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Woodward Table
Woodward Table

Woodward Table Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.woodwardtable.com
  • Phone: (202) 347-5353
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Joseph Harran
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th & H
  • Public Transit: We are located half a block away from the McPherson Square metro.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet every evening, beginning at 5:30 PM. Parking garages and street parking are available.
A word from Woodward Table
Jeffrey and Sallie Buben's Woodward Table, housed in the historic Woodward Building is a concept that exudes a timeless feel with neighborhood charm. Located just one block from The White House, Woodward presents a "table" of dining possibilities with two eateries...the main restaurant with its creative and diverse American menu and Woodward Takeout Food, a sprite artisanal alternative for breakfast and lunch. The soul of Woodward Table's cooking involves creating seasonal iconic American dishes, a chef's contemporary approach and a regional repertoire of ingredients. Woodward Takeout Food, aka WTF, adjacent to the restaurant, creates a quick serve American breakfast or lunch for the busy Washingtonian, available to eat in or take out. Woodward Takeout Food is like being in a good cook's kitchen...a venue of sights and sounds with the bakery of the entire restaurant located at one end. Smell the fresh baked bread and other concoctions as you place your ordContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Woodward Grill is a very good restaurant with reasonable prices. Finding a restaurant in downtown DC that isn't grossly over priced isn't easy, but this one offers just that. The menu is a great balance of smaller dishes and main courses. The "Risi Bisi" is a fantastic side dish of risotto with pancetta and peas. There were three of us, and all three meals were wonderful. I've visited this establishment twice now and both times it was a meal well worth the short walk."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Great restaurant, great atmosphere and food was very good. I would return and tell others about it."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great lunch outdoors on the sidewalk patio. Interesting menu. Flatbread was outstanding, as was each entree. Really nice lobster and seafood salad was generous with the lobster, and seared tuna was perfectly prepared. Attentive waitstaff. We don't usually do dessert at lunch, but we were on vacation so what the heck. Good move: Best. Cheesecake. Ever! Creamy texture, and chocolate oreo crust was fabulous. German chocolate cake also outstanding."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Service was on point and the food was delicious. We were there for a special occasion and it really met our needs."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Woodward Table is an attractive place with good service and an interesting menu. Unfortunately, one of the items we ordered for lunch -- the kale salad -- was bland and so, disappointing, and the other -- the oyster po' boy salad -- went way beyond disappointing. The chunks of batter that topped the salad were over-fried to the point that it was hard to know whether there was actually an oyster inside. Even if not over-fried, it would have been hard to taste the oyster through the pepper in the batter. Hesitate to judge a restaurant based on one bad dish, but...."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Have had brunch here with friends twice. We love the bottomless mimosas, the food is good and we have plenty of space/privacy to catch up. This definitely is a place I will keep on my roster for brunches in DC."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We've been here a couple of times now and we're big fans of the brunch. There's lots of choices, some interesting enough that we wanted to come back again. Both times we visited we ate outdoors so, of course, if the weather is nice, the atmosphere is nice. It is a downtown street corner so it can be noisy! Those are the vicissitudes of dining al fresco. The only thing I didn't like is a little service issue. I don't like it when 3 of the 4 people are served and one is left waiting. Good manners requires the three to sit and wait for the fourth to be served and that is always awkward. It only took a few minutes for the fourth meal to arrive but still, I'd rather we're all served simultaneously. Still, we'll be back for sure!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The hostess was rude. While I was waiting at the bar for my table, the bartender was almost impossible to flag down. High-priced Cocktail was borderline undrinkable. Waiter was very nice (which is why I rated the service fair and not poor). Bread was great, but that only made the main course all the more disappointing. Rose by the glass ok. Lobster Cobb Salad had too much dressing and was surprisingly lacking in flavor. Fries were ok, but the dipping sauce was entirely forgettable. While I wasn't expecting Michelin Star food, the crowds would suggest that you'd get something a little better than glorified TGIF fare."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I've been here before -- good selection of food, well prepared. I always get this waiter who while doing his work well, just seems to "call it in". I don't know what it is with some restaurants these days, they make their own "bun" for sandwiches, but it is usually too soft and way too tall to eat as a sandwich, so you eat it with a knife and fork so what's the point. Location is great as it straddles two parts of downtown."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Delicious, healthy menu choices. Try those flatbreads for starters! Excellent service: prompt, knowledgeable, upbeat. Nice sized, round table seated our party of six perfectly; everyone could talk to and hear each other. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Really good food. Great service. Lovely outdoor setting."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Nothing remarkable about this place, and definitely not for the price. After being seated right by the order up area, with four wait staff standing right there. We had them to take our order after 10 minutes of sitting there. The food was just ok. My pulled pork sandwich was full of cartilage and gristle, I had to pick a bone out of my mouth. The special side of the day was roasted broccoli which came out barely steamed and definitely not roasted with clumps of cheap parmesan dumped on top. THAT WAS $8 ?!? When the server finally cleared our plates away, we begged for our check and left as quick as possible. By the time we left, the place was full of professionals. I guess the location is key, but I won't be going back."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We stumbled on this place when our first choice was full, and immediately knew that Woodford Table should have been our first choice. Fantastic staff - fabulous food - great atmosphere. We'll go back for sure!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Hosted friends for dinner and the main dining area was so loud we asked for space in an adjoining room, which felt more like a cafeteria. They seated us at a table that tilted by at least an inch whenever one put an elbow on it. The food was mediocre. I ordered the sea bass which came with a portion so small it might as well been a tapas. My spouse ordered the trout which lost its taste dup to the unseasonably and dry cornmeal coating. The only highlight was the sausage flatbread which was spicy and interesting. It was not enough to recommend the restaurant however."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My husband and I had a very enjoyable evening at Woodward Table. The service was good and food was excellent. Stuffed clams had sausage which added some spiciness and the beet and carrot salad had a wonderful dressing. Best of all was the bananna pudding desert! I'm so glad the waiter recommended it. Extremely rich making it difficult for even two of us to finish, but it was absolutely scrumptious! I would highly recommend this restaurant and plan to go back again soon!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Basically good fine and wine, if somewhat overpriced. I arrived slightly before dinner service starts (5:30), and couldn't understand why, in a largely empty restaurant, I was stuck next to the kitchen, which detracted from the ambience. Those who enjoy watching harried kitchen workers during dinner might request seating in this area."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Everything was good except the $9 donuts. They were hard and tasteless. Dessert should never disappoint. Take those dough rocks off the menu!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My only issue is that the price range for brunch seems to run pretty high, the food is good as well as the staff but seems like main entrees and sides could be a little less expensive."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "It was a completely delightful brunch experience. The crab cake was on a par with finest I have eaten."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We sat outside and had a lovely meal. The noise level was low and the food was excellent. Don't skip the bread-it is worth the calories. I will definitely be back"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had a great meal outside on July 5th. The service was excellent as was the food. Location is excellent, valet parking was a breeze."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Small portion sizes but very tasty. Went on July 4th. Service was a little slow but not annoyingly so. Probably would go back, but not with the kids."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "All of the steps of service were right on target. Too many apps to choose from, but the ones that rotate are delicious. I had the kale salad, tuna(salad was spicy), and bread pudding. All was perfect."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "It was during the work week, and we had a reservation. We were seated within minutes our arrival. The soup and salad I ordered were both unique and delicious. The service was attentive and pleasant. What more can I say? I'll be back soon."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food is great. The rolls on the table are yummy. It's a great location. I wish they offered the fried chicken in WTF in the restaurant. And most of all, I wish they'd refill iced tea glasses frequently! The second time and my glass sat empty for many rounds of people going by whose attention was just not able to be grabbed. Water was, this time, refreshed more frequently; but not iced tea. Odd."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Have been many times. Consistently excellent. Seared tuna sandwich. Roasted mushrooms. Mushroom flatbread. The take away section during the day is also excellent."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I went there for lunch recently and I would definitely go back. There is more on the menu I want to try and I want to check out their brunch too. The service was great. The waiter made a recommendation which I loved. My drink was never empty. Overall a great experience."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I had been there once before for a work happy hour. The food was delicious then, and it was delicious now, however, our service was horrible. We were seated in one of the bar booths and we had a girl who honestly seemed disengaged and uninterested in providing a service. I have never wrote a restaurant review - but I hope management will see this and remind their waitstaff, that they are the first representation a customer interacts with at the establishment. As a former waitress myself, I was saddened with this poor service, as I love the restaurant itself."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Woodward Table aspires to be a DC food destination, but just doesn't cut it. My dining companion and I waited forever for service before, during and after the meal, despite the restaurant being half-empty. I ordered the risotto, which was severely over-salted and tasted more like something you would microwave at home. Very disappointing; I won't be going back."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This was the second time I went to Woodward, and it was fantastic! The menu selections were great, including wine, and the service was awesome too. Bridget was our server, and she was excellent at making recommendations. I'll definitely go back again."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Truly enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere. Conductive to quiet conversation if you ask for a quiet place in the restaurant. Right near everything in downtown Washington, DC across from the White House!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I went to Woodward for my birthday celebration and I couldn't have picked a better place. The staff was nice and my party's server Sammie was exceptionally great, friendly and professional. The food was impeccable and of course the wine list had me as joyous as a kid in a candy store. Loved it!!!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I ordered scallops and they served 5 really tiny scallops, rally tiny on a plate with one piece of cauliflower broken into 5 pin size bies, the tab with a glass on wine was $50 and I had to go home and eat dinner A rip off it was tasty but the portions were appetizer size"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Went on workday...had a reservation...had to wait about 10-15 mins for my table."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Business lunch - great food but failed to replace the fries for a side salad; service - no attentinve; seemed short-staffed."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "former Potenza. food good, moderately priced. nothing very distinguishing , however, braised veal short ribs were impressive"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We went to Woodward table on a Sat night. The place was completely empty and seemed devoid of character although the closed takeout that's attached looked interesting. We ended up staying because I snagged the last available table outside and it was a beautiful night. Service was bad. Took forever to get a waiter. He meant well but I don't think was well-trained. He would drop off a drink and when someone else wanted to order one he was already gone. He never offered us wine which we had to ask for. Some dishes had big portions, some were small. The trout was good. The tuna poke appetizer was very good as was the food gras. Otherwise fair. Not bad though. They just better find an angle to attract people or they won't make it"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We started out with positive expectations based on several good lunches at WTF. However, at dinner the food was mediocre, service lacking, and overall it was not a good experience for the 4 of us."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "A very nice menu with something for everyone. There were no misses among the many dishes we order."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "My three friends and I had a terrific dinner and fun evening. Wonderful food - hush puppies are a standout as was the beet salad and tuna starter. Dessert was winner all around. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014