Darlington House

4.5
1406 reviews
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Italian
Darlington House is a historic Row house that has been transformed into a multi-level restaurant & lounge in the heart of DuPont Circle. Fabio and Patricia Beggiato have poured all their passion and training into every aspect of this house and created a lively restaurant serving rustic yet refined Italian cooking using simple, fresh organic and sustainable ingredients. A breathtaking urban scape through bay windows in the main Dining Room and Circle Bar (1st floor), make this one of DC's most charming dining rooms. The Cantina Pub (street level)is a rustic, casual and family friendly neighborhood bar with great Pub Grub, TV's & a delightful outdoor patio. The second floor Library is a perfect venue for your next private affair; seating up to 70 & receptions up to 150. Exquisite cocktails and an extensive and thoughtful wine & beer list make Darlington House the perfect place to relax with friends & neighbors. Brunch is served every Sat & Sunday.
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C
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and the service was lovely!

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KO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We were sat an hour after our reservation. The staff did what they could to make up for it but it put our plans for the night very far behind.

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JA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambiance and appetizers were good but our entrees were not very good. My husbands chicken parmigiana was probably the worst he has ever had. We will not be back!

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DC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, our waiter was super fun and engaging and the Birthday sonnet was everything and more. Thank you so my for making our trip so memorable. We will definitely be back on our next visit

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KD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent variety of fresh pasta. Love the frito misto with calamari and shrimp. Fresh burrata is excellent.

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F
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding homemade pasta and fabulous service!! Amazing for a group or for a date. I would go back in a heartbeat!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We made reservations for Valentine’s Day far in advance based on the reviews and pictures online. Unfortunately when we arrived we were seated in the basement which looks like a cool music venue, but not at all what us (or anyone seated around us) were expecting for a nice sit down dinner. There was one wine menu for all tables, which one couple apparently didn’t want to give up so no one else could see what wines they had. Not that we’re very picky, but it’s nice to see what’s available. They offered a limited menu on Valentine’s Day which I didn’t see stated online (perhaps I just missed it though) so I couldn’t have what I was looking forward to having. What we did eat was pretty good, but for the price we had hoped for more & better.

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Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went here for Valentine's day dinner. It was very nice and and food was excellent. The tables were a little close, though.

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MV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drink and service. Ernesto is a Pro!

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NZ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

We went to the Darlington House for Valentine's Day and the service was awful! Probably, the worst we have ever had in the USA. For the whole time we felt like we were pressed to rush with our meal and leave as soon as possible to free the table for the next client. We asked for tap water and the waitress brought us a bottle of fancy sparkling water and then added normal water into my glass. We asked for two glasses of prosecco, but only received them AFTER the food was already brought. The waitress brought us a bill, though we didn't ask for it yet... We could feel that the only thing they care about is to make as much money out of as many clients as possible. Terrible experience! Food was good though. However, still wouldn't recommend it to a friend.

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

Food was way overprices. Bread was cold and stale. Pasta was hard, seems like old pasta. As if they did not want customer.

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KS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a quick walk from DuPont metro
The pasta is homemade and excellent
Staff very friendly and attentive

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l
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a favourite place of mine when it was childe Harold and love coming back to this space - great food and good oldtime bar and beautiful space upstairs!

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c
Washington DC
424 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time to catch up with old friends have not seen in a while. I selected Darlington House as it’s perfect, food is so good and staff is awesome. Met everyone at bar with wine and cocktails. Dinner was calamari and salads to start. Seafood pasta, lasagna, steaks were our meals. Excellent flavors. Great time and staff make it wonderful.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Not sure if they were having an off night, but I feel compelled to share my experience. The food was not good at all - my cannelloni pasta was over cooked and the cheese on the caprese tasted like rubber. I was very disappointed since this restaurant had good reviews.

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LF
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was visiting from out of town and Darlington House was recommended from a DC friend. We went for the extended restaurant week menu and it was excellent! A wonderful, cozy find in the bustling DC area and the food was to die for! I would definitely put this restaurant on a return visit and would let friends know it's a fab place to go when in DC!

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The service was a bit too slow for me. Additionally, I was not to impressed with the food as it was too bland.

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Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Wonderful service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was a bit bland and needed some salt - could be that they were pumping things out quickly for restaurant week, but the food was good enough I'd give it another try.

Their wine selection was definitely on the weaker end though, so be wary of that.

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n
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

came for dc restaurant week.

it's a decent restaurant, but mildly over priced for the quality of the food. the service was attentive. i enjoyed but didn't love my pasta. the lady companion was not overly fond of hers, but it wasn't bad.

the staff was excellent though.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went during restaurant week to try Darlington House for the first time. The service was excellent and everyone was incredibly friendly. We all agreed that the food was delicious and each meal was presented nicely..

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was absolutely the BEST place I have been to in awhile between the food & the customer service, it was impressive

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o
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time here and were only looking for someplace in the neighborhood that could seat 8 on a Saturday night without much notice. It was also Restaurant Week and the day of the Women's March. We were pleasantly surprised. We were seated upstairs, quiet enough to have conversation. We had a round table, which is also SO much better for conversation. We all got the Restaurant Week special because you can choose from among everything on the menu, not just a few things. Service was unobtrusive but attentive. Everyone liked their food quite a lot. We had a very good bottle of wine for a reasonable price. We'll definitely go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Casual atmosphere in a nice setting perfect for any occasion. Loved the tiramisu

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Good food. Tight quarters. Wait staff is terrible. But the runners are phenomenal

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AT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I first tried Darlington House during DC Winter Restaurant Week in 2018. A three-course meal for $22 is unbeatable and I was not disappointed. The food atmosphere was gorgeous and the food was delicious! The portions were larger than I expected and very filling. I'm sure some may not have noticed, but the classic American Songbook music playing softly in the background was like icing on the cake for me. I will definitely be going back to Darlington House.

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OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My restaurant week lunch was delicious. I particularly appreciated the effort by the waiter to accommodate my special request.

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MH
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We chose Darlington House because we wanted to meet near Dupont Circle in a cozy environment. I went upstairs to the restaurant to meet my friends. They were downstairs, in the bar. The staff was very accommodating when I left to go downstairs, even though they had already seated me. The bar was fun and comfortable, but the chips were verrrry salty! The restaurant staff came downstairs when they could no longer hold our table. Very thoughtful. Two of us had the tagliolini and one had the salmon. The food was good, not great. There are many staff, all of whom were pleasant and attentive. Darlington House was just what we were looking for that night - comfortable, good food and a fun time.

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience. Went for restaurant week. Extensive menu to select from.

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P
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A wonderful neighborhood eatery. Leaning toward delicious classic Italian, the eggplant parmigiana appetizer, branzino fish and steak entriee's, and wine selections really stood out. The ambiance is tasteful - eye catching original art abounds, and the environment wonderful for conversations.

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BG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made reservations on New Year's Eve for a late lunch. Open Table showed two seatings; 3:00 and 3:15. We selected the 3:00. When we arrived, the staff was preparing for a very busy New Years evening. The restaurant was empty of other customers, but we were welcomed in and served a delicious dinner. We were told about the history of the restaurant and the Darlington house itself. One of the owners came out to introduce herself to us as we were leaving. We have a new favorite restaurant in the Duport Circle area.

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P
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambiance is always fantastic. We were there with a party of 9 and service was impeccable. We love Darlington House.

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DP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely people and wonderful food

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JM
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place. Delicious food! Good service. Highly recommend!

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JS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was OK, not great. Chicken dish was pretty boring and lasagne was good, but have had much better homemade lasagne.

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S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best Italian food in DC.
Only drawback this time: the table of 15 hysterical young women who were so loud, one could not hear oneself speak, let alone what the other one was saying.
There should be a rule somewhere regulating people 's behavior and the maitre d' should be allowed to tell this kind of table to tone it down.
Because of that table, many diners, including us, ate quickly and left in less than an hour. We skipped dessert...

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c
Washington DC
424 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the BEST Italian food restaurants in this Town! Started at bar waiting for guest. Great service. Good cocktails. Starters were tomato mozzarella salads. meals was excellent seafood pasta and chicken dish. Great staff

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Darlington House is a charming restaurant in an interesting historic house in DuPont Circle. The interior atmosphere is very good and a nice place to enjoy dinner. We had soup and two plates of pasta. The past was fresh handmade and very good. Darlington House is a great place. I plan to go back again.

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KO
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a graduation celebration. Our waiter, Romberto, was excellent. The food was really good and came out quickly.

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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Cramped bistro with over priced food and wine as well as anemic portions. I am no stranger to fine dining. Simple dishes like a caprese salad shouldnt be half a tomato and some sad basil crinkles and a sneeze of mozzarella. For seating they cram everyone in a corner even when it is not crowded. We asked to be seated in a better spot and they said no but that spot was empty the whole night. Food was very meh. I had the chicken parmigiana and while tender it was bland. A 10 dollar bottle of Ruffinos is 50 at the restaurant. There are mark ups and then there are markups. Wine by the bottle should be cheaper than the same amount by glass people. Better options around the corner. No reason to come back.

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