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Dauphine’s, Washington, DC

Dauphine’s

4.6
4.6
1118 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 67 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm 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 1,118 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • District of Columbia

    Contemporary American

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  1. C

    Charlemagne

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good! Try the oysters dauphine. They were excellent
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an amazing experience and exceptional service as always.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Experience was great at Dauphine’s. Food was delicious and staff very attentive
  4. NB

    NB500

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing!!!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    The scallops were good but the portion was very small for $33 for lunch. It was more like a small plate. I left hungry. They could have added more grits to make it more substantial. I realize food is expensive, but I suggest to the kitchen to consider adding low cost side like grits or some other carb. Just common sense and good for business to provide a basic meal for $33 for lunch. I did find the scallops delicious even though it was small, but I would not order them again unless portion was modified. Biscuits and cocktail were also very good.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Restaurant Week
  7. VB

    VictoriaB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food could use more seasoning. Very disheartening when you go to a Creole/southern restaurant and the taste of the grits is so bland. Where’s the creamy taste? No salt, no spice? The oysters were amazing. Probably the most seasoned thing there.
  8. AB

    AlltheBest

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting, excellent service and great food (shrimp+grits was sublime). I will return.
  9. S

    Simone

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience for restaurant week. Will be back!
  10. HD

    HaydnD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Saw Dauphine’s featured on PBS’ Signature Dish and it lived up to expectations. Food was great. Excellent service! Would definitely recommend it to everyone.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time for my husband and I. We loved everything, the food, service and decor. We will be back!!
  12. OC

    OlgaC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    It was good
  13. I

    Ilona23

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Both the food and service were mediocre. We waited 30 minutes for a bottle of wine ordered. There was no apology other than "Sorry but we had to retrieve it downstairs and we're very busy."
  14. D

    Debbiedoesdctoo

    Washington DC

    133 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    By energetic I mean very loud. Service not as good as usual.
  15. TC

    TadC

    Frankfurt

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was professional and knowledgeable. The food was very tasty. Nice atmosphere We will go back
  16. M

    Mercedes

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was next level! And the service was immaculate!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was outstanding and the food was very good. Tables were nicely spaced out. We ordered from the restaurant week menu which was good. We plan to return and order from the full menu.
  18. BM

    BrandonM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    I should’ve listen to the reviews when they said that the service here was terrible. It seems the service here are more concerned about getting the work done, then the restaurant goers having a good experience. They would not allow us to modify a drink that was not pre-batched for an allergy. They said that it would change the experience, if the drink was altered, and suggested that we get something else without that ingredient. they also suggested things for the table such as bread that was not on the menu and ended up being an additional $30 charge at the end. They also did not explain the restaurant menu where nearly everything was a $10 add-on. Overall, the staff in the process was very deceptive underwhelming over priced and we will not be returning.
  19. m

    mensan98th

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. One of DC's great restaurants.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great ambiance; best gumbo I have ever had. The blackened blue fish creole was chef’s kiss.
  21. B

    Bridget

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall1food1service5ambience4
    This was hands down the worst meal I’ve ever eaten in a restaurant. The food was under seasoned, didn’t taste good, and the portions were laughably small. I cannot believe we each spent $55/meal for restaurant week and received the food we did. I’ve had better meals using Blue Apron. We had to make dinner when we got home because we were both still hungry. I can’t believe this place has a bib gourmand recommendation.
  22. ES

    ESFads

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Outstanding meal. Great cocktails and small plates. Well thought out Restaurant Week menu that highlights the kitchen. But also great, consistent standard dinner menu. Highly recommend.
  23. S

    Sally

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We went to Dauphine's for a Restaurant Week lunch and enjoyed every minute of it. The staff was prompt and courteous. I really loved the New Orleans inspired décor (been there so I know). The food was good and we enjoyed the experience.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Italy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Nice place, the dining room was a little bit too cold.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A+ Service
  26. TW

    TrevorW

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    30th wedding anniversary
  27. AB

