Honeysuckle

4.4
369 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.
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RH
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely brilliant. It was subzero outside and they didn't kick me out and fed me a cocktail before service started. The food was out of control good, and the ambiance is just perfect. Happy bonus in that it was restaurant week and so I saved a bundle, too!

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food pairings and service was excellent

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

Food size was very small for a 3 course meal. Left hungry.

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T
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I recall this spot as Jacqueline’s and
Vidalia.

Honeysuckle was not very crowded probably due to the government shutdown.

The wait staff were not as attentive as we needed. No person came to ask if we needed water re-filled, we asked twice. No person asked if we would like coffee/tea after our meal. We had to ask. There was no question as to how we enjoyed ourselves.

The banana bread was delicious. We had less than a teaspoon of the jelly which was not enough.

I ordered pork cheeks as an appetizer and asked if there was sheep’s cheese in the grits. The waiter said there was not. There was.
The short ribs were flavorful, tender as they are at numerous other restaurants.
My friend ordered the salad which we split. I had one leaf which was it for me. I didn’t find it flavorful.
Her trout was tasty.

The pecan pie was rich and the chocolate mousse was dark chocolate which she enjoyed.

I ordered green tea. It was a bag which the waiter put into a press. That was unusual.

We did not know it was restaurant week, so maybe that it why the place and meal were only ok for a Michelin mentioned restaurant.

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MB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was good but the service was horrible. I was so excited to share this restaurant with a colleague after having celebrated my engagement here and having a wonderful experience. We spoke with someone after our meal about our disappointing service and was given the excuse that someone called in sick. No apology, only excuses. The experience was frustrating enough the neither of us will be returning.

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L
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Week Menu was great! Portions were perfection sized. Tuna and Char were very fresh! Served banana bread in the bread basket - #winning

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was truly inspired. Kudos to the chef. We had the Char, duck confirm, grits and grillades, pastrami styles salmon(this was really creative and delish), pecan pie(traditional and perfect in it's simplicity), the mousse was tasty but there were a lot of elements in this dessert and it was less entertaining_ still yummy. Off thing - everything except the pie was served in a bowl. This was the one detraction from the function of eating the food. Sometimes the plate is easier to work with and more inviting to the eye/hand/palate. Great food. Great ambiance, super nice and informed staff.

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KS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

My friends and I went for Restaurant Week and what a wonderful value for your money! The chef did not skimp in the slightest with portion sizes, and we enjoyed such a wonderful sampling of many of Honeysuckle's signature dishes. We Pastrami Smoked Salmon appetizer was a huge portion and absolutely divine. And the Arctic Char was grilled to perfection. We will be back!

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JA
Washington DC
131 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious lettuce salad, short ribs with grits in pear butter, pecan pie. Banana bread with excellent spreads.

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MR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally the most delicious bread basket of any restaurant I’ve been to. Delicious food and trendy atmosphere

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PH
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time we entered to the time we left, we were treated with such grace. And the food was delicious too. I had the duck and my co conspirators had scallops. We shared kale and brussel sprout sides. They were delicious as well. Table service was wonderful. I have no complaints.

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N
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Although the food was great, it was way too overpriced.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hamilton Johnson (Head Chef) is a mastermind and there is nothing on the menu that is not good. Constantly evolving. Hidden Gem!

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has exceptional food and service. It was very quiet, allowing for conversation. The decor is interesting. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Graduation celebration night at the Kennedy Center

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j
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding - from food to service!!!! All of the dishes we ordered were a masterpieces!

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KC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Honeysuckle for dinner with friends for our 7th Friendaversary. Chef And the back of house plates some of the best dishes I’ve seen or tasted, and the front of house was on point in every aspect. The ack of pictures for this review is a testament to their service and the food...
Too good for me to be distracted by picture taking. Go as soon as you can!

