1905
1905

1905

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.1905dc.com/
  • Phone: 202-332-1905x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Kitchen Hours:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm
    Sunday Brunch: 11am - 3pm
    Sunday Dinner: 5:30pm - 9pm
    Monday: Closed

    Bar and Roof Deck open late every night
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Joel Hatton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Call the restaurant for details
  • Private Party Contact: Tony Lucca 202-332-1905x

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:
A word from 1905
Cozy neighborhood bistro and roof deck in the heart of Shaw, DC. Our beautifully appointed dining room is the perfect location for a special occasion dinner with your significant other or a celebratory dinner with a group of your closest friends and family. Our roof deck boasts picturesque vistas of the DC skyline, and is ideal for a leisurely glass of wine, some tasty bar snacks, and catching up with good friends.
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1905 reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (20)romantic (14)great for brunch (6)scenic view (6)special occasion (6)good for groups (5)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (3)notable wine list (2)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • My Favorite restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/16/2012
    Great food and service while enjoying a great ambiance. Portions are smaller with very nice presentations but if you are very hungry you've got to at least get an appetizer and a side dish or go for the burger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/9/2012
    Brunch at 1905 is fantastic! Bottomless mimosas and bloody mary's along with french toast topped with brie makes for a wonderful Sunday morning date spot. I couldn't recommend it more highly. Compliments to the chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DC gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/9/2012
    I have been a devotee of 1905 since it opened. I don't live in DC anymore, but travel back frequently, and this is always a must. This time I was there for brunch and some of our group had never been before and they equally loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Only complaint is that the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Only complaint is that the portions are very small relative to the prices. The lobster meatballs were delicious but not sure that 2 meatballs for 14 bucks is worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The atmosphere was really
    Monica
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    The atmosphere was really great! Very romantic and cozy, felt like we were in Paris in the 1920s. Exposed brick walls, tin ceiling and cozy seating. Our server was fantastic and had really great suggestions about food. Very interesting cocktail list; our server recommended the Hot Kentucky and Fresh Ginger cocktails and they were both great. The menu was all very seasonal. The portions weren't too big--we each got an appetizer and an entree and it was just the right amount of food. The scallops appetizer was absolutely delicious. The lobster meatballs were interesting, but probably wouldn't get them again. Overall a fantastic experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time here. Really engaged
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    Great time here. Really engaged service. Hope to go back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very romantic spot in the
    DCBadgerVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    Very romantic spot in the upstairs of an old row house. If you want a quiet, romantic atmosphere, I recommend a 7:00 or 7:30 reservation on the weekend. There's lovely jazz playing over the speakers, but by 8:30, it's too loud to hear much at all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There were a few groups there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    There were a few groups there on Saturday night who made the restaurant extremely loud and we were bummed the pecan pie was finished by the time we got to dessert, but the food was otherwise really tasty and the restaurant itself has a great vibe. I also appreciated that the wait staff was attentive even through all the noise. I'd go back, but on a quieter night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We visited before a show at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    We visited before a show at the Howard Theater. It was a great choice. Everything was really good.
