Smith Commons

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Smith Commons Dining Room & Public House is a three-story neighborhood bistro on the H Street NE corridor in the Atlas Arts District. With an international menu of approachable cuisine and an array of craft beers, wines and cocktails at three bars, Smith Commons offers something for every palate. The well-honed interiors, outdoor spaces and eclectic music welcome Smiths and friends nightly.

Smith Commons is a different kind of dining destination in Washington, D.C., serving artfully crafted dishes prepared by chefs with multi continental flare, without the white tablecloths or the pretense. Executive Chef Kamal Chanaka creates a fresh new menu each month, with inspirations from around the globe and from the greater mid-Atlantic region.
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Sun - Fri 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

What 940 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

There are much better options on H Street.

WJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was nice but as the evening switched over to more of a club, the music levels kept going up-and-down. It was OK once you were use to the new music level.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to brunch as a party of 8 to celebrate my friend’s birthday. The restaurant seated us at our reservation time and the wait service was immediate and attentive. The kitchen accommodated our additions and special requests with ease. All of food was prepared exactly how we ordered it, which is a huge accomplishment for a large party. The food itself was amazing!! And the bottomless bellinis flowed generously. A fantastic experience. Thank you for making my friend’s birthday celebration seamless and special.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Very nice and quaint spot. Food was very good and the space was quiet enough to enjoy conversation.

PC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food and service. Absolutely can’t wait to ret

HS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and inexpensive. I got lobster curry which was the best meal I have had in months. It was a full lobster tail for $18. Crazy cheap. My date got the tacos and he said they were excellent. Waitress was very responsive. We’ll definitely be back.

RT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We want to frequent this place and claim it as a favorite neighborhood spot. But the decibel again and again proves to be the hindrance. Too loud. We had to change seating just to not shout at each other. In this past visit one of the servers was sitting at the bar eating her lunch, taking breaks to server her customers. That was weird.

T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious, including the vegetables. Food was served hot. Had the duck which was tender, not greasy and seasoned to perfection. This is my 3rd time at this restaurant and so far, it hasn't disappointed.

BL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, generous portions and a great value found within a friendly neighborhood community. We had the Sunday Brunch which offered unique approaches to traditional plates.

OT
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I went there for brunch. The menu is exceptional

DC
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food at a reasonable price in the H Street neighborhood!

O
Cincinnati
69 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had several people recommend Smith while we vacationed in Washington DC. It didn't disappoint, although service was spotty. Kudos to our server who was attentive and gracious in helping us on wine selection and even the entrees. The hanger steak was incredible. My salmon dish was equally very good, as were our friend's dishes. The only issue we had was the entrees came out at different times which we didn't understand. Besides that minor issue, we would highly recommend Smith.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great as usual

BE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good and great atmospheric

AH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were seated at 12pm and then asked at 12:30pm to move to a different table or the bar area by 1:30pm because they over booked the section we sat at. That was no problem! But at 12:38 the hostess kept coming over to our table looking to see if we were done, then at 12:45 they asked us to move. It was very very very inconsiderate.

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, and nice presentation in a friendly atmosphere.

g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love the ambiance. Great for a romantic date or even a girlfriend’s birthday celebration. The design of the restaurant is beautiful.

MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good but not what the pictures on the Internet showed. Was told menu was outdated by the server. Overall, it was cooked good and had good flavor but after seeing pictures and reviews online, I had a different idea of what I was actually going there for. Very loud inside, and in not such a great part of town. Peddlers were in the restaurant asking for money while we were trying to have dinner. Too pricey for what you're getting. Pictures make it look a lot nicer. Too pricey for what you're getting.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience for brunch and and with our server Hugo.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

perfection. staff absolutely great. Food georgous!

LD
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped by for a solo late dinner and surprisingly they had the US Open Women's semi-finals match on. Bartender Ernesto helped me out with the best food and wine options since this was my first time here. The spare rib tips are amazing. The ambience is lovely and most importantly, it's black owned. I look forward to coming back here and trying out their brunch!

S
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Advice - if you don't want "high energy" or lots of noise, don't come on the weekend to eat dinner. But yes, come on over to eat. Food was great!!!!! Each of the dishes we ordered was top notch. Mussels in Thai curry with great chunk of bread that had been grilled, the BBQ rib appetizer was delicious; the 4 lamb chops were cooked just right and the accompanying vegetables were perfect. Salad was subsantial and the raw tuna appetizer delightful.
So yes, going for the food is well worth it , just check to see what's happening that night.

We'll go back on a quieter night.

MD
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

This was a great Brunch experience. The service lack some but the food made up for it.

G
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really like Smith Commons. We go on the early side because the noise levels get too high for us. Great menu. Presentation and taste is great.

MV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good menu and the food was outstanding. Great service and a fun bar. Will go back when in D.C.

KB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The good - food, drinks, prices, service
The bad - the noise level is terrible in there and the bathrooms are horrific

M
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and service. We are a group a ladies traveling to various restaurants throughout the DMA. Smith Commons was on our Agenda for this past Saturday. Will provide additional comments on our Facebook page.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

CA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We had an outstanding waiter! He was friendly, attentive and accommodating. My daughter ordered the French toast and didn’t realize it had nuts, which she doesn’t like. He willingly took it back and invited a different order. The manager then came over and repeated that it was no problem and her new order would follow soon. Really good service. The noise level was pretty high so not good for business dining. We had a great time. It’s a friendly space with nice rustic decor. 3 floors. The food was decent, but not extraordinary. Totally worth the visit for the good service and good time.

NR
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is outstanding. Our table was located next to the server computer. We constantly had a "third" person at our table when the server leaned over to enter their order. We would have had a completely delightful experience at another table.

JJ
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We looove going to Smith Commons for brunch. We love their bottomless mimosas.
Our favorite server is Hugo and we ALWAYS ask for him. The experience is even better with him. I always recommend this place to my friends when looking for a brunch place. You’ll not be disappointed!

BJ
New England
47 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food coupled with a sense that this restaurant understands hospitality. It will exceed your expectations. Love this place!

BW
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my first time and it reminded me of cafe experience i have in the city
(new york city)

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The server was not very attentive. We had to search for him to refill drinks or ask for condiments. However, our food was AMAZING!

AG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and our server was very pleasant and accommodating. I enjoyed the entire experience, and would recommend Smith Commons. Our party enjoyed appetizers and entrees before we went to the Mosaic Theatre for a performance. It was a lovely evening.

l
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Ernesto was wonderful. I always enjoy my time at the restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food presentation was beautiful. Food taste was great. Price was average.

Service was impeccable

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived at Smith Commons and was seated immediately. We enjoyed the wide selection of beers and other beverages. Additionally, the food was really great. Everyone in our party enjoyed their food and raves about it!

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stellar food and service

J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Great food and service. Restaurant was very noisy. Difficult to hear conversations.

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