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DGS Delicatessen
DGS Delicatessen

DGS Delicatessen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dgsdelicatessen.com
  • Email: info@dgsdelicatessen.com
  • Phone: (202) 293-4400
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 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 Barry Koslow 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, duck fat matzo balls, handmade pierogis, 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
  • "Visited DGS for their Passover prix fixe meal. The food was delicious, and was served family style by attentive employees. This was my first visit but I had heard great things about their lunch menu so I knew I had to visit for their Passover special. I'll certainly be back for what looked like amazing pastrami sandwiches."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Behind the modest entryway is what we have found a consistently good dining experience. We've never been disappointed in any of our menu selections. Service is professional, staff is friendly without being overbearing. We consider DGS a gem in our Dupont Circle neighborhood."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The whitefish sandwhich was a creative take on an old classic. The whitefish salad itself was light and fresh, with just a little smoke. The bagel was perfectly sehwy without being too dense. And in between the two was a delightful tomatoe jelly - a great treat that hardly anyone has available. Top it off with fresh radishes, good coffee, and a delightful seat for two by the updtais window, and our lunch was a smashing success!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This was my first time at DGS. I didn't like the Gyro. I don't think it had feta cheese even though the menu says it does. My cocktail (The Schmoozer) was also not good. The brisket was good and the desert was good, but that wasn't what I ordered. The brussel sprouts were good but the deviled eggs were not. The service was good, although our server kept trying to upsell us on appetizers and plates. After reading other reviews, I wonder if this is because the sandwiches just aren't that good."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I've been to DGS a number of times, always for lunch. While the menu doesn't seem to rotate much, I have found that everything I've tried has been very good--most notably the chopped liver. (It includes crisped chicken skin, which is an unusual but delightful and salty touch.) The house made sodas are really refreshing and not overly sweet. On my last visit, I enjoyed the cucumber mint version, and on the first warm day of spring it was perfect. My one complaint is that the waiter was a bit too pushy. Also, rather than asking my dining companion and me if our meals came out as hoped, he TOLD us that everything looked great which was strange and off-putting. Regardless of that, I'll go back to DGS for lunch again."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great delicatessen-style food for those who miss New York!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Fabulous deli in a city better known for half-smokes. No kidding - if I lived in the neighborhood I'd be there every day. The staff couldn't be nicer, the decor a nostalgic throwback with historical accuracy (I know - I remember the DGS stores very well), and you can't beat the house-cured pastrami. If they stayed open late, they would be perfect; as it is, they only approach perfection."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I've been to DGS about a half dozzen times. It seems like it gets better every time."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Great service. Great food. And best homemade drinks."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "They are incredible. Pretty much everything is good but oh man those Latkes...."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Noise level was the only drawback. Hard surfaces, low ceiling in the loft area, loud people. Food and service were great."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Finally. A very good deli in dc! Classics well done"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "The food was delicious! It was great for groups and not too loud. Would definitely come back"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "For any NY transplant the lack of a decent Deli in DC is a major blow to the comforts of life. While this is more then a restaurant then a Deli, it's the perfect place to get you Pastrami, Matzah or Knish fix. True Facts: - The Pastrami Hash and schmaltzy fries will cure any hangover - The Matzah Ball soup will cure any cold"
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/8/2014