Madhatter
Madhatter

Madhatter

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.madhatterdc.com/
  • Phone: 2028331495x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 2:00am, Friday & Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00am, Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: DJ and dancing Wednesday-Saturday nights beginning at 9pm

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Dupont Circle South stop on the Redline
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Madhatter
..A dining saloon and drinking house
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Madhatter reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (32)good for groups (23)neighborhood gem (17)great for lunch (15)vibrant bar scene (14)great for outdoor dining (13)fit for foodies (11)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (8)hot spot (8)special occasion (7)romantic (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Bad Service but Excellent Response
    silverspringdaveVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Service was terrible -- among the worst I've ever experienced. I e-mailed a complaint to the manager and received a prompt, apologetic reply promising action and offering restitution. The terrible service was not at all typical; the restaurant is normally completely satisfactory in all respects.
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  • Mad for the hatter
    DCFoodie2U
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Looking for a lunch spot on the fly, glad I chose the Madhatter. Once the other two members of my party arrived, we were seated immediately. Meg, our server was very patient and attentive. Our salads were served quickly and were fresh and tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • So So
    Stina
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was my 2nd time to the Madhatter. They really should give up making carbs. The toast wasn't toasted, the pancakes taste as though they were frozen and reheated in the microwave and the fired potatoes weren't seasoned at all; but the scrambled eggs were excellent!!!! The greatest part was our waiter Jose he was so patient with us and constantly kept our glasses filled as 4 of the 5 of us ordered the unlimited mimosas. Overall the food good have been better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The service was some of the worst I have experienced in DC. It got to the point that my rather large group took to serving ourselves more coffee and requesting things from other staff. The food was mediocre and most of it was brought out at room temperature or colder. Mediocre food can be worth it for the bottomless and availability for groups but the service means I'll never be going back.
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    good for groups
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  • Foodophile
    Foodophile
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food was very good. Service could be better. Coffee lukewarm.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Solid Brunch Choice
    ImContributing
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food was good and more affordable than most brunch places. They offer bottomless mimosas for $12 but I opted to get the Hatter Bloody Mary which I really enjoyed. I think our waitress was new and brought us our check while we were still eating which felt kind of pushy. Side note that it's pretty pricey for a bar when it's not during happy hour. Over $7 for a gin and tonic is nuts.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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  • Great experience
    Nmonroe3
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The Madhatter was great at lunch. The server was familar with the menu and made recommendations. The food was delicious and service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic time!
    StewMoon
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We picked this spot as it was going to be close to a follow on event after dinner. What a treat! We showed up a bit early and the bar was a bit full as it was Happy Hour...BONUS! We were eventually sat in the courtyard area outside. Had a great meal with good food and a wonderful wait staff in Freddy. Wish all our experiences could be like this one.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great for happy hour
    Happyhourer
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was decent and inexpensive. Drinks were good. Would go back
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luncheon Meeting
    Machete
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Great locale for a luncheon meeting, but the restaurant was not crowded at the time. Nice bar and TVs for the barstool crowd. Very good service from the waiters and the food is also very good. I like the restaurant because it is conveniently located and the service staff is very friendly/helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience, reasonably priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Went to MH for a Friday special occasion dinner, just my wife and me. Service was attentive and excellent; prices were moderate; food was good. Our only disappoitment was that dancing doesn't start until 10:00 pm-- so we had a few hours to kill after out 7 pm dinner.
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  • Nice surprise
    nino
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The quality of the food (burges, salmon sandwich and mac&cheese) was good. I would not expect that from a clubbish place (it turned into a loud music saturday night club after 11pm). We'll be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for brunch!
    NicoleJ
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The server was really nice and the food was great! It came quickly and was delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, fun decor!
    Catcan
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Our annual "girl" trip with my two daughters and sister caused me to find a brunch place for Sunday morning. It was listed as a hometown favorite so it was right up our alley. We loved our brunch and our unlimited mimosas. The waitress was very friendly and attentive. The location was perfect for us to start our day. We arrived a little early so we walked around the neighborhood while we waited. We will definitely recommend the Madhatter to anyone we know that will be visiting DC.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic...this time.
    Catherine
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We were actually a bit late because we misjudged the distance from our hotel but it wasn't a problem. Service as pretty decent and the food was excellent. We chose Madhatter for a special occasion dinner and the food was a reasonable price, the interior was casual but still classy and all around it was a great evening there. The second visit was the complete opposite. Service was TERRIBLE. There was a big game on so it was PACKED. One exit? Can you say fire hazard? Oh and the server I asked for a table from never got back to me to let me know there were no tables and weren't likely to be until after the game. NONE of the servers acknowledged me aside from the one I initially asked for a table from.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • I would return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I enjoyed brunch here. Food was pretty good, the customer service was great! Our server Jasmin was awesome! The theme was cute.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dud for Lunch
    MWM53VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Our family had a very disappointing Saturday lunch/brunch. Service was inattentive. Burgers were overcooked. Monte Cristo was the worst I have ever had. Agree with other reviewers that this place must succeed only on its bar and alcohol. Don't go for the food.
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  • Bar neglect?
    nixiedcVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    for the first time ever, I was at the bar for 5 minutes before anyone asked me for my order. Had never happened before, and there were two staffers behind the bar. Not so good.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 328 reviews are from the Madhatter reviews archive.
  • Awesome brunch!
    Mmfood
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Came here for Easter with my friend after waiting until the day before to find a spot for brunch. Both of our meals were delicious. Would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • eh..
    dhs1024
