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DGS Delicatessen
DGS Delicatessen

DGS Delicatessen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dgsdelicatessen.com
  • Phone: (202) 293-4400
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

    Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Happy Hour Daily 4-7 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Eastern European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Barry Koslow
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: catering available for information e-mail us at events@dgsdelicatessen.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Street NW, south of Dupont Circle
  • Public Transit: Red line DuPont Circle
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available Tues.-Sat. 5:30-9:45 $9
A word from DGS Delicatessen
DGS Delicatessen features both traditional & modern Jewish cooking in Dupont Circle.
Chef Brian Robinson takes inspiration from the classic delicatessen, while pushing the cuisine in a new and exciting direction. DGS offers 8 day house cured pastrami & corned beef, reubens, handmade pierogis & matzo ball soup, house cured cold smoked salmon.
DGS believes that delicatessen, German for good eats, comes from the soul of the old World Jewish kitchen. In that spirit, DGS brines, cures, smokes and pickles everything served on premises.
Beverage Director Brian Zipin crafted a beer, wine and cocktail menu amplifying the bold flavors of the delicatessen.

**Please note: Saturday & Sunday Brunch tables are Walk In only**
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was well prepared and tasty and seemed authentic, and the sodas and egg creams were also creative and well made. But the place just didn't provide a comfortable dining experience. The service was spotty even though the place was not full, the furnishing are sparse (and the metal chairs are cold) and there's just not any... warmth. Hoped there would have been more on the menu - it's small if you're thinking traditional deli."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Yes, it's a deli, but it's 2014, so there should be more vegetarian/fish options. Also a little pricey. And very loud. But has a trendy vibe."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "A co-worker and I went here for lunch during Restaurant Week. The RW menu included any soup or salad, any sandwich, and dessert. Other appetizers & entrees were $3 extra. We ordered the Brussels sprouts (upcharge, but a must), fries (not the covered fries), the roast beef sandwich, and the tongue gyro. For dessert, we had the cheesecake and the chocolate bread pudding. They were out of the banana split already, and it was only 1 p.m. All were excellent, except the cheesecake, which was more custardy than cheesecakey and a bit too sweet for me. Service was fast and friendly. The tables are a little too close together, and I checked "special occasion" because it's a bit pricey for an everyday lunch."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We've been coming to DGS for a while now, and although the crowds seem to have moved on to the next new thing in the neighborhood, the food and service are still phenomenal. Don't come expecting the usual deli experience--this is more of an up-scale neighborhood restaurant or bistro feel. My only complaint is that the portion size for the corned beef sandwich and reuben appears to have shrunk since I first started coming. Probably better for my waistline, though. Can't recommend this place highly enough for a casual but delicious meal and great comfort food. Drink options, including beer and wine by the glass, are also surprisingly great."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "My husband and I went after a movie and had a reservation for 8:00. We got there a little early (7:53) and the place had a lot of empty tables so we were seated immediately. The meal moved so quickly --- we walked out a little after 8:30, so it all seemed very rushed. However, the food was delicious --- one of the best sandwiches I have ever had and the watermelon/tomato/feta salad was delicious."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I brought out of town relatives to DGS, which I've thoroughly enjoyed at lunch time. Although our waiter asked 6 times if I wanted to order a cocktail while we looked at the menu, once we'd ordered, we might have well been in a self serve location. My niece had to send her rib eye back twice (medium rare arrived dripping blood the first time, and rare the second time) - not via our waiter, but via whatever waitstaff we could grab. The second time it came back too red, we again had a hard time finding our waiter - and since the rest of us had almost finished dinner - also had to convince him to bring something else for her with relative speed. When the teenager at the table is unhappy, so are all of the grown ups!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I've eaten at DGS a few times and have always had a great meal. This time was no different. The pastrami hash was phenomenal. As much as I like to try new things each time I go, it will be hard not to order the pastrami hash again the next time I go to DGS. The brussel sprouts were also outstanding. The combination with the grapes was fantastic! This was an all around excellent meal."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Nice to have DGS in Dupont Circle, as another food option. The matzo ball soup didn't do much for me, but the Pastrami sandwich was very good. It's a bit pricey, but that's DC. Will go back sometime and check on their progress. Good luck!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "If you are a fan of classic rubens, DGS is definitely worth a try. But be warned, their sandwiches are not on the cheap side. They range from $13 and up, side not included. So expect to shell out a little more moola, but know that you are paying for quality. Service was excellent and the joint overall is relaxing and looks great with the exposed brick."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "It is a really great place to eat with the usual friendly service and a level of noise at the first floor out of control and missing pictures on the menu( or at least a better description)-"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Best deli in DC. Best pastrami and corned beef. But be warned, it is so loud upstairs that you'll be screaming to talk."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Just not what I had hoped. The matzo ball soup was flavorless, and served at room temperature (the matzo ball was good though). The pastrami had no texture or "bite" to it. It was like biting into a pat of butter (and it tasted of butter since the rye it came on was toasted with butter. The chocolate babka had some potential, but it was served too hot. The server was pleasant enough, but she neglected to inform us of the specials, and took dishes away before we were finished."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Everything here is so good... Jewish soul food with a slightly upscale bent. The schmutzy fries are ridiculously good, and the fried chicken is to die for. The potato latkes are probably the best I've had in years. And the halupkis? Always good, although this time I thought the greens the filling was wrapped in were a little tough, and the filling drier than I remember. Overall, still great flavor."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The guys are really fiendly and attentive. Unusual for DC.The food is good and diifferent from the usual boring menu. The nois elevel at the first floor is horrible. Still they lack pictures of menu : paltes are really difficult to guess, due to the unusual menu."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I woudl add pictures to the menu: the plates are quite unusual and a better description is needed. Great service and food: my compliments"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Food and service are consistently first rate. Every effort is made to accommodate special requests. Hostess was apologetic on a recent visit when our favorite table we had requested when making our reservation was not yet available; we chose another table rather than wait. But we didn't mind because she was so pleasant about it. New menu items are delightful. It's a fine restaurant."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Amazing pastrami sandwich! French fries to die for-- yogurt sauce is a must try! Best all was the babka bread pudding!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Been there a number of times and always have the chopped liver--outstanding. However $6 for a plate of pickles no way. I will be back."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Most of the food here is absolutely wonderful -- authentic, fresh and unique. It's a fun, casual spot for dinner or drinks and a welcome addition to the neighborhood. There is only one item on the menu that's an epic fail -- the smoked salmon nachos. The combination of waffle fries, salmon, tomatoes, onions, horseradish and guac was a major mismatch -- and the presentation (two giant, ugly mounds of horseradish and guac unceremoniously dumped all over the salmon, making it nearly inedible) was downright troubling. You can't go wrong with ANYTHING else on the menu, but avoid this item at all costs."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Delicious food, fine service. All in all, a great option."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Extremely disappointing, except chick-dill-a which I'd eat again. I tried 2 drinks with house infused vodkas (shiksa & schmoozer); none of the flavors came through--really wondered if they forgot the alcohol. For happy hour, I also had pastrami von frieberg and was disappointed by the poor quality of the pastrami, which didn't work well as a chili; both the meat and kidney beans stood dryly apart. Still hoping DGS would redeem itself, I ordered potato latkes and gnocchi mac n cheese. To my horror, the latkes came out with a disgusting charred casing that looked like crushed ramen. Gnocchi was salty and unmemorable -- we left it uneaten. Plus, insult to injury, the waiter kept trying to up-sell us, though we spent $60 for 2 on Monday night."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The latkes are terrific and if the menu items are a little glamorous for a deli, that's part of the fun."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Ordered the Reuben which was delicious but it didn't come with fries or any side which I thought made it a bit pricey at 13$. The decorations were great and the ambience was nice."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We randomly came across this place after a Friday evening happy hour in Dupont--and it truly was a great find. We were seated immediately although we showed up a few minutes before our actual reservation time. We started with the gnocchi mac n' cheese as an appetizer; it was so delicious we ended up saving the little skillet it came in just so we could dip our sandwiches in the sauce later. The eggplant reuben was perfectly warm and the bread nice and toasty...it didn't come with any sort of side, which was fine because the sandwich itself was quite filling. I would most definitely return to DGS, and I'm looking forward to trying brunch there in the upcoming summer months."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Not the healthiest or lightest fare, but very yummy and satisfying. Good service too!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was just alright but definitely way overpriced. Corned Beef was more Irish style than Jewish style and the pickle appetizer was very small. As a Jewish person that grew up in Baltimore with a array of authentic deli's.....this did not impress."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The woman at check in bad and the noise unbelievable. Food and service great as usual. Prices excessive."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This was our first visit to DGS and have been wanting to go since it opened. We were not disappointed. Everything was delicious. The pastrami and corned beef were the BEST we have ever had. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "So loud you can't hear yourself think - asked to be moved downstairs by the window where it was quieter but got poor service there. $13 for a sandwich with no sides? First time I liked it but it's been downhill since - if they want to make a go they need to lower prices, do something about the noise level and try to entice people in - it was not very crowded for a Friday night (and yet so loud)."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "It's hard to find many mid-range priced dining options that take this much pride in their service and offerings. Good, simple meal with finite options that means to me that they do everything on their menu well. My dining party ran into the GM on the way out, and he took us downstairs to show off the smoker, and talked about some of the little details of the decor. We sat near a young family with an enthusiastic toddler so it was a bit loud as there isn't much to absorb the sound, but otherwise noise is moderate and decor is simple and tasteful. Look forward to going back again soon!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The menu was appealing, the food was very good, but if they seat you up in the loft area it is very noisy (hard to carry on a conversation) and the air conditioning was blowing down my back on the bench against the wall. Eating outside would have been better, but they don't have umbrellas and the sun reflects off their shiny metal tables making it difficult even with sunglasses."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The bread was great and paired perfectly with the meat on my sandwich. Unfortunately the corn beef was (I imagine with the hopes of it looking rustic) cut haphazzardly, I had to pick up the thick, odd shapen pieces of albeit tender and flavorful cornbeef. It felt more like a sandwich a drunken person would put together after a St. Patrick's Day party, instead of what was billed as a delicious "gramma -style" food choice. It was also very, very loud. There were children everywhere and I couldn't hear my companion or our server. Who was good. DGS mastered the most important part of sandwich making, pairing the bread with the filling, unfortunately keeping the filling on the bread was not a priority. A sloppy sandwich w/ delicious bread."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "If you want great deli, this is the place. Great corned beef....... It is noisy though. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Had an amazing time from start to finish. The server was knowledgable and built great rapport. Things you must try: the Mazel Tov Cocktail and the Chicken and Challah french toast. You won't be dissapointed!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "I had heard a lot about DGS and my hopes were high. I was not disappointed. Pros: Schmutzy Fries were AMAZING -- brilliant actually; latkes (with apples) - best in the area; homemade soda - fabulous; stuffed cabbage with orzo -- delish. All were super-fresh and super-tasty. Opportunities for improvement: roasted beets -- good, but I probably wouldn't order again -- tahini is nice but overpowering in a dish that size, plus I'm not used to beets served hot; the beets and orzo could've used a lighter touch on salt; acoustics upstairs were not great for some reason. Overall, though, can't wait to come back to try other dishes and have more schmutzy fries!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I'd heard about DGS and was eager to try it. We came around 8:45 on a Sunday night. The food was delicious, and the experience was enjoyable. The owner and the waiter were eager to please and attentive. We ate at street level because one in our party has difficulty with stairs, so the ambiance wasn't what I assume it would have been upstairs in the main restaurant. I highly recommend DGS!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "In a quite boring DC this place is vibrant and friendly. The service is really attentive: they are polite without been "cold". If you ask for a suggestion on the rather obscure menu they will be happy to explain. Two improvements: stress that it is not kosher and put picures near the different choices. See you soon!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The hamburgers and fish sandwiches are the best. Service excellent. Can't wait to return to try the other dishes."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Having spent the better part of the week in Switzerland (where I predominantly ate Asian food that was overpriced and underseasoned), I was eager for good old-fashioned American food upon my arrival back home. Since I've eaten pastrami and corned beef sandwiches regularly since I was a child, DGS provided just what I was seeking. My pastrami sandwich was first-rate, as has been the case in prior visits."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The place is great and prices are honest. Waiters are outstanding .Should add coffee add some more explenations in the really unique ( thus never heard before) menu. Also specify on the menu that it is not kosher. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014