Hazel

4.5
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517 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Limited dinner reservations are accepted six nights a week, and walk-in diners are always welcomed and encouraged; Sunday brunch seating is held entirely for walk-in guests.

Executive Chef Robert Curtis's Hazel is in the Atlantic Plumbing development in DC’s Shaw neighborhood with an intimate 40 seat dining room and a 16 seat bar that opens up to the extensive patio and additional outdoor private dining space. Hazel features Chef Robert's style of progressive American cuisine -- combining flavors from around the world with traditional and contemporary techniques to create dishes that are elegant, distinctive and satisfying. Beer Director Greg Engert and Iron Gate Spirits Manager Nick Farrell have curated a refined beverage program that highlights the delicate, fresh flavors of Rob's cuisine.
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AM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent—food, service and drinks. Highly recommend this spot for a twist on the traditional brunch.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience4

Not even close to same restaurant w/new menu.

b
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We arrived right on time for our reservation but were told the restaurant was significantly overbooked and we could sit outside if we wanted. Given the temperature (although did have heaters) it was quite chilly. We waited outside for over an hour before a table was open for us. Overall the food was delicious, but the amount of food for the price was surprising. Between 4 of us we spent over $200 on dinner (not including the drinks in the cold) and left somewhat hungry. So - while yummy - the price for value was low - but we'd go back but with different expectations - snacks not dinner.

MW
Detroit
13 reviews
Reviewed on December 19, 2018
Overall5foodserviceambience

Everything was amazing. Just got back and had to do a review. The service was amazing in that multiple people stopped by to check on us, not just our main server, Kavon, who was also perfect. And apparently, all the servers share tips so there is incentive for everyone to take care of everyone. It was the perfect amount of attentiveness.

Everything we ordered was at the same time full of flavor, but not overbearing with any one ingredient. We got the tahini for our bread and it was great. The brussel sprouts with the egg was fresh and delicious (not cooked to death like brussels at many spots). The crispy rice with the duck confit was amazing both in texture and understated flavor. The short ribs were absolutely scrumptious. Melted in my mouth, and again the flavor is on point - not overkilled with spices, but perfectly prepared to allow the flavor of the actual food to come through with absolute appropriateness.

The ambiance and the drinks were on point. Great place for intimate conversation, and an overall relaxing environment. Looking forward to going back in the spring to enjoy their large outdoor seating area, which looks equally inviting.

HIGHLY recommend.

GD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience2

Service was friendly but somewhat aloof. We were seated at a table right next to an open kitchen, so there was tons of traffic from wait staff and distracting noise coming from the kitchen. I understand they are trying to utilize what would otherwise be wasted space, but why would you ever put a waiter staging area right next to people dining? Most of the food was good. You could tell it was made from fresh ingredients, but it was not all that creative. Only two or three items on the limited menu were eye popping. Overall, it is over priced for food and a disappointed atmosphere in an otherwise trendy neighborhood.

F
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience through and through. Excellent value for money and a superb service team combined with creative food make for a special memory.

ED
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The patio was fantastic!

TF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!! Unusual and delicious selection. Great waiter—very knowledgeable and helpful. Six of us in town for business really enjoyed it and highly recommend Hazel.

NT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a stellar brunch! The food is incredibly creative with many Korean- and Asian-inspired flavors: think scrambled eggs with kimchi, topped with a garlic aioli and bonito flakes... or a bibimbap/donburi rice bowl with smoked hamachi and pickled accouterments. SO GOOD. Service is outstanding with servers always there when you need them to be. And the ambiance of enjoying a leisurely brunch on the outdoor patio is unparalleled. Highly recommended!!!

AG
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall3food1service4ambience4

While Hazel creates an inviting atmosphere with fun and creative sounding dishes, all of the flavors of the meal were off. My sister and I shared 4 items and none of them were particularly tasty. I rarely dislike food, but there was one asparagus dish that I could not take more than one bite of. Chef seems to be confused about how to harmonize flavors. I will not be going back to Hazel.

CF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super! Great food and drinks.

L
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience5

The place has great ambience! We sat outside, which was delightful. However, our waiter was neither warm nor welcoming and had an odd affect until the end when he was giving us our bill. The food was okay. We were advised by the waiter to get way more food than we needed; we were glad to not have listened fully. The place is cute, but it was disappointing on the whole. I do not intend to return, unfortunately.

v
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, perfect course execution and timing.
Compliments to the MOD for the welcome to DC toast

p
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall2food4service3ambience1

The food was very good and creative. Steak Tartar was wonderful! We sat at the bar, as the restaurant area nor the patio was very inviting. I was disappointed with the vibe of the place. I feel the atmosphere of the restaurant does not match the price point of items. I

OT
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome! The food is absolutely amazing! The decor is wonderful! I really want to go back again sometime. I was in town for vacation, so glad I got the chance to experience this fabulousness!!!!

LB
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Two of us came to Hazel to celebrate a graduation and sat outside. The service was very kind and personable, and the server gave a good wine recommendation.
Food:
Pea shoot salad: salty! but really good, just needed a lighter hand
Crab salad: is the bomb digity. Sweet crab meat paired with crunchy radish and acid from the pickled strawberry. This was our favorite
Potatoes: also, SO GOOD! the familiarity of potatoes and kale with ranch, but better.
Falafel: so good. The fennel jam was perfect and the yogurt sauce is interesting
Beets and Shrimp: the shrimp were cooked perfectly, but the peanut mole was a litttttle heavy in my opinion
Miso Blondie with pineapple: It's dessert. so it's always good. That said, the blondie was over baked and cold. Totally fine that theyre baked earlier in the day but it either needs to be tender at room temp or warmed up! I think they're baked in muffin tins, but chef you should bake them in a pan and cut into squares!!

Overall, it was so good. It's both tweezer food and unpretentious. It's familiar but surprising. And the food is really good, I just have a very high bar set.

M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Ducked up was good. Food was good. Service was friendly when they came around. Overall decent spot, you should try, especially if you live in the neighborhood. Pretty convenient and good food.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a wedding anniversary here. Service was everything...so much fun, attentive care. Only surpassed by the Nirvana-like experience which was the food. You already know it's a cool ambience. Just do it.

DB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice little spot. Interesting menu.

T
Washington DC
114 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience4

This was our fourth dinner at Hazel; we should have stopped after three previous enjoyable visits. While I will again reward high marks for the service and ambiance, the food was remarkably a disappointment. Hence we cannot praise this outing. The waiter was gracious and recognized our disappointment but ultimately a review for a restaurant must be based on the food. Thus a “fair” score.

s
Miami
57 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great find in the Shaw area. Imaginative menu gives enough choices, but not expansive. Nice bar, solid drinks. Wine list complete, but ask for help as you may not recognize familiar vintners. Our service was exceptional. Great al fresco when the weather’s good!

KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Loved the food, the the waiter we had was very rude. It was upsetting because this used to be my favorite place in DC near U Street, and now that experience left me with a bad feeling about Hazel

HD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The “ducked up” special was fantastic, and at the end of our meal the manager brought our champagne for the birthday we were celebrating, making for a great end to our experience there.

HL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I must say Hazel was a delightful treat. Excellent wait staff delicious offerings. A very attractive setting

MS
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is restaurant is Ah-maz-ing!! Absolutely awesome servers, food and drinks!

S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to Hazel for my husband's birthday and ate the duck dinner. It was excellent and filling. The wine and beer selection was incredible. Our waiter was also so nice and funny. He truly provided excellent service and brought out a candle with our dessert. Always a pleasure to go to Hazel!

S
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We had the steak tartare, Maryland crab salad, asparagus, and lamb sausage.

C
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good, interesting food and attentive service. I enjoyed the playlist as well.

r
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best DC dining experiences for our urban family group! Thank you Hazel.

RF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Took me totally by surprise. Everything was delicious and memorable. Best to share multiple plates.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Excellent food, but the service was rather poor. Staff is very kind, but overall unattentive and slow.

AA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Underwhelming. First they sat us right next to another couple literally 2 inches apart and the whole restaurant was empty. I asked to try one beer and they charged me. The chefs best talent is plating. While everything looked amazing it didn't taste the same. Especially the potatoes which had absolutely zero taste. They even asked why we didn't eat it twice and I told them. Yet they still kept it on the check. So this place is a absolute waste of money. One good thing was the outside was cute.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Unique dishes and great service. I’d go again.

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent experience! The atmosphere was soothing and relaxing and the food wasn't just delicious, it was interesting! I would definitely recommend the Gnocchi Bokki!

TR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointed they didn't have their deck menu option available. That was the reason we had chosen them in the first place

AR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had the best service in ages. Ate outside and the setting is lovely and avoids streetside loud environments that dominate outdoor dining in DC. Food was great as were drinks and wine. Would go again!!! So excited to have something so nice move into the neighborhood.

JW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and novel, and the service attentive and informed. All around a great experience!

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Wonderful menu. Service was a
amazing

PS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

When I first when to Hazel, I was underwhelmed. I went back again as many of my friends raved about it. It was significantly better the second time around, as it had a different menu. We ordered 4-5 dishes and they were all excellent! We started with the zucchini bread, steak tartar, gnocchi, and the shrimp. We also got a very interesting dessert that was meh.

I would recommend folks to give Hazel a try or another try.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Hazel has an amazing ambiance, and we’ve been to Hazel a number of times for drinks, but tonight was our first time to go for dinner. At $16-22 for tapas, the night quickly escalated from “date night” to “investment”. Ultimately, for the prices, it’s better a drinks place with shareables than a dinner place.

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