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  • Food and service were outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    Food and service were outstanding. Clientele was too loud
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed my visit
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    Nice spot. Great for dinner birthdays or romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The cocktails were unique
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    The cocktails were unique and wonderful, and the tuna tartare was mouth-watering. We had chicken and the catch of the day-- both great, though the tuna tartare was what I will remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable dining
    svmartell
    Dined on 10/25/2012
    I was very close to giving this experience five stars. The food was outstanding! We had the oysters, crab cakes, and gnocchi which were all served very hot--a big plus for me. The gnocchi was the best I have ever had! The only downside was that the portion was very small. I think I had about 10-12 pieces which left me wanting more since it was so good! The service was prompt, but both male servers were not very welcoming. They were not rude, just not pleasant. I was never asked about how the dinners were after we were served. Overall, very enjoyable dining experience, but a bit pricey without a coupon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The sparkle is gone
    aatnaplesVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2012
    This was my sixth visit to this restaurant and it will be my last. The restaurant has deteriorated tremendously from my first visit more than three years ago. On the night we dined they ran out if at least three items on a menu that had only 15 items in total. Sadly they even ran out of bread. My chicken saltimbocca was flavorful but the chicken was dry and overlooked. It was also a petit chicken breast sold for $24 on the menu. This place has lost it's way.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu is quite small so you'd
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/24/2012
    Menu is quite small so you'd expect that what you ordered would be well prepared. Not the case. Crab cakes had a lot of filler and the burger was half the size of the bun it was served on. A piece of cold brie that wasn't even sliced to cover the burger sat on top. It looked like something from a sixth grade cooking class. After five minutes of being brought the food someone asked me if I wanted any condiments, didn't know what they had available, and came back five minutes later with a small dollop of mustard. By that point I was almost done eating though I had plenty of bun leftover. Perhaps I was supposed to dip that in the mustard?
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  • Nice view, good servicbut the food?
    outandabout
    Dined on 10/24/2012
    Too limited number of food options...small portions. Redeeming factor is roof deck; great in nice weather. They need to up their game on the food side if they want to survive.....both quality and selection
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over-priced and underwhelming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2012
    We suffered through a very poor dinner experience at 1905. It started with a gruff greeting from our surly server; through "cottage fries" that are, in fact, just potato chips; then a $24 chicken breast with nothing else on the plate (seriously!); a long wait to get our check; and, finally, no attempt at a goodbye. We will never, ever return to this over-priced rip-off.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were blown away by the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    We were blown away by the food and service at 1905. We started with the lobster meatballs, followed by the carpetbagger steak and diver scallops, and were impressed by everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great rooftop bar and amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    Great rooftop bar and amazing food. It is a little pricey for what you get so look for a deal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, quiet restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/17/2012
    Great food, quiet restaurant space (though it was a weekday) and beautiful view from the rooftop bar. Roof area is not very conducive to eating and does not have tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic cocktails made by
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    Fantastic cocktails made by great bartenders! Food was good; hostess and server were friendly but service overall was erratic on a Friday night. Felt rushed... would have lingered and ordered more but was getting a little uncomfortable and restless. Would come again but probably not for a while....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This small hole in the wall
    LeahVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2012
    This small hole in the wall is the upstairs of a nondescript house on 9th street. Menu was small but with a good variety. Everything was definitely on the heavier side but on a cold night, sounds delicious. VA meatballs and gnochhi were yummy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was okay - they got
    LizzieVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2012
    Service was okay - they got hit by one or two large tables and after that it was hard to get a water refill or replace a fork that had fallen on the floor. The tuna appetizer is great The scallops from my main dish were wonderful, but the accompanying root veggie puree was rather insipid.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1905 had an off night - maybe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/7/2012
    1905 had an off night - maybe because it was on a Sunday evening. The Scallops were overlooked - & everyone's meal @ the table was underwhelming. In addition - the service was not that attentive even though it was a slow night...my past experiences have been very good - but my advice may be not to go on Sunday...
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  • A hidden gem
    Hoping4More
    Dined on 10/7/2012
    We had an early dinner so we were the first customers. Interesting decor. Our server was very nice and attentive. He made sure to ecknowledge our anniversary and offered a free glass of wine for each of us to toast to, which was very nice. We ordered the tuna tartar for our appetizer. It was good and had a nice presentation, but it was a little on the bland side...we've have had better at other restaurants. Our entrees luckily were excellent and quite the surprise. We also had a chocolate mousse for our dessert that was a little on the thick side, but very good. We enjoyed our time there. It's definitely a hidden gem in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I love 1905
    elms79
    Dined on 10/4/2012
    Love this place. Fantastic food, beautiful atmosphere, great service. And the new roof deck is amazing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem -- I love 1905!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/2/2012
    Hidden gem -- I love 1905! Always the perfect spot for an any-time dinner with an awesome shabby chic vibe and comfort food with a twist. LOVE the pulled lamb sandwich. And the wine list is always diverse, affordable and creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • picked for its location (close
    Skd4
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    picked for its location (close to Howard Theatre) and good reviews; were very please with our dinner; great waitress
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was aweful, I'm always
    ColetteVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2012
    Food was aweful, I'm always willing to pay for a good meal, but the food at that place was terrible! I had the steak, I order a medium rate, I got medium well. The steak had a lot of fat on it. I also had a glass if Pino Noir.. Had a sip and that was it.. The wine was terrible...when the waiter ask me if I enjoy the wine, I told him no and he just walked away. Would never go back.