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    i dont think it really deserves the 4 stars that it shows online. the food was alright but the service is what got me. we arrived on time for our reservations and yet we had to wait and a couple different servers came up to us and told us to wait 5 minutes.. 3 times..when we were finally seated, it took so long for the waiter to come and take our orders for drinks/food..basically everything was slow..the waiter had a bit of an attitude to one of the people in our group as well..i wont be coming back.
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  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    They were not open late for diner. It was already a club, so unfortunately we don't know.
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  • Excellent service, nice bar,
    Machete
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Excellent service, nice bar, good food! I'll be back tomorrow.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    LHLH
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The service was outstanding. The food was decidedly mediocre. My brother ordered the Monte Cristo sandwich, it was completely uncooked on one side. My tostadas ranchers, which came highly recommended, were decidedly so-so. I'm guessing the sweet breakfast foods (pancakes, waffles, etc.) are better than the savory ones we ordered.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a great outing
    ghawk16VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We went for brunch because they have an all you can drink mamosa deal for 12.00 or make your own Bloody Mary bar. My daughter said she had been there before. The food was average at best. I had a steak and eggs breakfast. My eggs were way over cooked and dry and the steak was grilled with BBQ sauce. Now, you mat say so what. BBQ sauce, however nowhere on the menue does it say the steak is cooked in BBQ sauce or even marinated. I do not care for those favors on a steak plusit was a bit tough. Won't go back
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Came here for Brunch on Sunday.
    JenS
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Came here for Brunch on Sunday. The french toast was delicious. I would skip the mimosas tho, probably the worst I have ever had.
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  • I have only been here for
    MydogGibbs
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I have only been here for Brunch- which was FANTASTIC, the food was fantastic- the service- bottomless mimosas for $12- everything was really great!. (Make a reservation!) I can't speak for the night crowd.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Our waitress Candace was phenomenal. She was funny, attentive, and overall extremely nice. She gave honest and unbiased opinions on the food, being it was my friend and I first time. She was superb! Awesome place.......truly
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    Csmsa
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    If u love bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary bar, great service and food then go to mad hatters
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Brunch Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The Madhatter was a great brunch spot. The menu makes it hard to decide what to order. The bottomless mimosas are delicious and the waitstaff is on top of your refills making sure your glass never runs dry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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  • Good Brunch
    Amanda
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    My group was quite happy with the fresh coffee, bloody marys and unlimited mimosas. I'd recommend the Hangover Helper and the Bisqwich. The french toast was also tasty!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bottomless Brunch
    DCDCDCDCDCDC
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Decided to try the brunch at Madhatter after seeing that they have bottomless mimosas for $12. Our waiter was very attentive and kept the drinks coming even when the place started to get busy. That is something key if you wanna get your money's worth for bottomless drinks IMO. I had the french toast, which they make with thick french baguette bread that was perfect. (not too soggy, etc) Side breakfast potatoes were seasoned very well and the bacon was just the right amount of crispy. Overall a good experience and worth a look for weekend brunch--they have a back patio that should
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    Sunny
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Ecclectic decor. Came for Monday specials (including lobster, half-price wine, trivia). Trivia was played upstairs in run-down bar area. Had to go into another room to order food (no specials mentioned at all). No servers ever take drink orders, have to get your own. Food portions were large and quite good.
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  • Couldn't get in the door.
    Jnkkelly
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We showed up for our dinner reservation and the place was so crowded and loud we couldn't get in the door. There was a rowdy line on the street trying to get in. We are in the diner next store which was very good.
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  • The food was just okay. To
    NJoki
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    The food was just okay. To be fair, we only ate items off the appertizer menu. The dining experience wasn't bad, it was just okay. There are so many other restaurants in the area that have better food and service.
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  • Great Place To Eat!!!!
    TAw81
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    The quality, portions, and food selection is outstanding!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timer
    Exploring
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Visited Madhatter in 1/25/13 with a group of friends celebrating a birthday. Overall a great place for friends to get together. The food was very good and plentiful. Fajitas comb was good, the salmon and steak dish was great. But you must try the big HAT Drink.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunching in the city
    reenie922
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I love Madhatter for their bottomless mimosas, but what really keeps me coming back is their Eggs Chesapeake. A great spin on a classic brunch favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adequate for brunch
    Dotingmom
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    The restaurant looked quaint on Yelp and so we gave it a try. The food was fine. I had the plate with eggs, bacon, a piece of toast and two pancakes, as well as hash browns. I shared with my son, who had the Eggs Chesapeake (benedict with crab). I have a feeling that the unlimited mimosas and the bloody mary bar are the reasons this place may be popular. It seems mainly like a bar that serves food too. Asia was a lovely server and we enjoyed our meal.
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  • I came here with a group of
    AllisonW
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    I came here with a group of friends for dinner before a night of dancing. We were craving some good American food, and MadHatter exceeded our expectations! We opted for the signature Hatter Punch - a spiked fruity soda served in a giant top hat! Split among five people it was perfect for sipping while catching up and mulling over the menu. I went for the fish tacos appetizer and they were fantastic. I'm a big fan of grouper and when paired with the guac and chipotle mayo it was a spicy and tender dish. We stayed downstairs at our table the whole time, but the bar upstairs sounded loud and perfect for dancing! Can't wait to come back and check it out more. I'm sure I will add another star once I've gotten the full "Mad" experience. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Brunch
    Joanna
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    I recently went to Madhatter for my 25th birthday brunch and they could not have been more accommodating. Not only did I change the number of people at the last minute, I actually had to double the size of our party. They set up a private room for us upstairs which ended up being lovely. I even had to add two more chairs at the last minute and our server had no problems. He was also willing to split the checks even though we were a group of 16. Very good for groups!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.