Chef Geoff's (New Mexico Ave.)

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2742 reviews
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Contemporary American
Chef Geoff’s is a chef driven restaurant offering Contemporary American cuisine.

A DC staple with a friendly, neighborhood feel, you will feel welcome here for any occasion large or small. Our made from scratch menu, including our seasonal weekly specials menu, is fresh, flavorful and offers something for everyone. From pizza, salads & burgers to our more elaborate main dishes, one thing is for certain, we don’t skimp on flavor! Our bar, featuring our daily happy hour, covers all ends of the spectrum from our famous super mugs (giant beers) to our handcrafted cocktails created by our in-house mixologist Hector Carmona. The breezy elevated patio is the perfect spot to enjoy our Bottomless Brunch. And don't forget Half Price Wine Night every Wednesday! There’s always something happening at Chef Geoff’s!
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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice outside on a spring evening. Lots of families, two dogs.

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PS
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Just ok. Restaurant temp was a bit warm and stuffy. Food not up to quality I remember but fine. Dessert was very good, cheesecake with berry compote made it all better. Service was
just passable

Chef Geoff's (New Mexico Ave.)
Responded 3 days ago

We work work hard to meet everyone's expectations and we're sorry to hear we missed the mark. I'd like to discuss your experience further if you'd like. Please let me know the best way to reach you. Cheers, David Lynch General Manager

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NH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another nice dinner at Chef Geoff's! We ahd the softshell crab sandwich with bacon which was excellent, similar for the curried chicken and the crabcake.

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GK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

I used to love Chef Geoff's but I think they have spread their talent too thin as they have expanded.

The food was incredibly bland for all three of the adults. The waiter was very nice, but the kitchen quite slow.

I was sick that night, and my wife was sick a couple years ago after a meal there. (and we aren't drinkers, so its not that.)

we really loved the place--even had our engagement party there back in 2005. such a disappointment. won't go there again.

Chef Geoff's (New Mexico Ave.)
Responded 7 days ago

Gregory, We work work hard to meet everyone's expectations and we're sorry to hear we missed the mark. I'd like to discuss your experience further if you'd like. Please let me know the best way to reach you. Cheers, David Lynch General Manager

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PC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've celebrated Father's Day here 4 years in a row and it has always been the best experience!

Chef Geoff's (New Mexico Ave.)
Responded 7 days ago

Peter, Thanks for taking the time to rate your Chef Geoff's-DC experience; it's greatly appreciated and we will share your rating with the team. Look forward to seeing you soon! Cheers, David Lynch General Manager

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FF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience for Father’s Day Brunch! We had the bottomless mimosas and tried all flavors among three people. We loved our waiter Terry, who is fluent in 7 languages including sign language.
We had the falafel waffle, the hangover burger, eggs benedict and baja burrito. No regrets! Great food, friendly and professional service and at the end the delicious freshly made chocolate chip cookie made our experience perfect!

Chef Geoff's (New Mexico Ave.)
Responded 7 days ago

Fred, Thanks for taking the time to rate your Chef Geoff's-DC experience; it's greatly appreciated and we will share your rating with the team. Look forward to seeing you soon! Cheers, David Lynch General Manager

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DF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Grandson’s Birthday.

Chef Geoff's (New Mexico Ave.)
Responded 7 days ago

Daine, Thanks for taking the time to rate your Chef Geoff's-DC experience; it's greatly appreciated and we will share your rating with the team. Look forward to seeing you soon! Cheers, David Lynch General Manager

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LS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was absolutely amazing A

Chef Geoff's (New Mexico Ave.)
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to rate your Chef Geoff's-DC experience; it's greatly appreciated and we will share your rating with the team. Look forward to seeing you soon! Cheers, David Lynch General Manager

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CA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting for a weekend, outdoor brunch. Relaxed, diverse cuisine and friendly service.

Chef Geoff's (New Mexico Ave.)
Responded 7 days ago

Constance, Thanks for taking the time to rate your Chef Geoff's-DC experience; it's greatly appreciated and we will share your rating with the team. Look forward to seeing you soon! Cheers, David Lynch General Manager

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c
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mini reunion of travel group. The experience at Chef Geoff was okay. Not bad and not super. I had requested outdoor seating when I made reservations and was disappointed to be seated inside as it was a beautiful day. The server was not rude, but certainly not friendly. Overall, average.

