Kinship

4.8
905 reviews
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Kinship: a feeling of being close or connected to other people.

Kinship is a modern American restaurant by acclaimed Chef Eric Ziebold, formerly the Chef of CityZen, and his wife and business partner Celia Laurent. Designed by Darryl Carter, the restaurant is located in an historic building dating back to 1907.

Kinship's à la carte menu celebrates the rich diversity of influences that have come to shape American cuisine and inspire Ziebold.

The restaurant dining room offers 59 seats, a private dining room for 16 guests, a 15 seat bar with lounge area and fireplace.

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Kinship does fancy-ish American food in Shaw. Go for a special occasion, and get the lobster French toast.

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EC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service with genial and well-trained staff. Food was incredible. Small plates with distinct flavor profiles that reflect the skill and talent of the chefs. Each waiter is also sommelier trained and had excellent wine recommendations with each course. Very accommodating with allergies (gluten free bread is unreal!) and thoughtful touches for birthdays. We are definitely coming back!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was excellent! Really enjoyed our dining experience.

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RZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would absolutely and have already recommended Kinship to multiple friends and colleagues.

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AG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food I have had in DC, the menu was exceptional, the lobster french toast was out of this world, and the service and ambiance were something I would expect from a much more expensive restaurant. I would go back in a heartbeat, the staff decor and food were an experience unto themselves. Will recommend to anyone looking for an elevated food experience in DC

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b
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at kinship. The portion size was just right. The quality of the scallops and the overall venison dish were superb. The Jerusalem artichokes and pommes anna were very tasty starters. The 4/5 stars was because of the chocolate tart with lapsang souchong; very smoky taste. Maybe others love it, but we found it a bit odd. Service was outstanding. We will be back often.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I specifically selected anniversary under special occasion when I made the booking, but nothing was done differently for the occasion. We found that surprising and disappointing, epecially the fact that the two tables next to us received cards, complimentary desserts and were wished a happy anniversary.

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AG
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very well taken care of and everything was timed out at a nice pace.

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n
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

service was great - food was a little better than average given the price point.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible service, amazing innovative food, all-around fantastic experience. Top 3 must try...lobster french toast, Maine scallops, chocolate souffle cake.

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JG
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to kinship, but not our last. The menu is creative and organized in columns of "style/feeling" with a couple of starters, a couple of entrées, and a couple of desserts in each. The food was first-rate and well priced for the quality. There were a number of locally sourced meats and produce. The wine list was smart with a good variety. Especially noteworthy was the list of very good 375ml bottles.

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r
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kinship is simply outstanding. Great place to celebrate a special occasion. The food and service are terrific. Can't wait to return.

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RR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and creative dishes with excellent service

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F
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal at Kinship. Service was polished, food was spectacular.

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t
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Service was amazing. Food was amazing. Just go.

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GB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Loved the lobster appetizer and roasted chicken. Service perfect! Thank you. Ill be back soon.

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U
Los Angeles
99 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional in every way though you can’t have the 4# chicken unless you can commit an extra 80 minutes to the cooking process. The sausage and cod were our second choices and they didn’t disappoint

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ST
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly enjoyed your unique dining experience. Loved the booth we sat in for the 4 of us. Food was fresh, flavorful, eclectic, right size portion, that allowed each of us to taste/enjoy each others dishes. All of the staff was most helpful. Recommendations for tasting multiple different dishes was great!

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JH
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Innovative menu. Perfectly prepared dishes. Superior service. Probably a "special occasion " restaurant for most of us. Highly recommended.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was worse than chain restaurants. Our server checked other tables 3 times while skipping us. Eventually we had to flag him down to get refills/bread. Food was unimpressive but we also didnt have the chicken (who can wait over an hour for one dish?).

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f
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go there for the food. We have followed Zeibold there from his days at CityZen. Good value.

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A
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The understated entrance reveals an amazing surprise. We chose to try and share several dishes. The lobster French toast was recommended by other reviewers. It had three large pieces of lobster and a delightful sauce. We shared a salmon appetizer that is hard to describe, but was tasty. The beet salad was perfect and the chocolate soufflé cake was the perfect ending. I will return!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took someone for their birthday and they are still raving about kinship a week later. I thoroughly enjoyed every dish, too. I highly recommend it.

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kinship is always my favorite and it exceeds my expectation every time I have meal there. I would highly recommend Kinship to anyone.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ate was fried or so it seemed. It was an accident of ordering, but these people know what they are doing. So so good. Would absolutely do it again.

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M
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good overall but some dishes were much better than others. The pace of service was way too fast, although the server was delightful.

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e
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding meal- Full chicken served like peking duck was delicious, squid OK , Lobster french toast was awesome.
Wine selection OK
Service was good
Going back for sure

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KL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal I have had in DC! We will be returning very soon. The service is top notch, the food is memorable and delicious and the atmosphere feels like the perfect date night, special occasion, or even sophisticated business meeting dinner that we need more of in the city. Worth every penny of our experience.

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r
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My continued quest to eat at the Michelin-recognized restaurants would be incomplete without Kinship. The service is outstanding, the wine list extensive, and the accommodation for allergies (ie my significant other’s celiac disease) top notch. I recommend the grilled squid and the peri-peri beef, which could be shared by 3. The frozen sweet potato pie is an excellent dessert.

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n
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal as always.

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A
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite simply one of the finest dining experiences in Washington. A must-go-to for the discerning culinary connoisseur. From start to finish, an experience. The wait staff knows their stuff and can guide you through every component of each dish as well as provide excellent wine pairing recommendations for each course. Not a budget stretcher either. And a whole foie gras? I mean, come on... now you're just showing off. 10/10 would recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, amazing food

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly superb dining experience. Expensive, but worth it.

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R
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a belated birthday with what turned out to be a superb dinner at Kinship. Food, service, setting, noise level - all made for a delicious and comfortable experience. The food choices and presentations were interesting and innovative. The "Brick a L'Oeuf" was an very different and savory take on seared tuna, and the sea scallops with crispy tofu were such that I wouldn't share.

We ended up with a bit too much desert: a surprise special little ice cream sandwich for the birthday girl; melt-in-your-mouth toffee that came with our coffee; dark chocolate torte with smoky lapsang souchong bits; and a palate-cleansing Texas ruby-red grapefruit combination that was the most unusual, but highly successful, dish of the evening. However, we did finish it all!!

No hesitation in recommending this for a full blow-out evening, or if you're careful, a more modest meal.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and fantastic food. Love the seasonal menu.

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Q
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a creative menu on a snow filled evening. Outstanding service, delicious food with unusual offerings. Very quiet, romantic ambience. We were celebrating our anniversary and staff left card on table congratulating us and served a special sorbet at end of meal.

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good food, shockingly small portions for the price.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good but not mind blowing. Service fell below expectations for such a high end restaurant.

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J
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the piri piri beef as an entree. It was good.

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ES
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant deserves every excellent review it gets. The service is first class, as is the food. Nice wines by the glass, too. It was hard to chose what to eat because the inventive menu makes you want to try it all. We had the grilled squid appetizer which was perfectly cooked - not easy to do, and the boudin blanc which was pillow soft. I had the Iowa pork chop entree - described as a favorite of the chef - and it was very nice. My guest had the shaved truffle over agnolotti which was also very nice with a generous amount of truffles. We shared the dark chocolate souffle cake with crunchy honeycomb bits. The buckwheat honey-miso ice cream was unusual and delicious - a great combination of salt and sugar.

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