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a
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

WE HAD GREAT EXPECTATIONS FOR THIS RESTAURANT BASED ON THE REVIEWS. We were more than disappointed. The service ruined any pleasure we might have gotten from the fare. The first waiter we had was indifferent at best. When the amuse came, it was dropped on the table with barely a mention of what it was, along with a basket of bread that hardly seemed suitable for dinner - banana bread? From the ceasar salad that was not cut, had no lemon or anchovy flavor and seemed to be drenched in a mayo/sourcream mixture, to the pork belly that was 50% inedible fat, Honeysuckly was a study in how NOT to run a restaurant. I'm sorry chef, despite the Michelin star, I could not get past the dour and unprofessional waitstaff.

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DA
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening for my wife's birthday. Complimentary champagne to start and outstanding and knowledgeable service throughout the evening. I'd highly recommend Honeysuckle and certainly plan to come back again.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The beef short ribs are inspired. The culinary experience was fantastic. We had no trouble getting a table short notice on a Friday night (7:30) and were seated immediately. The staff were prompt and polite. The food was delicious. I have no complaints and will be returning.

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

Awesome! Everything was great!

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SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent scallops elegantly presented. Very lovely and cozy setting. Noise volume very low and conducive for a brainstorming business luncheon. Very attentive and sensitive wait staff!

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GG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Group of 7 thoroughly enjoyed dinner on a Monday night. It was great for quiet conversation (though maybe because it was Monday) but had a good vibe. The staff were helpful and attentive, ambiance intriguing and food was quite good. Might be nice to have more non-seafood options. Cocktails were good and everyone would go back.

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing Thanksgiving dinner. Truly one of the best of my life. Turkey, gravy and brussel sprouts were the stars (I do not generally like brussel sprouts). Bread pudding was delicious.

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MW
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything here was delicious. Everything. We shared the beet salad, the brussel sprouts, and the short ribs. The portions are modest, which I appreciate. The bread they brought out (three different kinds) was all amazing. Our server talked to us about how they make it in house every morning. We're not really bread eaters, but we ate all of it. The cocktails were interesting and delicious. It was a Monday, so it wasn't very busy. It was fairly quiet, so it was a good place to talk with my wife (on her birthday). Between us, we got three cocktails and the above mentioned dishes, and our bill was still under $100. Cannot recommend highly enough!

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O
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Disappointment throughout. First, the interior makes no sense. Not sure if they are trying to be a upscale restaurant or a sport bar? Football game was playing at dinner time, the light are too bright and eclectic decor poorly chosen and executed. The food was extremely pretentious and expensive without being anything memorable. All dishes were served in deep grey plates, which were quite unpractical to cut or eat from. The appetizer were ok but the 3 main dishes we tried were all mediocre. A shortrib dish braised in cider was overly sweet, the duck breast dish was not seasoned and this weird cinnamon sauce not good. Finally, the scallops were just not good, i wonder if they were seared in advance to end up slightly rubbery in a blend sauce. For the price they are way better restaurants in DC

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SD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

I loved the food and the feel of the restaurant. The service was horrendous! We had the server that I read about in other reviews. He was surly and curt. He was unhelpful when you asked a question. He threw the desert menus at us. He poured tap water into our paid for sparkling water. He didn’t know that we received dessert (and ate) and brought us another one. The other waitstaff was amazing and I enjoyed them much more than our own waiter. I won’t go back. It is too bad because the food was excellent.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fun space with eclectic artwork and a nice vibe. The bread basket was delicious. We had the duck and short rib and they were both delicious. Very good service and a lovely night out.

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TF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious! The sweetbreads were outstanding and the octopus was divine.

We were a little disappointed by the service--we heard our waiter describe the elements of each dish to the table next to ours, yet did not explain a single dish that came to our table, even if he was the one to deliver it. Additionally, we had to ask for serving spoons and for plate changes at each course, which left us staring at our meals as we waited for proper place settings.

Overall, our experience was great and we will definitely return.

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S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

While the food was quite good, the quantity was poor for the prices charged. The server hovered around our table of four seemingly intent on getting our order while we were having our cocktails. The options on the menu, while varied, were paltry and the dessert menu left a great deal to be desired. As a resident of this neighborhood (20037), I was expecting much more from Honeysuckle.

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e
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

My colleagues and I were looking forward to dining at this restaurant as we had read good reviews and it was recommended by the concierge of the hotel we were staying at. Although the food was nice, perhaps a touch too rich for my taste, the experience was really marred by the terrible attitude of our server. He was surly from the beginning; there was no smiles or attempt to be hospitable, a brusque, curt tone the entire time and an attitude that was borderline angry. I don't believe it was anything personal to our group but no one appreciates having plates of food abruptly put down in front of them and being asked in a terse tone "what to drink?" and looking visibly annoyed when asked to have a beverage menu first.

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F
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have eaten at Honeysuckle twice and both times it lived up to or exceeded expectations. Great seasonal menu with a range of choices - we each ordered fish for our main courses both times (halibut, then rainbow trout). Creative cocktails, wine list, and other courses were equally good; also the warm atmosphere and excellent service. One of Honeysuckle's biggest attributes is that you can actually engage in cozy conversation there on a busy Saturday night. This is likely due to the subterranean location as well as other sound-absorbing features such as wood and oriental carpeting that grace the interior. We will definitely go back!

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our time there and the great atmosphere. The service was excellent, and the food was amazing... The only reason for four stars there was the dessert...it was lacking (we got the cheesecake tort with truffle ice cream and it just wasn't good), but everything else was superb...especially the service.

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J
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Saturday at 8pm, and the restaurant was empty! only 3 or 4 tables were occupied out of 25 or so. It was hard to cut loose and relax when everything we said was echoing across the room.

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DA
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had scallops, Icelandic cod, and beet salad. There was also a complimentary treat from the chef and a bread basket for the table. Everything we ate was delicious. We felt a little ignored by our waiter but it wasn’t too bad. There was a large party in another room so maybe he was busy. Not sure if that’s an ordinary occurrence either. I would eat at this restaurant again.

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DN
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

No vegan options on the lunch menu although the cook was able to pull together a great tasting vegan meal. My buddy’sfood came out very salty. he wasn’t happy with his order and it was his birthday.

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C
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The service at this restaurant baffles me. I frequent often for business meals and the last three occasions have been awful. I have had the same server and he is always rude. I am moving on to find a new restaurant for business lunches.

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f
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Who knew a Nordic restaurant existed in the District?! If you want a spot that offers quality food and creative food combinations, this is a great place. We opted to visit for restaurant week and loved every course. Will definitely visit again, likely with some out-of-town guests looking for something unique.

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J
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Having visited -- and much enjoyed -- Iceland several times over the years, I was delighted to find a number of Icelandic dishes on Honeysuckle's Summer Restaurant Week menu. I tried to reserve ahead, but it was fully booked. So I just showed up and asked if they could squeeze me in. They did. I got a seat at the bar.

The Icelandic dishes I sampled -- cured Arctic char with potato salad, Icelandic rye and smoked roe, Icelandic cod with barley risotto and roe butter emulsion, and Bia Kornblemst blue cheese with peach bourbon jam, candied pecans and lava bread -- were unquestionably the best Icelandic food I've ever eaten outside the country, and equal to the best restaurants inside it. The service was also superb. Not to mention the value for the money; those three dishes combined cost less than $40. Adding to the pleasure was the guy I discovered seated next to me at the bar, Sigardull Hull, long-time host of Iceland's "top chef" TV program, who had hand-carried the cod from Iceland for Honeysuckle's Restaurant Week promotion. He even shared his Icelandic dessert of skyr (similar to yogurt, but richer) and berries with me. We were later joined by the Honeysuckle's guest chefs from Iceland, Steiner Magnusson and Thorsteinn Thorsteinsson, with whom we shared toasts of brennevin, Iceland's aquavit-like national liqueur. It was a truly great evening.

I was very lucky to have gotten in, to have been seated where I was, to have had the fantastic food I did, and to have met the wonderful people I did. But honestly, most diners visiting Honeysuckle can expect the same level of food and service, the same value for the money, and the same convivial atmosphere, (if not all the visiting chefs).

Is there any way to give the place six stars?

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MT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal and service was excellent, and the reception was welcoming.
We were inspired to return soon.

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