107 D Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.themonocle.com/
- Phone: 2025464488
- Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: Lunch 11:30am to 3:45pm, Dinner 5pm-10pm and Bar service 11:30am until closing. Open weekends for special events.
- Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
- Executive Chef: Hector Toyos
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
- Special Events: Soft Shell Crab Festival...coming soon later in April. Local Soft Shell Crabs prepared three ways. with rocket salad, as a sandwich with chipotle mayo or pan roasted with pinot grigio & citrus butter sauce-toasted sliced almonds.
A word from The Monocle
The closest restaurant to the Capitol building,United States Senate and Union Station, The Monocle is not only known as a Washington institution, but also for its fine American cuisine. You can always count on being served great crab-cakes, grilled fresh fish, steaks and chops, while enjoying the powerful political scenery. The private room upstairs is a Washington classic for private parties and political fundraisers. More than 6 please call 202-546-4488 since NOT accepted by open table reservations.Continued
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The Monocle reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 23, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
great for lunch (19)neighborhood gem (15)special occasion (11)good for groups (7)fit for foodies (7)romantic (4)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
- Valentines DinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 2/14/2014Had great dinner. Staff very friendly and knowledgeable. Food was very good. Good menu diversity. We were not rushed on busy night. Second time eating here and both times we had very enjoyable experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- always dependabledclingVIPDined on 2/11/2014It isn't a tourist spot ---- but a great place especially if you have a reason to be near the Senate. Dependably good food and service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Great Place for Power LunchesBethesdaBusinessmanDined on 2/5/2014Everyone who's been around Washington DC for any length of time knows that The Monocle is the place to go for important lunches. The service staff is older and bespeaks a more elegant era when local luxury dining featured more traditional American fare. The menu is good and, for those looking for gluten-free dining, they are very accommodating. I have been there many, many times during the last 20 years and have never regretted anything about the experience.Special Features:
- Still a great lunch spot...TinaBDined on 2/4/2014The Monocle continues to deliver good food and great sevice for the Capitol Hill lunch crowd. Even when att heir busiest, they provide personalized service and a great dinng experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful ServiceWhitneyG22Dined on 1/24/2014The staff is very kind and helpful. They are used to politicians so we were a different sort of animal! The food was delicious, the wine was delicious and the manager was very sweet. I would definitely dine here again.Special Features:
- Kudos Restaurant Week ServicehillfoodloverVIPDined on 1/17/2014We went to the Monocle on a Friday night, on an impulse, because it was Restaurant Week and we like the Monocle. Staff were all very pleasant, and the place had a festive mood. Congress was out of session, and many tables were occupied by young couples, or older friends, or young families. The food was lovely. Service was occasionally a tad slow, but generally very good. The positive attitude of the wait staff helped make the evening a happy and comfortable one.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- a unique Capitol Hill restaurantGaryVIPDined on 1/16/2014The Monocle is a welcoming restaurant with good food, friendly staff and the chance to people watch the many senators who eat there, or at least look at their pictures on the walls.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LuncherOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 1/16/2014The lobster bisque is excellent. And of course, the rosemary bread. I always have to take home half of my entree because I love the appetizers and the bread.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great find!becjexDined on 1/14/2014We tried this out as part of Restaurant Week and were very happy with our find. The ambiance is nice- quiet enough to have a conversation, the food was great- perfectly cooked steaks, and the service was spectacular. We will definitely add this to our rotation of restaurants and recommend this for a great night out.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Worth a visitDreeDined on 1/13/2014It's an old school restaurant with good food and wonderful service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food is horribleDontaeVIPDined on 12/31/2013Listen to me please, do NOT go to this restaurant. It's a whole in the wall and nothing is special about it. We ordered two steaks and they both were just "ok", also the taste had the burned grill taste, you know the taste. The sides are not big sides they are very small, it's not like when you go to Morton's/ Ruth Chris, etc where they give you sides to share. The service was good, but yeah.... No. I'm being honest, I've been to many restaurants, I'll go to Applebee's before I go here and I hate applebees. Oh as far as noise? They had Beyoncé and drake playing in the background...........
