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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.

1245 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, International

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 4:30pm—11pm ( $5.00 Smith Hour all night, Serving bar menu only)
Tuesday-Thursday: 4:30pm-11pm
Friday: 4:30pm-2am
Saturday: 4:30pm—2am
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

Cross Street:
12th Street, NE

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 396-0038

Website:
http://www.smithcommonsdc.com/

Entertainment:
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.

Catering:
Please inquire with General Manager Ron McNeiLL for more information or send inquires to smith@smithcommonsdc.com

Parking Details:
There is metered and non-metered parking on H Street and on residential side streets.

Public Transit:
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.

Executive Chef:
Chef Kamal Chanaka

Additional:
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 smith@smithcommonsdc.com

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Smith Commons Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

3.9

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3.8

value

3.9

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Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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Comfort Food (11)
Cozy (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Special Occasion (9)
Fun (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Live Music (6)
Romantic (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great Beer (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Authentic (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
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Afternoon Coffee (2)
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Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Very pleasant, comfortable, friendly place with good food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 1, 2017

The food took nearly 45 minutes to arrive at the table. We ordered salads and appetizers.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Service was excellent, far and away better than otherwise comparable restaurant bars. Food as described on menu seemed boring but turned out to be uniquely prepared, interesting and good. Acoustics of the room, crowd, and live music made it very loud and hard to have intimate convo. Prices of food were high but on par with similar places. Alcoholic beverages - though selection wide and varied - seemed generally overpriced.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 20, 2017

So noisy you could hear not hear your dining companions.
Service very slow

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2017

This was my second visit to Smith Commons in the first was about two years ago. Just to be able to sit, relax, and talk in a calm warm enviorment it always a plus.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2017

We picked this restaurant because it was close to the Atlas where we saw a show. We LOVED it. The food was excellent and Sheila gave us great service. We had a few limitations (no sugar, vegan) and the restaurant was very accommodating. Highly recommend. Looking forward to going back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Went for Jazz brunch. Ambience/experience was nice, food was ok. Bloody Mary was straight up bad. Most of the other food was solid but not notably. Service was a little spotty. Like the restaurant and space, prefer the bar experience more.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Fun place. Nice presentation. Each of us had the same dish, omelet which was very good. Nice day so front doors were wide open....Fun. Parking is a challenge so be forewarned. The lot next isn't part of Smith Commons and rumor has it you will be towed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Table of seven. Everyone enjoyed their food and drinks.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Loved the food and nice, casual atmosphere.

Butter chicken was fabulous.

Would definitely go back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

I've driven by this place several times and always wondered what it best like. Well...Saturday was the day I would stop in and I must say that it was a very good experience. The Pork Chops were cooked you the right medium temp and the apps are really good. Will definitely be going back!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Went for brunch - the mimosas were pre-made, sitting in a big beverage dispenser. They ended up being only slightly chilled and tasted watered down. The food also took a while to come out and was cold by the time it was served to us. I got the Smith's Hangover because I was told it was going to be a very large portion. It was average sized. Overall, the food was great, but I felt that they focused too much on the presentation of the dish. Good food overall, but could be better.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 30, 2017

At our table the salmon, butter chicken, and lamb chops all got high marks. Great service. Pretty noisy, though.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2017

I ordered their eggs Benedict, which were tasty, but I could barely hear my brunch buddy across the table. The music was way too loud for the number of people and conversations going on.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

I thought this was an upscale restaurant because it stated it was Capitol Hill but this was located on H St NE and that isn't Capitol Hill. The food was great but this was not the environment I expected and the food is overpriced.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 21, 2017

We had the scallops and the salmon. Both were excellent. We definitely will go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We frequent Smith Commons often but were first timers for their newly added brunch. I could not have loved the quality and unique flavor pairings more! Just like lunch and dinner. Brunch did NOT disappoint. Hugo was also the highlight of our Father's Day meal. Consider yourself lucky if he's around to assist and banter with you throughout your meal. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Fun, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Authentic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We went to this restaurant before seeing a play at the Mosaic Theatre. It was Father's Day and Sunday brunch so it was crowded and quite noisy (even when the live music stopped.). My carne assada steak, eggs and grits were delicious. The meat was super tender, cooked exactly as I liked it and th grits and gas were perfect. My husband's eggs Benedict was OK. The biscuits were a bit dry. The biggest disappointment was the smoked salmon hash tasted as if it was never within a mile of either smoke or salmon. It wasn't bad; it just should. It have been called smoked salmon hash. The Bloody Mary was fair. The service was fine. We got to the theater way early.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Always a great choice on H street.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 14, 2017

It was an overall great experience. The staff was great. The service was a little slow and our food was a little above room temperature. Our waitress was really nice and I think service would have been better, if she wasn't training another employee. She was super cool, so we tipped her well. If I could advise on anything, it would be to upgrade the food...it was very basic flavors, nothing exciting except for the fries -they're awesome!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Table for 6 for Sunday brunch. Warm hostess and servers. Very accommodating and flexible in substituting items or changing ingredients (for example, turning a fancy menu omelet into a spinach and cheese omelet; for the youngin' with us getting the mac without the cheese).
Food was great. The first floor jazz band was a delight. Looking forward to going back to Smith Commons.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 6, 2017

This was my first time here and suggested to me by a friend. We had reservations but it was a quiet Tuesday night so there was no wait even without reservations. The staff was very attentive. The food was excellent. I did not leave a morsel on my plate. I had the duck and it was outstanding. My friend had the butter chicken and enjoyed it as well. The bartender Antonio was quick and very pleasant. He made a pretty good Classic Old Fashioned. Overall it was a good restaurant and not overpriced. I would return and recommend it to others.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Love the food and the wonderful service. This was our second time and my sister enjoyed the 1/2 pound burger with fries and I had the Salmon burger with fries. They were both cooked to order and were perfect. Will keep going back to try out other items on the menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Smith Commons was not bad, but not great either, & the only reason I was in the neighborhood was to go to Church & State across street for cocktails. The food options were fairly limited, but the duck breast & risotto balls were tastefully prepared. The wait staff operated as a team, & the place was practically empty for my 6:15PM reservation, but it seemed they were more interested in talking & hanging out with each other then paying attention to their customers. Overall it was a good experience, but not one that I will go out of my way to repeat.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Had a 5pm reservation. Perfect for an early meal and quiet conversation. My sister had the Salmon (delicious) and I had the Scallops (Phenomenal). The presentation was exquisite. We will be going back to taste other items on the menu.
The wait staff were friendly and on point.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Unbelievably loud. Strained to hear my tablemate across from me.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The jazz band was amazing! I was slightly disappointed with the food. Ordered biscuits and sausage gravy served over grits, which only came with a drizzle of gravy. Given all the starch in the dish, it could have used more gravy or a sauce.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Food is outstandingly prepared but perhaps too fancy for some (not me though). Service is very good. Be sure to check out the 2nd and 3rd levels for nice views and the opportunity to eat outside. Live music sometimes. Types of patrons are quite varied.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Met someone for a first date. I had never been here before. I had steak and it was deliciously prepared. My date had butter chicken and was pleased with it. We had a nice red wine. Our waitress had trouble opening the bottle... But other than that it was fine. We split the chocolate brownie for dessert. Overall it was a nice place to spend an evening out. With all the choices in DC I probably wouldn't put it at the top of my list, but I'd go again. I'd probably order cheaper food. Appetizers,etc.

Tags: Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Excellent beers and small plates, with attentive service from the bar staff. Highly recommended.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The food was fantastic! But the space was so tight and loud intimate conversation was near impossible. We intentionally had a later dinner reservation hoping the crowd would thin and it did as we neared the end of our meal. After politely refusing another round and dessert we had to ask for the check, if we are done with everything what else was the server waiting for?

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 17, 2017

All dishes very good and our server was friendly and attentive. Will return. Corn meal coated scallops delicious as was octopus starter

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The manager at this establishment exceeded in the customer service expectations. I had a reservation issue and it was resolved along with multiple follow-up calls. This gets an A in my book. The food was delicious, bottomless bellinis and the staff was very pleasant. I will definitely return to this establishment.

Tags: Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Cozy, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Authentic, Casual, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Not bad for a Mother's Day outing. Not overcrowded. I would come again

Tags: Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 11, 2017

We had the Smith Commons wings and string beans for starters. And I had the scallops with corn and arugula salad for my entree and it was delicious!! Compliments to the chef as that was one of the best scallop dishes I've ever had!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The food was delicious and the cocktails were tasty. The atmosphere was great for a get together and special occasion.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Brunch was amazing and they have endless Mimosas and Peach Bellinis!!! We started brunch at 2:00pm so that we could still be local and catch the 5:00pm dinner for the lamb chops. The lamb chops were okay,but the other side items that came with it had more flavor then the chops. But presentation was great! We'd go back and try other items too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Very good food. Service was excellent and the restaurant was very clean .

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Went for a casual dinner to sample several appetizers. Lobster Quinoa, Green Beans, Beet Salad, and Ceviche were all fresh and bursting with flavor. Two of us were so happily full that we couldn't split a dessert. That's the only negative.

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

Smith Commons is a cool place. We liked the ambiance. We liked the service. We enjoyed the bar selection. The problem was the food. We ordered the stir fry chicken wings. They were stir fried hard (not our preference) but edible. We then ordered the mussles, the beef sliders, and the short rib tacos. My husband liked the mussles and would order them again. We both did not care for the beef sliders. We ordered them "medium" and they were incredibly dry. I'm unsure the cut of meat they used but it did not make for a juicy slider. We both wouldn't order these again. The short rib taco weren't tacos at all. Rather we had 3 pieces of short rib laid upon a taupe sauce. It tasted as if there was ginger snaps or something molasses-ly in there. The short ribs were incredibly fatty. We would order again because I'm not sure what they gave us as it wasn't a taco.

We had drinks at the bar on both the bottom and 2nd floor. We didn't get to go to the 3rd level as there was a private party going on.

Smith Commons was incredibly attentive about my food allergy. They had called me the day before to discuss accommodations and double checked when I arrive. I truly appreciate their precautions. It is the reason why I'll give this restaurant another try (and you can order anything on their menu anywhere in the restaurant).

We wanted to come back and drink on their patio area. It was really nice on Friday, April 28 when we were there.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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