Smith Commons
Smith Commons

Smith Commons

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.smithcommonsdc.com/
  • Phone: 2023960038
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: 5pm—10pm (Smith Hour all night, bar menu only) Tuesday-Thursday: 5pm-2am Friday: 5pm-3am Saturday: 3pm—7pm Smith Hour; 5pm—3am Sunday: 11am-3pm brunch; 3pm-7pm Smith Hour; 5pm-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Carlos Delgado
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please inquire with General Manager Sheldon Robinson for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Smith Commons has numerous space, food, and drink options for your private gathering, small or large.
  • Private Party Contact: Anh Chau 2023960038
  • Entertainment: Specially selected musical selections will fill the dining room and "Commons" levels on two and three nightly with an eclectic array of sounds and artists. The Commons third level also includes a viewing screen for films and other digital media entertainment.
  • Special Events: Smith Commons has two special spaces available for private events: the second floor bar and lounge and the third floor "Smith" Room. Reservations and arrangements are required to host any events at Smith Commons. Please inquire with General Manager Anna-Marie Ashe for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th Street, NE
  • Public Transit: The two closest Metro stations to Smith Commons are the Red Line stops at New York Ave./Florida Ave./Gallaudet University Station and at Union Station. From the Metro stops, take a cab or X2 bus or walk to 1245 H St. NE. There is also a Capital Bikeshare station at 13th and H Streets.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: There is metered and non-metered parking on H Street and on residential side streets.
A word from Smith Commons
Smith Commons Dining Room & Public House is a three-story neighborhood bistro on the H Street NE corridor in the Atlas Arts District. With an international menu of approachable cuisine and an array of craft beers, wines and cocktails at three bars, Smith Commons offers something for every palate. The well-honed interiors, outdoor spaces and eclectic music welcome Smiths and friends nightly. Smith Commons is a different kind of dining destination in Washington, D.C., serving artfully crafted dishes prepared by chefs with multicontinental flare, without the white tablecloths or the pretense. Executive Chef Carlos Delgado creates a fresh new menu each month, with inspirations from around the globe and from the greater mid-Atlantic region. Chef Delgado his experience at some of the finest dining rooms in the area, as well as a stage at elBuli in Barcelona to the table. Well-paired bar food complements the vast array of libations, craft and beer, and extensive wine selections.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Smith Commons reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.5
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
58% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (8)neighborhood gem (8)great for outdoor dining (7)fit for foodies (6)romantic (6)special occasion (6)great for brunch (4)late-night find (3)good for groups (3)scenic view (2)notable wine list (2)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • WORST SERVICE EVER
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    The service was ridiculously slow, we had to has for everything They brought drinks long after we got in and then served appetizers and side dishes that were for main meal simultaneously . Main meals were served after sides had been eaten . They said they were understaffed yet waiters ate dinner at the bar as we sat there waiting and three waiters smoked outside in lot as we waited for dessert. It took almost four hrs for the group to eat . The food was very good, but service ruined the entire experience.
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  • Smith Commons has consistently
    FarzNYPhlDcVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Smith Commons has consistently good service from waiters and bar staff. The food has been consistently yummy as well. My only issue is that generally, the host/hostess stand up front is understaffed and when they are staffed are not extremely welcoming or enthusiastic. For being the first point of contact, I would expect higher standards for their host/hostess staff.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a wonderful dinner
    Bess
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    We had a wonderful dinner here. The service was excellent and we enjoyed our meals very much. I had a scallop dish on special that was wonderful-- I hope they put it on the regular menu! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Midweek dinner was disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2013
    Midweek dinner was disappointing compared to the service I've seen over the weekend. Servers seemed a little less attentive and the food presentation was not the same exacting plating we had seen on prior visit. I'm hoping we see a change or two in the menu for the summer as well. Items on there are great but looking for something new. Noise level is robust so I would not recommend Smith for people who have any trouble hearing as conversation can be difficult with the accoustics.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As others have warned, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    As others have warned, the service was slow. We were seated promptly but then waited maybe 15 or 20 minutes before someone took our drink order, and then only because two people in our party of five went up to the hostess separately to ask if a waiter could come to the table. Four of the five dishes were tasty, but the pork was tough and dry. The dessert also did not live up to the menu description.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food, noise level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Very good food, noise level made it difficult to hear table conversation.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Took my husband here for his
    Diane
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Took my husband here for his birthday. I had found Smith Commons on Washington Post under their new recommended restaurants. Really like the location and the interior of the restaurant was great. Unfortunately, it was a busy night, and our server was extremely overwhelmed. Our food had clearly been sitting for a while under a heat lamp,my husband's pork was so over-cooked, he had to saw it with a steak knife. I had the Haddock which was fine. The beer menu was also not up-to-date, so our waiter had to go through everything they didn't have available. I would be willing to give Smith Commons another shot, but probably stick with their more basic menu items.
