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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, 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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 (Austin)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food is just terrible.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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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·Dined on August 12, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 17, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Excellent food served professionally in a pleasant environment.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 7, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 2, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Fun, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 28, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 20, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We had Easter Brunch. The Brunch was so good!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2017

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 :)

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 2, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 25, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 25, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Absolutely love Policy! Always great service with great food...best mimosas in town!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Went to Policy for brunch on Sunday and had a really good time. Great food and great service!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Food was very good and it wasn't super crowded around noon. A touch too noisy but still worth it!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Loved the food, service and ambiance! We tried drinks, apps, entrees, and dessert every single thing we tried was better than the last.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Came for dinner with two friends for Restaurant Week. I appreciated the diverse selection of dishes available for the four-course tasting menu. While the service was above average and the food quite tasty, the half-wall between the bar and dining area did little to shield us from the very lively bar! It was difficult to carry on a conversation and the tables were packed closely together, making it difficult to access our table from the bathrooms or to enter/exit the restaurant. However, I would consider coming again for drinks or to check out their upper level space.

Tags: Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere. Service was a touch slow (restaurant week so I am giving them the benefit of the doubt) but our waitress was great and wonderful about it. Restaurant is a touch loud (sometimes it was hard to hear) but that is nothing uncommon with places like these (also, restaurant week probably played a role). Definitely coming back though!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 28, 2017

We tried Policy for the first and enjoyed the ambiance and unique and flavorful food selection. Food portions are small (tapas) and priced accordingly. Be ready to share as the food comes out in a somewhat random order.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2017

This experience was really lackluster. We tried to order off the special Wednesday night make-your-own arepa menu, but the waitress had no idea what we were talking about and didn't ask to find out (this is a special that's listed on their website as of recently, and currently is there). What we ordered was fine - my boyfriend's arepa was like if you put popcorn chicken in a really thin crust corn object. The environment was pretty depressing too. Not planning to come back.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 20, 2017

It was a good experience overall.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2017

I've heard about this place a few times from some friends that are DC locals. I decided to give it a try for a friends welcome home/birthday party the other night. The prices were great, the food was delicious, and even though they did not have the wine I wanted in particular, the bartender went above and beyond to create a mixture of two wines for me to mimic that flavor. Overall we had a great experience. I believe my servers name of Andrew, he was amazing. I hear the brunch is delicious also.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2017

The food was fine, but nothing to write home about. Service was poor - the waiter seemed uninterested and was unfamiliar with the wine list, which led to us ordering poorly. I wouldn't return.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Good food. Was hoping the steak and eggs were twelve dollars again :(

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Great place! The service was good and the food and drinks were excellent. I will definitely come back again!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Bar Seating, Late-night Find
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