The Monocle
The Monocle

The Monocle

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.themonocle.com/
  • Phone: (202) 546-4488
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Monocle reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (17)neighborhood gem (17)special occasion (12)good for groups (10)vibrant bar scene (6)fit for foodies (6)romantic (5)notable wine list (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • A friend and I went for the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/13/2008
    A friend and I went for the Washington Restaurant Week. Had a wonderful time at dinner. Their menu for restaurant week was very large. If you couldn't find something you were interested in, it wasn't the Monocle's fault. Food was excellent. The service was top rate. I would go back without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was good, but waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/13/2008
    Food was good, but waiter kept pushing high-priced entrees, and did not want to honor Restaurant Week price ($20.08) on lunch. If a restaurant is going to participate, all waiters should be told to accommodate diners wanting to have the special.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific place to eat - good
    CalFoodie
    Dined on 7/28/2008
    Terrific place to eat - good food (albeit a bit pricey)and very friendly/patient staff. The wine list is terrific and the steaks are succulent. Special note - I took a few international customers (from Italy) to dinner and needed transportation back to hotels in the area. Rather than call a taxi, the restaraunt owner(Mr Valanos)drove us to the hotel. Where in the world can you get this type of service? My customers were amazed as was I. The Monocle is a definate must visit - I will certainly be back the next time I am in DC. Do yourself a favor and pay the extra money for a fantastic dining experience at The Monocle.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced for what we got.
    GrossePointer48230VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2008
    Overpriced for what we got. Good location, but that's about all to recommend it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diners are always assured
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2008
    Diners are always assured of good food and good service at the Monocle. I've never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Monocle's menu is not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/9/2008
    The Monocle's menu is not extensive but the food is always good and the roasted oysters were a real treat. The wait staff is first rate, efficient and friendly. The restaurant has the added bonus of attracting a who's who of politics, making it a great place for people watching.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The menu was outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/2/2008
    The menu was outstanding. The meals were very delicious. The service was very attentive and kind.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was extremely salty-
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    Food was extremely salty- every dish suffered from a heavy hand with the salt. Overall however our experience was pleasurable as the staff from host to busboy made us feel like we were at a private club for members only. They greeted us by name when we arrived for the reservation as if they had been waiting for us. We were scheudled to attend a graduation ball nearby and dressed in tuxedo - so they immediately inquired about our event and congratulated our graduate with a complimentary drink. They were friendly without being intrusive. The location was perfect for our night's plans. I wish the food had been more enjoyable, as I then could give the evening a 10, as it is, unless the location is important to you, I would not return.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We visited on a Saturday night
    GrahamaVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    We visited on a Saturday night when there are no politicians to be seen. It was pleasant; but not the "find" my Frommer's billed it to be.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I enjoyed my dinner there
    Cassandra
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    I enjoyed my dinner there very much. My friends and I have been looking for a nice restaurant with good food near the Folger Theatre, and I think this is it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall the dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    Overall the dining experience was good. The waiter kept insisting we order dessert which was annoying....
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Any one who has dined at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/30/2008
    Any one who has dined at the Monocle knows this, but it's a great lunch place when you're doing business on the Hill. The staff is efficient and friendly. They'll get you in and out if that's what your schedule dictates. The ambience is great if you have the time to slow down a bit to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A little expensive for lunch.
    OTvipNdcVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2008
    A little expensive for lunch. A place to see Members of Congress, their staff, and top lobbyists.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's the perfect "close in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    It's the perfect "close in to the Capitol" business lunch place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our reservation was for dinner,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    Our reservation was for dinner, but I've been there for lunch, which is better. Noise level is high, but this is a Capitol Hill watering hole with much back-slapping and table-hopping, so you go in knowing that. In spite of the fact that we had booked weeks early, we were seated way in the back, by the kitchen door. Plate clattering and kitchen noises were unsettling. The food is consistently good, but I feel as if the portions are getting smaller.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I am regular at Monocle, and
    DCMRobbyVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    I am regular at Monocle, and usually have no problems with service; this day however, that was not the case. Even with reservations, we waited a long time to be seated, and the it took forever to just get beverage service. The food is always worth it. The wait staff is consistently friendly and attentive. Perhaps this day was an exception. It won't stop me from going back, but day I had a business lunch and invited others to "impress" them with my Monocle friends. The food impressed, but the service did not. I still love the place and will go back again, but may do with hesitation depending on why I'm going there for lunch!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I met a friend who came to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    I met a friend who came to town on Amtrack and we wanted to get lunch. We had a great experience and wonderful time. Didn't feel a bit rushed. It was great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Location to the U.S. Senate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    Location to the U.S. Senate makes this restaurant perfect for business lunches.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have dined here many times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    I have dined here many times and it is always an enjoyable experience. The liver nad onions is the best I have had dining out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably good food that is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2008
    Reliably good food that is nothing imaginiative or fancy. Even us foodies enjoy a no nonesense Greek salad. Good place for a business lunch where the staff understand about when to leave people alone and when to offer service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A wonderful value for the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    A wonderful value for the price, which is competitive with other Capitol Hill restaurants, and the food is much better quality and attention to detail than most.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Warm greeting. Attentive service.
    Jucearo
    Dined on 4/3/2008
    Warm greeting. Attentive service. Rounded menu. Great food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I always enjoy eating at the
    JED3
    Dined on 4/1/2008
    I always enjoy eating at the Monocle. Defintely a political "to be seen" place. The folks there are very friendly, although the service sometimes lacks. I do enjoy the menu and the space.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The perfect representation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    The perfect representation of a restaurant that embodies "The Capital" area of Washington, DC with outstanding food and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank you for a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    Thank you for a wonderful dinner. Everything was delicious, and the service superb! Although I am embarrassed to admit I do not remember our server's name, he was from Greece and couldn't have been more attentive or more charming. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food!! special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/18/2008
    Amazing food!! special treatment if you are a Hill staffer. Great wine list as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food and great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/18/2008
    good food and great experience for restaurant week. would go again with coworker, supervisor or conservative family member.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I love this restaurant! Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/15/2008
    I love this restaurant! Great food, service ... and there's always an interesting group of people. It's always full and the atmosphere is very cozy, but without making you feel uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server was amazing ...
    KyleeVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2007
    Our server was amazing ... one of the best we have ever experienced. He was charming, helpful, and kind. We to the Monocle for an early New Years Eve dinner (2007). The restaurant was quiet that night, which lent to a romantic atmosphere. The food was very good. But, the service is what really stood out. I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great location near the Senate.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2006
    Great location near the Senate. Overall, a good spot for Capitol Hill business meetings and events. Mediocre menu and food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, fantastic service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2006
    Great food, fantastic service served in a hall that should be considered another landmark! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate