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Shaw - Howard University (Green / Yellow Lines)
You hosted us for a large group dinner on Dec 12. Everything was excellent, thank you.
Great meal; pleasant service. Will definitely return again, soon!
Server seemed distract, went for brunch, food is amazing and atmosphere perfect.
Delicious French cuisine with a twist! Always on the top of my list for brunch, especially because of the cinnamon bun! We had the burrata (pictured) which was amazing.
This was amazing! Convivial, the owner/chef and all the staff were amazing. The food was great. Highly recommend.
Saturday night dinner with a couple of girlfriends. I had the leek starter and the dorade entree and both were excellent. Only major complaint was that the room that faces O Street was having a temperature regulation issue - it alternated between too hot and too cold (the windows may be a little drafty, which presents challenges on a cold night).
Great French restaurant that did not disappoint at either the dinner or brunch we ate there. Enjoyed the great Bees Knees cocktail, wonderful escargot, Dorade fish entrée and leek salad. Desserts are great too! Nice ambience and pleasant wait staff. All around great restaurant that met all our expectations!
Great setting and ambiance. Out of this world potato chips and dip. Bouillabaisse left much to be desired, but everything else was wonderful.
This was the effin best meal I have ever eaten in my life. Holy sh*t.
After having a great time for our book club brunch one Saturday I decided to try Convivial for dinner. We arrived very early (6pm) which was probably why I said it was "quiet" in the DR. However our waitress Sarah was fabulous and all of her suggestions were all delish.
Excellent restaurant for brunch. Medium sized restaurant but with small dining rooms that feel cozy and intimate. Warm contemporary decor. Spacious seating. Good windowside seats for twos.
I had my birthday dinner here and it was an amazing experience. The French-inspired food was fantastic and the service top-notch. I’d highly recommend this place for a special occasion or nice night out. Plenty of vegetarian options, too.
I attend Immaculate Conception Church down the street, it is a nice place to grab a bit before meetings and after Mass on Sunday. I only eat their burgers, but they have the best beef for the burger. I often find other parishioners there.
Ambience was nice for a dinner out with friends and service was very good. Solid but not the best French fare in town. Duck was a little tough. Appetizers were good but not memorable. Cocktails were also very good as was dessert
Convivial is a place to visit regularly. The poulet rouge for 2 remains not only one of the city' s great meals; it is also an extraordinary bargain. To start, try the crispy garlic parmesan bread and whitefish latkes, and finish with the (relatively) new pear mousse and Amoretto cake. The red wines by the glass list has never been better. Simply put, Convivial is one of the city's dining gems.
Really good restaurant, with excellent value for the money and high quality dishes.
Really good experience. Fine cuisine and smooth service. Great
Delicious food, did not feel wholly original, but good spot for a group for brunch.
Incredible service that was friendly and attentive without ever being overbearing. The Rockfish appetizer is exquisite, and perhaps surprisingly, a dish I will remember for some time. Excellent restaurant. Yes, dishes are a bit on the smaller side as other commenters have said, but the quality and attention to detail still makes this dining experience very worth the price which I found very reasonable. Highly recommended.
I've heard this place was hit or miss, and our 3-course dinner on Thanksgiving was unfortunately a miss. Perhaps the waitress was overwhelmed (as they did have a fair amount of people dining on Thanksgiving evening), but she hardly checked in and wasn't the most friendly. And after we finished, we had to wait a pretty long time until we spotted her again to get the check. The wine by the glass selection wasn't very exciting, and I'm a bit surprised that they didn't offer any bread as we waited for our meal. I got the Turkey Dinner (traditional turkey/gravy, yams, brussel sprouts, stuffing, cranberry sauce), and the roasted yams were amazing, but everything else was pretty standard and not exciting at all. My partner ordered the mixed gren salad with Dijon Vinaigrette as appetizer, and the dressing had way too much vinegar for her taste (I tasted it, and I'm not very picky but yet it was too tangy for my liking as well). I did enjoy the roasted cauliflower appetizer though. Partner got the Bouillabaisse dinner option, and one of the fish (not sure what fish it was, as we weren't offered an explanation of what was what when it was dropped off) was flavorless. My pumpkin pie was so boring (felt like I could get something better across the street at Giant), but her pecan pie was pretty tasty, so that saved the day. I may try again one day (not on a holiday) if someone else really wants to go, but I would rather spend my money elsewhere, as the Thanksgiving deal was $60/person and was definitely not worth it for us.
Great thanksgiving dinner!
Absolutely lovely and delicious Thanksgiving dinner.
I gave two stars because our waiter was nice and the food wasn't bad. But it wasn't great either. Despite the pleasant-enough waiter, the service was what poured a sour sauce over what was an otherwise okay culinary experience.
When you order a $15 drink that arrives with an ice cube that's 85% of the size of the glass, take 3 sips and realize there's almost nothing left already, it seems reasonable to express disappointment about it when asked by the waiter "how is everything?". And when he takes the glass (still with one of the 4-ish sips it started with) away and a manager returns to ask about it, it seems reasonable to expect at least a "sorry about that, is there anything we can do?", even if I was being an obnoxious and antagonistic customer (I don't think I was). But instead she somewhat condescendingly explained to me that essentially the drinks are measured scientifically and the size of the fancy ice could not possibly vary between drinks (my sister got the same drink and had a smaller ice cube and more liquid), and she asked me if I wanted another one - not making it clear at all whether she was just offering to replenish my (mostly) empty drink for another 15 bucks or give me another 4 sips in another glass with another ridiculously large ice cube for "free". It seems like a place called Convivial might want to aim for a more convivial response to this type of situation.
The beef tartare was good, as was the roasted cauliflower in beet puree, the gnocchi was alright but not thrilling, and the burger was a not-quite-as-good version of the amazing one they have at Mintwood Place. I'd skip the bouillabase next time - the broth was flavorful but the seafood (generous portions) was all a bit underseasoned and/or overcooked. The ambiance of the restaurant is really nice, with good lighting and a relaxed vibe.
Duck dish was very tasty
I love the friendly, cozy atmosphere at Convivial and the music joyfully added to our dining experience. We are all vegetarians and thoroughly enjoyed the chick-pea fries and garlic bread appetizers. The quiche was outstanding the gnocchi delicious. The Vegetable Medley was good, but a little on the rich side. This is a great place for vegetarians who want to visit in a warm, comfortable restaurant. I'll definitely be back with more friends!
Everything was quite good - the one problem was that the menus (and the waiter) did not adequately describe the items. For instance, the "sausage in brioche" that I ordered turned out to be the opposite of what I imagined (and less desirable) - pressed sausage in the middle of a round circle of fried something (seemed like potato, tho may have been bread/brioche). When I asked the waiter what this was he did not really describe it (I had an image of a roll, with a long sausage in it).
Similarly, and with an easier fix, we would not have ordered two desserts had we been told the profiteroles were served as five small items - far more than I imagined a single "profiterole" would be. That should be on the menu!
I really enjoyed it. Food and drinks were very good. I think the shrimp and grits were awesome.
The toast and fresh juice were excellent and perfect and fresh coffee served quickly. We sat at a table in the back for brunch where the blinding hot sun beat down on us. They need a curtain. Really high concept and beautiful preparation of food. Design of menu was not what I wished for which was simple, unadorned, high quality French. The foods were prepared very richly (quiche, quinoa porridge, omelette) and so a few of us did not eat much of our entrees. The cinnamon bun was very good - but shared among 5 of us. Not sure what the strange "birthday" item was - a bowl of whipped cream over ice cream with a candle on top. I thought this was going to be the pate choux cream dish. This is subjective - I also do not like Blue Duck's brunch for the same reason. Diplomat menu is great but quality has declined a lot. Still searching for a good breakfast.
We loved Convivial from the moment we walked in. We were greeted warmly and shown to our table immediately. Our server was friendly and knowledgable, and his recommendations were spot on. The panisse and the homemade potato chips were a tasty way to start our experience. My trout was moist and delicious, and my husband's steak was tender and flavorful. We shared key lime pie for dessert, which arrived with a candle, as we were celebrating a special occssion. Our server kindly took photos for us.
The validated free parking was a great bonus. We have already recommended Convivial to several friends.
Perfect place for a business dinner!
We two friends were looking for a place with great food that was conducive to conversation for a weeknight after-work get-together. Convivial was recommended by another friend, and it was perfect. We chose from the first and second course menus and enjoyed a lovely French white wine. Everything on the menu was intriguing. We are already planning for next time and we'll try hard to figure out how to include dessert. Our server was excellent in making recommendations and in making us feel welcome to stay as long as we wished. Convivial lives up to its name and is now a favorite.
The food here is always great. Mini pot-au-feu was delicious as was the house made Merguez and steak tartare. Chef Cedric is a Rock Star!
Great service. Fun atmosphere
It was just okay. The server may have been new but he kept forgetting us for things like taking our drink order (someone else finally did), bread with the bouillabaise, sugar for the coffee. And the food was okay just nothing special. I expected more because this restaurant gets great reviews. Also, the ambiance in the dining room was bland- just kinda dated looking and the tables and chairs were worn and unattractive. I could look past this if the food was amazing, but it wasn't. Maybe it was just an off night.
Great ambiance, prices, food options, service, the list could go on! I highly recommend the place!
First time eating here. The staff was great and the menu had alot of healthy food options. However, i would have liked to see more options for brunch. Dessert was amazing. And yes I would go back.
Excellent food, very diverse and healthier than at many restaurants. Great ambiance and decor that perfectly match the name "Convivial". Beautiful, yet unpretentious and comfortable. Relatively quiet thanks to the configuration (no huge open space) and (thankfully) the absence of music. Easy to have a conversation without screaming, something that seems to be rare these days. Service was absolutely top notch. Everybody in our group really enjoyed the evening. Highly recommended.
Food was delicious. The wait staff was attentive. I had the duck breast, which was perfectly cooked and just the right amount.
Celebrating early Thanksgiving with family that won’t be with us on the day.
My group had an amazing time. We ended up having more than 8 and needed to add chairs and they were so accommodating of it! It made for one of the best brunches ever! Food, service and drinks were AMAZING! Can’t wait to go back.