About DISH+drinks

DISH +Drinks is a casually elegant American neighborhood restaurant set in historical Foggy Bottom. DISH +Drinks features innovative American regional cooking focused on the freshest local ingredients and influenced by foods from the Bay to the Blue Ridge. It's a 10 minute walk to the Kennedy Center. Valet Parking for $10.

924 25th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday through Friday 7:00am-10:00am,
Saturday & Sunday 8:00am-11:00am.

Lunch: Monday through Friday 11:30am-2:30pm.

Dinner: Monday through Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm,

Cross Street:
Between "I" & "K"

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 337-7600

Website:
http://www.dishanddrinks.com/

Entertainment:
Close to Kennedy Center and Georgetown.

Parking Details:
Valet parking generally available in hotel lot, $6.00 per vehicle for dinner, $10 for dinner and show.

Public Transit:
2 blocks from Foggy Bottom Metro Station at 23rd & "I"

Private Party Facilities:
The restaurant is available for private parties for up to 40 people.

Private Party Contact:
Nkaiso Akpabio: (202) 337-7600

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

DISH+drinks Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (23)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
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Quiet Conversation (10)
Cozy (8)
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Good for Anniversaries (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Business Meals (4)
Authentic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
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Kid-friendly (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

We go to this restaurant very often for several reasons:

1. You can hear yourself talk (very rare in DC restaurants).
2. Good food reasonably priced.
3. Very good wine selection and knowledgeable staff.
4. Good location -- walk to Kennedy Center and Metro
5. Valet parking
6. They're usually very good at seating you on time

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Quiet before the storm! Very nice quiet atmosphere and excellent service before 6:30 -- then it became really busy and louder. Nice find with good food!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The waiter was amazing-funny, charming, warm and inviting! He gave me a free glass of red wine that I loved (and I don't even like red wine)!

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Awesome food, great service, 10/10 would recommend!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great place for a pre or post dinner meal. Very diverse menu with a nice wine list and handcrafted drinks. The $40 three course pre-show menu has plenty of options and is a nice value. Food is prepared perfectly and the wait staff is friendly and helpful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Dish has improved in its cuisine. We dined prior to a Kennedy Center performance and then took a short walk to the theater.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My boyfriend and I went on New Years and had a lovely meal, great wine, and awesome service. Would go again!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I was looking to try someplace different before a night with the wife and kids at the Kennedy Center. The restaurant had good reviews; so I thought we'd try it...and I'm so glad we did. The food was delicious -- large portions and tasty. My son and I had crab cakes; my wife had the scallops and my other son had the salmon. We are very satisfied with dinner (we did not get appetizers), wine/cocktails for me and my wife and the chocolate souffle. What also made for a memorable experience was our waiter, who was friendly and responsive and the ambiance -- we were happily seated near the fireplace on a cold night. We're definitely coming back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great place to eat before the Kennedy Center events. Excellent and well priced pre-theater menu. Small place- reservations required. Everything we ordered was delicious and the server was very attentive.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Wanted a light lunch before a performance at the Kennedy Center. Two of us shared the mac N cheese with bacon and the chef's salad. Greens were fresh, good balance of ingredients. Mac N cheese had cheese mostly on top, not much bacon. Perfect light lunch before a theatre matinee performance.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Tired of the uninspired menu of the Kennedy Center's Rooftop Terrace and disappointed by the lack of consistency at Kingbird in the Watergate, we decided to take a 10-minute stroll over to The River Inn (Dish+Drinks). Logistically the location is fine for an evening performance at the KC and the wait staff knows how to get you in and out in time for your show. I wish the ambiance and food lived up to the many positive reviews. It's a very small place and our table adjoined the hotel lobby robbing any intimacy one might have hoped for given the size of the place. One of our guests had the crab cakes which were roundly applauded, but the rest of us had the grilled salmon which the menu stated was to come on a bed of beluga lentils, applewood bacon, with a beurre rouge sauce. Instead, the fish was served on a bed of lettuce...I can't quite call it a salad because I don't think it aspired to such heights. The salmon was cooked appropriately, but there was nothing else in the dish to hold it together. Fish and lettuce are what I remember. Poor meal planning to either fall short of such basic ingredients as lentils and bacon, or to serve such a bland pairing. Given the experience I would be hard pressed to give the place another try.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

A pre-Kennedy Center gem. Very good food and very nice staff.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great server

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Inexplicably I've haven't been to Dish in quite a while and had forgotten just how enjoyable it is. For those of us who live nearby it is our local, easy, comfortable place to go. The food is very good and is also good value for the money. We try to go after 7:15 pm when the Kennedy Center crowd leaves for the evening performance and the noise level drops delightfully. Many of us also put our out-of-town guests at the River Inn Hotel (which the restaurant is part of) and inevitably receive compliments about the Restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Went here before a show at the Kennedy Center. Very convenient for the show. I might be more careful if the show at the Kennedy Center was very popular. The staff was small so if the restaurant was packed, they might get backed up. However, the service we experienced was great with nice wine recommendations. All in our party had the mussels and they were perfectly cooked and seasoned. We will definitely come back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We were late for our reservation due to traffic and they were very accommodating. Suggested a great wine and were attentive. My fish special (Char) was excellent and my companions's steak was very tender. This was a pre theater dinner and would definitely do again!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I found my new pre-theatre spot! The catch was well prepared. My husband's seafood was delicious. Service was great. Parking drop off and pick up was a little confusing as there was only 1 valet and many cars.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Good place for pre-theater meal. Very close to the Kennedy Center. Cozy spot that crams tables in next to the bar, so expect a lot of noise and not a lot of table space. Food was good, service needs work. Immediately tries to push bottles of wine on us, wine on the menu wasn't available and tried to assume an alternative and had to push to get the menu back, when clearing the table dropped food all over my wife's brand new coat. Good food, but don't expect the level of service typically for the $$$.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Excellent squash soup. Delicious crab salad w/ mango and avocado. Rich chocolate dessert.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The area around the Kennedy Center is a food desert, so it was great to find DISH+drinks, which is an easy 7-10 minute walk away. They have a very nice pre-theater dinner and, as other reviewers have noted, they know their guests. Drinks, dinner and dessert were all served well within time to walk back to the Kennedy Center for the performance. I can happily recommend!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I recommend this restaurant only if you need dinner before a show at the nearby Kennedy Center. I wouldn't make a special trip to come here otherwise when there are so many better, more creative restaurants in the DC area.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had a good experience at Dish. It is close to the Kennedy Center which makes it a good pretheater choice. There is a 3 course pre-theater prix fixe menu too. The waiter recommended a very good wine to accompany our meal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

It's our go-to choice for a casual dinner after work or before going to the Kennedy Center. Good menu, excellent choice of wines, knowledgeable staff.

Also, this restaurant is quiet enough that one can actually have a conversation. This is very unusual for a DC eatery. This is why it should be everyone's first choice.

Valet parking, quiet, good location, yummy food -- what else could one ask for?

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

A lovely experience. We were seated right away with no waiting. Our waiter not only saw to all of our needs, but even anticipated our walk to the theater for our show. Overall, I enjoyed the experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was really good. Our waiter was great and helped us get to a show on time with his spot on service. Good wines by the glass. After our show stopped in for dessert and drinks, dessert was okay. Entrees were better. Would return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Good location in terms of proximity to Kennedy Center. Great service- had a theater menu and was respectful of schedule

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Our usual pre-opera dinner location. We always have an excellent meal, fine wine, and am on our way with plenty of time before the curtain rises. DISH is a cozy neighborhood gem.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Wonderful!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Went for lunch prior to a matinee show at the Kennedy Center. It's an easy walk!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Wonderful spot, very European in feel and service. Excellent menu, ambiance (especially by the fireplace) and service.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Truly delightful spot with good food and especially great wait staff.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Very friendly waitstaff. Great food. Small venue

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We enjoyed our Pre Theater dinner at Dish + Drinks. The food was very good and service was great getting us out in plenty of time for the theater. We also appreciated being able to valet park.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

What a fantastic meal we had...and the drinks were on-point! A little pricey, but absolutely worth it for a date night or special occasion.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants anywhere. The fettuccine with shrimp and mussels was probably the best pasta I've ever had. The lamb was terrific. The bartender is extremely personable and knowledgeable, as was the wait staff. I always include this restaurant in any DC trip.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great place to dine before Kennedy center. Easy walking distance . Can valet park in hotel for a reasonable sum compared to KC and retrieve car after the show. Food consistently good and great friendly service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

This place was great. We went before going to a show at the Kennedy Center and our server even made sure we got out in time for our play. Food, drinks, service, atmosphere—all fantastic. We will definitely be going back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Loved the personalized service. After conversing with server, meals for me and my guest were customized based on server suggestions. Both meals were only made better by these changes. Food was delicious!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Located in a boutique hotel on a quiet, tree-lined street, this restaurant is less than 10 minutes walk from Kennedy Center and offers dinner/show valet parking. All the staff were friendly and attentive but it helped to get there early; diners arriving later seemed to be waiting much longer for service. Typical Washington prices for the food, with enough choices including fish and vegetarian options. We very much enjoyed our appetizers (gazpacho & perfectly fried calamari), good sized entrees (sea bass & vegetable risotto) and dessert (Chocolate cake with ice cream). Charming little bistro!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Nice neighborhood gem just adjacent to GWU campus. Cute neighborhood feel, safe area. Small restaurant which is nice compared to some larger restaurants where you feel like a number. Our server was really nice with a good sense of humor and efficient. Really unique restaurant as it was run more like a home visit. I got the fish which was the special and it was very good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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