Convivial

4.6
668 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
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.
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KS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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b
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was very good.

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WG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 10, 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 10, 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
1 review
Dined on February 8, 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 3, 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 3, 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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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 2, 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 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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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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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MI
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great to have another option for weekend lunch. Lively crowd, delicious food, attentive service. Win/win/win!

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

Awesome brunch. We especially love the chicken and waffle. One thing to note is that the gravy (probably the best gravy I have ever had) does come on the chicken, which somehow stays crispy, but if you are not sure I would recommend ordering it on the side.

Mimosas carafes are bomb as well!

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

It is true that it was restaurant week but the food was great and of course an absolute steal. The feel of the place was buoyant and welcoming. As a bonus the lighting is perfect - comfortable and flattering, which is rarely the case in these restaurants. It is one of the best crossover places in DC, not too casual and not too stuffy - just right.

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

I heard a bit about Convivial and finally tried it out. Definitely worth the wait. All of the offerings were delicious and the Michelin star is well deserved for reasonable prices.

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LB
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Everything we ordered was delicious and the staff were super friendly and helpful. Can’t wait to go back!

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C
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 4

I don't typically leave reviews on OpenTable, but I felt Convivial was deserving of one.

Things got off to a bit of a rocky start being I showed up 20 minutes late. And I definitely heard about it from the hosting staff as they pointed out the table was being held and I was 20 minutes late. Thanks for the guilt trip hostess stand. All I could do was apologize and take my seat.

The first course comes and goes- tastes fine. Second course, I got a burger (I know, but I'm keto and that was the easiest thing to order) and there was a piece of plastic in it. Interestingly enough, the executive chef seemed to linger and lurk in the dining room and never once acknowledged the mishap. For a place in the same company and caliber as The Dabney, I just would have expected a little more. To compensate for the plastic, I opted for a gratis round of drinks. My date mentioned her second course was salty and truth be told, my burger was overcooked for my request (of med-rare) and was slightly salty too. Funnily enough, every table has salt on it but no pepper. I wonder whose idea that was.

Service was great. Our server was attentive and handled plastic-gate well. I wish the food lived up to the service.

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LM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and cocktails were excellent. It was restaurant week so we all did 3 courses. Burrata, leaks, gnocchi and steak frites were favorites. My favorite thing about the gnocchi is that it was loaded with mushrooms and greens, not just a pile of pasta and the flavor was excellent. Cool vibe but and not too loud for conversation.

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KM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All I can say is amazing! Although I went for restaurant week, the food was incredible. The cocktails were even more amazing. I would go back here every day if I could afford it. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable too. Great restaurant, I cannot say enough about this restaurant, one of my favs in DC.

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DC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, great service. Downtown DC during restraurant week (2nd week) and a last minute reservation. Our waiter Nick, was great being his first week.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I loved every course! This might be my new favorite restaurant!

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n
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent time at Convivial this week. The food and service were outstanding. This was our 4th time at this restaurant and we have enjoyed it every time. The last time we visited was last summer so we were really pleased that one of our servers, Elvis, remembered us. The food is always interesting and delicious. We will definitely be back!

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MJ
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was amazing! We had a lovely time and will certainly come back!

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k
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The bourbon drinks were excellent although small. Our friends enjoyed the fish w/ sauerkraut and steak. Our chicken was salty for me - OK for my husband. Mashed potatoes were excellent beans and carrots were good could have been more. Everyone enjoyed the profiteroles and sticky pudding

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SJ
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Convivial serves the best brunch in the city. I’d walk five miles just for the pancakes.

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