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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4.2
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D
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
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.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Breakfasts were good but the service was quite slow.

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
26 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
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

T
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

But not to anyone with hearing problems! The noise level was overwhelming!

W
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food. Great service. A little loud. And the booth seats always make you think you need a booster seat.

AP
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very friendly staff all around, and the food was phenomenal. The service was nothing short of fantastic. I was there with my wife to celebrate a very special occasion -- our waitress took note of this and welcomed us with a glass of champagne on the house.

DE
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Boyfriend and I started with the cinnamon sugar pretzel baguette which was really good. The seasonal butter that came with it was phenomenal. Boyfriend had crab cake sandwich and I got the brunch quesadilla, both were okay. Crab cake didn’t have any crisp, and there wasn’t enough egg in the quesadilla. Mimosas had too much orange juice. The brownie sundae was good—nice soft brownie (not warm, but still soft) and the ice cream reminded me of Cold Stone (two thumbs up). Service and ambiance was good. I’d give them another try.

C
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice dinner with great service. The crab cake was good but just a ketchup container size of cole slaw. Could have used more. My dining partner had the pork chop. I tasted it. I was delicious!

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great servers and large portions

KP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We arrived at 5:30 -- a little before the crowd, and it was very quiet and pleasant. As more people arrived, it remained easy to have a conversation. The food was not outstanding, but it was good for the value and we appreciated being close to the Metro and the Kennedy Center bus, which we took to the performance. District Commons provided what we were looking for. The service was very good.

RN
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was great brick chicken over couscous was outstanding. We asked about the seasoning on the chicken and the waitress brought us a list. Wonderful evening after a show at the Kennedy Center

JJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our meals were upscale diner breakfast food. But at full price. OK. But not a good value.

KB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We came in to a half empty restaurant at 5:45pm and the host said it would be an hour wait. I get on open table and make a reservation for 12 minutes later. The place is still half empty, yet we have to stand there for 10 more minutes to get a table. Food was fine.

PB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My server was AMAZING! I was dining by myself, watching a movie and just really trying to relax. He gave me time and space and didn’t rush me.
Amazing guy!

P
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Consistently excellent food, very good service, very loud. Like, really loud.

M
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. The seafood chowder was fantastic.

KW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were shown to a table at the back of the restaurant, which turned out to be surprisingly nice since we were able to talk without too much background noise. Really lovely venue for a birthday lunch with co-workers. Lobster roll (special on Monday) was great with plenty of lobster! Portobello mushroom & quinoa was very tasty. Three of us shared chocolate bread pudding with vanilla/bourbon ice cream for dessert (yum)! Service was great - our server Vanessa didn't hover, but was always there when we needed anything. Already looking forward to the next visit!

A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience2

I love this restaurant however I feel like the lighting keeps getting brighter and brighter. It would be nice to have a little bit more ambience. Other than that the service is great and I love all the US sourced wines etc.

c
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant!

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FM
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with the hubby. Looking for a bite to eat before a Kennedy Center show.

This place was a must! We cannot wait for a mother excuse to stop back in.

The waiter asked right off if we had a show to get to and from then on he was on the ball!

The food was amazing and service was great

District Commons
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thank you for joining us at the best pre Kennedy Center Show dinner in Foggy Bottom. We at District Commons are grateful for your feedback and look forward to you joining us again.

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OT
Washington DC
240 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The perfect place before Kennedy Center. Flatbreads are wonderful (and large enough to share). Server was particularly helpful in guiding us through the menu as my guest has dietary restrictions. Very accommodating to his needs. Very appreciative of the good service - and delicious dinner.

J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great experience as usual. Enjoyed one of favorite items — Seafood Cobb Salad. Yummy! Have not had a bad meal at District Commons ever.

District Commons
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thank you for your loyalty to us at District Commons. we look forward to your return to the Foggy Bottom area and you joining us for your next dining experience!

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