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About Penn Commons
Amidst the emerging culinary epicenter of diverse restaurants in the historic Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, DC, Penn Commons is a rough-hewn yet chic American tavern on 6th & H Streets.
To craft its menu of food and drinks united by one common philosophy - American sensibility joined with American seasonality - Chef Jeff Tunks drew on his first name partnerships with the best local farmers and artisanal purveyors...or he just makes it himself.
Burnished copper lighting, leather sling chairs and salvaged woods provide a warm footing for this showcase of American tavern food at its best.
Washington, DC 20001
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 11am - 2:30pm
H Street, NW
$30 and under
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Please call our sales department for options for catering and the available menus.
Parking is available on the street and in the large private lot located to the north of our entrance.
METRO: Gallery Place
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Penn Commons Ratings and Reviews
I met two friends for brunch and we did the 2-Course Prix Fixe Brunch with bottom-less drinks - which is a fantastic deal if you are planning on more than one drink. Each of us got different starters so we could share - Beer Braised Pork Belly, Mini Pulled Pork Hand Pies, and BBQ Chicken Spring Rolls. All were good and of the three, the hand pies were the best, followed closely by the Pork Belly. Two of us had the J & B Breakfast Hash for the entree - the short ribs were fantastic and made the dish. I also got to taste the Shrimp and Grits and while I still like mine better, these were really good. My only complaint is as the restaurant started to fill, the noise level was a bit much and you had to practically yell to be heard.
We arrived 2 minutes before reservation and were seated immediately. Approximately 5 minutes after sitting, our server took drink and food orders. Within 10 minutes our beer and food arrived. We left the restaurant within 40 minutes after arriving giving us plenty of time to get to Capital One arena for the Capitals hockey game, thru security, and into seats 25 minutes before start of the game. Easy to walk from parking garage and even easier to reach the arena.
My wife and I had the pick three spreads as an appetizer. Perfect amount for 2-3 people. My wife had the fish tacos and loved them. I had the gnocchi with squash, mushrooms and sweet potato and it was delicious. Food is perfectly priced for what you get. We love the rustic atmosphere and the orientation to the Capitol One Arena.
Made our first trip to Penn Commons before heading to Cap One Center. First off - it was the Tues of Thanksgiving weekend and they were clearly understaffed. Our server did the best he could to manage the massive number of tables he had and a manager stepped in a few times to help.
Beer list had a good variety and the menu has interesting options with something for every taste.
The place is loud. Very hard to converse with a table of six people. Typical problem of not enough bread served with dips and they charge for more bread so you can finish your dips. Food was good but nothing special at all. I wound up be the last person to be served and I got a salad...actually waited so long for it I had to ask if it actually got ordered.
With options around Cap One Center these guys need to bring their game up significantly if they want to survive.
We had a nice dinner before the Caps game. Went back afterwards for dessert and coffee but was told we had to order a meal to sit in the dining area. For dessert and coffee we had to find space at the bar, which was packed. This is a new policy as we've often gone back after games for dessert and coffee. Instead of finding space at the crowded bar we left. The dining area was only half full. No problem if this is your new policy. I have other choices.
The staff was very friendly and prompt when we first got to the restaurant. Getting our drinks took a while and the manager had to come back for one of the two drink orders. The menu is not huge, but it has a good selection of choices- buffalo and black bean burgers to fish tacos and a ravioli dish. There were several things I wanted to try, and none of them were all that expensive. I settled on the blackened fish sandwich and sweet potato fries. It was delicious! A little spicy, but toned down with the sauce that comes with it. My colleagues meals all looked delicious as well. Happy hour drink specials were a good deal with a big selection of mixed drinks and beers. I had my first DC Brau craft beer, the Citizen. It was a great pairing. The server and staff were friendly, polite and helpful, just pretty busy with the full bar area since a game was on. That made the noise level a little difficult for conversation. I’d go back to watch a game and try more food if I’m in town again.
