Darlington House

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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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TO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. Always pleasant. Always yummy. Would return again and again!

f
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was very, very good. It was not busy at all, so service was fast and there was almost no noise. Setting was cozy. Food was very good.

h
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious to dine at Darlington House. Great and varied Italian dishes at reasonable prices. The wait staff is the friendliest around.

MS
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Restaurant was a little overwhelmed when we arrived. Our table was not ready. The hostess was super apologetic. We saw two seats at the bar, so chose to eat there rather than wait for a table. The restaurant has a good vibe. One big complaint, two older gentlemen came in and sat at the bar next to us. They had a Westie (dog) with them, which one of the men held in his lap the entire time, scratching the dog's belly. Not the most appetizing thing to eat next to. People are so crazy...

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner of fresh caprese salad and the best lobster risotto. My wife had an arugula salad with shaved Parmesan and homemade fettuccini with a hearty mix of shellfish in a spicy marinara. She loved it too. Great bottle of Tuscan wine. Lively atmosphere with a mix of younger people and people in their 50s. Best to reserve a table ahead as there was a line at the door. After dinner, we went downstairs to Dive bar to listen to some live music. All around great evening! Highly recommend.

EB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and the food was incredible!

NR
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service excellent. We had a large group that was easily accommodated. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Atmosphere was comfortable and noise level low making for easy conversations.

KS
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was a work dinner and so very fun! Food was delicious and service was great!!

JG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I've been here a few times for business dinners. Great food, but really slow service.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE LOVE 💘
Great atmosphere, food was phenomenal. Service was exceptional.
We then went downstairs for the open Mike night. Definitely worth our time and money!!

c
Washington DC
458 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night with friends. Excellent drinks st bar. Once seated cannoli beans with sausage are a must. Salmon dishes, fresh pasta and chicken entree were the main dishes. Staff, service and food are wonderful!

WS
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really nice experience in DuPont Circle. We went to the Phillips Collection and came here after for dinner. Good choice! Very good Italian food, especially the pasta but also good grotto midtown, and pleasant atmosphere where we enjoyed talking in the old townhouse drawing room.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, warm ambience!! Loved it.

KH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the location and we had a great table. The food was delicious and everyone in our party enjoyed their meal. Thank you for a great dinner!

AZ
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was very easy to make the reservations that the hostess was expecting our group of 8 when we arrived. The wait staff was very professional and courteous. Portions for the food were on the smaller side but it arrived piping hot and was very tasty. The selection was limited, but not an issue to my group and the staff made accommodations and adjustments to dishes to suite taste.

Overall a great experience off DuPont Circle for a business dinner during the week.

GD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming atmosphere, amazing fresh homemade pastas, soups and salads, delicious, creative desserts and wonderful service.

OT
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, excellent service. We went here for a Sunday evening dinner with friends at the recommendation of another friend, and it was exactly what we wanted!

DC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sweet gem of place

OT
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A warm and inviting spot in a key location.
The food is always delicious.
The staff are consistently friendly and professional.
Always a top choice.

DM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall excellent place to dine. Service staff get an A for knowledge of their menu and recommendations. House wine gets an A plus for value. Only complaint is that we dined there twice in three days and the special was still the same selections. Good job Darlington.

PH
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Darlington House has long been one of my favorite restaurants in Washington, D.C. It is intimate and quite elegant on the inside. The wait staff was wonderful and made our party of five feel as though we were the only ones there, even on a busy Friday evening. They were attentive to our every need. The food is excellent. The five individuals in my group ordered four different items and we all were very happy with our choices. I personally ordered the ravioli and it was superb. The Caesar salad also was scrumptious. We still had room for desert and I must say that was another highlight for our entire group. The chocolate lava cake was the best desert I've had in a year! Over the past few years I've also had wonderful dining experiences at the Darlington House for lunch. If available, ask for a table near the beautiful window and people gaze along Connecticut Ave. Overall, I'd give Darlington House Five Stars!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was slow. Food was disappointing

P
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was as always wonderful. Great food, exceptional service.

JF
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My party enjoyed our dinner at Darlington House. The food was good and fairly priced. Steak ordered rare was served rare, a starter of sausage and beans was excellent. My guests were also satisfied. The service was excellent and responsive: when I requested the music be turned down the hostess did so immediately and with a smile and our waiters were very attentive.
I was surprised, however, that each of the two iced teas were $10 which, considering the total bill, had a 'nickel and dime' feel to it. Water (and the scotch and wine I consumed) only next time.

Go and enjoy!

JE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Homemade pasta! Need I say more?? Afterwards The Dive Bar downstairs was an exciting surprise and nice change of scenery.

KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Restaurant Week Ripoff - Unfortunately, my wife and I chose this establishment for our date night on Restaurant week. The dinner portions were unbelievably small and looked more like a kids meal. The waiter even told me not to order the Tortellini if you are hungry because it was so small. Then we had dessert which was even more of a bad joke. The cannoli was so tiny my wife and I couldn't even share it. I said something to your server who replied what do you expect "it's restaurant week". To make matter worse we couldn't even have a cappuccino at the end of our meal because your machine was broken. I have never had this type of treatment at any meal during restaurant week in the past 10 years. We left your restaurant hungry and feeling cheated out of the money we paid for dinner. I also, reached out to the owners who didn't even respond.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I went for brunch during restaurant week.

The peach Bellini with the Chesapekae Bay Benedict was AMAZING. The side potatoes were perfectly seasoned, and had a great texture. The staff were attentive and we're patient with us as we waited for another member of our party to arrive.

The atmosphere and the decor are bright and welcoming.

It's the perfect spot to bring your mom/grandmother when she's in town.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was phenomenal. The staff was very attentive

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Darlington House to celebrate my friends engagement. The food was delicious, the service made us all feel special, and the ambiance was perfect. Everything was wonderful and everyone had a great time!

f
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great food. Handmade pasta that cant be beat. Less stuffy than traditional italian restaurants.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When asked waiter a wine recommendation he said they are all good, pick italian or california.
I had brought out of town friends because I had just had superb brunch....low noise because less than 12 patrons. Thursday noise so high couldnt hear. We had to threaten to leave if our food wasnt served after half hour. Two out of three of my party had terrible entrees. We should have left after first bite.

RG
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious Sunday brunch with great view of the farmers market.
Bright and sunny

RM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just discovered this place earlier this summer and returned Saturday evening based on my favorable first impression. The food was outrageously good from appetizers to the Italian pasta dishes to the pastry and chocolate desserts. There were four of us and we tried a variety of specials and regular menu. Everything was so fresh and tasty. My son in law is a chef and he was very impressed. The service (Ernesto) was excellent friendly and attentive as well. A great memorable dining experience. We will definately be back. Not cheap but absolutely worth it. Go hungary you will be glad you did! [I typically do not rate places but I felt I had to make an exception in this case.]

AN
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

After the reservation also they were not entertaining as and said some other guest party was supposed to leave but they didn't so we can't help you. After a discussion finally gave a table, Too noisy, food is not that great, too pricy, not worth the money, cocktails are really bad and sugary

FS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming staff, delicious Italian classics, and great location.

c
Washington DC
458 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started at bar with friends. Staff and Service are always excellent and always willing to help. Sausage and polenta starters were outstanding!!! Pasta dishes with shrimp were outstanding and the first time I had it. We all ended with the same. Great food.

FL
Edinburgh
12 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Ordinary, but good food. Limited wine by the glass, limited menu of typical Italian staples. Pasta is supposed to be homemade, but could not tell. Nothing wrong, but nothing different than what you can get at thousands of Italian restaurants around the country.

OT
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

First of all, it is an Italian restaurant, though you wouldn't guess that from the name. The ambiance is charming; it is located in an old house on Dupont Circle. The food was very good; some standbys like spinach ravioli and gnocchi in gorgonzola sauce and some more creative pastas such as one with salmon in a pink vodka sauce. Almost all the pastas are handmade and are excellent. The menu is very extensive and portion sizes are moderate. The service was so-so; our server didn't come by as often as we would've liked and it was hard to get his attention when he passed by. A little noisy but not so much so that you couldn't carry on a conversation. This was our first visit and overall we were quite pleased.

SB
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went to Darlington House with my husband for brunch. They had live music, which was great! The guy had a nice voice and played well. The food was very tasty, but perhaps a bit overpriced for what it was. Service was great and friendly too. We will definitely be back!

C
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

I didn't notice at the time but the $50 bottle of wine I ordered was charged at $90 on my bill. Was too occupied with my guests to notice at the time. The switch was not requested or run by us. Disappointing. Probably won't go back.

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