HalfSmoke

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263 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
HALFSMOKE is a modern day gourmet American restaurant serving a classic American menu of premium wood grilled dishes, tater tots, mac and cheese balls, funnel cakes, milkshakes, liquor, beer and wine.

The beverage program features a wide array of innovative alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. A full bar of alcoholic beverages to include seasonal craft cocktails, boozy milkshakes, 10+ craft beers (with an emphasis on local), as well as wine, and mixed drinks on tap. Non-alcoholic beverages to include craft sugar cane soda, house-made seasonal lemonade and teas, and ready to drink juices, sparking water and cold brew coffee are also available.

The main dining room accommodates 100 guests seated and offers guests excellent views of Shaw through the restaurants expansive windows. An outdoor patio is also available during the spring and summer months (weather permitting) and can accommodate an additional 50 guests.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

The music was too loud. I lost my voice trying to talk to my people. 3 of my guests left because of the noise and one refuse to order because of the noise she just wanted to leave. I loved the music but it didn’t need to be that damn loud. I don’t know who worked there and who were guests. I asked
several servers for an extra chair and never received it. My glass was dirty. The server checked on us once after she take our order but didn’t bring anything back we asked for. She charged my people for things they didn’t order and claimed she saw them drinking mimosas but little did she know my family member is high allergic to oranges so that was impossible. But after that pointless back and forth she changed it but had an nasty attitude. She didn’t smile until she saw her tip. We definitely won’t return, that place is for kids. That what is was kids serving kids.

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SH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I love this restaurant! Great food and great vibes!

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N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Half smoke is a great concept, with a great location, good design, and a mostly enthusiastic front of the house staff. I've read good reviews and had reasonable expectations. The food is -at best- just deeply, deeply mediocre. It's a shame.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Masai is a great waitress! Super friendly, bubbly and outgoing! Her suggestions for items to order on the menu were spot on! My friends and I were not disappointed. The food here was good and we thought it was unique from the menu’s to the board game-play during brunch. Next time I go back I’ll be trying the loaded Bloody Mary that’s on the menu! Thanks Masai & Half Smoke for a great first time.

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OI
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Very poor service. Staff was dismissive and rude. Refused to to split the check.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food! They had plenty of games for us to play while waiting for the food.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was amazing , the atmosphere inside is alSo dope!! Server could work on her attentiveness she continuously abandoned us for her other tables ( she did later apologize and said it was her first big party )

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PM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I originally came in April and did not have the best experience, but decided to give it another try this past weekend and I can say that things were TURNED AROUND!. I came in and Kevin took immediate care of me, making sure that I was seated okay since I was alone. I had requested a few modifications to the item I wanted for brunch and he made sure that it was taken care of. The place was busy (it was Sunday brunch, which I can understand) but he remained attentive and constantly checking if I needed anything at all. The place has a fun atmosphere, great music playing throughout the restaurant (so much so that people got up and started dancing! It gave me a good laugh) and people that you can tell enjoying coming there. I am definitely going to make sure I come back, and this time I will make sure to bring a friend with me! Thanks HalfSmoke!

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AM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the ambiance and atmosphere, wished the funnel cake was better done. Chicken was HITTIN’ though!

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AT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good, nothing mind blowing. Service was good but felt rushed even though there was barely anyone else in the restaurant.

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C
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice environment but the crab cakes were not good at all. They were burnt and tasteless. just crab filler - no crab meat at all. I was highly disappointed.

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t
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

service was slow and they were slow to replace the drinks

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ES
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Went to Halfsmoke for brunch with a group of 7. Two of us ordered bottomless mimosas with our entrees. When they came, there was so little champagne in them that it really wasn’t worth it. Also, our server only came by to refill our glasses one time during brunch. Our table also ordered tequila shots which tasted watered down.

Between the seven of us we ordered almost every entree on their brunch menu. The food was definitely good but the slow service and weak drinks left us pretty disappointed.

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RP
New England
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

food was average but the bottomless mimosas were worth it. great place to have brunch

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing, and the food was delicious. We did bottomless mimosas, and the refills were very prompt. Highly recommended!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The service was rude, to say the least. We listened to their servers ask multiple parties to hurry up and finish. Service was disorganized, and our meals both came out at room temperature. Worst dining experience to date. Will not be returning.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The server wasn’t very friendly and there was a large gap of time in receiving our dishes amongst the group. Interesting that gratuity was automatically added to our bill when our group size was only 6 people and we paid with one card because we were told she would not split the check even though last time we were at this establishment with a larger group they were happy to provide separate checks and did not have automatic gratuity.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Absolutely not.

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The $30 brunch deal is a GREAT deal with bottomless mimosas. The Bad & Boujee was delicious, and we had fun playing with the board games while we finished our mimosas!

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AJ
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the concept!!! The overall atmosphere was a VIBE!!! The food was worth the wait and the music was everything! I highly recommend and I will definitely be back.

