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District Distilling Co. RESTAURANT

4.3
127 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups

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About

District Distilling Co. is DC's first distillery, restaurant, and bar all in one incredible location. Situated in a series of historic row-houses at the corner of 14th and U Streets in the heart of one of our city's most vibrant and culturally rich neighborhoods, we offer award-winning spirits and incredible seasonally-inspired food and drink choices.
With a firm grounding in classic cooking technique, Chef Justin Bittner pulls inspiration as well as ingredients from the farms and fisheries of the southern Mid-Atlantic region to create dishes bursting with richness and depth. In our bar, Head Bartender Erin Ivey and her staff create complex and engaging craft cocktails using our full array of house-distilled spirits. And downstairs in our distillery, Master Distiller Matt Strickland keeps us fully stocked with an amazing array of house- distilled spirits, including our Corridor Vodka, Buzzard Point White Rum, Checkerbark American Dry Gin, and Backroom Bourbon.
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 629-3787
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Justin Bittner
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
14th St NW
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Parking details
Paid parking is available in the Reeves Center parking lot directly accross from our building on U Street.
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Public transit
Metro - Green Line - U Street/Cardozo/African-American Civil War Memorial
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food was awful.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Had a very good server on this evening, Paul was excellents made great recommendations for food and drinks from the bar. He took the time to understand, what type foods we liked and the drinks we would normally drink. Prices are about average, not over priced on either food or drinks. Will return, as this was a repeat visit.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great food and great drinks! Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin was delicious. And the corn bread was worth the trip.

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1.0Dined on February 10, 2018

After enjoying a lovely brunch at district distillery, i wanted to check out the dinner. Sadly, the service was absolutely terrible. After being seated it took a waiter 20 minutes to even come to the table. After 45 min after we had ordered drinks and still had not been served we got up and left the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

I went to District Distilling for brunch with a friend from out of town. I thought the food was great. I got the burger and my friend got the eggs benedict (or their version of it!). Overall, I would definitely recommend it as we had a great time, but at the same time, nothing was just completely outstanding.

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

The staff were fantastic. Most of the food was perfect - one guest didn’t like the Tuna but the manager was very gracious and interested in how to improve the dish. Paid for her dish too!

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food, service, and located near late night clubs!

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

District Distilling Co. is delicious Southern comfort food. My friends and I ordered so much food, an entree and multiple sides and the bill was still really affordable. The waitress was also extremely friendly and helpful! There was a little bit of a draft and they immediately brought out a space heater for us.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We came for NYE and had a bumpy start with the less than friendly hostess. Note to management: Your hostess should like people and be welcoming. If the guests ask to be seated somewhere other than the two options she provides and the restaurant is empty, she should at least attempt to accommodate. If guests say they are going to leave, she should at least express regrets. Luckily, after speaking with the manager we were seated and the meal and service were excellent. The cocktails are of course the stars here but the food isn't far behind. I had the Suckling Pig which was flavorful without being overly salty. Deserts were also wonderful although, I wish they had been able to accommodate a decaf coffee. I've also enjoyed brunch here and will most definitely visit again.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Great space, unique, good, custom distilled liquors and good food, BUT some of the service was lacking. The manager and hostess at the podium were not welcoming and friendly. We had a nice waiter who quickly told us he was helping the other waiter who was responsible for the room. The other service staff seemed disorganized, not sure about what their rolls were. The place has been opened long enough that they should have their service perfected ... but the food was pretty good!

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

I first heard of District Distilling while at the Metro Cooking Expo last year. They were one of the restaurants participating in the Taste of DC. We were so impressed with their sampling, we vowed to have dinner there the following year. We kept our promise and had an extraordinary dinner tonight. We will definitely be back. I can’t wait to try some of the other dishes and unique cocktails.

