings."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Unfortunately, the most memorable part of my initial visit to 1905 was the seating -- some of the most uncomfortable I've ever encountered in a restaurant. About half the seating in the room is on benches running lengthwise on either side which are not cushioned and far too narrow. A shame, because the room is otherwise furnished nicely. The food was respectable. My black bean hummus, served with toast, had little taste and should not have been presented chilled. A catfish main course was more successful, but the accompanying hush puppies were too dense."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We went on a Friday night at around 9pm. There was plenty of space, even though their dining room is small. What a great hidden gem. The drinks are pricy but they are delicious. The food is outstanding. We had their house burger and it was yummy. I'm surprised it wasn't more crowded. I'm tired of those places that are super delicious yet super full where the wait times can range from 1 to 2 hours."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Service was good, but he dining room was so loud we couldn't talk to each other. Nothing in the decor cut voices from bouncing off all the hard surfaces. And all the food was so heavily spiced it over powered the taste. Starting with too much horseradish in the Bloody Mary, the sausage gravy scantly poured over stale biscuits were overpowered by too much black pepper, and the fiery hot Breakfast Burger was not edible. To be fair there were hints on the menu that these might be spicey (not the word I would use), but even the scrambled eggs were overpowered by the too strongly flavored cheddar cheese dumped on them. I can only imagine how the sriracha mayo would have added to the overkill. Sadly disappointed, we will not be returning."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Walking up the dark stairs I wondered, "Is there a restaurant up here?" What a great discovery it turned out to be. Unlike so many newer restaurants, nothing about 1905 seems forced, contrived or pretentious. Cozy and comfortable, with a menu that delights and surprises. Every dish had something unique and memorable. Though not a vegetarian, I found the cauliflower "steak" amazing. My date's fish, with a beet slaw was perfectly prepared. If you'd like something not far from the hubbub of 14th and U streets, this is a great find."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The restaurant was a fun place for a first date. The staff was super helpful and funny, they explained what the specials were, and also gave up suggestions. The beer list is pretty nice also. If you go I totally recommend the Angus burger paired with the DC Brau Citizen been in a glass... it was DELISH!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Me and the huz have been going to 1905 since the opened and they never dissapoint. Small menu means lots of care and love go Into each dish!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I just had my 3rd visit to 1905 and it may have been my favorite. Great place for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. The warm grains vegetarian dish is outrageously good (says the happy meat eater), as is the pork butter, jar salad.....the chocolate dessert is really remarkably good. We now think of going there just to get that on random nights after work. Cocktails are also great and the wine/beer list is reasonably priced. Really a great find!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I took out of town guests here for a true DC experience and 1905 did not disappoint. The food and service were excellent. The atmosphere was relaxed and you could enjoy conversation without shouting to be heard. I would highly recommend for taking out of town guests or a date."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The restaurant was incredibly loud and nearly impossible to hear my friends. I had been excited to eat here for a while and finally got around to going and was very disappointed. The service was very very slow, the food was not very good and overall it was a let down. On a positive note, I had the lamb shank and that was delicious! I would definitely get that again, however the catfish was over fried (like eating fried cornmeal, not fish) the chicken was bland... One dibs that was amazing does not make me want to rush back. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Everyone was so nice and the food was really fresh and great flavor. The rooftop is such a great place to have some drinks and spend time with friends. Planning to visit again but this time stay at the rooftop!!! "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Food was okay - some of our dishes were great, others just mediocre. Ambiance was lacking- it was so loud our table of 3 couldn't hear each other talk."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I've eaten here several times before and I swear by the citrus yogurt. some things were off with our food this time but not enough to make me not go. The service was also a bit off and that isn't the norm, but not horrible enough to make me not go...overall this plac has a great atmosphere and is a must see...I'm chalking this week up to an off week."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "A few girlfriends and I went here for dinner during DC's Restaurant Week. The food was great, as was the service. Definitely recommend coming during Restaurant Week because their entire menu was included!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Went for brunch. Food was delicious, service was mediocre, but would try again in the future."
    Dined on 11/10/2013