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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4.1

service

4.1

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4.0

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

73% would recommend it to a friend

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People Watching (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Fun (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Authentic (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Great Beer (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Vegan (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Great time

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

Generous welcome. We will be back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Very enjoyable eating outside.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great food. The restaurant inside looks great, but the air conditioning was so high we decided to eat out in the patio. The space is nice enough but it is right on a major road, so it's very much a city setting, so to speak. There's a room to the side of the main restaurant which I'm not sure what they use for, but when we were there it was used by the servers to come in and out, there were a bunch of chairs in no apparent order and it looked quite unsightly. Anyway the food and service were great, and the road was quiet enough that night so we had a lovely time

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Good food. Small portions. Expensive. We may be back though. Very healthy.

Tags: Organic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Highly disappointed with the menu. I couldn't order the chicken and waffles. It appears they have a second menu but only for high top tables. Unfortunately, it was the menu shown online and we were not able to order from it.
My wife had their ribeye steak and it was not anywhere near worth the $43 we paid for it.
This restaurant was by far the low note of the weekend. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Great patio! My dog wants to go back since they have a pooch patio menu!!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

We actually sought out Art & Soul not only because it looked like a beautiful outdoor patio which was dog friendly- including their doggy menu! (Five stars in my book!) but the comfort food for our late sunday brunch was exceptional! You might consider adding a bottomless mimosa on sundays, other than that- I will reccommend it to EVERYONE!

Tags: Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We were disappointed this time. Went for Sunday brunch, lemon pancakes had no lemon flavor (complained, to no avail), waiter dropped half our pricey appetizer on the outdoor seating floor, and never replaced it despite repeated requests. Latte was late in arriving; we were told it would be complimentary but was still charged to our bill. About half the party of seven's food was excellent, the rest was mediocre or poor. Biggest disappointment was failure of the waiter/staff to rectify complaints.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Nice place for a business lunch, or a quick bite to eat.

The menu is limited, but what is offered is great quality versions of familiar recipes. I loved the chicken and waffles for brunch. It's not too much food, it's well seasoned and the restaurant is centrally located.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 2017

We were there for my dog's birthday. The waitress was very nice and the food was awesome. They had this special menu called pooch patio menu for dogs which was a huge plus. The only downtime that night was the patio lights were all out and it was a little dark and lack of ambience at night.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

They have a beautiful view from the patio with the Capitol down the street. But that's really the best it gets. Everything else is good; food, service, etc. but nothing was good enough to make me want to go back soon. I would be more inclined to return due to convenience. (Which considering the parking situation, it isn't very convenient).

We went with my dog and their doggy menu is cute! I appreciate that there are things fit for smaller dogs as well as larger.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 25, 2017

It was great! The fried chicken sandwich had just the right amount of heat to it. I was afraid the habanero sauce would be overwhelming, but it was perfect!

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