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Darlington House
Darlington House

Darlington House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.darlingtonhousedc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 332-3722
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am - 5:00pm;
    Lunch Monday - Friday 11:30am until 5pm Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American
  • Executive Chef: Fabio Begggiato
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: Happy Hour Monday - Friday & all sporting events in the Cantina Pub

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Connecticut Ave NW
  • Public Transit: Right in front of DuPont Circle Exit North
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Tues to Sat - Valet, Parking Lot Behind PNC Bank off Dupont Circle with entrance on Mass Ave
A word from Darlington House
Darlington House is a historic Row house that has been transformed into a multi-level restaurant & lounge in the heart of DuPont Circle. Fabio and Patricia Beggiato have poured all their passion and training into every aspect of this house and created a lively restaurant serving rustic yet refined Italian cooking using simple, fresh organic and sustainable ingredients. A breathtaking urban scape through bay windows in the main Dining Room and Circle Bar (1st floor), make this one of DC's most charming dining rooms. The Cantina Pub (street level)is a rustic, casual and family friendly neighborhood bar with great Pub Grub, TV's & a delightful outdoor patio. The second floor Library is a perfect venue for your next private affair; seating up to 70 & receptions up to 150. Exquisite cocktails and an extensive and thoughtful wine & beer list make Darlington House the perfect place to relax with friends & neighbors. Brunch is served every Sat & Sunday. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Our group of 8 booked a table a couple weeks in advance, and we were told we needed to offer a credit card for the reservation which would be charged a $50 fee if we cancelled within 2 days. When we arrived at the restaurant, it was extremely quiet. Only one other guest. Our waitress must have been new, because she had a very difficult time explaining the specials to us. Our group ordered a variety of meals, from the risotto seafood special to wild salmon to home made pasta dishes. We were all pleased enough with our food. We had a wonderful time. But the part I truly can't figure out is...we were the only diners! After the single diner left, we had the restaurant the entire night to ourselves. Strange."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I've been to Darlington House a lot, but at lunch it shouldn't take 20 minutes to order food or 15 minutes after finishing for a waiter to come by so we can ask for the bill. Business lunches of one course can't take 90 minutes."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I've been to Darlington House before for brunch and dinner. I was shocked at how empty the restaurant was for Sunday brunch but then when I saw how disappointing the service was I understood why. It was as if everyone was asleep and just going through the motions. I love the look of the space but will be very reluctant to go back with such poor service. I shouldn't have to flag over a bus boy to find my waiter so that I can order when there are only 4 tables occupied. Then one of two drinks shouldn't be forgotten and I also shouldn't have to ask for more coffee. Plus, the bus boy dropped and shattered a tables worth if cups creating quite a commotion and distraction since at this point there were only 3 occupied tables."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I tend to have very large groups (around 20) for my birthday parties and Darlington House was very accommodating with my reservation. I came a week in advance and spoke with the manager and they assured me that everything would be taken care of. I requested the back part of the dining room where the bar was and everything was set up before I arrive. Some of my party was late but there was no rush from management, which I appreciated. I got a free glass of prosecco because it was my birthday which was a nice bonus. The food was delicious although, I wish the portions were a bit larger. Overall, it was a lovely spot. I'll keep it as my little secret in Dupont for dates or dinners with friends."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We loved eating in the Dining Room at the Darlington House! Homemade pasta, great antipasta, impeccable service!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Food was good, the service was solictous, responsive and helpful and it is as always a plesant experience. And affordable for business lunches."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We reserved well in advance for dinner, not realizing the dining room would be closed that day and that we would be diverted to the downstairs pup. We should have left right then, and Darlington house should have advised us in advance that they were virtually closed for civilized dining. Upstairs is a nice place for eating; downstairs is a good place for drinking!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Darlington House (and the predecessor Sesto Seno) has been in business for years. No wonder, they cater to the loyalty of their followers. Unlike a lot of restaurants that are ever-new and staff that churns, DH is a place you get to know and they get to know you. Like traveling abroad, it's nice to come home. Going to DH means never having to worry about the consistent, high quality of food and service."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Went to Darlington House on a Friday night for dinner and it was perfect! Appetizers, entrees, and dessert were all delicious and the service was very attentive. Nothing can compare to fresh pasta made on-site. All of the vegetables and seafood were very fresh as well."