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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
Loved the food pairings and service was excellent
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!
Food size was very small for a 3 course meal. Left hungry.
I recall this spot as Jacqueline’s and
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.
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.
Restaurant Week Menu was great! Portions were perfection sized. Tuna and Char were very fresh! Served banana bread in the bread basket - #winning
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.
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!
Delicious lettuce salad, short ribs with grits in pear butter, pecan pie. Banana bread with excellent spreads.
Literally the most delicious bread basket of any restaurant I’ve been to. Delicious food and trendy atmosphere
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.
Although the food was great, it was way too overpriced.
Hamilton Johnson (Head Chef) is a mastermind and there is nothing on the menu that is not good. Constantly evolving. Hidden Gem!
This restaurant has exceptional food and service. It was very quiet, allowing for conversation. The decor is interesting. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Graduation celebration night at the Kennedy Center
Simply outstanding - from food to service!!!! All of the dishes we ordered were a masterpieces!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Awesome! Everything was great!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.