Hazel

4.5
513 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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About

Limited dinner reservations are accepted seven nights a week, and walk-in diners are always welcomed and encouraged; Sunday brunch seating is held entirely for walk-in guests.

Executive Chef Rob Rubba'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 Rob'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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday-Saturday 5:30pm - 11pm
Sunday 11:00 - 2pm, 5:30 - 10:00pm

Limited dinner reservations are accepted seven nights a week, and walk-in diners are always welcomed and encouraged; Sunday brunch seating is held entirely for walk-in guests.
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Phone number
(202) 847-4980
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Rob Rubba
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.4

Hazel has an American menu with Japanese and Korean twists, and it’s one of the most exciting places to eat in DC right now.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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GD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

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Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The patio was fantastic!

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TF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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NT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

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AG
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super! Great food and drinks.

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L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

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.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

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

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!!

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LB
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice little spot. Interesting menu.

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T
Washington DC
97 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

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Miami
49 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

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KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

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

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HD
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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HL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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C
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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r
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

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

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AA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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TR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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

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AR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Wonderful menu. Service was a
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PS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

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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WL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great birthday experience! Great food and cocktails and a fun vibe

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d
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

some good new additions to the spring menu at hazel.

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b
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Hazel for our anniversary and had such a special time. Wonderful food, atmosphere and service. Highly, highly recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Cool decor but pricey for what you get. A ‘medium’ dish to share was 4” wide with 3 thin slices of fish for $18. We also were charged for a different bottle of wine than what we drank for $14 more and had to call this to the waiter’s attention. Disappointing

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