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Our party of six on a Thursday night couldn't understand why this restaurant wasn't packed! The recipes were authentic Italian, and if they don't make their own pasta, they could have fooled me! Darlington House was like a little trip to Italy. Quality food at moderate prices for DC, and the portion sizes were generous (but not obscene - you know where you can go for that!) We can especially recommend the fried calamari and shrimp starter (enough for 2) that was clearly house-made!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We took an out of town guest here. It was our first time, but we depended on the past reviews. The restaurant is decorated in a very attractive and bright style. We easily found street parking. The food was amazing. We all decided on the fish of the day (which was bronzini). Not a single complaint. The wine list is extensive and reasonably priced. Our server was polite, attentive and knowledgable. We would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Enjoyed the main dining room on Father's Day with my family who was visiting from out of town. The small, pretty dining room was nearly empty, but it's not intended to be a bustling place, anyway. Host, manager, and servers were all incredibly attentive, but not overbearing. Homemade parpadelle and cavatelli were incredible - uniquely prepared and not your "every day" pasta. Seafood dishes were done well with nice level of marinade that still let the great flavor of the fish come through. Great spot for older and/or more mature crowds. Dining experience was well-paced and quite calming. Great spot for older and/or more mature crowd. Head to the cantina downstairs for more of a bistro/pub feel."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Good spot for brunch. The doughnut holes were a great part of brunch - make sure you order those!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "One of the best Italian places to eat. Truly, the food and service are tops. Great wine selections. Started with mix of Italian cheese, tomatoes and calamari. Pasta was tops!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Wanted a nice place to dine that was easily accessible from Metro while in DC. Selected Darlington House because one of the members of our party particularly wanted Italian. Everyone was very pleased with their menu selections. The attentive service and willingness to accommodate dietary restrictions and/or personal food dislikes made it a delightful evening for all. The flat bread appetizer and salads were excellent. The branzini was cooked perfectly and the lemon/butter/wine sauce on it was light and complemented it well. Make sure you save room for dessert, especially the Tiramisu. A good wine selection added to our pleasure. When back in DC, we will certainly return!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great food and service. There was a wedding going on on the third floor which was quite loud. I would recommend you try this place."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The staff was curteous and the food was great. Overall an enjoyable evening"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Was surprisingly quiet for Memorial Day weekend. The omelets were as fluffy as ever, the hash was great, and the bloody Marys were nice and spicy. Great brunch. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great food but much too loud. Disappointing after we specifically requested a quiet table and were then seated next to a large and loud party. We were a party of 4 and had a yell across the table to talk. Overall, good restaurant but much much too loud. Please make more of an effort to drown out noise. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I enjoy this restaurant. The wait staff are a blast from the past in terms of attentive customer service. The ambiance is lovely, elegant. The food is good, pasta is made there. And you can actually have a conversation and hear what your dining companion is saying."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The service was really slow, they didn't check on our food until the end of the meal, and the server was generally inattentive and not too friendly. The food was good but not too impressive and there was a wedding reception going on upstairs which meant we could hear all the dancing and shuffling throughout our meal. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We were delighted to find reservations available when we wanted them on a busy Saturday night. The table we were given was the best in the house. The food was excellent and once we were noticed the service was excellent."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I had no idea this place existed but I am glad that I found it! Price - I honestly expected the price tag to be much higher, especially when you see how well they did in the other categories. This place is moderately priced. I felt like I got a good sized portion and awesome experience and great service for a rather inexpensive price compared to other DC establishments. Service - Off the charts. Very attentive and friendly. Ambiance - Its like you area eating in an old-time dining room. Well-lit during the day and just enough light in the evening. Such a comforting feeling. Food - Out of this world! I sampled a few different entrees and was impressed with each one them. I wish I had more characters so I could write more!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I can see why Darlington House has been around forever. It is private, pretty, has high quality food and a nice menu. Particularly appealing is how unpretentious the vibe is. My date and I had an excellent meal of frutti del mar and fish of the day and a couple of glasses of good merlot. The service was attentive. It was a little loud, but only because there happened to be two big groups set in long tables. They were having a good time eating and drinking and talking, so no blame. I'd go there again."