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2606 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
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District Kitchen Details
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
Private Party Facilities:
District Kitchen is excited to announce semi private happy hour availability! Please contact us for additional information.
Private Party Contact:
Rachel Mowrer (240) 432-9169
Woodley Park Metro on the same block
A word from District Kitchen
District Kitchen, an American cuisine restaurant, will be opening in Woodley Park late 2011.
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Second time we've eaten here and
were very impressed. Inventive menu, great presentation, attentive but not intrusive service and a reasonable price. Particularly like the wild mushroom salad. One gripe. We'd appreciate some bread. Although the biscuits were really, really great, some good bread would have really added to the meal."
Dined on 3/1/2014
The small plate approach was
perfect for us to try different entrees to share as well as get one for each of us separately - really nice when you are a group of 6 or more as you can try several items without over ordering. Our waiter was very attentive with explanations of dishes & suggestions and didn't make us feel rushed when we took our time enjoying wine and visiting before ordering. Everyone enjoyed their entrees: highly recommend the Seared Tuna, the scallops and the steak. The pasta with blue cheese & pancetta was shared by all & was excellent. We also liked an array of cheese to share as an appetizer. We were only disappointed that the wine & the menu that had been seen & reviewed online was not available. Get Turly wine back!"
Dined on 2/22/2014
Attractive decor. Knowledgeable,
friendly efficient service. Great food with a fairly frequently changing menu. A bit on the rich side, but portions are not too big, and you'll savor delicious combinations of flavors you've never experienced before. Price is not something most people can do every day, but it's not pretentious or overpriced in my opinion. In other words, it's good solid comfortable eats with a nice glass of wine or beer."
Dined on 2/14/2014
Hadn't been here for months and
they've since changed their format over to all small to medium size sharing plates instead of having entrees available. Not sure I love that as their entrees were always really good. Food overall was as good it has ever been. Wine and beer list has been way scaled back and the options were "ok" but not great. Menu as laid out can be a bit confusing like the section for Pasta/Starch which really only had one single pasta on it and the rest were various breads, potatoes, etc. But then they had a veggie section that had lasagna in it. Just seemed like they could make it easier for folks to work through what they are offering. Wagyu bavette was phenomenal as were the scallops!"
Dined on 2/14/2014
Luckily we were seated at the
quietest spot in the dining room. Otherwise this place would have gotten panned by me. It simply can get too noisy here. Having said that, the food, wine and service were really quite good. Now if they could just turn the sound down a bit!"
Dined on 11/8/2013
Monday evening, dinner with
elderly parents of a friend in town for a conference. Very enjoyable atmosphere, good food, attentive but not intrusive service. Look forward to returning."
Dined on 2/3/2014
Was in the neighborhood & looking
for something good to try Thursday night. Had no problem getting a reservation at this Woodley Park gem that aims to source as much locally as it can. We got great suggestions from our waiter & one of the owners who was there & very helpful. Great cheeses (from near & far - very nice & varied selection) & really creative plates. I particularly loved the rabbit loin with creamy polenta. Albacore tuna was perfectly prepared. Forest mushroom & goat cheese tamale was very good & extremely creative. Ordered two plates of the biscuits because they were just too good not to have for desert. Then, I had to ask the server if he left something off the bill b/c it was so low. Less than $70 before tip with drinks."
Dined on 1/30/2014
Not a good experience. I should
have known when every time slot was available for reservations. We enter a nearly empty restaurant with only 2 other people dining. States from the wait staff were creepy. My wife's baby back ribs, an overly fish sauced soup? My rabbit loin sitting a top a green sauce over partly scorched questionable polenta. This is a neighborhood place that we will never frequent again. Also, the move from full size entrees to small plates seems like financial troubles are in the mix. I don't think this restaurant will last the next 2 years."
Dined on 1/25/2014
I had dined at District Kitchen a
few times, shortly after they opened. I had very good experiences on both visits but had not been back there for a while. I met two friends for dinner on January 14 and was very pleased with our experience. Service was prompt and courteous, the food was very good, and my two guests were very satisfied with the everything. Thanks for a delightful evening. I'll be back."
Dined on 1/14/2014
Excellent food and service. All
that I expected. Intend to return soon. My husband and I visit more often in the summer when we can dine outside on vibrant Connecticut Avenue. I especially appreciate the absence of televisions. The liver pate' is my personal favorite item on the menu. We few liver lovers have trouble finding it when eating in local restaurants."
Dined on 1/17/2014
We had a very enjoyable dinner
with a range of small plates. Some were better than others, but most were delicious. It makes for a fun experience to be able to try a variety. Desserts were a little disappointing but more than made up for by some of the savory dishes."
Dined on 1/14/2014
This is a great restaurant for
service and tasty bits, but food sizes were amazingly small. You will be told that it is a like tapas, or Jaleo, and that's true. But it takes a lot of dishes to make a meal."
Dined on 1/14/2014
Wonderful, creative approach to
food. Mushroom Terrine was exceptionally well done. Creative vegetable pickels (beets and fennel). The cured fish was a little hit or miss (whitefish was wonderful, "sausage" was a little strong). Applesauce cake was wonderful."
Dined on 1/12/2014
...except that they were out of an
unusual number of items: a cocktail, a wine, and a few menu items. everything we ordered other than the shirred egg though, was delicious."
Dined on 12/28/2013
Always delicious and interesting
creations with an attentive wait staff"
Dined on 12/11/2013
Took my 99 year old mother-in-law
here for dinner with her visiting nephew, who was staying at the Marriott Wardman Park. It was a cold, drizzly and miserable night but the District Kitchen was warm, friendly and welcoming. We had a great waiter; service was excellent - he seemed to know when we were immersed in family talk and when to come to check on things. Not too fancy, informal but trendy atmosphere. Food was very good but "unusual' for my mother-in-law. Our waiter was not phased at all when she asked for her wagu steak to be well done; and that is how they served it, too. The mint ice cream was a revelation - it actually tasted like mint from my back yard. Liked the glazed carrots. I will come here again."
Dined on 12/14/2013
It was difficult to have a
conversation because the Mellinials were buzzing like a hive, but the portions were just the right size and the meal was delicious. The waiter was attentive and well informed. A good experience."
Dined on 12/5/2013
We had a lovely dinner but a
seemingly confused server. He forgot our drinks and just seemed off. Otherwise, a nice place for smaller, shared plates."
Dined on 11/22/2013
They were short staffed (so our
waiter was also bartending) but manager/owner was superb. He apologized gracefully and continued to fill our wine glasses (for free) throughout our meal."
Dined on 11/21/2013
This was my first time visiting
DK. I really enjoyed it. I thought the atmosphere, wine, food, and service were all good. I would definitely return."
Dined on 11/9/2013
While overall the food was good,
the scallops came out cold. COLD as in had not put into oven! It was gross! The restaurant was not busy -- about only 25% full -- probably because we had late reservations. The server didn't come by to ask if everything was ok --the service was so poor. If it was my restaurant, I would have comped those scallops or done something nice. Even the host didn't seem to care whether or not we were there. Didn't feel the hospitality. Too bad. There are lots of other restaurants nearby with great food who show appreciation."
Dined on 11/8/2013
I booked a table at DC kitchen as
a treat for the end of our vacation. It has had some good reviews. The one downside was our server. He was totally disinterested with what customer care was, leaving his colleagues to pick up the slack. An example being our appetisers being brought out by him-he then walked off leaving a colleague to talk us through what was there. I saw him do exactly the same to a neighbouring table and again a colleague had to explain the menu items. If perhaps he spent more time with the customers rather than goofing around with coworkers then he'd maybe understand what true customer care was. No effort put in whatsoever-such a shame. I feel this restaurant's pretentious attitude exceeds what it's able to deliver.."
Dined on 11/6/2013
Very good food. Its probably best
if you go with a group so you can try more of their food items. Particularly enjoyed the pork and chicken liver pate. Will definitely go back."
Dined on 10/27/2013
We have been to District Kitchen
many times since it opened about two years ago, and the experience has always been great. He food is superb; the ambiance is cozy, energetic, and hip; the specialty drinks are interesting and tasty; and the wine list contains a lot of affordable, but tasty wines. I would highly recommend!"
Dined on 10/26/2013
Small plates format, limited menu,
but everything they did, they did well & it was easy to choose complementary dishes. Good beer list (though I'd upgrade the one cider, even if it is local). Make sure to try/savor the sauces. The homemade hot sauce that came with the collard greens made an already good dish great. We left the kid behind, but it was clearly a kid-friendly restaurant and (even more impressive) the tables were spaced well enough that even the presence of kids in high chairs at tables around us didn't disrupt our date night vibe. Also worth mentioning -- we were able to get a last-minute reservation on Saturday night. Restaurant filled up, but I sense it gets a lot of walk-ins both from neighborhood and from hotels nearby."
Dined on 10/20/2013
The service and ambience are ideal
for a couple or group dinner. We weren't rushed and the server was knowledgeable about the menu the only down fall was the server never asked if I cared for another glass of wine when I finished my first glass. The cheddar pecans and waffle fries were excellent. The steak dish with mashed potatoes and tomatoes was superb and cooked correctly to order. However, the ribs with chili seasoning was a fail. The meat on the ribs was cooked perfectly, but the chili spice seasoning confused my tastebuds and was a bit overpowering. The ribs was just a special and maybe the chef was testing out a recipe. I would come back to this restaurant again when in the neighborhood and look forward to their evolving menu."