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  • I went with a group of girlfriends
    foodie
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    I went with a group of girlfriends to celebrate my birthday. The food was really good and the service too. I would go again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was very good, but service
    Pirieg
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Food was very good, but service was inefficient -- waitress was in constant motion but seemed to get little done, and her tables were at two ends of the restaurant. Forgot to bring water and table settings for one of us, forgot to bring a drink order until reminded, etc. Like many new restaurants, the acoustics are terrible -- all hard surfaces, nothing to absorb sound on floors, walls, ceilings, so noise level reached shouting levels, especially with a very "vibrant bar scene" in the front of the first floor space. Needs something to soften or break up this reverberating racket.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've been to Smith Commons
    deeflyyVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    I've been to Smith Commons many times and think it's the best restaurant on the up and coming H Street corridor. The food was good as always and they accommodated one diner's dietary restrictions. The only drawbacks this go round were 1) the timing of the food. it took at least 30 minutes for our food to arrive once we ordered. there was a large party dining that evening but i was still thrown off by the wait. 2) I ordered a sweet red wine and was disappointed to only get 2.5 ounces for $7. A waiter tried to explain that was due to the higher alcohol content but I'm not buying it. There was beer with that same alcohol content which they don't parse out. It wasn't a dessert wine and if they're going to teetotal, they shouldn't offer it
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wait staff very personable
    2ndThursday
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    Wait staff very personable and attentive. Food good altho menu somewhat limited in choices. Parking awful.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food in the dining room
    NeighborVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    The food in the dining room was excellent and the service was good, but the bar upstairs was abysmal. It took forever to get a drink and the waitress spent more time at the register than she did waiting on tables. The moise is way too loud for the dining room. You cannot have a conversation across the table. Too bad, because the menu is wonderful and the food is really great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Smith Commons! Food is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Love Smith Commons! Food is amazing and our server Hugo was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the food. Dishes are complex with real depth of flavor. We've tried all the fish dishes, the duck, and the pork. All are fantastic.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful restaurant with
    OrlandoVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Wonderful restaurant with a selection of food that is always fresh and well made. The restaurant is rather loud and difficult to engage in conversation without yelling. If not for the wonderful food, courteous staff, and hip location I would have to hold back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not bad but didn't overwhelm
    DavidC
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    It was a first time there. It took a while for them to decide on who was going to serve us but once we got past that service was fine. Menus was creative but execution was ok. The food was,a little bland but had good ideas.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I will call next time. Seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    I will call next time. Seating arraignment was odd.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were excited to try someplace
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    We were excited to try someplace new and liked the atmosphere. The service was good if a bit quirky. Unfortunately we were a bit disappointed in the food. The menu sounded great, but dishes fell short in both presentation and taste.
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  • I think the food was good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    I think the food was good but it was so noisy in the restaurant it was hard to concentrate. It was 9:30 Friday night- next time I'll go before the show instead of after.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall good experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Overall good experience. We really enjoyed sitting at the bar, and the signature drinks were great. However, once we sat down at a table, the service was less strong. The food was good, but somehow my meal was very cold when it arrived, while everything else was warm. It tasted good so I didn't complain, but it was odd.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed in restaurant week
    AnissaaVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    My biggest issue is that they ONLY had their restaurant week menu available. We would not have booked there if we'd known that the full menu was not available.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Although not a large menu,
    JTNUGENTVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Although not a large menu, the food was amazing and impeccably designed. Our server was jovial, helpful and generous with his time. Although we had only ordered our first glass, our waiter was kind enough to top off our glasses with the rest of the bottle. What a wonderful surprise! The Valentine's Day Prix-fixe set was a great deal, I wish they had deals like that more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Potential, but best for brunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We went to Smith Commons on Valentine's Day. I had checked out their menu online, but then they had a "special" menu for the occasion. It wasn't very good and overpriced for the quality. I like splurging on great food and do so often, but I was underwhelmed by Smith Commons's dinner. But, I have really liked their brunch and their cocktails are well crafted. It's worth giving them a try. The ambiance reminds me of low-key, hipster joints in Brooklyn.
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  • My steak was cooked perfectly!
