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HalfSmoke

3.7
912 Reviews
$30 and under
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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IndiaS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

. I went for a birthday gathering and the food was mediocre. The eggs were so runny and not cooked. My side of bacon was also undercooked. I won’t be back. I’ve experienced worse but definitely not a place I’ll return to. The music and atmosphere was nice though. But overall I wouldn’t suggest this place for an event or celebration. Waitress was nice but only checked on the table two times.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was delicious especially the sweet potato tots, the WAP including a crab cake wasnt a real crab cake but our only real food complaint. The picture booth in the back was a nice touch.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The vibe was nice. We went at an off time so we missed some of the brunch items and the dinner menu hadn’t begun being served. The vibe was nice but the venue is a little small so even with COVID I was a little uneasy.

I can’t wait to go back and enjoy the full experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Don’t come here thinking you’re going to have a nice dinner. The music is so loud you can feel it, the service is incredibly slow - it took 20 minutes to get a drink. The food was nothing I would want again - deviled eggs were over cooked and the eggs had a weird texture, the dough balls were undercooked and the flavor was not good, the chicken sandwich had the aftertaste of fish and the bread it came on fell apart immediately after picking it up. The ribs were decent, Mac and cheese was terrible. Fried pickles were good.

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Lilly
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, hostess and server. Second time here and was just as good as the first. Good music. Good happy hour deals.

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HannahG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Even though we got seated 30minutes after our reservation, the food was great and our server was attentive. Definitely coming back

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KaylinC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! The bartender was perfect. We will definitely be back

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Nysfinest34
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I did not like dining where they have the to go station set up because when it's busy people are standing around waiting near your table while you are trying to dine. Otherwise I love halfsmoke and will definitely be back.

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LeenaA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We did the bottomless brunch here, and it was a great experience! Our server was lovely and very attentive (especially on those refills bc we’re on a 90 min limit). I got the mac n cheese with crispy chicken which was pretty good, but I might try something else next time - the Netflix n Chill was definitely calling my name. Also, the music was bumping which just gave the whole place good vibes.

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datenightpro
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Had so much fun taking my girls from out of town to my fave HH in the city! The energy was great, and you really can’t beat the value!

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Clay
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Service and food mediocre. May try again one day.

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HealthNutCPA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Honestly, I can only rate the service… short story short, we were never served. I went with a group of 7 and we were seated in one of the “igloos” outside across from Howard Theater (cute idea, I will say that). We sat for 20 minutes with absolutely no acknowledgment from a server, no water, nothing. So we left!

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AlexisR
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm glad I made a reservation. We were seated even though we were missing one person. Our waitress was amazing. Our food came out fast and it was delicious. I love the atmosphere, music, and nostalgia. One thing, the music volume could be lowered a little bit.

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vipMtnMama
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is fun, albeit high volume (dining inside). The menu made it really hard to decide, but was thrilled that the shrimp and grits w/ andouille I chose was about the best I've ever had. The flash fried brussels and the collards were also delicious. The fruit crisp was so so -- I shouldn't have chanced peaches so far out of season (hint of freezer burn), but the blueberries were bursting and the ice cream yummy. I'm excited to try the boozy milk shakes when I'm not worried about heading to a 930 Club show with a belly bomb. Lots of fun details from the decor / music videos to the VHS carton credit card holders. I cannot wait to go back for the breakfast/brunch menu!

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datenightpro
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went to HalfSmoke for HH with a few friends and it was the best decision of our week. The bottomless for both food and drinks is unparalleled and the music was great the entire time. We even got a game of Jenga in!

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CustomerCGg
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The outside seating area was across the street from the restaurant. They would carry the food all the way across the street and by the time it got to us it wasn’t very hot and the plate was a bit messy because the food was moving around. Besides that, the food did taste pretty okay. Overall I think the service could’ve been better

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SanNR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Good vibes. Be prepared for a crowd & noise on the weekend.

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Kierra
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

It took us 25 mins to get a server, the food was ok, the decor and ambiance of the place was great and so was the music. Service can be improved however

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vipJoAnnR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Visited this establishment for brunch, it was very busy, the host appeared to be overwhelmed. We were seated and our server, Leah, was attentive and checked in with us frequently, that was the good part. We chose the drink flights instead of bottomless mimosa, which ended up being a better decision. The food was mediocre, nothing special. I particularly did not appreciate R. Kelly music playing on the TV screen/speakers, definitely spoiled the experience.

