District Commons
District Commons

District Commons

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.districtcommonsdc.com/
  • Phone: 2025878277
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH: Monday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm

    DINNER: Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:00pm
    Friday 5:30pm-11:00pm
    Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm
    Sunday 5:00pm-9:00pm

    BRUNCH: Saturday & Sunday 11:00am-2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef/Owner Jeff Tunks; Executive Chef Alfredo Solis
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On Washington Circle near corner of 22nd St. and Penn. Ave.
  • Public Transit: District Commons is located two blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro on the Blue/Orange Lines , and is serviced by Metrobus and the Circulator.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is located in front of District Commons and is available every day of the week from 5:30 pm until close of business. Valet is also offered Sunday Brunch starting at 11:00 am until close of Brunch. Valet charge is $8. There is also a parking garage for the building, the entrance for garage is located on 22nd St.
A word from District Commons
Located on bustling Washington Circle in the West End, District Commons is anchored by a monumental raw bar and an open hearth oven for flatbreads and savory tarts. A 'Pig Board' of ham and biscuits will showcase a selection of America's finest hams. Chef/Owner Jeff Tunks serves up classic American cuisine in this gorgeous setting. Chili Glazed Duck, Brick Pressed Chicken, Classic Hanger Steak - these choices and more! Freshly baked breads and desserts round out your meal. Try one of our regional American drafts or exquisite wines, or sample from the 99 Beers on the Wall!
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District Commons reviews from OpenTable diners
419 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (149)good for groups (142)great for lunch (119)neighborhood gem (114)vibrant bar scene (93)special occasion (88)hot spot (87)great for brunch (73)notable wine list (55)great for outdoor dining (46)romantic (30)kid-friendly (26)scenic view (21)late-night find (14)Show More
  • Girls Night Birthday Dinner for 2
    SheEats
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Food is good. Service is good. Sometimes I wish there was more of a variety of lighter fare, but that happens. The wine list is good and I know from experience that so is the cocktail menu.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The variety of dishes offered was great - the portions more than adequate (everyone took some home - which says 2 things - good food anf lots of it)
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great venue and staff
    Timmmiller
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We had a great dinner there that was originally supposed to be a family event for two birthdays. Due to some illnesses we went from 6 people to 2 people only an hour before the event and they still made personalized menus for us with my wife's name and really made it a special birthday for her. I would highly recommend District Commons for a regular meal or a special occasion. Plus the News 4 anchors were sitting right near by so it must be a good place!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Food was very tasty but out of six poached eggs ordered with our eggs Benedict, two were over cooked. We did expect them to be perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressed before arrival
    HardcoreBruncher
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I made a brunch reservation here for 4 people to send off a friend moving away. The reservation was for 2pm and made a few days in advance. Someone was courteous enough to leave me a message the morning of our brunch to let us know that the kitchen closed at 2:30 which was so helpful in making sure we were on-time and prepared. The food was great (others had more traditional brunch but I think my pumpkin ravioli was the best) and the service was good. No biggy, but my friends did bottomless bloody mary's and they ran out of celery which was a little odd but life goes on. My friend was told the avocados in his dish were "thinly sliced" upon asking while ordering and came out as a cup of guacamole...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for my 23rd birthday!
    lynne2016
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I made reservations a week ahead of time and the day of my dinner I was informed we would need one more seat and the staff were very accommodating and helpful with it. We actually got the best seat in my opinion; great view right in front of the restaurant. I informed them ahead of time that it was my birthday and they printed out special birthday menus for my party, and gave us complimentary pretzel bread, which was delicious. Service was pretty quick and we had multiple people check in on us, as well as our waiter who was very helpful and made an effort to make my birthday special. I also got a free piece of cake, and he sang to me! Overrall, I enjoyed my food and the service was great and I had a great night. Would def. recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best service ever
    FoodieCT
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    In town for parents weekend restaurant was packed. The service made us feel like we were the only customers. We selected most of the waiters suggestions and weren't disappointed. My husband asked if we could eat there again the me t night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food; doesn't live up to hype
    Covertfoodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I got a reservation for an early dinner at 6pm for my friend's b-day. Our plan was to enjoy a early leisurely meal/drinks and then walk to an 8pm concert at GW. We arrived at 5:40pm. While we were being seated we asked for a booth instead of the small table right near the loud HH bar. We were told that all booths had been reserved for larger parties. Enduring being so near the loud bar, we figured why not take advantage of HH priced drinks? No; our waitor told us we weren't eligible. Our waitor came by 3 times and each time introduced himself and said he was getting us water. Then we were told they don't have sushi as shown on their online menu. Lastly, our waitor rushed us out after our meal. The food was good; our service was very poor.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinning
    DCProf
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our first time dinning at District Commons. LOVED IT! We will definitely return. Our waiter was awesome!! Food was amazing!! Menu items are traditional with a twist, which we all loved. One of us is a meatatarian and he loved the skirt steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service, small portions.
