About Policy

“Start early, finish late …” Welcome to Policy Restaurant and Lounge

With a focus on colorful, creative dishes and cocktails, Policy‘s menu is designed using seasonal and local ingredients.

1904 14th street,NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Wednesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am,

Happy Hour:
Tuesday - Friday : 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
*last seating is 30 minutes before the kitchen closes*

Cross Street:
T street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 387-7654

Website:
http://www.policydc.com/

Entertainment:
Upstairs Lounge : DJ starts @ 10:00 PM. Music is top 40s. Friday (DJ Sung Kim) and Saturday (DJ Tom Lim) nights are the busiest. Please email Jessica at jmarilyn@policydc.com for bottle service and large party late night reservations.

Parking Details:
Metro Accessible via the Yellow and Green lines using the U St./American Civil War metro station

Metered Street Parking is available on 14th Street NW

Reeves Center Parking Garage is located on the corner of U St. and 14th St. NW

Public Transit:
U Street Cardozo/ Shaw Metro Stop (Green and Yellow Line)

Private Party Facilities:
Host your next private event at Policy! This open and airy lounge space with unique graffiti art work and an outdoor patio creates a memorable event that your guests will always remember. Accommodating Happy Hours, Holiday Parties, Fundraisers, Social Events and Corporate events.

Private Party Contact:
Jessica Cifuentes: (877) 646-2451

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:


Wednesday - Half Price Wine Night - All wine's are half price!

Thursday - Happy Hour All Night

Tuesday-Friday - Happy Hour 5 - 7PM - Discounted Drinks and Food.



Fridays & Saturdays - Upstairs lounge. DJ starts @ 10:00 PM

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 29, 2011

The food was of high quality, with a fabulous combination of ingredients, a taste sensation. Someone knows what they are doing in the kitchen. The floating kitchen concept is ridiculous. My tuna main dish came outso late after the beef dish that I had to ask to take it home, I was no longer hungry. They should have taken it off my bill, it was so ridiculously I think they forgot about it. The bill got pricey though. I would go back for the happy hour treats a $4 a piece and incredible value. The short ribs sliders were unbelievable. The lighting was weird I could not see my food.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 29, 2011

I've been to Policy many times before and have always had a great experience, but this visit was outstanding. The staff and management were very accommodating to our large party and our service was on point at every moment. We are still talking about the amazing food and drinks. The chef serves small plates from a “floating kitchen” where the dishes are delivered as they are ready and can be shared. There are plenty of options for any tastes. The bar serves up signature cocktails and a crazy awesome beer selection. I highly recommend visiting Policy for dinner and if you're up for it spending the evening in their lounge upstairs.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 26, 2011

We went during a snowstorm, and there were about 6 patrons in the entire restaurant, so we talked to the bartender for a while about the various drinks and food on offer. It was a Wednesday, when they have half-priced bottles of wine (starting around $20, I believe, so still not terribly cheap), but they also have happy hour specials until 8pm every day of the work week. We ordered a bunch, including spiked apple cider and glasses of wine for $5, and various appetizers for $4 each, include awesome tuna tartare. They also serve main dishes that are halfway between tapas and full main courses. I thought they were fairly priced at about $10 each. You can share AND get enough food. The ambiance is a bit dark and moody, as a head up.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 25, 2011

We took advantage of the extra week of restaurant week specials. Everything I had was delicious and we didn't have to wait long for any of our 4 courses. Attentive service and a great atmosphere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2011

Warm, hip ambiance in the dining room. Every dish was delicious -- and we got to try just about everything on the menu because we were a large party that shared the dishes family style. The restaurant week menu was more than ample.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2011

Food was outstanding and the service was great.
However the food did not come out at the same time. At both the first course and the second course the plates dribbled out to the table (party of 3).
The Hangar Steak took forever to make it to the table.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2011

Went for restaurant week and they featured a 4 course meal instead of 3, which featured a wide variety of excellent dishes -- pork belly w/ kim chee, flank steak, crispy rock shrimp were a big hit!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2011

Held my brother's birthday party up in the Lounge, twenty people total. Food and service that night was GREAT -- worked with the on-site rep to order the dishes (restaurant week menu) when we arrived and everything came out in a timely manner. Used dishes were picked up promptly, enough silverware sets provided throughout the night and serving staff friendly. We arrived EARLY (6pm) and left at 9pm, don't know if that helped us get the great service. The sliders and scallops were the main menu hits and guests raved about the donuts and bread pudding. Drinks were yummy and everyone found something to their liking. The only disappointment was with their pre-planning staff, they really dropped the ball and I almost canceled the party.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2011

First and foremost the food at Policy is really something special. The Chef cooks with his whole heart and you can taste that in his food. There is something special about this place. If you look good, high quality food, and like me, you hate pretentious places full of self-important types, you will love Policy. High quality dining in a relaxed, lively environment. What more do you want?! The Chef is amazing and -- side note -- totally hot. Our server Ryan was amazing and so funny! This is my new favorite place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2011

Excellent food, excellent wine list, nice cocktails. I would definitely go again. Service a bit amateur, but well meaning.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2011

What a gem! I, a visitor from SFCA, (and a foodie) suggested to a DC friend that we try POLICY. He had never been there either, so off we went!

The portions were bigger than the usually miniature Tapas fare, yet small enough to have more than one.

We had Rock Shrimp and Tuna Tartare for firsts; Sausages and Gnocchi for seconds; lamb sliders and short ribs for thirds; brussel sprouts and fries for sides.

The flavor pallette of each dish was unique, fresh, distinctive, and carefully though out. Well seasoned, layed, and decidedly authentic!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2011

We had a great waiter and other support staff were good too. The kitchen was responsive to our adding extra plates later in the meal. We liked the menu choices and how fresh the vegetables were. However, Policy, like several other restaurants lately, has a policy of not seating anyone until the whole party arrives. Maybe this makes sense at highly busy times, but for a 6:00 pm pre-theater reservation of 4 "older folks," aka over 55, this is unbearably rude treatment- the foyer is tiny, and cold on a winter evening. And no one else was in the whole place when the first couple arrived. Being told to "wait at the bar" holds little appeal. It does not make us want to return soon. We spent ~$180.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 14, 2011

Great cocktails, excellent service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2011

The server carded me but not my date - SOOOO inappropriate. If you are going to card one person at the table, then you need to card EVERYONE. Otherwise, it's just rude. And, the server was very wishy-washy, kept trying to take out plates when clearly we had TONS of food on them and when I needed something would walk away, yet harass us when we didn't need anything. That guy definitely needs more training on how to read your table.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2011

The food was great. We were seated next to the bar, which was not great because there were people standing all around us the entire time and it was very noisy for the kind of food prices they have. Get a table away from the bar. The food also comes out as each dish is cooked, so you do not receive them all at once-- which can be a pain when you are there with a group... we received almost all of our food and my friends had only received one dish. The brussel sprouts, gnocchi, and scallops were amazing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2011

I enjoyed it so much the first time that I had to return. This is a great place and I really enjoy it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2011

This place is far beyond some trendy looking bar. The food, a treasure waiting to be discovered, completely outshines the decor and beautiful crowd. Favorite dishes include sweet potato gnocchi, short ribs, hama-hama oysters (best oyster I've had), the special with mussels and sausage (note: the mussels are a good size), and hand-cut fries which are surprisingly satisfying with the accompanying black truffle mayo.
The waitress recommend 2-3 plates per person, but some of these are more filling than others (i.e. gnocchi and mussels), so depending on your appetite and drink consumption, you can probably pick 1 or 2 and save room for their refreshing key lime panna cotta. I will definitely be going back to this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2011

Policy is surprisingly ambitious -- a number of fairly complicated dishes which they pulled off pretty well. I also like the small portions and commensurate prices, so it's a good grazing experience. My only complaints: you can't get the TVs out of your sight-lines, and the service was pleasant but spotty. Well worth the $, however.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2010

Every dish was delicious, and the service was top-notch. This is the best restaurant I've been to in months.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2010

I'm unfortunately too accustomed in DC to overpaying to be underwhelmed. Not so with Policy. It follows the somewhat tired "small plates" formula, but the plates are more medium-sized, incredibly well-prepared, and best of all, delicious. I can without hesitation recommend the following: pan seared scallops with spinach, lobster-mascarpone crepes (a wee bit on the heavy side), brussels sprouts with goat cheese and creme fraiche, mushrooms in polenta, olives with sliced garlic and anchovies, and just about the best sweet potato gnocchi ever. My server's recommendation for dessert was brilliant: housemade zeppole (little Italian beignet balls in powdered sugar) with two dipping sauces: chocolate ganache and vanilla creme anglaise. Brilliant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2010

