1905
1905

1905

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.1905dc.com/
  • Phone: 202-332-1905x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Kitchen Hours:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm
    Sunday Brunch: 11am - 3pm
    Sunday Dinner: 5:30pm - 9pm
    Monday: Closed

    Bar and Roof Deck open late every night
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Joel Hatton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Call the restaurant for details
  • Private Party Contact: Tony Lucca 202-332-1905x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 9th Street NW between T Street NW & U Street NW
  • Public Transit: Less than 2 blocks from the U Street Metrorail stop, and 4 blocks from the Shaw/Howard Metrorail stop - both on the Green/Yellow lines.
  • Parking: Street Parking
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A word from 1905
Cozy neighborhood bistro and roof deck in the heart of Shaw, DC. Our beautifully appointed dining room is the perfect location for a special occasion dinner with your significant other or a celebratory dinner with a group of your closest friends and family. Our roof deck boasts picturesque vistas of the DC skyline, and is ideal for a leisurely glass of wine, some tasty bar snacks, and catching up with good friends.
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1905 reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (20)romantic (14)great for brunch (6)scenic view (6)special occasion (6)good for groups (5)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (3)notable wine list (2)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Better on food than service
    LindsB
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The food here is good, a contemporary twist on southern comfort food. The menu is, however, rather limited, and they do not allow substitutions, even of side dishes. The restaurant itself is small, but sort of cute. The service was not very good. Visits from the waitstaff were too infrequent and the server seemed bothered by the idea of having to explain the specials to our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too Noisy!
    lucysfriend
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Food was tasty...Kale salad was fresh and light. Chicken pot pie needs a new name because putting a biscuit with two pieces of roasted chicken does not make a pot pie. Brought friends from out of town. Couldn't talk or hear each other comfortably. Piercing laughter and very boisterous group of eight made it hard to enjoy our evening. No acoustics at all...probably will not go back even tough food was good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • That's a chop, not loin ...
    DCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Our meal began with beet salad with an outstanding goat cheese accompaniment -- amazing! Other than a misnamed entree -- "Pork Loin" was actually a perfectly grilled pork chop (with an awesome bread pudding) -- there's nothing bad to say about 1905. The southern influenced preparation, especially the bone-in NY strip special (great lentils beneath, but scrimpy amount of carrots), is outstanding and stands up well to any of the leading southern/Creole places in DC. The pole beans (side) were lightly seasoned and perfectly done (not crunchy or mushy). Service was very good. Our server was slammed and, at times, ignored us. The bus boy saved him (server) by stopping by the table at well-timed intervals. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great ambiance and unpretentious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    great ambiance and unpretentious. Some food combos try too hard (quinoa hushpuppies? just NO.) The server was charming and funny and not overbearing. Simple food prepared well
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Went for brunch. Food was delicious, service was mediocre, but would try again in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice place for creative food
    ERD28
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Creative menu with interesting choices that taste great. Observant, not intrusive, professional and friendly servers. Loved the rough brick walls, pressed tin ceiling and thoughtful, fun decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    Mitch81
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    This was my second time having brunch in the U Street area with five of my friends. I must say I've walked by this place several times and didn't realize it was a restaurant. It is nicely tucked away in an Ethiopian community. The food and service were excellent. I love the fact that they have bottomless mimosas, bloody mary's and a signature cocktail. We all agreed that we would come back with a larger party.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll visit again
    Isabelle
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    I was pleased to find this nice restaurant, so different then too many DC places... here you relax and the food is really good
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly, unpretentious, innovative
    gaflick57VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    Could be characterized as a "Bohemian" spot in an up-and-coming section of town. Very creative menu, which seems to favor seasonal adaptation. Down-to-earth young staff. When I dined, there was a large party celebrating a birthday in the middle of the dining room, which definitely dominated the atmosphere, but everyone was having a great time. My experience was quite enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great apps, nice ambiance
    AnniversaryCelebratorVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    Tuesday night was moderately filled, had a great ambiance, and therefore made for a great date-night spot. The appetizers were very tasty and were the best dishes we had that evening (hush puppies and the faro salad special). As entrees, my husband got the ham chop which came with a unique bbq sauce (it had hints of anise) and I got the shrimp and grits, which were delicious but suffered from an overly generous hand with the squid-ink breadcrumbs that ultimately made the dish too salty. I enjoyed it at first (because I add salt to everything), but half-way through I was looking for reprieve and none was to be had on the plate. That said, the dishes were creative and made for a different experience. We'll likely return to try others.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    JenC
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    I'd never been to 1905 but found great reviews on YELP and decided to try it with some out of town guests. We had a terrific experience. I have a pretty extreme dairy allergy, which I alerted the restaurant to when I made the reservation on Open Table. Our server showed up with a list of what I could eat, which was really helpful. Of course i wanted one of the specials and the server was great about asking the chef and the chef accommodated me, which isn't always the case. Definitely get the bread basket while you are waiting. It comes with bite sized portions of corn bread, bacon biscuits and blueberry muffins topped with thyme honey butter. Absolutely delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, reasonably priced
    BrunchfandcVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Most of the apps we had were quite tasty; the burger was phenomenal. Drinks were also very good. Rooftop is nice but not for dining, great for drinks though. Will definitely be back to try more of their food and have another burger!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great first time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    We started at the bar with Lynn. She gave us quarters for the parking meter! Along with many suggestions. We proceeded to the large window table for dinner where the owner John dropped by for several minutes. The mules frites, hoppin john and grtis were our favs. Very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, affordable.
    JPinDCVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    A great go-to location for affordable, but creatively interesting food. The cauliflower steak was amazingly flavored and vegan, and the flank steak was equally amazing, though significantly less vegan. :-) The truffled grits as a side are fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    Probably one of the most decadent and delicious brunches I've ever had. Some highlights: chicken and waffle, truffled grits and pork belly, goat cheese frittata special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alright
    MmmgoodVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Nothing special, food was good, I don't like a lot of changes to typical food so for my taste didn't care. No yellow mustard, etc. dessert was weird smoked s'mores with a real smoked flavor tasted like an ashtray. Lol. I wouldn't say the food was bad and people did seem like they were having a good time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1905 is just right every time
    RGCnDCVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2013
    Love this place. Whether brunch or dinner, I always pick this restaurant for a chill, tasty dinner. Dish flavors are always spot on. Service is subtle and sweet, always. Ambiance is charming. Have yet to have anything but a very great time with whoever I bring to 1905.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perhaps it was just an off-night
    noblerzen
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    It was a Sunday night on Memorial Day weekend, but there was no one else dining. There were, however, a lot of casually dressed folks loudly bounding up and down the stairs on their way to and from the rooftop bar. Considering that there was no one else to attend to in the dining room, the service was friendly, attentive and accommodating. The food lived up to expectation of the menu's description, but I have a feeling 1905 is more widely recognized for its bar and rooftop scene. Before we ordered the main course, we had a round of drinks. The "Hot Kentucky" was a hit. The Sazerac I ordered off the menu was also top notch.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    I don't know why this place has such reviews on Tripadvisor. There is nothing special there. Service is OK. The place itself is quite old. The food is, again, OK at best. Nothing special. The size of the courses are small compared to many other restaurants in the States. The decoration of the place and the place itself is in desperate need of renovation. Ok, but would not recommend at all.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good on the way to great...
    KokoDiner
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    The restaurant had a nice atmosphere. I went to school in Louisiana and really appreciated the New Orleans noir style. Our server was aloof and was too preoccupied to provide excellent service. Although my catfish was absolutely perfect, the rest of the food was only ok. The truffle grits were almost tasteless and sprinkled too heavily with chopped onions. One of the main things we really disliked about the restaurant was the seating - that wooden bench was murder on each of our behinds and took the quality of the restaurant from very nice to almost pub-ish. The interior was so nice that the hard chairs and wooden bench were very disappointing. Our only other compliant was that our drinks were very diluted.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cute but unremarkable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    The food was mediocre - not bad or good. The service was terrible. The waiter who certainly was competent was more interested in chatting up friends and regulars than attending to his taxes. The decor was ramshackle cute. I'm good with that but the locker room benches in lieu of chairs are ridiculous unless one is aiming for quick turnover. In that case they need to alert their waitstaff
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot, but our experience
    UStLocal
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    Great spot, but our experience was spoiled a little by the rude service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • had a wonderful time at 1905
    epric002VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    had a wonderful time at 1905 with two girlfriends and my husband. we all found cocktails, apps, and entrees that we all loved. would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot to grab dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Great spot to grab dinner before heading to 9:30 club! Good drink and beer list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was ok. I was hoping
    NickVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    The food was ok. I was hoping for a bit better, considering the price....I would try it again to see if maybe the kitchen was having an off night. I like the space and it wasn't too noisy. The roof deck looks nice for better weather.
