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Dauphine’s, Washington, DC

Dauphine’s

4.6
4.6
785 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 60 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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What 785 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
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • District of Columbia

    Contemporary American

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  1. C

    Cece

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Loved the outdoor seating , nice vibe, good wine and cocktails. My quail dish was supposed to be stuffed with duck but I didn’t detect any. Oysters were good though.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    I like the space layout. The plastic ferns and other cutesy touches were distracting, if not a little tacky. The food was ok. I had the stuffed quail and was underwhelmed, it was well executed but not much flavor. I think I want to try the charcuterie and seafood next time before I make my final opinion of the place.

  3. CB

    ChristopherB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    The restaurant was nice, but there were limited options for vegetarians.

  4. KT

    KenyaT

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very pleasant server Helena and food was amazing! This is my first time in DC and we were very happy with the experience. We had oysters, beef tartare, shrimp ramulade, and the Duck for two.

  5. CG

    CowboyGirl

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Second time dining at Dauphine’s and it was as good or better than we remembered. Our group had the stuffed quail, roast chicken, and bluefish creole and everything was outstanding. Our server was great and personable. We will definitely be back!!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We went to Dauphine’s after a great day in DC. Our waiter Wes was fantastic, helping us choose from the great options on their menu. We got the beef tar tar and the scallops for appetizers, and the duck jambalaya for our main course. Every dish was excellent. We highly recommend Dauphine’s.

  7. P

    Pontuquesi

    Mexico City

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience4

    Poor service in general, table wasn't ready whem we arrived and we were rushed all the time we spent there. Food was from average to fair.

  8. DM

    DannaM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The nod to New Orleans in the design of the interior space is fantastic. The bar, high tops, dining room and outdoor spaces are attractive and inviting. The place has great energy. We sat an high top, enjoyed craft cocktails, fresh oysters, and BBQ shrimp for father's day. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.

  9. L

    Locavore

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Second time eating here and it was as good as the first time. I’m from Louisiana and this is New Orleans inspired without being literal copies of southern dishes. I had the Oyster Spaghetti and it was excellent. Cocktails were good too.

  10. RK

    RebeccaK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience5

    The restaurant was beautiful inside and they had live music playing. We went for brunch and the food was terrible I couldn’t even finish my food. My poached eggs were so over cooked and everything was cold. I would not recommend eating there. But our cocktails were great.

  11. JS

    JSBCPB

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Jazz Brunch! Loved the food, music and decor....especially the restrooms. 😊

  12. C

    Chocolate

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The tequila drink wasnt great but everything was 5 stars!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great meal and drinks as always! The oyster spaghetti is amazing !

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Cocktails were very good - and the food was excellent, too. We started with a few charcuterie items and then two of our party had the Bluefish which was very good. I had a delish pork dish with a red bean ragout, and the 4th person had the Oyster spaghetti. Oysters Dauphine were excellent, too. Creme brûlée was excellent and Baked Alaska for two was an excellent presentation and excellent although it had a little too much going on with the clove, coffee ice cream and orange sorbet. The price was accessible and creativity in the kitchen contributed. Only issues were that it was loud and our server could not be heard.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our server, Kristen, was wonderful and offered solid recommendations. The food was excellent and we will definitely come back. The chicken bonne femme was delicious!

  16. JC

    JordyC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service all around. Excellent service from all team members

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Service and food was very disappointing.

  18. DC

    DCNewbie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Duck stuffed quail = to die for. Cocktails excellent. Service top tier.

  19. WP

    WilliamP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This was our second experience at Dauphine's. The first was a family (all adult) outing for my birthday in February. Love the food, especially the oysters. Service is outstanding. We live over 200 miles away but when we visit D.C. we try to get to Dauphine's.

  20. D

    Damian

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was an amazing mix of cozy atmosphere, excellent service and scrumptious food!

  21. JJ

    JJ113

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved Dauphine’s! The service was great and the food was amazing. The ambiance and design of the restaurant felt like you were in NOLA. The oysters were fresh, the bread was out of this world. Highly recommend the tomato salad and the soft shell crab. We loved the wine the sommelier recommended after telling him about another wine we love. Great experience and would definitely go back!

  22. TK

    TomK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, great menu, and fantastic food. Don't think twice about it.

  23. CB

    CamilB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome place, great service, delicious food!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Outstanding! Food was divine, and the ambience was lovely. Definitely plan to return.

  25. J

    Jillian

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dinner at Dauphine’s never disappoints. We first tried Dauphine’s during restaurant week and have since returned twice. Everything about this restaurant is a delight. The Fried Hog's Head Cheese and Mirliton & Pig Ear Salad are our favorite ways to begin, Chicken Bonne Femme is like no other chicken I’ve ever had, and the Lemon Ice Box could possibly be my favorite dessert. 1000% recommend!

  26. S

    Shayf

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The food was good and our server Alex was excellent.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Menu was exciting, but the actual dishes were a tad disappointing.

  28. DP

    DavidP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Nice higher-end afterwork bar. Drink selection was good. Staff friendly. Seafood was fresh. Sauces in which they were served were fine, but not up to the quality of the seafood itself.

  29. KK

    KellyK

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    Need to improve their entree

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and cocktails at Dauphine’s were both excellent. The service was generally good, though our waiter was a little gruff. I would definitely dine there again and bring more friends!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing!! The steak and collard greens were amazing!!

  33. NH

    NeloH

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service rivaled only by the quality of food.

  34. S

    Sofloz

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Amazing eggs benedict and sweet potato french toast

  35. m

    maxinek

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. As a native New Orleanian, I can attest that this is the real deal.

  36. d

    dc4diningout

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful! We were seated outside; the piped music could have been a little softer, and the lighting could have been a little brighter. But the food and service are top notch. Highly recommend.

  37. c

    clairem

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    LOVE Dauphine’s!!!!

  38. KF

    KarinaF

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious. While checking out the menu, we had the bread service. 3 types of bread with the butter and pepper jam. It was a very good start of the evening. For starters, we had he pig ear salad and the pommes souffle. The salad was very fresh and the pommes souffle was delicious. For dinner, the Cochon and the Roasted Chicken. Both dishes were perfectly cooked and flavorful. Ended the night with Strawberry Shortcake and Lemon Ice Box. They were delicious. My husband enjoyed their wine selection. We will definitely be back. In addition to great food, the service was excellent.

  39. LF

    LevineF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    It's a lovely place for a meal. Great scenery. We went for a birthday.

  40. CP

    CarlaP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4

    The oysters, cocktails and appetizers were excellent. The main dish of swordfish was fried, served cold and not at all what we expected. The server was lovely.

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

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Dauphine’s is rated 4.6 stars by 785 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 60 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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