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Great Italian food, charming old building, excellent unobtrusive service....all-around perfect dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We went to Darlington House to take a visiting relative to dinner. We live in the general neighborhood and are always looking for outstanding restaurants nearby. At Darlington House the food was delicious, the wine list had many options by the glass, and the service was outstanding. I also would recommend dining in the upstairs dining room, which has a chrming, gracious ambiamce."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The restaurant was really nice, and very formal. We had a 11:45 reservation and it was really empty. A little fancier than my taste, but the food was very tasty. Excellent bloody Mary. I think if we sat on the outside patio our experience would have been more casual. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Good place for a date, not family friendly. Food was good, atmosphere very nice. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I had never been to Darlington House but decided to dine there for Dining out for Life. Everything was wonderful and a portion of the check went to Food and Friends. I am glad to have found Darlington House and will certainly be back."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Italian food in DC. Get a mixed platter to start with, ask your Ernesto and he will set you up. Dinner must have a pasta. Pasta is one of the best around. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I came here for Easter brunch with my family from out of town. The food and service were good. The donut holes were amazing. I would have liked to see a few more vegetarian options, but I got the French toast which was delicious. I would note though that the portions were kind of small for the cost of the food."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I came for brunch for the first time and it was amazing. The menu offered many dishes and great breakfast options and The bloddy mary's are the best in town. Upon dining I noticed there was an event held on the 3rd floor which they call the library. The event coordinator was kind enough to show me around when the party was over. great spacing for large groups. She also showed me the cantina on the 1st floor. I was shocked to see one restuarant holds 3 different optional venues for any occassion and noise level is never an issue. The staff here are very welcoming and friendly I will be back."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We sat outside and it's a nice place to enjoy the weather and watch the city go by. Food was middle of the road. Upstairs inside has very nice, historic feel to it, but we did not sit up there."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Nice elegant but comfortable dining room in an old townhouse with good natural light. Its not gourmet, but the food is good, as is the wine list and its well priced. Service is excellent, especially the attention we received from the manager, Ernesto who goes out of his way to make you feel welcome. But the best reason to make this a regular business lunch or dinner spot is that you can actually hold a conversation. Its not a stuffy or overly formal atmosphere but it just doesn't get that loud in there. Although this is my first review, I've been many times and its always a good atmposphere. Tables are well spaced and they don't mind if you linger for a while after finishing your meal to complete your business discussions."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Loved the butternut squash ravioli. Husband loved the special. The bomboloni dessert was a great treat, We had a nice table by the window. A great find. Would definitely go there again."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Came here for brunch. It was sunny outside but not that hot. The inside of the restaurant was maybe 60 degrees since the front door was open and the heat wasn't on. Way too cold inside to enjoy our meal. Donut holes and dipping sauces were bland. Cheeseburger with the fried egg was delicious. The bartender serving us was friendly and attentive even though he was also serving the patio tables. Overall a decent experience but nothing to write home about."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I made a reservation through OpenTable for brunch here at 11:45 on a Sunday. There were 3 of us. We were seated immediately and ordered shortly thereafter at about 12:05. Our waiter did not come to check on us unless we flagged him down to ask him where our food was. Nobody refilled our drinks unless we could get their attention and ask for them. We asked about our food FOUR TIMES...every time we were told it was coming right out. One guy who seemed to be acting as the manager even came to us and told us our food was actively being plated...which was a lie, as our food still never came. At 1:15 we finally gave up and left some money for the cold coffee and soda we had. As we left, nobody even apologized. TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This was my first time. I was treated like royalty."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I came with a large group on a Saturday night. We sat downstairs in the pub area where we could order from both the upstairs and downstairs menus. We enjoyed delicious food, wine, and a fun atmosphere. I would definitely recommend Darlington House. A tip - if you're really hungry, I would recommend considering the pub menu which had lower prices but bigger portions."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My husband and I were highly pleased with our Italian dining experience at Darlington House. Beautifully restored historic home in vibrant Dupont Circle with light rain on the windows and damp air outside, set a lovely mood for the delicious meal. Usually appetizers outshine entrees in taste and flavor, but here, they both held their ground. The charcuterie platter and calamari were excellent and the osso bucco and veal were equally memorable. We were also impressed by the extensive list of pastas handmade on site and our al dente dish was exceptional. We enthusiastically recommend this place!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014