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  • I really love this place.
    MLiteVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    I really love this place. I hadn't realized they have a new chef, but the meal was very tasty and our server was friendly and attentive. Went on a Wednesday night, so it was pretty quiet. I hope they are getting more business on the weekend. The rooftop bar was closed, but it's a really great place to go when it's warmer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Great food, definitely a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Great food, definitely a great spot. Service was slow and noise was pretty loud. Good spot though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Food hit or miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    The food was pretty good. My date and I's entrees weren't phenomenal but the seasonal beer was great and the appetizer we got (quinoa hushpuppies) were amazing. Our waiter was nice but a bit absent minded and not very attentive despite the fact that it wasn't crowded.
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  • Decent for Brunch
    DCdinerVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    1905 offers up a solid brunch. It is by no means the best brunch location in DC, but worth going if in a pinch. You'll walk away satisfied, but not wowed.
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  • Amazing birthday dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/20/2013
    Absolutely spectacular birthday dinner! Romantic, delicious and the most amazing food. Try the cheddar beignets! They are so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The drinks were great but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    The drinks were great but the lamb was fatty and cold. I'd go back for drinks - especially the easy ginger - but likely not dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Booked this for 2 during restaurant week and wasn't sure what to expect but was very pleasantly surprised!! Recommend the crab beignets!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic food! Hidden gem.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    Fantastic food! Hidden gem. Refined southern food. Definitely worth checking out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Such amazing food and a lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    Such amazing food and a lovely place! Can't wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Normally love 1905 but found
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    Normally love 1905 but found their new menu a bit too eclectic for my taste. Service was great as always.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just OK
    Lowell
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    A bit too expensive for decent food and marginal service. Our waiter, apparently overwhelmed by one large table (the only other one occupied!) took a long time to even acknowledge our presence. We went early on a Saturday night, so it was slow, but still a bit odd that the hostess was reading a book at the bar (!). Burger was excellent, the lobster meatballs and gnocchi were just OK. We didn't explore rooftop (too cold) so can't speak for that part of the experience.
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  • Not good anymore
    FromawayVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    I've been to this place 3 times before tonight and the service and food have definitely gone down hill. My hanger steak was room temp maybe and tiny - noticibly smaller than before. We were a party of 4 in what was virtually an empty dining room at 7:30pm on a Friday night. One in our party had the gnocchi and he might have had 4 teaspoons in his bowl. The other 2 in my party had the burger that was also not hot enough, and nothing special in taste, but at least was a good portion. The server was abrupt and unenthusiastic. When asked whether he would chose the quail or the burger, he said he couldn't compare, but if asked to chose between the burger and the lamb sandwich, he would chose the lamb. What kind of an answer is that? Don't go.
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  • Good food, just not a lot of it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    We had 4 in our party. 2 ordered the gnocchi dish that was $20, what they received was a disappointment. There was a total of maybe 5spoonfuls. The food was very good just not anywhere close to enough. We also ordered the crab beignets as an appetizer. $14 for 3 somewhat small round fried balls. I ordered the lamb sandwich. It was very good but very similar to a French dip. However the only side dish was a handful of mixed greens. The last member of the party ordered the burger, which at $12 was the cheapest item in the menu. It was large and liking but again, lacked a side dish. Good but again not worth it. If you like good, medium priced restaurants and have a very small appetite than 1905 is the place for you, otherwise stay away.
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  • I've been to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/19/2012
    I've been to this restaurant countless times over the last couple of years and this most recent experience was the first time I've ever been disappointed. The level of service has fallen and the value of the restaurant in general is at a low point right now. From $8 draft beer to the single (1) scallop appetizer for $14: you're just really not getting as much bang for your buck. I'm sure that they will make adjustments and my next visit will be just as awesome as all the visits before this one. In general it's a five star experience and I hope it will be again in the future. Avoid the appetizers.
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  • Went in on a Sunday night.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 12/16/2012
    Went in on a Sunday night. Quiet, just a couple of tables. Service was friendly and correct. Menu was limited, bistrot style. Food was correct. Overall, a good neighborhood place to go to when you do not feel like cooking at home.
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