Permanently Closed - Honeysuckle

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Contemporary American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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4.4
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Gabriella
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a few different food allergies at our table, but the waiter and chef were incredibly accommodating and respectful of the varied restrictions we had. They made certain modifications, but never sacrificed flavor. We all loved our meals. A truly skilled chef and dedicated wait staff.

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SamerA
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was a rainy Thursday night, so not exactly the liveliest of evenings, and my intention was to treat my wife to a nice, romantic dinner.

Great service, tasty food, but unless you’re under the eclectic ceiling in the middle region by the bar, it felt as if I was in someone’s oversized living room. But, again, there were barely any other patrons.

Cheers!

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VioletaA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful service and great food!

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vipAlwaysAnExcellentChoice
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the third time my friend and I have dined at Honeysuckle. Every time has been the perfect dining experience. My friend and I love the food, the decor and the service. i recommend Honeysuckle to everyone .

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vipVisitingfromVirginia
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent downtown venue for a business meal — not too loud, able to carry on a conversation. Excellent food and service!

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vipMike
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal on Saturday night. The food was excellent, service great and a number of good selections available on the wine list. Would definitely recommend and will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Selection was terrible as well as the quality of food. Dined with 3 and all were agreement to the quality was terrible. $90.00

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MatthewS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall the food was wonderful. I think the service could be more attentive. Everyone was certainly friendly

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CariB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

For the first part of the evening, there were very few people eating, so the place was very quiet. At 8 pm, a large group came and the noise was horrible. We should have been seated elsewhere. Truly remarkable was the service provided by our waiter, Greg. The food was outstanding, albeit pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was disappointing but service was very god

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samri
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

We were very disappointed with this restaurant for many reasons. We visited on a Saturday at 8 pm. The restaurant was empty. There were only two tables occupied including ours. Oh, and there were two people at the bar. It felt very weird. We ordered two appetizers, two main dishes and an appetizer. The food was mediocre to bad! The veal starter was so stringy that the knife couldn’t cut it. The only positive experience was our wonderful server. This is not an upscale restaurant.

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vipMediaLona
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Waiter rushed us unnecessarily ; not crowded.

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vipReginaldB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful. Excellent food

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JosephK
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Pretty disappointing: an average restaurant pretending to be upscale

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HT123
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Very few choices on the menu, like ,3 or 4 appetizers and same number of main courses. Service was great, including the atmosphere.

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Hope
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I thought the veal was the best fare between everything my wife and I ordered. However, the veal had a little bit of white shoe string tendon running through it and it was a little chewy? All in all it was good I just had higher expectations for a restaurant that received a recent Michelin star rating. I thought maybe the flavor pairings were too complex. I realize that the chef was demonstrating his culinary diversity. However, the blueberries in my Filet seemed a little bit of a reach. That caused my palate to decipher and think instead of relax and enjoy. Decipher and think is good as long as the result is an overwhelming wow. Conversely, when it an ok it makes me wonder if we are selling pedigree or repeat business. The dessert menu was also too complicated in my opinion. Everyone doesn't want cigarette ice cream sometimes we just want something a little more straight forward. I'm not saying revamp your dreams rather, don't forget about the less cultured palates as we may be your customers too. Nice location, nice vibe, service was pretty great.

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DavidW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. We enjoyed all parts of the meal. The only small thing was the dessert menu had lots of heavy choices. Not fruit or other selections available after s big meal. Overall very nice.

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vipGliderofSkies
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solo dining. Late 130 lunch. Needed a quiet place to get away with a laptop as I had work to do. Gracious hostess seated me in the far back and near a power outlet. Had the $17 entree special which included a glass of wine. Superfood Char entree was delicious and filled with healthy vegetables. Beautiful interior.

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vipStella
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried chicken sandwich and the truffle fries were delicious! The sandwich's bursting flavor profile was delectably unique, with crispy yet tender chicken. Definitely would go back to eat it again. A bit on the pricier side though.

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Lari
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can not really express how great this place is. From the atmosphere to the service and the food is just amazing!!! They made my mother’s birthday a fantastic night! Thank you so much!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Four of went to celebrate a birthday. We thought the restaurant was participating in the extension of restaurant week. It turns out they were not participating, but the manager said he would honor it to the best of their abilities since they weren't carrying all of the same ingredients. We had a delicious meal and our server was very attentive. It was a lovely experience.

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vipRuthH
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food pairings and service was excellent

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JordanR
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious - definitely be adventurous with the appetizers, the surprises are worth it. Some of the portions definitely make it where you need to do multiple courses, though. Strongly recommend the duck as well as the dark chocolate dessert. Pecan pie is good, but very rich. Service was exceptional. The banana bread as the free bread option was a nice touch - never would've thought to put blueberry jam on banana breaad!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

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vipTommy13
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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vipMadeleineB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

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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vipLuckyprepster
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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KirstenS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

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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vipJAYE
Washington DC
141 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MeganR
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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PaulineH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipNicky259
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience5

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

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AaronJay
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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ChristopherC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Graduation celebration night at the Kennedy Center

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vipjackshoykhet
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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K8CanCook
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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agtny
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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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