Kinship

4.8
758 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm,
Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 737-7700
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Eric Ziebold
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Private party facilities
The following private dining options are available at Kinship and Métier:
- Private Room for seated events for up to 16 Guests in Kinship
- Semi Private Lounge with Fireplace for standing reception for up to 10 guests in Kinship
- Restaurant Buyout for up to 70 guests at Kinship
- Private Room for seated events for up to 12 in Métier
- Restaurant Buyout for up to 40 guests in Métier
- Entire Restaurant Buyout (Kinship and Métier) for a standing reception with stations for up to 250 guests
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Catering
We do welcome inquiries regarding off premise events.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
New York Avenue
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Parking details
Valet service is offered at $10 per vehicle.
Street parking available.
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Public transit
Closest Metro Station: MT Vernon Square/7th St Convention Center, 700 M St. NW, Washington DC 20001, 0.15 miles (Green and Yellow lines).

Closest Other Lines: (Red, Blue, Orange and Silver lines): Metro Center, 607 13th St. NW, Washington DC 20005, 0.5 miles.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

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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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What 758 People Are Saying
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4.8
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Washington DC
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

This is my second-favorite restaurant in DC and my absolute favorite for the price point!

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K
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

Lobster French toast is a must. We had a lovely personalized experience for our anniversary.

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DB
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

Food--everything was pure perfection. Not an off note.

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DC
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Kinship was outstanding. The menu layout was incredibly unique and made the ordering process fun. Food was out of this world. DC is matching New York food scene more and more recently, and the Kinship experience is one of the best I've had the opportunity to enjoy.

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MJ
5.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

This restaurant was fantastic. Nothing but great things to say.

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WW
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

We ordered the Lancaster County Pork and that was our least favorite thing of the evening (we've had the roast check and whole foie gras before). The pork belly pieces were just pure chewy fat (not in a good way). I would not recommend that dish. Everything was fine.

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B
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

Like always, Kinship was superb. the food is innovative, the service exemplary and the sound level quiet. Very rare today to get all of these qualities in one place. Foie gras excellent and lamb shank so tender it melted in your mouth

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Tulsa
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Picked this restaurant to celebrate the beginning of a new job - could not have made a better decision. Interesting menu items, plenty of opportunity to share, a warm/inviting ambiance, and truly outstanding food.

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n
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

I arrived 10 minutes early and the hostess refused to seat me although the restaurant was more than half empty. I did not appreciate that and will not return. Cast a pall on the evening.

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OT
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

Everything was amazing except the pork entree was slightly salty.

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Atlanta
3.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

creative menu; flavorful; noise bounces around entire reataurant due to flooring and acoustics from interior design; waiter knowledge sub par pertaining to menu and food awareness but was genuinely friendly fellow: asked for info about grits, “...from wheat...” this is incorrect, grits are from corn - we just let it go.
wine pairing suggestion was perfect.

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Washington DC
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

Great restaurant for any special occasion! Interior is very sleek but warm. Loved how the menu is written based on ingredients, traditional or indulgence to have a different approach to your meal. The lobster french toast was so yummy and the halibut was cooked perfectly, not dry but tender...probably the best halibut I've had. The coconut cake was so good and even their decaf coffee! You can tell a lot about the restaurant when even their decaf coffee taste clean and flavorful without any cream and sugar.

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OT
Denver
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

Very good food, good atmosphere

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OT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

Great food and ambiance. The waiting room is super chic and modern, I like that. Service, superb. Creative drinks. The lobster French toast is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.

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SG
3.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

The experience was good. But it was just that. Not great or special by any means. When I go out to a Michelin star restaurant, I expect to be wowed at least once during the meal. And that just didn't happen here. The food was good, not great, and generally under-seasoned across the board. Service was for the most part lovely and what one should expect at a restaurant of this caliber. You'd be hard pressed to get me to go back with so many other options in the city.

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SF
Nashville
5.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

Eating at an establishment the caliber of Kinship can sometimes be a stuffy and intimidating affair. This was not the case here. We instantly felt welcome and taken care of. There was not a mediocre item we selected for dinner, and everything was excellently priced for a Michelin Star experience.

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TJ
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on June 26, 2018

Some portions of our order were forgotten however the restaurant did make up for it with comps and additional dishes. This effected my ability to order dessert though due to timing.

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RJ
Baltimore
4.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

The best chicken my husband and I ever had. Good wine and great service. A beautiful room. We will definitely be back.

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JA
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

Excellent service with good food! Must get the lobster French toast - it was the best dish of our meal. Also excellent desserts. We shared the monkfish - perfectly cooked though slightly bland for my palate.

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MC
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

The food was great, and they were very attentive to our dietary needs. The server made sure my wife saw the mocktails and answered her questions about ingredients since she is expecting and was looking to avoid certain things. I don’t think we have been to a restaurant in DC with such great value. We had enough leftovers for dinner the next night and the before-tip price was well under $200. Highly recommend this place!

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KK
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

Awesome spot, however, portions are tiny and $$ so we left pretty hungry but if we could have afforded more we would have gotten 2 entrees each on top of our apps.

