Dauphine’s

4.5
342 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dauphines was exquisite!! My mother and I came here for a girls trip weekend and we found Dauphines on OpenTable. We loved everything about it from the ambiance, to the service, to the food. So delicious and definitely recommend!!

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SuzanneP
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We came for their namesake “Dauphine potato’s”, but were told they are no longer on the menu. However, we were very impressed with the pommes suffle, basically French fries filled with air. They were a fun way to start the meal. My date has spaghetti with oysters, which he loved and the red beans were flavorful though we were hoping for a hint of heat. I tried the shrimp roulade, a creative twist on a salad. I loved the roulade sauce, but there were only 3 small shrimp. I didn’t mind because the company was good and I was saving room for dessert. OMG the beniets were amazing (please excuse my spelling) and are served with a personal sifter for the powdered sugar (so fun!!!) With cafe au lait and the lemon iced box cake we LOVED dessert! Will be back to try the bourbon milk shot next time. (Table next to us were raving about it)

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vipTuckinalex
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The menu was disappointing. I thought it was more seafood forward. But the appetizer special of tomato salad was exquisite as was the oyster Dauphine’s. Our server was excellent. Fun and professional. Beautiful restaurant but with a faint tinge of touristy. Not sure I’d return.

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vipSCD2
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm at a loss for words. Just go.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

the food was fabulous, service mainly good; a few times we couldn't find the waitperson.

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LisaR
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Service was good, but overall unimpressed by the food.

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vipDCDiner
Washington DC
413 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience4

I love the food at Dauphin's. However, the Duck Jambalaya was a real disappointment. Consisted primarily of rice. The only pieces of duck were duck sausage and an unidentifiable piece of duck which consisted 90% of fat. The prices are steep and I would feel more comfortable paying the prices asked if the serving sizes were comparable.

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vipKarenK
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner! Great food, Sommier Ryan was extremely helpful. The staff was very attentive, we had a lovely evening

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CASSI
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Alex was a delightful and caring server.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We made reservations for my best friend’s birthday here and we were all excited to try this venue. The evening was nice until the end when it came close to closing time. We were told around 11:45 pm that they closed at 12, we were all paid up and booked a Lyft. We were waiting at the outside bar area for our driver to arrive when the bartender told us to leave the premise. We told him we were waiting for our ride and he said we would have to leave or security would come. It was raining at the time and we said we wanted to wait under the awning right next to the exit until our driver arrived, the bartender came over again and started to put up a rope and told us to exit. He was unnecessarily rude and aggressive. Our ride came at 12:09 and all of this interaction began shortly before midnight. We were not trying to stay to prevent the restaurant from closing but merely asked that we stay under the awning until our car arrived.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We came to Dauphine’s to celebrate a birthday and were very excited to try this new place. We sat outdoors by the bar, and enjoyed the setting until the end of the evening. We had settled the bill and were told by the staff that the restaurant closed at midnight. At that time we ordered an Uber and was waiting for it to arrive. It was raining, so we waited under an outdoor awning. We were approached by one of the male bartenders and was asked to leave. We explained that we were waiting for our transportation to arrive but he dismissed our explanation and told us to exit and was extremely rude. He raised his voice when we asked to wait for the car to arrive and demanded that we leave the building premises and threatened to call the building security to kick us out. He was very aggressive. He proceeded to get a rope to cord off the section so we would leave. He was incredibly disrespectful and it was quite shocking to be treated in this manner as a guest of this establishment. I find it important to note that all of this happened around 12:05am (five minutes after closing!) and the Uber picked us up at 12:09. Never will I go back again nor recommend this place to friends or colleagues.

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BryanD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very impressed. One of the best meals I've had in 2021.

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vipDisappointed
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It's a very busy place so that even with a reservation, we waited for 30 minutes to be seated. The wait staff is very good, although the food was not as good as I remembered. Don't order the steak -- cheaper cut so very chewy. Barbecue shrimp was very salty. The oyster Dauphine was good and so is their bread basket. Otherwise, nothing here to write home about. Not likely to return.

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vipRobFromRosslyn
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic outdoor seating that has very high ceilings but open to the street for quiet comfortable dining. Very knowledgeable sommelier and waitstaff. Dishes an interesting take on New Orleans fare.

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Localyokel
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food in a beautiful environment. A little noisy but it was obvious folks were having a good time.

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vipKarenK
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, great food, bartenders seemed a little overwhelmed by the crowd! Very fun atmosphere & crowd. Had a fantastic time!

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MichelleW
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, delicious, great service and truly amazing food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They provided great service to a table of one!

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JonathanE
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place! We ate outdoors, which is in a covered space in a small mall-type area. More ambiance than you usually get outdoors. Cocktails were all great and there was an extensive list. Waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful. Fish dishes and bread were especially good.

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Kathryn
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious! I absolutely recommend the BBQ Shrimp (just like in New Orleans) and the Bourbon Milk Punch. Service was exceptional as well, out server paced out our meal perfectly and made great recommendations. Can't wait to return.

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viplahorv
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A big and beautifully designed restaurant. Cocktail menu had plenty of great options including some low proof choices. Oysters from the raw bar, swordfish crudo, and blue crab fingers for apps were delicious alongside the bread board. Skate wing was a big serving and really good. Desserts were yummy. Looking forward to trying more menu items. Music and crowd gives the place a very energetic vibe. Great addition to the area.

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vipSallyM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent; Cocktails and appetizers were fantastic. Main courses were average- nothing particularly special or innovative. Perfect place for dining with out of town guests or work colleagues, but not really a fit for foodies destination.

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MrRC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s hands down one of my favorite restaurants in DC. The design is exquisite, the food is delicious and the service is impeccable.

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PatriceL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was ABSOLUTELY delicious. The drinks were pretty tasty. The service was good. However, there is a SEVERE mosquito problem dining outside at this restaurant. My fiancé and myself have at least 20 bites each on our legs, ankles and arms. The entire night we were squatting away mosquitoes. We noticed that other tables that were sitting around us were squatting as well. One waiter even gave the table bug spray. Not my idea of a fine dining experience.

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Mahe
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Would not suffice in New Orleans or anywhere in Louisiana; decent food for DC. Cocktails were good.

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DavidH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were so excited about a high class New Orleans style restaurant in DC, but Dauphine's did not live up to expectations, except for Sazaracs done to perfection.. The service was outstanding and that's quite a feat in these waitstaff shortage days. From there it went down hill. The food was disappointing--BBQ shrimp tasteless with overly-sweet sauce; fried hogshead became boring half way through eating; skate wing was the best of the lot, but overly fried. Beignets were greasy and baked Alaska had an unpleasant texture with cake crumbs mixed into the ice cream. It was so loud tht the waiter had to shout right in your ear for you to hear him/her.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun place! The sweetbreads were divine, the duck jambalaya was unique, and the table side flambé Baked Alaska with chicory coffee was a perfect end to the meal. Waitstaff was attentive without being overbearing. Decor was charming.

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vipJPG1
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, excellent service, and delicious food.

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Anonymous
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We had a reservation but preferred to look of the outdoor bar seating. We stood at the bar about 10-12 minutes before being helped or even given a menu. The bar was not busy and the 3-4 people behind it seemed to actively be ignoring us. The people next to us noticed we weren’t being helped and passed us all of their menus. We finally were able to have a glass of wine but the mosquitoes were horrid. There was also a group with a dog on the patio which we had no problem with until they started letting the dog jump up and sit at the actual bar…To top it off the menu didn’t really speak to us (one of whom lived in New Orleans for years) and was very pricey. Unfortunately it was not a great experience for us. Maybe another time.

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AisF
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Not worth the money whatsoever. The duck jambalaya was flavorless and not worth $10, let alone the $85 they charged for it. Save your money and just don’t go. Biggest disappointment in a long time.

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LittleJason
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

We had a reservation and were seated at what is probably the worst table in DC; maybe the entire DMV: a rinky-dink two-top, in the corner of the upstairs balcony, where you could literally see none of the beautiful restaurant where we had chosen to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We asked for a different table, and despite there being numerous empty tables scattered throughout the restaurant, we were told there was nothing else available. It's possible the open tables were open for Covid restrictions, but some of them definitely were not, and they should have given us one of them. If not, at least have a manager come and talk to us about it. I worked in fine dining as a bartender for 20 years (my wife for close to 10 years), and this situation happened often, and if possible we would always make it right for the patrons, whether we could seat them or not. We'd buy them a round, or offer a dessert, or just have a manager come have a conversation about the situation in an effort to make them feel better about the problem, and not ruin their night. We got none of that, but being former restaurant workers we understood that things happen, and decided to sit at the bar, which we usually do anyway (just not on out 10th anniversary). It should have been fine sitting at the bar, but the bartender was terrible, and the food was just OK. We spent $150 bucks, including a 20% tip because the bartender wasn't rude or anything, he just wasn't good at his job, and as a bartender I know that sometimes service is bad because people sometimes have bad days. No big deal. But we were prepared to spend much more than that; getting more appetizers, a nice bottle of wine and dessert/coffee, aperitifs, etc., but by the time we got our entrées (my pork was good but my wife's fish was only so-so) we were ready to get out of there. We were so excited to dine at Dauphine's after getting a recommendation from friends, and it was so disappointing to spend $180 for a lousy meal.

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MaggieS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant and ambience are lovely! The wait staff was attentive and offered additional information that assisted us in making our food selections. It was a fairly busy Friday evening, so it took additional time to receive our food, but the server and manager both stopped to check on us and assure us that our food would be coming soon. The state street cocktail was refreshing and a definite "would recommend". Additionally, we ordered the beef tartar, smoked fish dip and the oyster buccatini, which were all delicious!

DC
DavidC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dauphine's restaurant design is very stylish, the rooms warm and inviting. Our table for six was comfortable and strategically placed in the main dining room. The menu includes all the New Orleans classics from seafood gumbo to oyster po'boys and we tried many of them. The food was superb. The service was good but not as attentive as it should have been. In all, it was a very enjoyable experience and we will go back there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dauphine's is a fantastic fine dining experience - casual elegance at every turn. I'm in love! If you're a foodie who loves being taken on a journey when you dine out, you will love it, too! Every staff member we encountered was delightful, especially our waiter, Mario, and the pace and presentation of every course was just right.
Caveat, I'm from New Orleans, so I'm already partial to the cuisine, but the food puts a lovely DC spin on LA classics - the gumbo has the darkest roux, which is my fave! The drinks menu is interesting and drinks are beautifully crafted. Raw oysters come with the most delectable homemade saltines that they really need to start selling by the bag - 🙌!!
Wrap it all up with beignets, mini frozen Brandy milk punch and cafe au lait - it's like Christmas!
Go eat here!

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HaleyH
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding, we went with more of a charcuterie and appetizers type meal, which I would definitely recommend. We got to try a lot of little things. The only thing I might not suggest is the baked Alaska. I felt like it was just ok. Like I could have gotten the same flavors anywhere. The steak tartar and smoked fish dip were a 10/10!

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vipManya
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and drink. Lovely table outside, protected from the elements. Excellent service at the bar and at the table.

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DavidW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food--mirliton & pig ear salad and paneed skate wing for me, oysters Dauphine and blackened bluefish creole for my companion--was delicious. (One quibble: I searched in vain for the pickled peach alleged to be part of the salad.) Nice atmosphere, quiet enough to speak without raising voices. Spectacular finish--we split the maple syrup mousse over peach compote and it was de-lish. Good cocktails too (sazerac for me, absinthe rickey for companion).

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Stylish restaurant, delicious food, attentive service. But portions were quite small so you don’t get much for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was perfect for my date and I. Candlelight dinner with delicious food and a gluten free menu. The staff were all very polite. Highly recommend and will be coming back!

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VictoriaF
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Unfortunately, my friend and I had a terrible experience at Dauphine's. Not only were we seated in the back of the patio (adjacent to the rest station for servers), very obviously separated from the other patrons who were dining before and after us, my friend and I were surveilled during the course of our meal (it felt as if the staff thought we might dine and dash?). This was extremely uncomfortable and confusing. We assumed because we were dressed casually, this could potentially be a reason for the seating. But there is no formal dress code requirement for the restaurant, and throughout our meal, we noticed many other patrons dressed causally, wearing shorts, and being seated on the exact opposite end of the restaurant.

When we asked about the seating arrangement (and this noticeable difference in treatment), the manger replied by asking if we have ever worked in the hospitality industry. This was extremely condescending. When we raised this issue again with the staff and hostess—about not understanding why we were seated in the back (further than any other patrons) and the noticeable difference in treatment from other patrons—and named that we were uncomfortable throughout the meal, the hostess preceded to cut us off, scoff at us, and roll her eyes (while four other coworkers looked on silently). She offered no apology and stared at us when we said we were just uncomfortable and wanted to uplift it. Because the situation at that point had escalated, we spoke to the manager once again. He preceded to double down on their reasoning for the seating (and not address our major concern that we were truly just uncomfortable during our experience) and he offered no apology or concession. When later called the restaurant to ask for a refund, and could hear the manager laughing in the background with other staff members as we waited for him to confirm it is was possible. The unprofessionalism was shocking and the experience was incredibly uncomfortable and demoralizing.

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Dauphine’s is rated 4.5 stars by 342 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.