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OT
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Waitress was on her phone...😬

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FM
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bratwurst cooked over wood fires.

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KP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I loved the 90s theme and the games. I really loved the late 90s and early 2000s music videos playing in the background. Was a very fun atmosphere. Our waitress was very friendly and fun.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My friend and I ate here for brunch. It was perfect!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

This place looked really cool and even had a lot of great reviews, so I was excited to get my friends together for brunch. The food was GARBAGE. No one at our table liked what they got. I got the french toast which tasted like stale bread. My friends got the mac & cheese, which was SUPER greasy and oily. My boyfriend got the eggs benedict which came with overcooked eggs. The potatoes and bacon were undercooked. The only thing they did right was the bottomless mimosas - they would bring out 3 large carafes at a time, so if you just want mimosas and not really interested in food, this would be the place for you. But if you're drinking bottomless mimosas... you should probably have some food in your stomach! Also...the bathroom hallway smelled really gross.

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

I waited 45 minutes before I ever got any beverage & 4 tables that were seated after I got their mimosas & water soon after they sat down. My server HAD THEE WORST ATTITUDE and did not communicate well, as in they were out of water in the jugs and didn't tell us that until we complained. I felt the restaurant was understaffed for the number of people there, plus there was a private party going on. The food was just ok. And then when we asked for the manager she took care of the table next to us but not us. So we paid full price for terrible service & so-so food. AMAZING. This was also my first time and it will be my last. THEY WON'T GET ANYMORE OF MY COINS!!!

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CR
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Service was poor, the waitress was lazy had several people waiting on food, water and drinks for over 30 mins. I had a reservation and waited 25 minutes past my reservation time to be seated. There wasn’t a hostess the young lady who seated was overworked and tired. This was my last time going there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

The food was not great. Our mimosa carafe had dirt and hair at the bottom and the bar tender tried to say it was from the fruit. I don’t think I’ll be back

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CC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great time! This restaurant was part of a pub crawl and I’m very happy we attended! The only complaint I have is the funnel cake was thin, flat and extra crispy when it should have been thick and fluffy for the delicious garnishment it had on it. Other than that the experience was great! Thank you!

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DG
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS AND A FUN ATMOSPHERE!! They have games for you to play and the music is spot on!

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PM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I found HalfSmoke after looking for places with bottomless deals and they seemed like a great place to go! I made a reservation for noon just for myself. I was seated immediately which was great, but it took them 45 minutes to bring me anything or take my order. I had several waitresses walk by me and ask if I was alone and I told them yes multiple times. I was frustrated. I decided to the the bottomless, which was limited to 90 minutes, but my server only brought me one carafe of the mimosas. I felt like I did not get my money's worth. Annoyed, I asked for the check politely, which took 20 minutes. When I put my card in the slip, it took another 15 minutes for my waitress to swipe it and bring it back to me. I waitressed for 6 years and never experienced anything like this. The ambiance of the place was very cool and a cool concept for a website, but I think the customer service could be better. It was my first time there and majority of my experience was just waiting around, which is never any fun. I would go, but do expect subpar service.

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PK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate a chill but fun birthday. Was able to catch up with friends, eat good food and have great drinks here before exploring U Street. I will be back!

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CH
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good, very salty though but I guess that is to be expected from sausages right? Had a major good surprise. Apparently Tuesdays are Trivia Nights! Was very fun! Server kept the drinks coming and the atmosphere was very light. Highly recommend for large groups or a couple's night out.

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c
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibes. Great music. Great food. Visited there recently from out of town. Best brunch spot I’ve ever been to! Definitely recommend!

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DK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Decent food, slow and inattentive service, too loud to have a conversation.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This is NOT the place to go with a group. We waited 20 minutes to be greeted by a server, we put in our food and drink order together. Drinks never came. In 40 mins! Food came out with large gaps in between, half our party was finished eating and the other half hadn’t received their order yet. Worst, we were sat as a clearly upset large group was leaving and as we left another large group, who had been sat next to us, were still waiting to put in a drink order after having been sat for over 15 mins. So we were not an anomaly. AVOID!!

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NK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful time — in and out for a quick bite and happy hour. Great selection of board games to boot. Definitely will be returning in the future!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Came here with my friends thinking this will be a typical Tuesday, but we ended up spending the evening playing trivia! Loved the food, and the atmosphere. We’ll be back!

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P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great place to bring friends who are in town visiting. Has a fun atmosphere and great food.

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LP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambiance and traditional brunch aspects were fun and light. Carafes of Mimosa were brought fairly regularly to the table but it was heavy on the juice and the options of juices were just ok. My friends loved the loaded Bloody Mary.

I was not blown away at the brunch options or what I received, Mac and Cheese with Fried Chicken. I would recommend half-heartedly.

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