Chef Geoff's (New Mexico Ave.)
Responded 7 days ago

Hello, Apologies for not being able to accommodate your group on the patio. It's our goal meet everyone's requests but nice weather can fill the patio fast. Please reach out prior to your next visit and I will get you situated on the patio- weather permitting...:) Cheers, David Lynch General Manager

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R
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Watermelon gazpacho was FABULOUS! All food was wonderful. Our daughter just moved into a condo in the area, so this was our first visit to this Geoff Tracy location, but it won't be our last. Looking forward to a nice evening so we can sit outside!

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f
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Good company and good weather. It is very telling that these are the only two good things we can say about our dining experience since they are both outside the control of the restaurant. Chef Geoff's really let us down.

I ordered the steak which is served with a port wine shallot sauce and blue cheese fondue and requested the cheese sauce on the side. When it arrived, there was a weird-looking orangeish sauce on the side and nothing that looked like cheese sauce. When we finally tracked down the server (as my steak sat, getting cold), she agreed that this didn't look like cheese sauce. While we awaited her return, I tried my steak, and it was extremely dry and tough. When she finally returned with the cheese sauce, I asked about the port wine shallot sauce because the steak didn't seem to have any on it. She first claimed that it was there "around the steak". I said, okay, but it seemed like a lot less sauce than I had had before with the same dish at the Tysons location (you couldn't see any sauce at all). I then tried to salt the meat to pull what flavor I could out of it. Nothing would come out of the salt shaker so I opened it - it was one big clump. That's OK, I thought, I'll get another shaker. I went to an empty table and tried their salt shaker. Same result. So, the next time we saw the waitress, I asked if I could have some salt and explained that I couldn't get any out of the two salt shakers because they were clumps of salt. At that point, she told me that the weird-looking orangeish sauce was the port wine shallot sauce. She indicated that she knew I had not asked for it on the side, that she had placed the order correctly, and the kitchen had made a mistake. However, she did NOT offer to correct the mistake - to us, this is the worst a restaurant can do - you admit the order is in error, but don't offer to correct it. Rather, you expect the customer to live with the kitchen's mistake!

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Stay away from the spicy turkey pasta. It was terrible.

Chef Geoff's (New Mexico Ave.)
Responded on June 12, 2019

We work hard to meet everyone's expectations and we are sorry to hear an item missed the mark. We would love for you to have an entree that's to your liking . Please email me prior to your next visit so we can make sure your flavor experience is wonderful. DavidL@chefgeoff Cheers..

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DC
Washington DC
384 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great burgers! The best in town. Always an interesting menu with seasonal variances. Love the outdoor seating.

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GZ
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

My first visit to CG's, and it did not live up to its billing. The food was good (my softshell crab was nicely prepared), but the service was disappointing. I suppose this is the new hip restaurant gestalt -- dour tatooed servers (and maitress) with an air of asperity and no inclination to do anything to make a diner's visit more pleasant. Makes one wonder whether CG's does not treat its staff well. I still tipped over 20%, but it was not deserved.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Restaurant. I wish they would give a little more attention to the music being played.

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EG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was phenomenal and the food was delicious! I had not been to Chef Geoff's in a few years but I will definitely be going back more frequently!

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C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

....we always look forward to a visit to your garden at the new Mexico location when the weather is conducive as it was yesterday.

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CL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Weather prevented outdoor dining, all in all great anniversary dinner. Waiter was amazing and very knowledgeable.

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our waitperson, while very attentive, needs better training on how to approach a table and wait until there’s a break in the conversation before barging right in and interrupting whoever is talking. He did this on several occasions so clearly he has not been properly trained on what it means to serve graciously.

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A
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was great as usual. Unfortunately we got caught outside in the hail storm and had to flee leaving our food behind (almost finished) but we saved the wine!

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DZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and service. Their outdoor patio is one of the best - nice and cool, shaded. Our top pick for brunch

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cauliflower appetizer spectacular!

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S
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite venue.

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T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have great vegan options too! We had a wonderful experience - great food, beautiful outdoor patio, and best of all was the manager David. My husband and I are vegan, and David made sure we were well taken care of with plenty of delicious dining options. The chef has some go-to vegan options that are not on the menu - rice and buckwheat noodles prepared as an Asian-inspired dish or an Italian-style pasta dish. Their pizza dough is vegan so you can order a pizza without cheese and the chef can add a ton of fresh, unique veggies. Our food was prepared with such care - we will definitely be back soon!