This is definitely the place to meet friends before attending an event at the Verizon/Capital One Center. The drinks are awesome and the Happy Hour prices for the signature drinks is really great. I had the Firefly Iced Tea Vodka drink - which is my fave. The food is really good too! I had the bulgolgi salad and I finished it! Will definitely visit again :)
Food came out fast but cold! I had the ravioli and they forgot to add sauce ! The roasted pepper, spinach, asparagus was bland, cold and tasteless! On the plus side, we got there late for our reservation because of traffic, but they still seated us! Was ok but would definitely pick a different restaurant before the show.
Expected so much more from a Jeff Tunks restaurant. Over cooked and dry ribs (3 of them, 1 big, 2 tiny) for $11, disappointing. Salads were underwhelming and while service was fine, it was just super loud. I should have figured that since this was on the back side of the arena, it’s just a bar with some food. This was just simply not good all around.
My husband I dined here before a concert. The service was fast. I had the margarita which was very good...not overly sweet. The calamari was seasoned really well. I ordered the black bean burger...it was super spicy and slightly mushy for my taste...I wouldn't order this again. My husband had the steak sandwich which looked really yummy. I'd definitely return.
The food was great! Our only disappointment was that although we had made the lunch reservation through the DC Restaurant Week site, but were told upon arrival that Penn Commons was only participating in restaurant week for dinner. When I made the reservation I looked through the menu and it was definitely for lunch. I'm not sure if this was changed later or a miscommunication with DC Restaurant Week organizers. Either way we were slightly disappointed.
We came to Penn Commons for a Sunday Brunch and had a fantastic time! We all opted for the bottomless mimosas deal, which is absolutely a great bang for your buck. The mimosas were strong enough but tasted great- came in adorable stemless wine glasses and the waiter was extremely attentive in ensuring we never found the bottom of our bottomless deal. The food was also delicious, it was plated beautifully. I had the chicken and cakes which is a fun spin on chicken and waffles, instead with pancakes- delicious and both sweet and savory! The atmosphere was trendy but not in an annoying try hard way. I would recommend this to groups looking for a hip, laid back place to hang out and enjoy a fun setting together.
The acoustics in this restaurant are horrible. We were sitting at a table (not at the bar) and it was so loud you could barely hear the people across from you. I felt like I was at a club or concert. We went on a Friday evening at 5:30-7:30pm so I cannot say if this noise level is the norm. The food was excellent and beer selection was outstanding.
We were seated at our reservation time which was good. We got a bottle of wine and a few drinks, that went fine. Our server was very nice but would come to our table 10 times in 5 minutes and then disappeared for 20 minutes. Another server came by and the 1st server reappeared ANGRY. VERY uncomfortable for us. We ordered a cheeseburger, wings, onion rings and meat pies. IT TOOK 35 MINUTES to get our food. The cheese on the cheeseburger wasn't melted, it felt cold like out of the fridge cold, dropped on top of the burger just before a cold burger and cold fries were delivered. HOW does that go unnoticed??? If the food had been even warm it would have tasted fine.
It is SO LOUD in there you realize when you leave that you have been screaming for an hour.
I thought the restaurant was contemporary and had a lot of flair. The menu items were confusing. Not sure if they were going for an American, Spanish or Asian fusion style food. I like the BBQ chicken Spring Rolls. The wings had a nice flavor on the outside but it tasted cold, dry and old on the inside. The Cesar salad was ok but the seared shrimp made the salad better. The waiter was not hovering but I kind of wish he did since we barely got refills on our water.
There is parking nearby but the parking garages are PRICEY! All in all my group and I enjoyed ourselves! I gave this place a 3 out of 5 stars because the food wasn't WOW but edible. Also, you can't sub out the sides for the items for free. They charge $5. Good experience.
Met some clients for a business meeting/happy hour. Probably a bad idea if you want to have a conversation with someone, but the bar fills up quick and the food is decent, and they have a good drink selection. Not bad overall, but i would just come back for happy hour at the bar, no clients.
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