Art and Soul

4.4
4140 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Our kitchen serves simple, honest food that reflects a devotion to quality and responsibility made possible by partnerships with like-minded farmers, artisans and growers who provide products that are sustainably sourced, whenever possible.

Helmed by Executive Chef Douglas Alexander, Art and Soul exudes true warmth and hospitality. Playful regional elements such as hand-painted farm signs and traditional folk art are also used throughout the space in honor of the D.C. restaurant's regional influences. In warmer weather, an expansive front patio provides an al fresco dining option with a fire-pit and grill.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Southern
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 7:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 393-7777
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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
Douglas Alexander
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
D Street NW
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Parking details
Valet Parking Available
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Public transit
2 Blocks from Union Station
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Special events & promotions
For special event information, please email Amanda Lesko, our Private Dining Manager at ALesko@jdvhotels.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Our kitchen serves simple, honest food that reflects a devotion to quality and responsibility made possible by partnerships with like-minded farmers, artisans and growers who provide products that are sustainably sourced, whenever possible.

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What 4140 People Are Saying
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DN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food. Great variety. A little more on the expensive side but worth it.

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NP
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Though the service was exceptional, the food was subpar. I ordered the onion dip which was delicious but my Scottish salmon entree lacked flavor. My friend ordered the crab cake deviled eggs and that too was lacking. She had the lamb as her entree and said it was worth the cost. The restaurant it’s self was beautiful and relaxing. I would return for their cocktails though.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and friendly attentive service. The cauliflower entree was delicious!!

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LD
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was great. I requested a bottle of champagne ahead of time and they had everything set up. Food was good but - if this makes sense - tried too hard. The creme brulee was really good. Overall atmoshere was good as well.

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great a little expensive there wasn't a lot of options for brunch we felt rushed the restaurant wasn't crowded by the waitress act like she was in a hurry and she could've been a little more sociable

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TC
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner. Attentive waiter. Great evening with friends.

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f
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointed. I was expecting so much more, and given how empty this was during weekend brunch, this place does not seem to be as good as when it came on to the scene a few years ago. It has definitely been surpassed but others in the DC food scene.

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j
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Service was great with only one caveat, a little slow on refilling water. The Maple Brined Pork Loin was cooked perfectly. The maple and salt of the brine was a little heavy handed for me and perhaps that's why the water refill was an issue for me. The Fried Amish Chicken Thighs' coating was soft, not crispy as expected.

Deserts were much better. The dessert menu offered was slightly different than the one currently posted on the website. The two desserts we tried are not on the menu posted so I cannot identify them by name. One was a lemon pudding with the consistency more like a custard covered in fresh berries. I would go back just for that, great balance of sweet and tart. The other we tried was a maple cinnamon cheesecake with vanilla ice cream. Another delight.

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d
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dog friendly. Even with rainy weather we sat in the lobby. Delicious chilaquiles.

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KG
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Brussels Sprouts we have ever eaten. Every dish was wonderful.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality food!

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KL
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Art & Soul is simple divine.
- the service is excellent
- the chefs make amazing creations (apps to
dessert)
- the all dogs and even have a dog menu

Their happy hour selections are great and whenever your celebrating, Art & Soul brings on the cheer.

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TT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the best chickpea and black bean burger! Service was awesome.

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L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was very good, my server was friendly & helpful. Pretty much what I would expect from Art Smith. I took off a star for service due to the. hostess. The restaurant was not crowded at all. I was dining alone so she sat me at a two seat that was along a wall with a number of other two seats - all empty. Nice table. But a few minutes later she led another single person to the table right next to me. Why not at least put a table in between us? It created some awkwardness that made the experience not as pleasant as it could have been.

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RC
Baltimore
67 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

I have always wanted to eat at this place. The food was ok. It actually wasn't bad. I didn't like the syrup with my waffles, which was spicy, however, someone may like it. The grits had green onions in them and I didn't care for them, however, I am sure someone would like that. The lemon pancakes were really good. The chicken on the chicken and waffles were thighs instead of breast and there was entirely too much breading. The bacon was good and so was the chicken sausage..delish. My biggest concern came when dogs were being allowed in the outside area where we sat. I am sure there are a bunch of dog lovers out there, however, I am not and if I had known that this was a dog friendly restaurant, I would have probably sat inside.

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k
Tampa
48 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were not impressed with this restaurant. I’m not sure if it’s still affiliated with Art Smith, but it lacks his soul and authenticity. Service was slow but the courses came one on top of the other. The food was just okay. The fried chicken tasted like it was fried two days back and was dry and unseasoned. One standout was the pork belly. It was delicious. Desserts were particularly mediocre. We went for my daughter’s 16th birthday as she loves Chef Smith’s restaurant in Disney Springs. This was the opposite experience. Very disappointed.

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BJ
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was amazing. Waiter a little odd. Failed to serve Cappuccio. The fried chicken was delicious and oh the muffins.

