Policy

3.9
943 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
“Start early, finish late …” Welcome to Policy Restaurant and Lounge

Policy now offers a Buffet & Bottomless Mimosas for $35 per person! Offerings include all your favorite breakfast items and more! To review the menu go to www.policydc.com
Join us every Saturday and Sunday for a brunch that's become a regular for many.
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3.9based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.8
service
3.6
ambience
3.8
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Noise · Moderate
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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Brunch- the place was really nice. Beautiful decor nice music and vibes. the food was alright, however the drinks were flowing. Definitely worth your money to do the all inclusive brunch! The food , could use more options.

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AlexaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was pretty decent but the service was extremely slow

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BrandiP
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience5

I was extremely disappointed in the whole experience. My first time at Policy was last year for a friends birthday and it was amazing. This time, exact opposite. The mimosas were terrible, the mix they use is not orange juice but orange peach crush so we had to have the waiter switch it out 3 times. The food was Terrible also. Came here with a party of 5 for my bday we all left extremely hungry and agitated. The food last time I came was amazing I just don't understand. I won't be returning. I'm seriously considering contacting management because no one should have to experience this so called "brunch". It's more of a place to go to take pictures for the ambiance. Don't come here if your hungry at all! So sad!

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vipDCVegetarianFoodie
New England
19 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Highly disappointed in the food selection at Policy - they had NO brunch sides! Not even a side of French fries or home fries. It's brunch. You want potatoes with your bottomless brunch drinks. Disappointed in the portion sizes as well - VERY small and sad looking huevos rancheros.

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MeghanM
El Paso
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience3

small portions for what you pay. Meal tasted good though

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vipRachelY
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience4

It's definitely a party brunch. It was St. Patrick's Day, and people were having a good time. The service was pretty terrible though. I think it made it difficult, because we were a large party and didn't all arrive at the same time, but some people were waiting close to a half hour for drinks. But once everyone had drinks they brought over big pitchers of mimosas so everyone had plenty to drink. They also gave us free shooters. The food was terrible though. It came cold. And it was pretty overpriced. But they comped the food and gave us the free shots. I would just not necessarily recommend this place for food. It's more of a dance club kind of place.

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StephH
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Awful service, they only had 2 people tending to all the brunch tables and those at the bar. Took forever just to get their attention or drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was the worst ever. Did not get food after waiting for over 2 hours. Do not come here for brunch ever.

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vipBayouGentleman
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall2food1service1ambience1

I didn’t realize that Policy downsized so much. Not only within the building but their menu as well. This use to be my favorite Brunch spot, but I haven’t been in a while due to travel. Needless to say I have to find a new spot. It also took over 30 minutes for my waffles to come out.

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vipNicole
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food was ok though it was salty and in very small portions (with the exception of the Yuca Hash). Service was not great; this was a result of staffing and not of the individual server (he was great) - but he was the only server for a very busy floor.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This place was great. Super brunch

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Annonymous
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The brunch was not bad. Prices on brunch items are moderate for the area. The food and drinks were average. Decorations were cool with an industrial look and outdoor patio.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall3food1service2ambience2

While the bottomless mimosas are great, the food was very disappointing (who serves waffles without butter or syrup of some kind?). Very limited vegetarian options. The service was understaffed and they only came by to check on us once.

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ErikF
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food is just terrible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food with excellent service. Couldn't have asked for a better brunch experience.

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KSMN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Can't actually comment on my experience with Policy because they cancelled my reservation the afternoon of my event

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall1food1service2ambience1

We have been to Policy many times and it's always been good. It would have been nice if they would have let us know they were remodeling. And clearly, even with a reduced menu selection, they cannot remodel and prepare a meal at the same time. The food was absolutely horrible.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We went for brunch and the drinks were the main reason we went. The price for the bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary's was good and we definitely enjoyed it. The music was also really good and the rooftop was a nice addition to the experience. Can't say the food is good though, that's the only downside.

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vipBrunchExpectations
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Unfortunately, we didn't even get to experience the restaurant. We walked in to no hostess, opened the door to the right where the main restaurant used to be. Of course the missing knob should have tipped up off for the construction on the other side of the door. No sign. Nothing saying closed. So we walk upstairs to where there was always additional seating and a bar to learn that that is now the "restaurant". We went to the bar and told the bartender that we had a reservation and were given menus. NOTHING like what was online. The menu is a short spaced out one pager with breakfast basics like All-American style. After asking about the menu, we were told, "oh yea. We are under construction. I'm sure if you looked st yelp pictures, this isn't anything that was on there and probably not what you were expecting". With that, we said thank you, and called a restaurant up the street to try.

