About Due South

Due South offers creative cuisine inspired by the Southern states with an emphasis on in-house smoked meats, locally sourced seafood and farm fresh produce.

301 Water St. SE
The Lumber Shed
Washington, DC 20003
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Southern, American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast/Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
Lunch:
Monday through Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
Dinner:
Sunday through Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm-11:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 479-4616

Website:
http://www.duesouthdc.com/

Parking Details:
We are conveniently located near several public parking lots. Valet parking available.

Public Transit:
Navy Yard Metro

Executive Chef:
Rusty Holman

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Due South Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (26)
Waterfront (26)
Good for Groups (21)
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Good for a Date (20)
Casual (18)
Great for Brunch (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Business Meals (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Fun (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Cozy (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Authentic (8)
Scenic View (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Great Beer (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Live Sports (5)
People Watching (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Seasonal (4)
Romantic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Spicy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was amazing and service was great!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

I heard a out the spot so I took a chance and took my lady for the V-day and she loved the dish she has and for me the same as well. The ambience was real nice with the perfect lighting. Food was very highly good and fast from the time we took our order so no long wait. Definitely returning this weekend.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Pretty good. I had the shrimp and grits - very tasty. Nice draft beer selection with craft beers.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Great place for a small, casual, business gathering.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Due south is a nice place. My friends and I went for sunday brunch. The food was pretty good but I ordered the chicken and waffles and was not that impressed. Then I asked the waitress if I could order the shrimp and grits and send back the chicken and waffles. She then informed me that I would still have to pay for the chicken and waffles. Long story short I asked to speak to the manager and he took 50% off the price of the chicken and waffles. If you want to go to due south and taste the food go with friends so that you can share and order different things. You can't send things back because you will be charged full price. The manager was being nice. The shrimp and grits were awesome and the chicken buscuit was great too.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was flavorful. Our server Pat was awesome. He gave some concise recommendations and was very pleasant. The fried Brussel sprouts were divine!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a bunch of really good-sounding brunch options. I opted for an open- faced prime rib & egg sandwich. It was money

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We have eaten at many of the major restaurants in this area--Salt Line, District Winery, Blue Jacket. 100 Montevideo, Due South is definitely the best. While we waited for our table, we chatted with people in the bar--the bar tenders are very nice--we had some very good squash puppy appetizers, a great house beer and the wine was a decent pour in the perfect glass. Our server was great and our meals were served promptly. We ordered the BBQ and the hamburger both were delicious. During dinner we again ordered wine and once again it was served in the right glass and was a generous pour (1/2 way up the glass, unlike a 1/3 pour at the other locations).

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Table (for 8) ready on time. Wait service was great and attentive. Good food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Love the food, drinks and atmosphere! I recommend this restaurants to all friends and family who visit the DC area.

Tags: Live Sports, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2018

very nice setting, good menu, good food and good value. the waiter was very helpful. I definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The barbecue was delicious! This restaurant is a must-try!

Tags: Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This was a Birthday celebration which turned out great. All the food was great with the exception of the collar greens that's a NO. The celebration was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I live in Northern Virginia but Due South is one of my faves when coming into the District. The service is always friendly. The food is not too southern, i.e. the frying is at a minimum. That said, great Fried Chicken, great salads, and awesome hush puppies. The decor is very nice.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Yummy food! Service a little slower than usual.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I was very surprised at the portion size for the $42.00 Pit Master plate. It was relatively small portions for the amount of money. The food was delicious and service was great. I would go back. So many options.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We live in the neighborhood and come fairly regularly. The food is always good. The issues we experience are that we often wait a VERY long time for food. And, the servers are usually absent and not helpful. And, on this last visit, I'd say even rude. He took our sons food away before he was finished (and without asking) and our son was upset. He's four and had barely touched his cheeseburger. I asked the server if we could get the food back he said no, left the check, and walked away immediately. Maybe we wanted to order more! This is just one of many examples. The restaurant really needs to focus on staff training.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great brunch! I’m from the South (Georgia) and this is the best variation of Southern food in the DMV!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great service, food, and drinks. It was my third time visiting Due South. I will certainly return again.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great service, good southern eats, and solid drink list.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Excellent brunch, had the turkey hash which was outstanding!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was delicious and we loved the look and feel of the restaurant. It was pretty busy, music was playing and games were on in the bar, but we could still carry on a conversation easily. Drinks, apps and mains all arrived promptly and the food was hot. The menu was also really gluten-free friendly; every item was clearly marked for dietary needs and there were a ton of gluten-free options!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great spot for brunch — especially if you like your Southern with an extra splash of spice

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Don’t go during the mid-day menu it is basic and boring !!!

Tags: Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My friends and I went to Due South for brunch this past Sunday and our experience was great. Everyone said they would be back. The food was great and it came quick. One friend got the shrimp and grits while the rest of us had the chicken and biscuits. Both dishes were very tasty. The chicken and biscuit comes with the Nashville hot sauce on it so I would recommend having it brought on the side if you’re not too fond of a spicy kick. The atmosphere makes the restaurant feel intimate and homey. The decor is definitely southern inspired and reminded my friend and I of our southern roots.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The BRAISED BONELESS BEEF SHORT was absolutely delicious. Great spot on the river in a not too crowed area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The quality of this restaurant's food is very up & down but the one consistent factor is; their wait staff is terrible.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Pros:

Hostess was warm and inviting; seated within minutes of arrival.
Appetizers were spot on (fried Brussels were outstanding!)
Location is great; very scenic.
Cleanliness; definitely being what you'd expect from a typical "bbq" spot.

Cons:
Reservation request wasn't honored. Asked for an intimate table for two where my wife and I could talk and celebrate our anniversary. We were seated sandwiched between a table of 10 with rather loud children and adults and another table of two nearest a window. I swear the space between those teo tables had to be no more than 5 ft, with our slanted table crammed in between. We could hear every last detail of both parties conversations and sadly little of our own.

Definitely not a value oriented restaurant which is generally to be expected from southern/bbq inspired establishments. No complimentary bread service ($6 for 4 really small, cold pieces of cornbread). Our bill was $88. With tip it came to $108. We had no beer, alcohol or wine...just waters. $50 + per person with no alcohol definitely puts you in a higher bracket of expectations IMO.

Speaking of service...

Our server took 11 minutes to acknowledge us or to provide water from the time we were seated. Beyond that, immediately after providing us our waters, our server asked if we'd like to order appetizers to which we happily obliged. I believe we ordered 3 or so appetizers as we wanted to get a feel for the culinary vibe of the place. 3 minutes later or waiter returned and asked if we were ready to place our entree orders. This seemed a bit odd considering we literally just had ordered our apps. Being a little thrown off, my wife asked the server if they'd space the orders out so that we could enjoy our appetizers. Our waiter ensured is that they'd definitely space the order out and that we'd have time to enjoy our apps. Well...5 minutes into receiving our apps, our entree dishes were brought to our table.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Brunch for eight went off without a hitch! They put us in a room off the dining room which was perfect! Food was amazing, mimosas flowed freely. Be mindful of the two hour time limit for bottomless mimosas. They did ok with food allergies, did not get it right the first time, but they fixed it quickly. Will absolutely go back!

Tags: Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Visited with coworkers for a pre-holiday lunch. Food and service were excellent! We really enjoyed venue.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Good food, good ambiance, good cocktails at a reasonable price.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food wAs just ok!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Good service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This restaurant was wonderful from the time I walk in to the time I walk out. Because the food ,
and atmosphere was excellent; the price was on what I order was reasonable; the waiting time was not an issue and its in good location. The server and other staff were friendly, smiling ,welcoming and helpful recommendation. I would recommend to others as well revisit this restaurant.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Organic, Late-night Find, Cozy, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fun, Quick Bite, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

As usual the food was excellent the service good and the ambiance was nice. Due south is one of my personal favorites in DC.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The most positive thing about our visit was that the food was good. Service was only fair. We had to wait much too long for someone to take our drink orders, even though the place was almost empty. We were initially seated in what could be a private dinning area. Which was a little strange because all of the tables we passed were empty. The four people at the table next to us were extremely loud and using foul language. We asked to be seated elsewhere and were satisfied with the change. It took much too long for the waiter to take our drink orders. When he finally arrived, I explained that we were going to Arena Stage that evening. He understood and took our complete order at that time. The wine and food arrived in a timely manner and we did enjoy the food. As we left, the waiter told us he hoped we would enjoy the theater.

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

Overall loved the experience here. The food and drinks were great and my friends and I had a great time.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Good food and service. Great location as well. Service was on point and server didn't miss a beat.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Absolutely great - the shrimp 'n grits was incredible and our whole table was impressed with all of the food. You can't go wrong!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The fried brussel sprouts and the bread pudding were amazing. Everything was yummy and we would definitely return again.

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