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Langston Bar and Grille

71 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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  • Late-night Find

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Langston Bar and Grille serves diners in Washington, D.C., a real soul food experience in a casual tavern surrounded by the monuments and museums of the metro area. Start your meal with signature jerk wings or chicken livers and then move on to Langston Bar and Grille’s famous collard greens and pulled pork. The restaurant also offers diners a selection of imported cigars to finish their meal.

During the dinner hours, patrons of the Langston Bar and Grille can enjoy meals such as classic fried chicken or spareribs, in the cozy dining room or bar, or on the pavilion outdoors. The menu also features lesser-known soul food favorites such as oxtails. Finish the meal off with a slice of sweet potato pie, or a heaping helping of peach cobbler.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Comfort Food, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 12:00am;
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Phone number
(202) 397-3637
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joan Dorsey
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We are prepared to cater events from 10 people to 2000. Liquor catering available in Washington, DC.
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Cross street
19th Street
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Parking details
20 car parking lot onsite. Self park. Valet parking on the weekends.
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We play some of the best soul music history has to offer. Digital Juke Box.
Bar Dining, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
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vipMsDiva (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on July 2, 2014

We went to use a groupon and they tell us they wont honor the groupon because the manager decided not to honor them. We ordered the shrimp and grits and the grits tasted like something in it had spoiled. So I told the waitress and her response was maybe it was the cheese sauce or the Cajun cream sauce. We then ordered the jerk wings. Big mistake. It came with dirty rice and the wings were on top of the rice and they put ranch dressing and some kind of jam on top of it. The wings weren't very tasty and the rice was too spicy and the bottom of the bowl was nothing but grease. So we just asked for the bill and sent it back. They brought the meal and still charged us for both items! After complaining, We didn't pay anything for the meal.

springtime (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on May 24, 2014

I purchased a Groupon coupon for this attendance at this restaurant . Afterwards I decided to read some of the reviews which were mixed to say the least. We arrived early for our 2:00 pm required reservation, however, to our surprise the restaurant was closed (I mean padlocks were on the doors) !!!! I attempted to contact a live person via phone on numerous occasions to no avail. The fact that it’s located in a not so desirable area was the reason for the early reservation. Luckily Groupon refunded my monies for the unprofessional establishment.

RayRay13 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on May 10, 2014

Not sure about this location. Ambiance needs another coat of paint, preferably not the green they went with... Food was delicious, specifically the Shrimp and grits. The bar b que was a little on the fatty side and greens were "drenched" in some sort of oil that was too tasty to be good for you... entrees came out the same time the appetizers arrived, hmmm.... The waitress was great... be prepared to hear all conversations taking place downstairs at the bar from the upstairs dining area. I would suggest you go early. We arrived at 5:15pm for a 5:30pm reservation... it was still light outside and that was good because we were worried about our car in the location we parked, hmmm... Overrall, 2 1/2 - 3 stars. We used a Groupon coupon.

GreatMeal (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on May 10, 2014

I called the restaurant and also made a reservation on their website during their advertised hours of operation. However, when we arrived , no one was there! They did not even call me back. So, i am sure they must be out of business or should be if they operate this way. They should also stop advertising thru GROUPON and other sources and let everyone know they are not really operating.

Dogpaws (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on May 3, 2014

The restaurant has great food especially the Shrimp and Grits. Nice bar downstairs and dining area on second floor. I would eat their again.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on April 27, 2014

Restaurant was never opened on time, certain menu items weren't available due to logistical issues. I ordered
a potato cake, they brought me pie and charged me for it. I had to pay double my second visit because their card machine didn't work. Food wasn't consistent in taste second time around.

Anon (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on April 19, 2014

We celebrated a birthday for my husband. I'm accustomed to going to more 'high end' restaurants, but have frequented many of DC's smaller, older establishments in my 30 years of living in the area. I know that some of the best food is served in a small establishments, akin to mom's kitchen and are not always in the best part of town. I had invited guests so I warned them not to expect the Ritz. We had a blast! We had 3 small kids with us and we were a pretty loud bunch. The atmosphere was perfect for our group and the food was delicious. My daughter said she dreamed about her shrimp and grits that night they were so good. We will be back.

Sweetnell (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 4, 2014

This restaurant was amazing. The location is not in the best part of the city, but I don't care about that. Amazing food, staff, and atmosphere, I'd return again in a heartbeat! Great job Langston's!

Luvfood (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on March 23, 2014

They were out of two items that were on the menu and a substitution on our order was made without asking us.

vipMarcus (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on March 15, 2014

Langston's is slow and unorganized. The did is good, go with a groupon, and when you have lots of time so that you don't have to rush.

not2safe (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on March 7, 2014

I am sorry, but at an online glance I thought this was a great place to take my boyfriend for his Birthday. Not knowing anything about Benning Road, I went and to my surprise, it is not a safe place to visit at all. It is on a busy street with no real direction as were to park. People hanging out on the street corners, cursing, playing around at 730 at night, drinking across the street and police presence everywhere. I did not feel safe finding parking and then walking over to dinner, so we left and went to virginina (shirlington) where I felt safer. Maybe you should rethink the location or demand that the city cleans up this area and try to add well lit parking. that would have kept us there.

vipGuys (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

Made a 9 pm reservation for V day after reading reviews that food was great but had a pretty bad experience.

We were invited to sit by the bar and eat. We declined and had to wait 15 mins before being escorted to our table upstairs to an entire section that was empty.

Fried fish nuggets as appetizer were ok but the sauce was not fresh.

Steak was cold and WAY overdone and fried chicken not enough + served with wrong sides.

Drinks were incorrect and didn't taste good--and took 25 mins to arrive. A request for a ginger ale from a passing waiter was met with an obviously rude glare and no response.

We complained and it was just implied that the bad service was the result of a groupon deal--funny, coz we didn't use one!

Lisha (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

The food I ordered was cold and after sending it back I receive it 20 minutes later it was still cold. My husband had eating his dinner and was finished by the time my food came out. His food was fantastic absolutely delicious. On the other hand I'm pretty sure my food would have been good as well if it was hot.

smiley (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

The only thing I would complain about is the service. Our waitress was the only waitress upstairs she seem very frazzled and unsure of the menu. She didn't take orders by the way we came in and when the cook came upstairs with the food she seemed to have no idea where it went. I would suggest two waitresses upstairs. Other than that I enjoyed the food. I feel like it would have been better if everyone didn't seem like they were under pressure. I do wish that the food was served to me how I saw it in a picture.

simplytwanita (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

This is a great place! The food is very tasty!