Great food, atmosphere and cocktails. We ended up just about licking the plates clean. Highly recommend the Beekeeper and Kentucky Ninja cocktails. The Mussels, brussel sprouts and potato gnocchi were definitely the highlights. While a little noisy, the restaurant had a nice ambience and the service was great. All in all, definitely check out Policy.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2010

Policy is unique because it combines a friendly, informal atmosphere with food that would be at home in a much more formal expensive restaurant. Take your friends there, it will enhance your reputation.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2010

It was very cold in the restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2010

I love the menu! The portions are good for the price. The staff is great! A great find!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2010

Too expensive for quantity of food served. food is well prepared

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2010

Its a little too dark for eating when the sun goes down.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2010

I love the gnocchi, in fact- that dish is why I go back.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 3, 2010

Funky place, but really, really good food and cocktails.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2010

I am always impressed. Great time

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2010

Everything about dining (and drinking) at Policy was a good experience. Our server was wonderful, and helped us choose from their unique list of drinks, even giving us a bit of history on absinthe while preparing my absinthe drip and setting the sugar cube aflame. The food was wonderful - sweet potato gnocchi, beets with bleu cheese mousse, and apple crisp for dessert - and the drinks themselves were delicious...but avoid the Pim's Cup if you're a lightweight. The best was the lychee-lemongrass mojito. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2010

Great place to celebrate a birthday.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2010

I really enjoyed my food experience. I loved the brussels sprouts with goat cheese and bacon and I loved the Skirt steak. But the waitress totally forgot 2 of my friends coffees since the place got busy.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2010

we have found this to be one of our new favorites when we visit DC. Love the small plates and feel of the restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2010

GREAT, GRAT food. Larger portion than most tapas restaurants (not complaining). Wonderful enviornment....would HIGHLY recommend!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 13, 2010

The duck three ways and crispy veal sweetbreads were the clear standouts, but the lobster and mascarpone crepes left us wanting...wanting more lobster, less mascarpone. The stir fried green beans may have been the best I've ever had. For drinks, the Fuego, a tequila-based cocktail, had a spot-on jalapeno spiciness. The Blood & Sand, a scotch-based drink, had the distinct, smokey scotch goodness...a very good cocktail. The sazerac was classic and was my favorite Policy cocktail offering.

Chef Brian Murphy and Policy, may not get the publicity of some of the big name chefs and their establishments, but for my money, I think Policy is one of the best values for well-executed, delicious food and craft cocktails in the area!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2010

I went on a Monday night, so it was pretty quiet. The food was really good, service was quick (because it was mostly empty), and I had a groupon so I couldn't complain about the price. The only thing I didn't like was the way it was decorated--for a low key Monday night dinner, it was very dark and everything was black and red and there was a bright light shining sideways from our booth wall. This would have been more fitting for a late night weekend dinner or something. Other than that, the three small plates we ordered were a perfect amt of food to share between two girls.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2010

Went to Policy and enjoyed almost all my food immensely. Had the lentils with cauliflower fritters- the lentils were good, but a bit sweet, it was the fritters which were amazing! The wagyu beef medallions were excellent, but nothing terribly special. We had the tuna tartar, which was a little overworked and had too much wasabi to taste the actual tuna- nothing bad, but a little disappointing considering the quality of the other two items. The portions are huge- 3 plates for two people was plenty. Great beer selection and I think a good wine selection too, although I didn't look too much at wine. The service is slow and they run off quickly- we were going to get dessert but after our meal our waiter disappeared.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 6, 2010

Super laid back and hip scene calls for casual attire. Jeans and Tshirts are fine. Given the laid back nature of the resturant my husband and I were surprised at the complex flavors of the food. Highly recommend this place! We will return for sure. hip 30 something bar upstairs if you want a cocktail after dinner.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2010

The food at Policy is AMAZING! I have gone twice, and both times, I have been very impressed. All of the flavors are very rich. I love the "small plate" aspect of it too because I was able to try a number of different dishes. The first time I went, we got 5 dishes between 2 of us, and that was perfect. The second time I went, we got 6 plates between the 2 of us, and that was 1 too many. 5 seems to be a good number for 2 people. I very highly recommend Policy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2010

It is so loud. If you end up with one of the booths running along the length of the bar, you might as well not count on having a conversation.

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