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vipEllisseG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Menu was sub par and didn't reflect the menu on open table. Therefore we were very disappointed in the options listed. Everything was pretty basic. Service for bottomless drinks were slow. We asked for a side of bacon and we were told they couldn't accommodate this request.. which was odd. But the server came back and said they could after all.

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Mbfbc
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience1

They were under construction and we had an option of about 3 things,all of which I could make at home (sandwiches) so it felt quite overpriced for sandwiches.

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NeilT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was a great place to entertain out-of-town friends for brunch. It was my first exposure to the restaurant POLICY; slightly ironic given that I work in policy. I'll come back again!

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vipAmyD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall2food5service3ambience1

This place is way too loud. Food was good, but if you plan on having even the slightest conversation, avoid Policy.

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vipAndrea
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Brunch was good! We got the bagel sandwich and the Churrasco & Eggs. The only copmlaint is that the place was very loud, and Open table would only let us reserve high tops, though there were many regular tables around. Otherwise, good food!

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viputuathail
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food served professionally in a pleasant environment.

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Yormo
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food tasted so good and the champagne kept on coming. The service is really good and the servers are very attentive. Definitely going again.

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vipMike
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience5

It was too loud and you had this table talking and screaming the hold time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new look and redesigned menu is a far stretch from what Policy was once known for. My guests and myself were all blown away by the flavors and presentation. Good job Policy!

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vipMariaA
New York Area
185 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2017
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The arepas and French toast were great, the servic was slow even though it was quiet in a Sunday morning. Located in the heart of 14th street.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The service was honestly the worst part. It took a long time for a server to come to our table and once she finally came we waited a long time for drinks and food. Our server never came back once the food was dropped off until we were all set. From there we asked for the check and waited another 20 minutes before she came back having forgotten we asked for the check. The food was bland and over priced. It wasn't worth getting a cocktail as it took the bar forever to make them. There is a reason this place was completely empty on a Saturday night...

I would not come back here and would not recommend this to anyone.

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JessD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We thought the food and service was great! The restaurant is very noisy though.

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vipElyse
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Policy wasn't bad, but my husband and I weren't overly impressed by either the drinks or the food. I found the food to be very salty, and we even left some of our food behind because we didn't love the flavor. Again it wasn't bad, but just wasn't overly impressive.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

First time being at Policy! It was a good spot to start a Sunday Funday. It was very busy and a lot smaller than I expected. Wasn't a fan of the high tops being in the middle of the restaurant. Service was ok and friendly. Would come back.

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vipilovetoeat
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a quick dinner before a show at the Lincoln Theater, and loved the food. We sat outside and it was quite early, so I can't reflect on the noise level or the ambiance. The food was delicious, served in small plates/large plates style. The yuca fries and the chicken empanadas were delicious to start, which we followed with the duck breast and the mushroom and sweet potatoes with black-eyed peas. I also had a glass of white wine. Everything was nicely presented, fairly priced and delicious. We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Easter Brunch. The Brunch was so good!

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NikiW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm a huge fan of Policy and have eaten here a number of times. I'm gluten, dairy, soy AND vinegar intolerant and I always find tasty things to eat :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first stop (of many) on the day of my birthday celebration.
We came in for brunch and everyone enjoyed their meals. The mimosas were absolutely delicious. Our server was awesome and she had a fun demeanor. This was everyone's first time at the restaurant and we all agreed we'd return for another round!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Policy was okay we had a surprise: going away brunch here. We did have reservations. More people can then I thought. We was accompanied but it seem like people was upset. Out good came out late. We had a noise complaint, that set a bad mood over our day. Overall it was okay but not what I thought it would be.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My entire experience was amazing. I keep bringing friends back for brunch. Especially Luis !!! Although he is not our waiter he would keep checking on use whenever our waiter was busy with other customers

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vipKevin
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall3food4service5ambience2

I am deeply saddened that Policy has removed their Shrimp & Grits from their now underwhelming menu. While many restaurants offer shrimp & grits, no one makes it like Policy did. Their's was on a whole other plane and the sole reason I trekked into the district, past so many other, now better dining choices, on Saturday mornings. I probably won't be back to put up with the raucous, millennial, bottomless drink crowd.

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