A friendly location near Dupont Circle. A bit expensive but worth of the experience. Great service. Jewish non kasher eastern European food
The reuben was delicious and truly everything on the menu sounded great. While the ambiance was cool, it was so noisy it made conversation over lunch very difficult. I'd go back, but sit downstairs to avoid all the noise over the lunch hour.
Love the rueban fries, though I think I liked them even more when they were shmutzie fries. Latkes and matzoh ball soup are also outstanding.
I am a regular at DGS so I suggested it as a meeting place for graduate school friends in town for a 40th reunion. Couldn't have been more satisfied, especially when my friends from Pittsburgh repeatedly commented that they couldn't get food like this [chopped liver, latkes, house cured corned beef] back home. Staff couldn't be more gracious. It was a hit!
Great Jewish deli food that's mostly traditional but with a few modernized twists here and there on the menu and the addition of full bar menu. Generous portions, efficient service and decent prices. Environment is clean and simple, modern take on an old style deli. Some outdoor seating at the back of the restaurant along with a nice bar that is a cozy retreat. Only complaint would be the noise level. Between 12 and 1:30 it gets busy with the business lunch crowd and the acoustics of the interior are horrendous. Not only is it difficult to hold a conversation (like many places these days) but with all hard surfaces, every knife and fork clanging against a plate seems to be exaggerated to the point of being ear shattering.
Dinner time on a Saturday was nice and quiet. Excellent food. Not a "deli," but a nice, trendy restaurant. Get the Reuben fries!
We were in from out of town, first night, so happy to find a restaurant with a dedicated Passover menu near our hotel. The happiness ended there. Overall, the food was close to inedible, matzo ball soup tasteless, gefilte fish sodden and fishy (tasted previously frozen), Romanian steak served much too rare on a bed of tahini whose flavor just clashed with the meat, and rhubarb and apple crumble with vanilla ice cream that was simply blah, possibly dusted with black pepper or something resembling it. The best bite was a tiny serving of pan-roasted cod with asparagus. We did not choose the wine pairings but saw them being served to other tables in very small portions. The server was as good as I think she could be but the kitchen was quite slow, especially with the meat course which is why we did not attempt to send our steak back for further grilling. Maybe the corned beef sandwiches are good here but don't waste your money on the expensive for what you get special Passover menu. Oh, and no matzo served to the table? What's up with that?
DGS Delicatessen is, in my opinion, one of the few consistently good DC restaurants where you can eat well for $20-25 per person. The cooking is creative and tasty, the more traditional deli food is high quality if not quite at the height of deli cuisine, the ambience and service are good...in other words, a highly valuable establishment.
We ate here with a group of friends on our recent visit to DC. This place is fine, a bit limited menu. The portion were great.
I am very high expectations when eating out and everything I had was PERFECT. From the bloody Marys to the burger and fries. I would absolutely go back.
Loved it... Had a burger a Rueben and were both Awesome. The cocktails were really good too. Overall very satisfying meal!!!
First visit in several months, and the food is still excellent. A bit on the noisy side, but our fault for not thinking to pick a later time. Reuben and the Israeli were both excellent and our wait person took great care of us.
It was my second visit to DGS and I wasn't swooning like I did after the first. I know this is supposed to be something different and modernized from a standard NY style Jewish deli and I recognize that is probably why we paid six bucks for a side of pickles. We asked for all full sour pickles and we got half and half - they did make right after we pointed it out. I had pastrami on rye, and again, the rye bread is world class. The pastrami was very good by DC standards - I don't where you'd get something like this (but I haven't been to Heckman's yet), but it would be just passable in NY. Maybe I caught them on an off day for pastrami, because I remember it being very good when I was there a year or so ago.
And for the second time there, I asked for pastrami with mustard on the side- not on the sandwich. The first time, they put mustard on the sandwich and never gave me extra. This time, they put mustard on the sandwich and gave me a side. I recognize this is a personal quirk, but I like a pastrami sandwich to come with no mustard and for me to put it on. Quirky, but I'm the paying customer and want what I want. Also, I got seltzer - and I very much appreciate that they don't charge you for it, but my two classes lacked enough carbonation. I don't know if they start off short on CO2 or they let it sit with ice too long before they serve it. Deli, seltzer, fizz…they go together.
I'll be back to DGS, but I might veer away from my "go to" standard for a deli and try something other than pastrami next time.
I've been to DGS countless times for lunch and a few times for dinner. The experience has been consistently good, every time. The sandwiches are incredible. I'm used to the overwhelming sandwiches piled-high with layers of (dry) deli meat from the Jewish delicatessens where I grew up. At DGS, the meat is carved fresh and is juicy, flavorful, and often still warm when your sandwich is brought to you. The little things are done perfectly as well: the pickle, mustard, sauerkraut, and coleslaw are all perfect---they taste fresh and are quite flavorful. The Brussel sprouts are the best I've had in the city, and the cucumber salad is light and refreshing.
we must have dined during a shift change at the restaurant because our original server completely ditched us and started having her own lunch at the bar and the new server took over 15 minutes to attend to us.
I met a friend here for lunch. The place was so loud, that we had to scream the entire time. I ordered the pastrami reuben. The pastrami was tasty but my sandwich had almost no sauerkraut and the bread was toasted so hard that it was difficult to eat.
We had a really nice time at DGS for a Friday night dinner. The ambiance was fun. There was lots going on and the decor was good. The prices for what you got were higher than expected for a deli. That being said, the menu items were also a little fancier than I would have expected.
If you are looking for a good corned beef sandwich outside of NYC, these guys make a good one. A very vibrant scene!
Kid-friendly, but could use more than just grilled cheese on the kiddie menu :) However, they were lovely about our kiddo. Nice touch to have the owner/manager drop by tables.
Pastrami was under seasoned and undercooked. My second time here. First time, it was outstanding. Second time- meh. One more shot....
First time at the restaurant food was pretty decent
I love the food here. Best chopped liver in DC. Memorable smorgasboard and egg cream.
DGS has really good food but the service, especially the host, was really rude. Even though the restaurant was empty, I was refused a table without a reservation. While that isn't very unusual in Washington, the host didn't offer me a place to sit or even direct me to the bar, he just told me he couldn't help me, but I could try the restaurant next door.
Funnily enough, I got on OpenTable on my iPhone and booked a reservation FOR THAT EXACT TIME right there in the front of the restaurant. I can't imagine why the host would refuse to sit a customer in an empty restaurant, especially one that is NOT sold out or booked to capacity online. Anyway..if you can make it past the be-speckled gatekeeper the food is good!
Disappointed in the quality of the corned beef. It was dry, not wonderfully tasty and since it was one of the most expensive sandwiches on the menu, thought the meat should be moist and absolutely delicious. Bread was great.
Took about 20 mins to get order taken but was post-blizzard and they were open.
Great refined delicatessen. The sandwiches and entrees are top notch. I loved the fries with bits of pastrami on them. Also really liked the cocktails. Great beers on tap. The pastrami sandwich and the brussell sprouts hit the spot. Can't reccomend this place high enough.
We had the lunch special which is advertised on the web page and the menu as a bowl of soup, a salad and 1/2 a sandwich. Only when we ordered were we told that we couldn't pick our salad from the menu; instead, we got a paltry handful of mixed greens. The matzo ball soup was good -- but mostly matzo ball; not enough actual soup. The corned beef was good. Potato latkes were okay, but super greasy.
The air conditioning was on as well, blowing directly on our table, so it was freezing cold the whole time. Our waiter seemed indifferent and "dropped by" the table only a couple of times. We had to flag other servers down for more water, tea, etc.
With three years of experience -- and this year's RAMMY for best casual dining in the metro area, DGS has mastered the art of the modern deli. Everything is smoked, pickled, brined and cured inhouse. And all of it is really fantastic. Vegetarian? No problem. A tempeh reuben which some say outshines the original. Vegan? They can do that too. While their brunch is famous [featured in the Washingtonian], don't miss dinner. Sophisticated entrees for solo diners and families, all crafted by DGS's talented chefs, and complete meals from soup to [dough]nuts offered to the table.
My favorite lunch: the roast turkey sandwich, roasted in house and served with a spicy pepper relish, avocado and provolone cheese. My favorite dinner: chicken schnitzel a generous portion that rivals any I've had here and in Europe.
Great bar menu, crafty cocktails, best happy hour in DC [so says Food & Wine magazine], and a wine and beer list that matches their unique menu.
The Hanukkah menu was fabulous--the latkes and brisket were favorites! Our drinks were a little slow in coming (they didn't arrive until halfway through the soup course) but our waiter was an otherwise good guy.
Brussel sprouts and the soup of the day were amazing!
The sandwiches were not that good (pastrami was aweful and turkey was fine).
The Matzo ball was good, and pumpkin cheesecake was ok.
DGS is a terrific deli, with solid basic options that don't steer you wrong.
Wait staff ranges from fabulous to "can I take that?" (No you cant, not done). Get Irma if you can. Welcomers should also be more welcoming, especially to people dining alone. Go for the food.
We were seated under a strip light that continually brightened and dimmed. When we mentioned this the waitress said, "Yeah, we have been trying to get that fixed." The place was nearly empty and they did not offer to reseat us. Why put anyone in such an annoying location unless it was the last seat in the house.
The dgs pastrami +cornedbeef +swiss +mustard +rye was good. The latkes too. But the metal chairs+table weren't especially comfy. And the lights dimmed and brightened in a rhythm that made place seem like it was breathing [okay, it was Halloween]. Pricey but good deli.
Been here many times and mostly had sandwiches and soups - all good. This time 2 of us opted for the family style meal which was a lot of food and really great - especially the braised brisket (probably enough for 3-4 decent sized portions) which has some shaved horseradish on top that elevates the flavor. The meal also comes with pretty good apple filled donut holes. We also had very good mushroom and mashed potato pierogi so as an extra app. Only let down was the falafel burger was only so so - not crispy enough.
Our first visit in several months to DGS Delicatessen indicates that it continues to offer consistently fine versions of deli classics. It features by far the best pastrami sandwich in town, and the pickle plate -- which offers both a variety of vegetables and pickling techniques -- is well worth ordering. I also ordered matzo ball soup -- the matzo ball was excellent, but the broth was a bit too salty and should have had more chicken flavor.
Well, always looking for that perfect deli. What else can I say.
Drinks were excellent (have interesting cocktails, and bloody mary was very very good), chopped liver was simply outstanding (been eating chopped liver for over 50 years - this was good), pastrami was ok.
I tried the DC location of DGS Deli for dinner and thoroughly enjoyed it. The food is outstanding -- potato latkes reminded me of my grandmother's wonderful cooking from a bygone era, and the smoked salmon was excellent. The ambiance is great, and the menu is cleverly written -- sure to bring a laugh. While I didn't try the cocktails, the unusual choices sounded tasty. (A friend ordered a "Shiksa" cocktail and said it was very good. She also enjoyed the pastrami.) The only weak spot is the list of wines by the glass. I'd like to see more California wines. But that won't keep me from returning. I'm looking forward to trying the Fairfax location for brunch.