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Policy Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.policydc.com
  • Phone: (202) 387-7654
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am,
    Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm (Brunch only)

    Bar & Lounge:
    Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:00pm-11:00pm
    Thursday 5:00pm-12:00am
    Friday & Saturday 5:00pm-3:00am.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Upstairs Lounge : DJ starts @ 10:00 PM. Music is top 40s. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights are the busiest. Please email Jessica@policydc.com for bottle service and large party late night reservations.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Tuesday- Half Price Sliders

    Wednesday - Half Price Wine Night - All wine's are half price!

    Thursday - All Night Happy Hour

    Tuesday-Saturday - Happy Hour 5 - 8PM(until 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays), Discounted Drinks and Food.

    Fridays & Saturdays - Upstairs lounge. DJ starts @ 10:00 PM

Getting there

  • Cross Street: T street
  • Public Transit: U Street Cardozo/ Shaw Metro Stop (Green and Yellow Line)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking.
A word from Policy

“Start early, finish late …” Welcome to Policy Restaurant and Lounge
Our idea for Policy, is to be the first and final stop of the evening.

One of DC’s hottest Restaurant and Lounge, located in the vibrant U Street neighborhood, this upscale diner motif like main floor, Love Dining Room and the airy second floor, the Liberty Lounge, this space extends the sentiment of being free and savvy. Decorated with brilliant chandeliers and art work by Andrew funk and Drew Nussbaum, Policy offers two levels of charm and class in a hip and inviting environment.

