Permanently Closed - Philos

3.4
45 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Mediterranean influenced global comfort food and the finest selection of wines and spirits
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Comfort Food, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 780-6678
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Asad Holmberg
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Catering
Inquire about our customized catering menu
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
4th St. NW
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Parking details
Metered parking on 4th street
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Public transit
Metro: Chinatown/Gallery Place, Judiciary Square
Bus: 80, X2, P6, D4, 96, D3, D6, 70,71, 79
Capital Bikeshare on the corner!
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Entertainment
Select nights with live entertainment and comedy show. Reference website for more information- philosdc.com
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.4based on recent ratings
3.3
food
3.5
service
3.5
ambience
3.3
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25% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Little Rock
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was not open. So this was not a good experience.

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TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Glad to see this places closed. Wish it closed one week earlier. Worst dining experience we’ve ever had in DC.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Went here for Sunday brunch after, unfortunately my experience was not great. I also came here because I plan events for my company and was considering a buy-out for a future event.

The positives: The ambiance was nice, the music was great.

The negatives: Service was very slow. There was only one server and one bartender. They were not out of a lot of typical brunch items (mimosas, chicken and waffles, rancheros) which our server should have let us know before we sat started ordering. She didn't let us know what was out until we ordered. The red sangria was flat and didn't taste like sangria and my friends sangria came with a fly in it. We wanted the unlimited drinks, but again a lot of the drinks weren't included and had to be an upcharge. We were still confused about what drinks were included and what was not in the unlimited option because our server was not very
clear. We wanted mojito but we're told that the manager said they were not included in the unlimited drinks. In my opinion since they were out of a lot of items they should have included all drinks.

I ended up ordering an omelette which was just ok, nothing great and I have had better and have made better in my own kitchen. Definitely not worth the price. My friend and I were first timers here and we're definitely disappointed.

Our server was nice, she did apologize and gave us a free glass of wine, she also seemed overwhelmed since she was the only server who was working so I did symphasize with her bc she was doing the best she could. I only wish she would have told us what they were out of before we had been waiting for 20 minutes for her to greet us because we most likely would have went elsewhere.

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MH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Over all this place isn’t bad. It was very loud but they turned the music down when we asked. The unlimited mimosas are a pretty good deal at $19 with purchase of an entree. The chicken and waffles were half really good crisp juicy chicken and half frozen eggos. The bacon was delicious and well cooked but I wasn’t impressed with the sausage. The decor was really nice and the bathrooms were clean. I would go here again but would probably watch what I ordered.

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LF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was great and the place is pretty, but the food was bland and dry and disappointing. But the service was super.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

They weren’t prepared for our party of 10, even though I had a reservation well in advance. Pretty disappointed in the service and the treatment we received.

There were two other HUGE parties that walked in and we immediately ignored for long periods of time. In the 2 hours we had brunch, I had 3 drinks...not ideal service.

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h
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I went to dinner with my son who goes to Georgetown Law - in walking distance. Very nice place with very good food and great service.

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JL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Philos. The staff is super chill, laid back and very polite. Can't wait to go back again!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went there for our anniversary, and could not be happier. Nice selection and knowledgeable server. Helped us with selections and made the overall experience greatly enjoyable. Loved it!

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AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a large group and had a phenomenal experience. Food was prepared wonderfully and was at a good price given the quality. Could not recommend Philos more highly!!

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n
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Not a good time. We were disappointed in the menu for brunch, the service, and overall ambiance. Had a delicious appetizer plate but the waitress messed up our order and ended up with undercooked pancakes. Liquid center.

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EJ
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The garden mezze is so good. Really good food and fun restaurant.

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happened to stumble upon this restaurant while researching spots for a birthday dinner. It was typically what I was looking for since it specified small plates & wine. I never realized its' location since it is tucked in a corner but not that difficult to locate. Very cute intimate dining area but also has huge beautiful windows. There's an outdoor seating area too. My dinner party consisted of 6 people and really we were the only party there aside from a couple and someone sitting at the bar, granted it was a Monday. Our waitress, Nay/Nae, was super attentive and great the entire time! She helped set up surprise desserts for the birthday girl and made sure to check up on us periodically. We ordered 5 tapas which surprisingly was enough for all of us and a bottle of wine, yummy variety + veggie foods & definitely enough to share. It was all delicious and very reasonable for the price. Overall, our party enjoyed our visit and super interested in the brunch!

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TS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service I bit slow but very friendly and super accommodating!

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was excellent, atmosphere was quiet, service was not ideal - the waitress was probably new at her job but unfortunately very awkward, didn't place the dishes on the table but just handed them to us, did a lot of hovering by the table and rushing us through courses, even though the place had plenty of other seats and no one waiting for ours. The price was very reasonable and, again, the food was very good, so it was still a positive experience, but could have been really stellar with a better trained wait staff.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

What a sad place. The menu is a hodgepodge of items-from meze to Tex Mex. All very mediocre and served slightly too cold. The service was friendly but disjointed and it wasn't even busy (and now I understand why.) With all the great restaurants in DC, don't bother with this one...

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G
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Small, fun atmosphere and good quality food. Attentive, friendly service.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our New Year's Eve dinner! Service was outstanding and the food was superb! All 6 of us ordered the prix fixe menu with different options and we all loved what we ordered!! We will be going back for sure!

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LC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was pretty quiet when we walked in (7:00 on a Saturday night), but the lack of diners did not reflect the quality of the place. The food was quite good. I had the potato croquettes, sautéed mushrooms, and sautéed shrimp and found all to be tasty and fresh. My date had the lamb burger and was very happy. The prices were reasonable for the city. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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NY
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

not a lot of flavor ,good, but needs more mediterranean flavors, bloody mary needs a make over ,

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

They sat us right away, and the service was great. For a party of six, that's a tall order sometimes.

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JG
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Again, my third visit in a week period and introduced more friends to this great little spot. It is rarely noisy, so a great place to get away and have a nice quiet meal. The food has that smoky grilled taste and flavor. Unfortunately, my favorite waiter was not working on the evening I was being served but service was still good. The staff is attentive, so you're sitting there waiting and wondering where the staff is. I tried the salmon dish and again found it a good dish, well flavored and not dry.

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JG
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My first time at Philos, and was impressed. The food was very good, the staff were extremely pleasant and I would say a hidden jewel in the neighborhood. I will be returning!

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Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the BEST brunch is DC hands down! Great Value, Outstanding Service, Yummy Food, and Fantastic Drinks - and all bottomless for a mere $35!!!

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I won't be coming here again. The service was rude and patronizing.

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B
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Go for it! Great food and cool cocktail specials for happy hour.

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HS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great time and great food at Philos. Many people haven't heard of it but it was such a good find. I wish it was still open for lunch. Sangria was delicious!

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MR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, and service. Portions are very filling, and great service.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was great as is the concept of small plate meals...greek tapas. Problem was only one server handling the main room and a very busy patio area. Did not help that the bar tender was more interested in chatting up the bar clientele rather than keeping an eye on the dining room.

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J
Washington DC
182 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 1st visit and they did not dissapoint ! We all had a lunch combo: 3 dip sampler with sandwich, fries, & drink. Very generous portions, food was hot, fries crispy as requested, and engaging service. I can't wait to return for dinner!

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e
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our party of five had a wonderful dinner at Philos. We had a large variety of vegetable and meat small plates from which to choose and our server gave us great advise on how many to order. All of our selections were well prepared and very tasty. In addition to enjoying the food, our server and kitchen staff went above and beyond to accommodate the food allergy issues of one of the persons in our party. Although they were not requested to do so, the kitchen staff separated the dairy items in every dish where it was feasible so that every member of our group could enjoy as many dishes as possible. That was so appreciated!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Nothing exciting about this place and the food.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice decor and good food. Our server was super nice. Great place near Chinatown and away from the crowd.

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SS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

absolutely phenomenal brunch spot for all to enjoy

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SS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place's bottomless brunch is top-notch, wish I had a second stomach to try all their tasty food

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MG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I couldn't have asked for anything to be better. The all-you-can-drink brunch option was pretty incredible. Our waitress, Melissa, was really friendly, helpful, and quick to refill drinks!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. One of the best bottomless brunches you'll find in DC

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service! All you look for in your dining experience.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for lunch and had a great meal. The buzz cheese dish is a fabulous appetizer and the lamburger is exceptional (perfectly cooked, very flavorful with an assortment of spices). Great service and reasonable prices. I would definitely recommend Philos.

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a large group of 10 people and were able to all find something delicious to eat and drink. The restaurant has floor to ceiling windows and great lighting. It is loud though since there is nothing to buffer the sound. The food was great with a Mediterranean flair.

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