District Kitchen

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
District Kitchen is a casual neighborhood restaurant located half a block away from Woodley Park Metro. Our mission is to highlight the Mid-Atlantic's best naturally raised and local ingredients and pair the creation with the best wines available, local draft beers and hand crafted cocktails. We strive to source the freshest seasonal and regional produce whenever possible, and our meals are prepared with the utmost care and attention by our talented culinary team. .
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WM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It’s a relatively small menu, but within our party of nine, we ordered a good sampling of the the options on it and every single item was very, very good. It’s got a nice, neighborhood feel that can be either “dressed up or down” depending on the occasion, and the service was warm and accommodating. We will be back!

j
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent neighborhood bistro near the Zoo. Came by for a casual dinner. Highlights were the burgers and the outstanding fries. also enjoyed the roasted Brussels sprouts. Good value for money.

k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I will plan to go again - food and location were great

JH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

This was our first experience dining here. The ambiance was fantastic (music, lighting, tables, space, etc.) and the service started out great. However, as they got busier, we had to flag a server to take our entrees away, ask about desert and bring us our check. On the plus-side, they are completely wheelchair accessible (entrance - ramp provided - and restrooms). We will definitely go back again!

FG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious. Everything we ordered was great! Prices were within expectations, though the prix fixe menu option was a great deal! One thing I don't like, though, is when happy hour prices are advertised but it's only for the bar - this should be stated in the advertisement. It feels misleading.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were staying at the Marriott Wardman for a few days and went to DK the first night...liked it so much we went back again the second night! Love the option of ordering half servings...which was more than enough food. Very good menu...especially the lump crab and avocado starter, the shrimp and polenta entree, as well as the salmon with veggies.

MD
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

District Kitchen was excellent:food, service, atmosphere! We’ll be back!
(The floor was a little sticky)

SJ
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent and creative food choices for omnivores and vegetarians!

BB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

While in town for a conference, we had such a great dinner at District Kitchen that we came back the next night to try another dish. Great atmosphere and great food.

KS
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was disappointing. Limited, not particularly creative menu. Salmon very dry. Paella was pretty good.

b
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

my new goto place from the Marriott. Solid menu - well prepared and presented - good service - great local brews on tap - went twice....

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food5service3ambience1

Serious mouse problem. The staff seemed non-plussed and offered no apology much less a discount when we flagged the issue - there were about 5 of them running around in the dining area so presumably it’s par for the course...

DH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Good vibe and lots of energy, but not overwhelming. Staff was friendly and courteous. Ate Ate at District Kitchen while in town for a conference. It was nice to eat where locals go. Highly recommend.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Initially put off by decor but had a great work dinner there. Good value.

TM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The NY strip, purée corn and asparagus entree was amazing

JB
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lots of good choices and delicious drinks. Loved the neighborhood atmosphere.

L
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed dining al fresco at the District Kitchen. It was our first time there and we really liked the menu selection. It included a variety of types of food and I especially liked that there were half-portion sizes for most of the entrees, which allowed you to try a few different choices and share plates too. I thought the Prix Fixe 3-course menu was a particularly good value. The caprese salad starter was a good size and very tasty. The food and then the check seemed to take a while to come so it wasn't the fastest place but we were engrossed in conversation so it didn't really matter much.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our servers were attentive to us, but maybe not so much to our food when it came out of the kitchen. Three of us ordered the polenta dish and it was just warm, not hot as it should have been.

SN
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had calamari to start, very tasty. The PEI mussels were delicious, salmon dish was only ok. Outdoor seating was lovely.

SK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was good overall. My salad was very tasty, but my main dish, the featured fish of the evening, was not flavorful. The service was less than attentive. Our waiter never checked with us after the food was delivered and so I had to take my plate back to the kitchen to request it be warmed. When our desserts were delivered the server looked annoyed that we requested utensils. Our waiter was friendly when he was at our table but he did not come by regularly. The other three people in my group enjoyed the food- especially the Paella.

JL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful casual lunch on the patio--inside would have been a bit too crowded and a bit noisier. Server was delightful.