The restaurant provides an intimate feel not only for couples but for a group of people catching up. We’ve taken Global Flavors and infused them with American cuisine adding a unique spin.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Our server Beth was awesome and so were the drinks...but the food was terrible...I mean how can you mess up breakfast? LOL First and last time there..."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "A friend and I were visiting DC and realized it was restaurant week as we sat down on the beautiful outdoor patio of Policy for dinner. We got one starter (the fries - yum), two dishes - the Greek nachos (YUM) and the brisket sliders (seriously - YUM), and added on a third plate so we could try the crispy pork belly (you guessed it - YUM). The brussel sprouts side dish was very good, as well. We had a great experience with the food, staff ("Hipster John" was our server) and ambience. I would love to go back there the next time I'm in DC."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The addition of outdoor seating made this perfect - often the interior is very VERY loud for dinner but still, we love the menu here. Our waiter was just as helpful as good be; service from all was as speedy as we could want and attentive; all of us were happy w/ our choices (including our veggie) and happy to share."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "A charming restaurant with an excellent selection of small plates that allows you to experience something special. The tuna tartare was fantastic!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This was my second visit to Policy. The food is fantastic and service was excellent I'll be baaaack!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Was a small plates type place and we had 6 small plates between the two of us. Everyone of them was amazing."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great for going with a couple friends. We got a couple tapas for the table and it was perfect. They are big enough for everyone to try and by the end we were full. It was a great atmosphere for dining before going out!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My date and I had to yell to hear each other and left with headaches. The food was mediocre at best. The server didn't bring our drinks out until we were halfway through the meal (after our the 2nd of 4 small plates). Will not be returning. There are plenty of far superior restaurants in this neighborhood."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "They have a great pre-8PM happy hour menu. Half price bottles of wine on Wed. Recommend it if the weather is nice and you can sit in the T ST outdoor space."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We recently dined at Policy with 3 couples and we had a lovely evening. The service was good. We sat inside as it was too hot to enjoy an outside table but they were available. We were able to sit at a window table. The Happy Hour specials were great with several food items to choose from and the wine and beer selections were good as well. There is a lot of variety on the menu and we had a great time sharing several plates between us all. I would definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Excellent creative food with reasonable portion sizes. Great for vegetarians. Staff was very attentive and pleasant."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Good food for reasonable price. Menu had enough that everyone can find something they want, but not too much that a customer is overwhelmed with choices. Service was very good too. I will definitely go again."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Policy was an overall great experience. We had a large group (11 people) and they were very accommodating with some last minute numbers and time changes (thank you!). It seemed that the dishes and drinks were a hit or a miss. If they were good - they were heavenly good. If they were a miss - it left us unsatisfied. The service was really good at times where our waitress would check up on us consistently, but one side of the table didn't get their first dish or drinks for about 45 minutes. The ambiance is very hip and the bar scene upstairs is bumpin. We didn't stay upstairs for long because of the very expensive drinks and freezing temperatures, but the music was great and people were dancing."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Staff is friendly and food came out right on time. Only downside was that a couple of the dishes (brocollini and crab cakes ) were REALLY salty. We couldn't finish either. Other dishes we're fab, especially the gnocchi!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food was very yummy. The small plates were a large enough size that we could share them with one another, or we could have individual small plates. The drinks were also good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food is only mediocre here. It's a nice spot. Server was friendly. But the food is expensive and at a price level of much nicer/better restaurants. The food was not worth the price. My girlfriend and I went for date night. The bill came to around $100 just for a few small plates and three drinks. We could have paid the same price and eaten much better tapas at Estadio, Barcelona or one of many other restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I've been here a number of times previously but never booked through open table so I thought it appropriate to review. Reservation was honored right on time and the service was good. They have a great beer selection, so don't just look at the taps. Food was great and came out at appropriate intervals for tapas. Quinoa and Greens salad might be my favorite new item which is saying a lot for a salad. The meatball sliders are new too which were also excellent. Policy used to have a very dark atmosphere in their restaurant and they've done a few renovations to improve that, so that is much improved."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the service my friends and I had on Saturday evening for a bachelorette. Our server was awesome and very accommodating!! I can’t call her name but she was great!! Our food was delicious. The only thing we were a little disappointed about was the Prosecco. It was just a tad dry. Not usually what I’m used to but if that was the worst of the evening, I think my group and I came out on top!! Thanks again. I’ll be back in the future. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Had dinner with a friend, everything was so flavorful. Great time to start the night out and have cocktails afterward."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Despite having a reservation we were seated at the worst table in the house which was dimly lit and right up against the server's station in a high traffic area. We asked for another table and were taken to the main dining area which was only 1/3 full. It would be wise to use this table only when the restaurant is packed and there is a line-up. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Had a wonderful time at Policy. Food was great, especially the sliders. Tried the Smoked Out and Tuna, both excellent. Service was solid and not overbearing. Big beer selection, nice to see Atlas on draft."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Food was excellent, but the atmosphere and service undid all of that. Atmosphere is way too loud - the restaurant is more like a bar. The noise is best describe as a din. We also had to wait numerous times for our waitress to notice us - including 25 minutes between plate clearing and final paying of the check. In addition, a dish was substituted without our prior consent because the kitchen ran out of certain ingredients (carrots!). After returning the dish, we agreed upon a substitute for the ingredient - yet they charged us for that substitute and the dish. For these reasons, I cannot recommend the Policy for an enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Great place for an extended, bottomless brunch. Amazing food, great service, and felt no rush."