Silver - Cathedral Commons

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$30 and under
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American
Offering an innovative and broad chef-driven menu, healthier options, local craft beers and American cocktails.
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n
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Love the food and the location. This most recent visit the service was off—but ultimately the manager made it right. The veggie huevos rancheros is my brunch go to!

R
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Silver offers a lovely selection of creative dishes with a strong organic and vegetarian accent. The free parking at the nearby Giant garage is a huge plus in this congested neighborhood. On a rainy-sleety slow Saturday night, we found the food a bit mediocre. Service, which in general is not Silver’s strong suit, was also just under the weather.

I prefer Silver on a weekday morning, when you can easily find a quiet comfortable booth to spread out and be creative or have a great conversation at leisure. The Compass Coffee is splendid, and Silver’s breakfast cuisine does not disappoint.

KS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, good food and price point: the server was outstanding

TP
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I think the chef or cooking staff has changed

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly staff, wonderful ambiance

KO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good service! Menu is creative and I appreciate some dishes that had plant based ingredients.

JD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a reservation, which another party “claimed” and the restaurant still accommodated our party of six.

R
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Staff was friendly and receptive. Food was okay. I wouldn’t pick it over the lower priced Silver Diner. Nice ambiance.

BR
London
41 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Slow service, charged incorrectly and ambiance too much like a diner at more expensive prices

JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

It took about 30 minutes just to get drinks, and it was over an hour to get food because they were apparently out of fish, but our server basically disappeared and avoided us and never advised us of this. We then asked the manager, who was very nice and comped our drinks. The fish was cooked well, except that the breading was soggy as if the cooking oil was not hot enough. I believe the manager offered us a free dessert as well, but at that point it was so late that we just paid our bill and left. This was a Monday evening and the lace was not that busy.

JJ
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This Sunday's brunch was not Silver's Best Day. Place was crowded, food service was slow, even slower when someone else gets your pan cakes :)

But overall, recommend Silver - service is normally quite quick and the staff is always pleasant.

Dishes recommended: any omelet, any pancakes; bison huevos are spicy; fried chicken sandwich is good.

They have a 10$ lunch special during the week - Tomato soup and Grilled Cheese - great taste and the price is right.

MB
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

While the food is excellent, the service was extremely slow. Despite being in close proximity to the servers' station, it took forever to be served water, forever to take our order, forever to serve the food, forever to clear our table, and forever to provide the check. No inquires about appetizers or deserts. Pretty frustrating evening. And then the food was relatively cooled off as well; great taste, poor temp.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was great. The food was too salty.

FC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was not good, we were ignored and the waiter took forever to come around our table several times. Too busy chatting with other members of the staff and checking his phone. The salads were amazing, definitely worth dealing with the bad service that day but they should improve it!

JC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was buzzing, so noise level is up a bit.
The service was great, not rushing us to finish the meal. The food is consistently great.
I especially love this place is it starts serving early, you can get early breakfast and doesn't need reservation. Great for early birds!

MM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Sometimes, you just want things to be simple. I understand that chefs like to show their creativity and I appreciate that, but sometimes you just want classics done well.

CA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I have noticed a significant decline in the quality of Silver’s food over the past two years. I have lived in the neighborhood for about three years and have probably dined there 10 to 12 times.
The food has gone from mediocre to actually bad. Eggs were rubbery with burnt edges, guac toast had a weird unpleasant combination of toppings. potato wedges were bland etc. (My group of four was there for breakfast.)
It is so convenient to go there but I must stop. The Starbucks next door sucks be a better choice at this point.
Further, the food is across-the-board about 20 to 25% overpriced for a comparable fare in Washington DC.

S
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A new favorite....food was good and the place was not overly crowded...we will be back!

VB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love the variety on the menu at this art-deco restaurant with a great vibe. I have multiple menu favorites but had the low-cal Lemon Piccata Chicken and it was delicious. Servers are usually friendly and attentive, even when this restaurant is bustling (which it often is on weekends, especially for brunch.) On a weeknight evening, when it was 40 degrees out, a family was dining on the outdoor patio in front of the outdoor fire with their children and the family dog. Inside, there was a gathering at the bar of area millennials. The restaurant has wide-demographic appeal with families, singles and date-night couples dining. Great happy hour specials and small plates as well.

