B. Smith's
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B. Smith's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bsmith.com/
  • Phone: 2022896188
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon-Thurs 11:30am - 10:00pm
    Fri-Sat 11:30am - 11:00pm
    Sun 11:00am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Comfort Food, Cajun
  • Executive Chef: Karida Celestine
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: B.Smith's renowned Cajun, Creole and Southern fare is now available for off premise catered events. Please contact Dana Gasby at (202)289-6188 for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: B. Smith's features American cuisine with a Southern flare. Located in Washington, DC's Union Station, B. Smith's grand Beaux Arts style dining room with its 30-foot ceilings, period chandeliers and turn of the century elegance, has been called one of the most beautiful dining rooms in America.
  • Private Party Contact: Dana Gasby 8885704049

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Capitol Street
  • Public Transit: Take Washington DC's Metro Rail Red Line to Union Station. B.Smith's is located on the street level at the end of Union Station's East Hall. Union Station is also a major Amtrak, Metro Bus and taxicab hub.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: For your convenience Union Station has an attached indoor parking garage. With a validated ticket you can park for 2 hours for only $1. Additional covered & street parking is available nearby.
A word from B. Smith's
B.Smith's Washington, DC Restaurant features a combination of Cajun, Creole and Southern cuisine. Located in Historic Union Station, B.Smith's grand Beaux Arts style dining room with its 30-foot ceilings, period chandeliers and turn of the century elegance, is recognized as a national landmark. The Grand Dining Room is known as one of the most beautiful dining rooms in America. Executive Chef Karida Celestine specialties of the house include our famous Swamp Thing - a mixed seafood dish over southern style greens in a Dijon mustard based sauce; Grilled Lamb Chops with sweet potato puree; Fried Green Tomatoes and Spicy Cajun Jambalaya. In its own separate space, the bar at B. Smith's serves as a gathering place for Washington's political movers and shakers, celebrities and people who just want to have a good time.
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B. Smith's reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Review
    Brooklyn
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    This restaurant does not have a diverse selection for vegetarians. Also, a member of my party asked the waitress to put her mac and cheese on a side plate as she was going to give it to another member of our party. When the food arrived, the mac and cheese was under the fish she had ordered. I asked the server to please have our waitress come over to correct the problem - the waitress never came to our table. We proceeded with our meal and several times I asked different waiters and waitress to ask our waitress to come to our table and she never showed up until we were close to finishing our meal. I asked for the check, she gave me the bill. Granted I gave her $100.00 bill, but it should not have taken 25 minutes to bring me my change.
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  • A must on your visit to DC!
    Dineout5VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    This was my 3rd visit to DC, and 3rd time visiting B. Smith's....what does that tell you?! Each time the service, food, and ambiance were excellent. I call it a 'hidden gem' within Union Station, but probably not for the locals. On this visit, we took our 19-year old nephew, who was visiting DC for the first time....and he ate everything from the appetizer (Fried Green Tomatoes), to the mini cornbread muffins and Biscuits, and his entree (Lemon-pepper Catfish)! I enjoyed the 'Swamp Thing' dish, which was loaded with seafood, in an outstanding broth with collard greens 'in the mix'! The three of us (my husband, nephew and I) thoroughly enjoyed our meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Amazing anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    We had such a fabulous time at B Smith's this weekend. Not only was the food amazing, the service from Diane was over the top spectacular and she ensured that we had an amazing time. This is the perfect spot for a romantic evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The sevrice was bas person
    tony
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    The sevrice was bas person miss my order up twice and did not even say sorry for miss up
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Birthday Dinner
    Dineoutwithme
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    I took my husband to B. Smith's - Union Station restaurant for dinner to celebrate his birthday during our Washington, DC mini vacation. The food was outstanding and very filing! He enjoyed the "Swamp Thing" and I enjoyed the "Grilled Shrimp and Grits! For dessert we shared the Bread Pudding with vanilla ice cream. My husband is still telling me how he really enjoyed his meal. I must say, this is a winner and I would love to revisit this restaurant again!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still shinning
    califoodie
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    I took a dear friend of mine (from California) to B. Smiths. It was a busy Saturday night as even I was running a little tardy for our 8pm reservation. It took over an hour for us to get our food, but there was a sincere apology as well as a complimentary appetizer from the manager as a token of good customer service. The food was outstanding! My compliments to the chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • B.Smith's Union Station
    Fredyt3
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    We have visited B. Smith's before. This visit was okay, however the restaurant was lacking wait staff, as it appeared a hostess or perhaps a manager was waiting on us. It was obvious she had other duties to fulfill because we did not get the dedicated service you have come to expect at B. Smith's. The food was outstanding, however in addition to my wife and I, were brought two first-timers and they commented about the lack of service. Surely they will return but for that evening, it was below par.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Soul Food Creole twist
    rsylver
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    B Smiths is a great place for dining while visiting the Nation's Capital. Great combination and fusion of two old southern style cuisines of traditional soul food and creole.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Server forgot to bring out one of our orders. We had to ask for bread even though the table next to us got it, they arrived after us. Dining room was empty yet at 1pm I had to wait for 2 people in my party of 3 to arrive before being seated. I will tell everyone to avoid this place. Sorry Barb, get it together.
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  • Lunch Review
    BjM3dine
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    The ambience was wonderful and noted by my lunch guest. The food was superb and was the correct temperature. The waiters were polite and attentive. Thank you for providing a great meeting atmosphere. -BjM-
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly service. Lovely spot
    LaughingTravellerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Friendly service. Lovely spot - never know you were in Union Station. Food was average and acoustics make for a LOUD space, It's a good choice for aunion Staion - but otherwise venture over to the hill
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall experience was very
    Allen
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Overall experience was very good. Menu offered a number of choices. Food was very good, but not outstanding.
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    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terribly Slow, Inattentive Service
    MsLiz
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Lunch crowds at B. Smiths are usually business or government people trying to go to a nice lunch and get back to the office in less than an hour. Not only did it take 2 hours for three uncooked salads, but the service was TERRIBLE. I mean terrible...I dont think we will be back there anytime soon.
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  • Great Brunch
    mike
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    Great service, food was outstanding. Wait staff was attentive but not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expensive for small portions
    John
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    The food was very good but $29 for shrimp and grits should yield you more than 4 shrimp. We all liked the food and the service but all thought the prices were high for the portion sizes. Why is the wine list scribbled on a piece of paper in the server's pocket and protected from you like it is a secret? I thought wine was a good profit item and they liked to sell it.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Ambiance for Work and Play
    tunein2tdineVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    You would never know you were in the train station after walking into B. Smith's. Its decor exudes class, luxury, and quality. The service is 5-star with the waiters, porters, and hosts catering to your needs. The meal was absolutely delectable. You would never know that a down home southern meal was coming from the kitchen because it felt like we were really at the White House. A few friends of mine were there in a group in an enclosed transparent room and their noise was just undetectable for the peripheral diners. Class act!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Surprise
    brunchbunch
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    If you are looking for some place nice for a surprise party, I highly recommend B Smith's. The reservation staff was great to work with, especially when we had a date change. The party went off without a hitch. The food was very good and the service was good.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!
    sparty
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    The food, staff, and service was some of the best I have ever experienced! Love seeing the historic architecture in the restaurant and the menu is phenomenal. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Perfectly seasoned....professional staff and easy to get to my metro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food as always. They
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    Great food as always. They were re-doing their wine list so the selection was limited...only two chardonnays. I'm sure that will be corrected shortly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Reunion Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    At the last minute, I invited my family to B. Smith's restaurant. They were able to accommodate my family group of 8. The service was fine and the food was better but not as good as I remember it being.
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    great for brunch, late-night find, special occasion
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  • luv2eatDC
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    I loved the shrimp and grits! There was live piano playing. Waiters were very attentive. The inside of restaurant was very classy and antique looking. Great tourist location being in Union Station.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not too hot
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    This was my first time at this restaurant and let me start off by saying the customer service of the staff was exceptional. The restaurant is beautifully architectured with lots of history in each room. Unfortunately, the food was not good. I am a foodie that had high exceptations for this place with a special love for Cajun cuisine. I would only go back to this restaurant for a few drinks at happy hour but NO food.
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    scenic view
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  • A memorable experience
    Likealot
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    We had a great experience . We decided to take my wife to B Smith for her birthday. It was my youngest daughter's recommendation. Her mother would often comment that she would like to go back to B Smith's. We would eat their often when I spent more time in DC. We had an great time, food was excellent as always; service was first class. They added a number special touches to celebrate my wife birthday.She felt very special. We all had a memorable experience. I am only sorry that I had been away from B Smith's so long. I will not let that happen again!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I like B Smiths, but I do
    GoTotheArtandSoul
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    I like B Smiths, but I do not agree with adding the tip into the bill. Tipping is not a RIGHT! Tips are earned. The servicer was ok, but did not deserve a $20.00 tip.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over cooked and poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    My food was over cooked and the service was poor. We were one of only 3 tables occupied in the whole restaurant and the waitress was usually no where to be found. We had to flag down people to get service.
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  • Interesting dining experience
    Stroller
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    B Smith's restaurant menu has items on it that isn't usually found on a selection in Washington D.C. I've had the pleasure of eating there on several occasions and found the food taste to be consistently the same each time, so that can only mean they follow a strict cooking procedure. The portions are generous, the food is served hot, the wait staff are courteous, and the prices are reasonable. My husband and I completely enjoyed our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not going there again
    not2dine
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    The food was not as good as it use to be and they need to do something about how they break down the bill
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  • Collard Greens, Gumbo, Mac & cheese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    this past weekend the food was horrible!!! The greens, mac and cheese, and gumbo was bad. I plan to go back but definitely will stay away from the ones I mentioned.
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  • Good for a special occasion.
    Tony
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Good for a special occasion. Food was good. Very flavorful.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Voluptuous Lunch
    MsMB
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Convenient location, lovely, historic setting. Our waiter was friendly, helpful without being obtrusive, and knowledgeable about the menu and that part of the building. The fried green tomatoes were divine. I ordered the fried fish platter special, and enjoyed every morsel. My friend found the gumbo and the House Salad with shrimp added very delicious. B. Smith's is my GoTo spot for a late afternoon lunch when I'm in town
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a great place for food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    I hadn't been in awhile and was still very pleased with the service and food. The only issue we had was it was warm in the restaurant and we were uncomfortable. Food was great!
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    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Meet here for business???
    SienaItalyVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    The restaurant would not seat me until the rest of my party that was coming from Amtrak was there. I will not use this restaurant for business again. Once they allowed us to be seated the food was OK and teh service was very good.
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  • Date Night with the Hubby
    InquiZitive
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    We've been to B. Smith's in New York and since we live in Woodbridge, VA we decided to come on up to D.C. to check out this location. The food was impeccable! The service was great!! The ambiance was quiet and intimate even though the dining area was massive. There was a piano player who had us swaying at our seats! It was a great experience. We are scheduling a couple's date night with our married friends.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold buffet food
    Sweet2Salty
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    The menu was a great choice except the food was cold and the collard greens was not properly cooked.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    Not to be missed when visiting DC. A classic, historical setting in Union Station and a unique menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night Dinner
    DeniseMarie
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    My husband and I were visiting from Philadelphia and wanted a really good dinner without spending a lot of money. This spot was great and located in walking distance from our hotel in Union Station.The food was delicious, ambience was great, and our server delivered excellent customer service. They say attire is casual elegance, so I went home and changed out of my tube top and flip flops (glad I did!). You won't be disappointed.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • B. Smith's is over the top
    csipwdc
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Our group of students and adults thoroughly enjoyed our evening at B. Smith's. The service from the time that we entered was excellent. The ambiaunce and atmosphere was superb and the food was amazing. I would highly reccomend B. Smith's and will definitely return myself.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravo B Smiths
    Nique
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    My husband and I were looking for a romantic night on the town without the kids as well as a delicious meal. We found just that at your restaurant. The "Swamp Thing" and bread pudding was very delicious and filling. Your wait staff treated us like royalty. They were very attentive from the time of our arrival until departure. The beauty of the restaurant only added to the wonderful experience. Your restaurant is ideally located where we were able to take a bus tour of the city at night after dining without feeling rushed because our pickup point was just outside of the restaurant. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to family and friends who are seeking an upscale and classy dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Great for business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    B. Smith's is a great spot for a business lunch. Food is great, service is good, table spacing and atmosphere allow for private conversation. Fried green tomatoes and catfish fingers continue to be my favorites. If you need some comfort food, the ever-present "Swamp Thing" will warm and fill you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Gem in Union Station
    JenfromAthensGA
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    Great Southern cuisine (coming from a southerner). Loved the catfish fingers, fried green tomatoes and hushpuppies. Definitely would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic