Kinship

4.8
846 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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.
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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TC
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Impeccable service, delicious and interesting food. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

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PJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The staff was amazing! The food was not worth the hefty price tag. We ordered the $75 ribeye medium-rare and it came out medium-well. They brought us a new steak and side of gnocchi as an apology. But the second steak was medium at best. At that point we just let it be.
The crispy pommes anna tasted like a fried potato and sadly you could not taste the salmon at all. On a positive note the artichokes were great!

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JL
Washington DC
252 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding meal! I'd describe Kinship as an expert and highly successful fusion of comfort food and haute cuisine. This visit, I enjoyed an amazingly moist baby pork shoulder served over a bed of barley pearls in a velvety cacio pepe sauce with savory and crispy brussels sprouts leaves--it was a fantastic combination! And for an appetizer, if you like boudin blanc, Kinship's is as light as they come! Save room for the phenomenal desserts.

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EV
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely Amazing! Best meal I think I have ever had....the combinations were just unbelievable pairing of flavor. Highly recommend.

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Austin
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

This was the most disappointing meal of our trip to DC. We had a great cocktail at the bar served by a friendly bartender. Then we were seated in a small room packed with diners. The room was so loud at one point the food runner had to really raise his voice to tell us about our dish, and we still couldn't hear him. The menu is set up in an interesting manner, but the food is frankly, boring. The 20 minute wait between our appetizer and mains in a stark, loud room gave us time to think about where we wished to have dessert. Not here. After the initial greeting and a long wait to take our order, our waiter didn't appear again until we flagged him down to get the check. This is the only meal of our trip that I regret. There are much better options out there.

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HA
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, great service!

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s
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience and absolutely deserving of a Michelin star. The food, plating, service, and ambiance were absolutely impeccable. I will definitely be returning here.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place, always fantastic food and excellent service.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty small plates in a convivial atmosphere

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c
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I had the scallops, which were fine, but rather timid. They were cooked nicely, with a slightly lemony broth. But overall, I found the dish to be too bland and timid. Perhaps I just ordered poorly. My wife had the duck leg. It was quite good. The meat was tender, with a nice, moist duck fat flavor. The chocolate pot de creme for desert was lovely, with poached pears, ice cream and other flourishes.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another spectacular meal from Eric Ziebold

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Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time eating at Kinship and it did not disappoint! The creativity of the dishes on the menu is very impressive. The staff was kind, attentive, and very knowledgeable on the menu and able to make great recommendations. Dessert was one of the more unique lists with alternative takes on traditional options. Their specialty cocktail list also offered their own personal blends of traditional favorites. Our server and the sommelier made a great recommendation for a VA wine to pair with our entrees. Thanks for the introduction to this surprising wine!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kinship is the best restaurant experience going in DC right now from service to style to menu/food. I’ve been twice and enjoyed it every bit as much as Inn at Little Washington (more actually, but that’s just cause I like clean lines more than frills).

If you have any opportunity to go, go!

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SK
London
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary. The food was delicious and the service was fantastic.

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B
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food outstanding!

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KH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Two primary concerns: 1. The food is not as advertised. My wife and I ordered the same dish that was supposed to have lobster meat and lobster mushrooms, with sugar toads. Sounded wonderful. Sugar toads served on a goat cheese tart with no lobster at all or mushrooms. Food was on the skimpy and pedestrian side and not as fresh as it could be.
2. We felt rushed during the whole dinner. Whisked off to the table, barely sat down and they were bringing out the appetizers.
Ambiance was great, service was a little hit or miss, even if they were not responsible for the communication gap with the kitchen on the specials.

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AS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb creative and delicious food served beautifully. I was blown away by the sweetbreads which were the best I have ever had.

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OT
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One must order the Roast Chicken...the best I have ever had...and I do cook it often...The Beets were wonderful as was the Pumpkin soup...We divided the appetizers and the kitchen split the soup for us....The peanut brittle at the end with the hammer is a wonderful touch..The wines were perfectly matched to the food we ate....All in all a wonderful experience....They even had Pashimas if you felt chilled in the dining room...Unbelievable service..

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D
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was interesting and very well prepared. Service was attentive and timely. Atmosphere is refined and we were able to carry on conversation. Good wine list but pricey. Overall would recommend for those planning a special meal.

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LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunchokes were yummy! Cod dish was delicate and very flavorful. Duck was done in a lovely manner and frozen sweet potato desert was a very nice treat.

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SP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. Had no expectations, was blown away by creativity. Food was rich and delicious.

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B
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, Kinship shined. Unique food preparation--we had the venison which was cooked perfectly and very tender.

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

Wedding gift

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BR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our party of four was seated in a comfortable booth offering privacy. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and wine offerings. Service was unobtrusive and courses were nicely timed so we didn’t feel rushed. Excellent variety of dinner selections, beautifully prepared and presented. A thoroughly enjoyable dining experience.

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n
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Everything was perfect -- food, wine and service.

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J
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and fabulous service

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b
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was my wife's birthday.....the décor is very nice, clean but not sterile, acoustics were very good, the service was attentive without fawning.. the wine list was deep but pretty pricey....the food was delicious, interesting menu and artfully presented....for us this would be a special occasion place but it's definitely on the keepers list.

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N
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

One of the best meals I've ever had in DC was from Chef Eric Ziebold at CityZen. I was extremely excited when I heard he was opening Kinship. As usual, the food did not disappoint. Our meal was fantastic - lobster french toast and roasted chicken were to die for. It was the service that was lacking. When we walked in to check in for our reservation, the host did not even look at us one time. He was very curt, asked if we had a reservation (we did) and told us we were early (we were aware, we intended to have a drink at the bar). Again, not a glance through this whole exchange. We then went to the bar at which point we grab one of the four empty tables unaware that the tables were food only. Another gentleman, host/manager type, came over and rudely told us we couldn't sit there for which we apologized and we went to the bar to have a pre-dinner drink. The vibe of Kinship is laidback but the attitude of the "welcome" staff was extremely rude and pretentious. This attitude did not carry over to the bartenders who were excellent but it did detract from our initial impression. I get it, it's DC but your name is Kinship for goodness sake...a little politeness can go a long way as does making your customers feel welcomed.

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AC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy ambiance where you can have a quiet conversation with incredibly delicious food!

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T
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the ambiance to the candy bar our experience was second to none. Would highly recommend people visit kinship while in DC!

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ME
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kinship has a wonderful approach to food. Portions and plating are thoughtful. Everything was cooked perfectly. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable. Slightly disappointed in the candy bar but otherwise it was near perfection. Would happily return.

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p
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner and very attentive service. Look forward to coming again.

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A
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely gorgeous setting-especially the waiting area and bar!-and the food was creative and delicious. The lobster French toast and pommes Anna were my favorites. Service was impeccable, and the wine list was great. Would absolutely recommend! Expensive, but worth it for a special occasion.

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DF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kinship was absolutely wonderful. I took my husband there to celebrate his 50th birthday. The food is amazing and it’s a beautiful environment in which you can really connect with the company you’re with.

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CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is absolutely incredible. The food was amazing and the prices are not unreasonable. The service was excellent!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. attentive staff, very knowledgeable sommelier, incredible taste and presentation.

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P
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent across the board!

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is good except the neighbor seat is a little noisy.

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AC
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really really stellar. Excellent friendly staff. Great food.

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