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Boundary Road

153 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (280)
  • Fit for Foodies (254)
  • Good for Groups (86)

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Boundary Road is a DC neighborhood bistro serving drinks, dinner, lunch, brunch and late night diners in this dizzying political powerhouse. The food holds its own and can stand up to the overwhelming sense of powers-to-be and change. Additionally, Boundary Road sources locally and seasonally, only serving the best to this country's best.

At Boundary Road you must order the Northern Neck Heirloom Tomatoes with bottargo, onions, mint and cress. You will wonder if you've ever truly experienced the flavor of a tomato once you've tasted an Heirloom tomato. Follow this with the Masa-fried Soft Shell Crab or the Grilled Boson Hanger Steak with Spicy Garlicky Kale. You will not regret this order and will certainly be back for more.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation

Saturday and Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Lunch: (no reservation necessary)
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Every Day: Starting at 5:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 450-3265
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Brad Walker
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Cross street
5th St. NE
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Public transit
Union Station on the Red Line.
The X2 Bus runs down H st. stops across the street or a half block away.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.2  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on March 29, 2015

Went to Boundary Road on Sunday, March 29th for brunch with 4 other people. I have historically been a great fan of the restaurant and, living nearby, I see it as a great neighborhood spot. However, on this particular day service was a mess. It took forever for our waiter to acknowledge our table, then to take a bring drink orders, and then to take and bring our food order.

Staff would walk by our table (and others, it wasn't just us) completely oblivious to the fact that our table might need even the most basic service such as water or coffee. One table near us feared even worse as they sat for over 15 minutes without a single employee acknowledging them.

Boundary Road, I want to love you but if this is your new normal I will have to find a new neighborhood favorite.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on March 28, 2015

They really had down a lot of the things that make a great brunch. The consistency of their bread pudding was perfect, they understood the dynamics of each texture.

Drinks were on the good side of things (not amazing or innovative, but definitely pretty good).

Price was very reasonable for the area. All in all, Boundary Road checked most of the boxes and didn't have anything going against them.

vipCatharine (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 18, 2015

I just moved to the H Street area and highly recommend Boundary Road. The food is delicious - especially the hanger steak and the pierogis! Don't miss the zeppoles for dessert. Happy hour is 5-7pm and includes $5 beer, $6-7 wine, and small plates/snacks.

emgusk (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 14, 2015

Slightly more expensive than I would like, but you can't argue with such delicious food and such good service. We truly enjoyed our dining experience and I would definitely go back again.

vipNathanFromCapitolHill (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 3, 2015

Mostly locally sourced, gorgeous exposed brick. Upscale without being stuffy, great neighborhood gem for the for-now more barren Hill end of H Street. My bison shortrib wasn't over the top but it was definitely good, and the vegetable bed was a perfect pairing. My date seemed to enjoy her risotto. She definitely enjoyed her cocktail, a house take on a Tom Collins, and my tempranillo was a nice selection. The waitress was polite and there when we needed her, and the food came out rather quickly. I'll be back.

vipCapHillFoodie (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 1, 2015

Couldn't make up our minds so we ordered the Hungry Man/Woman which offered a taste of several things on the menu. Loved the fried egg over the Hoppin John and the apple/cheese pancake was very yummy. Service was great too. This will be a neighborhood go-to for us!

croyable (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

I had the bison steak and my wife had the vegetarian risotto and they were both amazing. We also had a couple of appetizers and the brownie sundae and everything was amazing. Highly recommend!

Luv2stamp (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2015

This was a first time visit and everyone in our party had a wonderful meal. The short ribs were outstanding and so was the duck and brick chicken. We would return again.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2015

Had a very good brunch with some interesting additions to the "usual" brunch menu. The Apple/Cheese Pancake with Maple Syrup was a share and was very, very good. Definitely worth a full order next time. The Benedicts were very good too - the Quiche was probably the weakest main. My beet, bacon and radicchio sandwich was very good and a really nice combination of flavors. Our server was terrific. I would definitely recommend this to friends.

vipDJC1 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2015

I would like to commend the restaurant and staff for a great Sat night meal. Pork Shank and Bison Hanger Steak both were excellent.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2015

Everything was great. Will definitely go back.

vipRrrr (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2015

Food preparation was excellent along with service. The vegetables that accompanied the entrees were particularly well-prepared. Highly recommend going to Boundry Road.

vipJohn (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 17, 2015

We were looking to explore the new vibrant H Street corridor scene and decided to check out Boundary Road this past Saturday evening. The restaurant had a decent vibe, but service was particularly slow. Our waitress appeared disinterested in her job and her jack of passion showed. The noise level was high, and sadly there are too many seats set up in the dining room, so we were stuck by the cold, drafty front door. I was never able to get warm enough to enjoy the experience. My very "lean buffalo hangar steak," was tough and stringy. It was a shame, because otherwise the flavor son my plate were very nice. My spouse ordered the fish and it had a distinct fishy odor and taste, which made the entire dish disappointing. This place's vibrant bar scene and high energy make it a great spot for an after dinner drink, but with all the amazing options on the H Street corridor, I would try something else first.

vipDCfoodfan (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 16, 2015

we've enjoyed dinner here a number of times, and sometimes just stop in for a drink at the bar.
good food, good service.
not a fan of the "open kitchen" design, but if you face away from the kitchen, its otherwise a nice room

viprrs12shark (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2015

Our dinner at Boundary Road last night was one of the most perfect restaurant experiences I've ever had.

A few things that stood out:
-5 oz tasting glasses of craft beer so you can sample lots of interesting flavors
-Cocktails are $10 but they are delicious (I loved "I'm thinking about getting a Vespa" and "Leaf Peeper")
-Duck confit with homemade sausage and sauerkraut literally melted in my mouth
-My husband loved his swordfish
-The sweet potato pie was flavorful and not too sweet, with a perfect crust
-If I lived close by, I'd be here all the time just for the homemade donuts served with lemon curd
-Our waiter was so perfect that my husband I actually found it humorous. The second you thought about wanting something, he anticipated it and was there, but he never imposed or bothered you.

In short, everything we tasted was wonderful and the whole experience was quite lovely. I highly recommend this place.