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American Son, Washington, DC

American Son

4.3
4.3
315 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
OUR MISSION
Share “Omotenashi” with the world

OUR VISION
Create hotels and restaurants around the world that offer memorable experiences while building a lasting, positive relationship together with our guests, partners, Team Members and communities.

OUR CORE VALUE
“If I were the guest…”
To provide guests with the hospitality you would want to receive as a guest.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 900-8416
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Tim Ma
  • Private party facilities
    EATON DC’S FEATURED MORNING- DINNER RESTAURANT. HELMED BY CHEF TIM MA, AMERICAN SON EPITOMIZES WHAT MODERN-DAY AMERICAN CUISINE GENUINELY IS: A MELTING POT OF IMMIGRANT CULTURE.
  • Private party contact
    Maria Ortiz: (202) 900-8425
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    12th & K
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 315 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

315 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Decent food - but sandwich came on white Wonderbread

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  2. Mallet

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  3. DCfoodiegirl

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu, delicious food, attentive waitstaff, cool space. Loved everything about it

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  4. JohnA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Air conditions not working. American cheese in a French omelet? Could not put kimchee on the side of huevos rancheros?

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  5. Hatterbake

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    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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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great and food was exceptional!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    The portions were extremely small and the outdoor seating were just a few tables on the street.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was basic and overpriced. Service was great though.

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  9. EbonyS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The mussels were a big disappointment esp for that price point. The deconstructed cheesecake was better.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The service is extremely slow coupled with very small dishes that took extremely long to come out of the kitchen.

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  11. MissBoston

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place. Drinks are great, the staff is great.

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  12. missweetwater

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  13. Cindy

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Service was not great. Food was not great either.

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  14. RealityBites

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  15. Patrice

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  16. NataJ

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  17. BriT

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    ordered a vegetarian meal and got beef. Vegetarian meal was brought out and it was alright

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Small portions but yummy!

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  19. WorldwideFoodie

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great drinks and food. Open front windows provides a nice ambience for summer!

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  20. HungryMark

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Sat just outside the restaurant. Food was great. Drinks were perfect. Band was great! But a bit loud.

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  21. KrisC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  22. Sarah

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was cold and smalllll portions for what we got

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Greatest service and attention to detail. Amazing food and drinks to boot!

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  24. Poptart

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  25. JayJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrible server

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  26. Victoria

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love everything about this place! The fish! Definitely will be a rerun for me!

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  28. ABWalk

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  29. FrancisG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  31. Mike

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  32. ScottP

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  34. BGT3

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  35. Bookworm

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  36. MyuranS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  38. Lorna

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Poor all around

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

American Son offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 900-8416.

American Son is rated 4.3 stars by 315 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for American Son

1201 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005-4011

Additional information

  • Cross street
    12th & K
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Tim Ma
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 900-8416
  • Private party facilities
    EATON DC’S FEATURED MORNING- DINNER RESTAURANT. HELMED BY CHEF TIM MA, AMERICAN SON EPITOMIZES WHAT MODERN-DAY AMERICAN CUISINE GENUINELY IS: A MELTING POT OF IMMIGRANT CULTURE.
  • Private party contact
    Maria Ortiz: (202) 900-8425
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