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  • This place seems better when
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2012
    This place seems better when it is busy. Have gone there a lot and my experiences are not consistent. I will keep trying but they need step it up a notch -- there is more and more competition in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This turned out to be the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/9/2012
    This turned out to be the worst restaurant experience I've had in ages. The service was non-existent although they only had a few tables. After 20 minutes no one had come over to take our order. We asked a server who was passing to take our order and she acted very inconvenienced. She took our drink order and ran off before we could order food. Meanwhile a table next to us was seated and their order taken right away...before ours, although we had been waiting at this point for 25 minutes.We again asked someone passing if we could please order our food. When it arrived (salad & entree @ the same time) the server had forgotten one of the salads. Food was OK but won't be going back.
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  • Excellent meal. Server had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/2/2012
    Excellent meal. Server had good suggestions and a nice personality. Every dish was excellent and we left very pleased with the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the decoration, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2012
    Loved the decoration, the service, but especially the food! It was incredibly delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • There were TWO large groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/21/2012
    There were TWO large groups -- one of about 8 folks and another of about 15 -- and it's a very small dining room. So it really kind of ruined the evening because one of the groups was very light. THe ambience of a very nicely decorated, quaint dining room was lost in all the commotion. So I would definitely suggest asking about group parties when you are booking your reservation. Otherwise, food & drink were nice. Service was a bit inattentive but that was probably because of the groups.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never a dissapointment. Thanks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/19/2012
    Never a dissapointment. Thanks for bringning brunch back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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  • Fun but not for foodies
    kiki
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    This is an interesting restaurant in an up and coming neighborhood. The outdoor deck upstairs has a fun vibe. Dinner wasn't particularly tasty--and definitely not fit for foodies. Even the recommended crab cakes were dry. The waiters seemed confused and weren't appropriately dressed. The place could use a good scrub down, but overall it is a fun place if you aren't too picky.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not great during restaurant
    LoyalcustomerVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    Not great during restaurant week. Quality of food not as good as during regular times.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1905 is an outstanding restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    1905 is an outstanding restaurant that exudes charm and delectable fare. The service was exceptional from a friendly reception to impecable indulgences from the waitstaff. The menu was enticing and the food exquisite. The atmosphere was nostalgic, beguiling and bewitching. There is also a new outdoor roof bar that has a fun crowd and amazing view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    The food was delicious and the staff was friendly and welcoming. I went for Restaurant week and wasn't let down. It's a nice spot for a small group or romantic dinner.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice Restaurant Week experience
    Marisa
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    Checked it out for the first time for Restaurant Week. From the outside, it would be easy to pass by & never notice it above a liquor store, but the inside was neat - a little bit on the elegant side but kind of old-looking... like a haunted Victorian house without the creepiness (if that makes any sense). We were happy to see some favorites on the menu for both of us - he got shrimp & steak, and I got avocado & gnocchi. Dessert was the best chocolate mousse I've ever had - not light & milky, but thick and dark - yum! Our waitress was pleasant & upbeat. The only downside was that it was kind of noisy - but it was late on a Friday. If you're in the mood for a nice dining experience that is a little different than the norm, check out 1905.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic