Convivial

4.6
398 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, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 398 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The service was great and helpful, and all of our dishes were wonderful. We never felt rushed and all left extremely pleased with the meal.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

One of the best meals I've had in a while. The shrimp and grits was amazing. My mother had the waffle which she raved about. Great food, decent but friendly service. Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Disappointed. Food was only ok, except for the cinnamon bun and pickled rockfish. Poor bartender very nice, but overwhelmed. Didn't see a floor manager and he had to cover too much, even though there seemed to be enough waiters..

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Convivial is an excellent restaurant that has a very nice atmosphere and very interesting dishes. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

We were 6 people and they gave us an alcove - very nice. Our server was very good. Food is delicious. Fish, meat, desserts - all were very well presented and tasted delicious. Made for a very nice evening get together.

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I enjoyed our two starters—the leek dish and the salted cod—but these didn't outweigh other aspects of the experience. Our server was inattentive, my companion's fish entrée was undercooked, and my roasted duck entrée featured blood orange so prominently as to compare unfavorably with orange chicken from your local Chinese takeout joint.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Took my mom here when she came to visit. We absolutely loved the food and were in heaven! We split the butterfly chicken and a few apps and still had plenty to spare.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Food was pretty good but our waitress was very pushy, hyper and annoying.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

This was one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. We had a number of items but the escargot, duck, lamb, and toffee pudding dessert were absolutely delicious. I’ve been raving about it for weeks. The waiter made excellent suggestions and was very attentive.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Ambience was good, food was great, great selection of wine

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Fantastic food and great service

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great spot

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

I went for an early dinner and returned the following day for another early dinner. The food and the presentation were remarkably creative. I particularly liked the cold pea soup with cucumber for a starter. The mix of textures was fascinating. My favorite entrée was the dorade (sp?)--a firm white fish. It was served with calamari. Superb!

I would described the menu as modern French. BTW--If you prefer meat to fish, I strongly recommend the lamb neck entrée.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

The ambiance and service were great. Enjoyed the cheese plate. Wasn’t blown away by the dinner selection but it was okay.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

A fantastic dining experience. Unpretentious roomy environment. Impeccable service and great food that effectively combined classic dishes and innovative flourishes. Most notable—its a great place for conversation, unlike crowded DC restaurants with lots of noise, hard surfaces and a happening vibe. Love this place! Will go back soon. Kudos to Chef Cedric!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Always delicious food. Their brunch is phenomenal and they are always accommodating.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We had a large party of friends. The food was excellent, and the service was fairly decent.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great service with a tasty, creative menu. Went because it was convenient to our hotel but ended up being a wonderful meal. Would recommend to others.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Convivial is a favorite spot for me and my fiance. The food is delicious, the service has always been outstanding, and I love that the menu changes with the seasons. So happy to have Convivial in our neighborhood!

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Enjoyed our evening with good friends. Food was very good, setting was elegant and noise level was not so great that you couldn't hear the conversation across the table.

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

The dining room was too cold! They need to monitor the temperature. Everything else was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Excellent dinner and wine at a great price and frequent table visits by the chef made it a special night!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We've dined here twice; once for dinner and, Sunday, for brunch. Food was delicious, service was very good. Would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting to enjoy a very nice dining experience.

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1.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Did not enjoy this restaurant. We went there for brunch. We originally sat outside but the sun got so bad we asked to sit inside. We were seated right away but then things got weird. We had three different waiter come to our table at different time saying they will be taking care of us. then all ended up doing the same thing. Such as two of them getting coffee for us. During the entire experience the waiter staff was staring at us. To make matter worse they got my breakfast order wring. I know for sure that the next time in DC i will not be dining here.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles. Great stuff. Plus s relaxing and friendly atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We ate outside on the patio. It was an absolutely beautiful night and the food was perfect for the occasion, fresh and flavorful. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Fabulous experience!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

A great restaurant I saw on "Check Please"! Food and atmosphere was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Always a pleasure to dine here. Cedric Maupillier is such a welcoming and dare I say it, convivial host. He always has a fresh take on traditional dishes and makes a visit there special.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Amazingly good food. Attention to detail but not fussy. Healthy, sweeping flavors.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

This resturant outdoes itself everytime I go! I heart you!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Going in with high expectations, what stands out the most is the taste and flavor of the upscale ingredients. The menu is simple yet dynamic with several eye-grabbing and delectable options such as the first course (appetizers) items of pickled rockfish, smoked herring, beef tartare and salted cod, and second course (entree) items such as rainbow trout, rabbit, duck breast, grilled lamb neck, gnocchi and steamed salmon. One of the delicious appetizers, or “nibbles” as Convivial labels them, that the restaurant does well is their small latkes, topped with a whitefish salad and golden caviar. The latkes are crispy and crunchy, complimenting the soft whitefish well. The caviar adds a delicious touch as the topping. While the portion is very small, the restaurant fully meets the expectations of “nibbles”—satisfying appetizers that leave guests wanting more.One of the big highlights of the entrees is the rainbow trout with snow peas, fennel and trout caviar on a bed of sauerkraut. It is moist and cooked well, and the sauerkraut, while too salty alone, pairs well with the sauce on the fish. The little trout caviar bulbs add a depth of flavor to the fish. Comparing the portion to the price charged decidedly makes the meal seem expensive, but in the end, the quality makes up for the cost. Finally, to end a unique experience at a new restaurant, is the various ordered desserts. One of Convivial's desserts, dubbed the “Floating Island,” is a soup-like bowl of caramel with a floating block of cream and poached meringue, topped with crunchy caramelized almonds. The caramel sauce goes well with the floating meringue while the yin and the yang of the soft meringue pairs well with the hard almonds. The dessert is sweet, but not overbearing, proving a fantastic way to end an excellent meal.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Usually very good, wasn't excited about the Bouillabaisse presentation and it wasn't served hot.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was fantastic as was the service 10/10! I had shrimp and grits which was fabulous. I fully intended go back many times.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I had the cinnamon bun to share and the full English breakfast, and both were so good. I really enjoyed the layout of the restaurant as well, and the waitress was very friendly.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

An excellent time during Mother's Day brunch, which included our 2 year old. She loves eggs and they turned them around very quickly so we could help her eat before our entrees arrived. Excellent suggestions by Elvis on food and drink as well. We've been multiple times (dinner, HH) and will continue to visit this great establishment.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Best meal in DC

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The food is fantastic! Stylish but comfortable interior.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Convivial was a very good brunch. The cinnamon roll was delicious, and the shrimp and grits were great. They had a great kick. We also ordered the chicken and waffles which had gravy but would have been better with syrup. Overall, the meal was good, but it was not outstanding and it's a bit pricey. I am glad we went, but I am not 100% convinced that it's better than the good ol' fashioned diner brunch. I might be hitting up Ted's, the Diner, or Commissary before I go back to Convivial for brunch.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We had a great meal, and it was a lovely night to sit outside on the patio. Service was great- the only reason we didn't give 5 stars was because I had some bones in my rabbit dish. The burrata pea soup was amazing though.

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