DBGB DC

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French
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.
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Happy Hour

Enjoy a special menu and seasonal cocktails, including Avocado Toast and Frose at the bar or patio! Available daily from 3pm-6pm.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 26, 2019

Ends: August 27, 2118

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-6:00PM

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GT
Cleveland
60 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A last minute choice and so glad we chose this restaurant. So good!! Wonderful, wonderful service from start to finish. The French bread and warm butter were amazing and our party of 5 all enjoyed our entrees and dessert. Wine selections are good and the coffee I had with my dessert was delicious. Thank you for such great service and a very nice evening out!! I recommend!

DD
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always reliable and convivial! Had the burger and a martini in the bar. A lot of fun!

OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Mon steak tartare avez un goût de tout sauf de la viande .
Le poulet ail ail très bon le reste pas mal mais pas exceptionnel

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SA
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I’m a fan of DBGB. I always find the food to be exactly what I’m expecting and the staff is nice. Definitely a place I’ll continue to visit

EC
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our server may have been new. He was nice but pretty inefficient.

AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Found DBGB a modern French-American restaurant. The servers were very attentive and even came by to wipe off crumbs after each course. The food was good and I believe good value in terms of how much was served. I had put in our anniversary in the comments and the manager took full note and made the evening very special. I recommend you check out DBGB on your next special occasion or even just for cocktails.

KS
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the steak frites. Overall, somewhat limited menu choices. Prices high.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fun time with friends! Bartender and servers were so nice and attentive. Would 100% recommend!! We got there super early and sat at the bar for some drinks. Super quick service. Took our drinks to the table and super quick service there too! A very fun time. Beautiful interior and space.

GG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was okay, but overpriced for what it was. The place has a nice ambiance and the service was attentive and good, but not sure we'll go back because of the prices.

TG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent from start to finish, from the perfect French bread and butter to the desserts. My family of four, two adults and two teens, raved about every course and shared tastes of each dish with each other. Ambiance is nice, not pretentious at all, nicely upscale casual. Service was good -- there was a slight bobble with a birthday celebration message that was lost in translation, but the maitre d' made up for it with flutes of Moscato to finish our meal. We live out of state but will definitely go back again!

SM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We actually dined at DBGB during their happy hour time which is a separate more limited menu, I think it runs from 3 pm to 6 pm and still has some nice things to offer just not the normal selection. We all were very happy with the delicious food we received.

e
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great deal on bottomless drinks, they have an awesome selection room of drinks that are included. Food was delicious, Thai frittata and beignet’s stood out!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great birthday treats. We had a bottle of wine but they also brought my girlfriend champagne and an extra dessert

ES
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our waiter was incredibly attentive and warm. The food was well done (we especially liked the beef tartare and the yellowfin tuna) and they thoughtfully surprised us with a dessert for our anniversary. We had a lovely dinner overall.

GR
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our third visit to DBGB In CityCenter DC, itself a fun destination! And again, simply wonderful! The menu, both food and wine, is well thought out and interesting. We entertain at home 2-3 times a week, so food quality, prep, and presentation is very important to my experience...and DBGB never disappoints! The service is attentive but unobtrusive...servers are friendly and well-trained. The place is lively and the bar seems a real crowd pleaser. As in most restaurant spaces these days, the dining room can be rather noisy with customers having a good time, but even with my hearing problem, I’ve managed well...we ate outside in the courtyard this last visit and it was expectedly more subdued. You will not be sorry you tried DBGB!

GP
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love DBGB. Food, service and location are top notch. Besides Chef Nick and manager Christian make diners feel at home. A place to come back all the time. Highly recommend it

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Was disappointed that I had to wait over 45minutes for my outside seating reservations. Further more, the service was slow and our dinner came out in a random order - entree came out before apps and wine.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular!

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r
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, service and food were terrific. I was entertaining guests for a business lunch and the environment was perfect.

KC
Kansas City
69 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal in City Center DC.

F
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Server was fantastic..shame i didnt get her name as she was perfect for our luncheon.
Cobb salad was good but too much lettuce and little short on chicken.
Branzino was crispy and good.
Crab cake you cannot go wrong.

BB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was expecting a higher quality of both food and service.

KS
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a fan of Daniel Boulud and this restaurant is now on my list of DC favorites! I was lucky to dine on the patio on a beautiful day. The staff was very helpful, kind and efficient, and the meal was delicious. I chose from the 3 course lunch menu, ordering the farro salad and the Cavaletti pasta dish. The restaurant chooses your dessert and mine was a lemon tart topped with blueberries. With another day and a half left in the city, I’m looking forward to my next visit—Saturday brunch maybe!!

SR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a long day of touring it s was greta finding DBGB. We had a wonderful dining experience. We ate out doors and found the projected images so beautiful.

SS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved sitting outside on a mild September evening. The server inquired about food allergies which I wish all restaurants would do. My partners tuna was spot on, however my duck was a bit overcooked. This was our second time here and would come again.

WJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really great service by server and other staff. Gaspacho and seafood dishes very good. Baked Alaska is not the best dessert choice there. It flames, but tastes like fluff on top.

JO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Visited DC for a few days, and ate here twice because it is charming, great service and food - in a nice neighborhood. Across from the Grand Hyatt.

m
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time visit and was able to purchase a Travelzoo coupon to try the restaurant. Glad we did. Food was thoughtfully prepared and plated well. Everything we tried was delicious and will return. Servers were very good. It was so nice to go to a restaurant where the staff is friendly and well trained.

MS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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DA
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and cocktails. I highly recommend it for foodies and craft cocktail lovers.

d
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sat outside for Happy Hour and beyond. Great waiter. He overheard that it was my birthday and brought us a complimentary dessert, with a candle of course. Happy hour is a good value with interesting food selections. Really nice place to catch up with friends

S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated outside on a beautiful night. The fresh baguette and butter with a perfect rose!! We shared the charcuterie board which was filled with pate and meats and mustards. A little cheese would have been nice. The entrees and the gazpacho were all very generous and tasty.
For some reason the original waiter vanished but another manager, I assume, came to his rescue.
But so glad we went!!

DG
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and great service!

J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Slow evening at the restaurant, yet very long wait for our drinks. Food was great!

JG
New England
42 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal tonight - our third visit. First of all Ashlee and Erica were a fantastic and funny team who took care of us. DBGB should be proud of how these 2 people enhance a dining experience at the restaurant. Two thumbs up for the heirloom tomato salad which was so flavorful. Had the ribeye which was perfectly cooked and was tender (and I like it very well done) and the Bernaise sauce helped bring it to a fantastic steak. Had the profiteroles for dessert which gave us a great ending to our meal. Will be back here on our next visit to DC.

OT
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rudy was excellent server. Food outstanding. Comfortable booth seating. Will return.

GG
Atlanta
77 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

DC was dead for this visit, so the restaurant was quiet. I like the ambiance. Service was great. Food very good—French bistro style. Very reliable choice. Not cheap though.

D
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The lunch "romaine salad with salmon" for $25 is certainly not great. The salmon on the salad was not clarified that it was "cured salmon", and you receive such little salad for $25.
It's very typical of the restaurants around that particular Metro Center area, and disappointing overall. I've tried this restaurant 3 times and have left unsatisfied each time. I won't be going back- there are many, many great DC restaurants to go to where you can pay the same amount but have an amazing food experience.

On the plus side, their service is typically okay, they have a decent cocktail and beer/wine selection. The menu tries to be fun and inventive, but the quality and flavoring of the food is really lacking.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good was good (except for dry chicken), but service was very slow.

AA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Brought a dear friend visiting from out of town here for Sunday brunch at 11am. The service was terrible. For context: we sat on the patio, and there were only four other tables occupied in the whole restaurant (two outside, two inside). It took almost twenty minutes for our server to take our drink order. Thirty minutes after being seated, my coffee arrived, and without cream, which took an additional
5 minutes to arrive. Then my friend’s salad arrived before his Bloody Mary and my mimosa. Painfully slow and disjointed. Then my food arrived wrong. Perfect. Such a distracting and irritating experience. I was embarrassed to have brought my friend here, and I won’t be returning. What happened to their professional standard? They didn’t even get the basics right.

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