About Art and Soul

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 Southern 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.

415 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH
Monday - Friday 11am - 3:30pm

HAPPY HOUR
Monday - Friday 4pm - 7pm

DINNER
Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Sunday 5:30pm - 10pm

BRUNCH
Saturday and Sunday 9am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
D Street NW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 393-7777

Website:
http://www.artandsouldc.com/

Parking Details:
Valet Parking Available

Public Transit:
2 Blocks from Union Station

Executive Chef:
Douglas Alexander

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

Special Events & Promotions:
For special event information, please email Amanda Lesko, our Private Dining Manager at ALesko@jdvhotels.com

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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.

Art and Soul Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.0

service

4.2

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4.0

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

72% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Great Beer (3)
Fun (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (1)
Authentic (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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Local Ingredients (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Very good dinner, and surprisingly so since this is a restaurant in a hotel. Really nothing negative to say. Excellent fish and short ribs, very well prepared and presented.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Great for brunch.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Good food but a little pricey. Friendly service. Nice location near Capitol Hill.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We dined early so it was nice and quiet. Food was very disappointing for the price.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 7, 2018

My husband and I visited the restaurant on Saturday, Jan 6. It was a super cold night, right after the snow in the DC region, so it was very quiet. We got a great parking spot as result. The ambiance was great. The restaurant is cozy. The food was good. I had the Shrimp and Grits. Although it was very good, I thought the shrimp would be bigger. They were very small. Kind of like the frozen kind you get from grocery store. The grits also very tasty but the ratio of grits to sauce was off. Too much sauce and not enough grits. Again, while I enjoyed the food, it would only be a one time visit for me. Our waitress, Kenya, was outstanding - full of personality but not phony and very attentive but not intrusive. My only complaint was the booming bass from the club in the hotel. We were seated along the "bean wall". Suggestion, if you go at 8:30 or later, sit closer to the front of the restaurant.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

On a cold January day, this was a nice spot for a quiet business lunch. The food and service were great!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, People Watching
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Delicious! We really enjoyed our meal. Nice that it wa quiet.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food great. Nice options on the menu for salads, entrees, sandwiches. Hotel cool. Service fair at best.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I was seated immediately upon arrival.
The menu caters to everyone and the service was very prompt.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Service was very slow even though we arrived early for lunch and the restaurant was not busy. Burger was well done when I ordered medium well. The fries were saturated with terrible tasting spices. It is hard to ruin a burger and fries but the did it. One companion sent back the shrimp and grits because she said the dish just tasted like tabasco sauce. Food took forever to prepare and the server forgot to put in the order for our appetizer. Would not recommend. I used to enjoy this restaurant and the food, but not lately.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great time

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I was very disappointed with food and the service. We had a business lunch today, the restaurant was not overly crowded but the service was extremely poor. We had a dairy free order which was delivered with cheese. We asked for a refill on ice tea which never showed up, we had to ask several times for water and condiments. In addition to the service the cost was over priced and the food bland. Not sure what has changed but will not be going back.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Generous welcome. We will be back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Shrimp and grits and crispy brussels sprout dishes were outstanding. Vernon took great care of us, too. We would definitely return.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great choice for Thanksgiving dinner. Want to try again for a date night.

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 24, 2017

This was a Thanksgiving buffet meal, so really it shouldn't compare to normal dining. We were disappointed in the buffet selection, but all else was ok.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Their attempt at a buffet Thanksgiving was a major fail. I wouldn’t have paid $25 per seat had I known . . . but $70?? Never again. I trusted them based on great brunch experiences - but Thanksgiving is NOT their forte. Flavorless sides. Cheese-less mac-cheese. Dry ham. The stuffing was the best thing I had that night: and it was mediocre.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The Thanksgiving buffet was pretty expensive, but nothing to write home about and the service was terrible. We were stuck in an auxiliary room off the side of the main restaurant that had water damage to the ceiling. Our water was not refilled at all, and we had to ask both to have the empty plates removed and for the check (which we waited on for 20 minutes).

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We ate here for vacation while out of town for our Thanksgiving dinner together. We thought a buffet restaurant down town would be good for our teenagers and still the nicer atmosphere we are used to. It was $70 SEVENTY dollars EACH for this "thanksgiving" buffet which ran a close 2nd to elementary school food, especially the desserts. The meat was fine, comparable to Golden Corral (which we also like but, their buffet runs more like $22.50). I feel the price gauged for the holiday. There was barely a waiter or waitress around, you sit way too close to other people. I will never eat there again.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

My family went for Thanksgiving. We liked the ambiance. The noise level was pretty low. The Tahnksgiving spread was good. Mac&cheese was pretty good. We would come back ig in DC again.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was so wonderful except the desert. You guys need to work harder to improve your desert!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great meal during Thanksgiving. Good comfort food and very friendly staff.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Terrific service, food quite good but not blow you away amazing, a little pricey for what it was, kinda empty on a Sat night

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent wait staff, very accommodating. The shrimp and grits was very nice and vegie oriented

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent waiter. He was very attentive, but not over bearing.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I had a great meal here. I had the soup of the day, split pea soup with cream and bacon. It was very filling! The main dish was fish and it featured preserved lemon. I( thought that might be odd but it was great. The service was attentive and friendly. I would go back for sure. I came a bit early and the place was filling up and getting loud by the time I left around 7pm.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

This was our first visit to Art and Soul. The food was great as we expected but the decor seemed tired and the noise level too high for comfortable conversation.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We really enjoyed ourselves at the bar, noshing on happy hour treats and drinking Lee's handcrafted cocktails. Would do it again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Art and Soul offers Southern-influenced fare — including regional specialties rolled into the weekday happy hour and weekend brunch — from celebrity chef Art Smith.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The usual good experience. Attentive but not intrusive service. The smoked chicken salad was very good and the buttermilk dressing was perfect.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

A little worn but very clean. Food was ok. Service was very good. Price was a bit high. Waitstaff was amazing and attentive. A good place to eat but not as amazing as some of the reviews. The locals seem to love the place so maybe it was a bad night for us.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Meals ordered were not warm. Steak over cooked, bass without flavor. Some of other sides and appetizers were not what expected. Best portion was actually desserts. Had high hopes when made reservation. We won't return.

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Good spot for a work lunch. The food is great, quick service, and comfortable space.

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our waitress recommended the sea bass, my wife had this and was fairly pleased. I had the shrimp and grits, which was a disappointment. A not-very-generous portion of grits surrounded by spicy peppers and shrimp in a tomato sauce. The shrimp were not very interesting, fairly tasty but small without much texture.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We were looking forward to a nice lunch, especially when the concierge mentioned the chef used to be Oprah's former chef. I ordered the salmon burger and while it was tasty my appetite was ruined 1/2 way through when I discovered a big hair in it.

Disgusting. Not going back.

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Good food, good beer and good service. A bit noisy for conversational get together.... but you won't annoy other diners if you get a little raucous yourselves! Much quieter after the post-work crew have gone home.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Great Beer, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Our waitress was fantastic! She was very attentive and have great service.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

My visit to Art and Soul was a celebration lunch for the completion of a business project. The food was delicious. The weather was perfect, so my party chose to sit in the outside patio space. The staff was friendly and accommodating. I will recommend this restaurant to family and friends.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

A bit overpriced and underserved. Unfortunately or fortunately will not be going back. Too many options for them to have slow service , one waiter and no water refill. Definitely a dissatisfied customer.

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Server served wring item, had asked for side salad instead of fries...got fries, when I mentioned, she brought out a plate of dry salad greens...nothing else on it! NOTHING!

Tags: Quick Bite
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