American Son

3.8
314 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 314 people are saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
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food
3.6
service
4.2
ambience
3.6
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50% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Decent food - but sandwich came on white Wonderbread

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vipRonP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's a great space to host a small group of friends for brunch. The food was good and the portion size was good as well. I would definitely come back.

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vipDCfoodiegirl
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, delicious food, attentive waitstaff, cool space. Loved everything about it

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JohnA
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Air conditions not working.
American cheese in a French omelet?
Could not put kimchee on the side of huevos rancheros?

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vipHatterbake
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

This place was bad..I mean bad bad..do not go. The food was overpriced and not of good quality. We felt bad for the wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience1

The portions were extremely small and the outdoor seating were just a few tables on the street.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Food was basic and overpriced. Service was great though.

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EbonyS
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The mussels were a big disappointment esp for that price point. The deconstructed cheesecake was better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The service is extremely slow coupled with very small dishes that took extremely long to come out of the kitchen.

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MoMof2
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Drinks are great, the staff is great.

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missweetwater
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I want to love this place but unfortunately I do not because of the menu and low value. The menu is all over the place and does not offer appetizers. When we asked, it was a small or large salad or the mussels. Everything else is miniature sized and entree pricing. I had the duck leg which was prepared well but the duck definitely needed salt, more flavor. My partner got the pasta which was overrun with carrots (who puts big carrots in pasta??? Just carrots at that?). It definitely felt like I was paying for overpriced hotel food and I was not a hotel guest, but a local resident. Overall this place needs some serious culinary refinement and direction. A+ on the design and ambiance. C+ on service (I had to ask for S&P 3 times and was given 2 pepper mills - duck was cold and only one bite left).

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Cindy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was not great. Food was not great either.

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vipRealityBites
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

It may have been an off day, but it was clear that the restaurant was understaffed. As far as I could tell, there were only two people in the kitchen and they were supremely backed up. We were seated around noon and didn’t even get our coffee until 30 minutes later. The croissants we ordered while we waited for our food didn’t show up for another 30 minutes and our food was ultimately served about 90 minutes after we were seated. At that point we were dismayed to find that our French toast was badly burned and our pancakes were undercooked. All that was truly edible was the salad, which was kind of a bummer. I’d give it another chance, but it was a disappointing experience and not what I expected from a Michelin bib gourmand restaurant. I felt terrible for the staff, who were doing their best to keep up and did what they could to make it up to several patrons who had similarly frustrating experiences.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was my first time visiting. We decided to have Father’s Day brunch here. The service was pretty good - Hans took care of us and he was very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. My only complaint is that the food took extremely long to come out. Our reservation was at 11:30 am and we didn’t get our food until about 1 pm. I don’t know if the kitchen was just backed up on this day or if this is the norm, but we were starving by the time the food arrived. Hans was apologetic, which we appreciated. I would visit again, but I hope the wait time is significantly shorter.

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RenataJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It was a Friday night and they have live music, that was great. Service was really, really slow but understandable as there weren't many servers. I visited this hotel 3x's that weekend so I definitely like it! The SMASH burger was so delicious!!!!!

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Sabl
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

ordered a vegetarian meal and got beef. Vegetarian meal was brought out and it was alright

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Small portions but yummy!

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vipWorldwideFoodie
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great drinks and food. Open front windows provides a nice ambience for summer!

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HungryMark
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat just outside the restaurant. Food was great. Drinks were perfect. Band was great! But a bit loud.

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KrisC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food was good. The Branzino was overpriced though. Server was friendly but forgot to bring a second drink and forgot to put in one of the meals. Both ended up on the bill though and the wait time for food was very long even though they weren’t busy. I won’t return since there are so many options with the same level of ambiance and good food but better service.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food was cold and smalllll portions for what we got

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greatest service and attention to detail. Amazing food and drinks to boot!

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Poptart
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had been to American Son some years ago and were excited to go back. But this experience was not nearly as good as last time. We got seated immediately, but 30 minutes later all we had was water. The waiter was friendly and energetic, but he was covering way too many tables to give us much attention: he had to be reminded to tell us about any specials or to make any recommendations about the menu. The wine list was incredibly sparse and out-of-date -- they didn't have the first two wines we ordered, so they ended up selling us a lovely bottle from an even older list at a discounted price. The food quality was also hit-or-miss. Some dishes were quite good, others tasteless and/or marginal in quality. I am hoping this is just post-pandemic reopening pains, but I was disappointed by this visit to American Son. At this time, I wouldn't recommend it, but I am hopeful they will get their swing back. Overall, the experience was still OK, but not enough to make me want to return or recommend it at the moment.

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vipJayJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Terrible server

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Victoria
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

The food is always disappointing here. It always seems like you're opting for a "hipster" vibe rather than food that simply tastes good. The location + vibe is excellent, just wish the food wasn't always such a disappointing experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about this place! The fish! Definitely will be a rerun for me!

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ABWalk
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Overpriced and way under performed - have not waisted $162.00 for two adults and two kids in my lifetime. Service was poor as well. No Thank you!

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FrancisG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

From the start, our table was unsteady and moved from side to side. Very limited menu options for a Mother's Day brunch. We ordered two omelets but only one came out....had to remind the waiter that the 2nd one was not served. Not a good experience!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was okay. It’s not really kid friendly so I wouldn’t take small children or picky eaters. The mimosas were great, but they are really short staffed.

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Mike
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Terrible, terrible service, took two hours to get through lunch because it took so long to get food or even, really, the attention of our server.

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ScottP
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

I'm chalking this rough experience to them being understaffed on Mother's day. That being said the whole restaurant was on a Prix Fixed menu so it was unfortunate to see that food was still coming out of the kitchen cold.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

This could be one of the worst restaurants I have gone to in a long time:

1) Waiter: A completely inexperienced, inattentive individual showed up to our table 15 minutes after we sat down. Then he gave us waters and said “be right back.” Then when taking the order, he didn’t know something about an ingredient and, instead of finishing the order taking and then finding out, he disappeared mid-order to get an answer. We barely ever saw our waiter again as he never checked in on us while we waited 45 min for our eggs to arrive. Nor did he check to see if we needed anything after they arrived. Then we were left to wait another 45 minutes for our third course. By the way, it was Mother’s Day and there were plenty of waiters for only 10 tables!

2) Food: a complete disappointment. My red pepper bisque came out cold and unexciting. The gluten free scone was worse than a store wrapped version you buy in Whole Foods’ freezer section. The omelette was just egg with a few veggies. But then there were the “deserts”. The FRUIT & BERRIES was worse than a fruit cup from 7 11. The Lemon Cake was dry and tasteless.

3) Decor: Boring. The table they sat us at required us to push the tables together.

I am not sure why this restaurant is still in business. A crisis like the one we just went through surely put us out of our misery as a society from the wretchedness of restaurants like this one.

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BGT3
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Made a reservation for Mother’s Day brunch with my wife. First, the website didn’t say anything about the menu being limited, but that what the case upon arrival. Received a phone call telling us the time limit is 2 hrs (understandable). We ordered from the menu, but they were out of one of the few items we could order. The server was overwhelmed with his 3 tables, and it got worse when more people came in. He also tried charging us for a mimosa we never received. Final verdict: over priced, poor service, and we got out in 2 hours - would have been quicker had the service been better. Disappointing experience.

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Bookworm
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

We came here for brunch and had an overall bad experience. I ordered a shakshuka and the eggs were raw. We had asked for some bread to go with the dish (what's shakshuka with something for dipping?) and it took over 15 minutes for it to arrive.

Espresso machine was down, which I understand happens.. and is outside of anyone's control.

The service was not great. We were there for two hours and the waiter only came to our table once. We had to get up a few times when we wanted to order an item.

The one thing going on for this place is its ambiance. The restaurant is gorgeous.

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MyuranS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Was very disappointed in my meal. I ordered the yellow curry and it had no tofu. I asked the waiter about it and he said he would go check. He came back with uncooked sliced tofu in a condiment container and said nothing. In addition, the curry tasted like a soup. Extremely disappointed

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The service was very choppy, slow, and apathetic/inattentive m at times. Maybe due to the lack of staffing and motivation?

The shrimp dish was so under seasoned that we asked for salt to apply on our own. And the rest of the food was fine, not great, and didn’t justify the pricing. Also, the food service was very slow.

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Lorna
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The service was horrible. The server forgot to put in my drink order, didn’t give us utensils until after our food came out, the lamb burger and fries were cold, and the server didn’t periodically check on us.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food was great - my wife and I came here for our first date anniversary. We enjoyed the quiet and greenhouse ambience as we sat outside. The Eggs Benedict were wonderful, though the amount of “everything but the bagel” seasoning on the avocado toast was a bit decadent. Seasoned potatoes on the side were a pleasant surprise though- loved the flavours. All in all, a quiet and casual afternoon with decent food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor all around

FAQs

American Son does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. American Son also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 900-8416.

American Son is rated 3.8 stars by 314 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.