DBGB DC

4.5
1684 reviews
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DBGB is Chef Daniel Boulud's casual restaurant specializing in seasonal Lyonnais-inspired bistro cuisine. Located at CityCenter in the Penn Quarter, DBGB is a short walk to the Convention Center, Verizon Center, and The White House. We serve dinner seven nights a week, lunch Monday to Friday, and brunch on the weekends in a casual yet comfortable setting. Bar and lounge seating is always available and walk-ins are encouraged. Two spacious private rooms accommodating from 12-50 people are located on our second floor. We also host smaller groups with personalized prix-fixe menus in our main dining room. We look forward to serving you!

Special Event! Chef Daniel Boulud will be in house on April 5th for our Spring Feast in celebration of the Cherry Blossom Festival, featuring a one-night-only dinner menu! The evening will feature a special 4-course tasting, paired with wines, for $148 per person (tax and gratuity not included). A credit card is required to hold your reservation.
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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

We will be offering an a la carte menu for both brunch and dinner along with festive specials created by Chef Nicholas Tang and Chef Daniel Boulud.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The ambiance is quite nice and the service - from the serving staff - was attentive but casual, which is my preference. Food was all around tasty; extra effort was put in at the bar to accommodate a ‘special’ request of mine (How a sugared rim on a Sidecar is out of the originate is beyond me, but in the end the rim was sugared and I was happy.) Profiteroles for dessert were quite good.

Only complaint was that upon arrival, with a reservation, they wouldn’t seat me until the other person arrived. On a Wednesday night with visibly open tables that is just annoying. When the other party arrived in the 5 mins we were left standing at the host stand as the host came back to their post - TWICE - without seating us. But that is a detail. Overall a very nice evening.

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JM
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Server knew her wines and made great recommendations about what would go with what we ordered. Overall great experience.

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LH
Washington DC
124 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best dining experiences I've had in DC in a long time. You wouldn't think that a charcuterie board could be exciting, but this was special. The absolute start was the slow roasted branzino for two. We were four people and ordered two of them. Everyone was in heaven! I may have to go back soon just to have that dish again. The fish was cooked perfectly, great silky texture, great flavor, in an incredible (but light) lobster sauce with crab and scallops and a couple mussels and clams. Oh, and roasted potatoes and carrots. Just divine. The only thing that I find frustrating about DBGB is that they charge $45 for corkage. We bring a bottle just about everywhere we go because we have a lot of wine at home and enjoy drinking it with a good meal. Who doesn't? This is the highest corkage fee we've seen in the DC area, except for maybe Marcel's and The Inn at Little Washington, and even the Inn waives corkage if you also purchase a wine from them. We'll be back at DBGB often, but it stings to pay $45 to open our bottle.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The kids menu items were fantastic. My kids really enjoyed their meals. My wife and I enjoyed the branzino for two. Simple but so good. Just a little salty though.

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RR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting wine list, excellent food and top notch service

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BG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I can’t believe how slow the service was on a Thu night, especially since the restaurant wasn’t full. The waiter seemed busier than he needed to be and I felt like our table was an afterthought. Perhaps it’s because a gratuity was already included in the bill. We had to hunt him down twice the only time he was super responsive was when it was timto pay him, but by then someone in my party had complained to management. They ran out of a desert we had selected so the manager was kind enough to comp our desserts plus because of the long waits we endured. The food was decent but it’s not worth the inattentive and slow service.

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MC
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

I love the restaurant but this one night we came with important friends to introduce them to your restaurant, the service was terrible: slow and unfriendly. Waitresses need to smile. We held an amazing dinner for 30 guests in November and it was spectacular. This time, it didn’t meet even the standard bar for service.

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LM
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the chicken-it was awesome. Service was en point!

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LE
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They took very good care of our party of 10. Servers were very attentive and the food was perfect!

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CK
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was surprised by how lovely and intimate a space it was. I loved the room, decor, and the fact that you can look out at city center. The waitstaff was wonderful to us with our 1 year old, and were super helpful. The food was just fantastic and it was one of the best Bloody Marys I've had! I would definitely go back and would recommend it. We went for brunch and this was a refreshingly quiet and relaxed space for a nice meal.

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MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal. Our server was outstanding. The desserts we ordered capped off a perfect evening. Thanks!

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M
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The wait staff was wonderful. The food was ok - it appeared to be cooked as requested but was lukewarm on arrival. The table was tiny, we continuously had to rearrange or remove items while eating which was uncomfortable and distracting. There are many other better dining choices in the area.

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RB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service as always. The day-boat scallops with sauce Grenobloise is a discovery. I was somewhat disappointed that DBGB's wonderful soufflé Grand Marnier seems to have been put on an austerity regime. Probably better for the health but I miss the indulgence the earlier generous version offered.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

A disappointment. Nicely crafted menu but the execution, delivery of the menu all fell below my expectations. Service was mediocre at best.