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MayraM
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We waited 1 hour for one of our dishes to come out couldn’t find our server for the longest just terrible service

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BridgettS
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from another state and discovered the metro system was severely behind because of mechanical failures. As a result, we were late for our reservation. We called the restaurant multiple times to alert them of the delay, but the restaurant never answered the phone. When we arrived, the hostess told us gave our reservation away because we didn’t call. I showed her the 4 times I called the restaurant, but she was extremely rude. She ended up seating us outside across the street. I went back into the restaurant to ask if I could just wait for a table to open inside the restaurant. When I got inside I asked her if I could ask her a question and she said I won’t have an answer. I questioned her statement that she wouldn’t have an answer, and she said your answer will likely be no. So I asked her if the bar was first come first serve. Guess what…the answer was yes. My friends and I sat at the bar and had a great experience! The food came out fast and was very good! The bottomless mimosas were a huge plus! Overall, the hostess needs training in customer service, but I would absolutely go back!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

One of our dishes came 20+ minutes after the others and it was so loud in the restaurant. It’s still a very nice place, would go back

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Shaliah
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. Super fun for groups, but could be a good time for a couple, too! Try the brunch specials! :)

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ceerraN
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Me and my bestie, we enjoyed the experience. It was just different due to the fact they have to cross the street with our food to get to the outside rose garden area.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Had reservations for 11:30 on Sunday. Our waitress could not seem to remember anything. Took us 30 minutes to get our bottomless mimosas, which we ordered first (of course) and asked for a couple more minutes to look at the extensive menu. When she returned she took our order and asked if we were fine just having water. We reminded her that we already ordered the mimosas 15 minutes ago. She said oh right and walked away only to come right back to ask what kind of mimosas we wanted. The carafe arrived another 20 minutes later and the mimosas were luke warm yuck! We asked for cold and 10 minutes went by before getting another carafe with more warm champagne. Someone brought me some sweet potato tots before my wife even ordered her food. Oh bc btw we ordered then 10 minutes later the waitress came back to tell my wife they were out of what she ordered. We snacked on the tots for a while then the waitress returned to tell me they were out of what I had ordered 15 minutes prior. Sheesh! By then we had been there for just about an hour. We reordered and got our food. It was ok. Can’t even remember exactly what was ordered bc of the cancellation of our orders. Ended up asking the manager to remove the $25 bottomless mimosas from the tab bc we were finishing our meal and had only had 2 sips bc it was warm. He kindly did so. We really wanted to like this place bc the menu looks amazing and the ambiance is cool. I’m truly only giving 3 stars bc the manager was professional and a frat. 💙

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The Good: The food is delicious! They give (gracious) carafes of bottomless mimosas instead off filling the glasses. The price is reasonable!
The Bad: The service is absolutely terrible—not rude nor disrespectful but disjointed and confusing, especially if you are seated in the outdoor tents across the street instead of the brick and mortar restaurant. There seem to be apparent issues communicated from the tented area to the kitchen. Servers did not know the names of the dishes which is a problem because of the theme of the restaurant. For example if you order the “Bad & Bougie” and the server says “steak and eggs” — it’s confusing. Separately when they’re out of something, they let you know after the rest of your party’s food arrived.

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JustAnOptimist
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Inside seating this time -- the service was slow but honestly for the bottomless brunch it was probably pretty standard for DC. And their food is good enough to justify it. Plus the manager was super friendly and our server was very nice. And beyond the speed the actual service/attentiveness was great!

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vipLeah
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Service was lacking, food was okay at best, and noise level of the musics bass and everyone chatting was insane. I had to shout to my partner across the table. Wouldn’t recommend and wouldn’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a birthday brunch. My reservation was at 1:45 and for outside dining. The host at the store took time to let us know we would not be dining there and had to walk to the next block for seating. My reservation went from 7 to 5 and the table was not ready until about 2:20. The restaurant was out of certain menu items. One person never got something they ordered so they just cancelled it. The server Eman was fantastic!

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ChristopherW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

I personally wasn't blown away. Optically, plating presentation, was okay at best. Food itself wasn't that impressive(was there for brunch). Plate was very greasy/oily and food tasted like it as well. Im going to assume it was a fluke but thats my first impression. Service wasn't terrible.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brianna was the best! My family was in town to visit and requested a brunch with mimosas, brianna made sure we were well cared for and never went thirsty! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, atmosphere, service, music, everything was absolutely perfect

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Hannah
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went to HalfSmoke to celebrate my birthday and had a great time! Server was awesome & brought over free dessert to celebrate. Love the music and the vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Went for brunch. The food was ok (room temperature), service was slow, music you could barely hear from other side of restaurant. I was expecting more. Average at best. Our waitress was really nice tho!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

my waiter did not come with my food and i was charged for it

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

This place is a whole vibe. Great music, food and drinks for Sunday brunch.

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AGReid
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

For the hype they did not fulfill the expectations. Servers dressed in plain clothes on the outside patio. Food wasnt hot coming out, bugs and bees were everywhere because of the outside seating.

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LindseyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The Rose Garden is a great idea but the execution isn’t great. The food is really good, but because the servers need to get it from across the street, our food arrived cold. There didn’t seem to be enough staff to keep things running smoothly and it took a really long time for food to come out. The picnic tables are also placed on angles so it makes it awkward to sit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Had to wait a while to be seated with reservation, and had re do our orders and took our food away before I was done eating

NH
NicoleH
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch options! We got the shrimp and grits and the skillet. So good! Can't wait to come back!

FAQs

HalfSmoke does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. HalfSmoke also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 986-2079.

HalfSmoke is rated 3.7 stars by 912 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.