Honeysuckle

4.4
322 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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Situated in the heart of West End, Chef Hamilton Johnson blends innovative American cuisine with Southern and Nordic accents. The restaurant atmosphere mirrors the comforts of Charleston, and South Carolina's warm hospitality, but with a rock star edge.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Southern, Scandinavian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 659-1990
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Hamilton Johnson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 19th & 20th Streets NW
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Public transit
Conveniently located 2 blocks south of the DuPont Circle Metro Station.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wine
What 322 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.3
service
4.4
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4.0
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 6 hours ago

The food is fantastic. The noise level nice and low. The decir has been pleasantly updated. Not flashy, but understated with a few modern touches, some contemporary art and some unfinished wooden communal tables at the bar to contrast the more elegant tables settings in the main part of the restaurant. I love how the bread basket at the beginning of the meal was banana bread with honey butter and fruit compote.

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4.0Dined a day ago

Restaurant week had some interesting options. Apparently they had 2 guest chefs from Iceland who introduced some of their dishes which were quite different from Hobeysuckle’s standards. I thought the cod entree was a little too mayonnaise-y for me, but the fish was perfectly cooked nonetheless. The “Arctic pancake” dessert (a crepe) was very good. Nice value for $22.

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5.0Dined a day ago

Wonderful food and excellent service. I’ll be back for dinner, can’t wait to try the menu

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Honeysuckle is one of my favorites in DC. I highly recommend it and think it is fantastic all around.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Wait staff was nice. Service was good but I was not the biggest fan of the food. It looked great but taste was okay.

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Service was abysmal

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was fantastic. This popular restaurant was a little empty for a Saturday at 7:30pm - likely because it was mid-August in DC, and everyone in this city goes on vacation. However between the lack of a crowd and the fact that there was not any music, the place seemed oddly quiet at times. Food presentation was also excellent, and the wine we had was top-notch. Our server was very professional, but not at all friendly. It almost seemed like he thought that smiling or being warm might not be as professional or might be too informal? Regardless, it did not come across well.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was outstanding and the ambiance was very cool. The only drawback was the service. It was not that our water glasses were not always full (which is always a good sign) but the waiter was very short with us (and it was a slow evening) and seemed to be annoyed we were even there. He also seemed to not understand something as simple as pairing wines with a meal. Not that I am a snob by any means, but in a place like this that should be a simple request. So everything else was great. Too bad our waiter was a grouch.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The food was imaginative and delicious! There was no music or sound which was odd but overall I’d go back.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Food was excellent but the service was very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Good food. Great chairs. Awesome ambience

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

The service was not up to the standards of the food. Our waiter practically tossed a fork for the main course at me that nearly knocked over a dining companion’s wine glass. he also brought the dessert ordered with the prix fixe before even taking dessert orders from the rest of the table. Clearing of plates was rushed and service was generally intrusive. The food had delicious sauces and flavors. The sea scallop appetizer was slightly overcooked and the entrees were not served piping hot, but all were tasty.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Went with a friend who had eaten at the restaurant recently. The food and service were excellent.

Interestingly, it was a Monday night and there were hardly any guests; however, we were placed at a table very close to another couple while while entire sections were empty. This was a bit frustrating as those guests were loud and annoyingly playing videos on their phone through the first part of our meal. Thankfully, they left! Reason it was frustrating was that there was no good reason to sit us in such close proximity.

Fortunately, the food and service were excellent. The dishes were complex and rich in taste. Waiter was friendly and helpful.

Plan to return soon with my wife. Will be a bit selective about where they sit us

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The best restaurant in D.C., with a unique menu. I am on vacation with my wife and this place was perfect for a quiet romantic dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We had a wonderful, creative meal and I would recommend this restaurant to picky foodies. We shared the Pastrami on rye appetizer which was Pastrami cured salmon - delicious! We then had duck breast with a passion fruit sauce that was probably the best duck I’ve had in years and Norwegian trout with favs beans that was cooked to perfection. We had the very innovative and delicious “Coffee and Cigars” for dessert that was scrumptious.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Bartender made great drinks and convo! Food was delicious

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2.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Service was slow. Food was ok. Just did not wow for the price point.

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Everything was great except that music from the in house sound system would play then stop over and over. Interrupting our 25th anniversary repeatedly was a disappointment. I complained to the waiter and he said he hadn’t noticed but could do nothing about it unless we wanted to move to another table.

Overall, a great restaurant with great food. Also appreciated the glass of Prosecco for our special occasion.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The food was absolutely amazing. Hamilton Johnson is a chef to be watched!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Delicious food, lovely presentation, friendly service, quiet environment, great value. I can't stop thinking about the chicken livers, which is not something I usually ponder. Our family fought over the banana bread I took home.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Good atmosphere. Fine salad and delicious bucatini. A chocolate dessert was very chocolaty and rich.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Good.
Better.
Best.
Thanks, gentlemen. Our party of four thoroughly enjoyed ourselves 😘

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Superb. Booked on a whim as it had decent ratings & was close to hotel. Significantly exceeded expectations across the board.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Bravo! Once again Ham and team created a delightful dining experience. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

I loved the restaurant. The ambiance was amazing. The food was excellent, and the service was phenomenal.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Our waiter exhibited genuine enthusiasm for the chef. We were last seating and were nonetheless afforded a relaxed meal. The menu repeated some ingredients, but we didn't mind. Bread was worth eating, esp the banana bread, which was jaw dropping (banana bread?), and the seaweed focaccia. Egg and foie gras- forget your food rules and dig in. Worth every bite, as was the lamb (and other dishes too).

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Great meal! Small menu, but everything was perfect.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

We celebrated a farewell lunch for one of our employees who is attending law school in the fall. The food was excellent (we had the risotto, gourmet hamburger, shrimp and grits, fried oysters) and the décor was colorful but sophisticated. I really loved the bar area with paintings on the ceiling. The service was impeccable. Our server overheard our quiet and small celebration and helped marked the occasion with champagne. It was such a thoughtful gesture. I will definitely be back again.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

The food was so delicious! I had the chefs tasting menu and it was excellent. The most delicious dinner rolls were served!

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

First of all, I went extremely hungry, but I was even more impressed than I thought I would be! The restaurant has a subtle honeysuckle scent when you walk in that I found to be charming. The beet salad and short rib were unbelievable!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Delicious food
Delightful waiter
Smelly candle at Host Desk

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Took my fiancee here for a romantic birthday dinner. Food was delicious and featured really interesting, unusual flavor combinations. Everything we tried - cocktails, several wines, appetizer, entrees, desserts - was excellent. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable, and kept the wine flowing.

If you like quality meals, you really should give this place a try.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Sweetbreads and tuna tartare were both very delicious starters! Shared the coffee scented beets and while good, didn't notice either coffee or rhubarb. There was a very large party at the bar, but it didn't impact either the kitchen's timing or our server's attention - it was perfect! The basement location makes this restaurant extra cozy. I am definitely recommending that my friends try it out.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

It is one of the best restaurants that I have been to in a long timely

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Honeysuckle had been recommended to me by a friend just last week, so this week when looking for someplace special to go , we decided to try it.
The restaurant had a cozy, elegant feel and I loved the decor, (with only one notable fail - the massive tv at the bar that can be seen from anywhere in the restaurant).
The food was amazing - beginning with the chef's pea soup amuse bouche - it tasted like Spring. The fois gras and beet appetizers were both excellent and the duck entree was one of the best duck dishes I've ever had. Even the bread basket blew us away.
The only disappointment - there was not one dessert that appealed to us and it was a birthday celebration so we were ready for dessert.
I highly recommend the excellent food at this charming restaurant.

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2.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Food had no flavor and seemed similarly unappetizing as Vidalia Onion became at the end. Honeysuckle is no improvement. The service was fine as was the ambience. Won’t go back.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The staff of Honeysuckle went out of their way to make my boyfriend's 30th birthday a memorable experience (complimentary champagne, candle on the dessert, extra attention from the waiter). It's the perfect venue for a special occasion. The food and service were both amazing and we will definitely be returning in the future!!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Anniversary

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3.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Service was great. Bread basket amazing. Hospitality on point. Food left something to be desired.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Really great food and the service was wonderful. Had some of the best cocktails around as well. We went for our anniversary and they were so thoughtful about it. Just a fantastic place overall.

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