Policy
Policy

Policy

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.policydc.com/
  • Phone: 2023877654x
  • 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: 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
NOW OPEN FOR BRUNCH ON SUNDAYS

“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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Policy reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (28)good for groups (25)neighborhood gem (21)hot spot (18)vibrant bar scene (16)special occasion (12)great for outdoor dining (11)late-night find (9)great for brunch (9)romantic (8)great for lunch (2)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre-theatre(early) great choice
    EssJay
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just right pre-theater
    xnyrVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bday Dinner
    DW14
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Times
    RCFL
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wednesday nihts are a must
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Our waiter was great, the food , a lot of it for the restaurant week menu. One slight issue- the person delivering food to the tables seem to be doing a free for all- and distributing food to any table that would have it- tuna tartare fabulous, salad excellent, brussels sprouts excellent, mussels delicious-sliders...not my favorite- had the lamb one- a little on the dry side- but over all a good takes with grogonzola and mint pesto. To top it off- Wednesday nights- bottles of wine are half price. :) I will be back for the tuna, mussels and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Dinner
    gt8871aVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Very easy going, laid-back place. My girlfriend and I had an amazing, enjoyable dinner together. We shared the restaurant week menu, and it was great. I really enjoyed the food and the service. We are going back at some point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    KatieVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    We went for brunch and they ran out of pancakes. How do you run out of pancakes? I had the short rib hash, it was good. I was worried it might be to salty but it wasn't.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much Improved from last year
    JTNUGENTVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Haven't been to Policy in over a year since the food was only so-so. Well apparently there is a new chef and the food was excellent this time! Scallops, duck tacos, and Brussels Sprouts with bacon and Gorgonzola were the stand outs. Zeppole dessert was also divine. Our wait staff was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood bar
    Mkdc
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Nothing really special. Only was the first level bar. Pretty standard happy hour scene. No real complaints just nothing stands out
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get there early if you want to talk
    coco
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    We had a group of about 7 and had a nice time until the music got louder and especially when the bar turned into a night club scene. Small plates of food and good. Try the pork belly (favorite), lentils, wings (perfect level of spicy — just right), broccoli and the buns ( I think pork, too). Some of us are gluten and dairy intolerant so there were nice ways to tell which foods "fit" dietary needs. It seemed like the mussels were not good given that the whole bowl just sat there nearly full. Drinks were good. Our server was awesome. I think we were there for four hours!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Tlov
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    This is my second time to Policy and it won't be my last. I enjoyed the ambience and the food each time I was there. I recommend this place to anyone who wants to have a great meal and then is interested in dancing afterwards upstairs in Policy's club atmosphere. The only drawback about the upstairs club is it gets pretty rowdy. If one is not up to being pushed around you will not have a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food in a casual setting
    BelladouxVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Our server was very attentive until she got busy but we weren't in a hurry. The bar took too long with drinks but again, they got slammed. We enjoyed some happy hour items before using our coupon. I'm blanking on what we had but it was all tasty. Obviously a popular local spot and we'd come back when in that neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    csmdrph
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    We went because of a Living Social deal, and am very happy we did. They explain that the plates are bigger than tapas but not quite dinner size. Everything was amazing , drinks were strong, and service was pretty good. We had the Filet mignon special which was sooo good, then the roast chicken and vegetables which was pretty good, and then the shrimp and polenta dish which is one of the best things I've eaten in awhile. I will definitely return, Great night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NYE!
    FabGradstudent
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My girlfriend & I went to celebrate the end of 2013. We had amazing drinks, We asked our server to tell the bartender to be creative and she Made us some very interesting & delicious cocktails. We ordered the mussels, Mac and cheese, green beans and meatball sliders. The mussels were so good but the real Winner was the green beans- we devoured them! Overall, we had a great Time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They seemed busy - food came
    TestudoVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    They seemed busy - food came a bit slower than we would have liked. Also pricey for the size of the plates, but tastes were good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, Clever and Tasty!
    DebyVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Wonderful find! The different plate sizes give the diner many choices to taste the chef's clever combinations. We were delighted with the quality of the food and fun cocktails. Service was a bit sporadic and one dish was completely forgotten, but the rest of the experience was worth the inconvenience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Pricy coffee.
    DcDiner
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Good food. Pricy coffee. The food we ordered (eggs Benedict with crab, skillet, grits) was executed well and tasted delicious. The coffee was only offered via French press and this was quite expensive and thus did not include refills.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu...
    foodielove
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    but execution of the food left lots to be desired. Likely will not go back. Server was great. Mixed drinks were the best. Wine was no so much.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent food - service - ambiance
    mattandmo
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    My wife and I seldom dine out, and when we do, we ensure we spent time enjoying and savoring the food and the ambiance. The food was really outstanding. We highly recomend the lamb sliders, and the duck leg. We also loved the briskett sliders - formed into a burger, but melts apart when placed in your mouth. The service was outstanding, and our waitress was filled with helpful suggestions about the variety of dishes on the mennu. This was our first time but it won't be our last!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    Greg
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    A nice little neighbourhood restaurant/bar, service was great, attentive, not spotty at all. What lets this place down is the food, un-imaginative presentation, mediocre flavours, nothing really stood out. There is a lot of choice in this area and I was disappointed compared to other venues I had dined in. In terms of portions I guess it's good value for money but there is better nearby.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Evening Out
    Lori
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Eight of us had drinks at the Gibson and then grabbed dinner at Policy. The small plates were great to share. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Policy is always good and
    BGS1