- One of the best nights ever!DamoDined on 12/31/2013Our visit to the Monocle was better than we could have imagined. We arrived early as we had to get to Ford's Theatre for a show. We were met by the manger who made a fuss over every part or our dinner. We starrted in the lounge and had a cocktail while the staff was getting their assignments and going over that evening's specials. The bartender was funny and engaging and quick to talk about the history of the place. Our wait satff was wonderful and they catered to our every need. What a truly wonderfull experience.Special Features:
- A Capitol Hill Institution41142hltVIPDined on 12/23/2013I had lunch there on a completely dead "The Monocle" day. It was December 23 and the place was virtually empty. I was very, very impressed, however, that we didn't get treated like a nuisance given the dead days of Capitol Hill this time of year. The owner/maître d' made us feel like we were special, and the service was as if they were just opening. The food was terrific. I had the short ribs (I always do) and my lunch companion had an entrée salad. The meal was fantastic as lunches go and the service was impeccable. I almost felt like I was being treated like a Capitol Hill regular, which, thankfully, I am not. I'd give this place a very solid "A". Well done...........it is an institution in DC and is deserving of that title.Special Features:
- Washington hot spotGamechangerDined on 12/19/2013Intimate family run eatery for Washington insiders. Walls are filled with signed pictures of congressmen, senators, etc. with quotes from famous political figures. Had long conversation with owner, met his son. Made you feel like part of the family. Food was excellent and the service was superb. Great restaurant if you want great food and to dine like a Washington insider. Will likely be dining with Washington politicians. Former U.S.Senator and her husband were dining there the night we were there.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Food, Service & HistoryvicseeleyDined on 12/18/2013The restaurant has a great feel when you walk in, it's vibrant and has a nice layout. The staff was friendly and accommodating right from the start as well. We were seated immediately. The owner (I believe second generation, his father opened the restuarant), came over and was telling us about the restaurant. The fact that his father was instrumental in launching John McCain's political career (well sort of) and we were sitting in the booth that he made the decision. Our server was knowledgeable and nice, he recommended a few dishes, more or less what I would expect from a place like this. Our main dishes we excellent and had tons of flavor. The dessert was awesome as well. It really is a restaurant with history.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Staff needs an overhauldcfoodieVIPDined on 12/17/2013The food is good, the location is convenient to the Hill, and on a typical day you'll likely spot a DC power broker. However, the staff at The Monocle is in need of a major overhaul. The maitre d' is condescending and the impatient wait staff seem bothered to serve you unless your name begins with Senator.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Special but comfortableDCwoman1Dined on 11/22/2013The Monocle had always been a favorite traditional DC restaurant. It's cozy, food is good and Nick makes you feel welcome.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Overrated!!CNB1VIPDined on 11/18/2013Disappointing. Had salmon which was okay--overcooked and over sauced. Veggies looked and tasted like they were frozen and reheated. Not the elegant lunch-with-friends I envisioned. I will not be returning.Special Features:
- A Reliable Old FriendMercuryprezDined on 11/15/2013The Monocle is exactly what it should be--a great place for a Capitol Hill meal. On this day, I was dining with clients before a meeting with Congressional staff. The food, both off the regular menu and the list of specials, was cooked and presented well and the service was friendly and sure-handed. I had the fluke special, which was wonderful. The room was bustling but, rare among DC restaurants, there is sufficient sound absorbing material on the walls and floor such that we could all hear each other in conversation. In short, everything went well, as it always does at this well-managed, reliable Hill favorite. As I have a thousand times, for everything from quick solo lunches to large fundraisers upstairs, I shall return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Location, location, locationWashingtonianDined on 11/14/2013The Monocle is a veteran dining venue between the Senate's Hart Office Building and Union Station. Glasses of wine at $9 are overpriced, service could be more attentive, and the ambient noise level with a full house makes it somewhat difficult to pursue a conversation, but the menu is good, the ambience unique, and it remains a reliable choice for an evening out, especially with visitors. (Note that streetside parking is available from 6:30 pm).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The MonoclelynnickDined on 11/12/2013We went with people from abroad to show them a little "inside" Capitol Hill life. The Monocle is an old Hill hangout--and indeed there were lots of Hill people there. Cosy atmosphere on a grey day--excellent attention to valet parking and service. Food is simple but good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent serviceFoodieLadyVIPDined on 11/8/2013Service was excellent from start to finish. I was greeted warmly as soon as I walked in. My waiter, Marino, was very friendly and recommended a nice port to go with my creme brulee. A very nice evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Overall, an excellent experienceRobbyDined on 10/21/2013Overall, an excellent experience ... price accordingly. Service was terrificSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- "Only in DC" AmbiancePJLikesitDined on 10/18/2013This has been one of my favorite restaurants in DC since my first meal there more than 20 years ago. The menu is not huge, but the offerings are all what you would expect at a fine restaurant in this city. It's not a chain, and could be in no other place. Photos of current and past Congressmen and women surround the dining area, with memorable quotations etched in the ceiling's molding. I almost always have the crabcakes and they never fail to be perfectly prepared. Salads are simple, but fresh; soups are great too. I am most always too "full" to have dessert, but again, the selections are traditional and tempting. Tour books say it's fairly expensive - but compared to other DC restaurants of this caliber, it's reasonable.InSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Monocle Still ReignsLisaMVIPDined on 10/8/2013I hadn't been to The Monocle in many years and was pleasantly surprised that the food had gotten better and the ambiance remains one that is great for people watching, energetic, yet you can still carry on a conversation. Seems that no matter how many years it's been, John and Nick still know you and treat you as an important guest. The seafood shared appetizer was excellent and everyone at our table enjoyed their main courses .. Filet of Beef, Lamb Chops and Salmon. While the Congress may be in disarray, The Monocle is clearly at the top of its game and remains a fun destination on The Hill.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent lunch on Capitol HillLunchDinerDined on 10/2/2013in my opinion this is the best place for lunch on Capitol HillSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great RestaurantrwmurphDined on 7/26/2013The ambience and service were excellent. My calves liver was dry -- a little overcooked, but not bad.Special Features:
- Excellent food and serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 7/25/2013As always, it is hard these days to find a restaurant that gives you both good food and good service. The monocle provides both. Moreover, the sound level is low so you can actually hear your dining guests. Highly recommend.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A MUSTOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 7/19/2013There is a reason why The Monocle is still going strong after 50+ years. Were there for lunch but loved it so much we went back for dinner the next night! The food is an amazing value....one of the best steaks I've ever had and I've eaten at the best and the service is professional, unpretentious and prompt. The roasted oysters and crab appetizer is a must as well as the steaks and daily specials. Politician sightings is always a treat. This is a definite must do when in Washington and especially on the Hill!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- it's gone downhillHarryVIPDined on 7/11/2013The restaurant seems like a gentlemen's club, at least at lunchtime -- filled with men in suits, 90% white. The waiter sneered, very definitely showing disdain to my mixed race party of two women. My Ceasar salad entree was delivered undressed, no dressing on the side or on the table. The waiter disappeared without checking to see that everything was in order. I had to wave vigorously for several minutes just to get his attention. He was unapologetic about the naked salad, but eventually brought oil & vinegar after I begged for it. The salad was the worst Ceaser I've ever had in DC -- primarily because the chicken served with it was like shoe-tongue. Easily the worst food for the price in the entire city. Close to the worst service ever.
- The attraction for going hereawseattleVIPDined on 7/3/2013The attraction for going here was how close this was to the US Supreme Court and after touring the area all day, this was a nice respite. The waiter provided great service and offered excellent recommendations. Too bad the matire d was a little unwelcoming - perhaps we were not dressed up enough - oh well. I am glad we stayed despite the cold shoulder.
- business lunchJSKCapDined on 6/28/2013Great spot to get together with friends or for business near the CapitolSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great place for a quiet businessOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 6/25/2013Great place for a quiet business or romantic lunch. Excellent service. Great food.Special Features:
- Not A Good ValueBandlDined on 6/12/2013The thing that was most disappointing was serving one of us an iceberg lettuce salad, even tough it was supposed to be different greens. Iceberg lettuce is for fast food joints, etc. and is not worthy of a restaurant where you are paying big bucks.
- The "only DC" romanticismBusinessDinerDined on 6/6/2013The "only DC" romanticism of the Monocle restaurant as a watering hole for movers and shakers on the Hill is always fun. Some of the food is fantastic, some of it is lacking. I've always found that waiter opinions help shepherd orders in the best direction.Special Features:
- It's a classicChaseVIPDined on 5/22/2013The food didn't bowl me over but it's a really good place. If you're visiting Washington it is worth dining at this Senate-side institution. You'll be dining where a lot of untold unscripted US legislative history has occurred. And the lunch prices are pretty reasonable.Special Features:
- RecommendationMazandDaveDined on 5/2/2013We were advised by regular Washington travellers to try The Monocle .... We made a reservation for my birthday night but it didn't seem like it was necessary. About six tables at seven pm on arrival ... Increasing to ten during the evening. Mostly men which fits the profile for where the restaurant is ( walking distance to the Capitol building ) ... Very friendly staff, maitre d was amazing, chatty, knowledgeable and helpful. We were never rushed, water was plentiful, wine list very good and food superb .... I was even given a candle on my desert to recognise my birthday celebration......a very nice, highly appreciated gesture. A definite when in Washington.Special Features:
- Liver loversdaytripperVIPDined on 4/24/2013Whenever my wife and I visit DC we come here for the calves liver. Go figure ... a room filled with big shots and all we care about is the liver.Special Features:
- Left with a smile and full tummyGrooDined on 4/24/2013We had reservations for 6:30 for the day that we arrived in Washington DC. However, our hotel room was not avaiable to us until 6:30. Therefore, I called and asked if we could come in earlier and was told that they could accomodate us. Although we were in "traveling clothes," they did not make us feel under dressed and were very welcoming. The staff were attentive and the food was very good. The location to the Capitol and the history of the building and restaurant enhanced our experience. We certainly hope to return on future visits to Washington DC.Special Features:
- Everyone in my party reallyOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 4/17/2013Everyone in my party really enjoyed the choices on the menu options for lunch time meals and knowing that such a great restaurant is within walking distance from our office.Special Features: