HalfSmoke

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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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IM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love HalfSmoke vibe and food ! Games to play, great service, creative style, I love the check books !! & can’t forget bottomless mimosas w/ all the different flavors ! THUMBS UP HALFSMOKE :)

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

Fantastic as always. Thank you for working so well with us and shoutout to Lucas who did a great job as our server.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great except it was very loud in the dining areas.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice but it was a little too loud for conversation

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Lucas was a great server. Give him a raise.

GV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Only been for Saturday brunch but the bottomless brunch menu is a great deal. About $30 for an entree and bottomless mimosas can’t beat that. The brunch menu is a little limiting but all the options are delicious. And the menu changes throughout the year. The ambiance is incredible, cool vibes with board games to play can’t help but feel like home here.

KF
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. I will go again. I loved the food, the atmosphere, everything about it.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Love this place! My only
Complaint is that we had a reservation for 2:15pm, but weren’t actually seated until almost 3:00pm....but it was worth the wait.

D
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food, service, and ambiance is really good. Can get really loud with music and people trying to talk over it. Bottomless with an entree was really affordable too....only $30/person. Only downside was the seating was not really sturdy. The benches felt like they were struggling to hold only two people.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible experience. Service was incredibly poor. Left after 45 min of never receiving drink or food.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had previously written a review regarding my visit as I was less than satisfied. Michelle immediately reached out to me to make it right. I was invited back to HalfSmoke and had a great experience. The food was good and the staff was wonderful. Definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good brunch place.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the music, bottomless mimosas and drinks. The city had a power outage at the time of my visit and they gave a generous discount which they didn’t have to do! I got the scramble with Halfsmoke sausage as my protein, very good! Not a lot of food on the plate but the bottomless mimosas being included in the meal price made it worth it (and they don’t skimp on the champagne). Had a great waitress too!

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

It took about 40 mins for me to receive my drink and once I received it, it was not what I ordered and it tasted like cough syrup. I was also missing add-one to my Sandwhich. Server was super nice but the overall service needs improvement.

SH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

The place was good for brunch but the fly and gnat infestation needs to be fixed. It really was a turn off for me and my guests because it was excessive and they are everywhere. The upside was our waiter was great but it’s distraction when you have insects around your food

G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Food poor and noise and music too loud. Couldnt not have a conversation at the table

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

I was throughly disappointed by my recent trip to halfsmoke. the hostess was rather rude. I had requested inside seating prior to arriving

MK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place! We had experienced some problems with our reservation the week before, but they personally contacted me and asked us to come back on them. They treated us with the best service and great food! Would definitely come back!

T
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

HalfSmoke is a lot of fun for very large groups who want to drink bottomless mimosas! Our waiter was very kind and attentive, always making sure we were good and that our drinks were filled. I had the french toast and it was delicious! I love the whimsical childish vibe of the place- they bring your checks in old VHS cases! Overall, a fun place for brunch!

DG
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Bar Waitress Was Rude The Style Of The Place Was Nice But The Bar Lady i had Was To Rude. And The Funnel Cake Was Nasty i Had to send It Back 3 Times For More Sugar

P
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
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.

SH
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I love this restaurant! Great food and great vibes!

N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
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.

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brunch was great! The chicken and funnel cake was amazing!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
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.

OI
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

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

OT
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.

OT
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 )

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!

AM
Washington DC
4 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!

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.

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.

LD
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I came to try their brunch with a friend. I'm not a fan of how brunch places in DC mostly serve juice than champagne for mimosa and called it bottomless. Needless to say, you can add this place to that list. I tried the red velvet funnel cake and chicken. The funnel cake tasted baked and heavy. Definitely not how a real funnel cake is made, however it was cute. I only could only eat the chicken. I also ordered a special bloody mary that suppose to be a potential whole meal with the food and fixings on top. So I wanted to try something different. When that bloody mary came, it was just a plane jane. I could've poured tomato juice in a wine glass myself. Mind you, I don't even like bloody marys so I definitely made them take it back. Now it's one thing that this place is great for are their halfsmoke. Since I wasn't completely satisfied with the main course, I tried a halfsmoke with a fried egg on top. It's not something that's on the menu, but we sat near the kitchen and noticed that an egg does come with their steak and cheese sandwich. That was the finisher of completely being fulfilled!

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

service was slow and they were slow to replace the drinks

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.

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

M
Washington DC
2 reviews
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!

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.

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.

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

Absolutely not.

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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