Lincoln - DC

4.3
2695 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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was incredibly poor. My guest was late and as I sat waiting no one bothered to come by to ask if I wanted a beverage. Even after my guest arrives, several minutes went by with no waiter. Our waiter failed to listen to our clear and precise note about food allergies despite saying he would as the chef to make the necessary substitutions, and when the entrees came out had not substituted the accompaniment with something gluten free. Our side dish we ordered never arrived. Finally, the halibut was awful. Completely unseasoned, soggy, not even properly salted.

It seemed like they cared more about the large group tables then us who wanted simple entrees and no alcohol. We will NOT be going back anytime soon.

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TI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Similar to sister operation, Teddy, I always find it's like an echo chamber. LOUD. The decor could use some texture, either fabric, carpet, or something on the wall to absorb sound. It's just plain difficult to have a serious conversation when the backgound noise it so high. Also, I have to say if there was more than 3 ounces of salmon on the plate I would be amazed.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We will not eat here again. The table where they sat us had just had some repairs done (allegedly) and 2 screws were protruding a half inch above table surface. My finger was scratched by the screws when I moved my sharing plate from in front of me to the center of the table to get it out of the way. When I informed the server and asked for Mgr they sent us another server who then went to get the mgr. Barely an apology from the mgr - he made me feel like I was being the burden for interrupting his busy evening (restaurant was not 50% full at the time) said he would haven’t sat us there if he had known - and we never saw him again the rest of the night. We spent over $108 for the 3 of us and not one thing was comped. I have a culinary degree as well as a restaurant Mgmt degree - and the mgr and the staff handled this situation poorly.

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DO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The hostess was missing for several minutes upon arrival. Several servers saw us, but didn’t offer to help. Food quality was mediocre. I was very disappointed in the renovations. The pennies are no longer there.

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SH
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice lunch. Service was slow. We could tell our server had quite a lot of tables. A few of us got the power lunch option where you could choose an app, entree, and desert. We were all disappointed with the “butter fudge cake,” which was literally a cold brownie. The other food was good though.

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VN
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was mediocre - would benefit greatly from seasoning! I had a beef dish that was bland.

Service was great! LaShaun was an absolute pleasure - responsive and engaging without being intrusive.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite a minor mixup with the reservation (same party seated in two sections due to separate arrivals), we had a great time and enjoyed the food and drinks. The staff was great and the ambiance was perfect for our group.

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C
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very quick service, prices for drinks were a bit high. Overall a good experience. Wait staff was fantastic!

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AP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The volume at this restaurant (lunch on a Tuesday) was not energetic, it's so loud you can't hear someone sitting 2 feet from you. For a bar on a weekend, this would be fine. As a restaurant, especially for business, I would not recommend it. Management seriously needs to consider some sound dampening efforts. The service was great, quick and attentive. The food was decent (crabcake was heavy on the filler), portions small-ish, but good for lunch. I really liked the passion fruit lemonade.

There really aren't client appropriate restaurants in the immediate vicinity, so it will probably continue to be successful, but I wish I could give it higher reviews. I will probably be back for happy hour with friends, but can't do business lunches here in the future unless they address the noise issues.

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DC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food but server was very slow. Not our usual experience here.

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H
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great small plates of food. Great service. Comfortable seating.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch I’ve EVER been to!! Can’t wait to return!

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CB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was friendly but the brunch prices are way too expensive for what you receive. The food was okay.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time. Food was really good, have no complaints. Service was phenomenal, so attentive and quick! A must try!

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RB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I was quite disappointed with our experience at Lincoln. We enjoyed sitting outside on the patio and our server was polite and helpful. Unfortunately, the food was not good. We will not return to Lincoln. There are too many other wonderful places in D.C.

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M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a birthday stop after a museum visit. We couldn't have been more pleased. The service was spot-on and the food was timely and delicious. The restaurant was kind enough to offer Prosecco to celebrate the birthday and ended the meal with a cake bite that was much appreciated.

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AS
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The decor and atmosphere were great. Loved the penny wall! Most of the food was really good. We had shrimp and grits, beef fat potatoes, and some deviled eggs. Unfortunately, my husband’s filet came out well done, and it cost $42. The seasoning was good so I think it would’ve been delicious if it had been cooked properly. Our server didn’t come to check on us until we were done and never asked how the food was.

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Y
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Great place to eat outdoors! Food was ok, service was mixed. Our server was wonderfully friendly and congenial, really good with our young 10 year-old guest, but forgot to put in a preliminary order of sweet potato fries and a drink order. His friendliness made up for it, overall, but gave service a 3 as an encouragement for improvement.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with excellent service and amazing dishes. We chose to sit outside and enjoyed a great evening with very attentive service.

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AA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Lincoln was cool..The mimosas need IMPROVEMENTS....they were watered down and flat. Other than that, besides the noise level everything was good. The food was tasty and the atmosphere was fun! I would go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 1

Could not hear each other speaking. The music was bad, loud and overwhelming!

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BM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

I took my wife and another couple to celebrate a birthday. Sunday brunch at 11:30 AM. We arrived to the restaurant just after 11 AM. There was outside seating but the hostess wanted to seat us in the dark restaurant where they had a DJ blasting music. When I asked if we could be seated outside she made a face. We were seated outside which was very nice. Then we got a waiter that was not happy nor engaging. We all enjoyed the dishes we ordered but will probably not return.

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T
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Came here for brunch with a friend, and the experience was pretty awful all around. The bagel came dry and untoasted, and crab cake Benedict was cold. Waiters congregated among themselves and simply stared when we were trying to adjust the table out of the sun, but came every two minutes to try to take away our plates when we were not even done eating (this was not because anyone was waiting for table: half the place was empty). There was loud music that was more suitable for a Saturday night in club than Sunday morning in a brunch setting: we were told could not be turned down because they were from "DJ Speakers." We left vowing never to come back again.

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AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was great, but service could have been better; tried to upsell and were incessant on getting us to order quickly, did not provide serving utensils, slow on drink delivery. Was too loud in private dining areas- need soft surfaces to dampen some of the noise.

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KD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Took a client to Lincoln for lunch. While I appreciate not waiting forever for food, our meals came out within minutes of ordering them. My meal was awful. Asked if I could get the chicken sandwich grilled instead of fried. Was told no even though they have done it for me previously. There used to be a plain grilled chicken sandwich on the menu which is healthier.

When I received my meal, realized why. Once I took off all of the breading and the skin, it was just bone and gristle. There were only a few morsels of chicken, and I mean morsels. Had also said no sauces, butter, spreads, or cheese. It came with sauce on it and the waiter never checked back for me to tell him. Half of the waffle it came on had the sauce on it. So my meal consisted of half of a waffle, a few morsels of chicken and a tiny side salad. Left hungry. Because I was with a client didn't want to make an issue but felt really ripped off and was very disappointed.

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BC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the spinach artichoke grilled cheese and brussel sprouts are amazingggg!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Perhaps it was just due to being dinnertime on Mother’s Day and everyone was exhausted from the rush, but we felt the service from our waiter was mediocre and that he was short with us. The host and bussers were all very nice though. The food was good, but not great. The decor was good, but not great (they actually had stacks of plastic patio chairs in the middle of the restaurant). Too many fantastic restaurants to ever come back here.

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R
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Mother's day brunch

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MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We have enjoyed dining at the Lincoln previously so it was an obvious choice for Mother’s Day brunch. The service was outstanding! The only negative, if I introduce one, was the steep price of $52 per person. Had I known in advance, we would have probably gone elsewhere.

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Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Rather disappointed to be honest. Went for Mother’s Day expecting great food like my previous visits. The set menu really was not all that great. Will visit again but not if there is a set menu.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Yuck and service was non existent. Lamb covered in big globs of fat, Amish chicken inedible would not return

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Didn’t love the loud music in outside patio. Otherwise great!

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DA
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

This is a go-to choice for us taking associates out to lunch. They offer a price-fixe menu during lunch which is generous (3 courses for $25), and it really does offer up some of my favorite entrees. (I wish they would offer tastier desserts, however.)

It's nice to sit at a "real" table, for a full meal, mid-day in the busy metro area. For us, it's very convenient to our office. For others, I feel it's worth the extra block or two to have a real restaurant. And, outside tables are now available.

I do find that service diminishes in generosity toward the end of the busy lunch hour... to the point that I am sometimes not properly attended to. HOWEVER, the wait staff is always pleasant and skilled. So, if this is an important lunch for you, I would just suggest letting your waiter know ahead of time that your meeting is important, and the tip will compensate for heightened attention and service.

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JM
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This restaurant specializes in small plates “Tapas” style of dining. We decided to eat outside because it was very busy inside and noisy. We were helped by a delightful server who helped with questions about the preparation of specific menu items. We were not rushed or ignored and enjoyed our selections and the service. For starters we had the Crispy Brussels sprouts and the strawberry spinach salad which had a terrific maple syrup vinigrette dressing with candied pecans. Following we had scallops with pea pods capers and parsley purée and halibut poached in a vegetable olive broth with baby carrots artichoke hearts and pearl onions.
We had a glass from the wine list that really matched our meal perfectly. All in all very satisfying.

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M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server and the staff were very nice and responsive. We went for Cinco de Mayo and had a very nice time. We were a large party and they accommodated us well. The only drawback: the grits were too coarse. I saw other tables send them back, and I only took a little. For $50, the value was well worth the amount of food! I'll be back :0)

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NH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was spectacular. It is a dream to pair gnocchi with potatoes and the lamb shank melted in your mouth.

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LE
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous lunch! The grilled cheese with spinach and artichoke was amazing. Wide variety from salads to burgers to tapas styled lunch entrees. Peach lemonade was delicious as well. We will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very great experience, the food was good and the service was great!

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J
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The portions are large, despite their trying to be a tapas restaurant. So, be careful in ordering.

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J
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

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