1905 9th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001Neighborhood:
U Street Corridor
Comfort FoodPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.1905dc.com/
- Phone: 202-332-1905x
- Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm
Sunday Brunch: 11am - 3pm
Sunday Dinner: 5:30pm - 9pm
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
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.Continued
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1905 reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since May 23, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
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 serviceLindsBDined on 12/7/2013The 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:
- Too Noisy!lucysfriendDined on 11/30/2013Food 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.
- That's a chop, not loin ...DCFoodieVIPDined on 11/15/2013Our 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:
- great ambiance and unpretentious.OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 11/13/2013great 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 wellSpecial Features:
- Great foodOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 11/10/2013Went for brunch. Food was delicious, service was mediocre, but would try again in the future.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very nice place for creative foodERD28Dined on 10/20/2013Creative 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:
- BrunchMitch81Dined on 10/13/2013This 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I'll visit againIsabelleDined on 10/12/2013I was pleased to find this nice restaurant, so different then too many DC places... here you relax and the food is really goodSpecial Features:
- Friendly, unpretentious, innovativegaflick57VIPDined on 10/9/2013Could 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great apps, nice ambianceAnniversaryCelebratorVIPDined on 10/1/2013Tuesday 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Food and ServiceJenCDined on 9/22/2013I'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:
- Great food, reasonably pricedBrunchfandcVIPDined on 8/21/2013Most 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:
- Great first time!OpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 8/21/2013We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent, affordable.JPinDCVIPDined on 7/24/2013A 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:
- Great brunch!OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 6/30/2013Probably 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AlrightMmmgoodVIPDined on 6/22/2013Nothing 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:
- 1905 is just right every timeRGCnDCVIPDined on 5/29/2013Love 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:
- Perhaps it was just an off-nightnoblerzenDined on 5/26/2013It 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:
- nothing specialOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 5/5/2013I 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.Special Features:
- Good on the way to great...KokoDinerDined on 4/18/2013The 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.Special Features:
- Cute but unremarkableOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 4/5/2013The 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 waitstaffSpecial Features:
- Great spot, but our experienceUStLocalDined on 4/4/2013Great spot, but our experience was spoiled a little by the rude service.Special Features:
- had a wonderful time at 1905epric002VIPDined on 3/30/2013had 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:
- Great spot to grab dinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 3/15/2013Great spot to grab dinner before heading to 9:30 club! Good drink and beer list.Special Features:
- The food was ok. I was hopingNickVIPDined on 3/15/2013The 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.
- I really love this place.MLiteVIPDined on 3/13/2013I 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:
- Great food, definitely a greatOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 3/8/2013Great food, definitely a great spot. Service was slow and noise was pretty loud. Good spot though.Special Features:
- Food hit or missOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 3/5/2013The 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.
- Decent for BrunchDCdinerVIPDined on 2/24/20131905 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.
- Amazing birthday dinner!OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 2/20/2013Absolutely spectacular birthday dinner! Romantic, delicious and the most amazing food. Try the cheddar beignets! They are so good.Special Features:
- The drinks were great butOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 2/17/2013The drinks were great but the lamb was fatty and cold. I'd go back for drinks - especially the easy ginger - but likely not dinner.
- Yummy!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 2/9/2013Booked this for 2 during restaurant week and wasn't sure what to expect but was very pleasantly surprised!! Recommend the crab beignets!!Special Features:
- Fantastic food! Hidden gem.OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 2/5/2013Fantastic food! Hidden gem. Refined southern food. Definitely worth checking out!Special Features:
- Such amazing food and a lovelyOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 1/27/2013Such amazing food and a lovely place! Can't wait to go again!Special Features:
- Normally love 1905 but foundOpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 1/18/2013Normally love 1905 but found their new menu a bit too eclectic for my taste. Service was great as always.Special Features:
- Just OKLowellDined on 1/5/2013A 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.
- Not good anymoreFromawayVIPDined on 1/4/2013I'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.
- Good food, just not a lot of itOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 12/22/2012We 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.
- I've been to this restaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 12/19/2012I'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.
- Went in on a Sunday night.OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 12/16/2012Went 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.