Kinship does fancy-ish American food in Shaw. Go for a special occasion, and get the lobster French toast.
The food was very good and we had a lovely meal but unfortunately the waiter left us with a desert menu for 30 min.
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.
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!
Great food and pretty cool ambience. Not crowded which helps with making the service excellent.
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.
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!
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.
Absolutely wonderful food & service! Always perfect
Excellent meal for graduation dinner for my daughter.
Food was excellent, just wish servings were bigger.
Fantastic food & ambiance. The lobster French toast was phenomenal.
A wonderful experience all round - thoughtful and attentive service, exciting and delicious food through every course and a sophisticated ambience.
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.
have you guys seen the baked potato soup there
Food was excellent , tasty, well presented, and with abundance. Staff was very attentive and helpful to explain the ingredients that go into every dish.
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.
Fabulous food and cocktails! Had dinner on a Saturday and came back to the bar on Sunday for an appetizer and drink! It was that good!
Simply one of DC's finest restaurants. Excellent meal as usual. This was my 6th meal at Kinship in the last 6 months and every time it's an outstanding experience and I leave stuffed on delicious, beautiful food. Service is outstanding and prices are pretty good for what you're getting. A true DC gem.
Excellent service, extremely attentive. Good was excellent, however I thought that the entrees were pretty salty overall. Great value for the quality of service, food, and drinks.
I had high hopes for this restaurant. We enjoyed our first courses (tuna tataki and potato soup), but the next four dishes (sunchokes, foie gras, lamb, and veal sweetbreads) left much to be desired. The food was ok - a bit overpriced considering the lack of "wow." I guess the only consolation as that the portions were fairly generous.
The service was great and the restaurant has a very nice ambiance. Maybe we just visited on an off night for the daily menu offerings.
This restaurant lives up to its name: Kinship. From the first greeting to your exit, it is a delight. The food is the star and everything else complements beautifully. It is our special event go to place. Thank you for always delivering an experience that is simply outstanding.
Everything was great. Food was prepared as well as I ever had—service was great—bar drinks set a new level. We will be back
This was our first visit and we were celebrating a birthday. Wait staff was courteous and knowledgeable. Food was excellent. Would recommend generally and for a special occasion.
Kinship overall was great. Service was perfect and the food was all well made.
wonderful food, wonderful experience.
Excellent service. Kudos to the Chef. We remember the days when he was at Cityzen. The dishes are so flavorful. The timing going from appetizers to main dishes was perfect as it was when he was at Cityzen.
My daughter and I chose Kinship to celebrate her birthday. Everything was perfect! Diverse menu choices prepared to perfection, attentive but not intrusive service, excellent cocktails and wine choices, and a nice variety of desserts that weren't too heavy. We had a great time!
the sunchokes were out of this world! The sweetbreads were amazing.
I was really looking forward to Kinship for my birthday. I have to say that, overall, it was a decent experience. The service was outstanding, but the food left something to be desired. Tuna tartare was only ok. Lobster French toast was excellent. Baby lamb leg was well cooked but I wasn’t wowed by it.
The best thing about the place is the Parker house rolls. Truly excellent.
I guess I was just expecting more based on a Michelin star and the price. Wouldn’t return.
Our server was inattentive and snooty. Ruined the meal. Food was definitely not worth price paid.
Everything was exceptional. From the welcoming hosts, our server, Alexandria to our outstanding meal. Our only disappointment is that it took us this long to get here. The standouts were the Maine Lobster French Toast, Scallops Mulligatawny, Halibut accompanied by a 2014 White Bordeaux from WA. Our desserts stood up to savory courses — we had the chocolate mousse with cardamom ice cream and the pineapple confit with oolong ice cream. We think this place may even be better than some of our favs, the Inn at Little Washington and Nobu.
Kinship did not disappoint! Perfect place for our anniversary, very nice but all chill enough to just relax and enjoy. The cozy lounge with fireplace was a very nice touch and honestly made the wait for the table very enjoyable. The dishes were were thoughtful with fresh ingredients and the ones we loved including the grilled asparagus and the scallops with lentil curry were excellent. There were a couple dishes where the flavors just didn't connect for us however the quality was there. The dessert was outstanding, the toffee peanut brittle along with the carmelized banana split. The service was also top notch. We will certainly be going back to try some of the other dishes!
After many meals at CitiZen, we were looking forward to this meal. So we were surprised at the food - good, but not great. Except for the desserts, the food was very good but uninspired.
A very nice dinner. Food was excellent. Highly recommended. I don’t get to Washington very often, but I’ll eat at Kinship the next time I go.
We were just in DC for a week long conference and tried a bunch of different restaurants. Kinship was my personal favorite. The quality of the food and service really stood out. I can't have gluten or dairy and the chef was extremely accommodating. The BEST gluten free bread I've had in my life! We tried 3 different appetizers (duck foie gras, Asian pear salad, and the tuna tataki). They were ALL out of this world! Then for dinner we got shared the lamb and the halibut. Oh. My. God. All of it was incredible! I cannot recommend Kinship enough! Go check it out!
We had a great time at Kinship. The environment was wonderful. Really made our evening feel special. The food was just outstanding. The wait staff was helpful and pleasant.
The food is remarkably creative and prepared, beautifully plated and delicious. The chef Eric Ziebold deserves his Michelin stars. The service is perfect and friendly. The restaurant is beautifully designed. The excellent wine list perfectly compliments the food. We have enjoyed many meals at Kinship and at Metier the prix fixe other restaurant at the same address and hope to enjoy many more. We shared a lovely dinner with special old friends to celebrate two birthdays. Perfect evening. Thank you Kinship!