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Unum Restaurant
Unum Restaurant

Unum Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.unumdc.com
  • Phone: (202) 621-6959
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm-10pm
    Dinner Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-11pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Phillip Blane
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 29th & 30th
  • Public Transit: Circulator Bus to Georgetown. Closest metro is Foggy Bottom-GWU
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: See web site for Parking locations. Meter parking on M street.
A word from Unum Restaurant
Welcome to Unum. A cozy, neighborhood restaurant
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Had dinner twice before at Unum with a friend, usually at 5:30 pm and we always had a good experience. Last Wednesday, I invited my daughter in-law there for dinner who was visiting from out of town and we both were looking forward to spending some quality time together. The reservation was for 7:45 pm. The restaurant at that time seemed like a different place from what I had experienced the previous two times. The noise level was unbearable, we couldn't carry on a decent conversation. The gazpacho we ordered was bland, the fish and pasta so so, the only good part was the desert. The server we had loudly and carelessly put plates and cutlery on the table and didn't seem to care what he was doing. A very disappointing experience."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Second time to Unum. Great food both times. Quite little spot on far end of Georgetown away from the tourists and congestion of Wisconsin Ave. Great menu selections for all tastes."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Every aspect of our trip to Unum for dinner was satisfying. The atmosphere was intimate, with the noise level quiet enough to speak at a normal decibel, but loud enough to sustain a private conversation. Food and drink to highlight: the Barlett pear martini was the smoothest cocktail I have ever had. The lobster dou was a lovely pair sweet/ savory verses acidic flavors- each ingredient tasted good on its own, and combined. I had one bite from each of my husbands half entrees- the braised short rib pasta was extremely tender and elevated with the red wine jus and his pork loin was cooked perfectly with the cherry bourbon sauce stealing the show as it basted the meat as well as the creamy kale. Reasonable pricing for amazing quality, a gem."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Inventive menu and the option to have many main courses served in half portions which allows you to either taste several tempting possibilities or eat rationally. The noise level in the small space can get pretty high when more than half the tables are occupied - which they often are given that people have discovered this amazing Georgetown gem."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Menu seemed promising, especially liked the option of half-portion v. full portion for entree, felt reassured by the positive online reviews. Result was very disappointing. Kale was not cleaned properly and so much sand to the point of being inedible. Something must have been going on in the fryer in the kitchen that day because all the fried food came out soggy and greasy -- the fries, the soft shell crab. The quail was ever so slightly overcooked. The noodles in the short rib pasta were over cooked. Overall if you are looking for a trendy dig for drinks with friends, this might be it. But don't go there for the food. Serious execution problems."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The server was not very nice, rather condescending, the food was quite good, bathroom needed to be cleaned."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "There are only a handful of serious, stand-alone restaurants in Georgetown. This is one of them. Excellent food, excellent service."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Interesting combination of flavours, good service. But maybe the chef became a bit overenthustiastic and forgot the basics, he served me pork rare(!)."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Unum has a nice location in Georgetown and is certainly trying to have delicious food. High points were the Truffle Mac & Cheese and the Crab Cakes. Read reviews carefully though as not every dish here was a winner."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great menu, small plates and appetizers to share so you could create a tasting menu. Soft shell crab is a must along with the beet salad. Food flavors were awesome, try it, you'll like it."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Beautifully presented, interesting combinations--and it even tastes good! So many restaurants succeed at #1 and #2, but forget the point: #3. If it LOOKS good and SOUNDS good, it must BE good. #1 and #2 are easy. #3 is the challenge & the whole party enjoyed everything. The menu is varied, with a nice option of an appetizer portion on most of the entrees, which offers a broad range of choices as well as the option to have a varied meal that isn't high volume, if you're not hungry. Eggplant, crab cakes, mini cheesecakes, all very delightful. A great addition to the neighborhood."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Small and intimate spot, with good service, a fine decor, and very good food."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Totally underwhelmed .amateur cooking. Bland, lacks flavour . Promising but needs a lot of reworking. Would give it another chance sometime but with a vibrant DC dining scene, there are many choices!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I recently dined at UNUM for a business dinner for 5. It was amazing. The food was outstanding and it was great for conversation. Reservations are recommended because the space is small. We loved the options for small plates for dinner to try multiple entrees or for a lighter fare. It was so hard to choose! The vegetable options were fantastic as well. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "A good find on the East end of Georgetown. Modern but cozy feel. Nice bar. Food and service is very good. Met an old friend there and had a leisurely dinner. It's a small place so we did take up space but no one hassled or pressured us to scoot. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food is good, although the choices are limited. Service is excellent. Ambience is nice."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Everything about Unum is wonderful. The food is amazing, good service, great location even if lacking with parking."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "A relatively unassuming entrance belies the special experience that waits within. Creative beverages, kind, cordial and knowledgeable wait staff, delicious unique combinations (mortadella meatballs with fig jam, lamb shank) and an accepting, slow paced ambiance that allows you to settle in and enjoy your meal. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "This is a find amidst some pretty average Georgetown restaurants. The menu was innovative, fresh ingredients used very well. It could be noisy if every table were filled but on a week night it was excellent. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Very good food, attentive but not obsequious service, good wine and beer list. The laguintas on tap was especially good. Really enjoyed the mortadella meatballs. The indian spiced lamb shank was perfect as was the flank steak with the horseradish creamed spinach. I also really appreciated that you could get half plates for entrees because it was just the right amount of meat, priced fairly. I probably would not have ordered it if I had to pay $28 for way more than what I could eat. It's not an inexpensive meal but not outrageously priced either. Given the quality of the food, it was fairly priced, although the wine by the glass was higher than I thought reasonable. Overall, a good meal, nice ambiance and nice service. We'll be back. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We were looking for a fun, different, and delicious place to dine after a meeting nearby. Loved Unum. Everything was very tasty, waitress was great and helpful in wine selection and food choices. Will return when we are near the area. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Food here was good, not great, but the noise level was awful. We came for a special occasion with my son, and they sat us right in front of the kitchen doors. I wanted to change tables, but the manager came over and said he solved the problem. He didn't move us and it was annoying hearing the dishes and silverware clattering all night. Don't go unless you don't care to be heard or hear your company. "
