The Monocle
The Monocle

The Monocle

  • 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.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: First and D Street, NE, Capitol Hill
  • Public Transit: Union Station (Red Line)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking at lunch $7 with validation and street parking in the evening after 5:30pm.

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.
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The Monocle reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (19)neighborhood gem (16)special occasion (12)good for groups (7)fit for foodies (7)romantic (4)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Everyone in my party really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    Everyone 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Locale and building was lovely.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2013
    Locale and building was lovely. Food pedestrian. Staff were really good
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overdone filet mignon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/15/2013
    All steaks ordered were over cooked, had to send back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ready to recommend!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    Monocle is a fine place with excellent food and good management. I truely love Monocle, and am quite ready to recommend it to my buddies.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful place. So glad it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/8/2013
    Wonderful place. So glad it has survived all these years!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming Dining Experience
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    We have dined at the Monocle several times and each time is a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lives up to its reputation!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    This is a wonderfully old-school, historic gem of a restaurant! Warm and gregarious service from a veteran staff of professional waiters, honest cocktails, and a solid, unpretentious menu of classic dishes prepared with care. I had the 20 oz. bone-in ribeye, and it was perfect..one of the best steaks I've ever eaten. Go here for the history and the authentic sense of place, not for cutting edge cuisine, but you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just good, not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    This establishment is rather overrated in my opinion. We were there on what appeared to be a relatively slow evening based on the number of empty tables at a prime dining hour. Our waiter was quick to take our drink order, but extremely slow to take our dinner order. This restaurant serves your standard steak house fare. They had a couple seafood dishes, and a vegetarian pasta dish. My date had the filet mignon and I had the NY Strip. Everything was good, but I think the fantastic reviews of food and service had me expecting a lot more of this Capitol Hill institution. It was just good, not great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Birthday
    occasionalsplurge
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    We came here for my birthday and it was beautiful. Reasonably priced fine dining with an atmosphere geared towards conversation. I love this restaurant. Everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's an old line Washington
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    It's an old line Washington restaurant from 1960, but it's owned by a businessman rather than a chef, so it has great potential.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Insider's View of DC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/26/2013
    Around the corner from the Capitol, the Monocle attracts many political figures, government workers, and lobbyists. For tourists, it yields an ambience of the insider. An intimate and politically themed estaishmenf, the Monocle provided a perfect compliment to our day on the Mall. Our waiter was charming and attentive. Food was very good. Wine list could be expanded.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Monocle means great food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/25/2013
    Monocle means great food, a feel of being in a place of importance and Nick, who never forgets a face or name.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's a top spot on the Hill,
    Slucker
    Dined on 3/12/2013
    It's a top spot on the Hill, where you can enjoy classic, wonderful cuisine for a professional meeting or a romantic dinner. The owner and restaurant have a strong history on the Hill and a very friendly approach to service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We LOVE the Monocle!
    NovaLuluVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    My friend and I had dinner there last Saturday night. The surprise was that they are usually NOT open on Saturday night, but had booked a large birthday party. We have gone to the Monocle for YEARS because we LOVE IT a lot! The owner, John, is attentive, the manager, Nick, remembers everyone's name -- even if he hasn't seen you in years! The staff is professional and friendly. The food is always good, no matter what you order. We both had a Paradise Salad, Filet Mignon and asparagus. Delicious, every bite. If you go during the week -- particularly Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday -- when the Congress is in town, you're likely to see some Congressional big-wigs in for fundraisers or just to have a quick lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dinner, close to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    Excellent dinner, close to where we had spent the day working. Thanks for the great food and for taking care of us, luggage and all!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Capital Hill Treasure
    OnceAYearRegularVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    Monocle is one of my favorite DC dinner locations. Excellent choice of menu items with their steaks being my faves. Service is impeccable. I showed up with 2 more than my reservation, which they quickly resolved by putting us into one of the small, private dining rooms upstairs. My group of 8 greatly enjoyed this special treat. Wine list is excellent. All in all, one of the best.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crab cakes are outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    Crab cakes are outstanding. Filets were out of this world,cooked exactly to order. The service was fantastic as the food was served very quickly. The server was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely a place to revisit. Make reservations as it is very popular.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great hot spot
    Sgb1
    Dined on 2/25/2013
    John, the owner, and Nick, the manager made us most welcome. Great management and service at this gem of an icon restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kind of snobby, but still awesome
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    It's a little "Oh look who's that?", but still solid otherwise.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We had a great experience! The food was outstanding! The rib-eye was cooked to perfection. For appetizers, I had lump crab and avocado and my partner had the shellfish bisque and both were excellent. Loved the asparagus and creamed spinach. We also enjoyed the fast service and ambiance.
