Domku Bar & Cafe
821 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011Neighborhood:
ScandinavianPrice: $30 and under
Domku Bar & Cafe
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://domkucafe.com/
- Phone: 2027227475x
- Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday 12:00pm - 12:00am, Saturday 10:00am - 12:00am, Sunday 10:00am-11:00pm.
- Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Polish, Eastern European, Scandinavian
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Special Events: "Meatless Tuesdays"! every Tuesday
½ Price on bottles of wine, Sundays 6-10p
A word from Domku Bar & Cafe
Open since 2005, Domku is Washington, DC's first Slavic and Scandinavian restaurant. We serve classic, hearty comfort food dishes such as pierogis, borscht, kielbasa, goulash, gravlax, Swedish meatballs, and pickled herring. We offer a unique Saturday & Sunday brunch menu, a vegetarian only Meatless Tuesday menu every week, Sunday night half-price on bottles of wine, and during the winter months a once-a-month Pierogi Night extravaganza.Continued
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Domku Bar & Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since June 22, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (23)fit for foodies (17)great for brunch (13)romantic (8)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (5)good for groups (4)special occasion (3)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (2)Show More
- Cozy and yummyKikiDined on 10/11/2014Charming storefront restaurant in Petworth, with its fresh, vibrant interior design (warm raw woods, scandinavian floral prints, and floral cut-out room dividers a la Orla Kiely. Food at breakfast was tasty--loved the pancake balls and the Salmon Pytt i Panna--so flavorful! I had a delicous herbal hot cinnamon tea as a coffee alternative. Our waiter was a little forgetful (we had to fetch him, as he walked away before taking my daughter's order after everyone else's), but it was an honest mistake. The hostess was very friendly and inviting, even though we showed up about 5 minutes before their official opening time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- New favorite.aushDined on 10/8/2014Wonderful food and service. Risotto needed a little extra kick, but otherwise excellent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always Something is OffRandallakiVIPDined on 10/4/2014I have been dining at Domku for over 9 years now -- mostly because it was an early pioneering restaurant in my up-and-coming neighborhood -- and every time I want to believe it is worth promoting and wish I was eager to go back. Sadly with each and every visit there is something "off". Either it's a menu item we came for was out, or the wait staff is new and not attentive or, with the most recent visit on Saturday, an under-staffed restaurant. The food is superb and unique in many ways (the winning part), but there is always something with each random visit we make that just ... well makes me not want to run back. Diner beware!Special Features:
- Hidden Neighborhood Gemmreid510Dined on 9/26/2014As a former Petworth resident, I was familiar with Domku and had visisted before. As a Swede myself, I love a place where I can find tasty and authentic food. The food was great. We shared fried pickled herring, roasted tomatoes with feta, swedish meatballs, beef stroganoff, and brussel sprouts. We left the meal stuffed & happy. Service was quite slow, but the homey and hipster atmosphere made up for it. Outside Petworth, Domku is unknown - but maybe we should try to keep it that way!Special Features:
- A disappointing experienceUsed2luvezeplaceVIPDined on 9/7/2014If you live around the block, this may be an acceptable place to have a beer or a glass of wine washed down by a few munchies. But I trekked from the other side of town to discover that, despite the early hour, the kitchen had run out of many items listed in the menu. I settled for Swedish meatballs, which were passable, accompanied by runny (instant?) mashed potatoes and lingonberry preserves; I think the IKEA cafeteria actually delivers a better version, if that's what you are into. Altogether, an utterly disappointing experience.
- Meatless TuesdayVegetarianDined on 9/2/2014We went to Domku specifically for the meatless Tuesday menu. The tomato tart was outstanding though a bit small. My husband ordered one of the specials of the evening, Udon noodle soup--it was very bland and had very little liquid. We were told that one of the flavoring ingredients was ginger, but we did not taste any ginger. The same complaint about the brussel sprouts which were supposed to be "garlic", but we did not taste any garlic flavor. The cook/chef needs to be more assertive in flavoring the dishes. We were given a small bowl of kimchi but that is neither ginger nor garlic so it did not augment the missing flavors from the dishes that we ordered. Prices are reasonable and the service was good. Plan to wait for meals.Special Features:
- could have been somethingbokbgokDined on 9/2/2014They had vegetarian night when we went. we stayed and everything was ok, but we really were set on trying something authentic, with meat. Then their options were like eight things in total; only two entrees. Made going out of the way for this place really disappointing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not your ordinary menunancychanVIPDined on 8/31/2014Smoked herring omelets! Pancake balls! Birchermuesli! And all yummy. Music is way too loud but otherwise a lovely place for a brunch that you won't forget.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Find!TravelingdinerVIPDined on 8/31/2014Music was too loud and order didn't come out as ordered (but was corrected!)...would recommend for brunch. Great staff and price point good.Special Features:
- Cute findBigSkyAFVIPDined on 8/16/2014We are always searching for a unique brunch or breakfast. This was very unique, polish and Scandinavian. We all enjoyed our dishes, beet soup, pancakes balls, rasberry french toast, hash, and mushroom eggs benedict. Good coffee. The service was very slow. It was 5 to 10 minutes before our waiter spoke to us, but at least we had our menus to drool over. It was not crowded at 10 AM on a Saturday morning. The outside dining was full with families and people with dogs. I want to go back for dinner!Special Features:
- Cool little place...AnonCowardDined on 8/8/2014The pickled herring is amazing, everything else seemed a bit pricey for what it was. My beet/carrot/apple salad presentation was gorgeous too!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not for people with food allergiesDarrylDined on 8/3/2014Don't come here if you have a food allergy. I can't eat gluten or eggs. My brunch date can't have dairy. There was nothing on the breakfast menu that didn't have one of these ingredients. The lunch menu had only salads and sandwiches. I asked for a sandwich without the bread, but was told that the manager wouldn't do that. I asked for a breakfast item without the eggs and was told that the restaurant couldn't accommodate that. This was all strange because the menu said to tell your server if you have a food allergy. Then they tell you they can't take things out that you are allergic too.
- The following 5 reviews are from the Domku Bar & Cafe reviews archive.
- I've been to Domku multipleRoochieDined on 3/16/2014I've been to Domku multiple times and it never diappoints. The food is unique and delicious. Those pancake balls are amazing, our group got three orders! Definitely a neighborhood jem.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nie Ma (we don't have)luv2eatVIPDined on 2/4/2014My dinner at Domku recently, the experience was Nie Ma. Upon our arrival, we were informed that there were no meat dishes available; it was vegetarian night although nothing indicated that when I made my reservation. Some of the appetizers were unavailable. One of the specialty cocktails was unavailable;they ran out of the liquor. The perogi appetizer was good; It would have been nice if sour cream was offered as a side. The potato pancakes were soggy. It would have been nice to have a side of sour cream and apple sauce made available. The specialty cocktail reminded me of childhood cough medicine.Something's up with this 9 year old restaurant. Next time that I feel like having a Polish meal, I may hop a flight on Air Lot to Krakow.
- We loved it!OpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 12/19/2013We celebrated a few birthdays with a group of 16 and this was the perfect place to do it! Can't wait to come back with the family.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Cozy Food on a Cold NightHillaryVIPDined on 12/14/2013We were looking for a place close by on a cold and rainy Saturday night,something that would be warm and provide a casual atmosphere. This was our first time dining at this restaurant and it did not dissappoint. We started off with the pierogies which were super delicate and light. My husband ordered a pretty hearty stew-like dish and I had the swedish meatballs. The food was incredible, huge portions and all made from scratch. Will definitely come back again!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Place!personDined on 11/8/2013We went here on a whim while trying to find something new on a cold fall night. It turned out to be perfect and we'll definitely be returning!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.