D
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Good service. Nice spot but overpriced for the quality of food received.

l
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We weren't sure what to expect after reading many reviews: some positive, some not. We were there for an early dinner before an event at the Washington National Cathedral. Both the hostess and our server were not only cheerful and pleasant, but very efficient and helpful. My spouse had the under 600 calorie scallops dinner and was surprised by how generous and well-prepared it was. I expressed interested in the fish taco warm bowl until I saw that the fish was fried. Our server said I could have the Mahi Mahi grilled instead of fried for a small additional charge. It was delicious: warm brown rice, fresh grilled fish, avocado, salsa, veggies, etc. All in all, we enjoyed satisfying, healthy meals at a very reasonable price.

KD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a fish entree and the chicken lemon dish; both were delicious. Even though we arrived at the change of shift, the service was smooth and attentive. We've been to this restaurant twice now and will definitely return for more meals. It has a friendly neighborhood vibe.

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Very bad service. 3 different servers, none of whom took ownership of our table. Then the restaurant had the nerve to mark us as no shows on open table. This after poor service we didn’t complain about and $100 spent and being on time for our reservation. A very poor showing for Silver. We will think twice about returning.

SS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Dependably good, but could be lots better. Omelet with smoked salmon was ok, but not too flavorful and a little skimpy. Service was decent and friendly, but no longer waits than necessary to order and get check. Despite making a reservation, I was again seated near the waitstaff station, which is noisy and unappealing to look at. Better experience when sitting in one of the booths upfront.

JN
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Love how you've transformed the notion of "diner." Food was pretty good although my oatmeal was not hot. Menu is interesting and fun. Will come again.

OT
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed a comfort dish of fried chicken, Mac and cheese, and garlic green beans, sitting in one of the comfortable booths. Our server was very attentive without bring overly so. Silver is a neighborhood restaurant for me; I’m glad we have it.

N
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good spot for family dining. However, if you’re not into kids and dogs sharing your dining space, this may not be the place for you. Overall, the food and service is great. We were visiting a friend in D.C. and we liked our dinner so much (try the shrimp and grits) we went back the next morning for brunch!

ML
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We've been to this restaurant many times and enjoyed it. Last time there, my hamburger was undercooked. When I brought it to the attention of the waitress, she brought over the manager right away, who was very apologetic. They served me a completely new dish, properly cooked, and the manager offered to pay for it. Very responsive and responsible service. And the burger was excellent.

LR
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The place is very good for lunch. The service was quick and helpful, the food chices were explained in a helpful way.
Enjoyed the experience

CG
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for an event, had time for breakfast on Sunday and found Silver. The food was fantastic and the service was very good. I highly recommend the Chorizo and Bison Hash Huevos Rancheros and the Oreo Boozy Milk Shake! To die for! The pineapple right side up pancakes were great too!

PS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked a Rez very shortly before arriving and then arrived early enough for the proceeding time slot. The hostess refused to seat us despite open tables and my knowledge that I could have booked earlier- moments before.

She gave some explanation regarding technology but I think it’s a problem when managing tech gets in the way of providing service.

I’d been meaning to go to silver for a while but won’t be back.

h
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The atmosphere was great and the food was decent. The service was great. We were disappointed about the Market Fish and Chips. There was very little fish for the price we paid, and it definitely was not worth the price.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience4

Appetizer came out before our drinks, one of our dinners was placed incorrectly by the server. I received my food 20 minutes before my fiancé because of their mistake. The servers are nice and offered us free dessert, but we wanted to go out to eat and enjoy ourselves and just left feeling frustrated.

JS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant offered a nice selection. I got the scallops and they were wonderful. Nice roomy booths and pleasant surroundings. I would highly recommend this place.

ZS
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The miso salmon salad is terrific. The management is also so thoughtful - last time, an order of bacon was forgotten, and they gave us a voucher for a free entree. This time, they let us redeem that voucher even though it was past the expiration date. They really value their customers!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Worst service in 10 years

LB
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our server was friendly and attentive, and three of the four of us found the food to be good. It took a long time for the food to arrive, though, and the restaurant was too noisy for us to talk without shouting.

DC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Good good. The service is a bit slow. Had to ask for our drinks twice. The server blamed the bar. Not a great answer. Just apologize for the wait and bring the drinks. I think the server just forgot to pick them up from the bar.

AK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were excellent. The end booth was a little tight.

M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We sat outside on a Sunday morning. It was lively and social and very pleasant. Felt like the place to have brunch!