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SB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was my second time at DBGB and it was better than the first, which I didn't think was possible. My friend and I had the New-groni and Wake Up in the Sky. Both drinks were great choices. Later, we had the Blue Crab Spaghettini and the Duck a L'Orange. The duck absolutely perfect and very tender. My friend said her meal was a 10/10, as well. For dessert, we had the Baked Alaska for two. By the way, the Baked Alaska ingredients/flavors change every now and then. The display alone was worth the money, but it was a masterful blend of flavors and very satisfying dessert. My favorite part was the mandarin sorbet and the bottom of the cake that was soggy from the fiery vanilla-infused vodka that was poured over the Swiss meringue. The only downside was how crowded our dining room was, but it was a Saturday night. You definitely have to raise your voice and I wouldn't suggest it for an intimate evening or first date. Overall, we had a phenomenal meal and a great experience. Daniel Boulud's restaurants never disappoint.

P.S. The walls in the large dining room are lined with plates designed/painted by world-famous chefs! Even Anthony Bourdain's is there. It's pretty cool to see names and unique designs of your favorite chefs as you wait for your food.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious french cooking, the best oyster in the US ever and a fantastic Foie gras accompanied by an excellent wine selection. I can really recommend this restaurant.

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K
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never upsets - whether I sit at the bar or a table. During this visit we enjoyed the tomahawk and branzino. This was the first time for my guests and I know they’re excited to return.

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AH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DBGB continues to be one of the most hospitable restaurants in DC, and to top it off, the food is incredible! Thanks for a great night!

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Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing salad and very interesting tai sausage. We had a nice table by the window and great service. It was a bit pricey but extremely tasty!

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CK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food!

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JC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a favorite of mine. The food and service are always fantastic.

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EC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely restaurant that I went for an anniversary. Definitely a place to go if you are celebrating or want a semi-formal setting. The food was absolutely delicious and well presented. A bit pricey, but worth it if you go for a special occasion. Overall very happy with the experience.

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RN
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and very attentive. Food was delicious and very fast!

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MH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious food and the vibe was amazing. Never disappoints for a nice brunch in the city.

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TB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always great and the service usually is as well. Definitely pricey.

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e
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Different experience this time around, quality of the preparation definitely not the same. Not sure what changed but it shows in the food.

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for our anniversary and DBGB did everything perfect! We were greeted w/ complimentary champagne and ended the night w extra dessert! In between our surprises the main courses (halibut and chicken) were excellent...cooked right w/creative and tasty sides. Drinks were well prepared (strong) and good looking.
We will be back to see if our next trip stacks up!

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d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was my second time dining at DBGB, both were good experience. I got the duck breast the first time and it was very good. I got scallops the second time, it was fresh and the vegetable and source were very delicious, however, the scallops were way too salty. I wish the salt level be more balanced between the grilled cauliflower and scallops.
The service was excellent, it was a little slow in the beginning, took about 10 mins for the waiter to get our drinks order, but it picked up. The main courses came right after we finished our cheese board. Waiters and busboys were very friendly and professional.
There was a live band which was lovely, but it was a little difficult to have a conversation.
I would recommend DBGB to a friend.

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c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Really slow service, and how can you serve unsalted fries with a steak? Not impressed overall, but some things we're functional... Last time I'll be here.

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EC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous. Service was great. Atmosphere was very nice. A bit noisy, but aren't most restaurants?

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FF
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Nice place, decent food, just don't expect anything special.

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You guys made our date night amazing!! Food, drinks, and service was outstanding!!!
Thank you!!

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DA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience across the board. Some of the best food I've had in quite a while and I had one of, if not the best, cocktails I've ever had. HIGHLY recommend this place!

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TP
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very well done. The dessert was remarkably well-balanced - many compliments to the new pastry chef's cranberry reduction with the chocolate dessert!

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BH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat in the bar area and enjoyed items off both the Happy Hour and regular menus. Cocktails were good but nothing to write home about. Appetizers were better, and the main course and desserts were fabulous! Recommended wine to accompany my orange duck was very nice, too. So sad Proof closed, but it looks as if we’ve found another favorite restaurant. Sorry I can’t remember our waiter’s name as he was very good, enhancing our evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was meh. Service was great. We went for a birthday brunch. I think it’s better to stick with starters and skip the mains as they were sub par compared to the smaller dishes.

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KO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful experience on Valentine's Day. Sat very late, poured our own wine, portions were much smaller than what we saw given to other patrons as we waited for our tiny corner table near the bathroom from the crowded lobby.

Will never come back here.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, we were a little late and they were very accomadating

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J
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day dinner

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A
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We went to DBGB for Valentine's Day. Had no choice except a Valentine's Day 4-course menu, which was simply not worth the money. In addition, we were seated in the bar, which the restaurant tried to make look nice by putting white linens on the tables, but it was still the bar and not a place you would want to sit for an expensive dinner out.

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