DGS Delicatessen
DGS Delicatessen

DGS Delicatessen

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

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 - 9:30pm
    Sunday 5:00 -9:00pm
    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: Brian Robinson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, 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
  • Special Events: Check our website for seasonal events

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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DGS Delicatessen reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (54)fit for foodies (52)great for lunch (48)great for brunch (25)good for groups (21)hot spot (15)great for outdoor dining (9)kid-friendly (6)special occasion (6)notable wine list (5)romantic (4)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Disappointing
    jenreviewVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The latkes were a little burnt but still tasty, and only came with two items that were half the size of my palm. Ordered the fried chicken and french toast - chicken and accompanying greens were terrible; very salty and the chicken was not appetizing at at all. greens were French toast was decent, but far from the best challah french toast I've had. The club sandwich was fine, but to only have two bread options (rye and pumpernickel) at a so-called deli is absurd. We won't return.
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  • At last DC has a high quality
    Wray
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    At last DC has a high quality Jewish deli! You can't find better corned beef, rye bread or white fish anywhere in the area, or any area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    I know it is supposed to be a hipster deli, but the food was nothing special, the portions were a bit below average, and the prices sky high.
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    fit for foodies
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  • less than expectations
    mpluna
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I had really wanted to try this place, having read several favorable reviews. It was OK. The cocktails were just ok, and they had been a special feature of the reviews I had read. The chopped liver was moussey and didn't taste enough like liver. The borscht was pretty good. The reuben was greasy and the sauerkraut was bland - it tasted mostly like shredded cabbage rather than having a pickled or briney taste. The smoked meats and fish were a highlight. The bread was tasteless. The deviled eggs were good, but were prettier than they were tasty, and the french fries looked oK but I didn't taste them. The doughnuts were cakey and not that tasty and the cheesecake got most of its flavor from the marmalade (I had a bite of each).
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dessert
    cd84
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    My friends and I arrived at DGS for some late night dessert and had a great experience. The host was very kind and attentive though we arrived quite late at night. Likewise our server was very funny and personable. We tried the double chocolate cake, root beer float and donuts. Everything was great but the brittle that came with the donuts took the cake! Looking forward to coming back for brunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service. Great food.
    Sue8
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Great service. Great food. And best homemade drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience @ DGS
    LoveGoodEats
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    The Surf and Turf Deveiled Eggs are a must as is the chopped liver. Normally I am not a fan of chopped liver, but it was excellent. The Wagyu Brisket was the best brisket I've had in years...tender and flavorful. It was served with root veggies, which were perfectly cooked and seasoned. I also had the housemade cucumber & mint soda. It was light, yummy, and refreshing. I ordered it without simple syrup and it was still tasty. The service was good, the right balance of attentiveness. Highly recommend reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Addition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We have had wonderful experiences at DGS. We've gone for brunch and dinner and been really pleased with the meals we've had. They do a lot of things really well - cured fish and meats (salmon, pastrami, etc.) presented in interesting ways (smoked salmon tartare, schmutzy fries) ; interesting cocktails (gentleman's agreement, new york sour); and even a great dessert (babka bread pudding!). We enjoyed the staff and ambiance too. It's a friendly, energetic place to be and we look forward to return visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not What I expected from a
    LyndaVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Not What I expected from a Jewish Deli. The food was underwhelming and the prices were over the top. There isn't a deli around that charges for a pickle tray before the meal. I think the owners should visit a few good deli's in the area and make a few changes to the one I visited for the first and only time.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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  • Get the Latkes
    Sven
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    They are incredible. Pretty much everything is good but oh man those Latkes....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun dinner with out-of-town friends
    Ellie
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Noise level was the only drawback. Hard surfaces, low ceiling in the loft area, loud people. Food and service were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic deli with modern flair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Finally. A very good deli in dc! Classics well done
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trying too hard
    KimfromDC
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    The pastrami was outstanding, to be sure, not dry or salty, but luxurious, unique. But this is deli dining with all the fun and vibrancy excised. The service was good, but the waiters were too verbosely sincere, verging on pretentious. And who ever heard of a deli that doesn't have any mustard on the table? We also tried the chopped liver, which was pleasant in a salty kind of way, and paid $6 for the pickled vegetables -- excellent curry-kissed cauliflower--but otherwise not very interesting. Made me long for the free pickle bar and down-to-earth service at the Parkway.
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  • Ok for DC deli
    DCFoodie24VIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    I tried DGS earlier this week. The space is small and lots of hard surfaces made it very loud when only a few people were present. Once it was filled, it was quite loud and hard to hear my friend across the table. The food was pretty decent for DC deli. We started with the pierogis. They were pretty good and the spiced yogurt sauce was tasty. My corned beef on rye wasn't exactly NY style. I believe DGS house cures everything. The rye bread was good. The corned beef was in little pieces rather than slices. I would have liked a more pronounced flavor. The pickles weren't great. They definitely need a stronger flavor.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go-to Place for Pastrami
    otberburVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    While DGS Delicatessen has a relatively wide-ranging menu, I keep returning for the pastrami sandwich, by far the best in the area and one of the top examples in the country. Matzo ball soup is quite good, too, with large, fluffy matzo balls and a nicely flavored chicken broth. The french fries and pickle plate I shared with my spouse were very enjoyable as well.
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  • Pricey and not worthy
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We went hoping for a NY style deli. Overall we were disappointed. Corned beef sandwich was thick slices versus thin deli machine cut. Sandwich was on menu for 1/2 pound of meat. Sandwich seemed to be much less and not worthy of $13 price.
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  • The food was delicious! It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The food was delicious! It was great for groups and not too loud. Would definitely come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Best deli food in DC
    BakerMan
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    I've lived in DC since 1996, having moved from Brooklyn. I tried to find a good deli when I arrived but did not and stopped eating sandwiches which were labeled "pastrami." I saved that for trips back to NYC. But DGS has brought back the good nosh to DC and along with it a decent, actually spectacular, pastrami. The stuffed cabbage aren't half bad either, though I would opt for three rolls instead of two on the platter and would limit the orzo. I can't comment on the wines. I grew up drinking cream soda with deli food and see no reason to change. As for the bread, it's decent, not spectacular though far better than anything that comes in a plastic package. The house smoked salmon is very good, though they should try it with wild salmon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    aamb
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    I had my birthday dinner there with three friends. We were seated upstairs. Our waiter was personable and attentive ( as well as knowledgeable). We have the gamut of the menu (burgers, sandwiches and beef stew). Everyone raved about their individual meals. My hamburger was well seasoned and cooked exactly as I wanted. We also had schmutzy friends - to die for. I wouldn't recommend them if you are on a diet. I also had their special spiked cider. It was amazing. For dessert I had a vanilla bean cheesecake. Every bite was better than the last. I recommend it. The food was heavy, but welcome given the cold weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love DGS. Jewish food is
    lefterishVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I love DGS. Jewish food is not native to me and is hard to find. DGS does it very well. I grew up eating pastrami and corned beef sandwiches since Harry my father's Jewish restaurant partner wanted these on the menu and did them very well. DGS reminds me of these childhood moments at my dad's restaurant with the Zieglers. The desserts I wasn't familiar with but they are all good. Don't forget t have an egg cream soda and try the cole slaw. I try to go here as often as I can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was Very Good, Very Small
    mattVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    and Fairly Pricey. I got the pickle plate which was very good and clearly done in house, loved that but at a legit Jewish Deli, you would kind of just expect to get those on the table like you would bread at many other restaurants. They don't have to be overly fancy but they should be bountiful and free. I got the pastrami sandwich which was totally delicious but fairly small in the scheme of things. Was very unimpressed by portions and price but taste was there.
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  • Just OK
    dinerindc
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Thought the sandwiches were good, but nothing special and overpriced. I also thought it a bit strange that happy hour drink specials weren't available if you were seated at a table.
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  • Surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    I def did not have high expectations for this place. This town is sorely in need of a good deli and this just seemed like another hipster failure. Well, while it is still plenty hipster, I was actually surprised that the food was pretty decent. Knowing only a good jewish deli could do a decent Pastrami on Rye, I was plesently surpised by the taste and size of my pastrami on rye. It def passed mustard (I know its muster). Order the Pastrami on Rye, you wont be dissapointed. The Latkes were actually pretty decent as well. The only gripe..stay away from the pickles. They dont taste like pickles they have a cumin/curry taste and if your trying to pass yourself as a deli (particularly a jewish themed one) pickles should taste like pickles.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for the deli fix!
    Jeff
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    This is top notch deli in the DC area! Must haves are the pastrami and bread pudding. Potato latkes, matzo ball soup and corned beef were also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better outside of Restaurant Week
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Unintentionally, we made a reservation for lunch during Restaurant Week, and the added demand seemed to have thrown the restaurant's schedule off a bit. The staff graciously offered us a free drink for our patience, and the service was typically friendly and attentive. However, the Reuben sandwich was thinner and less impressive than on earlier visits, perhaps because it was included in the lunch special (which we didn't order).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DSG Delicatesseb
    eatwellOpenTable7
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    My wife and I went to DSG for lunch during restaurant week. We both had Matzo Ball soup. She a reuben and I had corned beef sandwich. We had sorbet for dessert. The soup was wonderful. We both like soft matzo balls. The sandwiches were also outstanding. They both a half pound of food. Dessert was light. The DSG has very good food. One does not have to travel to the far corners of Montgomery County to have good deli food. The service was also outstanding. It was very attentive. We plan to return here with some frequency.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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  • Food 5 stars, chairs 0 stars
    DominicVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    This place serves great food, has prompt service, and typically wise-cracking staff that you would expect in a delicatessen. The CHAIRS, however, are lightweight aluminum and will freeze your keister off in the winter time. We had to sit on our napkins to get some relief from the cold. How about some seat cushions?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been back 4 times,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    We have been back 4 times, each time epecting greatness, but not finding it. It is solid, and consistent. I enjoy the ambience and will go back, this time with different expectations.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good- great selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    very good- great selection for Restaurant week. winter salad with wheatberries and roasted carrots was delicious. The Ruben- perfect, no saukerakt, homemade slaw. Didn't enjoy the babka bread pudding - a little dry and gluggy- but the salted caramel icecream that came with it was delicious. The hungarian donuts with homemade peanut prailine were delicious, a large portion enough to share with the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Deli/Restaurant in Dupont
    HStreetYuppieVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Meant to go to this place since it opened, and it didn't disappoint. The food was outstanding, and I saw quite a few things on the menu that I want to try next. I'll definitely be going there again.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent sandwich spot in the city
    jsteidVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Have been here an number of times and am never disappointed. Best Rueben in the city, but the rest of the menu is also fantastic. Be sure to ask about what's on tap. They occasionally have some top notch brews come through.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Very Pleased
    WEATHERMAN
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Seated at once with a reservation recieved very quick service. The Mahtza Ball soup and chopped liver jwas wonderful. Rueben and Pastrami sandwichs very good. The rye bread is fantasic. Not a huge sandwich like NY but why be stuffed it was very good. I will come back to try the Prime Rib special soon. Spoke to one of the owners on the way out wished him well nice guy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable terrific
    KathleneVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    I love DGS and go there often. I've never ordered a dish that wasn't absolutely delicious. It's noisy, friendly and fun. And honestly, I've never had better corned beef anywhere!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was great, but . . .
    RCNDC
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    The Chinese/Jewish Christmas Eve dinner was truly great. Creative, well-prepared, modest (but not skimpy) portion sizes, and very tasty. As others have commented elsewhere, the service really is lacking. They got the basics right (the food came in time, plates were cleared, etc.) but we might as well have been on an assembly line. There was virtually ZERO personal interaction. Be personal and attentive without being intrusive or chummy. We counted four different people bringing things or taking things away, and only one of them even made eye contact or said anything much beyond "OK." When the check came, there wasn't even a "thanks for coming." A little extra customer "care" would make me an enthusiastic return visitor.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Very disappointing, especially
    brunch
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Very disappointing, especially given all the rave reviews. Don't eat much read meat and was really looking forward to the corned beef and pastrami. decided to be a purist to be able to really taste them. Both were quite dry and I wish I'd tried something else. Might go back to do so, but not any time soon. Nice photos though.
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  • Xmas eve special
    nixiedcVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Absolutely wonderful dinner. Pastrami eggrolls? Amazing, and very innovative. I'm not a liver fan, and yet I found the chicken livers to be excellent. I also found the kasha fried rice delicious, and very interesting. The Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc, suggested by Ben, was absolutely delicious as well. A wonderful Xmas eve dinner. Hopefully, several items will be added to the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the place the minute I walked
    Judy
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    in and that was before I tasted anything. Great to see the food being prepared and everything was as good as it looked: pastrami, corned beef, falafel, hummus, brussels sprouts with grapes (to die for), club sandwich . We were a group of six and found a table upstairs where noise level was acceptable. Drinks were outstanding and we ended with…bread pudding and caramel ice cream. Yes, we're coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • different kind of deli
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Started at the bar and drank an interesting beer, delirium tremens, served in a pink elephant glass. The glass being the most interesting thing about it, though the bartender was friendly and helped with the drink selections. The Deli reserved a quiet table upstairs for us and the food was delicious. You can't go wrong with the house-made pickle plate. We also ate the cabbage rolls, the chicken, and the pastrami sandwich. The chicken is dark meat - a rare delicious find among all the boring chicken breast serving restaurants. What we liked the best were the portions - they were just right, no leftovers to waste or drag home. Plus some of the menu options came in small and large plates, perfect for those of us who like normal portion sizes.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Jewish Gem in the District
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    DGS Deli is a rare find in Washington, a combination of a unique food experience and lots of fun people. The wait staff is very knowledgeable about the menu which in DC is a plesant surprise. The food is Eastern Europeon Hebrew favorites, from The Pierogis and Potato Latkes to the home made Pickles and monster sandwitches. A must visit to stay or take out. One of the owners will normally visit your table to make sure your happy, my date and I are going back soon.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Close to NY As Possible
    BelliottVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Matzoh balls like Grandma used to make, the best pastrami in the area, and shmutzy fries to die for. What more can this Bronx girl ask for? Well, maybe just a bit more UBet in the egg cream. Definitely one of the best delis in the DC area.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic