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About Darlington House

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.

1610 20th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am - 5:00pm;
Lunch Monday - Friday 11:30am until 5pm Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Connecticut Ave NW

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 332-3722

Website:
http://www.darlingtonhousedc.com/

Parking Details:
Public Parking Lot Behind PNC Bank off Dupont Circle with entrance on Mass Ave

Public Transit:
Right in front of DuPont Circle Exit North

Executive Chef:
Fabio Begggiato

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour Monday - Friday & all sporting events in the Cantina Pub

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Join us for a special Thanksgiving Day dinner. Three courses $49 and kids under 11 eat for Free!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Join us for a New Years Eve and enjoy a special menu served a la carte! Music and dancing upstairs with all the party favors!

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Sun 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Mon - Sat 5:30PM - 6:30PM

Private Dining

Rooms available for seated functions up to 70 and cocktail receptions for up to 200.

Darlington House Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Romantic (12)
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Business Meals (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Cozy (7)
Authentic (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Casual (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Seasonal (2)
People Watching (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We went to Darlington House on a whim to celebrate a birthday, and it was fabulous! Their pasta is made in-house daily, and everything we had -- from the ravioli to the butternut tortelloni to the saffron risotto of the day -- was absolutely delicious. Our server made several excellent recommendations, and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. I will definitely be returning!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Love Darlington House. Wonderfully attentive staff and service. Good food reasonably priced. What's not to like?

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food was fine; they should update the décor. Lampshades on sconces were mismatched and torn. The place is looking a little tired.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

It is hard to rate the Darlington house as it is two restaurants. We ate ate at the classy, elegant upstairs part of the restaurant, with a quiet atmosphere, a lovely menu and fine dining. The down stairs has a raucous, pub atmosphere and lively bar scene. There are a good mix of types of food, with excellent homemade pasta and the prices are not out of line with moderate DC prices up stairs; the food is cheaper and more pub food downstairs. The service was friendly and good. We have take guest there as a thank you or birthday treat more than once.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Very good but it took a long time for our entree to come.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I had the ravioli and it was delicious! Our waiter was attentive and personable. I very much enjoyed this dining experience!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Salad and tomato sauce bland and without flavor. Waiter never checked to see if everything was okay after food arrived. It was not. For the cost, I would expect better quality food and attentive service. To quote my husband, "If we lived in DC, I wouldn't go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

went for brunch with my family! everyone that worked there was super friendly from the moment we walked in! the food was delicious and beautifully presented. the whole place is adorable and keeps a great deal of the buildings original charm! the time of day we went also allowed for a lot of natural light which was lovely!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We visited for our anniversary. The food and service were wonderful!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

On a spur of the moment, we decided to have Italian. Looking for nearby places to the wharf in DC, Darlington had a better than 4 stars rating. A safe bet for sure right? No, it was anything but.... We arrived and sat outside. We entered our orders with the waitress. It took sometime for appetizer to come. So, we asked for bread. Some time passed by and appetizer arrived. We were famish so we dove in. The bread arrived after we were nearly done with the appetizer. By this time the sun had set and it is now colder. The ladies on te patio all pulled out their sweaters. We asked the waitress if she could turn on the heater above our head. She said no. Her reason was it is still pretty warm. We finished our dinner and left. No more than minutes later, i had a stomachache and ten the runs. Enough said.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Start with a few drinks and then excellent wine from Sicily. Seafood pasta and veal dishes were our main and they were excellent. Excellent staff and service

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Lovely night .. all the way from Australia !!
Great to see some lovely New Zealand white wines

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Darlington House has an interesting menu with gluten-free options. I enjoyed the great food, excellent ambiance, and attentive service. I will be back soon! Many thanks!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great for a business dinner though there was a group near us that was loud and taking photos a lot, which seemed a bit out of place for a Sunday evening and for this spot. Our waiter seemed to be friends with the group.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We were seated at a wonderful table near a fireplace (not burning). However, once we were seated it took too long to get a waiter to the table, I had to stand up, look around, and gesture, The hostess asked one waiter to attend to us and he completely ignored her, turning his back and walking away. About a minute later a very friendly waiter came and helped us. It was all good after that. The food was excellent, well presented, and came quickly. The wines by the glass were a short list, but good wines.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

11 of us ending up eating at Darlington House. The opening bruschetta with balsamic vinaigrette were delicious. The chef next provided delicious plates of antipasti, including a special one for vegans that was happily consumed by everyone else too. Caprese, prosciutto, home made sausage, and olives were among the offerings. The warm sausage was particularly well received. Everyone was too full for additional appetizers, but the entrees were well-received. The evening's branzino special came with spinach that might have been a little too salty, but the fish was perfectly cooked as was the pasta aglio e olio requested as a substitute side for the garlic mashed (which got rave reviews at the other end of the table).

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Very disappointed with the food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The food, service and wine were so outstanding that we stayed way too long and ate and drank too much. Darlington House is my favorite restaurant in D.C.!

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Authentic, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Fun
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The food was excellent for the price point. Service could not have been more attentive! Ambience was intimate and romantic.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The owners are charming and the food perfectly seasoned. Food is generally over seasoned, or too salty, but their chef did it right...we had the salmon and steak and pasta...all perfectly prepared. Thank you for a delightful evening with friends....

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Amazing experience. Came from Boston for a bachelorette and want to come back again soon. Food and service were espectacular. Remberto was our waiter and he was very great!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The food is consistently exceptional at The Darlington House. The portions were a bit smaller than usual due to restaurant week.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Delicious mushroom risotto!
Always a pleasant dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Enjoyed good food and great services. Recommending for especially ladies get-together or romantic dinner .

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Found this incredible gem on the DuPont Circle foodie walking tour. Loved it so much after tasting their mushroom risotto on the tour, that we came back for dinner. Asked our fabulous waiter Ulysses about a dish I saw on one of their older menus and he asked the chef and the chef made it special, just for me. Loved the dish, the attention to detail and the flavor was incredible. My daughter ordered the risotto and loved it also. The wine list was extensive and the Placido Pinot Grigio was our personal favorite. If you get a chance, check out this historic, lovely dining establishment.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Food is always excellent- pasta is exceptional. Appetizers are seasonal and so fresh.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Excellent food and excellent service as always. I also ordered some to go.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 25, 2017

I dine at a lot of nice restaurants and my experience at DH was one of the more enjoyable I have had in quite some time. Ambience is very different and I liked it a lot. Service srmtaff were outgoing and friendly. Good was superb. My wife had 12 oubmnce sirloin and it was perfect. I had the sausage and penne pasta and found it terrific. Two thumbs up.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Our meals--two pasta dishes--were excellent. Small but lovely wine selection. Donut holes for dessert lived up to their press by other reviewers. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. Cozy and comfortable feel in the upstairs dining room of this long and narrow brownstone. Only complaint is that the wood panelled bar at far end of dining room had a television that distracted from the romantic old world ambience of this Victorian era space. Since there is a casual pub in the basement associated with this restaurant, leave the tv's down there.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Hostess was great. Manager and staff too busy watching the soccer game to bother to greet the table or serve the wine I had ordered when I sat down. Poor selection of only (4) sparkling wines. Rude and acted like they are doing us a favor to serve us. After 20 Minutes I left and the best part is that non of the staff made any effort to win me back or save the business at hand on a quiet July night. Very poor performance. As a neighbor I would never come back or recommend.

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 (Houston)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Everything was absolutely delicious and the service was exceptional.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Truly excellent service of well-prepared, fresh food. Highly recommended!

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Our experience at Darlington House was outstanding from beginning to end. From the cheerful voices on the phone when I downsized our reservation mere hours ahead of time and again when I called to say we had been unavoidably delayed and would be late, to the friendly, helpful waitstaff, to the absolutely delicious pasta, we couldn't have been more pleased. We chose this restaurant because, as vegetarians, we appreciate having more than one dish from which to choose. There were several, all of which sounded wonderful. We weren't disappointed. Next time we are in DC there is an excellent chance we will be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Not impressed. The main dining room has charm and looks pretty. Acoustics inside make it VERY loud. The bathroom is down in the basement bar and it is musty and dingy. Service was just ok. Branzino, pasta, steak, salad all good. Nothing to rave about. One visit was enough.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Fantastic service and excellent food. First time at Darlington House, but will return soon. Great for business meals or any type of dining experience. Thank you!

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy
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 (Nashville)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Ernesto and Alesandra made for a wonderful evening. The Food and wine suggestions from Ernesto were perfercto!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 28, 2017

A nice place to have a great meal and conversation. I had the fish of the day which was cooked perfect and tasted great. Others at my table had homemade lasagna and the beef tenderloin meals also cooked spot on and tasted good as well. restaurant is a bit small but it adds to the quaint feel of the place. Service was really good waters never fell dry and we were given plenty of time to review before ordering. Server was polite and spoke clearly for all at the table to hear daily specials and menu specialties even though he spoke with a heavy Italian accent, which added to the charm of this place. I would say my only downfall to here would be there a bit pricey for the portions but we didn't leave hungry at all. I would revisit again if I found myself in the DC area again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for a Date, People Watching, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 26, 2017

I met up with my son-in-law and his parents. We were greeted as old friends by the staff. The wait staff was very attentive and accommodating.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Wonderful as always! Excellent service highly recommended. Great location and great menu!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Columbus)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Excellent cannelloni and lasagna. The tira misu is divine.

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