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MN
5.0
Dined on June 20, 2018

The place was a hidden gem. There is no sign. The foods were amazing. Def will be back soon.

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CF
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 19, 2018

By far one of the most amazing meals I have ever had. Beautiful creations with great ingredients. Also while a good place for a special meal also good for a nice night out to get dessert and drinks. Highly recommend coming here.

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M
New York Area
4.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

The food was very good and we had a lovely meal but unfortunately the waiter left us with a desert menu for 30 min.

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B
Memphis
5.0
Dined on June 11, 2018

Terrific meal. As beautiful as it was delicious. Truly enjoyable and great a great experience. Loved the clever menu. The soft shell crab tempura was so unique and fantastic. Group rhubarb pie was a perfect end.

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GJ
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

This was our second visit to this wonderful restaurant! The food, service, and ambience keep drawing us back. Chef Ziebold always does a marvelous job!

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t
Louisville
5.0
Dined on June 5, 2018

Great food and pretty cool ambience. Not crowded which helps with making the service excellent.

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g
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 4, 2018

We were visiting from NYC and tried my cousin's favorite restaurants for 3 nights ( he lives in DC). We know our way around the better restaurants in NYC. Kinship was a pleasure all the way around and could rival some of the best. The ambiance was quiet and the service attentive but unbustling. The food was terrific and the portions were generous. The deserts equaled the other dinner offerings. It looked fancy was was really not pretentious. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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Raleigh
1.0
Dined on June 1, 2018

Had final reservation on the night (we were 10min early) and ended up making us wait 30min before sitting us at one of three tables that were fully bused and set when we walked in. Sat in waiting room before getting bored and going to the bar where they would not serve my 35yr old wife who did not have her id (our fault in the end i guess). I got a single drink to pass the time. Then would not let us carry bar tab from a single drink over to the dinner table, forced us to close out before seating us which took another 5min. Then I was carded again at the dinner table (I’m 36 and look it but again normally fine but i was just carded 10ft away and expect far better attention/service from a michelin star establishment where spending $150pp!) AND the waitress couldnt find the date on my DC! drivers license AND after all that they brought me the wrong drink.... final straw my wife cannot eat dairy and asked if a starter had cheese to which they said no, sure enough served to us with cheese on it. (My starter was very good) Main course the Halibut was pretty good, only redeeming part of the evening. Right after the starter issue we had had enough (my wife had nothing but water for 45min by then) and asked to skip desert and bring us our check with mains.

Overall I cannot believe this place has a michelin star. In our quest to try all the DC michelin places we’ve tried Fiola, metier, komi, Plume, Inn @ Wash, pinneaple+pearls and tail up goat all of which were fantastic with impeccable service. This experience was closer to that I’d expect from a trashy college bar that happens to have decent food. if you’re looking for upscale michelin level dining do not waste your money here when there are so many well deserving places around.

Several days later and we’re still laughing about being manipulated to the bar and then not even being served!

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WE
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on May 30, 2018

My experience at Kinship was profoundly disappointing. My step-daughter (recent college grad) is visiting for two months and we have been making the fine-dining rounds in the DMV. Kinship came highly hyped, and perhaps we expected too much. This was our sixth Michelin-starred restaurant in the city and we found it to be the least impressive of the group. The food was fine, but hardly transcendent. We have enjoyed many, much-tastier meals at restaurants that have not attained any Michelin stars. Granted, we could have caught the place on an off night or the Michelin inspectors could have been lucky.
Our server was unfriendly, abrupt, mostly absent and refused to serve my step-daughter a cocktail (she is 21 but forgot her ID) despite my insistence that she is legal. I understand the law and the issue, so it's unfair of me to be too upset about this, however, we were most troubled by how the server handled it (dismissively and rudely).
I have enjoyed Eric Ziebold's cooking since his days at CityZen and will try Métier, but am scratching Kinship off my list.

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AJ
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on May 30, 2018

Absolutely wonderful food & service! Always perfect

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JM
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on May 30, 2018

Excellent meal for graduation dinner for my daughter.

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j
New York Area
4.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

Food was excellent, just wish servings were bigger.

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VK
Charleston
5.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

Fantastic food & ambiance. The lobster French toast was phenomenal.

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CV
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

A wonderful experience all round - thoughtful and attentive service, exciting and delicious food through every course and a sophisticated ambience.

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C
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on May 24, 2018

The service was impeccable and the ambience perfection. The food was very good, though I was not a big fan of the lamb dish. They expeditiously switched it out for another and all was well. We were celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday and all the servers wished him a happy birthday and made the moment special. The rhubarb crisp is amazing. Overall a great experience.

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OT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on May 24, 2018

have you guys seen the baked potato soup there

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MI
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on May 23, 2018

Food was excellent , tasty, well presented, and with abundance. Staff was very attentive and helpful to explain the ingredients that go into every dish.

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SH
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

My husband and I ate here on our wedding day (we eloped!). The service was amazing, ambiance was just what we needed, and the food was un. be. lievable. Caviar, champagne, fois gras, steak and lamb. 100% incredible.

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OT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Graduation/Birthday!

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