RecommendationWe were advised by regular Washington travellers to try The Monocle .... We made a reservation for my birthday night but it didn't seem like it was necessary. About six tables at seven pm on arrival ... Increasing to ten during the evening. Mostly men which fits the profile for where the restaurant is ( walking distance to the Capitol building ) ... Very friendly staff, maitre d was amazing, chatty, knowledgeable and helpful. We were never rushed, water was plentiful, wine list very good and food superb .... I was even given a candle on my desert to recognise my birthday celebration......a very nice, highly appreciated gesture. A definite when in Washington.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMLeft with a smile and full tummyWe had reservations for 6:30 for the day that we arrived in Washington DC. However, our hotel room was not avaiable to us until 6:30. Therefore, I called and asked if we could come in earlier and was told that they could accomodate us. Although we were in "traveling clothes," they did not make us feel under dressed and were very welcoming. The staff were attentive and the food was very good. The location to the Capitol and the history of the building and restaurant enhanced our experience. We certainly hope to return on future visits to Washington DC.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMEveryone in my party reallyEveryone 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.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMReady to recommend!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.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful place. So glad itWonderful place. So glad it has survived all these years!4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMCharming Dining ExperienceWe have dined at the Monocle several times and each time is a wonderful experience.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMLives up to its reputation!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.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect BirthdayWe 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.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMInsider's View of DCAround 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.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMMonocle means great food,Monocle means great food, a feel of being in a place of importance and Nick, who never forgets a face or name.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMIt's a top spot on the Hill,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.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe LOVE the Monocle!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.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AM