1905

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Cozy neighborhood bistro and roof deck in the heart of Shaw, DC. Our beautifully appointed dining room is the perfect location for a special occasion dinner with your significant other or a celebratory dinner with a group of your closest friends and family. Our roof deck boasts picturesque vistas of the DC skyline, and is ideal for a leisurely glass of wine, some tasty bar snacks, and catching up with good friends.
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.0
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3.9
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4.1
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4.0
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SharonB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Of the 6 at the table, 50 percent were vegetarians and we were all happy with the hearty options. My only recommendation would be to offer better dessert options.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

When we arrived at 7:45 PM, place was completely empty. We were taking our friends visiting from UK to 1905 for dinner and it was so awkward that this place was deserted. We first decided to order few drinks and then go to some place else but as we ordered drinks and apps, people started walking in and food was good so decided to continue with our dinner. While food is very good but I find it overpriced for the ambiance and setting itself. Ordered shrimp n grits, tuna, chicken and grains in entree and all of them were good,m but can't justify paying 100 bucks for 4 of them.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance for a girls' get together. Awesome rooftop, good service, good quality food at a reasonable price.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was below average. The caviar and tater tots were a disappointment. The pork belly appetizer was decent but rubbery. Brazed short rib was over cooked and very dry. Ordered a vodka and soda and was not pleased to find they sent out a gin and soda. I ended up drinking it because the waitress took too long to come back. Overall, much better places to eat and drink in the U Street corridor.

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SteveK
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful surprise. We were visiting DC and chose 1905 for restaurant week. When we pulled up in our Uber we were a little concerned from the appearance of the outside. Inside we were pleasantly surprised and the roof top deck was awesome. Food and service were a 10. Small menu but diverse. Short ribs were amazing. Will definitely return on our next trip to DC.

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vipTRIPgrad
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience5

For Restaurant Week, order 1 appetizer and 1 entrée from the regular menu, plus 1 dessert from a rotating list.
All of the food we ate was outstanding, and so were the craft cocktails.
Definitely worth a return visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Checked out 1905 for Restaurant Week and left feeling satisfied with the food and feel of this place. They were gracious with the two appetizers we ordered: big servings of Black Eyed Pea Hummus and Caviar and Tator Tots. However, the Shrimp and Grits left the greatest impression on me--it tasted more Charleston than D.C. Honestly, the menu at 1905 takes the mainstays of American food (ribs, burgers, BBQ, and fries) and elevates them with sides and flavors that are somehow both comforting and complex. Delicious!

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vipBozz
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Excellent service and food. Will come back and recommend to others.

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crob32
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Made a reservation for dinner. When we got there we were told we could sit upstairs on the outside patio if we preferred. We were not told at all, however, that the upstairs dining area was more so a bar that you could order food at and not like the sit down and eat set up on the regular dining floor. We went upstairs and waited for about 5-10 minutes for menus, realizing that we had to go to the bar to order. The bartender seemed uninterested in helping us with menu questions. Additionally, we were not told that the cocktails served at the regular dining level were not offered upstairs. If I had been told that we would not be waited on nor would the same offerings be included upstairs, we would have dined on the main floor. Additionally, the food was fairly average. We ordered a tater tots with caviar dish. I was not shocked to see what was clearly imitation caviar, but the "caviar" was served in a tiny portion on the tip of a spoon separate from the tater tots. Most of the small portion of caviar ended up spilling instead of making it onto the tots. Additionally, the tots were very plain, tasting like dry, overcooked Ore Ida frozen tater tots. The other dishes we ordered were average, but I was again disappointed that we had to take care of ourselves essentially, and that the cocktail menu was not offered at the upstairs bar. The rooftop is nice so I may return for a drink sometime, but I doubt I will come back to eat here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience1

So disappointing. There was literally NO ONE else there besides us in the entire restaurant, and I can see why. :-(

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bkeg001
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The truffle grits and pork belly are my favorite. LOVE IT!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So my friends and I found this place via yelp. The look of the bistro/bar from the street seemed a little sketchy, but once we walked up the stairs, we discovered a nice eclectic space. Everything on the menu looked great. We started with the Xavier and Tater Tots (yummy). The star of the menu was the truffle grits and pork belly! Plus, they offer $16 bottomless Mimosas or Bloody Mary's. Next time I am in DC, I will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server was amazing (the gentleman from Central Florida). He helped me make great selections that were healthy and tasty.

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NellieH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary celebrations. I got an email saying we did not show but we were there. Got there early to enjoy the rooftop then went down for dinner.

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ChuckS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for our date night! Loved the food, atmosphere, and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a early reservation and 1905 was quiet, giving us wonderful personalized
service. The appetizer selection featured adventurous options like crayfish quinoa hush puppies and house-made truffle ricotta with heirloom tomatoes and smoked vidalia onions. 1905 is nice little spot just off U Street, a perfect starter for an evening out and about. And don't forget to check out the roof-top bar.

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vipPaulW
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and friendly service - will definitely be going back!

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vipChico
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood gem, one of my favorite restaurants in DC. Amazing food and great brunch!
Witha a fantastic roof deck, unfortunately it rained but part of the deck is covered and still managed to enjoy bring up there after brunch. Looking forward to next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great time at 1905 for my date on Tuesday! This was my 4th time coming and they never disappoint. Service was great, even with a new server. Food was delicious and the lowkey jazz music set the mood for us perfectly. Will definitely be back for Tuesday all-day brunch and happy hour!

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JDBeaver
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Stopped in here before going to see a movie nearby. Service was attentive and informative, food was great. Definitely want to come back when I've got more time to enjoy the atmosphere.

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IanW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The restaurant was empty at 6:45 on a Tuesday, which was not a good sign. The service was prompt and courteous, but the food was extraordinarily bland. Neither myself nor my date finished our meals. I will not be back.

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vipStefanieB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cornbread and butter was amazing. Enjoyed my shrimp and grits as well. My waitress was wonderful. It was EXTREMELY loud in the dining area-- the waitress had to lean in so I could talk into her ear to make my order and I could barely hear my date. We Went upstairs after dinner for a drink and the patio had a private party. So we were all crammed onto the tiny bar portion of the roof deck unable to move. It was very cramped and we chugged our drinks to leave asap.

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vipPaulW
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an outstanding meal - great food, excellent friendly service, and fun casual vibe. Definitely will be back next time I'm in DC!!

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kima
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

1905 is really seems more like a bar that serves better food than the rest. The food we had was lovely- pork belly, beet salad, heirloom grains, among others. The food wasn't amazing, but quite enjoyable. The terrace is really set up as a bar, and the main floor has more comfortable restaurant style seating and bar.

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VaultTech
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

1905 is a terrific place to enjoy a leisurely Saturday/Sunday brunch or a late evening cocktail. The food is fantastic and the view from the roof is one of the best kept secrets in DC.

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vipFoodAficionado
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken and waffles are the best. Don't let the outside look of the building fool you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A little hard to find but worth it. Loved the cheeseboard and the shrimp and grits. Great drinks too.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hearty brunch with lots of vegetarian options. The pastry basket...so great.

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vipMiguel
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch I've had in a while. Chicken and waffles was possibly life-changing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We went here for a birthday brunch. Did not disappoint bottomless drinks for $15! Would recommend the pork belly grits!

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vipJason
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience2

The food was excellent. We started with the burrata, which was outstanding. For my meal, I had the heirloom grains, which was super homey and delicious; great comfort food. The only complaint, really, is that the seats are uncomfortable, especially the janky church pew-like benches. I'd call this place a hidden gem.

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vipTDVegetarian
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The vegetarian food options were good, but not great. The cornbread was good and soft. However, the thyme-honey butter was too hard to spread without smashing the cornbread. I ended up spreading the butter on the bread that came with the hummus. That worked much better. The hummus was solid. The cauliflower steak was good. The truffle in the grits was an interesting touch, but perhaps a tad bit too aggressive. The service was excellent and the staff seems knowledgeable.

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vipRanDC
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We live in the neighborhood and have wanted to try 1905 for a while. Our overall experience was outstanding. The food was delicious, there were plenty of vegetarian options, and our server was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The restaurant is small and cozy which made it a bit loud, but it wasn't intolerable. Can't wait to go back!

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vipsamb
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Didn't really wow us, our table was squashed in next to a service cabinet, none of our entrees were memorable. If we lived nearby this would be a couple times per year place, but we don't. Next time we're back to U street we'll try something else.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good. The service was not bad. There was only one person on the wait staff for the entire floor, which didn't seem like enough. The server was pleasant but busy, and sometimes inattentive. For instance, there was a knife on the floor beside the next table and no one from the wait staff noticed or bothered to pick it up.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had high expectations going in, and they lived up to every one.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great ambiance, eclectic and food was terrific.
We found this online by others while vacationing in DC.
I would reccommend this to anyone.

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vipjusteatit
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always a hit! We take all of our out of town guests to 1905 and it never fails to impress. From JB's amazing cocktails to the creative and delicious meals and cozy atmosphere you just can't go wrong. The rooftop bar makes this popular in the summer but it's just as good in the winter.

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MelissaC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. will have to go back for the bar. Food was great. interesting cocktails

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1905 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 332-1905.

1905 is rated 4.1 stars by 688 OpenTable diners.

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