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Domku Bar & Cafe

3.9
68 reviews
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$30 and under
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Scandinavian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch

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About

The Domku Bar & Cafe is a café and restaurant that offers authentic Scandinavian, Polish and Eastern European cuisine. Food served at Domku Bar & Cafe includes pierogis, kielbasa, gravlax, goulash, pickled herring and Swedish meatballs. Domku Bar & Cafe offers various types of soups, salads, appetizers, entrées and desserts. The restaurant serves various beverages as well and the ambience is casual and the service good. There's also a happy hour.

The butter lettuce salad and the herb and vegetable soup are some of the notable salads and soups. In appetizers, the gravlax tartare is popular. Entrées include herb-crusted salmon, Swedish meatballs and red onion pie. Among desserts, the Swedish almond cake and the red beet & ginger cake are worth trying out.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Scandinavian, Polish, Eastern European
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Hours of operation

Tuesday - Friday 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday - Sunday 10:00am-11:00pm. Please note that the kitchen opens at 6pm on weekdays and will close between 5pm and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
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Phone number
(202) 722-7475
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We do not offer off-site catering.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Georgia Ave NW
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Parking details
Metered parking until 6:30pm. Unlimited street parking after that time.
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Public transit
Petworth/Georgia Avenue/New Hampshire Avenue (Green Line)
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Special events & promotions
Pierogi Night begins in October! Join us the second Wednesday of each winter month for a variety of pierogi beginning at 7pm.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.7
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JessicaG (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

I am very sad to know that my past visit will be my last visit. This place was a true gem. Always a great experience with great food, drinks and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on May 1, 2016

Twice they brought us the wrong order. Food was room temperature. Service attitude was condescending and nonchalant. One of the worst dining experiences I've had in my 10 years of Washington residency.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on April 29, 2016

good quality food, but the deserts weren't very tasty

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on April 28, 2016

All drinks were really bad - we ordered 5 various cocktails/sips and sent 2 of them back, while we were charged for every single one of those. It was my husband's birthday and we were charged for the only desert we ordered too. We had 2 little kids in the company, but the service was soooo slow, they got pretty tired , but still we were the last ones to get a check of the 5 tables that were occupied - the WORST waitress ever (we waited 15 minutes for the first drinks, then 45 minutes for the table to be cleared and for the 1 simple desert to arrive). Terrible experience and I would never go back to this restaurant or recommend it to anyone, especially with kids since you'll be stuck there for 2-3 hours at least even on Thursday night, apparently, even on your birthday. The total check was very overpriced and not worth value of a half of it.

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vipacswift (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 23, 2016

Very cute little restaurant in Petworth, lots of great brunch options and reasonable prices. Friendly service and the food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 1, 2016

I'd been meaning to try this restaurant for a few months, and now I wish I'd gone sooner. This is such a cute restaurant and the food was so delicious. We had a group of friends and ended up sharing a bunch of entrées. Everything was amazing and surprisingly affordable (including several bottles of cava and other drinks). I will definitely be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2016

We had a wonderful experience during our first trip to Domku. The food was amazing and the service was exceptional. Very kid-friendly, from the friendly staff to the many paintings and butterflies on the walls. The french toast was incredible and the grapefruit mimosa was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

My friend and I went here to reminisce about our trip to Budapest last summer- the food did not disappoint! Greatly enjoyed appetizers and the goulash. Would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 6, 2016

Amazing food!! Will definitely look to go back to again for breakfast in DC!!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 26, 2016

Well lit, very friendly and attentive server, and food that genuinely reminded me of what I ate in both Poland and Sweden.

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DCDiner2015 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2016

I've been to Domku a few times and have always been super happy with the food. This visit the service was great but the food was lack luster. I wouldn't go back for dinner but probably brunch.

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vipPerfect (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Great special menu for Valentine's day. We dine here a lot .. and Love it!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

Wonderful as always! Food is exceptional. The ambiance is quiet, calm, and pretty.

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LanierLady (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 9, 2016

Domku has an interesting Scandinavian/Slavic brunch menu that sets it apart from the run of the mill brunches elsewhere in DC. The prices are reasonable and the retautant itself is decorated in a cool, clean Scando vibe. Unfortunately our food took a long time to come out (especially given That they weren't that crowded); some of us got food that felt liked it'd been sitting for a bit while others had warmer, fresher meals. That was disappointing but I'd still come back to try lunch or dinner here. It's refreshingly off the (ok my) beaten path and I was really intrigued by the menu! Didn't knock my socks off but I would go back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 9, 2016

A really fun place to eat with a fantastic, unusual menu.

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JanB (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2015

Domku always delights! Our friends always comment on the creative, fun and tasty menu. we love the atmosphere and diligent and friendly staff. Domku is reliably special treat.

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vipAdiner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

I don't think of Eastern European or Scandinavian cuisine as vegetarian friendly--but Domku makes it clear that is not so! Delicious veggie stuffed cabbage and borscht. We will be back soon.

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ADiner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on November 28, 2015

Unfortunately, the reviews on this site are correct: the service ranges somewhere between lackadaisical and totally disinterested. We were seated promptly, given menus and water immediately, and then our server disappeared. We'd been there nearly half an hour by the time our drinks arrived. And this was on a slow night, with only three or four tables occupied. The food was good, not spectacular. Domku is a reasonable place if you're in the neighborhood, but not worth a trip across town.

