Art and Soul

4.2
4117 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Business Meals
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
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
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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

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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.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

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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3.0Dined 7 days ago

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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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We were traveling & had heard of the restaurant

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 23, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great food! I got the Fried Amish Chicken and it was delicious! I also got a side order of the mac and cheese. Overall, I thought the atmosphere was nice and intimate. It's a great place to go with friends or on a date. Sitting outside on a nice day/night and enjoying the scenery, especially the view of the Capitol can't be beat!

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2.0Dined on July 6, 2018

I did not enjoy my food. I had the salmon burger and it lacked flavor. My colleagues who were with me also did not enjoy their food. However, we did have a lovely waitress who provided good service.

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Expensive, but hardly worth it. Seats and tables quite worn. Food was okay, but not $$ okay. Wait staff was very attentive and pleasant.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

business lunch...ordered smoked salmon sandwich and BLT sandwich...both were delicious, great service.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We were very pleased with our experience at this restaurant. We saw on The Cooking Channel's The Best Thing I Ever Ate a chef talk about his love of Art Smith's fried chicken. The chef on the show spoke of eating Chef Smith's fried chicken at his restaurant in Chicago. We were in D.C. on vacation and read about it in a Eater DC article. We knew we had to try it, and it did not disappoint. We started out with the snack board which included all kinds of southern foods from fried green tomatoes to homemade pork rinds. My husband and I both had the fried Amish chicken thighs. They were atop cheesy mashed potatoes and served with a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce. It was delicious! Our young son had a fried chicken thigh with French fries. He said it was his favorite meal of the trip. We ended our meal with a meyer lemon desert which was a highlight. I am still thinking about the creamy, sweet, tart, and tangy dessert. My husband enjoyed his craft cocktail, and our server was very friendly and attentive. I highly recommend checking this restaurant out.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Best brunch!!!

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2.0Dined on June 26, 2018

The menu was poorly labeled, and once our salmon arrived we were literally unable to eat it.

I sincerely hope this will not happen to anyone else.

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2.0Dined on June 25, 2018

We sat outside as it was a beautiful day. Our waitress was phenomenal. I got the smoked chicken salad and it was ok... not great. They used all dark meat and it tasted like it had been in the refrigerator a long time. The dressing was very good and the salad had fennel and herbs so I liked that aspect. My guest had the fried chicken and she really liked it.. so I would recommend sticking with their specialty.

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This was my second visit to Art and Soul. The first time I came was during restaurant week. Loved it. The second time around, Not so happy. I ordered a dish with sweet potato hash and kale which was extremely salty. I told the waiter and asked to have it exchanged for the chicken and waffles which was excellent. My problem was that the waiter offered no apology for the salty food. The manager brought the chicken and waffles again with no apologies
And a sour demeanor. It also arrived with no garnishes. My daughter had originally ordered the chicken and waffles which were nicely placed on the plate with a nice garnish. I expected more from this establishment. I felt like it bothered them to have to replace my meal. Unprofessional.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

One of my favorite go to places in Washington DC, never a bad meal!

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The BEST BLT and fries in town. It was the perfect day for outdoor dining.

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1.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We asked to sit outside but the host told us this was not an option due to rain. We were provided a very basic menu which did not include the items we saw when we reviewed the restaurant online. After we finished our order, we saw that others who were outside were ordering food from the menu that we looked at online. When we inquired, we were told that this was a bar menu. We expressed our concerns and we were addressed with defensiveness and hostility. The waiter did not check on us frequently. By the end of the encounter, we were ready to get our check and leave.

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2.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We were in Washington DC for a small vacation. Art and Soul was part of the package. The service was top notch and our server very friendly and personable. The food was not to our taste. It was more experimental and imaginative than we prefer.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Food was tasty! They even have a pooch menu for the outdoor patio! I had the blt benedict.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

I was pleasantly surprised by the meal. My swordfish was very tasty, perfectly cooked. The scallop crudo was fresh and creamy and a little spicy. Really good. The ambiance leaves a lot to be desired, but if you're in the neighborhood or staying at the hotel, it's worth a visit.

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Overall a little disappointing. The food was reasonable and well presented but service was slow and uneven. The space is very ‘hotel’ like. Compared to some of our other Washington dinners it did not hold up well. Too many other better options for us to go back.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

BLT Benedict for brunch was outstanding! Chef created a dish for vegan member of our party, with a variety of veggies and curry that she really enjoyed. Pulled pork was amazing too. Nice, quiet space, friendly and good service, definitely return-worthy.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Great food and a right across the street from our hotel. Have the fried chicken. Yum and delicious chocolate tart

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Went for a nice dinner out with a friend and it was such a lovely experience. On the high end of my scale on price, but well worth it. Team service is a plus too.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Seeing all the pictures of wonderful dishes on the web site, we were disappointed to see a very limited selection on their menu - one sided page included appetizers and main dishes - prices were high, food was just OK

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Excellent food. Not just comfort food. Meat dishes are excellent.

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