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The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat

The Fainting Goat Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.faintinggoatdc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 735-0344
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - 5:00-10:00pm
    Tuesday - 5:00-10:00pm
    Wednesday - 5:00-10:00pm
    Thursday - 5:00-10:00pm
    Friday - 5:00-11:00pm
    Saturday - 11:00am-11:00pm
    Sunday - 11:00am-10:00pm
    Bar Open until 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat is a genuine neighborhood tavern in a sophisticated atmosphere with funky chandeliers, cozy banquettes, and a laid back atmosphere. Our dishes are inspired by modern American cuisine with subtle notes of whimsy, made with only the freshest ingredients available locally whenever possible. The Fainting Goat serves as a meeting place for locals, whether it be for the happy hour specials, a laid back date, or late night drinks with friends.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I came here on a date with my girlfriend for some late-night dinner and drinks and was very happy with the delicious combination of tapas and larger plates. The beer menu and cocktail options were also excellent."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I loved coming here because the chef would specially make me a vegan dish but apparently the chef left and I want to know where he went! I have been here 6 times and all trips except this last one were great. I asked if he could make me a vegan dish(per usual) they brought me out something on the menu that we had already ordered and ate as an appetizer. I knew this place was too good to be true! Disappointed. Not sure I would go back again which is a bummer because I did love it."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We read about this new restaurant in the Washington Post and were pleased to find that it lived up to the review. We loved the simple menu. After learning that the chef had worked with Jose Andreas and Mike Isabella we were delighted to see the same complexity and depth of flavor with simple ingredients. The clams in smoky tomato sauce appetizer was terrific. The snapper was really outstanding as well. We liked the emphasis on seasonal vegetables."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Some friends and I came for brunch a few weeks ago and were very pleased with all of the food. I had the shrimp roll, which had the buttery-est (aka the best) bread I could have hoped for. I also had the mimosa with blood orange-secco, and it was absolutely divine. Each of us was pleased with our dishes (vegetables, honey and walnut, poached eggs), but the major bummer was that all of the sweets (pastries and cinnamon roll) listed on the menu have actually been discontinued! I wish that that had been noted either before we ordered or had somehow been on the menu, since it was a bit of a bummer. Still, the service was good and the ambience and food lovely."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great decor, funky menu, cool vibe and nice staff -- I liked the ricotta appetizer and the veggies"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Not only do they have amazing food, and cocktails, but they also have live music on Fridays! Really fun, inviting, and lively scene."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The service and food were both wonderful. I will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Don't let the name fool you. I am vegan and the chef made me an amazing entree... It's my third time there and would definitely go back again!! Fit for foodies vegans and carnivores. They use veggies that are in season, always delicious. The cocktails are fantastic as well!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Went to Fainting Goat after hearing pretty good things about it. I like the restaurant a lot, but the entrees were just underwhelming considering the price point. Everything was very salty. I would come here again just for their happy hour. This is a good spot to get some wine or beer, have some appetizers, and then move on. Wouldn't recommend it for a dinner."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Seemed like a restaurant coopting farm to table rather than staking out new or interesting ground. Server was dismissive and over it."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Fainting Goat offers everything we look for in a DC restaurant; an excellent farm to table menu, great service, charming decor & ambiance, excellent wine list, great cheeses, outstanding service. We just keep coming back!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "great space. server was a l aggressive. food good, not spectacular, but ambence great"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great bar, terrific (but small) menu, fun atmosphere, incredible beer list. Loved it."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "I have to agree with nearly all of the posts I read on this restaurant before going. The food is great, but the menu is to vague. It's kind of annoying to have to have your waiter explain every item on the menu. The restaurant itself was surprisingly large. My party of 4 met at 7 on a Friday, and the restaurant was only partially full, but as we were leaving at about 9 the restaurant was starting to get crowded for the night."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I have been to TFG four times now and every time the food, service, and drinks were great. It is also very reasonable in cost and most of their wines are priced very fairly. I highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Brunch at the Fainting Goat (the name - got me curious) was a disappointing affair. Firstly, it was hard to find food on the menu that met my brunch expectations (the chef needs to add a few more breakfast type dishes), although the free flowing mimosas were great. And then, there was the music - a horrible mix of higgledy, biggledy, dumpy, screechy sounding songs that made me state to my very amused date - "this must be why the goat fainted!!!" There is a lot going for the place so lets hope the goat herder hears this, gives the goat some smelling salt and gets it up on its feet. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "I sat at the bar and asked for 3 courses, "Chef's Choice" with wine pairing. I started with the roasted vegetables and leek, which were delicious. Second course was the burrata, mixed with potatoes for a new twist on potato salad. The main course was the pan seared pork chop - one of the most tender I've ever had. The wine pairings were good, and I was surprised they selected reds for each course. Probably not the best way to go, but the wines all worked. Service was attentive and friendly. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • " The Fainting Goat has good food and a lively atmosphere. However, the evening was ruined for me when I realized that someone had stolen my wallet from my purse during dinner. I alerted the restaurant staff, who basically shrugged it off."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "The name of the restaurant is was the first attraction, "the fainting goat" clever, catchy and pretty well infused with their theme decor and food options. The mixology is great, the cocktails are visually appealing and tasty. The food however, is just Ok. And maybe it has something to do with the tremendous competition and boom that this area of DC as well as the 14th street strip has had over the past few years that makes the fainting goat food less foodie and cache and more similar to others I've tasted. I'm not sure I would go back for food, the drinks I would try again. And the decor and ambience is a plus. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The menu looks odd at first glance, but it seems that you can't go wrong. Everything we had was terrific, and it was terrific down to the tiniest detail. They are really interesting dishes and delicious. On top of that the service is very friendly and helpful, and the décor and atmosphere are a lot of fun. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This place has a good selection of interesting small plates. I loved the Ricotta and the Lardo appetizers. You can also order a customized cheese and meats board. They have a long list of items and you tell them which ones you want. The two cheeses we ordered were pretty good. It comes with some good grilled bread, the same used for the Ricotta and the Lardo appetizers. We went on a Saturday night. There was live music and it was very noisy. The service started out good, but as more people came it became really slow. The waitress was great and was doing a very good job of moving from table to table very quickly. Unfortunately, she had too many tables to tend."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We came for bottomless brunch on a Saturday and really enjoyed our meal--service was a little slow at first, but the great food made up for it. The atmosphere is fresh and great for groups. Would return."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "After ordering a bottle of wine our apps did not arrive until 45 minutes later, including a cheese plate. The waitress did not know why kitchen was slow. The sausage sandwich obviously sat under a heat lamp for too long. It was obscenely hot and bun was black on the inside. We won't be back. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "My friend and I had drinks at the bar before dinner. The bartender was amazing. Great personality and was very helpful recommending what drinks/dishes we order for our dinner. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Love this place and the ambiance is amazing! Great food but not many gluten free options to select. My friend ordered a burger without the bun and they forgot the cheese but otherwise amazing!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Had a great experience. The vibe is awesome. The cocktails are quite good, and there's a nice beer selection. The menu is simple, and the food is quite good; I had the beef, my wife had a burger. Our only complaint would be that everything costs $3 more than it should. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "We were disappointed with the food and their prices. It seems like a great place for drinks though!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Had a great Sunday brunch that included bottomless mimosas. The good was great and the atmosphere was very enjoyable. Didn't feel rushed to turn over the table. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I'll keep this short and sweet, the food was excellent, the service was great, the location and ambiance we're great!! I'd definitely come back!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "My friend and I stopped here before a concert at the Lincoln. We absolutely loved the food - it's kind of a quirky menu, but everything we had was outstanding. The house cocktail was different and delicious. We had the skate special with an amazing bean "succotash" and the ceviche. Will definitely go back and try more. Glad we found it!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We decided to go here on a Friday night last minute so we made a late reservation but ended up to make our way over earlier. The host was accommodating and fit us in early. Desmond our server was great. Relaxed, friendly, and attentive. He recommended the special (rabbit ragu) which was amazing. The rest of our food was great too. We will absolutely be back!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great small playes. Simple menu, great wine. Awesome decor!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "This was our first visit and we had a great time - 6 people in our party in total. They've really used the space very well and the lighting and fairly-low noise level allowed us to have a great conversation - no shouting or feeling confined. The food was between "good" and "very good" - nothing too special - but the specialty cocktails were very good and worth trying."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went on a whim because of the name and it turned out to be amazing. We'll definitely be going back again soon."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This was my second visit to Fainting Goat. The first was much of the same visit as this recent one. The bar was quite full, but it took a while to get our drinks ordered and delivered. The food tasted excellent, but the portions were so small that we left there wanting to get a bit more food elsewhere. So for the money we paid it definitely wasn't worth that portion size. Either make the portions larger or drop the prices. I probably won't be going back to eat."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Cute Place, great decor, but the food is just "okay" and the the portions are waayyy to small.. for dinner for 4 we spent $260.00 and we were still hungry.. so we went to a cheese steak joint around the corner and ordered cheese steak and fries... waste of money :("
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I received a rec from a bartender at another very reputable DC restaurant. The food was average at best. The Shallot, pumpkin and pork apps were below average quality. Great beer. My goat entree was the only 4/5 star food we ordered. Won't go back."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Some whine about this bistro on Yelp, but we gave it a try and were happy we did. It was Happy Hour, so wine, beer and Tito's vodka cocktails were $5. We had a selection of cheeses and charcuterie to begin, the highlights of which included finocchio with an anise edge,and a very moist, young hay-smoked provolone (all were good, though), plus roasted leeks on a sauce of buttermilk and lemon with pickled red onion and microgreens. Mains: a roast chicken with bread crumbs atop nicely cooked kale and the bird's juices. A smear of pate made a great counterpoint. Also goat with a red wine sauce on charred eggplant. with roasted parsnips and steamed baby turnips and potatoes The dish was very good if too dominated by the sauce. Still enjoyed it."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "The Fainting Goat is delightful and a really nice addition to the 'hood. The food is great, but the menu choices are really limited, particularly if one has a vegetarian bent. Hopefully the menu will be expanded over time."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "A great looking and yummy find only open two months. Interesting options, well prepared. More vegetarian options needed."
    Dined on 2/11/2014