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  • "The Monocle" is 5 stars on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    "The Monocle" is 5 stars on all accounts. It's a classy restaurant with great food and a great wine list at a reasonable price. The owner of the establishment came over to our table to say hello and to make sure we were enjoying our meal. Even after you leave, you are still left with that fine dining experience. And who knows... you might bump into your favorite Congressman and Senator while there!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I ordered the steak medium,
    RoastbeefVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    I ordered the steak medium, which was my mistake, but it was really medium well. There was little to no pink showing.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • EXCELLENT FOOD! GREAT SERVICE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    EXCELLENT FOOD! GREAT SERVICE VERY EXPENSIVE BUT WORTH IT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing crabcakes and short
    Georgette84VIP
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    Amazing crabcakes and short ribs. And Great services.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Definite Must
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Wonderful experience. Loved the roasted oysters and steaks rival the best in town. Superior and friendly service, lots of history. A definite must for anyone visiting the Nation's Capital!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorite DC restaurants
    DCwoman1
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    One of our favorite DC restaurants with a history and special but comfortable ambience. The food never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I really enjoyed the ambiance.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    I really enjoyed the ambiance. My husband and I went to the restaurant with another couple and we had a great time. I enjoyed the food with the exception of my steak. I ordered it medium and it was closer to well done. I'm sure if I go another time, the steak will be delish!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    The food and service were both excellent and it was a wonderful spot for a delicious dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Iconic restaurant on Capitol Hill
    lucysfriend
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    We tried out the Monocle on Capitol Hill for restaurant week because Zagat had rated it as one of the top six iconic restaurants in DC. It is very unique in it's color, design and focus and we enjoyed the atmosphere. Being so close to the Capitol it must be a very crazy place at lunch time. It was quite busy on the night we were there (Wednesday). All tables were taken, with a party going on in the bar, which probably made it noisier than usual. All food was served piping hot! The filet mignon was good but not memorable; the shrimp w/linguine about the same. The green pea soup (not as flavorful as it could have been); lettuce wedge w/bacon, excellent; creme brulee, excellent; cheesecake, just okay.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was a pleasant surprise.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    The food was a pleasant surprise. Not overly elaborate but tasty and well presented.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what I expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/28/2013
    Went on a Monday night. The place was pretty empty. The ambience really isn't there - almost felt like being in a big hotel meeting room. The food was very good, portions on the smaller side, but the menu is extremely limited and they offered no specials. I heard they are a big lunch place for the politicians so maybe that is their focus??
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  • Enjoyed this Capital Hill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    Enjoyed this Capital Hill spot for a business lunch; not sure I'd frequent otherwise but it was a good experience. I would definitely go again if in the area and looking for a lunch time meeting spot.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This a great place on Capitol
    JanefrommaineVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    This a great place on Capitol Hill. The Maitre de and servers are friendly and the atmosphere is fun if you are a political junkie. The food is unpretentious and reasonably priced. Went there the night before the inauguration and it was a quiet oasis.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Historic restaurant with many
    DMGAKVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    Historic restaurant with many photos of legislators part of the decor. Great location close to Union Station on Capital Hill. Old fashioned service with waiters in gold vests and interesting insider D.C. stories. Food, OK. Worth the visit for the experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love The Monocle!
    occasionalsplurge
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    Washington's hidden treasure! Love Nick and the gang at The Monocle. They mad our Inaugural guests from out of town feel like a million bucks. Great place for happy hours and networking. Great for a romantic date. Great for special occasions or groups. Definitely will come back again. I've never had one issue with food or service quality. I love The Monocle!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • What can we say? The Monocle
    Downton
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    What can we say? The Monocle is the epitome of a great restaurant. The service was outstanding. The wait staff was impeccable and the food was delicious. During our Inauguration weekend, we could not have selected a better restaurant steeped in such history and elegance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was a wonderful place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    This was a wonderful place to spend New Year's Eve! Great food and wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ambiance, night time parking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Ambiance, night time parking all super. Food was great but not "wow". Greatest dissapointment was the decline in service when various congressmen arrived...they got most if the attention/service. Critical mistake...my tip went south because of that. Had to find my own coat - again, service shifted. As a paying customer it was assumed my dollars were less - big miscalculation. Won't return even though up to that point I was thrilled.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Spot in the Capital
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    Delicious food with great atmosphere. Some glimpse of famous politicians didn't hurt!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A place for politicals to
    ErininEasternMarket
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    A place for politicals to see and be seen -- the maitre d has been around forever and has some great stories. Good food, friendly service, great drinks.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet