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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
It is hard to rate the Darlington house as it is two restaurants. We ate ate at the classy, elegant upstairs part of the restaurant, with a quiet atmosphere, a lovely menu and fine dining. The down stairs has a raucous, pub atmosphere and lively bar scene. There are a good mix of types of food, with excellent homemade pasta and the prices are not out of line with moderate DC prices up stairs; the food is cheaper and more pub food downstairs. The service was friendly and good. We have take guest there as a thank you or birthday treat more than once.
Salad and tomato sauce bland and without flavor. Waiter never checked to see if everything was okay after food arrived. It was not. For the cost, I would expect better quality food and attentive service. To quote my husband, "If we lived in DC, I wouldn't go back.
went for brunch with my family! everyone that worked there was super friendly from the moment we walked in! the food was delicious and beautifully presented. the whole place is adorable and keeps a great deal of the buildings original charm! the time of day we went also allowed for a lot of natural light which was lovely!
On a spur of the moment, we decided to have Italian. Looking for nearby places to the wharf in DC, Darlington had a better than 4 stars rating. A safe bet for sure right? No, it was anything but.... We arrived and sat outside. We entered our orders with the waitress. It took sometime for appetizer to come. So, we asked for bread. Some time passed by and appetizer arrived. We were famish so we dove in. The bread arrived after we were nearly done with the appetizer. By this time the sun had set and it is now colder. The ladies on te patio all pulled out their sweaters. We asked the waitress if she could turn on the heater above our head. She said no. Her reason was it is still pretty warm. We finished our dinner and left. No more than minutes later, i had a stomachache and ten the runs. Enough said.
We were seated at a wonderful table near a fireplace (not burning). However, once we were seated it took too long to get a waiter to the table, I had to stand up, look around, and gesture, The hostess asked one waiter to attend to us and he completely ignored her, turning his back and walking away. About a minute later a very friendly waiter came and helped us. It was all good after that. The food was excellent, well presented, and came quickly. The wines by the glass were a short list, but good wines.
11 of us ending up eating at Darlington House. The opening bruschetta with balsamic vinaigrette were delicious. The chef next provided delicious plates of antipasti, including a special one for vegans that was happily consumed by everyone else too. Caprese, prosciutto, home made sausage, and olives were among the offerings. The warm sausage was particularly well received. Everyone was too full for additional appetizers, but the entrees were well-received. The evening's branzino special came with spinach that might have been a little too salty, but the fish was perfectly cooked as was the pasta aglio e olio requested as a substitute side for the garlic mashed (which got rave reviews at the other end of the table).
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