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Darlington House

4.3
1268 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am - 5:00pm;
Lunch Monday - Friday 11:30am until 5pm Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 332-3722
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Fabio Begggiato
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Connecticut Ave NW
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Parking details
Public Parking Lot Behind PNC Bank off Dupont Circle with entrance on Mass Ave
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Public transit
Right in front of DuPont Circle Exit North
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour Monday - Friday & all sporting events in the Cantina Pub
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

Private Dining

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

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Sun 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Mon - Sat 5:30PM - 6:30PM

What 1268 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
2.0  Dined 7 hours ago

Not sure why we were charged a higher price than what the menu indicated. But good food.

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Beelman (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

Food less than average...chicken parmegiana overbooked and dry. Cocktail a very short pour.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

The Darlington House has always prepared extremely delicious meals for me and my dining companions. The food is Italian. It has been our "go to" anniversary restaurant for 10 years.

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vipCapeGarlic (New England)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Staying at a nearby hotel we needed a place for dinner. I had the “heart shaped ravioli” and my wife had the chicken parmigiana. We each had a glass of domestic wine and cannoli and limoncello for dessert. While the food was very good, there was a very limited selection of vegetarian items. Overall it was a nice dinner if a bit overpriced, especially the wine list.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

This place is truly great! the food, the atmosphere, and the wine all made this place special. Will highly recommend!

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vipdg13 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Found this little treasure at Dupont Circle area and was very happy!! Great service, great food and a pleasant atmosphere. We are always looking for good places to eat in DC and Darlington House is now one of them. There is a cozy little pub on the lower level too!! Will be back to this fine place!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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vipbujold (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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vipWoody (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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vipScrippsGirl (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

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

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vipLisaE (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 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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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (Orlando)
4.0  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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Jenny (Washington DC)
3.0  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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Kias (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
1.0  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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AggieFoodie (Washington DC)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
2.0  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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John (Key West)
2.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  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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Katie (Washington DC)
5.0  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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