Convivial

4.6
684 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
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Chef Cedric Maupillier welcomes you to his award winning American Cafe. Located in the heart of the historic Shaw neighborhood, Convivial brings diners to a table alive with the deep and provocative marriage of American and French cuisines.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French American
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Hours of operation
Sat & Sun Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Sun & Mon Dinner
Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Tue -Thurs Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri & Sat Dinner
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
All Night Happy Hour
Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Weeknight Happy Hour
Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Late Night Happy Hour
Tue–Thu 9:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 525-2870
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Cedric Maupillier
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Private party facilities
In addition to a semi-private alcove table seating up to 8, we offer a full private dining room accommodating parties of up to 40 guests.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Located on 8th Street on the corner of 8 and O
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Parking details
We offer the convenience of complementary two-hour parking in our building's dedicated underground parking garage. Parking entrance location on 8 or 9 street between O and P street
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Public transit
Mt. Vernon Square / 7th St. - Convention Center (Green / Yellow Lines)
Shaw - Howard University (Green / Yellow Lines)
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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BC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet, but probably because we were first for lunch. Good food, pleasant space. A white table cloth restaurant without the table cloth.

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RM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Do yourself a favor and get the Poulet Rouge. It's a simple meal with simple ingredients that is executed perfectly.

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

While our food was decent, our overall experience with service and ambiance was very poor. Our waiter disappeared between the time we ate our appetizer and the time we finished our entrees - never asked us how our food was or if we wanted other drinks. Tables are so close together that we could overhear the conversation of the 4 men next to us talking about their dating and sex lives. Unfortunately, the food wasn't good enough to make up for the service and ambiance mishaps.

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CA
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for birthday dinner, service was great it was fast and the food was delicious. It got a bit noisy after couple of hours but there is nothing can be done about this.

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RC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Dinner has always been good, but brunch was lackluster. Bland food and sour coffee.

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WM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience & wonderful seafood dishes eat at bat enjoyed boulibase & skate fish both wonderful @ fresj

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chicken for two is incredible!

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W
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful from start to finish. The service, the food, the atmosphere, everything....outstanding. We loved it and can't wait to go back.

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A
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The appetizers and entrees were mediocre, especially the salad mixed greens and wedge lettuce not fresh.

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l
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Crumbs all over the windowsill next to our table and a broken chair made for a mediocre experience.

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MF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was great and so was the ambiance.

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KS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food. Service was okay as our waiter wasn't very engaged.

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b
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us loved our food, our server and even talking to the chef who, at one point, walked through the restaurant.

We were seated in the bar area which was very very loud. You might like that...we're going to definitely ask for a table in one of the quieter dining rooms when we go back. And we will go back!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar. Was well attended to and the food was delicious. Chic decor, too!

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S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting menu, excellent food, great service!
A real winner!

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b
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was very good.

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WG
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of eight this evening and the service was outstanding. The food was excellent as well. Everyone was sharing because we all thought we had the best item on the menu. Also do NOT skip dessert. We tried 3 different desserts and they were all heavenly. Lastly, the table was not crowded at all which can sometimes be an issue with larger parties. Highly recommend!

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MB
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, service was great, and they were very accommodating

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SI
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time diner at Convivial. Excellent! All four people in our group were delighted.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, atmosphere, and service were all excellent!

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R
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Terrific neighborhood spot with parking! Interesting menu and, best of all, not to noisy to hear across the table.

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JO
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was pretty good, though the place is not that pricey the price that you paid for the dishes, did not make a good value. Salt and Oil were some of the strongest flavors, and when asking the waiter about several dishes before we ordered, he was seemingly clueless on the preparation and basically recited what was listed on the menu. You would expect your servers to be aware of how each dish is prepared.

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MG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Had the steak tartare appetizer. Tasteless. Should have sent it back.

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d
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun delicious restaurant. The server's food and drink recommendations were excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

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CD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Convivial for dinner with a co-worker. It was our first time at the restaurant. Everything was wonderful. There was an excellent selection of happy hour specials. We shared the escargot small bites. I had the roasted cauliflower appetizer and the vegetable medley entrée. These were the best vegetarian entrees I have had in any restaurant in the DC metro area. They were absolutely delicious. My co-worker had the steak tartare appetizer and the dorade. He said both were delicious as well. I am recommending this restaurant to all my friends and look forward to visiting again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chose to just share appetizers which were plenty filling. They are tasty and rich/filling. We tried tartare, roasted cauliflower, salmon among others. All were unusual in presentation and mix of flavors. Attentive wait staff. Did not feel rushed. Made reservation - weekday - seated promptly.

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AK
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the 2nd time I have eaten at Convivial. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Food is fabulous and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

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GM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Cocktails were poorly crafted. Food was very typical French bistro—not imaginative nor particularly well prepared.

Staff was very pleasant and helpful. Service was slow.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch and it was awesome! Food and service was excellent!

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OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter recommended us only the best dishes off the menu! My family and I enjoyed the unusual fusion of appetizers along with the wonderful presentation of main courses followed by a selection of tasty desserts :) PS: they have an awesome birthday candle!

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DM
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chicken for 2 was insanely good. Food, service and ambiance were all great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The manager at the host table was very rude. The reason why I will not be returning.

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NP
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Convivial is always my "go to" for brunch, but I love it for dinner as well. The cuisine is fabulous and the restaurant is very "convivial" indeed. Recommending it warmly.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ended up going with a small group for Restaurant Week. The food was really wonderful, and imaginative. The bar continuously pumped out really wonderful drinks. I also want to give thanks to the staff who were working tirelessly even though the place was super busy, and to the chef who was walking around and making sure that everything was running well. It was a really impressive effort by everybody, and I appreciate the effort and dedication by everybody.

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p
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine, service and ambience at reasonable prices -- practically a giveaway during their extended restaurant week. Bravo to Cedric and all the Convivial team.

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L
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

Sadly, my experience this visit was terrible. I booked a reservation for a party of four; we were going out for my friend's birthday. We arrived early, spoke with the hostess, and still weren't sat until over 30 minutes past our reservation time. We would have gone somewhere else, but Shaw is a busy area and it was a Saturday night at 9pm, so it would have been difficult to get a table anywhere.

The food was okay. Our minds weren't blown but it was all cooked properly. The server was less than attentive and my party would have ordered more cocktails, but the server was nowhere to be found.

It was sad that it took forever to be seated at our reserved table, while we were pushed out by the server who was all too eager to drop the check and then disappear again. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone, and I certainly won't be going back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely dinner! Our waiter, John, was wonderful, and the food was fantastic. I loved the ambiance and the decor. I’ve already recommended Convivial to friends and family.

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SQ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service portions were very large for restaurant week but we really enjoyed all of the options

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful experience: delicious and beautifully plated food, seamless service, great attention to detail. Very excited Convivial’s open for lunch!!!

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AS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a brunch for two, and it was very nice - food, as usual, was totally excellent. Ambiance is fabulous. But I took off a star because food took a bit of a long time to come - so in the meantime, after at least 20 minutes, waiter brought over small plate with ketchup for the fries we had ordered. I think he was trying to show it's all in process and they haven't forgotten about us, but still a bit strange to be served ketchup while you keep waiting and waiting for the main dishes...Also they use Compass Coffee and the coffee itself is good - but it felt lukewarm, not hot. Seems to be a recurring issue here - I remember that coffee was not exactly hot last time I came here for brunch as well.

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