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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.
Washington, DC 20009
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am - 5:00pm;
Lunch Monday - Friday 11:30am until 5pm Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Connecticut Ave NW
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Public Parking Lot Behind PNC Bank off Dupont Circle with entrance on Mass Ave
Right in front of DuPont Circle Exit North
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
Rooms available for seated functions up to 70 and cocktail receptions for up to 200.
Darlington House Ratings and Reviews
We went there with a pretty large group of about 11 people for a team lunch. They were very accomodating, considering the restaurant is not very large. The gentleman serving us was extremely friendly, and the food was delicious, but we did have to wait a significant amount of time for our food. This could have been due to the large size of our party, but it was a bit inconvenient as the lunch ended up taking two hours.
Overall: Definitely recommended. Fantastic food. Don't go there for a quick bite, though.
My friend and I absolutely loved Darlington House. The food, the drinks, our table, the view to the street, the wait staff, everything!
Some of the reviews I read prior to going to Darlington House said the servers were not great. I found the opposite to be true. It's an Italian restaurant; our waitor wanted us to enjoy our drinks, enjoy our food, and enjoy our conversation.
It was wonderful!
Upstairs / Downstairs. Upstairs, hip and well appointed. Downstairs, young and vibrant. We ate upstairs. Extremely attentive staff, professional, friendly, anticipating every need and accommodating every request. No rush to order and sensitive to the mood and pace of the table. Varied menu with a lot to choose from vegetarians to beef eaters. Tasteful bar. They know how to do it right.
I was very impressed and appreciative.
I had high expectations based on word of mouth recommendations and the reputation I've heard of this place, but the reality was far from the expecations. I had the veal stuffed ravioli and the sauce tasted burned and bitter while the veal was so bland it could have been anything. My date ordered some pasta dish and to call it al dente would be generous. The pasta tasted not entirely cooked. The look and feel of the place was phenomenal, but the food...not much to rave about.
Loved this place for brunch. The doughnut holes are amazing! It was my friends b'day, and I asked for a candle in the doughnuts. It was so cute, when they came out, they had used a raspberry to hold the candle in the middle of the pile of sweet doughnut holes. Amazing!!!
The outside of this restaurant is deceptive; it doesn't give a clue as to the excellence of the food and service provided within. We were a group of six, meeting for Christmas dinner, and none of us had ever visited Darlington House before. The consensus was that the food was excellent and the service stellar (my water glass was refilled at least ten times during the meal; it was never below half full). I definitely find!
This was a lovely stop for lunch. I went for a pre-holiday workday lunch with an out of town family member and found this perfect. The service was excellent and unobtrusive. We ordered a cheese and charcuterie plate for an appetizer that would satisfy any foodie. The menu was clearly thoughtfully prepared, which really was refreshing after the many bistro menus along that stretch of Connecticut. The pasta that I had was not particularly memorable, but it was fresh and tasty. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a more elegant atmosphere -- not to mention a quiet atmostphere-- than one usually finds in Dupont.
Food was very good. The apple vinnagret on my mixed greens salad was sublime. Service was attentive and good. What was awful was the hostell and her attitude-- from when i called to ask about valet parking to her overall attitude when I walked in the door. She didn't ask for my coat despite their being a coat rack set up for that purpose. Otherwise, experice was great and I will be back.
First time visiting and was for an early-evening business dinner. The fresh-made pasta was quite good and the menu was affordable, including the wine list. The latter, while not all that extensive, was decent for its diversity. I would visit again. (Note, this is the upstairs restaurant and not the downstairs bar.)
Great food, excellent service, nice ambience except for the couple violently necking at one table. They carried on for a whole half-hour and the staff never said a word to them. It was nauseating to watch, uncomfortable for the clients I was with, and ruined what could have been a fine meal.
I went with a friend for a weekday lunch. It was my first visit, and we were seated by the window - which was something I requested in my reservation. The restaurant was very quiet and that was appreciated. The fish of the day (Bronzino) was very fresh and prepared with a wonderful butter caper sauce served on the side. It also came with a delcicious and generous side of risotto. The Italian wine by the glass (a meritage)was a really great choice and reasonably priced. The service was excellent and everything the waiter recommended was terrific.
I have been to Darlington House now four times. Each time I go I really enjoy my meal. The food is always outstanding, the service is great and the venue is not your typical drab, sterile setting. My last visit was with a group of 8 people for dinner and the restaurant didn't miss a beat. Everyone was very pleased with their meal. I will definately be back.
Darlington House was pretty quiet on a Monday night, which was nice for an intimate dinner. My pumpkin tortellini was delicious, though just a few pieces -- not quite enough to fill me up. My friend had a pasta dish with mushrooms, basil, and a tomato sauce, and it was delicious and more substantial. The roasted potato side was classic and yummy. My glass of Chianti was one of the better glasses I've had in a while -- very smooth and buttery.
Not only is the food wonderful, but the service is top notch. I had friends and family in from out of town. Our waiter was personable, friendly, funny, and on top of all of our needs. if someone took their last sip of champagne, he would be there to top you off again. the service is so good that people from our group were even giving him hugs when we were leaving. I will always make darlington house my number 1 spot when i have people in from out of town. love it love it love it!
We chose Darlington because we needed a varied menu for our group, and wanted a place where conversation was possible. The great food and wonderful service were a plus! Our table ordered pastas, seafood and meat, and all was well prepared and presented. thank you to the staff for making our family visit a special evening.
What an adorable restaurant. My husband and I were in DC over the weekend with a couple of friends and found the Darlington House while walking around Dupont Circle. We thought it look cute on the outside and were thrilled with the dinner we got. Everything was excellently prepared and the staff couldn't have been more friendly (a real treat for New Yorker's!). This restaurant definately made our "Must Return" list for the next trip down.
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