    Jnr2
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    My steak was cooked perfectly! Great wine list! My only issue was that I didn't think that any of our desserts were good. The flour-less cheesecake was more like really hard ice cream. I would definitely go back, but maybe pick up dessert somewhere else on H-Street? It's definitely a great place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food. Haddock was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    Excellent food. Haddock was cooked to perfection and the ravioli was also delicious. Nice to find good vegetarian selections. The flourless cheesecake was a bit boring. We felt ignored by our server. He forgot to bring us our drink order and a side dish that we ordered. Did not stop by to see how things were going, so we could not remind him to bring the side. The server also could not say anything about the chocolate dessert except that it was made out of chocolate and tasted really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • this place never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    this place never disappoints and it really doesn't feel like a dc establishment. it's a great restaurant hidden inside a neighborhood pub. i will obviously keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    The food was excellent, but the service was horrible. We were seated a little late, which was fine, but didn't have a waiter stop at our table for 20 minutes after our scheduled reservation time. He took a very long time to bring our drinks, food, and check on our status. My friend and I are in our late 30s and he called us "girls" repeatedly. He also gave inaccurate descriptions of the menu items. I don't know if it was because it was restaurant week or not...but I probably won't be back.
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  • Great for Restaurant Week!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    The beer and cocktails were awesome and very well priced. The food was amazing for a restaurant week deal. I really felt like I got my monies worth. I don't think I could afford to eat here otherwise on an educators salary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK neighborhood place. Not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    OK neighborhood place. Not sure what the hype is about
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  • Great ambiance, good solid
    Nicole
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    Great ambiance, good solid food, and friendly, helpful service. Restaurant week menu was a little limited, but it whet my appetite to come back and try the full menu. Really interesting wine list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went for restaurant week.
    Myshell13
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    We went for restaurant week. The food was not very good. The hangar steak consisted of 4 small pieces of meat and came out undercooked and when sent back and returned the other items were ice cold. Service started out attentive but worsened over the course of the meal. No water refills even after requesting them. I would not go again.
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  • HORRIBLE service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    The food was actually pretty good once we got it. We showed up for restaurant week, an okay deal I guess, at 7:30. We sat down at our table at 7:33. Our server took our drink order at 7:48 and we gave him our food order as well. Our drinks came at 7:58 and our appetizers came at 8:40. I'm pretty certain our server forgot to put our order in and we reminded him twice before we think he finally did. The rest of the meal went okay, side from our soft drinks going empty and unfilled for 20 minutes at a time. The service was just so abhorrant that I will not go back to this restaurant.
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  • Good deal for restaurant week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    Good deal for restaurant week however not very crowded and service was still not very attentive
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was our first visit and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    It was our first visit and we were impressed. The place was pretty noisy, but it was a Friday night and busy, and everyone was having a good time. Our server, Jermaine was excellent: he clearly knew and could recommend both food and wine offerings, was attentive but not interruptive, and made us feel very welcome. The ceviche was very good, especially the sauce. The swordfish dish was good but the portion was small. The turducken was interesting and the potatoes and sauce were great, but the turkey bacon lacked flavor and the wax beans were too heavy for the dish. Overall, we'd rate our experience there very positively.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    Food was really wonderful - all had greatly varying dishes that were all done equally well. The service was very slow.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • A good time and very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    A good time and very good food. Would have bumped up my rating a bit, but they were late with our reservation by 30 minutes and no one seemed to care. Service struggled a bit, our server seemed like she would have much rather been somewhere else that night. Plus side, food was tasty and their beer and wine list was extensive. Restaurant interior is very attractive, brick walls and hardwood give it a very warm feeling.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was one of the worst
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    This was one of the worst dining experiences I've ever had. Waiter brought the wrong salad, our entree came out while we were barely a few bites into our first course so we scrambled to make room for our food while the food runner just stood there holding our entree, we didn't have steak knives for the pork tenderloin, our waiter didn't come check on us so we couldn't order wine. When he finally came by we told him that the pork was so overcooked and dry, we were barely able to cut it, let alone eat it. He said he would tell the chef, unsure if he did. Then, instead of taking our dessert order, he offered us "dessert to go." So we can't stay and eat dessert at our table? Oh, and we got charged for the pork we barely ate/sent back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything was great, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Everything was great, and the food was wonderful. But the overall consensus at our table (9 diners) was that the portions were quite small.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is delicious, keeps getting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Food is delicious, keeps getting better with each visit. Waiter was very professional - almost seemed overqualified for this location; he was ebullient and a pleasure to be near. Only thing I dislike is that this place can be quite noisy, but that alone shouldn't deter anyone from visiting because sometimes vibrant activity is what you might wish to be around.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waiters are very attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    Waiters are very attentive -- even those assigned to other tables.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great, friendly, accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/23/2012
    great, friendly, accommodating staff always willing to go the extra mile! would love to see the brunch menu expanded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate