The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat

The Fainting Goat

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.faintinggoatdc.com/
  • Phone: 2027350344x
  • 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

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.
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The Fainting Goat reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (45)neighborhood gem (43)good for groups (27)vibrant bar scene (20)romantic (16)hot spot (14)great for brunch (12)late-night find (9)special occasion (8)notable wine list (6)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Enjoyed our brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The 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:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sarah
    Sarah
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Service 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:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Dinner at the Fainting Goat
    UncleDanVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Our waiter was very friendly, explained the menu very well, and made great recommendations. Our dinners were delicious. We're coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good time Good Food
    hellismdVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food - but loud
    SPDMVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    If 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 much
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Makes any meal a special occasion
    LinDC
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit - Good start
    JumaVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Give It Some Time
    AMReviewsIt
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    DDJJ
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Delicious food paired with $15 endless mimosas...How could you go wrong?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, relaxed and good food
    DCVisitorVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible
    StacyCVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant Week Place
    LessThanImpressed
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On the brink of awesome
    nomnomer
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This 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:
    good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Dined 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:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    PAWs
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    While the menu is a little limited, what is available was very creative and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great beer list, awful food
    AZB1
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The 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!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud but good
    Katie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Lots 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:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food service & atmosphere
    diningNy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    AWESOME! 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 it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous atmosphere; good food
    cmbindcVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We 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:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful ambience
    GoodTaste
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Wonderful 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:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh!
    TakomaDCTitan
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Nice ambience. I appreciate the effort of the menu offerings to appeal to many pallets but it just was lacking in flavor there was something missing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic birthday dinner!
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Service 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Romantic Evening
    JoeD
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, interesting cocktails
    FlyingDiner
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef change
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 47 reviews are from the The Fainting Goat reviews archive.
  • Mccm
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great decor, funky menu, cool vibe and nice staff -- I liked the ricotta appetizer and the veggies
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New find
    sweetpotato
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect fun date night on Fridays
    Aaron
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Not only do they have amazing food, and cocktails, but they also have live music on Fridays! Really fun, inviting, and lively scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming Brunch
    Jessica
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great
    LJH26
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The service and food were both wonderful. I will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • vegan friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid, but not worth the $$
    samG
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nothing special
    Itsmemf
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Seemed like a restaurant coopting farm to table rather than staking out new or interesting ground. Server was dismissive and over it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming & Delicious!
    DCfoodluvr
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DC01
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    great space. server was a l aggressive. food good, not spectacular, but ambence great
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jennifer
    treatmeVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Great bar, terrific (but small) menu, fun atmosphere, incredible beer list. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, service, menu vague
    DCfoodie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best New Restaurant on U Street
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT NEW U STREET CHOICE
    1KTravelerVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Name Isn't Everything
    ChrisGo4
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate