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Honeysuckle

4.4
278 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 278 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Had the shrimp and grits and they were not good - almost no grits and the shrimp heads and guts really made the small amount of grits taste bad. Charged for bread even though we spent almost $300 - seemed really classless. Very quiet so good for group but I won't be back.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Wife’s birthday - didn’t feel rushed at all. Food was delicious. Great drink menu options.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Was visiting DC for business and ended up at Honeysuckle for dinner with colleagues. The ambiance was fantastic and so was the service. The food was unexpectedly good. Everything in the menu with foie gras was out of the park!! (including dessert). A must visit restaurant in you are in DC.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The four of us (two couples) tried Honeysuckle on the strength of a recent "best new restaurants" list. I was intrigued by the touted "Nordic/Southern" cuisine, which I have to say I don't really get why any of the food would be considered either of those. BUT, the food was delicious! We got there early enough to drink at happy hour prices at the bar; nice hand-crafted cocktails at very reasonable prices! For dinner my companions all had the foie gras appetizer (essentially, a single foie gras egg Benedict) which all declared delicious, if filling. I started with the coffee-scented beet salad, which was interesting and delicious, and then tried the skate which was a special, and was exquisitely prepared -- cooked perfectly, with a delicious sour cherry salsa-like sauce. My companions all had the duck breast and raved about that. Excellent wine list (no sommelier). No room for dessert! One of the best things about this restaurant is that the noise level was such that conversation was easy; no shouting necessary! I wish more restaurants would take a page from Honeysuckle. Anyway, all round excellent restaurant and a very positive dining experience.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

It was a great evening, the waiter Adam was top notch and the food was very good.

I would recommend this to all my friends.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

A marvelously imaginative menu from a well-regarded chef; Honeysuckle exceeded my expectations both in food and ambiance. The service was very attentive without being overbearing.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Overall needs to up the game on service and food.

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3.0Dined on May 15, 2018

We have eaten hear a few times and like this restaurant because our corporate visitors are from the west coast and they like a restaurant with local flare. it seems the service has gotten slower over time however the food and the Ambiance is on point every time. There were multiple times our party of five had to ask for additional drink refills and a dessert menu. The young lady that helped our table seemed much less stressed towards the end of our meal than she did at the beginning. She was friendly and had a smile on her face but I think she had a lot of tables and had a lot going on. Our order was correct and delivered in a timely fashion and even though our reservation was somehow cancelled through OpenTable (most likely a computer issue) they seated us promptly!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I realize it was Mother’s day and very busy but I believe the restaurant would know that ahead of time. We had 1:00 reservations and it seems like the buffet was running low on a lot of the foods which were not replaced quickly. A few of the salads and fruit bowl were so far back on the counter it was difficult to reach. Our server came around to check on us but didn’t take away dirty plates until there was a high stack of them. Overall I have liked this place when ordering off the menu but would not go back on an occasion where a buffet was the only option.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Very nice, good food, good service, and good atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The food was fantastic! We highly recommend!!

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Overall, the food was so-so. My wife had rack of lamb that was good, my chicken and dumplings was taste-free. My appetizer of fois gras was tasty, but when I asked for some bread to have with them, I learned that the restaurant doesn't serve bread. Whoever heard of a restaurant that didn't serve bread? They offered muffins, but they had their own flavor that didn't go with fois gras. The service was slow. We rarely saw our waiter. In sum, a disappointing evening.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Loved Honeysuckle, the service was spot on and the food delicious. Beginning with the Banana Bread, through the Scottish Trout (more like Salmon, meaty and moist) to the Fois Gras Ice Cream, we loved it. It is downstairs in the former Vidalia space, very worth the steps! Try it, you will love it. No, I don't work there or have an connection. It was way too quiet at lunch mid week for the quality of experience.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Took my spouse to here for our anniversary, and made a note in the reservation. The host and staff made sure to wish us happy anniversary several times, and provided complimentary drinks. They were extremely hospitable.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

The combinations are quixotic. THE most unusual presentation of shrimp and grits. These are not your mother’s shrimp and grits! Tuna tartare was divine as was the beet salad. Fabulous presentation. Very special meal!

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Delicious food, great service, cool cocktails, cool mural in the bar area and art in the upper dining room. Apps, mains, and dessert were all so good. The trout app was especially good. Neighborhood gem!

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Fun and adds a new vibe to the neighborhood. "Underground' surprise!
Perfect for groups not looking for nice casual - think relaxed - yet good menu. For my tastes, I didn't quite care for the beet salad - not so many beets and the strawberries were under ripe - but the duck, trout, and all other entrees were big hits with our group. Will come again.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Delicious food but server was not in a rush at all, we were there 3 hours for a Thursday night dinner

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

The service was impeccable, from the amuse bouche to the desserts that we swore we wouldn't finish (but absolutely did). The breadbasket lived up to the hype, and the creative cuisine kept us interested. Highly recommend, would return.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Good food. The atmosphere was very stuffy.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Excellent dinner of very fine salad, ,succulent short ribs with honey/beer; an exciting rhubarb dessert.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food is amazing - Brad is a superstar - can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was so fresh and seasonal. Delicious. I'd recommend the short ribs and lamb chops, but all was great. Our waiter was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great surprise and addition to the DC food scene. Everything was delicious esp. the bread - do not pass on it. Funky decor. Reasonable wine list.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

New to us, this was an Open Table recommendation. The service was good, attentive but not bothersome. The food was incredibly good, obvious slow cooking and fresh ingredients. The Carolina influence was there, but not as prominent as expected. There were a lot of dates and special events at the other tables, and it was nice to see people dressed to dine.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I enjoyed a fine dinner Saturday night 4/7. Cocktails, food, wine list all display creativity within reasonable boundaries. Rack of lamb was served rare, and the dessert of meyer lemon and golden beet sherbet was outstanding. I wish I lived in DC so I could be a regular customer.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

This was the second time my friend and I had dined at Honeysuckle. The first time was in mid-December. Honeysuckle retains the understated elegance of Vidalia that so fits my friend and me. We began with an appetizer of citrus cured loch trout served with oyster aioli, pickled onions, smoked roe, pumpernickel meringue & watercress. Loch trout is meatier the usual trout, and when serve tartar, is cherry red. My friend had pan seared Scottish fjord trout for her entrée. The trout was served with heirloom beets, orange marmalade, celeiac & smoked roe in a black currant vinaigrette. I went with the beer & honey braised beef short ribs. They were so tender you could cut them with a sugar spoon. My short ribs were served with small potatoes, charred spring onions, fermented garlic & rhubarb jam. We finished with an artisan cheese plate. The appetizer, entrées and dessert all were delicious! You also couldn’t ask for better service.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Had a late Easter Brunch/early Easter dinner - 3:30 reservation. Only a few tables were occupied and they had finished up with a brisk crowd just earlier but the dining room was immaculately set and ready for us! Loved the eclectic ambiance and our server was friendly and attentive. We loved the interesting place settings and glassware. They were serving a special menu for Easter. We shared the mixed local green salad and tuna tartare to begin. Both fresh and delicious. Loved the everything bagel crisps served with the tuna. Entrees selected were Fjords Trout, Crabcakes and the Chicken & Dumplings. All excellent! Almost forgot to mention the basket of house made banana bread (served with honey and butter) that was brought to our table to start. YUM! Finished with chocolate Pana cotta which was outstanding! We will definitely return to Honeysuckle! Thank you for a lovely Easter memory!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went for Easter brunch and had a wonderful time. The presentation of the food was fantastic. Our waiter (Will) was knowledgeable about the food with pairing a of wines and cocktails. The shrimp and grits were delicious along with the beef short ribs. The decorum in the restaurant was vibrant with an eclectic vibe.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Perfect anniversary dinner! Latif our server was superb! His knowledge of the dinner menu and the wine list really helped us out to navigate the courses that we ate that evening. Thank you again for making our anniversary a special event.
LADAWN

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

The lunch menu is tasty, but limited. The service is excellent. The wine list should offer more moderately priced options, especially at noon.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We enjoyed our meal. The restaurant has areas where you can talk without yelling. Food was very goo.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Nice place with a cool vibe taking over for Vidalia. A somewhat limited menu, but the duck and short rib were great. Not very vegetarian friendly if you have someone in your party.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Wonderful experience. Try the fried chicken sandwich - it’s exceptional.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The food was great but extremely overpriced. E.g., I ordered the scallop entree. It included 3 scallops and cost $36. The place was probably less than half full at 8 pm on a Saturday night, perhaps telling of the overpriced nature of the place.. Despite being pretty empty, my husband and I were seated in a table squeezed next to a giant pillar that bordered the bar area. There was a speaker blasting '90s alternative rock into the bar area on the pillar, and I had to lean forward so my head was past the pillar to hear anything my husband said to me. Granted, this is a particular problem for just 2 tables in the whole restaurant, but why seat us there when the restaurant is mostly empty? Overall, the food was good but I wouldn't return. Recommend dropping prices by 25% and figuring a better situation for that speaker (or don't seat anyone next to it).

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

As always, superior service, excellent management, and great food. Thanks a lot.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Outstanding experience. Tasteful indoor decor.Professional waitstaff.
Foie gras- expensive,but worth it. Excellent loch trout. Duck breast flavorful. Skin could have
been crispier. Good fresh vegetable preparation. Chocolate dessert - creative and satisfying.
Apple ice wine from Canada not as good as Inniskillin ice wine. Include lingonberries or cloudberries instead of regular jam. Increase Nordic feeling. Look at Noma-Copenhagen for
some creative Nordic influence in food. Increase smoked foods, like Elske.
The owner was present and made a difference in the service delivered.
Washington is a competitive dining city. With some Nordic influence, this place
deserves to thrive and survive as being unique. Worth considering if You are here from out of town. Mainly locals Sat. night. Good for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Fabulous fabulous place. Service is exceptional. Prices are, for the food and the experience, reasonable (though still far from cheap). Expect to splurge. It'll be worthwhile.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Very interesting creative menu. If you have dietary restrictions, not many options. The general smell of the restaurant was not desirable.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Good restaurant all around, very friendly service and good food, friendly environment so nothing to complain about at all! but somehow I don't think the food flavors did stand out as much, and would distinguish the restaurant from other competitors.

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