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About DGS Delicatessen

DGS Delicatessen features both traditional & modern Jewish cooking in Dupont Circle.
Chef Brian Robinson 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 pierogis & 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**

1317 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Eastern European, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 - 9:30pm
Sunday 5:00 -9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Happy Hour Daily 4-7 pm

Cross Street:
N Street NW, south of Dupont Circle

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 293-4400

Website:
http://www.dgsdelicatessen.com/

Catering:
catering available for information e-mail us at events@dgsdelicatessen.com

Parking Details:
Valet available Tues.-Sat. 5:30-9:45 $9

Public Transit:
Red line DuPont Circle

Executive Chef:
Brian Robinson

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Check our website for seasonal events

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Private Dining

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.

DGS Delicatessen Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.4

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4.3

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4.2

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4.1

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (8)
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Comfort Food (4)
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Creative Cuisine (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Business Meals (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

I usually enjoy DGS. I had the smoked salmon grilled cheese and the amount of salmon used could have been enough for one half a sandwich. It was very skimpy. Tasted good, a shame it wasn't very fulfilling.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Food was fabulous and thank your staff for letting our conversation go a bit longer than it should have. Great place

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

One word...bland. Cute restaurant with huge potential, but both the Matzo Ball soup and Pastrami sandwich were lacking in flavor. French fries were good! The search is still on for a great pastrami sandwich in DC!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Everything we ordered was amazing and if it was a little closer I'd be a regular.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Cozy, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Good food. Horrible service. I wouldn’t come back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

DGS has been a great spot for business and family dinners .. and my guests always
find it memorable. Food is great !! And I like to sit at the small bar to wait till my guests
arrived. All it's missing is a very small discount for bearded customers !

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Very pleasant, easy-going but still noteworthy; I really liked their special Rosh Hashanah menu! Plenty of space, attractive interior, good service, and unexpectedly good wines by the glass. I will definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Fun, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Food is always top quality - good size serving. Service is excellent

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 21, 2017

DGS is being too clever with it's menu. I don't mind updates on traditional deli food, but kimchi in the pastrami hash? Patrami sandwich expensive and meat not salty enough.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Awesomeness on every plate!!
Friendly service and best local ingredients.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2017

DGS, as always, was spectacular.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Way overpriced for what you get. I had a pastrami sandwich. It was not even in the same league with Katz's in New York.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 17, 2017

The small size pastrami sandwich was excellent delicious full strength iced coffee served w/ cream Attentive service

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

I ordered hamburger with salad on the side. The burger was very good however, the side salad was old & found dirt in it. Really disappointed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 12, 2017

The food was great - love the pickles - but it was so noisy we couldn't really hear each other.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 7, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 2, 2017

DGS is always a good place to eat a unique Ashkenazi ,non kosher food, in DC.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Loved the food, for such a small place noice carries and echos. The service was perfect

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 16, 2017

The best place to get a nosh. As New Yorker, I can go and have a taste of home.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Had a wonderful time celebrating with friends. Were very flexible with our increase of people for our party.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Absolutely amazing!!! This place does not disappoint. Order the Benedictburg, it is a must! Hanky Panky is one of the best cocktails.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 29, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2017

I had a Gilt City DC voucher for this DGS and it was a good value. Our server was super friendly and the food was delicious. Casual vibe and yummy fries is always a plus. Their sandwiches are bomb.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Loved it the first time I went and was excited to bring my husband. Was pleasant atmosphere, quiet evening. Waitress was lovely.
Matzah ball Soup was WAY to salty, obviously the end of the day. Asked and paid for extra lean corn beef. Sent back 1st. Second was better but not what I had previously experienced.
Very pricey but if good, wouldn't mind. Won't rush back.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2017

We had the chopped liver, a reuben and the pastrami hash. All were excellent--especially the chopped liver. And their bread is phenomenal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Never a disappointment! Matzo balls soup is almost as good as my mother's - and that is pretty fantastic. A must have!

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2017

The food is great, but the noise level makes it hard to hold a conversation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Good Jewish style food. Very crowded and the waiters dump the plates and glasses in a tub five feet from the table- extremely loud and annoying

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2016

My son and my sister and I ate here during Chanukah, yearning for some traditional Jewish foods. My son ordered the Chanukah dinner, which he loved. I ordered the chicken matzoh ball soup, as well as a latke/smoked salmon dinner that was DELICIOUS. My sister ordered a pastrami sandwich and loved it but couldn't finish it, so took home half in a doggie bag. We also had all shared a chicken liver appetizer. And we had cocktails before dinner. Everything was SO GOOD! Really, the only thing I would change if I could is the noise level. Maybe adding some carpeting to the upstairs dining room would help. It was deafening. But we ate on the late side, so eventually the noise subsided. GREAT PLACE!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 27, 2016

The special chanukah menu was wonderful! Very tasty take on traditional holiday foods.
It hit the spot and glad we were in DC for the holiday.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Three of us were there for an early dinner (6pm) so of course it was quiet! I don't know how it would be later. We were on our way to Theater J so it was in keeping with the theme of the night. We all just had sandwiches. The taziki sauce on chicken gyros was bland so the sandwich was just so so. The cracklings on the smoked turkey sandwich are an acquired taste; one I haven't acquired but they were easy to remove and I don't think it made any difference. It was very tasty.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2016

A great time and the best place to get some Hebrew food in the district other thanks the secret deli at the JCC on 16th.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2016

I'm sorry, I don't get it. My entire party of 5 agreed with me. My family is from New York City and I love New York delis. Maybe this is supposed to be a middle-America version of a New York deli? I don't know. None of us could figure out what they're trying to be -- except not cheap. The pastrami was too fatty, the french fries were doused in salt, the sauerkraut was tasteless and not sauerkraut -- more like cabbage. The pickle was tasteless. Everything was dry, dry, dry and bland or oversalty. So doesn't justify the hype. None of us going back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2016

The food is amazing.

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