    Constantdinner
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I ordered the special mahi mahi. The size was equivalent to an appetizer when it should have been an entree. I told the waiter about it and he said "what can I do, would you like another piece." I said yes. He never brought it. I went home after dinner and had a sandwich.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NOISY! but good.
    jswims
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    It's a great spot - one of my favorites, but I was so glad we six were a group that got seated way in the back at a private table because the noise was overwhelming. As a group, we want to be able to have a conversation without shouting. The food and service were excellent, as always.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed Review
    leebles73VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My meal was excellent but my husband's dish wasn't. I had a light dinner of oysters and the arugula salad with pimento cheese puffs -- SO GOOD! I highly recommend it. My husband ordered the pressed chicken - I have had this dish here before and really enjoyed it. But he didn't care for it -- said it was bland and under seasoned. I took a bite and agreed; the skin and flavor of the chicken was not as good as I remembered. Our server was very nice. He knew we were going to a show at the Kennedy Center so he made sure we got out on time, but we never felt rushed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must try!
    marcy
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    All of the food here is outstanding, but the pumpkin ravioli is absolutely to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GLORY
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I loved their food!! If you are around Georgetown this is the place to go by and grab some delicious food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frozen and exhausted
    Frozen1
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    recently went to the district Commons and sat in a big booth near the window. it was a damp evening in the low 60s. air conditioning was blowing so cold and hard that two days later I sit here with a bad upper respiratory infection. Also I had to shout at the people sitting across the table so they could hear me amid the ridiculous din.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I was really disappointed that the pumpkin ravioli was already out at 12:00 pm.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best brunch
    WinstonK
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We love this place for a great brunch with a group of friends! The food is always spot on and the bottomless mimosas are some of the freshest in DC. We have never been disappointed in this place and will continue to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok but busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were there over the weekend and had our two year old with us. Overall the placed seemed too busy for it to operate well. I did not finish my food before my appetizer plate was removed only to immediately receive my meal after it was removed. The wait staff was attentive to water refills but we waited endlessly for a drink refill and left before that ever happened. I guess the bus staff was on but the wait staff was not. Doubt I would go back again but I will say it was fine place to take a kid in terms of the crowd not caring.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for pre Kennedy Center
    HarrietD1
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    All was great but our waiter was very moody! Really warm some moments & really grumpy others. Couldn't figure out if he liked us or wanted to chase us outta there. Food was excellent. Good wine. Pretzel bread & scallops were awesome! Vibrant scene. Perfect for a pre Kennedy center show - there's a shuttle from metro around the corner to the KC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok!
    Snap
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The pretzel bread is delicious ... the rest of the food is ok. There are many great servers here (more than one will wait on your table), but if you go late then things are pretty rushed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a bit disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I have been to the District Commons several times, and it is usually quite good. Last week we had lunch with several people and it was a bit disappointing. The waiter was loud and rather rude, and the food was not as good as other times. I have not given up on this place yet, and hope my disappointing lunch last week was the exception.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good meal, great service
    ClearCreekVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Dined at District Commons before a Kennedy center event. Service was great and attentive, and the food was very good (would have been great but the spicy lentil soup wasn't spicy). The bacon flatbread was great and the skirt steak done just right. I'd visit again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner spot
    thehappydiner
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Our party of 4 thoroughly enjoyed out dinner at District Commons. We came early, 5:30, for a pre-theater meal, so the noise level wasn't interfering. By the time we left at 7:00 the number of diners and noise level had accelerated. With our timing we were able to talk conversationally without fighting to be heard. We had a wonderful waiter, attentive and knowledgable, and his recommendations were excellent. We all agreed we would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid Southern eclectic
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    District Commons has a lot of southern type dishes - their pig board, southern vegetable hand pies, North Carolina mountain trout; but also garam masala lamb and an oyster bar. The golden tomato gazpacho was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I went with a friend for a pre-theater meal. Our waiter was careful about the time. We decided to eat outside since it was SO NOISY inside!! The food was good - a little on the pricey side I thought for what you got, and the fact that they charge for bread is a deal-breaker for me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ask for a quiet booth
    MinnaDC7
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I reserved a table for two through Opentable and noted that I would like a quiet booth. Thank Goodness the hostess actually noted this when I arrived at the restaurant. Although the restaurant was unusually noisy in the main dining area, we were led to the back where there were spacious and quiet booth seating. My friend, visiting DC for work, and I had a great meal (trout for me, salmon for the friend) and got caught up on the news in relative quiet. The service was efficient and friendly, and I like the contemporary decor. I only wish that the main part if the restaurant was not so noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night
    fpl8o9
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The windows out to DC - Incredible. Saw a motorcade and lots of folks leaving offices for the night. But that is not why you choose a restaurant. The menu was creative. Great twists on some regular foods. I had the shaved asparagus salad. I didn't know what to expect, but got a beautiful pile of twisted, perfectly cooked, asparagus shavings, topped with a dollop of dressing. it was outstanding. I then dove into the soft-shell crabs, knowing it was late in the season. They too were perfectly cooked, with a hint of spicy-ness. The meal was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Busy, buzzy, tasty
    dpfoodie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    A very nice meal in a lively and smart space, good service, great cocktail choice, excellent flatbread, reasonable value
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hiney if a spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    But the bees in the outdoor dining area were relentless and chased us inside on a gorgeous pre-autumn Sunday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Night!