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2.0Dined on November 26, 2017

This was my second time here. I really enjoyed the first visit, but this second visit not so much. I ordered the special, which was fried chicken and it was awful. The breading on the chicken looked and tasted a little burnt. The meat inside was cooked properly but it just wasn’t very enjoyable to eat. And the sides that came with it were literally the exact same thing that you would get at KFC. The mashed potatoes and cole slaw and biscuit all looked and tasted exactly like they were from KFC. I suspect they were maybe instant potatoes and store bought cole slaw. They didn’t taste homemade at all. The meal was definitely not worth the price. My husband did like his steak though. The server was ok. Not very good at his job. Fortunately we were the only ones there. I think if he had more than one table to wait on he would have been totally overwhelmed. It’s possible we might come back here if we are in the neighborhood for some reason but I’d never make a special trip to eat here. And I’ll definitely never order the fried chicken again.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Server was very knowledgable-- but spoke a little too long. Also, it was very very very dark in there. Very dark. Other than that, the cocktails were amazing, and so was the food. Got the braised lamb gnocchi so so so so very delicious.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was excellent, but the drinks were pretty overpriced. A mimosa was $13 — even more than a bloody mary. You can get bottomless mimosas at a lot of restaurants for around $15. Beers were pricey too.

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was tasty, especially the biscuits and gravy and mussles. The service was mediocre especially with a half full restaurant, definitely room for improvement.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner experience with their quality of the food and spirits. We had an attentive server and we will definitely return for more

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Stopped for last minute dinner on a Saturday night about 6:15 pm, not knowing what to expect. The first thing you notice is the cool vibe. When we arrived the restaurant was not very crowded, which puzzled me, but filled up later. Our waitress was very informative and nice and the food was outstanding. I think it is a bright spot in an area filled with great restaurants.

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4.0Dined on October 15, 2017

We had brunch at opening time on Sunday, and had our 2-year old with us. The place was really quiet, and even though this is a restaurant associated with a distillery, it worked out perfectly for our kid. The service was polite and prompt, and the food eclectic (we had a couple of nordic-inspired dishes, fried chicken, and a Korean barbecue) and very good. The portion size is quite generous.

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4.0Dined on October 4, 2017

Food used to be better.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Great location!

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

We celebrated my daughter's birthday with brunch at District Distilling. It's a lovely space - very open and rustic. Food was delicious and service was good. The host made us feel especially welcome. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

The cocktails are fabulous, showing off the spirits they make on site as well as from others. They gladly accommodate unique requests for cocktails. The service is a welcome treat. The food is delicious!

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2017

Good fried chicken--well seasoned, crispy, and juicy.
Great service--waiter made adjustment to my meal without a fuss.
Will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2017

We loved the food - 2 of us had biscuits and gravy (awesome), 1 had fluffy pancakes (he loved them) and the other had ordered the salmon but it was too salty so the restaurant was very nice about serving her the trout instead. Not busy (but it is Aug) and food/service were excellent. $39 for a bottle of champagne and carafe of OJ also a great deal. I think we walked out at $25/person.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2017

District distilling is in the middle of the busy 14th and U intersection, but being there you'll think you found the neighborhood secret.

We went at 830 on a Friday night and found the dining room fairly empty, although the bar across the hall was busy enough. Our group decided to split a bunch of apps and entrees which Id suggest to the group as a way to keep costs down.

Favorites include -
Tomato Goat Cheese app
Steak Frites
Ribs (daily special)
Cornbread

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Loved the food. The menu is limited but the biscuits, chicken, shrimp scampi and swordfish were excellent. We received a complimentary dessert as it was our first time. My husband thought the julep was great and liked the distilled alcohol made there too. Definitely a keeper.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2017

The food was tasty. The service was a bit slow as there appeared to be only one server covering a large dining area.

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2017

We went for brunch and spent $90 (w tip) on two drinks, entrees, and coffees. The drinks were fantastic. The food was ok. The bulls eye toast was literally only two pieces of toasted bread with eggs in the center and a couple pieces of bacon... for $15. It wasn't remotely filling. Overall, the quality of the food didn't really match the price tag.

I'd recommend this place for drinks. While the cocktails were expensive (~$15), they were the highlight of our meal.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2017

We arrived at opening on Father's Day - we (and nearly everyone else in the restaurant that morning) had small children in tow, but that was not a problem. There was a good selection of different kinds of food on the brunch menu (both typically breakfast foods such as French Toast, but also more lunchier offerings such as hangar steak and fried chicken). There was also a good kid menu for the little ones. I thought the food was good - not over-the-moon spectacular, but quite good - especially for a place were you can go with little kids. To be clear it's not a kid's restaurant, just kid friendly (at least on a Sunday morning). My husband and his father went on the distillery tour after we ate - they enjoyed it but said it was a good add-on; they wouldn't travel there just for the tour. We ended up buying some of their gin and vodka, so I think they enjoyed it!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2017

I went there last night with a coworker in town who is a real foodie and craft drink person and he said it surpassed his expectations. The bartender created a couple awesome drinks customized for us. We had the ceviche with corn nuts which was off the chain! Caro, our server was amazing! So sweet, funny and anticipated our every need. The shrimp scampi with linguini was ridiculously good. And my coworker loved the swordfish with spring peas. I will totally go back over and over.

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2017

There was no one to greet us upon arrival. Eventually we asked the bartender who instructed us to grab a seat and he would send someone over. The venue was unremarkable, but nice. The food and drinks were well prepared, but over priced. $80 for brunch with two entrees and two cocktails is extremely excessive. And no option for pre-fix, no specials, no bottomless options. Nothing. $40 per person is a lot for a meal with one drink in the U Street corridor for dinner. For brunch it's highway robbery. We won't return and we will be sure to spread the word. Great potential, but they've misjudged the D.C. Market price points IMHO.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Food is great, the service is the worst in DC. For a table of six, our waitress told us she could only bring us four pieces of bread at a time. When we asked for butter, she said she didn't want to get it. Our food was cold, tasty but cold. The floors were dirty and I worry that the lack of proper management has reflected in the cleanliness of the bathroom.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2017

We loved the restaurant and the chef came out to meet us (the group to order the milk with custom baked cookies at last!). The food was delicious, paired with great cocktails, in a rustic distillery ambiance - in the centre of 14th/U st. So perfect for us in the Dupont neighbourhood. My husband's birthday was a real treat because of the team there. We started with the distillery tour, which was interesting but needs some livening up so bring your queries and humour. The restaurant upstairs and bar were the real hit for us! Divine.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Hostess was super sweet, waitress was amazing! Had some trouble picking drinks, mostly cos we're just so picky! Everything was great for mothers day brunch!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

The atmosphere is great but the entree's were not worth $30.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2017

It was fine - from cocktails using their own liquors (good but not great; creative but not necessarily good) to food - which was more plentiful than it was delicious. It's a little pricey for what the quality, flavor, and interest, making it even more important that the wait staff step up their games. Our order-taker essentially disappeared after her second visit. The servers were very pleasant and responded to requests. No attempt was made proactively to offer other drinks, wine with dinner, or dessert.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2017

Good food and drinks, but they messed up our drink order and part of the food was not made according to our request. Manager came out to apologize. Beautiful place and food is good once they arrive.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2017

Considering what we paid, the portion size did not match. Not worth what we paid.

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2.0Dined on May 7, 2017

I visited on Sumday, May 7th for brunch. After waiting over 10 minutes to be greeted as the host/manager cleared tables and helped other guests , my guest and I were acknowledged ONLY once we turned to leave on the elevator. To be fair, my date was in the restroom, however I saw the host look at me and ignore me 3 separate times without a smile, nod, or any greeting. In addition, we were hurriedly sat, had to immediately move for a party of 5 and we're not asked if we had a reservation (we did shock!) This is unacceptable which is why we were leaving. It is definitely an establishment that feels exclusive to those who are Caucasian only. Other than the slow, neglectful service from the beginning, this happened: Upon being seated next to a family of 5-6 people , a white woman in a white cardigan remarked loudly " Isn't any place in this city segregated anymore?". This is Trump's America 2017 !!! The overt discrimination is heart wrenching. Our food took over 30 minutes for Salmon (smoked not cooked) and steamed mussels, the waiter "checked in" after my meal was more than 2/3rds complete, and more than one table spent their entire meal focused on my guest and I including white cardigan lady. My date ordered me a mimosa when our entree orders were placed which came out 15 minutes AFTER I finished my meal! I am a very slow eater so we are talking at least an hours wait for a drink. I will NEVER return to this establishment and wish I would've went with my first mind and left instead of spending over $60 on a subpar brunch for 2. I am a FINE DINING restaurant General Manager currently in Gallery Place so I know first hand not only how poor our treatment was but also how many different accommodations could have been made were they interested in our patronage. There were none.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Cocktail with the distillery's rye was great. I ordered the ribeye. The steak and accompanying potatoes were tasty, but instead of a "normal" veggie it came with ( a lot!) of these odd roasted green peppers that left much to be desired. I wish there had been a better vegetable with the steak. I didn't think the load of peppers on the plate made sense - maybe consider just using a few in a medley with other veggies?

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