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.

700 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm



Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm


Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm-9:00pm

Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 11am - 2:30pm

Cross Street:
H Street, NW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 905-2999

Website:
http://www.penncommonsdc.com/

Catering:
Please call our sales department for options for catering and the available menus.

Parking Details:
Parking is available on the street and in the large private lot located to the north of our entrance.

Public Transit:
METRO: Gallery Place

Executive Chef:
Alfredo Solis

Additional:
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

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4.1

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4.1

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4.0

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4.0

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Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Happy Hour (14)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
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Pre/post Theatre (6)
Business Meals (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Great Beer (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Fun (5)
Great for Brunch (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
People Watching (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Had I known in advance it was a UGA bar I would not have booked it. It was extremely loud because UGA was playing in the SEC Championship game.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Casual
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great food! Great service! Excellent location to Cap One Arena! Noise level is LOUD!!! Not for intimacy, unless you want distractions. Overall two thumbs up.

Tags: Hot Spot, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was great and good value for your buck. Service was absolutely terrible, and the waiter was so rude and making faces the entire time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Service was wonderful even though it was such a busy night!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The business meal selection was great and we also had a surprise for my co-worker's Birthday

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Good menu, a vegetarian option would be nice. Fish tacos were undercooked and soggy.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

The food was awesome, we wanted to eat it all. The staff was fast and very nice. The food came out immediately. It is a great place to go before a Wizards or Caps game.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Not bad, very average and limited menu. Great place for beers. Extremely noisy hard to have a conversation.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Awesome pre-game venue for the Caps. Service was prompt and attentive. Menu is limited, but offerings were very tasty. Easier on the wallet than other surrounding establishments.

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports, Casual
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Meet a client here for lunch. Food was very good and a good value. The atmosphere was very conducive for a conversation. Staff did a great job, providing just the right amount of touch points without being overbearing.

Tags: Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Adequate food, no acoustics, good location next to Caipal One Arena. Not much more than an oversized bar.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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 :)

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 26, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Really enjoy the atmosphere at this Penn Commons location. Great food selection and the service is excellent

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Fun, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Had the brunch special. Bloodys and food were average . Good service.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Nothing special and very sub par for brunch

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Really enjoy the atmosphere at this Penn Commons location. Great food selection and the service is excellent

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

AMAZING!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Penn Commons is awesome. Our server was subpar. She overcharged us on multiple items and would not change the bill even after we pointed out the discrepancy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Way too loud!!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Seated promptly. Very good service from our server Edwin.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, People Watching, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Great service by all! Our service Mike was very attentive, friendly, and made sure what we ordered was to our satisfaction.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

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.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 24, 2017

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.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Really enjoy the atmosphere at this Clyde's. Great food selection and the service is excellent

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Love brunch at Penn Commons! Our server, Joy, was wonderful!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Grabbed lunch here with a few friends and it was good. We wanted a quiet spot between our offices and found that here. Our order came up quick and was tasty as usual.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Good restaurant in an area where a lot of options are generic.

Tags: Business Meals, Great Beer, Casual, Great for Lunch
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