Dined on 10/13/2013
If you are reading this review,
that means you're considering District Kitchen. STOP! Do not eat here. It was overpriced, poor service and mediocre food. The waiter and chef were not accommodating to someone at the table who was vegan. Despite having a vegetable section, zero effort was made to make any accommodations when it would have required oil over butter. And we waited nearly 40 minutes b/w courses. The actual food - the DK Salad was a salad w/ seasonal veggies. The "veggies" were 2 cherry tomatoes halved and 2 radish slices. The scallop dish which were sharing - $15 for ONE scallop. It was ok, not worth $15. The "Roasted" Broccoli was not roasted or tasty. It was plain steamed broccoli with some cheese melted on top."
Dined on 10/11/2013
Took a leap of faith with an
unusual cocktail, and it was amazing. I am impressed with the creativity of the mixologists! I love the exposed brick walls, low-key vibe and mix of small plates. This is a good spot for lots of different things - a drink, a small meal, a big gathering."
Dined on 9/13/2013
District Kitchen used to be a
great restaurant. Now the food comes in incredibly small portions and is terribly overpriced. The meet was fatty and chewy. I ordered scallops as well and only received one scallop for $18. Our waiter was terrible, We sat for dinner at 7PM and did not finish until well after 9 due to delays. Do not recommend."
Dined on 10/12/2013
I was very impressed. Food was
creative and delicious. Presentation was not at all pretentious. Portions were perfect. Cocktails were unique. Wine list was very well thought out. Only room for improvement was that wait staff could have circled by more frequently. Came with some friends who really knew their food and wine and they were very impressed as well."
Dined on 10/10/2013
Food was well done, the housemade
quality really showed. The only thing off was the rabbit rillettes paired with a bread that completely overpowered it (we let the server know); the rabbit itself was excellent. Steak tartare was excellent, cheese selection was solid, duck confit was stellar. The measure for me of a good staff is how they handle my wife's dairy allergy. This experience was mediocre. Instead of asking the chef for dish recommendations and which would cause problems, the server mostly tried to wing it despite our repeatedly asking that he ask the chef. He would make a trip to the kitchen and come back with one item she could have instead of asking for more options. Drinks were also forgotten. I'll give it another shot, though."
Dined on 10/5/2013
Having been somewhat disappointed
a few months ago, I was surprised and pleased by my recent experience at District Kitchen. The service was excellent: attentive, knowledgable and low-key. The menu had lots of interesting options and all of it was good. The food was luxurious and interesting, well and thoughtfully cooked. My only complaint was the noise: the restaurant has an appealingly industrial feel, but all those exposed, hard surfaces make it pretty noisy."
Dined on 9/22/2013
Went here on a Saturday night to
celebrate a friend's bday. We had a leisurely meal outside. A great tequila with jalapeño cocktail was enjoyed by all. Food highlights - sweet potatoe with bacon hash, sea bass, and watermelon and feta salad. The steak tartare was also good, though not a knock out like the hash. Look forward to visiting again soon."
Dined on 9/8/2013
This is my third time dining at
District Kitchen and I've never been disappointed with the service until this time around. The food was amazing as usual but it was as though the server didn't care to do better because we had a large party and she would automatically be entitled to an 18% gratuity anyway. Whatever it is, she just wasn't very friendly. Maybe she just was having a bad day."
Dined on 9/2/2013
Loved the duck bacon pasta dish!
Small but good beer selection. Server appeared that she just wanted to ho home, but was still polite. Portions are small so order 2 plates per person"
Dined on 9/2/2013
We're not vegetarians, but that
mushroom black-bean burger is seriously to die for. It hit the spot that night like I couldn't believe. We added cheddar for $2, money well spent. Two appetizers beforehand - sockeye salmon rilette, and brunschweiger paired with pickled beets - were also knocked out of the park. The food at this restaurant is really quite amazing. Our waiter made perfect wine-by-the-glass suggestions, and if we hadn't had to get up early the next morning, we'd have ordered more. Trying to lose a few pounds (aren't we all) but after such a great meal could not pass up at least trying a dessert. Chose peach cobbler. Wow. Well worth every. Single. Calorie. We'll be back soon. Very soon. Oh, fabulous service, too."
Dined on 8/27/2013
Chef Drew never ceases to amaze me
with his creativity, consistency and flawless technique. The great cocktail and wine lists along with friendly and attentive service, really make DK a unique and delicious experience."
Dined on 7/28/2013
I am so pleased that this
restaurant has settled in Woodley Park. On par with, if not better than, any of the similar restaurants along Connecticut in Upper NW; Ripple, Ardeo/Bardeo, & Buck's."
Dined on 7/27/2013
We went to it in the last day of
our trip, food was amazing, great service and had different things on the menu that you typically do not see. Totally recommend this place"
Dined on 7/6/2013
Delicious food, good service,
reasonable prices for what you get- nice contrast to the many decent but predictable kitchens in a block of so many restaurants."
Dined on 7/6/2013
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