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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/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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

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Details
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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Special Occasion (14)
Romantic (12)
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Good for Anniversaries (12)
Cozy (10)
Authentic (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Business Meals (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Casual (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was slow and the food was mediocre. Amateur hour for V Day.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Valentine’s Day dinner. Was good food but had to wait a lil over an hour from our reservation due to back up. But other than that food was good. A little pricey

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Friendly staff in a very cozy space in DC. Definitely will dine here again with friends!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

This was the first Italian restaurant my fiance and I tried when we moved to Washington DC. The food is amazing and the service was top-notch, we went back for Valentine's Day and the service and the food we're still top notch.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

It was fine, but packed. They seated us all far too close to other diners. Wine by the glass prices were too much! Everything was just average; good but not outstanding, especially for the price.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

We came here on a busy night and knew that we wouldn’t have attentive service, however, the service was not only non attentive but down right disrespectful. I would recommend having a nice meal somewhere else in the city that will give you a pleasurable experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

Yummy food and lovely atmosphere for a family birthday dinner. Centrally located for easy access from Metro and nearby hotels.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Patricia, the owner, was amazing. She was very attentive and cared about our experience.

The food was good. The place had two large parties but the noise was hardly noticeable. We had a nice meal.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful evening! The staff was attentive and the food amazing!!! Greatly enjoyed our dinner and will go back again! Highly recommended

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great food, homemade pasta, wonderful staff in a cozy setting right off DuPont Circle.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Wanted to go for brunch during Washington restaurant week, but got off to a late start. Made it in time for Washington restaurant week lunch, which was AMAZING. Definitely will go back for brunch, lunch, and even dinner. This place is great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Delicious. The restaurant was running behind on our reservation and gave us free drinks which I thought was awesome

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Overall we had a great night and an incredible value for RW. Would certainly recommend. Our server was funny and entertaining, though he was a little too flirtatious with one member in our party. It was very loud but it was Saturday night so it comes with the territory. Great location. The butternut squash tortellini was incredible. Will be back for sure.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was mediocre at best and the service was not good. We made a reservation for 1:15 and was not seated until about 1:45. I commend the bartender for making us feel welcomed, but the rest of the waiting staff was disrespectful to my party.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Went for restaurant week. Food was pretty good. Service was great! Would go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We made a reservation and then when we arrived we were told we couldn’t be seated in the main dining room and had to be seated in the downstairs bar area which was very very LOUD. We waited over an hour to get our first course of salads and then another hour for our main meal. Nobody working was apologetic to the situation and the meal ended up being outrageously expensive because we had to continue to order bottles of wine to compensate for the long wait. Overall the food was fine but not fantastic. Will not return. Would not recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

I have been to the Darlington House on many occasions and many of those times we have bought out the place either for a birthday or wedding. Today in particular we went for restaurant week and the food, as usual, was delicious. They have an array of options to chose from and everything seems so fresh.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The food was delicious from beginning to end. The service is extremely friendly and helpful. The decor is charming and it's never too noisy so conversation is comfortable. I would highly recommend the Darlington house for a nice get together with friend and family.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It had been a while since my last visit, and I must say Darlington House looks, and is, better than ever: the dining room has been re-decorated since the last time I was there several years ago, and the ambiance is much brighter and more welcoming. Cordial staff was pleasant and most accommodating--immediately responding to our request that the music (which was great!) be turned down a bit in order not to hamper conversation. My friend and I especially appreciated not feeling as if the wait staff were "circling," waiting for us to leave so the table could be flipped! We'll let people know Darlington House is a neighborhood gem...WSM

Tags: Quick Bite, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Fun, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I worked in the restaurant industry for over 15 years, from casual chain restaurants to upscale fine dining. I know what good service should be. My experience tonight was awful. The ambiance was good, a renovated older house. It showed promise. The menu is classic Italian-American. If executed right, can be great comfort food. The fresh pasta was done well, but the evening was soured by the service. It was unclear to us who our server was. Initially someone took our order, but we never saw him again. Our food came, but when it came time for our second drinks, no one would make eye contact with us or come to the table. Eventually the hostess ended up 'waiting' on us, bringing us drinks, dessert, and our ticket. Ultimately I'd rather spend my money where I feel wanted. We don't plan on going back.

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 (Key West)·Dined on January 13, 2018

It was a nice place with atmosphere, but you can find that most anywhere. I come from an area of the country with great Italian eateries. They fell short in their attempt to deliver on that
However, the staff was attentive and friendly. I just feel kitchen could use some real help.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

The music was much too loud but they did turn it down to a moderate level when we asked.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I was really let down by this experience. The service was amazing, but the food was just not good at all. The calamari was rubbery and way too salty, and I even love salty. The pasta dish with broccoli was good, but not great, and definitely not worth the price. I was expecting way better food based on the reviews. Even the desserts - molten chocolate cake and the cannoli was a huge letdown. It all just tasted like cheap store bought sweets. I would not go again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great experience. Service was extremely quick and the food was amazing. All pasta dishes are fresh and very much worth the price. Ambience is cozy and quaint!!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was a Saturday night and we were worried that the place was empty. We were the only couple in the entire restaurant from 4 to 6:30 pm. We hope that the drop in business was due to extremely cold weather. The food was very rich and delicious; we enjoyed the Butternut Squash Tortellini and Lasagna. Small portions, and pricey, and probably a little over priced for the quality compared to other restaurants in the area. A few times during our dinner, they played obnoxious rap music, that did not match the ambiance. I don't think they actually monitor reservations on Open Table. We made a reservation and indicated that it was our anniversary. When we showed up, they were not expecting us and did not acknowledge our reservation or celebration. Over all, despite the poor music selection, we enjoyed the intimacy of having the place to ourselves.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent leisurely Sunday brunch with interesting choice of food and terrific service. Welcoming and I rushed, highly recommended.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

It was a holiday office party. Good time. A little small portions for the price. But, it's DuPont. Good service. Good food. Would come again.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Two great meals -- spaghetti carbonara and a seafood pasta special loaded with lobster and shrimp. Our server, JoeEnz, was very engaging and knowledgeable of the food and wine offerings. A super evening!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Good food, nice atmosphere, waiter busy, other service poor due to absence of English speaking help.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We had a lovely seat in front of the window with a very kind and attentive server. The food was delicious and prepared with exquisite detail. Can’t wait to return.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Second time here and once again fantastic food, ambience, and service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

My pasta special - linguini with shrimp and scallops - was totally tasteless. My friend's pasta (I forget which one it was) was ok. When asked by our waiter if we wanted coffee after dinner, we said "yes, please" and ordered a cappuccino and a machiato. We waited and waited and they never came so when someone else dropped the bill on our table we just paid and left.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My experience at Darlington House was underwhelming. Everything was off. I will not go back.

To start, the hostess tried to seat my husband and I at a tiny table between two other sets of diners even though there were many other open tables spread out across the dining room (and other diners sprinkled throughout). Someone, the manager I presume, intervened and asked the hostess to seat us in an area with a little more space. We were taken to a table in the bar area which is directly down the hall from the front door. Every time the door opened a gust of cold air shot down the hallway and into the area in which we were seated. I was quite cold, and would've preferred to dine sardine-style instead.

The menu had not been proof-read for errors before printing - words were missing from descriptions and there were grammatical mistakes.

The food was expensive for what we received. My husband got the steak which was very fatty (and not in a good marbled kind of way. There was lots of gristle). I had the butternut squash tortelloni which came dressed with a parmesan, butter and sage sauce which was like a thin alfredo-style sauce. It just missed the mark .

Service was underwhelming. It was hard to get the attention of servers so much so that diners around the restaurant were raising their hands to catch someone's attention.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great night as friends first time to Darlington House. Relaxed at bar as we all waited for everyone to show up. Great drinks very nice and helpful bartender. Great service at table. salads to start and pasta and chicken dishes were perfect. Exc3ellent food. Service is always on!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 23, 2017

friendly, inviting staff. comfortable, home-like interior.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The restaurant is cozy and the food very good. Service was great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great home-y restaurant. Staff was very nice and welcoming, food was good, ambiance was nice - not too loud.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Pretty pricey, small plates, good quality food. Most likely will not return.

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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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vip
 (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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