DBGB DC

4.5
1576 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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. 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, French American
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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.
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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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Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will featuring an a la carte dinner menu along with festive Christmas specials.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the New Year at DBGB. From 5pm until 7:30p we will serving a pre gala a la carte menu. Starting at 8pm is our 4 course $98 gala menu. There will be music & dancing starting at 8pm, party favors and the ball drop televised on multiple TV's and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1576 People Are Saying
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C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The scallop special with blood orange sauce was exquisite.

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d
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is a bit limited but everything we ordered was delicious, prepared with special touches and served attractively.

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e
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and service. Good value. Excellent dessert. Will return.

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Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful surprise! We wanted to celebrate my husbands birthday and then go to the hockey game. I wanted a casual yet special place, and we found it. The service was perfect and friendly. We even got a surprise birthday dessert. The food was great. It’s a warm and welcoming place. We will be back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I was very disappointed in the service. It took 30 minutes for a waiter to even stop by and we ended up being late for our event.

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SR
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

energetic bar scene, but a more sedate dining area, with attentive service and excellent food

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JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a wine professional and chef so it’s near impossible to surprise me or exceed my expectations. The restaurant did both, I was actually able to relax and let the chef and somm do the driving. The wines were eclectic but perfectly selected and the food far exceeded anything else DC is doing. This is my number 2 choice after the Inn at Little Washington. On second thought - don’t go, I don’t want you to ruin it.

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KR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Saw the reviews and thought I would take a friend from out of town. Order beignets and were told after we submitted the order that they didn’t have anymore. Oh by the way we don’t have the Thai sausage and we don’t have French toast. Quite surprised that they ran out of menu items for their brunch which is all they served that day. Quite disappointing.

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KC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Really great food, but the service by our server was less than optimal. He was slow and not responsive to the group. Limitless drinks results in only 2 drinks over the whole brunch because the service was so inattentive. The food was great and the restaurant is really nice but there are hundreds of restaurants in DC that offer this. The true discriminator in this kind of market is the service and that is where DBGB falls short.

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L
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service! Great little brunch spot.

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G
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The restaurant was too noisy may be because of weekend. Although food was good, menu items were pricey for kind of selection they proposed on the menu. Otherwise, good experience.

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VD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Met friends from out of town for dinner. We all got different things (Maryland blue crab spaghettini, Atlantic salmon, day boat scallops). We each enjoyed what we ordered very much. Dessert was delicious, recommend the tarte aux pommes. I was not particularly thrilled with where we were seated, on lower level behind the wait staff station (a lot of activity behind me) and tables felt a bit cramped in that small area. Our waiter was friendly but not intrusive. I would recommend this place to others.

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BM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with great food and great ambiance. 5/5.

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FF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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C
Washington DC
535 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service. Food gets better each time I’m there. Thai sausage appetizer is worth stopping by for on it’s own. But the burger is amazing. Moderate price and well staffed.

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OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Some parts of the service were good and other times our server was nowhere to be found. Highly recommend the foie gras, chicken with mushroom spatzle, and the cauliflower grenoblois. For dessert have the lemon Madeleines. Do not order the snails - over cooked, underseasoned and bland - the first order we had was burnt to a crisp and gritty

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shared the for-two sea bass dish which was almost like a seafood lasagne with crab cake layered in. It was one of the best seafood dishes I’ve ever had. The service was almost too attentive. Can’t complain about that. Perfect experience all around.

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S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First time dining at DBGB and the restaurant was decked out for the holidays. We even had a beautiful view of the lighted trees in the courtyard. Kale Salad and squash soup were excellent, however the chicken breast was a little dry. The wait staff was very attentive and brought us a bowl of Madelines to make up for the chicken. The desert was much appreciated and we will dine again. Next time I'm definitely getting the kale salad again!

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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The experience overall was okay. However, the music was way to loud (certainly at lunchtime with a small crowd). I asked for it to be curbed down and it was, just not enough. I had trouble conversing with my guest.

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R
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As expected, brunch was relaxing, flavorful and served with pride and percussion. The oysters were perfect and full of flavor. I would recommend you allowing the service team to guide your meal. It was a pleasant and bounded trip around the pallet.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice restaurant
Good food

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d
Washington DC
175 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

DGDB is a funky little place to dine before a show downtown. We had the scallops, the rock fish and a pasta dish and all three were quite flavorful. The desserts--the apple tart, snickerdoodle cookie and chocolate soufflé were truly amazing. Our only issue was that several drink items were sold out--who runs out of Captain Spice Rum? Plus they were out of one of the wines we wanted to try with dessert. Otherwise, this was my third experience for dining here and I will most likely be back at some point.

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c
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We went to Sunday Brunch and enjoyed our meal. The best item was dessert--a take off on an apple tart with a little caramel and "jam" and a nice presentation. I had the vermont breakfast with excellent scrambled eggs, sausage, and home fries. My guests each had the very expensive lobster rolls which had perfectly cooked lobster in way too much pretzel bun. We will go back, but it is somewhat spendy for brunch. We had a great waiter who was efficient and helpful.

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c
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Took a long time to get drinks and refills, but everything else was great.

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NG
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We treated our mother to a birthday dinner at DBGB after getting a recommendation from a friend. It was truly an outstanding experience! The food selections were so interesting it was hard to choose. Everything we ordered was delicious and the desserts....I can't even begin to describe!

Definitely a must try!! Thank you DBGB for making our mother's birthday extra special.

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TL
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had our Anniversary dinner here. Great food, wonderful service by JR, and nice ‘on the house’ goodies to celebrate.

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Took awhile to initially see a waiter (30 min) and longer to take drink orders after sitting down and at least 15 more minutes to get cocktails from the bar so got off to rough start. Service after that was fair but not attentive. Sommelier (Jeremy?) was actually first to came over and greet us and and was terrific-helped select a wine, held on to it for us till we were ready and checked back a couple times to see how we were doing. Food was great as usual.

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LC
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent French wine list. Friendly staff, great food carefully presented.

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b
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding place for many occasions. Great service and superb food

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LO
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a "working lunch" with colleagues. Great food and great service.

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MW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was mediocre - nothing memorable. The staff was nice but our waiter unattentive

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JF
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food I haven't cooked at home: yet. Will return to explore more of the menu.

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LW
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Before making my reservation, I was fully aware DBGB is a casual concept from Daniel Boulud. I'd suggest he review just how "casual" this spot actually is. The vibe and appearance was more diner gone wrong...unless, of course, the vision included wobbly, wonky tables, dirty bathrooms with only one lightbulb functioning so just one out of three stalls was lit. The food? The server got our order wrong and only one dish was brought to the table. By that time it was late and would have taken too long for the other item to be prepared and arrive before a long drive back to Maryland. The server said our valet parking would be taken care of because of her error. Okay. Except that the valet parking wasn't comped - it was the same rate as everyone who dines there. My guest and I had so much looked forward to an evening of good food and conversation...well, we ended up with plenty to talk about and stories about DBGB to share with foodie friends. Probably not the tale Daniel Boulud would like others to hear.

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I
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daniel Bolud's restaurants are among the best in the nation. His DC Gran Bistro -- DBGB DC -- is no exception. The Thai Sausage appetizer and the Arugula Salad were spectacular, and the Baked Branzino for 2 -- stuffed with a crab and scallop mousse -- was just out of this world.

Great food, great service, and great bar scene. What's not to like!

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j
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service the baked Alaska is a must

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KK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. This restaurant is a treasure!

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C
Washington DC
535 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. Place was packed which meant extra pressure on the servers and the chef’s team. They did not disappoint in any way. The Thai sausage was perfectly done and the burger was outstanding, full of flavor. From the size of the crowd, DBGD is not overlooked but it likely is underrated. Cant wait to go back.

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k
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

other than a saturday night rush, which initially slowed down service, we had an amazing dinner. the food was reliably delicious and enjoyed by all in our party. the DB restaurants have such excellent choices and deliver on the quality. service was helpful and a pleasant interaction. only the initial delays prevent my rating outstanding. I look forward to returning soon. love the city center location

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