1610 20th St NW
Washington, DC 20009Neighborhood:
ItalianPrice: $30 and under
- 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: American, Italian
- 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: Happy Hour Monday - Friday & all sporting events in the Cantina Pub
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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Darlington House reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since July 26, 2014
- Ambiance4.5Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (32)special occasion (29)fit for foodies (26)romantic (25)good for groups (23)notable wine list (17)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (12)great for outdoor dining (9)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (8)scenic view (8)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (4)Show More
- We went for the Tastings JournalLBoogieDined on 10/29/2008We went for the Tastings Journal 5-course prix fixe. The hostess sat us at an unfortunate table located directly next to the hostess station, where my view of the beautiful space was blocked by a column. It was pretty quiet for most of our dinner--the music could have been louder, since it's one of those places where the tables are so close together that you can barely squeeze out of them. The food is OK but overpriced. The portions are very small. We tried the arugula salad, which was standard fare, the scallop, which was extremely salty and the butternut soup, which was good. The pork tenderloin and halibut entrees are very good. The service was very good.
- We went for the Tastings Journal.OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 10/28/2008We went for the Tastings Journal. The greeter was very nice and friendly; the dining area is nicely decorated, although the tables are a bit crowded. Attractive atmosphere. Our waiter, while nice, had to be asked for bread and then flagged down a few times (and I abhor having to do anything other than catching a waiter's eye, since it's much more polite). My friend's soup ramekin was only about 1/4 full (mine was 1/3), and she had to ask for more. The food was delicious, for the most part and was in very petite portions. The only real disappointment was the pear crisp, which had practically no pear and only again filled about 1/3 of a ramekin. If portions need to be that small, DH should consider getting smaller dishes. Good pairing w/wine.Special Features:
- Very pricey, but great foodOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 10/26/2008Very pricey, but great food thats very fresh. Staff is very accomadating. Need more non alcoholic drink options. Overall great experience. I would like larger portions though, they are rather small.Special Features:
- We arrived at 1.15 and orderedOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 10/26/2008We arrived at 1.15 and ordered nearly immediately - food arrived about 2.10! Unacceptable. And no apology or explanation. When it did arrive, it was perfectly OK - except that the burger ordered with salad came with fries, and the fish ordered with fries came with salad. Disappointing.
- Good restaurant, but overpricedCjurgVIPDined on 10/24/2008Good restaurant, but overpriced for the quaility of food and service, which was average.
- We recently ate at DarlingtonOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 10/22/2008We recently ate at Darlington House for the first time, and we will certainly be back. It is an absolutely charming restaurant. The service was excellent and when we had a concern with an order, it was fixed right away, no questions asked. This is a must-try for anyone who wants a quiet, enjoyable dinner experience.Special Features:
- We went on a Thursday nightOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 10/16/2008We went on a Thursday night around 6 pm to the 2nd level of the restaurant. The bar and eating area are gorgeous! Club chairs, nice lighting, and very romantic. The wine was excellent. We sat for dinner and during the whole experience (almost 2 hours), we were the only table there! I used to live in Dupont and I hadn't seen a restaurant so empty before, however when we left it seemed more people were downstairs in the Cantina area. The menu seemed very nice and one of my friends was allowed to order off the Cantina menu. The food was bad...over cooked salmon and a warm salad? It was a soggy mess. The Cantina menu is much better. The dessert is supposed to be excellent, but we skipped that. Very expensive for the lack of good flavor.Special Features:
- our server was very nice butOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 10/5/2008our server was very nice but food took a long time and we were without coffee and water for large chunks of time.
- Great food and lovely ambiance.Yuck23VIPDined on 9/27/2008Great food and lovely ambiance. Service started out exceptional, but once they were busy, slowed down a bit. But, wait staff is very pleasant. Overall, a good experience.
- Creative food presented superbly,DominiqueDined on 9/25/2008Creative food presented superbly, impeccable service and pleasant decor made for a very relaxing evening among friends.Special Features:
- While the wait staff was friendly,OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 9/20/2008While the wait staff was friendly, we were only one of three tables in the restaurant during the first hour we were there, and they somehow managed to screw up our order. They accidentally served our order to another table they came in after us, and then took another 20 minutes to remake the order, making us wait a total of 40 minutes for two simple omelettes (and my mother's omelette was not prepared with the ingredients she ordered, but was too hungry to risk waiting for a new one). If this is what happens when there is only three tables in the restaurant, I wonder would what would happen if the place was actually busy.
- "Parking Lot" parking wasOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 9/14/2008"Parking Lot" parking was non-existant. Place was noisy and menu limited.Special Features:
- Quality of food was good--oatmeal,sseatsVIPDined on 9/14/2008Quality of food was good--oatmeal, fresh donut holes, French toast--but it's way too noisy, with unnecessary music adding to the din. Server was unable to hear our order!Special Features:
- I took my fiance here on aOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 9/13/2008I took my fiance here on a Friday evening before she took a long business trip. The food and service were absolutely phenomenal. The wait staff was attentive without being intrusive and made excellent recommendations. The portions were extremely generous -- we both took half of our entrees home with us and had them the next evening for dinner. We only wish we had room for dessert. We will definitely return.Special Features:
- Darlington House, housed inOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 9/11/2008Darlington House, housed in the restored family home of prominent Washington family The Darlingtons (not to be confused with family of the same name on HBO's "Dirty Sexy Money"!) is a wonderful place to take a date or have a fabulous party on the top floor. The Childe Harolde was in the same location for a good thirty years. The personal service was impeccable and yet still relaxed. The food was delicious and served with style. The ambience is funky and chic and yet historical due to its being a beautiful old house. Though I didn't get a chance to look at the wine list - my date chose the wine - the bottle we had was fantastic. Downstairs is a nice, good regular bar and on the top floor is a great place to have a private party.Special Features:
- This was our fourth time diningOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 9/9/2008This was our fourth time dining here and the fourth time the food and service was outstanding....though a little pricey for a "neighborhood restuarant", it is well worth the extra cost. The food and the service is the best in the area!Special Features:
- Went for Saturday Lunch.OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 9/6/2008Went for Saturday Lunch. Pretty limited menu. Fries were limp and not very attratctive. Calamari and artichokes were very good and attractive. The rest was not memorable. Considering owners other places, I was expecting more. HOWEVER the little complimentry corn scones were real gems.
- This dining experience wasMartinKielDined on 8/30/2008This dining experience was a colossal disappointment. The quality of the food is incredibly outstanding. However, the service is horrendous. There does not appear to be any organization in the timing of the service. Unfortunately I would have to say that the server we had wouldn't even meet the standards of a TGI Fridays, if they happen to have any. The service, or lack thereof, killed this experience for me and my guests. Lastly, don't use the restroom. One will find themselves downstairs in a dirty sportsbar restroom with toilet paper all over the floor amongst other things. It was not the way to end my dining "experience".
- Although only open about 10OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 8/23/2008Although only open about 10 weeks, the each of the four entrees chosen by our group was better than the next--lamb, pork chop, scallops and chicken. The appetizers were also quite good. And the excellent food was matched by the attentive and informative service we received from our waiter. Yes--we would and will recommend the restaurant to others.Special Features:
- This restaurant has officiallyOpenTable Diner Since 2003Dined on 8/22/2008This restaurant has officially made it to my top 10 in DC. The food was delicious as well as beautifully presented, the service was attentive without being intrusive and the atmosphere strikes a nice balance between romantic/special ocassion and relaxed. I wish I could eat at the restaurant every week but I'll make do with the Cantina downstairs.Special Features:
- A friend and I and her motherOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 8/17/2008A friend and I and her mother had dinner here during restaurant week. All the choices were good and each of us really enjoyed her appetizer and entreé. Even the wine, by the glass, that I ordered was excellent. Service was very good and the servers and host very friendly. We were seated at the best table in the house, overlooking the bustling Dupont Circle pedestrians. My only complaint was the decaf coffee I was served, which, to my taste, was undrinkable. Since I don't choose (or evaluate) a restaurant based on the quality of its coffee, this minor flaw doesn't color my enthusiasm for Darlington. I would definitely return.Special Features:
- I was very pleased with ourCorkDorkDined on 8/16/2008I was very pleased with our Restaurant Week experience at Darlington House. The restaurant is a welcome addition to the Dupont restaurant scene. Our meal was excellently timed. Nothing felt rushed, but I also didn't feel like we were waiting. My ribeye was cooked to perfection, and the other courses were outstanding. I will definitely return.Special Features:
- I didn't get our server'sOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 8/14/2008I didn't get our server's name, but he, and the rest of the staff, was excellent. Food was good, but we were disappointed that there were so few choices for Restaurant Week, especially after having dined at Chef Geoff's and at Perry's, both of which have almost their entire menu available.Special Features:
- While the interior is stylishOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 8/13/2008While the interior is stylish and the food reasonably good, the level of noise even on a night when it was not crowded made conversation difficult. The food displayed showed a creative effort by the kitchen that did not alway hit its mark. What could seem like an interesting idea did not always result is a great taste.Special Features:
- The pasta with sausage wasOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 8/13/2008The pasta with sausage was out of this world. Appetizers very clever. Halibut was moist and very tasty.Special Features:
- I would not reccomend DarlingtonOpenTable Diner Since 2003Dined on 8/13/2008I would not reccomend Darlington House. Food was at best so-so, when busy it was noisy and parking impossible.
