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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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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

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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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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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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
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Great for Lunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Casual (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2011

Food was delicious but they were out of several wines that we had ordered. That was very disappointing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2011

The food was excellent but the service was a bit unpredictable. However, it was evident that they were trying with the large crowd in the restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2011

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2011

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 16, 2011

A rare quiet brunch spot with a comfortable atmosphere in a great location!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2011

Great food. Great atmosphere. So-so service and very noisy.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2011

A great place for brunch. The servers are young and inexperienced...but try hard. The tea is luke-warm...they should use boiling water and/or pre-heat the tea cups and tea pot with hot water or a microwave. The food and setting are very nice.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2011

Ambiance is awesome - very cozy. Food was good and service was a little slow. I would go back and try it again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2011

Very pleasant. I needed a decent place for a business dinner that was quiet and sophisticated - this answered the mail. Only misstep was the hostess wasn't particularly gracious which started the evening with an off note.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2011

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2011

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2011

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!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2010

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2010

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 19, 2010

Great food, friendly service, but very very loud during weekend brunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2010

DH makes their own pasta from scratch. This makes a huge difference! And, their fresh fish is perfectly cooked. Mature management with youngsters on the floor, carefully supervised. Solid wine list. Always ready to go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 15, 2010

I have dined multiple time at Darlington House from business dinners to dinner with my wife. Every time has been enjoyable and with great tasting food. The service staff is professional and the atmosphere is fantastic.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2010

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 13, 2010

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.)

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2010

The food and service are always lovely at Darlington. No one rushes you, the proprietors are mostly concerned that guests have a nice evening, with good food and wine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2010

a nice place for evening meal...ambiance was good, food was good

Tags: Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2010

Excellent food, excellent service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2010

Outstanding dining experience--service was superb; food was delicious (I had the fish de hour) & the wine superb. I live in the downtown area. & will be going back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2010

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2010

The food was good, but I didn't feel it was worth the price.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2010

The food was amazing! All the food was very fresh tasting. Service was great. Definitely a great evening out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2010

Very good food, very good experience overall. Service could be a tiny bit more attentive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2010

Beautiful ambiance, but the three times I have eaten here the service is either inattentive or pretentious. The ambiance makes up for the mediocre food.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2010

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2010

Darlington House is our stylish neighborhood Italian restaurant where they make every pasta from scratch! Enough said--just great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2010

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2010

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2010

Food not bad, but very overpriced. Not really worth it. The service was rushed and sloppy.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2010

Awesome find! Came here for my birthday in a very large group. Everybody left happy. The prices are very reasonable. Their wine selection is excellent and the service was great. Definitely check this place out.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2010

The Dining experience was fantastic. The personal service and food were to die for. Quite and cozy place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2010

I was not impressed. If I could do it over I would choose somewhere else to eat. Upstairs was very loud. Cafeteria loud. Food was simply not memorable, just edible. Too pricey for what it was. I recommend you try elsewhere

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2010

Crowded and the heat was on too hight, but the food was worth it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Omaha)·Dined on October 29, 2010

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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2010

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2010

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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