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PK
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendously attentive wait staff, amazing variety in flavors, and without question the best meal I've ever had. Must visit.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Week 2018 DC

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N
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Not a good experience and embarrassing when taking business colleagues to lunch.
One of our party ordered the Restaurant Week special but we had to leave

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B
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu, service was great - highly recommend

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BG
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! The pooch patio was a real treat, and so was my smores french toast.

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NS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was fast and friendly. Food was tasty, but portions are small. Drinks were great. The menu overall is over priced. There is also available on-street parking near by.

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s
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went here for a late weekday lunch, and while the service was very fast and friendly, the food was subpar for this class of restaurant. The chicken thighs were disappointing - flavor profile was flat, breading did not stick to the meat, and the meat itself was not juicy.

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

Great food, great staff, outdoor dining was amazing, highly recommend eating at Art and Soul

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing! Our server could’ve been a tad more engaging/warm...she seemed not all together there. We had to ask for spoons with coffee to stir. Overall we loved it...went out for a birthday dinner for my spouse on Tuesday, and went back for brunch the following Sunday.

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

We were traveling & had heard of the restaurant

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JC
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. Excellent menu with a robust appetizer menu. Located blocks from the Capitol on Capitol Hill. We were staying at th Liaison and so it was convenient for us. We had a party of 6 with two kids. We were treated well and the kids accommodated.

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TH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A little on the expensive side for lunch, but a good spot if you work around Union Station. When we went, their credit card machine was down. Luckily the hotel next door had an ATM, but it would have been nice if they offered a discount or something to make up for the inconvenience.

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KR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I was truly displeased by the waitress that served our table. My colleague last day in our office was Tuesday and I selected Art and Soul as the location for the four of us to have lunch. I am huge on customer service and the waitress was the epitome of bad. She completely failed to take my order initially and never followed up with our table during the meal. The is my second and final visit. I will not recommend to anyone in the future.

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DB
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

It was not Southern cuisine at it's best. Dishes such as the fried chicken was dry, the collard greens were braised and curried a big no no! Even when it was sent back it tasted like a vat of vinegar. The backed 6 cheese macaroni was not the way good southern soul food is prepared. Art needs to come and retool the menu and provide emergency support to his chef. Southern food is classic and changes should be subtle at best.
The only positives was the waiter service, cheddar corn bread appetizer, and the creme brulee.
I went to art and soul about 6 or 7 years ago and had a very different experience. Please Art fix this fiasco, I am a fan of you and this is your namesake!

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JP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal of my entire trip. The waiter was friendly and attentive. Our food came out at a good pace and was so delicious. We never felt rushed either.

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h
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great casual dinner on the outdoor patio. Very good food with generous portions great for sharing. The staff was very pleasant.

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MG
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

The food is good but expensive. All dinner entrees between $25-50. Restaurant decor dated and furniture in bad shape. Vinyl cover on Chairs torn, tables scratched. Definitely not white linen but comes with capitals grille prices. No comparison
High end prices but low end cheap decor

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything was great with the exception of: waited 15 min. for although reservations were for 11:30 and we were on time. Also, & more importantly, we sat ourselves. When asked by the hostess if we were really doing that, she said yes.

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LJ
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Nice menu and good food right near the Capitol. The patio is pet friendly and the special canine menu was a hit.

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TY
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and brunch. This was my mother's first visit, and she thoroughly enjoyed the outside seating and service. We will be back again soon.

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RM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. And the service was great - especially being served by Kenya - she’s among the best!

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B
New England
115 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very enjoyable dinner. Met with friends. Drinks tasty and creative. Wine selection good but a little steep. Food quite tasty--had Cauliflower to share, Bronzino (excellent). lemon semifreddo. All were very good. Service was prompt and polite. It's a hotel restaurant and ambience is a little busy and not terribly distinctive, but otherwise good enough.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I've been to brunch here several times in the last few years, but it's been a couple of years since my last experience. I was very disappointed to find what had been a bustling spot with good southern-inspired brunch fair has turned into a lackluster imitation of its former self.

The dining room felt oddly quiet for a Sunday at noon; the chairs were sad, torn, with sagging padding. Despite the lack of activity, getting our coffees and mimosas quickly was a chore. We flagged down several waiters as it seemed we didn't have one assigned, just an assortment of whoever was closest. My coffee cup was dirty, as if the dishwasher hadn't worked well. The bread basket we used to enjoy so much was no longer on the menu, which was a bummer. We started with the deviled crab eggs, which unfortunately had a decent amount of cartilage still in the lump crab. I had the seasonal "quiche," which I have to put quotes around because while it had a crust, it barely had any eggs. Inside the crust was entirely chopped vegetables, loosely held together with something runny (egg? Cheese? Unclear.). I had some of the BLT eggs Benedict my tablemate ordered, which were fine, but forgettable. The food did not sit well with my stomach shortly after eating it.

When we said no to dessert, our waiter walked away without giving us a chance to ask for the check. It took us a while before being able to flag someone down so we could pay and leave. The one bright spot in service was the people in charge of refilling water glasses--they were very attentive.

I don't think we'll be returning, but instead must search for a new brunch spot.

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