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About Smith Commons
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.
Washington, DC 20002
Contemporary American, International
Hours of Operation:
Monday: 4:30pm—11pm ( $5.00 Smith Hour all night, Serving bar menu only)
Sunday: 11am-3pm Jazz brunch; 4pm-7pm Smith Hour, Dinner 5pm-10pm
Smith Hour Daily from 4:30 to 7pm, $5 Beer, Cocktails & Bar Menu
12th Street, NE
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Specially selected musical selections will fill the dining room and "Commons" levels on two and three nightly with an eclectic array of sounds and artists.
The Commons third level also includes a viewing screen for films and other digital media entertainment.
Please inquire with General Manager Ron McNeiLL for more information or send inquires to firstname.lastname@example.org
There is metered and non-metered parking on H Street and on residential side streets.
The two closest Metro stations to Smith Commons are the Red Line stops at New York Ave./Florida Ave./Gallaudet University Station and at Union Station. From the Metro stops, take a cab or X2 bus or walk to 1245 H St. NE. There is also a Capital Bikeshare station at 13th and H Streets.
Chef Kamal Chanaka
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Smith Commons has two special spaces available for private events: the second floor bar and lounge and the third floor loft "Smith" Room. Reservations and arrangements are required to host any events at Smith Commons. Please inquire with General Manager Ron McNeiLL for more information. You may also send inquiries to email@example.com
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Smith Commons Ratings and Reviews
Loved the restaurant and the sunday brunch! Big servings for nice price. My only issue with this restaurant is the PARKING! It's absolutely NO WHERE to park. Road around for 15mins looking for parking and had to park about 5 blocks down the street. Definitely took an uber back to my car afterwards.
We were sitting near the back on a cold night. For some reason a staff person would open and leave the back door open allowing a cold breeze to hit us and our table. We asked the first time and our waiter took his time closing the door. The slowness of our waiter caused me to notice our appetizer plates were not cleared by the food runner, our busboy or our waiter, after the main courses arrived. The second time it was left open we asked another person since our waiter was not nearby. It seemed odd the staff didn't convey to coworkers that leaving the door open was a problem for customers. We ate quickly and left within an hour. The food was fine, it did not make up for the cold and poor service, and I would not go again in winter.
This was an after a matinee dinner on a Sunday, so we got in just at the beginning of dinner. The staff was very friendly; the circumstances that I saw online was true - the music was much too loud for two seniors (we asked them to turn it down and they did immediately); as they got crowded the noise level got louder (I think it is because young people just seem to talk loud😂). Now for the 5 star review - I had the Lamb Crops and they were simply divine- the best I have ever had!! My friend had the shrimp scampi and she said it was delicious- I did not take her up on her offer to sample, because I so busy licking my plate!! Even with the noise level a little louder than I liked - I certainly will/would go back!!
The Jazz brunch was a fantastic first date!! We ordered the salmon hash and the biscuits and gravy as starters not knowing it was going to be a full meal. We had to try the fries and they are hands down the best I’ve had with their special sauce. Bottomless mimosas added the perfect touch.
The food was amazing and huge portions! Started with the charcuterie board and we were stuffed by the end of it. I highly suggest the duck and the truffle mac and cheese! I will be having them both as leftovers for lunch today. The noise level is loud but it's what you expect from a bar.
The food was very good and well presented and I enjoyed the wine list. I have now been here 3 times hoping that the first two times problems were due to its recent opening, however, the service is still lacking for the price. It is also lacking a clear theme, is it a neighborhood eatery or an upscale restaurant? I feel like it has promise but the frequent understaffing and behavior of the servers is lackluster.
This was my first experience at this H Street restaurant . The lamb chops were recommended by the waiter and they were delicious. There was a reception on the third floor to preview the space for events. The complimentary food and open bar were well received. I will return and have told friends they can put Smith Commons on the list of places to go for a great dining experience.
The food was good and I liked the space. We were there for brunch on Sunday which turned out to be a live jazz brunch. I liked the live music, however the space was very noisy and it was hard to hear my friends over the noise. Perhaps some rugs or wall hangings would make it less raucous so you could carry on a conversation without yelling.
Great food and service only one complaint is that they sat my table of 4 (with a reservation) and placed us at a two person table. when we asked to move to the open 4 person table next to us they said it was already reserved and then they proceeded to sit two individuals there for their meal. Becides that great food and service.
I wanted to share a musical experience with a special friend. So I made reservations. However, walking in the door, a table of ladies very loud, which I didn't care for. And a group was celebrating and it was as if they were the only ones in the restaurant. The band ended earlier than 3pm.
Sriracha put on everything: vegetable flatbread appetizer, salmon and duck breast entrees. This is not welcome when my dining companion's stomach protests violently and I dislike the taste. The waiter and cook were excellent on not including any tomatoes per our requests, but we had no way of knowing that sriracha, albeit in small but quite discernible amounts, was to be put on everything. When this was brought to their attention, they did provide some rolls and butter to assist in muting the impact of inadvertently eaten spice. The flatbread, listed as an appetizer, was delivered at the same time as the entrees, which were listed as entrees. Again we had no way of knowing that we needed to declare that the appetizer was to be served first by itself. The salmon ordered medium was served well done. The duck breast ordered medium rare was tough. This was pre-theater on a Wednesday evening and although the restaurant was slowly filling up, it felt endless between drinks being served and all the food arriving at the same time.
It's always so refreshing to find a new place to dine that exceeds one's expectations. My friend and I were attending a performance at Atlas and we don't frequent the H Street Corridor, but the reviews for Smith Commons were so good we decided to try it out. First of all, our waiter, Hugo, was exceptionally attentive and knowledgeable. His suggestions were absolutely spot-on. We started with a Pisco cocktail that was out of this world, and we were torn among several entrees so Hugo guided us through the menu and we ultimately settled on the cheese ravioli with vegetables and curry sauce and the sea scallops with corn and arugula. Both were exceptional and inventive--perfectly prepared and seasoned, with a mix of flavors that was sublime. The drinks and the meal were savory and delectable, and Hugo's friendly expertise was greatly appreciated!
The ambience is fun and casual--exposed brick walls, lots of wood--and the prices are reasonable. We'll be back, even without Atlas tickets!
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