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Policy is always good and usually easy to get into.... Sliders and Brussels Sprouts
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Dinner
    cd84
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    My girlfriend and I went to Policy for the first time and the experience was wonderful. Our server, Beth, was so kind and friendly and she offered many recommendations on food and drink that were spot on. We loved the sweet potato gnocchi (so much that we ordered a second batch to bring home!), the curried lentils and the green papaya salad. We will definitely be coming back! Thanks Beth for the great service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accomodating
    weekendhostess
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Out waitress was very nice, and helpful with menu recommendations. I went there to have dinner with a friend. My friend has a serious aversion to gluten, and the waitress made sure that his dinner was entirely gluten free. She even saw to it that his gluten free beer was opened with a clean bottle opener! The food was delicious, and I really enjoyed the Beekeeper. Would return and recommend to a friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Policy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Live the idea of servings for two versus tapas. The short ribs and duck tacos are marvelous. Tangy sweet great mix of tastes. Brussels pretty good and great selection of drinks. Not much ambiance. If we had just been at the bar probably great. Very loud.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    Walt
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    Their plates are slightly larger than small plates or tapas but not full entrees but they are good. This was my second time coming here and the first time I came, there were a lot of people in the place and it was very noisy but the food was really good. It wasn't loud enough where it was annoying and we had to yell to hear each other but it was definitely noticable. This second time that I came it was relatively empty and very intimate, the food was really good once again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night!!!
    AngieVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    While searching in the area of DC Improv, I stumbled across Policy and am so glad I did. The front of the house staff was very patient, while I waited for bf to park and held our table. We were sat in a fairly cozy part of the restaurant away from the bar. My cocktail, the Kentucky Ninja, was tasty. Since the plates are designed to share we chose mussels, duck leg and scallops - all delicious!!! The only disappointment was the very anemic dessert menu - one of the choices was caramel dipped apples (it was right after Halloween) and I thought it was a little amateur. Our waiter was attentive, for the most part, until the restaurant became busier. Overall, a good time (due in part to my company ; ) but we'd definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good eats and atmosphere
    dbkk
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    We've been twice and both times the food was really enjoyable - the hummus, shortribs, garlic fries, scallops and then some vino to wash it down. Our server was pretty attentive and informative about the menu and the wines. It's not an intimate place as the bar on the main level is always busy (somewhat loud) but it doesn't come across as drinkers only b/c they're serving food there too. Went upstairs after dinner to check out the DJ and was a little disappointed with the music selection and the drinks from the bar up there and decided to scram. Overall, 2 thumbs up for the experience and would happily go again - just need to coordinate where to go to dance afterwards.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food arrival needs work
    Jeffrey
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Our food choices were generally very good, both small appetizers and larger tapas portions, but there was a 20-25 minute lag between arrival of the first 'entree' portion (duck leg) and the final one (pork loin), with the two other 'entree' portions staggered in between. These 4 items should have arrived almost simultaneously, certainly all within 5 minutes of each. When asked about this, our waiter said the restaurant has a 'floating' kitchen, as if that justifies such a long wait. Sorry, it doesn't. Policy needs to work on this.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great 1st time Experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    This restaurant was EVERYTHING!!! Very clean and super friendly staff! I took my brother for his birthday along with a couple friends and we all had such a great time! The steak and eggs were phenomenal along with the grits!! Amazing food!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening!
    DCDiner
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Six girlfriends had drinks/dinner Friday eve. Our server, Morgan, was great -- friendly, efficient, attentive and gave us recommendations. We loved sharing all the small plates and loved the quinoa salad, short rib sliders, crabcakes, etc. and the happy hour prices until 8pm. The only disappointments were they were out of the choco pot dessert and the noise level made it difficult for conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Jazzmine
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    Went here due to purchasing a Living Social and being in D.C. for anniversary. Food was excellent; at first, we thought it would not be enough, but two large tapas plates and two smaller were just enough to feed us both. Also, drinks were simply superb. Excellent arrangement and so glad we went there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Engaging staff, imaginative
    DinerDiner
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Engaging staff, imaginative food, often very rich. The shrimp with polenta was especially good. This is a good place to go if you like small plates and sharing with small plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happen to dessert?
    DessertAnoGo
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Great main entree's and tapas, however, for the main entree's to be so energetic and flavorful, the desserts are boring and way out of place. Nothing exciting with dessert but the main dishes are GREAT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    wkt1969VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    The drinks are very good but the food is just ok. The kitchen tries to have an interesting menu but the execution is lacking.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Policy
    Goodgirl2
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    I had googled the restaurant beforehand. The interior wasn't what I had expected. We had 8:30 reservations but arrived at 8:00 no problem. The staff was spot on. Friendly, attentive and accommodating. The food was average--nothing outstanding (out of 8/9 plates only 3/4 satisfied our taste buds. The interior was dark and it was extremely cold. (a/c) Even though it wasn't crowded the noise level was extremely loud. Maybe it's the tin ceiling. Tables were spaced accordingly so you weren't sitting so close to other diners. I would only return for the excellent service of the staff... Not the food, not the decor and not the noise level. We dined on the main level maybe it's different on the patio or the rooftop. I give it 4 stars out of 10.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was good.
    MJMJ
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    The food was very good, though it took a long time to get our first entree to the table.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great but too noisy
    Boomerwholuvs14thVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    We went during restaurant week. The food was very good but too noisy at bar. There are too many hard services which do not absorb the noise. It is American style small plates. No big entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A personal favorite!
    LaLa11
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    Policy is one of our favorite restaurants and we continue to bring family and friends back for meals! The menu is always amazing and the atmosphere in the resaurant is energizing and exciting. We have never been disappointed and will continue to frequent Policy for special occasssions or just a normal Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet