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!

2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH: Monday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm

DINNER: Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:00pm
Friday 5:30pm-11:00pm
Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm
Sunday 5:00pm-9:00pm

BRUNCH: Saturday & Sunday 11:00am-2:30pm

Cross Street:
On Washington Circle near corner of 22nd St. and Penn. Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 587-8277

Website:
http://www.districtcommonsdc.com/

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
District Commons is located two blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro on the Blue/Orange Lines , and is serviced by Metrobus and the Circulator.

Executive Chef:
Chef/Owner Jeff Tunks; Executive Chef Gerald Walker

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

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District Commons Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

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Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (34)
Good for a Date (33)
Special Occasion (30)
Comfort Food (26)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Business Meals (25)
Great for Brunch (24)
Great for Lunch (24)
Happy Hour (23)
Fun (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
People Watching (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Hot Spot (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Cozy (11)
Healthy (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Late-night Find (10)
Scenic View (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
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Romantic (7)
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Afternoon Coffee (5)
Authentic (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2014

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2014

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2014

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2014

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2013

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2013

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2013

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2013

Food excellent; entree portions small and pricey. Service excellent. Nice atmosphere.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 30, 2013

You can't go wrong eating here! Incredible food, notable wine and beer list, nice atmosphere without being stuffy, and great service. If not for anything else, I'd come back for the pig board!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2013

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2013

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2013

Great location for a meal before or after a show at the Kennedy Center!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2013

I appreciate the consistency of District Commons' fine service and delicious food. I'm never disappointed!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2013

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2013

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!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2013

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2013

Pretzel baguette was very good to start. Well made entres.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2013

service was excellent, very knowledgeable server. window seat was ready as requested in my reservation. food was outstanding. no complaints at all. this is one of our favorite dining places in D.C. especially when seeing a show close by.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 21, 2013

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?

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2013

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2013

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2013

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2013

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2013

The seafood chowder is the best I have ever had as was the arugala salad topped by the bagel baguette with mustard butter.
Next time it will be the lamb shank.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2013

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2013

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2013

It was a wonderful experience for entertaining clients and friends! Great food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2013

excellent food--the scallops, pork chops and "brick" chicken all great. service also was excellent. Its very noisy so be prepared for that--would be great for lunch and the brunch menu looked great

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2013

The Commons is a convenient location and upscale environment for noon time get-together with colleagues. The innovative cuisine and efficient service create the right environment for bbusiness planning and friendly scheming.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2013

wonderful food in a nicely designed setting with enough privacy. Very tasty and fresh veggies in my pot pie and lovely shrimp and grits also. Very yummy dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2013

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2013

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2013

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2013

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2013

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2013

Fantastic all around. Food is fresh and delicious.Service is excellent. Their summer tomato soup should be an all year round staple.The flatbreads are great for lunch. The salmon with puréed parsnip is YUM!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2013

The service was markedly improved and made for an enjoyable lunch. The menu is too predictable and my catch of the day pretty small and bland. But not a bad place in a restaurant wasteland.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2013

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2013

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2013

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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