District Commons

4.3
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located on bustling Washington Circle in the West End, District Commons is anchored by a monumental raw bar and an open hearth oven for flatbreads and savory tarts. A 'Pig Board' of ham and biscuits will showcase a selection of America's finest hams. Chef/Owner Jeff Tunks serves up classic American cuisine in this gorgeous setting, including classic seafood selections, a full menu of steakhouse Butcher's Cuts and more. Freshly baked breads and desserts round out your meal. Try one of our regional American drafts or exquisite wines, or sample from the 99 Beers on the Wall!
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.2
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4.1
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3.9
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SK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

District Commons is always a great choice. The time and care they put into staff training is evident by their knowledge and the quality of service.

I had to schedule a last-minute happy hour with colleagues and couldn't rely on open seats at the bar alone.

We sat at a table and had a few drinks and the (delicious!) pretzel, but didn't share a full meal. Our server, Oscar, was tremendous. Knowledgable of the menu, professional, and attentive even though our order was small. If I spot Oscar working when I visit next, I'll be sure to request a seat in his section.

S
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, lovely service but very noisy. The restaurant should soften the space somehow, with baffles on the ceiling, perhaps, or upholstered chairs.

District Commons
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for you kind words about your dining - next time you visit please ask us for a 'quiet table' - we'd be happy to get you a quieter spot where you can enjoy!

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JB
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our visit to District Commons. Charming waiter who told us it was his third day on the job...he was very efficient and we were very impressed with him and, of course, the food and drink were excellent. Looking forward to our next visit!

District Commons
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for your kind review, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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D
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was meeting my friend after more than a year and District Commons with its interesting menu, laidback ambiance and level of service was the perfect place for a reunion! Thank you!

District Commons
Responded 2 days ago

Thank YOU for enjoying your reunion with us! Hope you can join us again soon!

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K
Raleigh
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

District Commons was wonderful and our server, Francesco, was amazing. What was really amazing was that it was his second night there. I would never have guessed, as he was superb!! We were there to celebrate an accomplishment, and we were not disappointed! Not sure why I haven't tried this restaurant before, as it will be a go to from now on!

TS
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot to catch up with GWU folks and a nice naturally lit space! Menu has a nice variety at a relatively low-to-mid level prices for DC. Perfect for a light lunch meeting and plenty to choose from if you're looking for something a little heavier! Certainly will be on my shortlist for lunch spots in DC!

NS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Large hall like venue - with large tables.
Went for lunch on a weekday and was not too packed.
Quickish service, great flatbreads and mussels.
Right on Washington Circle near GWU

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I had the seafood salad. Asked whether I could sub the salmon for something else. Was told I could have extra of the other seafood. I had three chopped up shrimp. And a tad bit of crab. I found two recognizable pieces. But it was tasty

TB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Service was terrific. What can I say...Bacon and Blue Cheese Mussels...wow!

District Commons
Responded on December 3, 2019

Thanks for the great review of our mussels! Hope you can join us again soon!

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DI
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere. Food was good and service prompt, even with a large group.

District Commons
Responded on December 1, 2019

Thanks for joining us! Hope to see you again soon.

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A
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

讚great value

EI
London
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Waiter was great but busboy/ guy very rude and stretched right across us to get stuff which is a restaurant no no. Food really nice though.

District Commons
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thanks for your kind words about the food - we will follow up with our support staff to ensure their professionalism!

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OT
Montana
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

While the food was good (not great) the noise level and service were disappointing. The server did not follow through with requests and shorted us on change for a cash bill. We caught it it was corrected but no explanation or apology. Don't plan to return.

WM
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food2service4ambience4

Small portions limited menu
Service was great but again cost for plates not worth it.

M
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for dates! Service was incredibly attentive, will be returning in the future.

DD
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Everything! Waitress, ambience, drinks, salad, portabella mushroom dish, pasta dish! Will go there again.

KR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly fantastic food. A bit pricier, but absolutely worth it for a special occasion. Within walking distance from Kennedy Center as well.