- It was one of the most wonderfulOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 8/12/2008It was one of the most wonderful dinning experiences I've ever had. I already recommended it to all my friends. There were only a few tables in the dining area which made it more intimate and the staff was pleasant. We weren't rushed through the meal and I felt very comfortable there. There is also a great bar downstairs with a totally different feel that has great happy hour special. Located right off Dupont Circle, it's a great find! I will definetly go back.Special Features:
- Service was excellent. AmbianceOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 8/12/2008Service was excellent. Ambiance was great. Food was good. Some courses were wonderful. The risotto wasn't cooked enough, but they took it off of our check
- Darlington House is lovelyOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 8/12/2008Darlington House is lovely place for discerning diners. The service is exceptional. The menu is seasonal, but from the midsummer menu, I would highly recommend the compressed melon for a first course, which does what good food should do--explore a full flavor profile, letting one note play off of the next. The panzanella is bland in comparison. The pastas are handmade and delicious. I feel lucky to have dined on a night when they were serving a nutella crepe (with handmade nutella).Special Features:
- Food was good - service aOpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 8/10/2008Food was good - service a bit abysmal -- sitting outside with no other patrons -- waiters and staff frequently failed to check in and took excessive amounts to time to obtain the bill and pay.Special Features:
- Outside dining is awfullyOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 8/8/2008Outside dining is awfully cramped. I started with an order the chorizo empanandas. I don't recommend them both my guest and I thought they were dry and rather tasteless. I also ordered the pulled pork sandwich and unfortunately bit down on what appeared to be a large bone chip (not quite sure what that was). Waiters were very accommodating and readily brought a replacement sandwich without any fuss. The salad the accompanied the sandwich was delicious - field greens with dressing. The french fries were the highlight of the meaal, they were so outstanding we ended up ordering a second batch.
- It was our first trip to theOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 8/1/2008It was our first trip to the Darlington House and we can't wait to go back! Service was spectacular and every plate of food that came to our table was worth writing home about. Great ambiance, nice romantic location right in my neighborhood, hard to believe it was right there by the metro station. One and only thing I wasn't fond of was the bathroom for the dining room down in the bar. This detracted a bit from the full experience but not that much.Special Features:
- Pleasant dining room but aOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 8/1/2008Pleasant dining room but a bit noisy -- needed to speak a bit louder than I like to be heard by tablemates. Food was generally good but not outstanding. Melon salad is good, not exceptional. (The bread IS outstanding, however.) Wait staff is attentive and tries hard, but need training. Requests often had to be made multiple times.Special Features:
- The stars system above isOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 7/31/2008The stars system above is misleading, because a restaurant sometimes falls between Fair and Good - didn't hate the place, but I would rather send my friends somewhere else. Let's start with the good: the decor was beautiful, chairs comfortable, and the hostess and runners very nice. The food was OK: tuna carpaccio was decent, but drowning in oil, the lamb that I ordered medium rare, came out medium well, and the cheese plate was good. The bad: they use tumblers for wine, and my waiter rolled his eyes and short-changed my pours when I asked for stemware, which was a wine glass you would find for chianti in a small Italian joint, and the noise level is just way to high for such a quaint ambience. I see potential, but has a way to go.
- Darlington House, while fairlyOpenTable Diner Since 2002Dined on 7/26/2008Darlington House, while fairly new, runs well. The service is superb without being overbearing; the staff is well-groomed, knowledgeable, friendly, and well-mannered. The food was a genuine surprise, an interesting mixture, rather eclectic flavors and tastes. My highest regards to the chef: The scallops were divine, melt in your mouth, and the sauce accompaniment was excellent. The heirloom tomato salad was flavorful and tangy. The steak has a unique marinade and was prepared perfectly. The halibut was very good, paired with a fabulous and tasty potato dish. All enjoyed with a spicy Argentinean red wine. Our only drawback would be the coffee; definitely a let down following a well-done meal. Overall, great for any foodie!Special Features:
- Staff is friendly and wantssseatsVIPDined on 7/24/2008Staff is friendly and wants to please. Nice presentations of the food.Special Features:
- the staff are friendly, knowledgablOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 7/23/2008the staff are friendly, knowledgable, helpful, and nice. the first-floor dining room is elegant. the chef's culinary institute of america training shows well. the food is thoughtful, fresh, obviously hand-crafted, and (what matters in the end) delicious.Special Features:
- Great service and excellentPaulVIPDined on 7/18/2008Great service and excellent food. Price was consistent for the neighborhood. I wll be going again.Special Features:
- During our dinner, I thinkOpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 7/18/2008During our dinner, I think we had four different waiters - and it seemed like they had no process at all. Food came at different times, it was like pulling teeth to order more drinks every time, and service was poor, but this very well could be because its a new restaurant and they haven't worked out the problems yet.Special Features:
- They did a beautiful make-overRobertVIPDined on 7/11/2008They did a beautiful make-over of the Childe Harold space. The formal dining room is lovely, but we choose to eat outside. The food was good and we look forward to going back. One complaint that we have is that the wine list for the downstairs venue is rather uninteresting and a request that we see and have the opportunity to order off the dining room list was refused with the excuse about some BS about different systems. That is ridiculous. I can understand not offering the same food in the different venues, but a bottle of wine? This limits the customer's options and they miss out on a higher bar tab. Please relay this to the restaurant.Special Features: