The Fainting Goat
1330 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009Neighborhood:
U Street Corridor
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
The Fainting Goat
- 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: Gastro Pub, Contemporary American, 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
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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The Fainting Goat reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since July 29, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (49)fit for foodies (46)good for groups (26)vibrant bar scene (25)hot spot (21)romantic (15)great for brunch (14)late-night find (9)special occasion (8)notable wine list (7)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- dontmakefoodmakerezVIPDined on 11/23/2014We ate the real tasty duck meatballs and had the gnocchi goat, which was also very good, but sadly not filling. We'll be back to try some otter delectables.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/22/2014This was my first time to The Fainting Goat for brunch and it didnt dissapoint! I was able to get a reservation at the last minute and it has a beautiful interior. The food was special and delicious without an enormous price tag. I will definitely dine here again!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Comfortable but tried to hard with the food.JennDined on 11/17/2014Not a good place if you are hungry. Portions are tiny and there is not really a good plate option that is filling. And I appreciate chiefs trying something new, but every dish was just.... Weird. Especially the scallops. Couldn't finish them, maybe too much lime, not sure. Just weird.Special Features:
- First visithungryVIPDined on 11/15/2014This was my first visit to the restaurant. We went for brunch early saturday about 11;45 before it got busy. The food in general was good. The bacon is exceptional, I recommend it highly, thick and tasty. The service was very casual which I sometimes like, but this was just to inattentive. We ordered to starters to share, we never got them. Getting mimosa's was incredibly slow, we finally insisted on a pitcher. I will certainly return and give the place a second try. The bacon was worth it, hopefully the service will be better!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fun but too hipster for me.GigibugDined on 11/14/2014This restaurant was cool and fun, but it was too crowded and not laid out in a way that was conducive to enjoying our meal. We tried some of the crazy mixed drinks, and about half of them were really good and half were super weird. The food itself was alright, the entree-sized items were good but the meat and cheese platter was super weird. So, basically, this restaurant was awesome in some ways, and totally weird in other ways. Too hip for me, I guess.Special Features:
- Simply GreatTimSVIPDined on 11/9/2014Can't go wrong here. Very tasty. Nice people. Cool interior. Such a solid spot.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great FindRMDSmithDined on 11/6/2014I was in DC on business and wanted to try something new (I go often) and was pleasantly surprised with the Fainting Goat. Small menu (which is good) of freshly prepared items, great list of specials, and innovative drink menu. I had a Dark and Stormy made with fresh ginger beer and it was fabulous as was my burger and cauliflower side. I highly recommend them.Special Features:
- Great Cooking on U St.RobertVIPDined on 10/31/2014FG has been consistently excellent since they opened. This last visit was better than ever.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- fun little placeErinDined on 10/29/2014Went here and sat at the bar. Got great service from Saab. Drinks were excellent as was the food. Saab was accommodating when we asked for certain things to be made vegetarian. Would definitely go back to this fun spot.Special Features:
- Enjoyed our brunchJKanarre8209Dined on 10/25/2014The host was very thoughtful, seated me at the bar while I was waiting for the person I was meeting and he brought me ice water. The place was busy but the service was friendly and we were served quite quickly. We stayed a long time to talk after we were finished eating and none rushed us. The place is comfortable and charming.Special Features:
- SarahSarahDined on 10/22/2014Service was wonderful. Perfect place for my best friend and I to catch up. The food was good but lacked something to make it great. We started with the meat plater and duck meatballs. The meat plater was nothing to write home about, it was very yummy but seemed too simple. The duck meatballs were tasty and tender but lacked a burst of flavor. For dinner my best friend got the scallops and the octopus. She stated the scallops VERY good, octopus not higher than a 3. I got the burger, super tender and juicy but it tasted just like a plain burger. But, the potatos wedges that came with the burger, WOW! I don't even like fries, PERFECT! I would totally go to this place again, and by no means am I saying their food is bad, it's just not amazing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Enjoyed Dinner at the Fainting GoatUncleDanVIPDined on 10/19/2014Our waiter was very friendly, explained the menu very well, and made great recommendations. Our dinners were delicious. We're coming back.Special Features:
- Good time Good FoodhellismdVIPDined on 10/18/2014The food and service was excellent and we did enjoy our time there. The waitstaff was attentive with out being intrusive and the food was hot and delicious. The menu is small and a little pricey but for a nice treat I would recommend the Fainting Goat… gotta love the name.Special Features:
- Great food - but loudSPDMVIPDined on 10/17/2014If you are dragging older folk try for upstairs table in the back. Hard to hear as no sound absoprtion Food was excellent as always- been there a lot! Like it very muchSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Makes any meal a special occasionLinDCDined on 10/11/2014The Faniting Goat makes any meal a special occasion. The ambiance is rustic-chic, the food delictibly fresh and delicious. Whether you're planning a date or a larger dinner for friends and family, The Fainting Goat will not disappoint. Although the menu is small, it changes, meaning there's always something new and unique to try.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- First visit - Good startJumaVIPDined on 10/10/2014We got there right before last call for food because the parking took forever. Bear in mind when you go there: PARKING CAN TAKE 20 MINUTES! We we basically ordered three quick appetizers: the pancakes, which were excellent. The meatballs, which were good but salty. And the sausage appetizer, which was good, but "stayed with you" for the next 24 hours. When we come back, we're going to order more and expect to have a better experience food-wise. Atmosphere, service, ambiance, were all excellent. Great find.Special Features:
- Give It Some TimeAMReviewsItDined on 10/5/2014This is a new place so I'm goign to give it a slight pass. I went for brunch and the food was great, however the service was basic. It took forever for our food to come out and our drinks to be refilled. Note: there is a 2 hour time limit for brunch. With slow service and a 2 hour time limit, something about that seems "unfair". I loved the atmosphere and decor. It is a little cold in the restaurant (I'm cold natured) but I'll definitely be back again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Sunday BrunchDDJJDined on 9/28/2014Delicious food paired with $15 endless mimosas...How could you go wrong?Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fun, relaxed and good foodDCVisitorVIPDined on 9/13/2014We went on Saturday night at 8PM. Asked for a quiet table so we were seated at rear on uppper level and while not the place to people watch. We were able to have a great conversation so suited us fine. We had carrots, crudo, and two other starters. All pretty good. Would have liked a bit more fish in the crudo but still nicely done. Mains we ordered were pork chop, roast chicken, and two others. All tasty. Chicken was crispy tasty on outside and nice and moist inside. Good desserts. Really enjoyed the U st. vibe.Special Features:
- IncredibleStacyCVIPDined on 8/25/2014We stopped by the Fainting Goat before heading out to a friends birthday. From the moment we walked in, we were hooked. The atmosphere and thoughtful decor made for a unique dining experience as much as the curried goat with grilled shrimp and mango slaw! Our server, Dru, who though was only in her first week performed like a pro. We rarely get an app/entree AND dessert, but because we were so interested in the menu, and the pricing was so fair, we couldn't stop ourselves but to keep ordering. Will definitely be back, it's the type of neighborhood gem you bring your out of town friends to that really shows off the DC resto scene, without spending an fortune.Special Features:
- Great Restaurant Week PlaceLessThanImpressedVIPDined on 8/15/2014I love trying new places during restaurant week. This was one of them. Our waiter was very good, the gazpacho was amazing - the grapes really came through! The scallops were nicely done. The BLT under performed - Laredo was too heavy and the whole dish was too salty. Tart had a little too much cheese. Loved the ambience though. Parking was a nightmare for those who don't live on the metro. Owner was incredibly friendly as well. Will definitely be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- On the brink of awesomenomnomerDined on 8/13/2014This restaurant is inviting, friendly, and tasty. The only reason I don't give it 4 stars is because it seemed like there was something a little off with every item that kept it from breaking the threshold into damn good or really amazing. Maybe its a matter of taste, but I'm confused why it happened with every item. It does have a great beer, wine, and spirits selection! We were here for drinks and restaurant week.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 8/11/2014Dined here as part of restaurant week. The service and ambience were both very good. The bar was great as were the house cocktails. Overall, the food was good, most of it was very good to outstanding. Both the scallops and pork chop were done exceptionally well. The sauce with the scallops could be bottled and sold separately...it was that good. The flank steak was cooked well. It just didn't really have any flavor to it and the meat was very tough to cut. That was the lone detraction to a very good evening. Will definitely return for another visit.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great FoodPAWsDined on 8/6/2014While the menu is a little limited, what is available was very creative and delicious.Special Features:
- Great beer list, awful foodAZB1Dined on 8/3/2014The Fainting Goat is an adorable restaurant that at first glance seems like a perfect neighborhood spot. It plays great music that we loved. The problem came with the food. Several items were delicious- like the risotto goat balls and duck ball appetizers. But the items that were bad were BAD. My boyfriend ordered a salad that as literally 3 pieces of lettuce covered in what looked like half a jar of raspberry jam with crushed peanuts on top. A friend ordered peach empanadas for dessert, only to be told the kitchen had burned all of them. Instead she got a blueberry crumble that turned out to be a skillet of blueberry soup. I think a few menu changes could go a long way to turning this place into something really special- let's hope so!
- Loud but goodKatieDined on 8/3/2014Lots of people crammed into the space, and the service was rushed - they seemed understaffed. However, our server was friendly and tried her best to be attentive, refilling drinks a LOT (I drank a ton of coffee thanks to her); however, she did forget to tell us which items were unavailable until she couldn't deliver them, and randomly gave us extra food we didn't request or really want. She had the best intentions, I'm sure, but it just seemed disorganized. Food was delicious, ESPECIALLY the omelette, and my compliments to the chef as those are extremely difficult to do well. That was the dish we didn't order, and it was one of the best.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent food service & atmospherediningNyDined on 8/2/2014AWESOME! Had a date night here, and picked it based on reviews. We started with drinks - they have a great cocktail menu with unique flavors. We tried the Brucey's cocktail (loved it - lemony with a taste of a summer bbq - you won't understand it til you try it!), My-O-Tonic, and Welcome to the Rest of your Life. All 3 were good and unique. For a starter we had the Arancini with goat meat - it is 3 generously sized risotto balls on top of goat meat and cooked tomatoes. Loved this, definitely add the goat meat to it since it's optional. Otherwise it's a regular risotto ball. For meals had the Pork dish - delicious, topped with peaches which I thought was odd but worked so well. And also had the Fish - delicious but small. GO! So worth itSpecial Features:
- The following 54 reviews are from the The Fainting Goat reviews archive.
- Fabulous atmosphere; good foodcmbindcVIPDined on 7/27/2014We really enjoyed our meal at The Fainting Goat. Service was a bit slow, but other than that, no complaints. Loved sitting in the corner booth with the mini chandelier overhead. Great decor and atmosphere.Special Features:
- Wonderful ambienceGoodTasteDined on 7/25/2014Wonderful ambiance and great service at the Fainting Goat. We were able to talk and enjoy our conversation while also in a hip environment and delicious food. Decor is on-trend with brick walls, wood tables and shabby chic lighting. Drinks are delicious. I'd like to go back and try more of everything.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Meh!TakomaDCTitanDined on 7/24/2014Nice ambience. I appreciate the effort of the menu offerings to appeal to many pallets but it just was lacking in flavor there was something missingSpecial Features:
- Fantastic birthday dinner!ElizabethDined on 7/20/2014Service was friendly and attentive, the food was delicious, and the half price bottle of pinot noir didn't hurt, either. It was all topped off with two glasses of complementary champagne. Perfect from start to finish. I had the fontina cheese "nibble," my husband had the duck meatballs (YUM), he loved his pork chop and polenta, and my salmon was cooked to perfection and topped with miso broth. How we had the whole dining room upstairs to ourselves is beyond me. This place is a gem.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect Romantic EveningJoeDDined on 7/8/2014I had heard a lot about this place before I walked in, but they overshot all of my expectations. The menu did not match the one on the website, but everything we had was delicious. The clams were amazing, so was the ricotta on grilled bread. Our sandwiches were also excellent. And they read the notes section and brought out an amazing lemon tart with strawberries and a candle. Our waitress was attentive and helpful. Great restaurant, and look forward to going back.Special Features:
- Good food, interesting cocktailsFlyingDinerDined on 7/3/2014I 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Chef changeOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 7/2/2014I 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.
- MccmVIPDined on 6/28/2014Great decor, funky menu, cool vibe and nice staff -- I liked the ricotta appetizer and the veggiesSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- New findsweetpotatoDined on 6/28/2014We 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.Special Features:
- Perfect fun date night on FridaysAaronDined on 6/27/2014Not only do they have amazing food, and cocktails, but they also have live music on Fridays! Really fun, inviting, and lively scene.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Charming BrunchJessicaDined on 6/21/2014Some 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.Special Features:
- GreatLJH26Dined on 6/21/2014The service and food were both wonderful. I will definitely be returning.Special Features:
- vegan friendlyOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 6/11/2014Don'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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.