Lincoln - DC

4.4
2476 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Tapas / Small Plates, Southern
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Hours of operation
Monday though Wednesday 11am until 12 midnight (kitchen open until 10pm)
Thursday through Friday 11am through 2:00am (kitchen open until 11pm)
Saturday 5pm until 2:00am (kitchen open until 11pm)
Sunday Brunch 10:30am - 3:00pm
Sunday 5pm until 9pm

*Bar subject to close earlier depending on occupancy
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Phone number
(202) 386-9200
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Demetrio Zavala
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Private party facilities
Lincoln Restaurant offers two stunning private dining rooms that each seat up to 40 guests. Our private dining rooms may be combined for dinners or receptions to accommodate up to 100 guests. Restaurant buyouts are also available at Lincoln for up to 350 guests.
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Private party contact
Jeanhee Kim: (202) 872-8700
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Catering
Outside Catering Available. From Sandwiches for in office Luncheons, to private dinners in the corporate board room. We offer several different options for outside catering.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
L Street NW
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Parking details
There is a Colonial garage public lot available at 1110 Vermont Avenue, NW. It is open Monday through Friday, open until 7 pm. There is also ample street parking.
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Public transit
Conveniently located near 3 metro stops - Farragut North (Red Line), Farragut West (Blue & Orange), and McPherson Square (Blue & Orange). The closest metro stop is McPherson Square.
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Entertainment
Some of DC's most popular DJs every Sunday Brunch.
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Special events & promotions
Special Events will be posted on our website at www.lincolnrestaurant-dc.com
We are available for special events. Please contact our Events Coordinator for more information.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thanksgiving was founded by President Lincoln. It is our honor to serve you on this holiday. A plentiful carving station awaits, unlimited side dishes and dessert from our pastry kitchen. The dining experience is $59 per adult & $23 for children 12 & under tax and gratuity excluded.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 2476 People Are Saying
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DM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, back in DC with my wife for our anniversary. Found this spot looking around the Dupont Circle area which we know pretty well. Food was great, we thought the prices were very reasonable, menu was complete and has something for everyone and the format ('small plate') was well done.
My only knock, in an otherwise not full dining room, we were seated right next to a group of four, then they sat another couple five minutes after we sat immediately next to us on the other side. We passed empty tables on the way to be jammed together - the tables leave only one foot between them, real close (I could grab the salt and pepper from either table) and we had to listen to the table of 4 divorcees next to us all night lamenting exes, dating and kids schedules. The couple that got seated after us were also talking to themselves, although we couldn't help but overhear, about how close we all were.
Really takes away from an otherwise great experience. We'd go back but would be more vocal in our seating assignment.

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

We thoroughly enjoyed each item we ordered. The duck was tender and yummy. Brussel sprouts were great.

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Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pretty loud; our table was very close to the bar. Food was fantastic. Our server warned us that the servings would be small. I didn’t find that to be the case. One entree was plenty. Highly recommend the chef‘s tasting menu.

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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very nice and attentive. I had a special request for seating and they were delightful in the way they fulfilled my request. The food was amazing. I had carrot risotto with cumin infused creme fraiche.
I will return. There is a lot more on the menu!

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ML
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The art and overall ambience of the restaurant was great. Our server, Matthew, was funny and attentive.

I ordered the chicken pot pie and on a rainy night it was the perfect thing.

My main concern was the loudness of the restaurant. Even being seated away from the bar it was still hard to speak to the person sitting next to me. Other than would highly recommend.

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C
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went early, so service was good, but I could see the staff under pressure to keep up as we were leaving. The value just was not there. For what you pay, the quality and quantity are not high enough. 3 small clams and undercooked potatoes in the $9 NE Clam Chowder and only 4 shrimp in the $15 Shrimp and Grits.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Me and my bestfriend are doing this thing where we eat somewhere different every time we eat out. We came across this place and decided to come here for dinner. We ordered the Mac n cheese, calamari fries, Parker rolls, and deviled eggs. When I tell you everything was great! From the portion size down to the taste! The atmosphere is very cozy as well. I highly recommend the Lincoln. Whatever you order make sure you include the deviled eggs!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect to conduct business. The power lunch works for every time.

