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About DGS Delicatessen
DGS Delicatessen features both traditional & modern Jewish cooking in Dupont Circle. Chef Eric McKamey takes inspiration from the classic delicatessen, while pushing the cuisine in a new and exciting direction. DGS offers 8 day house cured pastrami & corned beef, reubens, handmade matzo ball soup, house cured cold smoked salmon.
DGS believes that delicatessen, German for good eats, comes from the soul of the old World Jewish kitchen. In that spirit, DGS brines, cures, smokes and pickles everything served on premises.
Beverage Director Brian Zipin crafted a beer, wine and cocktail menu amplifying the bold flavors of the delicatessen.
**Please note: Saturday & Sunday Brunch tables are Walk In only**
Washington, DC 20036
American, Eastern European, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday-Friday: 8:00am-11:00am
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 - 8:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Happy Hour Daily 4-7 pm
N Street NW, south of Dupont Circle
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
catering available for information e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Valet available Tues.-Sat. 5:30-9:45 $9
Red line DuPont Circle
Private Party Facilities:
At DGS Delicatessen we offer family style brunches, corporate office lunches, modern tasting menus and more. We will create an exciting beer, wine or cocktail menu to go with your meal.
Private Party Contact:
Isabel Torres: (877) 510-6641
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Check our website for seasonal events
DGS Delicatessen Ratings and Reviews
We went to DGS for dinner before the theater. My friends had been there before and recommended it. We enjoyed the food and the extensive beer list. However, the menu was very small and offered few choices. My friends said that was a huge change from their previous visit.
The delicious smell of deli meet greeted me as soon as I walked in the door. Unfortunately, the pastrami was not as good as I remembered it to be. It was tougher, chewier, and not as moist as I would have liked. Hopefully, this was an anomaly from what has otherwise been a go-to for great pastrami in DC.
Food was mediocre and menu very limited. Latkes were too think, perfectly round and overcooked. Applesauce was clearly homemade and very good, as was the chicken liver. Broth for matzo ball soup was very odd. It looked and tasted like French onion soup broth (or at least beef broth), although the waiter assured me it was chicken broth with duck fat, hence the dark brown color (?). I’ve been here before and it’s been better. Probably won’t return.
Solid lunch spot near Dupont Circle and one of the few casual places where you can reserve a table - crucial for a business lunch. Portions are not gargantuan (that is a good thing) and the house made pickles are great. Burger is super juicy and they have a good falafel platter.
New experience for us turned out to be a good one. It was very reminiscent of a New York deli but with more of an upbeat vibe. Overall, the food was well done and timed well. Unfortunately, I ordered a pastrami sandwich that was full of fat. The preparer had not trimmed the meat at all so there were huge hunks of fat.
Everything else was very well prepared. Small point but the pickles were so excellent. I’m tired of going to restaurants that give you mushy bread and butter pickles - those were crisp and garlic-y and delicious. The waiter recommended a Porter on tap that was excellent. We would go back, just not order pastrami.
Authentic Delis have become rare. DGS is an authentic deli but in a beautifully updated space. Menu respects tradition while offering a modern eating experience. Food is always fresh and of highest quality, prepared perfectly, and ample portions (not oversized, which I find annoying). Service is both pleasant/friendly and very efficient. Price is fair. And they have a bar!
I thus have returned numerous times.
I work around the corner from DGS and eat lunch or meet friends for happy hour here occasionally. It's the nicest not super fancy sit down restaurant in the surrounding few blocks.
I ate here twice in May - once a happy hour and this week for lunch. For lunch, I had the salmon rilettes and a side salad. The rillettes were delicious -- what a great addition to the menu! And the salad was generous. For happy hour, we had the rillettes, the chicken, and one other thing I don't remember. They have very good wine by the glass and nice mixed drinks.
Generally, the food is well done, though I'm disappointed in a few menu changes. I prefer the older version of their turkey sandwich with avocado and pepper relish. The now serve it with Russian dressing and cold slaw; if I wanted that, I'd get a turkey Reuben. Also, they used to have a few more salad options. It would be nice to see those back on the menu. I also miss the fish sliders on the happy hour menu. I'm not a big red meat eater, so this isn't necessarily the best place for me, but they've got the ingredients to make the menu a little more health or veggie friendly without other overhead. Hopefully they'll add a few lighter options.
Pastrami was absolutely great, but it's served on bread lightly toasted. What self respecting deli serves a sandwich on toast unless requested? When I asked for plain untoasted rye bread, it came and wasn't very fresh. I guess that explains the toasting. All that said, pastrami was so tender and tasty would highly recommend it to anyone. I would go again. Yummy!
It was just lunch with my son and had seen a program on WETA about the history of DGS in the DC area and love good deli food, which the restaurant had. The restaurant is also very attractive with exposed brick walls, however as is the case, this made the noise level very high and there were even vacant tables. Great bill of fare, OK prices, lovely to look at, just noisy.
A New York deli that's been updated a bit. My pastrami was better than I ever remember on the Lower East side. The sandwich was not overstuffed to obscene levels but it was better cured. The $15 lunch special is a great deal. The egg cream was also a wonderful treat.
Save yourself the Acela fare. Just go here to get your fix of NYC.
I have eaten at DGS in the past, with ok results although not spectacular. This outing however was a big disappointment. The bread served with the turkey sandwich was so stale; almost uneatable. My friend simply ate the turkey without the bread. The stuffed cabbage that I ordered was cold and crunchy for some unexplainable reason. All this for portions that were modest in size given the prices. I will frequent other restaurants for lunch in the future, given that there are so many better options.
Despite some new competition, this establishment still makes the best pastrami sandwich in Washington. The "quiet" rating reflects that we ate pretty much in isolation the night we were there. DGS deserves (and generally gets, based on our prior visits) more patronage.
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