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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 - 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 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, 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
  • "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 $60 for 2 on Monday night."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Ordered the Reuben which was delicious but it didn't come with fries or any side which I thought made it a bit pricey at 13$. 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
  • "The room is lovely, and the service attentive. The matzo ball soup was tasty and hot. The brisket entrée, however, was cool to room temperature. And the chopped liver had a weird taste, nothing like my grandmother's. The drinks were fine. Next time Ill try the cold deli sandwiches. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "The corned beef sandwich is good but pretty expensive with just a pickle as a side. Everything is a la carte. The kitchen slices the meat in thicker chunks rather than thin slices which makes the sandwich fall apart when eating. The bread is tasty. As for the mustard it's not true spicy brown and much too sweet. No other mustard options were offered by our server. The cold slaw would be way better by adding some celery seeds. Would go back for a second try, but not with the intend of having any sort of conversation with my dinner mates. The upstairs dining area is all hard surfaces and very loud. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Service was very good. The corned beef was a little on the dry side, possibly because DGS is serving a leaner CB than is traditional. Side dishes are also very well prepared. Would be nice if they offered a chopped liver sandwich even if pricey. Restaurant is aggressively noisy and difficult to carry on a conversation."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "that is, overrated, over-priced, perfectly fine but nothing like a real deli. Of course for a real deli you don't have to make reservations either. Oh well, i'll keep looking . . . "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "I've tried DGS before, for brunch, and liked it well enough. I was excited about trying the Passover menu, but proved disappointed. The bone marrow matzoh ball soup sounded like a great idea, but I didn't get much of a sense of bone marrow from it. It was a nice matzoh ball, but not an amazing one. The fish and spring greens were fine but a little bland. The lamb was the true disappointment. It was all but devoid of flavor (perhaps too much fat had been removed?). The greens and pine nuts tried their best, but weren't strong enough to liven it up. The apple sorbet and honey cake were nice enough. Honestly, my favorite part of the meal was the bordeaux that came with the lamb as part of the wine pairing. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Had Passover meal and only the fish was reasonable. Disappointing. They try too hard to be cutting edge without paying attention to the basics."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The food is bland and overpriced. I kept giving my husband some of my food to eat it for me. Crowded tables, mediocre waiter. Would not go back."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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