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1610 20th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Darlington House Details
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am - 5:00pm; Lunch Monday - Friday 11:30am until 5pm Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour Monday - Friday & all sporting events in the Cantina Pub
Connecticut Ave NW
Right in front of DuPont Circle Exit North
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.
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food OK. Frito misto excellent.
Wine (that we chose) bad. Risoto very good."
Dined on 3/8/2014
I made a reservation for my
husbands birthday and requested a seat by the window. While I understand there is only one seat by the window and chances were slim, they didn't even seat us in the main dining room. We were in a seat by the bar next to a wedding party. When I asked (demanded) to move the hostess understood and felt bad, however the waiter was clearly annoyed. . For the entire dinner, he was curt and rude, he didn't tell us the specials until we asked, never smiled once at us and were just trying to feed us and get us out. It was hard not to miss how rude he was to us, as the table next to us, he smiled, laughed and kept telling them to take their time. While the food was great, I will never go back because of HIS poor service."
Dined on 3/1/2014
They accommodated our party of 15
very well. We were seated in the main area upstairs next to the window. The window was adding a lot of natural light in. We were all there for brunch and everyone enjoyed their meals. I would go back again."
Dined on 3/2/2014
We stayed in DuPont before a
concert at the Verizon Center, and found Darlington House based on its reviews and proximity to the Metro. Our friends were running late and a quick call to delay our reservation 30 minutes was accommodated with no stress. The dining room was cozy and allowed for easy conversation. The daily specials (carpaccio, risotto, and seafood pasta) were well-prepared and satisfying. Service was right on the mark: attentive, but not intrusive. Food came out well-timed and fresh. We'll be back!"
Dined on 3/1/2014
Half of our brunch group showed up
about 45 minutes late but the bar tender gave the ones waiting complementary donuts and once the rest arrived we were seated immediately without any problem. The drinks and food were delicious and it was a great atmosphere to have brunch."
Dined on 2/23/2014
great seafood ravioli we actually
used as a starter. fish and chicken dishes were outstanding. excellent service."
Dined on 2/5/2014
This place is perfect for a
romantic date. The atmosphere is very quiet and the staff is extremely professional. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend."
Dined on 2/15/2014
This was our second visit for
early dinner before a Kennedy Center performance. Good location, short cab ride to and from. A totally enjoyable meal. Cocktails before dinner in the downstairs bar. Good start to an enjoyable evening. ."
Dined on 2/18/2014
Went for lunch and the restaurant
was pretty much deserted so service should not have been an issue, BUT...we had to ask to have our water glasses refilled and one of our two orders was incorrectly prepared. Ruined the pace of the meal and not even our coffees were comped at the end of the meal. Too many options abound to suffer bad service. This being said, I like the menu and the food typically, so maybe it was just an "off" day."
Dined on 2/17/2014
I took my fiancée here for a
valentines date, and the food and wine were awesome. However, we had a myriad of people come to our table, without introducing themselves and giving us the various parts of our meal. One took our drink order, one took the entree, another brought the food, etc. we felt like an after thought. I understand a busy restaurant but to make your guest not feel like a priority especially with the prices of the food is unacceptable. We didn't even stay for dessert because we knew we'd be waiting another 30 minutes like we did for someone to clear our plates. The restaurant interior was amazing and we loved the vibe, we just were incredibly let down by the service."
Dined on 2/15/2014
This restaurant was just ok. Going
for a holiday like Valentines Day was the worst decision. The seating is so tight that i could of ate the food from the people who where sitting next to me. No privacy, not enough space, and the food wasn't even that great. The wine was decent, but the service was horrible you could tell they were trying to get you in and out for the next reservation. I'm glad i experienced it but i won't be returning."
Dined on 2/14/2014
I hadn't it really even see
Darlington house when I could it on open table. The food was excellent. All four of us enjoyed all of our meal. The dessert donuts were great. Service was extremely good. Nice wine list as well."
Dined on 2/12/2014
I usually come for dinner, but my
first time lunch was amazing! Lunch time is very quiet, at least during the week, but I like to hear my conversations so this was a plus for me. The menu has many options from the dinner pastas and meats to Skizzas and burgers. Remberto was very helpful and welcoming to the experience. I will be coming for lunch again."
Dined on 2/4/2014
I made a group reservation and was
still told to wait at the bar for over 20 minutes. Then they would not transfer the tab over to the table, which caused more time loss before sitting. The food was fine, the waiter lacked knowledge and had to go ask someone else when anyone had a question. With all the nice places in DC, I would not go back."
Dined on 2/8/2014
The food was delicious and the
space was great. The only thing I didn't like was when the waiter asked what kind of cheese I would like on my omelette and when it came to pay i noticed that they charged me an extra $2 for cheese. I know they need to up-sell but that was a little shady."
Dined on 2/2/2014
Outstanding food (the Beef ragu
risotto and Veal scaloppini were spectacular. The service was outstanding and extremely attentive while being respectful of our private conversation. It was a truly wonderful experience - we'll be back."
Dined on 1/30/2014
My three girlfriends and I enjoyed
a wonderful dining experience at this restaurant. The entire staff was friendly and courteous, the food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect!"
Dined on 1/27/2014
If you're in the neighborhood or
looking for a venue to host a special occasion this is the place! I dined last week and had an amazing time with friends! My server Ernesto was very helpful in food and wine selections and friendly with all of my guests adding to this experience. It's a quiet restaurant which was a plus for me. We were given the best service and the food was not to complain. I am looking forward to going back."
Dined on 1/27/2014
This was my first time dining
here. The food was very good and the service above and beyond. When I asked my server for the name of a wine I had he not only told me it he wrote it down for me because he heard me say I wanted to buy some. That to me is over the top service!"
Dined on 12/17/2013
The atmosphere was nice and the
service good but the food nothing special. I wouldn't rush back."
Dined on 1/24/2014
I had never eaten at the
Darlington House but had a group of 15 for my birthday and had read the reviews and they were one of the few places I could host a party at 7:30 pm on a saturday where they had a great rating. Everyone loved the food, service was great, everyone was very nice who worked at the restaurant. Back bar on the dining level was perfect for gathering while waiting on everyone to arrive. All my guests said it was a great choice."
Dined on 1/25/2014
The Darlington House is great for
group dining in Dupont Circle. They had no problems taking a reservation for a group of 12 in the heart of a high-volume conference location, where it was difficult getting dinner reservations for a group. Good food and wine selection. Our group was happy with the service."
Dined on 1/12/2014
Great décor, terrific ambience,
and outstanding food. Definitely worth checking out!"
Dined on 12/17/2013
This is a place you want to go if
you are trying to impress someone. The service is awesome and the food is pretty good. I felt a little out of place there for a business lunch. This is more they type of place you want to go if you are trying to impress someone. I was just there with a bunch of co-workers."
Dined on 1/17/2014
Beautiful restaurant. Food and
service is excellent and affordable. I will definitely go back and recommend to everyone to try it out."
Dined on 12/30/2013
The food on the menu advertised
for Restaurant Week was not available. My pasta was dull and tasteless. The dessert was so horrendous I had to spit it out in my napkin. My friend's entre was presented like something your mom gives you before sending you to your room; Fish and green beans on a white plate with no garnish, no enhancement, nothing. The staff was excellent. The food was worse than a Cracker Barrel outside a federal penitentiary in Arkansas."
Dined on 1/14/2014
I too my childhood friend there
for brunch for her 70th birthday. It was just the right amount of old time elegance and a delicious combination of new twists on old favorites and wasn't too expensive!"
Dined on 1/10/2014
Took our niece to lunch there on
Saturday, January 11th. The decor was lovely. The staff was too attentive for our taste, the maitre' d came to our table at least 3 times to check on us and suggest drink and food -even while we were eating. The waiter also came by several times as well. It was a little overwhelming. The food was good. The soup of the day a creamy potato and leek was delicious. My niece and I split a veggie panini with fries while my husband has a burger with a salad. The food was fresh tasting and satisfying. Overall, our lunch was enjoyable."
Dined on 1/11/2014
This is one of my fav Italian
restaurants. Took a small group last night and we started with an awesome recommended red vino. We began with some tomato and mozzarella, calamari. Dinner was outstanding; Lamb chops - best around!, salmon dish was outstanding. spaghetti and crab was an awesome dish. Truly an enjoyable evening with great service."
Dined on 1/11/2014
We had a delightful time for
dinner at Darlington House on New Year's Eve. The place was packed with people but the food and service was just as impecible as if we were the only two people in the restaurant. I firmly believe darlington house has the finest plantain in all of dc. The lamb chops were great , the drinks strong, and ambience energetic. This place is a must on the DC restaurant circuit."
Dined on 12/31/2013
The food has always been delicious
at The Darlington House but the staff was simply superb this time around. From the management to the servers - everyone was attentive and courteous and made sure that the folks in our group that had dietary restrictions had options and were also well taken care of. They get an A+!"
Dined on 12/20/2013
Darlington House is the place to
go. whether for special events like cocktail parties to weddings, or a simple romantic dinner, or a small group with friends or coworkers. The restaurant is set up perfectly; although the seating could be close to others. The noise level is just right unless they have a lot of parties. The food is the best Italian I have had yet. The service is great, the servers know what they're offering and won't lie to you. They have a flexible menu for vegetarians or gluten free. They sure know how to make you feel welcomed and the only person in the restaurant."
Dined on 12/3/2013
You will want to return again and
again. A real pleasure."
Dined on 12/12/2013
We had a table for 12 and we had a
wonderful time. Food was awesome as they brought out great starters. Meats, fish, pizza's were perfect as we all sat and enjoyed converstaion and vino. Dinner was a mix of pastas and some great chicken marsla. desserts and coffee ended a wonderful eveing. Always a wonderful and relaxing place!"
Dined on 12/11/2013
Italian food and italian food. The
real deal. I always go with their wine options as we figure out dinner. seafood and pasta were perfect."
Dined on 12/5/2013
I met a friend for dinner this
week at Darlington House. We had been there once before more than a year ago. We were seated in the restaurant part which was quieter and more enjoyable than the bar area which was quite busy. It was a good spot for the two of us to talk and catch up. The food was excellent and the wine was as well. The service was very good too. I look forward to returning again soon."
Dined on 12/3/2013
We had a delicious thanksgiving
dinner at darlington house. Everything was perfect! Would definitely recommend it!"
Dined on 11/28/2013
Darlington House serves top notch
Italian food at very competitive prices. My party dined on housemate spinach spaghetti with salmon, veal scallopini in white wine sauce and a braised boleto style beef. All were excellent. The atmosphere is old world as well with lots of glass and wood and quiet music."
Dined on 11/29/2013
Great food but call ahead to
ensure there are no loud weddings upstairs the night you go. Service was very good."
Dined on 11/23/2013
The food is amazing every time I
go to Darlington House, whether its dinner or brunch. But equally great are the manager and the waiters - They make you feel so welcome and offer wonderful suggestions. I had a long talk about Sicily with the manager the last time I was there - loved it!"
Dined on 11/19/2013
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