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We arrived before the rest of our party and were seated. As the rest of our party arrived the waiter never came back to check on us. After a while I eventually asked the hostess if we could have our check for the drinks we ordered because we wanted to leave. As I cam back to the table our waiter had finally came back but was taking the order of the table next to us which was seated way after we were. To sum it up, horrible service. Will never try this place again."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The idea of a restaurant on 14th Street NW without Valet parking is absurd. We drove around for 25 minutes until we finally found a space a half hour after our reservation time of 8:30. When we were seated no on came to say hello or take our drink order for 10 minutes. I finally got up and found a manager who apologized profusely. The food took a long time and was not bad but the only standout was the balsamic roasted Brussels Sprouts with cranberries. The noise level with three TV's tuned to three different sports channels was deafening. This place must have been designed by a frat boy. I will never set foot in Policy again."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We were really impressed with the food-- very creative seasonings and flavors, and decent prices. However, the noise level was quite uncomfortable. No need to blast loud bar music everywhere. Also, some tables were very dark. If Policy could improve the ambience so that diners could have a conversation, I'd wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant. Absent that, I really can't."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Website stated that the restaurant severed dinner until 12am. Was able to book a reservation on opentable. Got to the restaurant and it was closed for the club upstairs. Bouncer told us they were closed at 11pm. Ruined the night. Would not recommend until they get their ish organized."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Come here if you want a drink with friends - fun bar But avoid the restaurant"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I had to chase the waitress around the restaurant to get our bill! Sort of ruined the experience...."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The small plate / family style setup usually scares us off as my girlfriend is gluten-free vegetarian (she eats fish though) and we always have a hard time agreeing on a restaurant let alone food to share. Policy has many options for both gluten free and vegetarian patrons. I was a little nervous walking in as the place was somewhat busy and I could only spot 1 server and the bartender. The service was the highlight of the night though, our server was very attentive and friendly throughout . The food was great and it's quantity was a little more than the traditional tapas setup. It was a great experience! The only thing that we found needed any attention was their dessert menu, 3 run-of-the-mill options that didn't really blow us away."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The restaurant advertises on its website (and according to the servers) that they source their meat from local farms. However, according to the general manager, the farms they source from administer the animals with antibiotics, growth hormones, and are definitively NOT free range (same goes for the eggs), nor are they grass fed. Taken together, it sounds like the meat come from local factory farms, which is not what people expect when a restaurant advertises that it sources from local farms. Not fit for foodies."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I went because I had the Gilt voucher, which I bought primarily because it's close to wear I live. I was expecting the food to be fine but not good. I was very pleasantly surprised. Everything we ate was of very, very high quality, and the waitress was one of the best waitresses I have ever had. I will be going back for sure."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Great food! We had the potato gnocchi , skirt steak, green bean, and shrimp with polenta. All had amazing flavor and was just the right amount of food. Prices are good too and our server was great! Would definitely go again!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had to wait 25 minutes even though we had a reservation. But when we told the server that (as a result) we were in a bit of a hurry, she was amazingly attentive even though they were so crowded. The food is always splendid. I wish they didn't put pork in so many dishes, but I can always find a few things to order & they were all excellent."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Policy has potential, however it fall flat. We were there for brunch, and we would not recommend going back. One person in the party ordered pancakes. The menu says, "Buttermilk Waffles, Seasonal Fruit Topping, Hot Maple Syrup." When received the food, this person didn't receive any fruit. So, he asked the waitress, and she went back to the kitchen to find out where it was. When she came back she informed us that there isn't any fruit. Yet, we were still charged full price. Another person ordered a breakfast skillet. The skillet has egg on top of it. The egg was completely raw. It didn't even look partially cooked! There are much better places to go for lunch."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "It was our first time at Policy. Our server suggested that we share selections and that we pick two each. They were all excellent and the amount was spot on. I look forward to going back. we really enjoyed ourselves."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We arrived for an early dinner before seeing a show at Studio, so restaurant was relatively quiet. We enjoyed great drinks and a leisurely meal of very creative dishes. Service was great and we got out in plenty of time to get to the theatre without being rushed."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Our first visit to Policy won't be our last, but next time will be for half price wine on Wednesdays. The wine prices by bottle are too high for the wines they offer and the storage they use (warm reds). The food overall was quite good and the variety of options was excellent including many vegetable choices. Portion size is good, including happy hour servings which were more generous than expected based on the waiter's description. HH lasts until 8 and is an excellent option for pre-theater. We recommend the skirt steak, scallop trio, lentils, green beans and the quinoa salad, but not the slider due to inferior roll. Our waiter, John, was excellent - pleasant, attentive and knowledgable. Policy is a good choice in the U st. area."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Went with my friends and fiance to dinner at Policy for her birthday. The food was excellent and the service was also excellent. The space is comfy and and the ambiance is fun. We walked upstairs after dinner for a nightcap which was convenient. I would definitely recommend for dinner and post dinner drinks with friends."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "This was my second time dining at Policy and it went swimmingly well! They were able to accommodate my party of six -which even expanded to seven, unexpectedly. Our server, Morgan, was wonderful and very responsive to our questions as well as very knowledgeable about the food. The food was quite good and we were full before the second to last entree. Would recommend to anyone who desires a warm environment, good variety of food, and great drink selection."
    Dined on 1/16/2014