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a
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had one of the best dining experiences of my life! Not only was the food delicious with wonderful flavor combinations, but the manager went out of his way to help me with my parking situation. When I entered I mentioned that I could not find my parking stub. He said that the gates were all automated so I would not be able to exit without it. He spoke to the owner (Chef Geoff himself) to move his car through the gate in order to be issued another parking stub. After I left the restaurant, to my surprise, the manager met me at the parking gate with a validated ticket to open the gate. I am astonished at his ingenuity and so thankful for his graciousness in offering help and enlisting his boss. Many thanks to the manager on duty (whose name I never learned) and to Geoff for going beyond the call of duty in helping a damsel in distress.
My friends did not know about my parking dilemma but raved about our dinner -- each got a different fish dish so we could taste them all -- and definitely want to return. Half-Price wine night was a bonus and the sauvignon blanc was the perfect accompaniment. Although the temperature was warm, sitting outdoors in a shaded spot and under and umbrella was absolutely delightful for me a condo dweller with no balcony.

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p
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant and comfortable dining room
Pleasant and helpful staff
Fantastic menu.......always
Great place to eat. I've been dining and recommending Chef Geoff for years.

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The portion of the spinach salad was small, given the price.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We brought my cousin, visiting from Sarasota, to brunch, and we weren't disappointed! The outdoor ambience on a lovely warm day couldn't be beat, the service was top-notch, and the food was wonderful. She just loved it. As perfect as it could be. Many thanks!
Sandy and bob Werner

Chef Geoff's (New Mexico Ave.)
Responded on May 29, 2019

Sandy, Thanks for taking the time to rate your Chef Geoff's-DC experience; it's greatly appreciated and we will share your comment and rating with the team. Look forward to seeing you soon! Cheers, David Lynch General Manager

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The experience at Chef Geoff was awful. We were a party of 9 with 3 kids under ten Service was terrible. It took a hour to get drinks and bread. It was so dark inside you could barely see the menu or the person across from you. Candle light (which kept going off)only! I’m not sure why because it is not a romantic atmosphere. Food was not great. Very average. Not sure what the hype about this place is. Will definitely not return.

Chef Geoff's (New Mexico Ave.)
Responded on May 29, 2019

Danielle, Thank you for telling us about your recent experience at Chef Geoff's - DC. We take a lot of pride in what we do so it's disheartening to hear that we did not meet your expectations. I can assure you we have reviewed your feedback carefully and will use it to improve. If you would like to discuss further, just let me know the best way to contact you. Thank you again for taking the time to let us know and we sincerely hope to see you again in the near future. Cheers.. David Lynch

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TH
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was great, food was very good but the service started to fail when they got busier. We sat inside and it seemed that they only had one waiter, so we had to ask to get our drinks refilled more then once. But I’d go back.

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C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I ordered a softshell crab BLT and asked to have the crab served on the side. After the waiter understood my request, he said fine. the crab was good, but the BLT was terrible. It was served without bacon and with one puny slice of tomato.
We asked for lemon for the water right away, but had to ask again, along with a request for bacon. more careful attention needs to be paid to plating.
(it was very quiet that day; outdoor tables were only half full.)

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b
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

A middle of the road eatery. Neither great nor awful. Nice patio in good weather.

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P
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother’s Day, two college graduations! Chef Geoff’s did a fantastic job.

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LD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating the day as a family and service was especially thoughtful, given we had a baby in a stroller to accommodate. Always delicious and enjoyable. A neighborhood restaurant that keeps everything fresh -- ! Cocktails splendid.

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I
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent crab cakes ! Service was good and we left very happy.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We were seated in the bar area which had a hint of bleach smell. The bar was out of limes at 7:00pm on a Saturday night. While our server was very polite and seemed very green. It took 20 minutes to get a second glass of wine.

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OT
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Always reliable, flavorful array of choices. Go with the daily specials to maximize your satisfaction!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. Have never had a worse experience with a restaurant. The waiter only asked for our drinks and a hostess had to take our order, not going back

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S
London
35 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Sitting on the patio was fabulous!!

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