Unum Restaurant
Unum Restaurant

Unum Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.unumdc.com/
  • Phone: 2026216959
  • 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.
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Unum Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
109 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (69)neighborhood gem (57)romantic (43)special occasion (32)notable wine list (11)late-night find (8)hot spot (7)good for groups (6)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (1)great for lunch (1)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Just what we wanted
    Croadie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Not too fussy, smart friendly service, excellent food-without being over the top. Enjoyed everything, good wine, had five plates between two of us and loved every one of them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice pairings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We tried the mortadella meatballs, the heirloom tomato salad, the creamed spinach with horseradish, the burger, the gazpacho, and the short ribs. Adding watermelon to the gazpacho was an incredible, but seamless, flavor enhancer. The meatballs, with the fig jam were a really nice mix of flavors. The burger and the short ribs were excellent. The heirloom tomato salad was a slight miss. The fried cheese balls on that salad were tough, without much flavor. With the exception of the fried cheese balls, all of the dishes were subtly complex and truly enjoyable. Service was prompt and helpful without being overly so. The atmosphere is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pleasantly surprised
    iris
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Was pleasantly surprised with Unum – great food, perfect service and a cozy atmosphere to have a late night dinner. The selection on a menu is rather small but everything we’ve ordered was perfectly cooked and artistically presented. Not many choices for those who don’t eat pork or prefers a vegetarian option. The portions are on a smaller side but perfect for the late meal. The desserts are to die for – orange mousse cheesecake, passion fruit panna cotta were so good that it was hard to share! Highly recommend to try this place at least once – you won’t be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice!!
    Peety
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Had early reservations and we're seated quickly. Good service & good food. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    A gorgeous little jewel of a restaurant in the heart of Georgetown, with food that's fresh and inventive but not weird and scary. Loved the fried cheese with tomatoes and basil ice cream, the lobster duo and the soft shell crab. Really appreciate that you can get a half order of any entree item. Our reservations were for 7 on a Monday night and by 8 the restaurant was lively and full. Wait staff was friendly and attentive. This is one for the short list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Dinner
    unseen18VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had the best dinner in this gem of a restaurant. The food is outstanding, interesting and innovative. The service was friendly and helpful. It's hard to find good food, in a relaxed atmosphere in DC. This place has it. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful choice
    martydl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We chose this restaurant for it's good reviews and closeness to our hotel. It was restaurant week and we were amazed at the great selections on the menu. All were definitely gourmet and delicious. Being able to choose 2 small plates for the main course was a great idea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service off this night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Normally, service is on point - but was off on Friday. Server brought our bill twice before the meal was over and had to be reminded where we were in the meal. Server also forgot a side dish. We weren't charged for it, so that was nice. Still, not the usual top notch service I expected from Unum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good but lacked service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    great food and servings were plentiful. service was lacking, but it might have been b/c it was friday night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still awesome
    LinaVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I always love coming to unum. And this time was no exception. Even though it was restaurant week, the food was still up to their usual standard. And the selections were pretty much the whole menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week visit
    Tortuga
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    3 of us went for dinner. All 1st-timers. We ordered from the very interesting and generous Restaurant Week menu. Exceeded our collective expectations: superb and fresh food ingredients, creative dishes expertly prepared and paired, excellent fun cocktail offering, understated dining room (unchanged from its past life as Mendocino Grill), excellent and intelligent wait-staff. We will be back! Thank you Unum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply divine...
    DCGuy
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I dined at Unum during restaurant week and I was not disappointed. All of the food was a knockout, from appetizers to dessert. I was really impressed with the cooking and can't wait for the opportunity to dine here again and try more of the menu. The roast chicken was absolute perfection, check it out if you get a chance, you won't regret it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Very small, but ambience was very nice. The staff was excellent and the food was fantastic. My husband and I went during Restaurant Week. We were able to try a total of 6 small plates. Out of the 6, there was only one that we didn't enjoy. Quality and presentation was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Sublimeyazi
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Soft shell crab, yes please! Couldn't have asked for a better meal. The DC restaraunt week menu was perfect and everyone there was friendly and accommodating. I especially loved the chorizo stuffed squid, it was like a deconstructed paella. Next time I'm in town I will definitely be back...I hope that cute bar tender is still there too, she makes a mean cocktail. If you like bourbon, try the Georgetown love story.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the visit
    FranVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We tried the stuffed squid with chorizo, soft shell crab, grilled branzini, crabcakes, beet salad and braesola. All were expertly prepared. Love the option of portion sizes--small or large. Small portions are more than adequate if you don't have a huge appetite. Place can get loud, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • David of Restaurants
    WahooVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This little gem can take on the best in town and come out a winner. Kudos to Chef Blaine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, creative food
    iguana265
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My husband had a deconstructed Caesar salad that was yummy. I had mortadella meatballs with a fig jam over jalapeño polenta. It was spectac although I have to say that I couldn't detect the jalapeño. I love that they offer half size plates so you don't have to stuff yourself. I also had sugar snap peas. They were nice but they didn't destring them. I'm an amateur mom chef and even I know to destring my sugar snap peas. It was hard to eat them with the strings. My husband's short rib tagliatelle was "ok". But overall I really loved it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding experience
    DTW19355
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food and service was extraordinary. Annie is very competent and pleasant. I believe that was the best dining experience I have had in DC. Plan to have the next celebratory dinner at Unum.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best soft shells ever
    PCatVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The soft shell crabs at Unum were amazing. I would like to go back every day to have them. I think they are the best soft shells that I have ever had. I was not as happy with the drinks. The cocktails were warm and not tasty. i will stick to wine next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Spot in Georgetown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was great because it felt very far removed from the mob scene that is Georgetown on a Saturday night. Food and service were great and the menu had a nice assortment of choices. Especially loved the half or full portion option for the entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food, bad cocktails, noisy
    Jane
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We enjoyed our meal. Food selection was very nice and the option for 'half-plate' a bonus. Service was excellent. Cocktails read very well in the menu but tasted terrible. The acoustic is less than desirable... difficult to carry a conversation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    After many positive experiences, one food item was this time very disappointing. The medium-rare burger came more than well-done and was not edible.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum Unum
    Finicky
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I read about Unum on yelp and decided to give it a try with a few friends. We were not disappointed. The service was excellent and the food delicious and nicely prepared. A couple of the ladies had the pork loin and exclaimed that it was cooked to perfection - not dry or rubbery, but flavorful and moist. Crab cakes were also a success - no filling but all crab meat. Brussel sprouts were also very good and I would definitely recommend the braised short rib pasta. Wine choices would make any wine connoisseur happy. All in all a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DC2222
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    You must go to this little gem on M Street in Georgetown. The food was excellent _ eggplant roulade, hangar steak, crab cakes, goat cheese raviolini with fresh vegetable. All presented in a fresh, fun way. Service was solid. Cocktails inventive and good. The restaurant is small so the four, boisterous students were very loud, but it was all good as soon as they left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Overall good. I enjoyed the crab cake. Be careful of the salads
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very poor dinner experience
    Speachless
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    • Food
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  • Do Go.
    VAEaterVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfectly Executed Meal
    WannaBfoodie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • simply wonderful
    TallTalesVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of Best in Georgetown
    Visitor2Phila
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lion
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The server was not very nice, rather condescending, the food was quite good, bathroom needed to be cleaned.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wanted to like it
    saddiner
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok food
    Swedes
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Interesting combination of flavours, good service. But maybe the chef became a bit overenthustiastic and forgot the basics, he served me pork rare(!).
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some winner dishes here
    DCist
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ben
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Noyes
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bonnie
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Small and intimate spot, with good service, a fine decor, and very good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Under whelmed
    ManganVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Intimate Business Dinner
    DinerFromCharlottesville
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DCDiner
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.