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diningindc (Houston)
4.0  Dined on November 15, 2015

Domku has been a favorite of mine for years now. The food is always very good and eclectic, the service great and they have a nice little drink list to boot. If you're looking for something different from burgers and fries and a mod atmosphere, Domku is the place to go. The Swedish Meatballs with Ligonberries is to die for and their breakfast is SO good!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

We went for your brunch/breakfast menu that started at 10:00. We arrived at 10:45 and found out that you were out of three main breakfast options. How can you run out of options in 45 minutes? Also, being unable to order a mimosa at 10:55 b/c you cannot serve alcohol until 11:00 seems a bit trivial. That was not a very good start to our dining experience at your restaurant. I will say that the food that did come was good.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

They were out of the majority of their brunch menu and the place was half empty. Slow service. Disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on November 1, 2015

Four friends and I met at Domku for a noon brunch reservation. We were met by a brusque owner/manager, who made us stand in a corner even after the entire party was present. Please keep in mind that there were several empty tables. The restaurant was bustling but not packed. We were finally seated at a large table in the middle of the main room. We had to ask several times for coffee, and even to order. After ordering, we waited for over 30 minutes, and asked about our food. The waiter came back 15 minutes later and told us he had forgotten to give our order to the kitchen. He offered us a 'free appetizer under $10". We also finally got coffee refills - the first ones. During all of this, the owner/manager passed by our table numerous times and never acknowledged us. At about 1:30, we lost all patience and told the waiter we were leaving. He said 'OK' and walked away. We never were served our food. He did offer to one of my friends' to box up the food as we were walking out the door, but she declined. The manager/owner Kira called me later to apologize, but I didn't answer as I was eating at another restaurant. She stated on her message that she didn't know what was happening, which I find hard to believe. How can you not notice that the largest table in the middle of your small restaurant never got served their food? She was also unfriendly from the beginning. Two of us then went to Chez Billy, and were warmly welcomed, seated and fed within 15 minutes.

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DisappointingDomku (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 25, 2015

I have been meaning to try Domku for a while, since I've spent time in eastern Europe and know the cuisine. My date and I were surprised to find we were the *only* people eating there the night we visited. Even though their menu is pretty limited to begin with, they didn't have a number of things listed on the menu, including several listed entrees, wines and desserts. The food we did order was disappointing. I ordered the kielbasa, which was so-so - not flavorful at all, and dripping with fat. Meanwhile, my date's chicken goulash was really bad. It was super bland, with overcooked chicken, presented in a pretty unappetizing format. The space itself is nice and I suppose it met our goal of finding a 'quiet place to talk', but it was a bit odd to be the *only* people dining there. The service was okay, but our waitress seemed to struggle to find the right balance of how much to interact with us as the only table. She kept coming by to take our order shortly after we arrived when we were clearly just sitting there chatting and not looking at our menus yet, but then completely disappeared after the food came and made it a bit hard for us to actually get our bill.

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vipSLSNYCDC (London)
4.0  Dined on October 18, 2015

Always love this spot. More like a 4.5 review.

All apps great, especially the Whitefish Pot. Try that for sure.

.5 point drop because of an over cooked schnitzel, and where is that awesome buttermilk and beet soup???

Sunday nights half price bottles of wine. Try a Georgian red!

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vipKiki (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 10, 2015

Finding a restaurant in DC with Norwegian offerings was truly special! I went to Domku with two friends for a Saturday brunch. We enjoyed the food very much and liked the charming ambiance. I had the best Traditional Norwegian Pancake with lavender syrup ever. We shared yummy Danish donut balls for dessert. This cafe is located in Petworth, an area of DC that is becoming more and more popular.

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crickk (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 27, 2015

Good food, good drinks, nice scene;
Could train the waiter a bit.
Will be back

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pfafferton (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 26, 2015

We've been here a handful of times over the years and have always liked it. This time it was a bit hit or miss. The fried pickled herring was quite good, as was the beet and buttermilk soup. (Where else can you get either of these..?!) But the main courses were a bit lacking. Especially the pork schnitzel, which seemed overcooked and was dry. The swedish style potato that came with it was also fairly dry. The plate could have used some sort of sauce to perk it up I guess. Also, the pear cake for dessert was, wait for it, fairly dry...

The waitress was very friendly, but she was just one person handling many customers, both indoors and out, so it was very slow. they needed another wait person.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 23, 2015

A group of us came to Sunday brunch, one couple with a baby in tow. The place is very kid friendly and accommodated us without a problem on short notice. The coffee was great. The aebleskivers were delicious!! I enjoyed by brunch but despite the interesting food names and combinations, it was not out of this world. I wanted to try the chicken liver dish but they were out. The hash with beef was good, the pached egg on top nice and runny. My friend who ordered the salmon hash received a hard boiled poached egg and had to wait for it to be re-made. Our waters were not refilled and we had to search for our waiter several times and ask for coffee refills.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2015

Great food run out of options fast

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healthfuleater (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 11, 2015

We enjoyed the food the first time we visited in June, but were very disappointed in the beet gnocchi this second time--gummy, dry and sort of tasteless. Did they change the recipe? The vegetarian meatballs are delicious, but maybe better for a cold winter day. The Open Table listing for Domku says they have "a vegetarian only Meatless Tuesday menu every week" but the server had no idea what we were talking about. There are numerous vegetarian options, though. Service was great, the restaurant was not crowded.

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