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VM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful food, would recommend if in the vicinity.

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B
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was horrible and value for $ was not as expected. Food was good and restaurant was cute.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The overall the experience was good. The waffles were good. We ordered the Chef’s Station buffet and the shrimp and grits was just okay, no flavor. The chicken was not seasoned. The omelette was good. The staff was nice. The food was just okay. I was expecting better seasoned and flavorful food. I don’t think that we will return. The servers were nice.

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RB
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was good except the Bloody Mary’s. They weren’t as good as normal.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food is good and prices are responsible especially for DC. However, the service was beyond horrible. Will not be returning.

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TB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Great food. Slow and uninformed service, poor wine selection and knowledge of wines being offered - even the manager couldn’t answer questions about the wine. Bar tenders seemed more interested in goofing around behind bar then ensuring wine customers questions/requests were being addressed.

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DS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really friendly and professional service, very good food and appropriate portions. Like the variety of the menu.

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CM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was good, and the ambience is great. I noticed the service wasn't as attentive as most restaurants in this price range, but overall it was a good experience.

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JH
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent with choice for full entree or tasting menus. Staff is very professional and knowledgeable. Restaurant not really noisy and you can carry on a good conversation

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CM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

we ordered the steak salad and the sw cobb salad. No bells and whistles, so it should've been an east A, unfortunately, both salads were just blah. The tasted as though the had been prepared the day before and were just part of the pre-prepared batch. The steak was tough and the butter that came with the parker rolls was old.

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b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This place is sort of overrated... food wise. it was hopping this past weekend for brunch that's for sure and drinks sure were flowin... every once in a while. Food was def meh. 6 bucks for 1.5 eggs so not worth it. crispy brussell sprouts had great flavor but alas was not crispy at all. Mac and cheese was amazing but there should really be a note in there that its made with bacon. my Muslim friend tried some and it really didn't sit well with her.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our first anniversary with The Lincoln, and it was an amazing experience. The food and the service were both exquisite. And to top it off, I had one of the best cappuccinos I’ve ever had. Thank you for going the extra mile to make our first anniversary special.

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AT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food and atmosphere were great I just wish the service was too! Maybe our server was just having a bad night.

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TW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Not the Lincoln of 6 months ago. Hopefully they can hurry up and fix things and return to its former glory

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N
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went for brunch and it was great. But our seats were OK as we were next to a few large groups to talk to among my table.

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j
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food & service. Good selections

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PD
Phoenix
38 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a must dine place while in DC. A little southern flare to the menu comes alive in the palate and is certain to satisfy. Perfect proportions. The service was world-class.

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BR
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Loud room; overly salty food. Overcooked bacon. (And calling a restaurant Lincoln is pretty obnoxious.)

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LM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The food was good, and with a reservation we were seated right away in the back dining area. The front dining are was extremely loud though. Our server wasn't able to answer a question about the menu, and we were helped more by the manager and bus boys than the waiter himself. The food was pretty decent, definitely not worth the high price though.

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AO
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful, food, wine & coctails were great. Highly recommended. I’ll definitely be going back when in DC!

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MP
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed this place. The decor is amazing! So is the food and their cocktails. The food is tapas or family style which was perfect for us because we like to eat lighter and/or share. Lincoln was one of the many places we dined while on our 2 week vacation and would definitely recommend it.

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L
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Rosh Hashanah dinner with friend .

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A
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Took my boyfriend here to celebrate his birthday and the food was over-priced and lacked flavor. The restaurant was pretty empty on a Sunday night, which should have been my first clue. They did bring out a cake with a candle, which was nice. But overall our experience was not great. The decor is awesome and the restaurant has so much potential. It’s a bummer the food couldn’t live up to the hype.

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G
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Cannot beat the location and service at Lincoln. Now my 4 th visit and I always leave thinking “that was just so so”. The salmon delicious, the braised fennel and onions deflate the flake and robustness of the fish. Gazpacho a winner, nice thick and yellow heirloom tomatoes.

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J
Pittsburgh
71 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. Great menu, superior service. Manager seemed truly interested in my experience. In a city of a lot of good restaurants, this one is memorable. Highly recommended.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The crab benedict that I ordered for brunch was very underwhelming and not as good as I hoped, however, the service and ambiance of this restaurant was great. The waiter kept our drinks full which is a plus! I just won’t order the crab benedict again.

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NF
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This restaurant was a big let down. My husband and I were very excited to eat dinner here as we were visiting from out of state. We made a 7pm reservation in advanced to be on the safe side. In booking the reservation we were asked if it was for a special occasion to which we noted that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. We had assumed they would acknowledge that since they asked... they didn't, at all. The restaurant was pretty empty for a Saturday night. It has great decor though. The mason jar water glasses and wall of pennies are pretty cool. Our waiter was nice but greatly lacked a sociable personality. He also neglected to tell us that this is an American Tapas style restaurant, so we should've consider ordering 2-3 plates per person since the serving sizes are quite small. This was all learned from overhearing another table's waitress explain the menu after our meal was over. We ordered the Corn Croquettes and Crispy Brussel Sprouts to start. The appetizers were good and well-balanced. We had high hopes that our entrees would be just as tasty... they were not. My husband had the Pan Seared Scallops which was a compete disappointment. The scallops were over cooked and the fried green tomatoes were poorly executed. These were both served on top of an unnecessary amount of peaches that were drenched in a "bacon jam and sun-dried tomato vinaigrette" - which in reality was bacon and sun-dried tomatoes chopped up and mixed with balsamic vinegar. It made the dish highly acidic and inedible. I order the House-made Gnocchi which was also disappointing. The gnocchi's were too dense and drenched in oil. The cilantro pesto, charred corn and roasted red peppers it claimed to come with were only visible in a small portion on the bottom of the bowl. This was really like potato, crispy tortilla and olive oil soup. With how unappealing our entrees were, we didn't even think about staying for dessert. We got the check and went to eat elsewhere.

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OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came here for a couples date night. Very quiet Wednesday night. Food was delicious. I was the only one at the table who didn’t order a drink but I believe everyone enjoyed their wine or cocktail. We will be back!

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AM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I always enjoy my experience at Lincoln - the small plates - Brussel sprouts, deviled eggs and the calamari fries were yummy. That said, it's a place that I will visit occasionally, rather than frequently. Noise level gets in the way of intimate conversation.

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SM
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and impeccable service. A bit pricey, but worth it if looking to impress your guest.

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NC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

We had brunch at The Lincoln today. First off, the food and table service was very good. The overall experience was not great though. We had a reservation and arrived earlier than we expected. There were many tables open throughout the restaurant but we were told our table could not be available yet. The overall attitude was a bit snobby about this. We decided to take a table outside to have drinks while we waited since the hostess told us it would be close to our reservation time before we could be seated. Just as our drinks arrived, suddenly our table was ready. We were taken to a table that had been open from the time we first walked in. It was in a back room that we were told earlier had no space for 6. When seated in this back room, it was immediately clear we were in the middle of a private celebration that spanned the three tables around us. The noise level was very loud since everyone was in a celebratory mood and the room was small. Conversation for us was impossible. We considered asking to be moved, but given the reception we got at the beginning, we didn't want to be treated as though we were causing trouble. Midway through the meal we noticed there were plenty of tables in the main dining room too. Why we were not seated there, I don't know. I am not sure if we would return for another visit. The whole experience seemed like a bit of a power play and that we were somehow being punished for showing up early.

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IH
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Expensive. Need variety of waffles station. Only 1 assigned chef.

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