    AlexB

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great spot for a nice night out for a romantic date.
  28. J

    Julia

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, drinks and service ❤️
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    we ordered the $88 duck jumbalaya for 2 and it was incredibly underwhelming. it was so little food (even with oysters and an appetizer) that we came home and ordered some cheeseburgers. i wouldn’t even pay $40 for that in the future. they weirdly bring you a tiny portion of a seared duck breast on a plate with sauerkraut and it’s like it was haphazardly scooped onto the plate. very strange experience and incredibly overpriced.
  30. M

    Mandy

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    I think Dauphine's is great! The service is excellent, the food is very good, and the cocktails/wine list are awesome. My only complaint, which is maybe not a great one, is that I wish there was a salad or two (or a least a vegetable side that isn't soaked in grease/cheese). I know it's a Southern restaurant, but the menu just lacks healthy options!
  31. AH

    AyanaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Ambiance is excellent, service excellent, food left something to be desired. Drinks were top tier. It was still a great experience.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Had a terrible experience with the service here! Came in with party of 6 for a birthday dinner, the sever was rude, we were rushed to order and our table was cleared while couple of us were still eating, there was a mix up with orders and bills. And the restaurant didn’t make any effort to acknowledge the birthday celebration.
  33. AD

    AlinaD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    It’s definitely a nice place to dine in but the overall experience was below expectations. We were rushed from the moment we got seated. Plates taken before we finished the meal and the bill was put on the table without being asked for:)
  34. NO

    NimaO

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food is good but not as great as the expensive prices. The duck jambalaya had very good rice mixed with duck pate but the duck itself was super sweet and the skin was not crispy, more soggy, the duck meat was too cold by the time it was served. The waiters were nice but they came 4 times to ask if we were finished. They said we had 2 hours for our reservation, but they came 45 minutes before the 2 hours were due. The place was very loud and we had to yell to hear each other.
  35. JC

    JamesC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In 2023 we are starting a tradition of brunch with friends and plan to do it at least twice a month! It was fitting that we start with Dauphine’s on New Years Day with some of our oldest friends. We were seated at an amazing table on the balcony overlooking the live jazz band! Chef Essig treated us amazingly well and the entire team from host, to wait staff, and managers all went above and beyond. We knew it was going to be a special meal when the four of us sat down and three of the plates had the same image of an animal, I think it was a duck, and one had a herring! Our friend with the herring plate told us that herrings tend to be around when she is thinking of her grandmother! The food was beyond spectacular! The current version of gumbo with the smoked meats was killer and you don’t want to miss out on the Pommes Dauphine! They were a heavenly bite of crunch, soft, creamy, sweet, and spicy! We cannot wait to return!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Service was incredibly slow and food was mediocre - some dishes were strong but most were bland and lacking in flavor. Bar/cocktails were tasty but so slow to arrive.
  37. CM

    ClaireM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I just moved to DC from New Orleans after living there for six years and this is the best restaurant I've tried in DC so far. It's truly a classic New Orleans place and I cannot recommend it anymore--felt like home! Food is incredible, ambiance was amazing.
  38. A

    Alexis

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first visit to Dauphine’s brunch was quite a lovely experience. Definitely get the beignets!
  39. NB

    NatalieB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Such a lovely experience! Jazz music was perfect for a New Year’s Day brunch!
  40. W

    Wcc1

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We truly enjoyed our experience dining at Dauphine's! Food was delicious but service was even better. Dan is the man! He was kind, attentive to detail, present at the right moments, and made us feel welcome and relaxed. He explained everything clearly and in a non-patronizing way. Just overall pleasant, intelligent, and thoughtful human being. Please give this man a raise. Food was perfect, my husband loved the duck-stuffed quail, it was one of his favorite birthday meals ever! We really appreciated the bday cheesecake they sent, and enjoyed the drink recommendations as well. Beautiful ambiance in the restaurant, the atmosphere was relaxed yet elegant and truly embodied the Nola aesthetic. Overall, highly recommend!

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 1118 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 67 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

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm 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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