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Dauphine’s, Washington, DC

Dauphine’s

4.6
4.6
711 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

Dauphine’s, a restaurant inspired by the playful spirit and iconic cuisine of New Orleans is led by Chef Kristen Essig, who called the city home for over two decades. The Dauphine’s menu pays homage to the diverse cultural influences and rich culinary traditions of New Orleans while utilizing Mid-Atlantic ingredients. The beverage program is developed in partnership with New Orleans native Neal Bodenheimer – owner of Cure, the 2018 James Beard Foundation Award winner for Outstanding Bar Program – and offers a menu of both classics and innovative riffs. The expansive indoor dining features a large sunken dining room anchored by a custom raw bar and wood charcuterie case, a wrought-iron pavilion linking the bar and dining, and an intimate mezzanine with private dining. Bookend by two outdoor spaces, Dauphine's features a 30 seat outdoor bar with a custom New Orleans-inspired tiled fountain and a separate covered dining patio for 80 guests.

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Booked 9 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 758-3785

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Kristen Essig

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    15th and L St NW Washington, DC

  • Parking details

    Garage parking is available at Midtown Center, 1100 15th St NW. The entrance is at L St between 15th & 16th St located on the left side. Additional garages are available within walking distance as well as metered street parking.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 711 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OL

    OdileL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Excellent dinner, would particularly recommend the BBQ shrimps, the oysters and the cochon de lait. Less convinced by the scallops.

  2. FR

    FRAN

    Anchorage

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great variety and quality

  3. K

    2Kayz

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was an easy brunch option. There weren’t too many people, the food was great, the drinks were great and the service was great.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    We had asked to sit inside and booked a month in advance. The hostess was not accommodating.

  5. MR

    MeganRSmith

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great, as always! Dauphine's is slowly becoming my favorite brunch spot in D.C.

  6. CM

    CarolM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Outdoor seating under a permanent roof for Sunday brunch was wonderful and not crowded. Food was excellent, but service was a little slow. Disappointed that they piped in recordings of jazz music rather than let us hear the live jazz band performing inside.

  7. DD

    DianeD

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Noise level in restaurant was so overwhelming one could barely hear the jazz group. Although the music was piped to outside dining area, it was barely audible. Outside dining area was dark and lacking in ambience. Food portions were rather small for the price. Shrimp and grits barely had any grits. Crab Benedict had nothing else on the plate, no breakfast potatoes, not even a garnish. Mussels came out of their shells in a glass. Weird and not very appealing. Service was good but cannot recommend Dauphine’s.

  8. CE

    CarolE

    Pittsburgh

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved Sunday brunch- everything was great from the cocktails to the service to the food to the live jazz! Definitely would come again!!

  9. FB

    FoggyBottomPhd

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic brunch spot! Food was delicious, service was attentive and knowledgeable (thank Tim!). We will be back.

  10. B

    Blue

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Beignets were WAY too small. Or serve 4 instead of three so they can be shared with someone.

  11. MS

    MsStephanieTR

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious and portions were perfect to share

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Food and wine were delicious. Noise level not so great.

  13. LV

    LindaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent. Everything about the meal was above par.

  14. PM

    PatrickM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience5

    Great ambiance but food wasn't that great

  15. n

    nicolew

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday dinner. Great service and great food.

  16. PB

    PatriciaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Warm atmosphere; beautiful dining area; delicious food served with enthusiastic professional charm!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4

    Very mediocre and the food was not good.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and drinks! Definitely visiting and will visit again!

  19. MK

    MattK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day lunch. Loved the live band, and the service was exceptional

  20. BS

    BethesdaSon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food, awesome ambience, very attentive services, excellent value. Will be back again .

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and great customer service!

  22. JG

    JamesG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Dauphines would be a 10/10 if the menu was just a little more affordable. Apps, drinks, and dessert (in addition to your main) will bring you to $100+ per person after tax and tip. I shared the $85 duck creole (for 2) with another diner and we each only received one small slice of duck. For $40+ each I was expecting much more. Other than that, full marks. It’s got a great vibe and delicious food. Our server Alex was awesome.

  23. PH

    ParastoH

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is always better than expected. This was my second time and I will go back again in the future.

  24. SS

    SSmith

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and the service were outstanding! Fantastic wine list - and the sazerac was perfect! Such a GREAT experience.

  25. KB

    KevinB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing, the drinks were inventive, but classic. Highly recommend.

  26. DJ

    DinerJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Swordfish dish was unappetizing. Scallops entre was ill-conceived (almondine didn't prove to be a successful combination). Desserts were ordinary. Service was pleasant but decidedly slow.

  27. L

    Londoner

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Wonderful food and service— would like a lower noise level (and an expresso machine!). Will return and introduce more friends.

  28. TC

    ThomasC

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Service was excellent as were the food choices and preparation. Went on a Monday so not too crowded.

  29. M

    Mike

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    Very disappointing [except for the mixed drinks where were excellent.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5

    Food was amazing but the waiter was inattentive.

  31. S

    Susie

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Lovely new place with very good food. It's New Orleans themed, not trying to replicate but do a take. I'm from New Orleans and i like the concept. My Sazerac was excellent, the bartender knows what he's doing. Not sure the take on my barbequed shrimp was as good as the traditional, as the sauce was a bit thick and too barbeque-y for my taste and made more of a mess peeling the shrimp. The staff were trying hard but a bit green, expected with the pandemic labor issues. I had to ask for an extra napkin and bowl for the shells, but a wonderful young waiter leapt to it (and darn i can't remember his name). Other meals - oyster spaghetti and scallops - were very much enjoyed, and we'll be back.

  32. A

    Adstutia

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    A beautiful space and delicious food. It was surprisingly busy for a Sunday evening, but we were well taken care of. One side order was missed, but brought out later and comp'd - we were plenty full and didn't mind. Starters, bread, entrees, dessert, and cocktails were all very well crafted. Interesting take on New Orleans standards and portion sizes were big enough - not pretentiously tiny and fussily plated nor belly-bustingly large. Would definitely return for the ambiance and the food.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing. Felt like New Orleans.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3

    Server brought out a dish with eggs on it when we clearly stated the guest had a severe egg allergy and asked for the dish without it. Live band was very loud and hard to have conversations.

  35. RJ

    RachelleJ

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Love the New Orleans vibe in here with the jazz performance during brunch! We were celebrating my mom’s birthday and she really loved the energy at the restaurant. The ambiance was everything and I found myself looking around the entire time taking it all in - from the live plants covering every corner or the restaurant, to the raw bar near our table, to the jazz players in front of the restaurant. The food was also very tasty, especially the bread basket and my crab benne and the fresh squeezed OJ. Some of our food did come out cold though and we did have to ask for one of our food orders a few times before we received it. Beyond that, everything was terrific.

  36. T

    Toye

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious.

  37. JT

    JTnyc

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. Fun vibe, beautiful setting. Please add bananas foster to the dessert menu!! :)

  38. DP

    DaniPW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, great ambience, and good food.

  39. GJ

    GwynnieJT

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    I’d give Dauphine’s 3.5 stars. Lively happy hour with a nice mix of drink specials and noshes. I wasn’t wowed by the dinner menu but would definitely return for HH or to try their jazz brunch.

  40. DF

    DavidF

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Waitstaff and drinks were outstanding. Some dishes were exceptional and others were all good. The beignets were small and doughy and we needed more butter for the bread service. Overall it was a great experience and we’ll certainly be there again and recommend to friends. Also, we missed the pralines at the end of this last visit.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Dauphine’s is rated 4.6 stars by 711 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Dauphine’s

1100 15th St NW Washington, DC 20005-1707

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    15th and L St NW Washington, DC

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Garage parking is available at Midtown Center, 1100 15th St NW. The entrance is at L St between 15th & 16th St located on the left side. Additional garages are available within walking distance as well as metered street parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kristen Essig

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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