DBGB DC

4.6
1518 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French / American, Burgers
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Afternoon Bar Bites:
Mon–Thu 2:30 pm–5:00 pm
Happy Hour
Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 695-7660
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nicholas Tang
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
H Street between 9th and 10th Streets
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Parking details
In addition to street parking, CityCenter offers valet parking located on H Street with a 33% discount up to three hours. Valet parking begins at 6:30PM.
Self-parking is located on 9th Street between H and I Street, with a 33% discount up to two hours.
Please ask our Maitre 'D about information regarding parking validation.
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Public transit
DBGB is conveniently located to all Metro lines. Use the Gallery Place Station for Red, Green, and Yellow lines and Metro Center Station for Red, Blue, Grey, and Orange lines.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

DBGB Kitchen and Bar features two private dining rooms available for business and social affairs. Both rooms are located on the restaurant’s upper level, and are sunny during the day and intimate at night. The rooms are elegantly furnished and feature many amenities.

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What 1518 People Are Saying
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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service, location

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience from start to finish. Ambiance was elegant and comfortable, service was attentive and thoughtful. Food was beautifully done. We enjoyed the seared tuna to start and it was perfectly done. Duck breast and scallops for the entree and signature baked Alaska were all outstanding. Wine recommendations from the knowledgeable Vanessa were spot on. We were delighted by a visit from Chef Tang, and will not soon forget the evening.
We'll be back.

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LM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant and wait staff went out of their way to accommodate our multi-generational table for 7 (from age 8 to 80.) Lovely meal and ambiance

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F
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DBGB was wonderful. The food was great..special emphasis on the mini crab cake appetizer and the red grits, I highly recommend them both. My wife enjoyed the Rockfish and I had the Merguez sausage w/ cous cous which we’re both great as well. The Rockfish was moist but the skin was still crispy. Service was prompt and knowledgeable. Noise level could get pretty high in the room we were in, but since it was storming this night, it wasn’t as crowded as I’m sure they normally are. I’d be cautious if I want a “quiet” romantic dinner, but the ambience is still very cozy.

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J
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Maryland Blue Crab Spaghettini is to die for, our service was amazing and our waiter was very attentive. We will be back next time we are in DC.

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DC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

We were expecting much more, however they did not have 2 if the items I wanted/unavailable, not gluten free or Soy free, so I opted for mini crab cakes, which was served on top of a white mush of puréed artichoke that did not taste well with crab cake, especially not much flavor seasoning in it. They apologized for it and comp'ed my Sauterne instead of the weird food. Haricot Verde is green bean salad which I'm allergic to sit and beans, so it went back. My nurse aide didn't like anything so she tried to cut the bread, Iraq&Iran war in her belly after...Dabney & Fig&Olive were better choices. Faux French food. I prefer Chamier country kitchen than contemporary American-wanna be French. Sommolier was not well versed as I would have liked. Thank you for the Sauterne. It was the best item on menu. Wines are above average. Lil too pricey for the food, et al, but management was apologetic for errors server was lacking. Too many people bothering me about less than mediocre food. Tipped the waiter for his efforts. Did not live up to its reviews.

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MH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was not good, our waiter was short and not very hospitable, it took a long time for our check and when we had a questions he just went “yeah?” Even when we first sat down I was immediately turned off by his shortness and lack of personality. Not the level of service I was expecting for this price point. The Food had highs and lows; sausage and crab cake appetizers were great, the scallops were actually really good but only 3 scallops for $36.... the rockfish i has was disappointing. The only food thing about the entire dish was the fact the skin was crispy. Other than that, so freaking bland. Plus they charged for bread, and it was way too crusty, almost innedibly hard. As for the drinks, the old fashion was good, strong. But the “Passionate from miles away”, terrible. No way anyone could finish that drink. It was so spicy and strong, I have no idea where they were going with the flavors. The dessert we shared was good, however. Tableside Baked Alaska, gret vanilla, pistachio, and raspberry ice creams. The merrangue was flavorful and provided a nice balance. Even though there were minor hilights, I would never come back here. Again, service makes everything. And that service was a huge turnoff.

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j
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience as always. A great restaurant!

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MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricy, but worth every penny! Melt in your mouth dishes with local and seasonal ingredients paired with creative cocktails. Awesome service too, I’ll be back.

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KR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This place was french perfection. Loved every course. Service was beyond reproach and flavors are those only dreamed of. We will return!

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PH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Happy Hour drinks & food - they take reservations for Happy Hour with seating at the bar or tables which is a real plus!

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JA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu items, accommodating hostesses and informed, amiable waiters.

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c
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, exceptional cocktails, and superlative service. I highly recommend!

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S
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I was not particularly impressed with the food especially for the price. We had the Romaine salad as an appetizer as well as the tuna. Both were good but nothing spectacular. For the main course we had the scallops and the steak frites. The scallops were good but I would not order the steak frites again. The service was very good but unfortunately the food did not match the service. For dessert we had the chocolate souffle which was again good but not spectacular.

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TS
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Not many vegetarian options and the breakfast didn’t come with toast.

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SK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was pretty bad for the price. So many flies flying around and the glasses were dirty. Definitely not for a nice occasion. Steak was chewy and tough. The scallops were not fresh and smelled fishy (in a bad way). The scallops were also overcooked.

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DD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I wish that the service had been better, to even come close to matching the food. It was indifferent if not nearly hostile....very odd as I had not had this experience before at this place.

