Hard Rock Cafe - Washington, DC

3.3
175 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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About

From the heart of our nation’s capital, Hard Rock Cafe is doing our patriotic duty by offering fresh, delicious American cuisine against a backdrop of one of our country’s greatest collections of music memorabilia. Find our “Embassy of Rock n’ Roll” conveniently located next to Ford’s Theater, across from the FBI Building. You haven’t seen all of DC until you’ve stepped through our doors, though we certainly recommend seeing the highlights of the nation’s capital during your stay. The White House, Capitol Hill & Smithsonian Museums are all within a short walk or drive.
The spirit of America is alive and well at Hard Rock Cafe Washington DC. Enjoy freshly prepared dishes like our Legendary® Burger, Rockin’ Wings, or Classic Nachos, all of which are made from scratch. After dinner, browse our selection of historic memorabilia that adorns the walls or pick up a Hard Rock Cafe Washington DC t-shirt, collectible pin, or specialty glass at The Rock Shop®.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Burgers, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 7:00am - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 7:00am - 12:00am

ROCK SHOP HOURS:
Sunday -Thursday: 9AM-11PM
Fridays & Saturdays: 9AM-12AM
Show off your experience with cool swag – from pins to tees to guitars, we’ve got it all. Stop into our Rock Shop© for all of your favorite classic items and take a piece of history home.
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Phone number
(202) 737-7625
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
To learn more about Hard Rock Cafe DC's catering capabilities please contact the sales department at washingtondc_salesmanager@hardrock.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
10th St. NW
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Parking details
Limited street parking on various blocks surrounding the Cafe. Multiple parking garages on E Street, F Street, and 10th Street.
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Public transit
Conveniently located near Metro Center and Gallery Center Metro stops.
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Entertainment
Want to know what’s going on at Hard Rock Cafe Washington DC? Bookmark our event calendar and check back often for a list of the area’s hottest live events. www.hardrock.com/dc
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Special events & promotions
Visit www.hardrock.com/dc for an upcoming listing of special events throughout the year.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.3based on all time ratings
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3.4
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3.3
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2.9
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57% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Seating seemed to a problem. Tour groups take the priority. Hostess was not as friendly as other locations. Had to wait to be seated in a room that was closed off from the rest of the restaurant and could not see most of the store. Ruins the point of going to Hard Rock. No family photo that we had gotten at other locations on vacation. We wont do Hard Rock on another vacation.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a group of high school students (grades9-11) to DC for conferences. Hard Rock was their choice for dinner one evening. GREAT choice!!!! the food was excellent! service was timely and freindly. Great music...Overall great experience!! Thank you !!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brittany turned what was going to be a disasterous evening into a great ending to our vacation with her professionalism.

Jasmine our waitress did an outstanding job

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my two kids for dinner for a 7:30 reservation. As soon we walked in the vibrant atmosphere captured your attention. The service was excellent and the food came out in a very timely manner. I was very surprised how excellent the food was. I am definitely coming back but for breakfast next time.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Kanei, made my birthday experience so exciting, it will always be one of my favorite birthday memories of all time! Hard Rock, you are lucky to have an employee in your ranks who loves her job and customers! Thank you for providing me with one of the best moments of my life!

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Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I have been to many HRCs around the world. This one had both the worst food and service of any.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The hostess look annoyed when we arrived and when I told her about a reservation it made it worse. My food was cold and we were forgotten on a regular basis. Would not return. Food was bland and not the Hard Rock I know elsewhere.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited the Hard Rock DC for my daughters 10th Birthday while on vacation and traveling for business! It was a blast!! All the staff were great and treated us all like a Rock Star!! They made my daughter feel special with a special Happy Birthday from the staff and patrons! This was her best Birthday ever she said as we left the restaurant!!! The food was great along with the service and facility. This was our families first time at one of your restaurants but definitely not our last!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very god experience. Was a little loud, hard to hear

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Went with a group of 13 year old girls and their parents. The atmosphere was exciting, friendly, and fun! Kids, adults, and wait staff all around the restaurant joined in with singing and dancing to the music. Food was ok, but with the experience and memories it was worth it. Go with a group of people and you will have a ball. Remember to make reservations as early as possible or you won't get in!

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is always a great atmosphere. Our server was great and very attentive. The food arrived quickly and was delicious. I ordered a press drink and it was delicious. Overall, a great dining experience.

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BF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We actually didn't get to eat, as they had two bus loads (literally) of school age kids that overwhelmed the kitchen on a Wednesday night. After sitting for nearly an hour a manager came and apologized and after another 15 minutes we opted to leave so we wouldn't miss the Caps game (we won!) I'm sure the food was great, but I've got no way of knowing.

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MN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Hard Rock DC was a great choice for my birthday celebration with my young millennium grown folks. I enjoyed the time well spent with them and they enjoyed checking out all the paraphernalia around the grill. Free birthday treat rocked! Thanks HRC

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a large group of high school students (28). Our server Kenisha was excellent and Poping the hostess helped keep our group together, even though open table limits the size of the parties you can reserve. We were in town for an event and we could not have been more pleased with the help and care we were given.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great time

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Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant did not have our open table reservation or a table waiting on us when we got there. Large groups behind us without reservations were seated before us and we waited at our table for a good 10-15 mins before we even got menus. When we did order our food was literally thrown on the table by the runner.
If it weren't for the waiter being such a nice guy, we probably would have walked out. Good person, kind and considerate he did his best among a group that clearly did not really care if the patrons got served or not.
I really should have rated this establishment lower, but the waiter gained it a star.
I seriously doubt I will be going back. Very bad experience.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a great place to be for a celebration and rowdy crowd. The staff were very accommodating and location and price can't be beat.

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JR
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

We attended the Women's March and showed up late for our reservation. Part of our party was already seated and they not only accommodated us, but took us in right away and gave us a larger table for the rest of our party. We were exhausted from the March and so were the waiters and waitresses and despite all that was going on they gave us exemplary service.

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food and atmosphere were typical for Hard Rock, however the service was very slow even though they were not crowded. The servers were horsing around, running foot races with each other, etc instead of caring for their customers.

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Corpus Christi
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Hostess was rude, didn't even stay

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The service was terrible. Like a bunch of kids running the show. Our waitress had to be reminded multiple times for things we asked for and it wasn't even busy. Someone who looked like a cook sullenly delivered our last dish and practically threw it on the table. I love the music concept but I shouldn't have to shout at dinner to be heard. I had no voice left. I'll never go back.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Our server was amazing, too bad I cannot say the same about the food and the food runner. When she brought out our food, she did not have a smile on her face- infant, no personality at all. Sad to say the same when she brought out our entrée. Also, did not warn us that our plate was hot, but did not walk them around to us to place in front of the person who ordered their meal. The plates were hotter than the food on them. The pulled pork was cold and the burger was cooked, but still room temperature. Very disappointing for the amount of money they charge you.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Terry was a great server. The entire staff was professional and helpful.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Had to wait a really long time for our food. Then we wanted dessert and they were out of icecream. Ended up spending almost three hours there and a majority of that time was waiting for our food. The food we did get was good. Waiter was really apologetic.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Typical hard rock food, good but nothing special. However its worth a visit for all rock fans since its a hard rock cafe and a must to see all the memorabilia .

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for Christmas Day lunch as we knew it was open. We enjoyed it and would do it again.

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KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I've been here before which is why I recommended this location for a work outing. However, the service and food was not what I remembered. The food was not prepared well and almost none of us finished our plates. My burger was supposed to be well done. It was well burnt! I couldn't eat it! I was embarrased that I recommended this restaurant. It was definitely not worth the $200 I spent for 6 people.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Our reservations were not honored and we were seated 25 min late. Once seated the service was slow and disrupted.

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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect for for pre Fords Theater show next door. Good food and good service, plus if you're going to the theater next door you get to split a dessert. Sweet!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This wasn't the first time I've been to this particular location. We asked to be seated in a semi-quiet area and we were but then they seated a party of 12 right on top of us. Even the waiter acknowledged that he knew we were seated in the wrong area.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Stonking burgers and chicken. The Burbon infused local option was amazing. The deserts looked amazing.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was a very good resturant. Very good food, very nice people.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Not enough staff.. waitress was poor on checking on our needs.. food is great!!

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ER
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Good food, good prices and a overall nice place but our reservation for a table of 7 was completely ignored therefore resulting in a 20 minute wait after reservation time... They had the reservation in their computer but just ignored it.

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HF
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I made the reservation ahead of time as it was Thankgiving and I wanted to have a nice meal. When I advised the hostess that I had a reservation for one she gave an annoyed look and asked if I wanted to sit at the bar. I advised her that I did not want to sit at the bar and she started visually looking in the bar area and asked if I would sit at one of the high top tables in the bar area. It appeared to me that it was going to a problem if I didn't so I reluctantly agreed. I understand they were busy but I have a right to sit at a table and enjoy a meal by myself as much as the party of 3. The bartender came after a few minutes and was prompt in taking my order but since it was Thanksgiving (and they were busy) it took a bit longer than normal to get the meal on the table. I ordered the ribs and they were 'falling off the bone' as advertised. The side dishes also tasted very good. Mid way into my meal I needed to use the restroom and felt that by leaving my coat on the chair it would indicate that I had not left. When I returned only my drink was left on the table. The bartender offered to replace the portion of ribs that I had left but I wasn't in the mood to wait for the kitchen again. He took $5 off the bill. I was disappointed but realize that accidents do happen.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good chain experience. Good food and service as well as good music.

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Hampshire
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very slow service not friendly

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RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I have been to Hard Rock Cafes around the world and the service here was terrible compared to other locations. We chose it because it is next door to Fords Theatre and we were going to the show. Despite making a reservation, we were seated 30 min after our reservation time. A group of 30+ high school age kids came in -- very loud, and then they left after 20 minutes of mayhem without eating. Despite telling our waiter that we needed to make the show, he disappeared before giving us the check. We barely made the show. Overall, not an experience I would recommend or repeat.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was slow, but waitress friendly. There was a large school group there so I was happy I made Saturday night reservations.

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