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Date
Fri, 4/20
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9:30 PM
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Honeysuckle

4.4
257 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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 257 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Service could be better

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The menu was limited. Not many options. The presentation of the food left a lot to be desired. The ribeye was way too fatty and not well seasoned or flavored. The scallops were not seasoned and presented In a soup like gravy. Way overpriced for the quality. Would not go back.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We've been to Honeysuckle before, during restaurant week, and had an excellent experience. This time, unfortunately, our waiter was inattentive and disinterested. The "mixed greens" salad was insufficiently dressed, and was not, in my opinion a good value. Our entrees, the duck à l'orange and the risotto with braised fennel, were both lukewarm by the time they reached us. The manager, to his credit, heard or concerns and offered to heat up the dishes and comp dessert, but at that point we were very hungry (and not interested in dessert). All told, the manager handled it as best he could. I suspect we will return, as we had such a good experience previously, but needless to say, this was a lackluster dinner. I suppose a dinner out is always hit-or-miss, particularly on Valentine's Day.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We love the whole experience. From the bread, appetizers to the entrees and desserts.
From the trout to the trotter all good.
Everything was perfect. The server was very attentive and professional. Good value for the whole meal. Recommendation that maybe a little music would add the final touch to the night.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My wife and I were there for Valentine’s Day. We reserved well in advance but were seated at a corner facing two tables directly next to us. We could hear everything the other couples were saying. The rest of the restaurant were empty which is what’s puzzling.

Our waiter was nice and attentive. The food was good but pricey (mid $30s). Bread was delicious. I will like not go back since there are many restaurants that offer similar food at that price point with better ambiance.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Visited DC for a weekend and this was definitely the highlight of my stay. The service was impressive - personable yet professional and incredibly knowledgeable. Was celebrating a birthday and was greeted with a toast which set the tone for a thoroughly enjoyable meal. The rabbit paté was Delicious and the house pickles were a great complement. We shared the duck which was perfectly seasoned and seared. The steak au poivre was equally scrumptious and was delighted with the addition of the sweetbreads. Overall was an extremely memorable meal. A touch pricey but in the end totally worth it.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Fantastic!!! Atmosphere is great for a date and very good for conversation.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a great meal at Honeysuckle - we went for my birthday. Pre-dinner cocktails were creative, wine list was good, food was great. We had the foie gras for appetizer - delicate, delicious, mouth-watering, served in a broth. And also the citrus cured loch trout appetizer - fattier than river trout we're used to eating. For main course, I had the duck - really great flavor and enough to take home. All in all an excellent meal. What I really liked was the ambiance - great for a romantic date and not so noisy so you could have an intimate conversation without shouting. Will definitely go again.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

One of my weirdest dining experiences ever. I said I didn't think the short ribs (my entire) had any taste when asked by the server, and the patron at the table next to us (who appeared to be eating comp'd by the restaurant and was wearing sweats at a nice restaurant) attacked me by saying he'd been listening to our conversation all night and he "didn't like my attitude." The server with was connected to the guy in sweats who was probably on drugs.

While the manager apologized nicely -- I won't go back and wouldn't recommend it. Something strange going on in that place.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

My husband and I came to Honeysuckle for dinner before a performance at the Kennedy Center, so it was a bit of a special occasion. The food was very good; the prosciutto-crusted fluke was delicious and a really well-composed dish. The local greens salad was a little paltry for $14, but that was certainly an exception to the overall dining experience. Our service was good, not outstanding. As a pregnant person, I would have loved to see a non-alcoholic cocktail or two on the menu.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Nice atmosphere, pleasant service. The menu selection was disappointing for lunch. Opted for the French onion burger that had to be deconstructed to be eaten. Flavor was nice, but poor presentation. I didn’t think I was ordering so much meat. I would recommend it for a quiet spot for a business meeting or conversation.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Took a co-worker here to celebrate their retirement. The atmosphere is very artsy/eclectic and it was very quiet when we were there. The bread is to die for and it varies from day to day. We chose the hamburgers and weren't prepared for the double patties of meat. It was very good and filling. We really enjoyed this restaurant and will be back.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Lovely restaurant - good service and excellent food. A little pricey but value for food is excellent.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

We adored Honeysuckle. The bread assortment they bring out before dinner is warm and I had to stop myself from eating all the buns with the ham in them. As an appetizer we got the pork trotter which was fun, tasty, and interesting. For entrees we ordered the trout (delicate and delicious) and the short ribs (these were the best of all; they melted in your mouth like butter). The ambiance is very chic with a formal edge, but not at all stuffy. Superb customer service. Highly recommend for a nice dinner or date night.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Went to Honeysuckle for their restaurant week dinner with a loved one and it was amazing. The food was delicious, the wine was great, the timing between the dishes was ideal. I enjoyed my entire dining experience from start to finish.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

From the service to the food, every detail is attendend to. Friendliest and most accommodating staff, even when it’s busy. And the food is outstanding: flavor, presentation, ingredients, portion size and value. Left fullfilled, satisfied and overall had a very pleasing experience.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

I had high hopes for Honeysuckle. We had a reservation but the bar was empty so we decided to sit there, instead. The bartender couldn't have been less interested that he had customers waiting to have their area of the bar wiped down and prepped (silverware, napkins, waters). We also had to ask for menus, including their restaurant Pre fixe menu - that was all they were offering in the way of food. The wine list was decent however, we were not offered tastings or any suggestions. And we were yet to receive napkins to lay on our laps - something we had to ask for, again. The fresh fish starter was delightful and tasted like it was made just for me, the pork entree was delicious, savory and the butterscotch pudding dessert was so delightful, that I asked for a second serving (that the restaurant generously gave me at no additional cost).

This place was another example of unique and scrumptious dishes that are being undermined by terrible service. D.C. Restaurants really need to refurbish their training/techniques so their restaurants don't suffer/lose business because of bad customer service.

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1.0Dined on January 27, 2018

I was trying to book a birthday celebration dinner for 5 people but it showed nothing available. I changed it to only 2 people and the option 5:30pm and 9:15pm popped up. I choose 5:30pm for 2ppl.
We were seated alone in a side room (dark red walls with dated 80s rockstars as art on the walls) along a side wall in the corner, close enough my elbow could touch the wall. The restaurant was practically empty, and remained dead during our whole meal. Why could we not find a reservation for the originally 5 guests we had planned for? Why were we not seated in the main dining room? The ambience in the basement did not reflect the menu, and it ended up being an awkward quiet birthday celebration feeling rushed not welcomed at all. Food was mediocre. I will not recommend this to friends nor colleagues.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

So we went for restaurant week of Winter 2018. We originally had a 9:15 reservation but they allowed us to be seated early. This was great and we did appreciate this. The meal was very delicious especially the Duck Confit with the Cauliflower Risotto. We the food was very well plated design wise, delicious food. The desserts were sweet but not overwhelmingly sweet to the point we couldn't enjoy them without a glass of water. The main problem we had was our server. He wasn't very welcoming when we first arrived. When he came to the table, he never introduced himself, he didn't really make conversation to get us started, when my fiance asked for recommendations on the entrees and he never gave us an answer to recommend his favorite or what he sells more of he simply replied "They're all good and they are fresh" I felt like he could've at least lied to us and we would've been okay. But everything else over compensated this hiccup with the server.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was delicious and service was good. Portions were very small.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

I was really impressed by the food quality and presentation. A friend and I visited during Restaurant Week, so we were able to have three courses for $22.00. The trout starters were excellent, both the trout and cod main courses were very good, and my butterscotch mouse dessert was wonderful. There is a good wine list, and service was very good. I always enjoy the quite and the decor when I visit this location. I'm glad to see the restaurant is a worthy successor to Vidalia.

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