    Peebs
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Came here with my mother for her birthday; couldn't have asked for a better place to be! Roast duck and soft shell crab were on point. Love this place to death!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GW Executive Cafeteria
    DCwiner
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Always a convenient lunch spot, with excellent food and prompt service. You won't be late to class due to a run over of your lunch period. But the noise level is like eating in a high school cafeteria....out of control. If a food fight broke out....you wouldn't know.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Ol' American Food
    DCGuyFoodVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Strong focus on American comfort food, well executed with a modern yet nostalgic decor. Service is generally very good. A small group and I hosted a birthday party for a friend. We notified them in advance and the restaurant printed menus with the birthday girl's name on them - a very nice touch! They also brought out a birthday desert (complementary) to help celebrate. Well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bellatrix
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food was very good (quite imaginative as well) and the service was excellent. The booths had low, uncomfortable seating, which should be adjusted. Overall, a clean, well-lighted place but quite noisy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • worth all the not so good stuff
    Reddstar
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food there is always excellent and decently priced, considering how good it is and how much they serve. But the server was not all that nice when I didn't order wine, rushed us to order, and our plates were taken from us sometimes before we were done eating, which is obnoxious. I also went there for a business meeting and it was so noisy I could barely hear the conversation. Will I be back? Absolutely, the food really is that good. But I hope the service improves a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Specialdine
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great ambience, attentive service but little flexibility if you have any dietary restrictions such as gluten free/ diary free. Whilst the chef and servers appeared open to accomodate you, every request was met with a response indicating food had been pre mixed already part cooked with a host of things likely to trigger allergic reactions. They could/ would not provide plain cooked alternatives and no discount was given for the resulting lightness of my meal. In the end I paid over $40 for a piece of fish, salad ans veg and had to have a meal when I got home. Not worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greatness
    SemInDC
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I can't stop telling everyone I know that I had the greatest meal of my life at District Commons. It was a great night. We got a great table in the back, and a wonderful engaging waiter who gave us space named Tom. I went with three of my friends and we were amazed at every course with how good the food is. We had wonderful wine, amazing cocktails, the appetizers literally blew our mind with the pig board, mussels, and of course the pretzel baguette. The entrees were to die for, and the deserts made us cringe with how delicious they were. I am telling everyone I know to go to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convenient to Kennedy Center
    Anne
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food and service were good and the wait staff appreciated that we were going to the theater so was helpful in getting us fed and out on time. The menu was nicely varied and each of us was able to find a satisfying entree. While we found the food to be good, it was not necessarily great or remarkable. We would likely go there again because it is so convenient to the Kennedy Center shuttle near the metro station.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunchlover2328
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great brunch options. The bottomless brunch was just the option that my friends and I were looking for. District Commons also has great dessert options.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avoid fish and chips
    disappointed
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Mushy fish with no taste served in a cardboard container (trying to emulate street food?); unremarkable fries; My companion's flat bread much better.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • business oriented
    Dissappointed
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    When it first opened the restaurant seemed a great addition to the neighborhood. However after many times at district commons i would like to see changes to the menu. The salads are underwhelming the entree sizes are uneven and everything is a separate charge. The ice cream deserts are good but the baked ones are off the mark. The restaurant is pretty and designed for a business crowd. The menu is not innovative but it could be.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall