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James Hoban's Irish Restaurant

83 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Neighborhood Gem

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James Hoban�s Irish Restaurant & Bar gives those in Washington, DC a true modern day taste of Ireland. There is a lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and late night menu, as well as happy hour and daily specials. For those that have trouble choosing a beer or whiskey, the beer flights and whiskey flights offer three favorites.

The James Hoban�s Irish Restaurant & Bar menu includes plenty of Irish cuisine starting with the appetizers and small plates right through the entr�es. Start with the ploughman�s board or the cheese board for some Irish cheeses and Hoban�s very own brown bread. The soup course could include the hearty Irish cream soup, potato and leek. For the entr�e at Hoban�s Irish Restaurant & Bar, rack of lamb, shepherd�s pie, bangers and mash and Irish stew are all authentic Irish cuisine choices.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Irish, European, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(202) 223-8440
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We have become the venue of choice for many corporate & social events in the Dupont area. Featuring 2 Private Rooms, one with Full bar, we can cater for up to 150 people. Whether its a small intimate dinner, corporate meeting or large reception, we shall be pleased to discuss the various options available with you. Our private party menus offer a wide selection of lunch, dinner & reception options at competitive pricing.
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Private party contact
Manager on Duty: (202) 223-8440
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We can provide catering for all your party needs.
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Cross street
New Hampshire Ave
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Parking details
There are many local parking garages within a short walk.
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Public transit
Dupont Circle Metro (South Exit)
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Monday - Extended Happy Hour! 4 pm - Close
Tuesday - Flight Night!
Wednesday - 1/2 Bottle of Wine Night! Live Music!
Thursday - Craft Night! $9 Craft Cocktails
Friday - Happy Hour 5 - 8 pm
Saturday - "Hoppy Hour" $5 Ranger IPA, Flying Dog R.B, or Dogfish 60 Min IPA
Sunday - Industry Night! Happy Hour 7 - Close
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Special events & promotions
James Hoban's DC is available for parties and private events!!! Please inquire at
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 83 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.5  based on all time ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

Good service. Food was ok. Fish and chips a bit soggy. Calamari was delicious

vipHipsterHippiesMixology (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

Great Irish classics.

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on September 3, 2016

This was a great place for traditional Irish food. Would go back when in DC

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2016

Great food. Huge portions. Great service.

AugieD (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2016

Staff were extremely accommodating, food was excellent, outdoor seating noise level was tolerable considering the location. We were treated very well.

Shamrock (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 12, 2016

James Hoban's never disappoints. Consistently good food and a nice atmosphere. Service can be a bit spotty, especially when sitting outside. Overall a great place!

Rnmry (Houston)
4.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

Good service. Food nowhere near what was shown in pictures. Had Irish stew, very thin gravy almost like soup, about 1/3 the amount of meat and 1/4th the amt of vegetables and no potato on top like picture. Rather disappointing. More like Irish stew soup. Music not Irish but modern and rap

vipDCdiners (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 24, 2016

Nice neighborhood pub. Good casual pub food. Service as expected with no complaints.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 22, 2016

The service, ambience and food was great. Please turn down the tv since it was annoying loud. I don't go out to eat to hear the sports announcers at ear defying volumes.

James (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 20, 2016

Shut front doors so smoke doesn't come into main restaurant. Good was excellent and service was great.

Sputnik (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

Good. Table service okay, bar service better....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................O

BigAnt (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on April 3, 2016

The food was good but a few things were a miss. One how do you serve cheeseburgers and not have pickles? Upon our arrival we were told the kitchen was backed up the restaurant was half empty. Also our waitress was not very friendly

vipHoneydew (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on March 17, 2016

A really busy day to try James Hoban's .. and a big mistake. Arrived for our reservation at 1:00. Didn't get waited on until 1:30, got food at 2:30. A long wait! Very disappointed that they had run out of corned beef and cabbage too. The shepherd's pie was ok. Probaby won't go back here.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 17, 2016

Staff was very helpful, set expectations, willing to move us at a moments notice (we were outside- and it looked like rain)- all on St Patrick's Day.
The grub was good too-!!
standard fare- if you're Irish.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 19, 2013

Fabulous spot to meet family from out of town. Server was outstanding. Many food choices without being overwhelming. Everyone enjoyed their food. Will eat there again and will recommend to friends going to D.C.

vipDCResident (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 26, 2013

James Hoban's is always a fun spot for a casual bite - great service and fun atmosphere. It can get a little loud in the bar area, but there's seating in the back that mitigates that issue. The patio area is one of the best in DC - a great venue to while a way a few hours on a spring evening.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on April 13, 2013

We came to James Hoban's for Saturday brunch when we saw that the Mad Hatter had no reservations. What a nice suprise! There was hardly anyone there and we really enjoyed the $2 mimosas, music, service, and food. Although the brunch menu is short, everyone liked their food. (Party of 4)

stardust (Nashville)
2.0  Dined on April 9, 2013

The look of the bar is good, the service was excellent, however, the food we had was terrible. My husband had the chicken pot pie, which had little flavor. I had the shepherds pie, it was terrible! This place is good for the bar scene, but I wouldn't recommend the food.

vipDCResident (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on March 16, 2013

Disappointing experience on St. Patrick's Day. I could have predicted it I suppose, but was hoping for better since Hoban's portrays itself as slightly classier than your average "Irish" bar. Too much I suppose. Terrible! I never even got to sit down.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on March 16, 2013

Our server was horrible and told us an Irish restaurant had no drink menu. Also would not recognize our friend's birthday when we'd asked the restaurant to when we made the reservation. Disappointed to say the least.