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N
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Happy hour wine and oysters were great! Fun ambiance but the food wasn’t as good as my first visit. The sausage wasn’t as fresh as it should have been, and the crab spaghettini dish was too oily.

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BH
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Wife and I both had the steak frites. Very good but not par excellent. Liked that it came with a little salad. Seemed to be a place that the local business folk used.

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CC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was incredible. The wait staff is friendly and attentive while being very informative. The selection is varied and tasty.

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MF
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Having had great experiences during lunch and dinner in the past, my dining companion and I decided to give DBGB brunch a try for the first time. Sadly, the execution of food was very slapdash and the service was far below the quality we experienced in the past. While the hostess was very patient and accommodating with us in helping us find the right table (the air at the initial table smelled like a used wet rag), our main server was grouchy. While it may be pain that I requested to change my entree after he entered it into the computer, I told him well enough in advance of the first course arriving that it didn't warrant an audible sigh and eye-roll. Thus, we didn't feel comfortable pointing out issues with our food that would follow.

For our first course, we chose the Soup and Heirloom Tomatoes. Our first choice was the soup because it had been a dish that had been consistently excellent at DBGB. Unfortunately, the Melon Gazpacho was piercingly sweet at first sip and too thin-bodied with very little to balance it out. The Tomatoes, while also thin from lacking a protein item (e.g. dairy-based topping or egg), otherwise tasted fine. Entrees were similarly mediocre: the Frenchie Burger was fine, but for the first time, the fries were so heavily salted and hard to shake off that we had to use ketchup. Also, upon requesting the mustard caddie as with previous visits, all we got was a thimble of only one typed. The Chicken Paillard tasted boiled with hardly any grill flavor and overly salted from the mustard sauce. If it weren't for the salad, it would have been a salt bomb. For dessert, the wimpy sundaes--2/3 volume being whipped cream. Ordering fantastic Madeleines and Cappuccino salvaged the entire meal.

While I've heard brunch can be less than stellar because the B-team often works the shift, we never experienced such a night-and-day difference in quality at any restaurant as we did here with our last visit.

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CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Frenchie burger was excellent; cavatelli was only so-so. Service, as always, was excellent.

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JB
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Nice Sunday brunch during Restaurant Week with nice and good food. The service was for my kind a little bit too intrusive.

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i
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time here and I will be back. I was not sure how accommodating the restaurant would be with 1 child, 1 toddler, and 1 baby, but they were great!

The food was amazing! I was craving escargot and I was not disappointed.

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DC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came because it was restaurant week and we wanted to try a new restaurant. The menu offered for restaurant week had 4 entrees and they all appealed to me. The branzino, melon gazpacho with shrimp were excellent. The desserts all looked good and folks enjoyed them. The service was attentive and unobtrusive. I would definitely come back.

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D
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Branzino was nicely done, wine was overpriced, service was mostly attentive except for several problems which soured my experience. My Frenchie burger was order rare/med-rare & delivered well done. Waiter did not validate Valet Parking, and even tho the parker saw us enter & exit the restaurant, we were charged the full rate. Boo.

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j
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had an amazing restaurant week experience!

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SI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Week

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GB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went during restaurant week and they did not skimp on the amount or quality of food. Very happy with our choice and will return. Service was outstanding.

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P
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 1

The food was absolutely amazing and the service was standard. It was restaurant week so the wait staff were stretched to their limit. The noise level was atrocious however, making it nearly impossible to have a conversation. Part of the issue could have been that we were seated near the bar. Nevertheless, I highly recommend the food and no doubt the service would improve during normal circumstances but I likely will question whether or not to return based on the anticipated level of noise.

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Z
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to DBGB for Summer DC Restaurant Week in August. Food, ambiance, and service were outstanding.

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MH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant week menu was superb. Just the right amount of options to choose from and diversity within those options. The food was delicious and the cocktails were wonderful. I can’t wait to go back.

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OH
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb happy hour and excellent service. The Thai sausage, and the Frenchie burger were absolutely delicious. Baked Alaska is a must-try for anyone who loves ice cream.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome lunch for restaurant week!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from Montréal Canada where dining restaurants are the finest. We were very pleased with the menu and the food presentation at this restaurant. As a party of 5 (2 adults and 3 kids/teens) we selected different plates and we loved everything (mussels, steak, crab cake, escargots, duck breast). The service is great, staff is professional and very polite. We were there on a Sunday evening so it was quiet (was not a noisy place!). Definitely worth it.

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SI
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Avocado toast with poached eggs was amazing, but everything else was so-so and quite overpriced.

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RA
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been to Boulud Sud in NYC recently and we're hoping for a similar experience. We were not disappointed! The food and service were outstanding!
We can't wait to return!

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m
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food - salmon and duck were perfect. Our server was also fantastic! Cocktails were on point.

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AM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at DBGB, and food and service were excellent. Outdoor patio seating was very relaxing.

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SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I came here for the baked alaska. We usually do not like going out in DC as we find the food to be mediocre, the ambiance lacking, and the prices high. We usually stick to Arlington restaurants, but we really wanted to eat that baked alaska!

We got the cote de boeuf and baked alaska for dessert. Everything was delicious including the cocktails and wine by the glass. We will definitely be returning. This restaurant exceeded all of our expectations and now we have a reason to come into to DC!

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