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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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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

based on recent ratings
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)
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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Many pastas to choose from and a steak dish, too. Gluten free pasta options! Very friendly service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options
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 (Nashville)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Marvelous experience and food. loved it so much at the business dinner, went back the next day too!

Tags: Disabled Access
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 3, 2017

I came to Darlington House with a few friends. We were politely greeted and seated in what we thought was the best table in the house, the window. It was a beautiful warm day so we asked the windows to be open. Nice scenery and delicious food. Our server Jose was very friendly and attentive. He offered all their specials not on the menu and I must say the Branzino was fantastic. My friend had the seafood pasta and was delicious. I will come back here more often.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun, Organic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 20, 2017

While we go for the excellent food during the year, this is the 9th time we went to the Darlington House for our anniversary. The food is consistently wonderful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Lovely, delicious and thoughtful food, consistent attentive service, and a great price point. My favorite GO TO for lunch and dinner in the DuPont area!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Healthy, Afternoon Tea
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The food was delicious! Our server was friendly and enthusiastic but the whole service process was slow and out of order (we got asked what drinks we wanted before we had the wine list). It was Valentine's Day and so the rush was foreseeable both for us as customers, but also for them as hosts. You have to go downstairs into the bar to use the restroom and there was a stale beer (and other bad smells) odor heading downstairs that was unpleasant... and the bathroom itself was in dire need of attention. Would be worth going back to on a slower night because the entree was amazing. I just wouldn't recommend it during a rush!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The food was good but not memorable in any way. There was nothing wrong or negative I would add to that. The setting was pleasing but noisy when fully populated. Service was a little slow but not terrible. All and all, a pleasing experience but outstanding it was not. The special which both my wife and I both had was pricey and not a good value.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on February 11, 2017

My wife and I had a very good meal, good atmosphere. It was very loud and lively, but we love that. For a quiet dinner this is not the place. Servers seemed rushed/frantic most of the night but likely short a server.

Had the risotto frutti di mare, very very good!

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Staff was very professional and friendly. Everyone in my party of seven enjoyed the food and ambiance. We did not feel rushed in the least.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Started at bar with cocktails awaiting my guest. Dinner started with salads and later mixed pasta dishes. Great wine and pasta. Service is always wonderful.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 7, 2017

We were one of two tables there but still had slow, inattentive service. Menu was fairly limited in selections. Food was uninspired and tired. Wines by the glass list was anemic. Just a big "meh."

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2017

We had an delicious dinner. Lamb steak was terrific as was the salmon. You would not know by the name that this is an exceptional Italian restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Amazing! We wanted to try a new place for Restaurant week and came across this gem. All homemade pasta with a true focus on authentic taste. Tremendous service!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2017

The earlier you arrive the quieter it will be. There was a table that arrived around 7:30 next to us (millennials who were curing with loud talking) and the staff didn't do anything to quiet them, despite our asking. Otherwise it has always been a great restaurant.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2017

Went for restaurant week. Service was great, food was delicious and the ambiance was just excellent. Had a great time catching up with my friend, will definitely be back!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2017

We loved our meal and the service was awesome!!! We will definitely go back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Had another terrific meal in this cozy restaurant that feels like dining in a family home! The risotto with lamb rage was sublime. The service never disappoints!

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Authentic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 26, 2017

The concierge at the hotel recommended this restaurant, and it was a very good choice. It was quiet with a nice ambiance in a very convenient locale (DuPont red line access).

The staff was engaging. The food was delicious. It was a nice "step up" of good food prepared well without the trappings of pretentiousness that often is a side dish at a more upscale place.

I recommend Darlington House for a good meal with a friend or two whose time you value and experience you enjoy.

Darlington House gets my Arnold S award .... "I'll be back!"

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Excellent food – authentic. Great wine list. Hidden gem close to the Dupont Metro.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Late dinner with friends, the food and service was mediocre at best and they ran out of a dish I order but didn't let me know until all the food was served to the other guests. Also, they kept getting our orders wrong and the food came out cold. Not sure how this restaurant got such high reviews but my experience was very disappointing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Great atmosphere in the very cozy but functional converted townhome/bay window. We arrived early for our reservation, it was very busy but were able to sit at the very nice bar counter at the back while we waited for our table, when things were moving a bit slowly we were served complimentary caprese bruschetta, delicious. Dinner was delicious, many great selections on the menu and met the owner and the chef and discussed some other favorite Italian dishes with them. It was a very busy night, post-Women's March Saturday, staff was busy but obviously looking out for each other and all the diners. Very very friendly atmosphere, delicious food. Definitely will go there again next time I am D.C.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2017

All in all it was a very good experience. The reason for 3 stars on food was several of the pastas were a bit too al dente and light on the sauce. We should have just sent those back; given how good the staff was I bet it would have been taken care of easily. I would try to avoid downstairs seating as it was dark and dingy; more like a pub. And it smelled smoky. Upstairs was nice and had a good vibe.

Tags: Outstanding Value, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Healthy, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2017

After a concert at the Phillips Art Gallery, we walked the one block to the Darlington House.
We were met with an attentive staff and the food was very good. We had a lovely evening.
Thanks to you all.

Tags: Seasonal, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2017

The people who work there, especially the hostess upstairs, were friendly and genuinely worked hard to make sure we enjoyed our evening. They took pride in their jobs.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2017

Excellent service and solid food. Charming dining room

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Enjoyed the ambiance and food. Server was very kind and friendly. Loved the view from the 2nd story window.

Tags: Cozy, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Excellent real deal Italian food. Meet friends and we had salads to start out with. Dinner for us was seafood pastas. Perfect. Great and wonderful staff.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2017

The kitchen forgot the hollandais sauce for the eggs benedict. We had to ask twice before we got the sauce. By then the eggs were cold. Our table was set without small bread plates, although other tables had them. Our waitress served us small donut holes with chocolate sauce without bringing us small plates. This restaurant used to be one of my favorites, but It has gone downhill.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2017

My wife thought the Rollatini (sp?) appetizer (roasted eggplant stuffed with goat cheese), was the best thing she's eaten in ages. The noise level was a little high, otherwise everything else was excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2017

We had a wonderful time. We were a small party of retirees in the midst of a very young group of diners. But, no matter, it was very congenial. We enjoyed our food very much and the conversation with our neighboring table.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2016

The bread is amazing. Pasta was too good!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve dinner with our family, could not have been better! Very pretty, warm, atmosphere in historic row house right in DuPont Circle. We are local to this neighborhood and Darlington House is a favorite. The service is always good, but Christmas Eve was exceptional, everyone from our waiter to the manager made us feel like family. House made pasta was delicious, and so was the salmon and my husbands steak. Highly recommend !

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Seasonal, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Always a treat to visit - food and service are noteworthy. Location is perfect.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Relaxed at bar as I waited for the guests. My fav place and the best Italian food. Salads to start and seafood pasta for my guests. Food is made to order and you can taste how fresh. Staff is spot on.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2016

This is our go to restaurant at DuPont circle. Food, service, everything perfect. We love it.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Fantastic service and incredible food- will absolutely be coming here again. Such an amazing experience!

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on December 15, 2016

This place is elegant/casual. Plenty nice, attractive linen draped and upscale. But not in the least bit self-conscious or stuffy. Friendly while efficient wait staff. Well presented dishes. Cooked to perfection without being overloaded with every possible ingredient under the sun. This is a fine, tasty, well run and quite pleasant place to dine for an evening of friendship and/or conversation. I've visited for dinner multiple times spread over the last several years and every time I have left knowing that when I'm next in DC, I'll be coming back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2016

Staff were super accommodating and made sure to seat us so we would be minimally disturbed by the two large holiday party groups. On top of that, the food was absolutely fantastic!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2016

I was very anxious to try Darlington house after visiting during an Italian food tour of DC. The food did not disappoint. However the service could have been much better. Our table of five finished our appetizers and drinks before our server returned to take our entrée order. We also had to ask for bread three times before it was finally brought to the table. I would give it another shot because of the quality of the food, and both the dining room and the bar downstairs are worth a look.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Love this place, authentic food with a great atmosphere! Hidden gem of Dupont.

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