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I have been here twice already and I don't want the secret to get out! This is a wonderful quaint restaurant, with amazing food. The half portions are perfect for the indecisive diner like myself that likes to try multiple things. Going back tonight for a birthday dinner!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Unum serves up fantastic drinks, appetizers and small plates. Highly reccomended."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Very inventive and enjoyable. Lots of options to try. Everything was very good. Will have to come back and try dessert because we sampled the main menu and got very satisfied."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We enjoyed a delightful dinner in this comfortable Georgetown restaurant. The service was attentive and helpful. Our food was well prepared and quite tasty. A wonderful dinner all told."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "What a cozy spot, in an ultra-convenient location.Service started slow, but picked up. Food was excellent. We had the Humboldt Fog cheese plate to start, and it was wonderfully done. Proper temperature for the delicious cheese, six outstanding condiments and terrific and plentiful thin, salted,crisp crackers, and bread. Then we had the stellar, light, mortadella meatballs on polenta. I LOVE that Unum offers half plates for many entrees. I had the half hangar steak. Perfectly cooked and seasoned. My daughter had the excellent, gnocchi entree. I love this place! Bar seems very nice, but we didn't have time. Nice bathroom too!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Food was fantastic! It was especially nice that the owner came out to talk to us and later took our small children on a tour of the kitchen. Atmosphere was relaxed and cozy. Staff was very polite and accomodating."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "If you are dining in Georgetown, make your reservation at Unam Restaurant. While you enjoy a delicious variety of breads and crackers on the table, peruse the menu of broad, inviting choices. You can not go wrong! The cozy atmosphere welcomes you to a special evening where we enjoyed a leisurely gourmet dinner. Conversation is easily shared in this quiet environment. The cheesecake paired with homemade blueberry sorbet gave a perfectly balanced dessert of rich and refreshing. We can't wait to go back and try different entrees."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We were anticipating a pleasant dinner and had no other plans for the evening, but unfortunately got the feeling right away that we shouldn't be taking our (or their) time. It's not a comfortable situation when you realize you're being rushed. We used a strategy for not letting it happen but it took work throughout the evening. The restaurant was definitely not full either when we got there or when we left. The food was good, although a bit out of balance when it came to portion of vegetable with regard to amount of meat (not enough veggies) and it would have been nice to know what the spreads were when they came with the bread. The service was very attentive as you might guess considering the objective."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Great place to go on a date or dine with friends if you are looking for a classy evening in Georgetown. The lam shank was the clear winner :)"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Great small space, very attentive service and the food was wonderful. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Good food that is also available in 'small plate' sizes/prices."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We went to Unum on a Sunday night, so it wasn't too crowded. We saw the high ranking it got on Trip Advisor and expected really high quality. Unum was OK - but not as great as the other reviews. Service was good - we were seated quickly in a very comfortable location; drinks were offered and bought quickly, also. We were not pressed to order quickly. However, somewhere during the meal, our server must have left, because another took over. The appetizers were fair (griller quail was almost tasteless; eggplant was not special at all) as were the dinners (although we appreciated the half-size portions). The mac and cheese side was wonderful and the Brussels sprouts were pretty good."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The entrees for dinner were all appealing and what was most appealing was that you can order many of them in half portions. That encouraged us to order appetizers and we still had room to share a couple desserts."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Our foursome was blown away by the service and delicious dishes we experienced Sunday night. Short ribs, gnocchi, lamb shank and all perfectly prepared with imagination and deft use of fresh herbs and vegetables. No one from our group of foodies had eaten here and I'm sure we will all be back. The super rich cocoa was a lovely ending to a celebratory evening - and we will all be going back soon!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The menu is fabulous, I have loved everything on it, & this was my fourth visit. I live in the neighborhood, so I'm especially thrilled that Unum is close by! The service has been perfect every time I have visited and the awesome option to order a 1/2 plate allows you to try a variety of things on the menu - which I love! Their cheeses and wines are great too. I do have to add that the owner appeared at the end of the night last time I was there - and I was really shocked that he was a jerk. I am also a business owner, and it is ridiculous to be rude to your guests. However, a restaurant owner is not a politician, so I could care less about his personality. His staff was wonderful and they will continue to work their magic."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The food was creative but expected more interesting favors and better execution."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I was traveling to DC for a political conference and we found this restaurant in Georgetown. Turned out to be a wonderful location, staff is very personable, friendly, and professional. Dinner was reasonably priced, and the ambience felt very upscale/high-end. We were very pleased with our experience here."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Birthday date with my girlfriend. Nice seating under the alcove. Great food - interesting combination of flavours. They threw in a birthday cake with a candle as desert. Recommended!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014