F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent soups. Pig board was good, though it should include more than two biscuits.

D
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Enjoyed dinner. Crab cakes were good. Shrimp and grits were very good. Good upscale bar. Menu was a bit unfocused. Environment was a bit rustic. I will be back.

District Commons
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thanks for joining us for the best crabcakes in DC (or so we're told!). Hope to see you again soon.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

They took 10 minutes to greet us at the table. Another 10 minutes to get our drinks. When the food came, I did not have water or a drink. I asked for the drink menu, she brought it, and did not return until the meal was over.

UW
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Despite many four tops being open and despite having requested a booth, they first sat us at a table for 7 for 4 people. Asked to sit at booth again (many empty) and were left standing waiting to see if it was ok. Then, seated at booth in back next to bathroom entrance. Bathroom door closes with a wood on wood slam so it was fun listening to that happen 100 times during our meal. Food is about what you’d expect at Friday’s or Applebees. Mediocre on all counts. Best thing I can say is the vodka tasted like vodka.

SL
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Breakfasts were good but the service was quite slow.

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Food! Great Service! Great Wait staff! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone. Thank you again! See u soon!

e
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice play. Menu isn't the standard stuff and that is a good thing.
A bit loud due to happy hour. But settled down nicely.
Overall a very nice meal.

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Tagliatelle, it did not have a tasty flavor, also needed more salt

TT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We came here for an anniversary dinner, and the staff surprised us with two complimentary glasses of bubbles! Thanks for making our evening extra special!

V
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything delish! Crab cakes to die for. Mussels were off the hook

S
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service felt rushed at times, then slow like we were forgotten. Overall on a lively night it was a good choice. The food wa very good.

BB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Were seated by a table right by the kitchen door which was, of course constantly opening and closing. This was at the back of the restaurant, while there were MANY other tables available in the front and by the window, all of which would have been a better choice. Food was mediocre. I had a special request to order one of the side vegetable separately on my plate, and I was told they were already mixed together. They came out separate, so easily could have been accommodated. The wine list is very limited, especially whites, and very low quality selections for high prices. I have been to this restaurant 2 years ago and had a better experience, and it was full. Now, half empty, and seems apparent why.

FC
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Had a pleasant brunch with friends at modern Pennsylvania Avenue spot. Enjoyed the pigboard and burger. While bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas are appealing the drinks were a bit watered down to compensate.

FP
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday brunch. Nice selection. Good food and great service.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

m
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Had a business meal here with a larger group. Unfortunately it seemed like the waitress was not enthusiastic about either a big group or just being there. She rarely smiled and messed up a few orders. One of the food runners told her what was wrong and she looked over at us and went to several other tables. She was not attentive and didn’t seem to care that she messed up orders. Probably will go to Circa or North Italia instead for our next meal. It’s a shame because the location is great. Not a good experience!

J
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! Super close to GW campus! Our server was outstanding!

MM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I was looking for a place where I could have a casual but nice dining experience (i.e. not a white table cloth fancy steak house and not a hole in the wall). District Commons was a great medium. I had the catch of the day Bronzino as did one of my clients. The other had one of the Mussels dishes. They also had a special sandwich of the day, Roast Beef au Jus which looked FIRE! but I was trying to stay lite. Fried green tomatoes were VERY good with shrimp and a vinegary red sauce on top (recommend). Service was great, not over bearing but on point and available when needed. Everything on the menu looked good to me and I will definitely be going back. I am glad I found this place on OpenTable.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was courteous and very accommodating. Our waitress was professional, to the point and knowledgeable. Food was great and they did everything they could do to accommodate our restless family (with little ones). The pretzel was great! Could have had two more of those. I really liked the grits. And brunch was light but good. Ordered eggs and potatoes. Chocolate cake desert was outstanding. The part that was cake has the texture of mousse. It was magical. We will be visiting again! Besides, what adult doesn’t like bottomless mimosas!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice food, great ambience, but it was toooo noisy.

J
Sydney / NSW
64 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good location. Fast service. Good food.

C
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and nice service. Does get busy and crowded on the weekends