Lincoln - DC

4.3
2585 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
LINCOLN is a collaboration of gastronomy, mixology and design.
Savor our seasonal American small plate menu crafted from fresh ingredients supplied by local & regional farms. LINCOLN pays tribute to one of our greatest US Presidents, with nods to many of his favorite foods including oysters, gingerbread and chicken pot pie.
If you’re thirsty for cocktails that are truly one-of-a-kind, our barkeeps, have created one of the city’s freshest bar programs highlighted by mason jars featuring infused bourbons and DC's first moonshine-list served in antique-style copper cups. In warm weather months enjoy our patio offering panoramic views of DC’s urban landscape. LINCOLN is the right place for your next private event with many options for private dining from 10 to 200.
Original paintings and a distinctive interior design by homegrown pop artist, Maggie O’Neill make LINCOLN a feast for the senses at Lunch, happy hour, dinner, brunch or after dark.
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4.3
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RS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was great, but our service was incredibly slow. Our waiter seemed overwhelmed.

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GS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

I love this restaurant but was disappointed with the winter dinner menu and portion size. Our waiter seemed very odd as well, not personable at all.

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OT
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great at accommodating our lively party of 7! Delicious dinner!! Everything we ordered was spectacular!!!!

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KS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place was great. Just wish it didn't close at 3 and reopen at 5 on Sunday's

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MV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The shrimp and grits was like soup and the tuna was too grisly to cut. We were brought substitute wine and had to ask about that.

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PJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Excellent service. Small plates at reasonable prices. Mixed drinks were short pours and too much ice.

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AB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

It was Valentine’s Day. They had a special menu. The food was not good- very salty. The beet salad consisted of what tasted like pickled beets- thinly sliced. The music was loud. The drinks were very sugary. We have no plans to return.

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c
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They had a great Valentine's dat pre-fixe menu, but out server was kind enough to offer us the whole menu. Much appreciated.

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B
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lincoln is a good space, comfortable seating and easy for catching up with friends and loved ones. Wait service is attentive and the food is well considered and tasty.

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D
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and accommodating service for this single diner on business travel.

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KB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a warm and tasty shared food experience at Lincoln. Great menu options, interesting beer list, though served from a can was unusual.
The decor and ambience were appealing and welcoming. The location was convenient to our nearby hotel and we surely return. Trendy but hearty tapas style food made for a fun and extra special soiree.

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N
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Andrew was wonderful as well as my server, Kevon. They both made my birthday memorable.

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DC
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It was my first time eating at Lincoln. It was a nice lunch spot for our staff. The service was pretty fast and they had a good selection of healthy lunch options. The food was good, but I'm not sure I would rave about it. We would probably go back again.

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JR
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Deviled eggs were delicious! Didn't have many options for sweet wine or sweet alcoholic drinks, but was fine. Server was just average.

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c
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

I was very disappointed. I'd been here before and really enjoyed it. The waitress was EXCELLENT, but the busing staff were the most overeager and overaggressive I've ever seen. Should be an easy fix through some training, but we got minute-by-minute requests to clear each plate (of all the small plates) once they were half-eaten. It was bizarre and became a running joke at the table. The food was also immensely disappointing. We ordered 5 plates. None of them were good and I'm the least picky eater I know. The tuna tartare was heavy on cucumber and other filler, the gnocchi were flavorless and the bacon could not mask it. The scallops were fine, but my date complained that one of her 2 was much worse than the other. I tried 3 cocktails. Each was fine but unremarkable. I came here wanting to love it like I did the first time a few years ago. I don't believe I'll return.

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GB
Dallas
40 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great find in DC with great food and drink in an eclectic setting.

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The waiter served us mimosas but walked away we had to ask another waiter to track him down. Shrimp and grits were very GOOD!

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MR
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The restaurant was very noisy for brunch. Sometimes it was hard to have a conversation with the thumping of the loud club style music. Our waiter was nice, but very pushy about getting us to do bottomless drinks and food. We didn’t. The food was good, but the portions are small for what you pay.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had brunch at Lincoln DC. The food and music were great! Scott was an excellent waiter. Really enjoyed the entire experience.

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FB
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

When we looked the menu, everything spoke to me, so I was so excited to go. The thematic elements of the restaurant are awesome...pennies in the decor, modern painting of Lincoln, mason jar chandeliers, over sized chairs, and the Gettysburg address printed on a wall. Even as I went in, we were excited to try a new DC place. Restaurant week had been extended so 3 our party ordered from that menu and one ordered seperate items. Our server lacked a helpful personality, but did get the bar tender to make a custom cocktail for a friend who was celebrating a birthday. Overal the food was meh...nothing stood out. The mussels were so small and many shells arrived without mussels inside. The bread with it was burned as well. The short rib was average, and the gnocchi was not something I would ever want to eat again. The birthday friend’s good was good. He ordeeed a steak and the macaroni and cheese, which is why we went in the first place. Lincoln is listed as some of the best Mac in the DMV. It was good, multi flavored, and served in a cast iron. Lincoln has done well with theming, but now they can catch up with their food.

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LT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was great. Open setting with a bar so the noise was a bit up but it was not intolerable. Food was very nice. We got an appetizer and split a salad and a side. The side was heirloom cauliflower gratin which was awesome. Had coffee and dessert. All-in-all not a bad experience and we would go back.

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a
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and the service was great! We’ll definitely be back.

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R
Baltimore
55 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I've been to Lincoln a million times for lunch, which I highly recommend, but only a few times for dinner. My dinners have been a disappointment in comparison to lunch. This time was no different except for the fact it was Restaurant Week. I ordered from that menu and was delighted with my first dish of brussell sprouts and cauliflower but was super disappointed with the tiny portion sizes for the main course and dessert. One gets the impression that they are saving money on the prix fixe Restaurant Week meal by skimping on the ingredients. Two thumbs down.

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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were sat at the worst table in the restaurant when others were open....lots of 2’s available. Was it because I used open table? We were dressed appropriately

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ordered the 3 course meal for restaurant week...Brussels sprouts, NY strip, and banana pudding. Everything was delicious! Bread pudding was more like a cake, but still good, just not what I was expecting.

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R
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food, great value. Attended during restaurant week. Can't wait to come back to experience the full menu.

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CG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was awful. The wait staff was attentive when we got their attention, but they pretty much disappeared after they brought us whatever we needed. The food was just ok at best. I order eggs scrambled lightly and 3 orders of eggs came out...all WAAAY overcooked. Needless to say, I didnt eat any of them. This was my 1st and last time dining here.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable! Emily was our server and she literally thought of everything. If we couldn’t choose between two items, she brought both. She checked on us often, but also allowed us space to chat and enjoy brunch. She’s fantastic... as was the food! Also, the DJ played hit after hit from my favorite era of music, the 90s!

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was amazing. Thank you so much! It was a special day for my group of friends and we had a blast.

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GZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Uninspiring food, all you can eat and drink but at over valued prices.

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SS
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Week was extended through Sunday so there was there was the 3 course meal choice as well as the regular menu. I chose the 3 course dinner. The "appetizer" was roasted Brussel sprouts which was excellent! For the main course I had the steak loin (steak tidbits) which was just ok-- not very tender. The flourless chocolate cake was a perfect ending!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So fun! We went for a group date for restaurant week. The cocktails and food were delicious.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Good food. Service took a while. It got busy after we got there.

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s
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

Our server was great but the place was incredibly loud. I don’t hear well and it was impossible to hear my dinner companion. The food was only so so.

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KK
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered 5 different small plates for 3 people. It was more than we needed, but all were delicious.

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ED
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far best restaurant in DC. Quiet, unique, peaceful atmosphere, easy access, imcredible food. Drinks were affordable and top of the line.

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Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was delightful. The food was unique in that many of the options had familiar favorites, but prepared differently compared to other DC restaurants. The only thing I would have changed about our dinner is connected to their kitchen- our server informed us they have a rolling kitchen. As a result of this, my dinner came out about 5-7 minutes before my husband’s. I waited for a little while but didn’t want mine to get cold. Then, his fries came before his steak. I greatly appreciate how perfectly warm my food was, but it would have been a more pleasurable dining experience if both of us were enjoying our entrees. With that said, this will not hinder us from coming back as our meal was delicious and served quickly.

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H
London
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My colleague and I had a superb meal at Lincoln, the food is excellent and the service amazing, special mention to Danny who looked after us that evening.

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IH
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and vibe! I will definitely dine at Lincoln again. Waiter was amazing!

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GC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food was excellent. Noise level was extremely loud and my guest and I had to yell to communicate with one another. Not sure how noise level can be addressed/fixed.

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