Garrison

4.5
633 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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Garrison brings Chef Rob Weland's seasonal American cuisine to Capitol Hill. We offer a simple yet sophisticated menu featuring the freshest produce, roasted meats, sustainable seafood, hand-rolled pastas and a full bar and wine list all presented in a comfortable neighborhood setting.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 506-2445
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Robert Weland
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between E and G streets SE
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Parking details
Metered street parking is available as well as neighborhood zone free parking.
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Public transit
We are located two blocks South of the Eastern Market Metro Station on the Orange/Blue/Silver lines. Bus routes also pass in front of the restaurant property.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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VJ
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I’ve been a fan of Garrison for two plus years since I moved to DC. It always was a dependable reliable great place with good ingredients great recipes and good service. I dined 10 to 15 times over two and a half years. When I read this morning that tonight was the last night of service I was dismayed and booked a table immediately and especially because a good friend who I had met there was in town. Unfortunately the last experience was very poor. Garrison didn’t take care of us and didn’t honor our reservation; they didn’t meet their commitment to us and we went elsewhere and had a great time but, you know, we missed what might’ve been a great sayonara to a great place. I wish the chef the best. But I’m going to go to his next place with a question in mind now about how he treats loyal guests. I’ll be providing a more detailed letter to the Washington Post and the New York Times. This place was good enough that it warrants a watch.

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HH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Garrison is one of the few places I've found in the year I've lived here that I really love. They are consistently warm, welcoming, unpretentious, with delicious food and drink. I am so sad to see them close. The neighborhood will not be the same without them!

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SG
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I've been to Garrison twice now. The first time was great. Superb even! This second time, though, you'd think the kitchen had never prepared for a full house before. 1 of our 3 apps came out 45 minutes after ordering followed by our mains. The serve actually told us that the kitchen was so backed up it was no longer preparing apps. One of the members of our party found her food cold and the garlic totally blackened. It's a shame because I expected more

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w
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an awesome restaurant. Sad that they are closing.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in DC.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Service on New Years has been an absolute disaster. We were given the incorrect drinks twice, the pacing for courses was uneven, there was no explanation of the food when it was served, and one tall bearded server in particular was rude with guests. Look, I get if the waitstaff doesn’t want to be here tonight, just don’t advertise it as a New Years dinner. We’ve felt rushed and for the price it has been an extreme disappointment.

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Pretty disappointing. Scallop meal came without any sides and I left feeling hungry. I won't be back.

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WB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. Even when you *think* you know how the dishes will taste, intriguing surprises await. The seasonal items this time included fried celery root and a robustly flavorful gingerbread dessert. Good service and nice wine options. A great place for holiday dinner with family.

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KS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very seasonal and delicious. I loved the creativity of the menu and we had very attentive service.

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N
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started with the gougeres which are delightful. The waiter recommended the cabrito and two people had that and said it was amazing. I appreciated being able to have a half portion of the lovely pumpkin pasta, and we all admired the cheeseburger which was also delicious.

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JC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That was an incredible meal. One my best dining experiences ever. Amazing food.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Odd menu, not very inspired food, dead on a Friday night. Service was fantastic.

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T
Washington DC
106 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I ate at Garrison this past Saturday evening and were very much impressed, particularly given we drove from Potomac MD to the Hill. The restaurant reminded us of Dabney, given the focus on local fresh offerings from the DC region and attention to excellent food - except at a lesser cost and more relaxing atmosphere. The service was also great and my wife who is a "foodie," favorably commented on the components and preparation of each dish. And the menu offered a significant variety of vegetarian dishes, more than we have encountered at most restaurants. We will gladly drive the 40+ minutes to eat again at Garrison.

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l
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and service! The Fried Sage Leaves were a great surprise and well worth ordering! I'd definitely recommend the rabbit and cabrito!

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M
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food! Each dish was better than the last. Lovely environment. Highly recommended.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

9/10 dishes we got were phenomenal! The tenth was very good. Very good service. Nice atmosphere. Hip neighborhood.

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RD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit but not our last! Delicious seasonal food, cozy ambiance and delightful service! A neighborhood gem for sure.

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BS
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We arrived 10 minutes late for our reservation after returning the call confirming that we were coming, and found that they had given our table away! They didn't admit that at first, saying "we're working it out" when asked after several minutes wait if everything was OK with our reservation, but ultimately did reveal what had happened. Well, "working it out" turned out to be putting us right in front of the door and giving us blankets in a futile attempt to keep warm. Our waitress was very helpful, but ultimately my abiding memory of the evening was being cold, being strung along, and having to really push to get anything at all comped for their mistake.

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k
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful!

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i
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Evening was a huge miss on Garrison’s part. We came for the Sunday family style dinner, a roast chicken that was served at best lukewarm. One of the three sides had also been sitting, far below serving temperature. We sent the chicken back and when we finally digged in it just was’t very good at all - a cassoulet of ingredients and flavors that didn’t work at all. The chicken itself was OK but the chicken portion of the dish was tiny. Bizarre, not sure what the kitchen was thinking . Desert was good but overall a relatively expensive wasted evening.

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MD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious and the ambiance was lovely! The food was just a little slow, but we were enjoying a leisurely brunch, so that wasn't too bad. Also, I have celiac disease and they took every precaution and I was just fine. Will definitely be going back!

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable space, good for conversation, excellent wait staff.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our daughter is a vegetarian, and this place really hits the mark. Excellent and creative cooking.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a good date. One pasta dish didn't settle well with the wife, but everything else was amazing. A bit pricey, but great service.

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c
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

YUM! the menu changes often, based on seasonal availability. The food is creative, like eggplant terrine and crispy mushroom stuffed sage leaves. They always have plenty of vegetarian and healthy options. The service is always good with attention to detail. they have blankets in the winter and delicious glog!

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NL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Garrison is always good..innovative food, great service, convenient location. Have been coming here since the first week they opened, and it never disappoints. ESP fond of brunch but every meal is memorable at Garrison!

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S
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fall drink and food specials are terrific! Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. All four people in my party were very pleased with the meal. Thank you to the chef and staff for an enjoyable evening dining outside.

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CA
Kansas City
33 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server Edwin so on top of things w incredibly dry wit — Loved him! Atmosphere boisterous but conversation very possible and we were by the kitchen. Cocktails inventive, good wine list, don’t miss the poppy seed gougares (sp?) which are little pockets of heaven. Smoked trout you could miss... tasteless and served on rye bread so dense or old couldn’t cut it w a knife. Scallops, salads, everything else scrumptious. Awesome desserts as well.

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c
New England
33 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

SALT!! So many of the dishes we had we ruined by too much salt.

The bar service was great! Interesting wine list!

Great service! Charming room!

I would not return due to the poorly prepared food.

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EG
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food tasted incredibly fresh and delicious. We were there for brunch. I shared the quiche and the duck egg crepe with another person and they were both incredible. Another person at my table had the pumpkin pancakes which were super creative and equally tasty as everything else. Service was really thoughtful as well. Only thing I would change was that the bloody marys weren't great. What we couldn't figure out was why the restaurant was so empty! There were two other tables when we arrived at 11:20 am and no one else came in by the time we left a little before 1 p.m.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Appetizers outstanding, eggplant a must try, hanger steak disappointed as the hunk ( literally) of blue cheese was a miss match, tomatoes good however, cold. The Hake was good meager portion did not wow, flavor profile was ok! Spoon cake a disappointed as not a hint of peach. Service was outstanding. Burrata outstanding.

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DS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Memorable meal. Food is top drawer. Everything is so fresh you would think it was picked from the garden that very day. And who knew veg, especially eggplant could taste so good? The bison was outstanding. I thought the hake was pricy for the portion size but then the potatoes underneath the hake were other-worldly. And whatever you do, save room for the spoon cake. Spectacular Meal.

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b
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Fantastic vegetable dishes, load of small plates to share. We were stuck at a lousy table; nonetheless the meal was quite good in a very hopping neighborhood

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a
Chicago
103 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE Garrison's. The menu includes an excellent selection of locally sourced food, creatively prepared and professionally served. Don't miss the poppyseed gougeres! Especially loved the burrata and grilled peaches dish this time of year, and excellent soft shell crab.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal in DC. Fresh ingredients. Fabulous flavors. Great atmosphere, beautiful setting, fun cocktail and wine list. Could not have been better.

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CC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, every item we tried was delicious, the desserts are all great especially the chocolate one. The soft shell crabs were incredible. Great ambiance, great food, great service!

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J
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was slow, food ok

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LB
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu was inventive and everything perfectly prepared! Shannon was efficient and helpful!! Overall, exceptional!

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RL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While always happy to snag a table, I am saddened by how often the Garrison is mostly empty. It is a marvelous special occasion restaurant but also good for less fancy meals. There's always something new on the menu in addition to familiar items like the poppyseed gougeres, which never disappoint. Their cocktails are brilliant. The setting is lovely. The service impeccable. Give Garrison more love, DC! It deserves it.

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M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went there for dinner on a Saturday night. We sat outside, so the noise level score is subjective. The food was great and the service was excellent. Will definitely be back.

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