A
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

My experience at District Kitchen was so disappointing. We had a party of 6 for a birthday. While the food was good the service was terrible. We were completely rushed. We were never asked if we wanted another drink or if we wanted dessert or coffee at the end of our meal. As we were getting our check our server told us that another group was waiting on our table and we should wrap it up in the next ten minutes. We weren't not happy. When we mentioned we knew we were being rushed and that it was crummy. Our server walked away from the table. When he came back we mentioned that we weren't asked if we wanted dessert he said that's not a big deal we can fix that and brought us dessert menus. It seemed really put out. It really made the evening miserable. It was so disappointing.

S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food is a little pricey but good. Same for the cocktails but both the food and the cocktails are innovative takes on traditional food. The area where the restrooms are is a little sketchy-looking. The doors and walls are a bit grimmy looking and there is only one light. The hallway has a funky odor but the restroom was clean. The server easily split the check but mixed up the credit cards. Overall, it is good with very friendly wait staff.

AS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and service but best of all it was not noisy

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bottomless meant bottomless, like a sip later I was getting refilled. Absolutely worth the reservation!

RS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great visit to The District Saturday night, it was our second visit. Very flexible staff, started with a reservation for 6, it grew to 9 but they accommodated easily.
Everyone was sharing parts of their meals declaring you had to try theirs, everyone extremely happy with their main courses. 2 people orders the beats appetizer and were raving about that. Everyone still talking about the drinks of course and the Charcuterie Board. I can't say how many times we like to start dinner with a simple wine, cheese and crackers, and theirs is awesome. We were buying dinner for 2, but split with the other 4 checks, staff made this very painless.
We will be back, love this spot.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The only thing lacking was there was no soy milk or alternative for my friend, who is lactose intolerant. So she had to get her own coffee from outside. A lot of people can’t drink regular milk, so it’d be good to keep an alternative!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

First day of a new job; we are DC Passport users

JC
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice restaurant with some interesting dishes. Ambiance was nice, food very good and service great. I would definitely go back and I heartily recommend.

J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was well prepared and tasty. We were not rushed. Very casual dining. Would recommend.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome atmosphere! Food was great and service too!

OT
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very noisy.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had an amazing dinner at District Kitchen before seeing a show in DC. It was quiet. The staff were attentive. And the food was delicious. A great place to go before an evening show or after a day at the zoo.

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food choices are creative and fresh. I always enjoy going there. Each day there is a special. Sunday is half price on certain bottles of wine. Service especially George is courteous and efficient.

LK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy with our first visit! The food was delicious, from appetizers to main course. The staff was friendly and professional. My nephew said he liked the bar, too. Great evening!

P
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Good value for the Happy Hour drinks. Food was top notch.
Strive has a lot to be desired. We sat outside waiter did not ask if anyone needed water , way too lone for him to serve us. Did not remember to bring additional wine ordered until reminded. Also, when asked if the hold up for the food was due to backup in the kitchen, he said yes the kitchen. However, he did not ask if there was something he could get us in the meantime.
After we were seated I received a call to see if we were coming for our 7:00 reservation, I told them we had already been seated outside.

The waiter in my view was not trained at all in customer service- real disappointing that it took 2 hours for our party of 3 to get out as of the restaurant . An hour should have been sufficient—
Too bad we had an hour less to visit the Smithsonian Zoo due to how painfully long we had to wait for our dinner.’
Good thing we are good friends and lots to talk about as we waited.

S
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

If you're in the neighborhood and need a restaurant that has a bar and something for everyone, District Kitchen is your place. The brussel sprouts, tuna poke and crab and corn toast did not disappoint. The pasta was to die for albeit very creamy (in a good way!) Cocktails a little too "bottled" for my taste (read: a lot of bottle ingredients versus fresh.)

F
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service for our large group along with incredible food and lots of shareable dishes made District Kitchen perfect for our after-conference gathering.

J
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was cooked perfect, thanks!!

RR
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Our waiter was awesome! This was the third time at the restaurant and the service was consistently excellent!

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