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About District Commons
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. Chili Glazed Duck, Brick Pressed Chicken, Classic Hanger Steak - these choices 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!
Washington, DC 20037
Hours of Operation:
LUNCH: Monday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm
DINNER: Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:00pm
BRUNCH: Saturday & Sunday 11:00am-2:30pm
On Washington Circle near corner of 22nd St. and Penn. Ave.
$30 and under
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Valet is located in front of District Commons and is available every day of the week from 5:30 pm until close of business. Valet is also offered Sunday Brunch starting at 11:00 am until close of Brunch. Valet charge is $10. There is also a parking garage for the building, the entrance for garage is located on 22nd St.
District Commons is located two blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro on the Blue/Orange Lines , and is serviced by Metrobus and the Circulator.
Chef/Owner Jeff Tunks; Executive Chef Gerald Walker
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
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District Commons Ratings and Reviews
I work in the building where District Commons is located. The food and service always are excellent. This is a restaurant with a kitchen to handle discriminating palates, and a menu and atmosphere to comfortably mix client dinners, date nights, or lunch with kids.
Very good pretzel bread, scallops, duck, apple pie, and sundae, tho strangely there was no syrup on the sundae. But very yummy toasted marshmallows were used on it. But the place is VERY noisy. I had asked for a quiet area, but was seated near the noisy bar. Boo.
Some friends and I tried District Commons for brunch before a show at the Kennedy center. Disappointing. The service was okay. I gave the food two stars because the breakfast potatoes are truly delicious. Other dishes, not so much. A friend ordered eggs Benedict - it tasted as bad as it looked. Terrible presentation. I had the omelet Louisiana which had ample cheese but was sparse on the promised seafood. Eggs were pretty bland too. Another friend tried the soup and was not impressed. The pretzel bread was good - we did down that. Overall disappointing and in a city filled with great places to brunch, no need to go back.
We chose District Commons due to its vicinity to the Foggy Bottom Metro/Kennedy Center. First - drinks at the bar. I had an old fashioned and my husband had an excelsior - both were very good. For dinner we started with the pretzel bread and blue cheese mussels. Both were excellent. For the main course I had the salmon and my husband had the rib eye. The salmon was dry but the accompanying risotto and spinach were both very good. My husband said his rib eye was good and about what he expected for the price. Service was great. Our server even brought us a sample of a wine we were thinking of having which was much appreciated. We would likely go back before a show at the Kennedy Center but probably wouldn't go out of our way to return.
My boyfriend and I celebrated a New Year Eve in District Commons and enjoyed it a lot. The service was very good, so was the food. The selection of wines was excellent. We had Santa Barbara Chardonnay and it was perfect. The food was high quality.
Luckily, we made a reservation in advance as the restaurant was full.. I would like to note that we had to change time of our reservation and it was accommodated to our pleasant surprise.
We will definitely recommend this place to our friends.
Ludmila and Peter
We have dined at District Commons on New Years on more than one occasion. The food has always been very good and the service is outstanding. They have gone out of their way to make this a fun and memorable dining experience. I would highly recommend this establishment.
I love the fact that this upscale restaurant actually has a kids menu and brings the kids a little activity package of coloring and such. We took the kids here early (5:30pm) on new year's eve following a show at the Kennedy Center and we were so pleased. It's so nice to be able to take the kids out to a nice restaurant once in while where the adults can actually have a good meal and enjoy some nice ambiance. There's absolutely no reason that reasonably well-behaved children can't enjoy a night on the town too from time to time.
The food was quite good, but our server seemed like he had better things to do than bothering with things like eye contact or courtesy. He rushed through nearly every interaction we had and left us feeling like all his other tables were more important than ours.
The place was nice the ambience was good the service was very good and the food was on point, my scallops was perfection my friends said the salmon was good also and the steak the wine... overall a great experience, I went with 5 friends and after we went to Kennedy Center was 5 minutes driving the location was perfect.
They have valet if you know park in D.C can be quite difficult more points on that.
After reading tons of reviews covering Washington's best restaurants, I selected District Commons as the place to take my wife to celebrate her birthday. From its vibrant location in the Washington Circle/Foggy Bottom area, to the marvelous staff, to the absolutely scrumptious meal, everything about this restaurant was stellar. My wife loved every detail of her experience there. I highly recommend it.
The food was good - I like the idea of a warm salad but there was something in the greens that was rather bitter-tasting...I'm guessing it was the sauce or the greens shift to a bitter taste when warmed. The flatbread was excellent; as was the service. The only other thing is that this is an expensive place....$30 for lunch without wine or any alcohol is above my norm. But I did have the flatbread for the next day...it was super with soup!
I've been to District Commons 4 times. Twice for lunch, once after a show and once before the show. The food there is constantly good. My husband and I think they have one of the best chicken dishes in town. However, their service is constantly below average. We've had 2 waiters there. Yes, they take you to the table, they hand you menus, and they take your orders. But you just get the feeling that the waiters don't want to be there and they are not happy you dine there. When they talk to you, they'd look to the left, look to the right, look to the ceiling, but not look at you. They turn away like a wind before you understand what they were saying. Kind of like Chinese restaurant service.
The service here has a serious flaw - an obsession about clearing your table. While management must think this is attentive, it was intrusive, disruptive, and made us feel very rushed. When the waiter asked my companion if she would like another glass of wine and she said no, the waiter immediately (and too quick to stop) cleared her wine glass - even though it wasn't yet empty. When we commented to the waiter on the rush to clear things, particularly the wine incident, the waiter apologized but offered no remedy. Later, while we were standing and putting our coats on, the manager came over and offered my companion a sample taste of some more wine. Was he serious?
Start with the pretzel bread and mustard!! The salmon with spinach and wild mushroom risotto was amazing. We both saved room for dessert and were not disappointed - Boston cream pie and warm fudge cake; the passion fruit ice cream on the fudge cake was a great pairing - the ice cream was sweet, but not artificial or overbearing. Will definitely return - recommend the valet parking for $10 right out front; can catch the Kennedy Center shuttle right around the corner at the Metro.
My friend and I both greatly enjoyed our meals. Our server, however, was terrible. It took her forever to approach our table to take our drink orders and then to bring the drinks. When she gave us the drinks, she walked away without looking at us or asking if we were ready to order our meals so I called after her asking if we could order our meals. After an annoyed look at us and a few more minutes, she finally came to take our order. She did not show up again. Another server gave us our meals but our server never came back to ask if we needed refills on our water or coffee and I had to ask another server to get her so we could get our check.
This was my first time in District Commons and it was a nice experience. The time from when I placed my order and when the food was brought out was very short. The food was also good. It was very busy around 1pm on Saturday but eventually got very quiet a few hours later when the place was nearly empty. The only negative comment is the menu featured more breakfast type meals which shocked me because I was there at 1pm. But, I would recommend this place to a friend.
I've eaten here several times and have not had a bad meal yet! Lively atmosphere, can get a little noisy (this is not the place for a quiet romantic meal or serious business discussion. I have had steak, crabcake and salmon -- all excellent. Good wine list, simply yet diverse menu with lots of comfort food. Only complaint was having to wait 5 minutes for someone to help me retrieve my coat from the coat check.
Had reservations before a 7:00 pm performance at the Kennedy Center. Service was excellent-we were out in time to make the performance without feeling rushed. The fried oysters were excellent, crispy and light. I enjoyed the shrimp and grits--some of the best I have had. My dining partner had the duck. The only complaint was that the breast was a bit dry. The restaurant is a bit loud--not the place for a quiet intimate meal.
Always love this place. Today wasn't the best experience as they couldn't seat us on time and so we chose to eat at the bar and service there was a little slow as well. Entrée was good but seemed to be short on shrimp. Wine was delicious. Always a good, solid, reasonable option in this area.
Enjoyed their Sunday brunch before a show at Lisner Auditorium. They had a very interesting brunch menu. All four of us were happy with our meals. The service was excellent. They were knowledgeable and attentive to a request to eat gluten-free. All-in-all, a great find. We'll go back.
We like District Commons and have been several times. This time, the food was very good and the service outstanding. The one problem we faced was that someone, probably the bar tender, was cleaning a surface using something smelling strongly of chlorine. The smell invaded my nose and effectively negated the flavors of my food.
I am all for killing germs, but no good restaurant should smell like Clorox.
We scored a window booth for brunch recently and enjoyed the view of Washington Circle. The short ribs hash was excellent; the huevos rancheros were flavorful but were basically a bowl of black beans with fried eggs on top with a small side of guacamole. (Definitely get the very hot hot sauce on the side.) Coffee was adequate. Service was leisurely, despite the restaurant being only about 2/3 full. This is a welcome addition to restaurant possibilities in Foggy Bottom, although I doubt it will become a destination for us.
Great cocktails, great beer and wine list and fantastic Food menu.
Korean BBQ Pork Chop with quick Kimche was very good. The Pork Chop was a tad overcooked, but the Kimche and BBQ made up for it with deep flavor. The Signature Manhattan was PERFECTION. Stirred NOT shaken, lots of depth. Perfect execution.
My brother had the Stout braised Lamb shank. Delicious as well.
We also had the Pork Board. While we expected more of a variety, the Super thinly sliced pork that we had was melt-in-your-mouth good. Very high quality meat. The pretzel bread was great as well.
Service was very good but not perfect. Asking someone if they want wine with their dinner 10 minutes after food is delivered is a bit late and a missed opportunity.
We started with the roasted pear and greens salad, which was served warm and drizzled with balsamic. Exquisite. Really lovely. Then I had the salmon, which was uber-fresh and perfectly cooked. My companion had the scallops, which were wonderfully prepared. Great dining experience overall. I've visited before and I recall that it was fine, but this was a truly memorable meal.
I really enjoy this restaurant. I ordered the Tuna Salad, which is one of my favorites there at the District. Unfortunately, there was a piece of hard plastic in my salad. Almost as if it was from a plastic bag that contained the lettuce or something. Scared me when I took a bite. It was pointy and cut the roof of my mouth. I would like to chalk this up to the carelessness of one employee and not the restaurant as a whole. I will still go to the District, but will be cautious of my food and its contents.
What I like about District Commons is that the food is not run of the mill. The tastes are unique (generally) and the variety includes healthy type food. I like the flatbread pizza to get started although our crust was a bit mushy. I had a soup and salad which were both more than adequate and not run of the mill. The Boston Cream Pie didn't live up to the wait staff''s recommendation. We sat in a booth and were early enough for the noise level to be low--esp in the intimate booth. I've been to DC three times and enjoy it. It could make its tastes a bit sharper but I like it enjoy going there anyway.
I've gone to District Commons a number of times for various events (brunch, lunch, happy hour. etc.) and it's never disappointing. The brunch offerings are delicious, as are the bottomless blood orange mimosas. The service this time was quite slow (especially with those mimosas), but perhaps I just have high standards because the service has been excellent every time before. I look forward to going again.
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