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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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food

4.3

service

4.0

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

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Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

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Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 27, 2014

I had an excellent experience last year and this time brought friends. It was a beautiful evening, but we were told at the door that we couldn't have dinner on the back patio upstairs anymore because of some issue with the alcohol license. Instead, we were seated in a booth in the back corner of the downstairs room - cozy, but loud and disappointing since we wanted outdoors. The waiter was friendly, but we had a lot of issues with ordering. We all ended up with something acceptable, but I think almost no one of six people got what they wanted - mostly due to availability of menu items. We still had a good time together, but I am hesitant to bring friends here again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 22, 2014

My party and I went to Smith Commons for brunch and were pleasantly surprised. The food and service were excellent, but it was difficult to hear since the music was so loud. The website said that they have a jazz duo during brunch, but they should specify that the duo is connected to speakers - and that the speakers are almost topped out. I believe that that's why it was so noisy...everyone had to talk loud enough to hear over the music. The jazz duo were good, but could've been not quite that loud. Overall, a great place and one we will revisit.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 25, 2014

I love thire food my husband says he can't wait to go back.
Chef made him a Vegitable pate he couldn't stop eating it.
My husband is vegetarian he says that's the best vegi plate he ever had.
Thank you Chef. Coming back soon for more.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 17, 2014

Smith Commons' fare is very fine, , but if you seek a restaurant in which you can communicate with your companions without straining your vocal chords, seek another venue, for the noise level of this restaurant is extremely high. The vertical presentation of the main courses seems a curious affectation of the chef.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 2, 2014

I attended Smith Commons with some friends to celebrate my birthday. Our waiter was excellent! He was very helpful, fun, energetic and he went out of his way to make my birthday dinner special. Also, the hostess was very flexible with my party as we all ran late dealing with the horrific parking on H street. Two friends ordered the chicken and they reported that it had good flavor but slightly dry. Another friend's steak was a bit overcooked. However, the salmon, duck and lamb were prepared well with no complaints from the group. I would definitely give this restaurant another try. I had a great time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 27, 2014

Joined a friend for lunch/brunch on Sunday at 12:15. I had the Chicken and Waffles and she had the Fried Chicken Sandwich. Both were fantastic! My chicken was perfectly seasoned and lightly fried. The waffles were excellent and had lots of flavor not just the same old plain buttermilk waffles. I would recommend and definitely go back. One caution, even though it wasn't slammed the first floor dining area was a bit loud. Not somewhere you want to anyone who has trouble hearing.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 19, 2014

We dined at Smiths on a Saturday evening. We sat upstairs on the balcony in back where we could have nice views of the action in H Street without being in the fray. I ordered the duck and asked them to substitute the starch for an extra helping of the stir fried Brussels sprouts. This dish came out with an artsy presentation (complete with a cranberry smear and tiny, baked Brussel Sprout shavings). I usually don't pay much attention to presentation, but I was pleasantly surprised by this plate - plus the food was terrific! Additionally, we shared the shortrib appetizer which as simple but very tasty. The service was great and the price quite reasonable. I can't believe I delayed my first visit to Smiths for so long. We will be back soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 12, 2014

Decent dinner with a nice ambiance, but nothing that blows it out of the water. Mediocre service and a mediocre beer list. Surprised that the entree salad is made with iceberg -- my friend could have definitely used some spinach or a spring mix or something. Someone else at my table raved about the duck, and the roasted chicken plate looked alright, although skimpy on veggies. My salmon was cooked perfectly.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 4, 2014

Smith Commons seemed like a find in the vicinity of the Atlas Performing Arts Center, but failed to please. The ideas were interesting - fusion with a kick, but mostly they fell short. The charcuterie platter did not contain the advertised meats. Instead it had several types of salami and some pate. Okay, but not what we expected or wanted. The smoked chicken was tasty, but not especially inspired. The butternut squash ravioli were gluey, though the taste was good, but all was overwhelmed by the curry sauce included. It was exactly what the menu described, but did not really work. The bread pudding had a very nice flavor, but was too dense - even for a bread pudding lover. Nice try, but needs work.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 22, 2014

We arrived on time for our 6:30 reservation and were seated promptly. After a while we were told that we had to move to another table. The noise level was so high that we could not carry on a normal conversation at the table. Our entrees arrived at 7:35, requiring us to bolt our food down rapidly so that we could get to the Atlas Theater in time for the 8:00 show. On the plus side, the food that we rushed to eat was OK.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 9, 2014

This is a truly great spot! Not too pricey, great quality of food, good variety of options and very friendly and attentive service. Nice decor, great steak frites, and very tasty sauces for the entrees. You can make it a late night bite for a quick appetizer or make it a really nice dining experience, definitely recommend it!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 28, 2014

I was there for a birthday celebration. Overall the ambience was good and its a great place to meet up with friends. BUT.. the service was less than stellar and with TONS of restaurant choices, a manager should make it his business to pay attention to those details. Beware if you have a party of 6 or more there is a 20% gratuity automatically added to your bill. If your service is mediocre at best, request a percentage that reflects your service. A "Tip" is just that!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 23, 2014

Brunch was great, not too busy, but not empty. Food was very good and had a great selection. Smaller plates with individual sides. Very kid friendly; however, did not use the kids menu, nor see if they had one

Tags: Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 22, 2014

Met an out-of-town friend to explore H Street. This was a good spot. One qualm was that I'd requested a table upstairs and we were seated downstairs and this meant we couldn't order from the bar menu. The drinks were delicious and the atmosphere was active and enjoyable, but conversation was not drown out.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 22, 2014

We ordered a bottle of wine and some appetizers to share. Everything we ordered was great but I strongly recommend to order Caesar Salad. Their Casar Salad is not a Caesar Salad you know. Well executed and they brought that salad to the next level. We also had Ceviche and fries. They were both good, too. After eating all those, we were quite full but wanted to try a meat dish so we ordered the beef sliders. They were also really good. We liked everything we ordered.
The service was great. Our waitress always came around at a perfect timing.

We made a reservation at 6:30 Saturday evening and dined there about 2 hours. When we were leaving the restaurant, the place was full and many people were waiting at the front. People love this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 22, 2014

We went before a show @ Atlas, so this was convenient. We got there @ 5:15 & were the only people there, which was fine, though always a bit strange. We ordered a bottle of the Zinzilla, after tasting a couple wines. They have a pretty good selection. We then ordered the Smith salad to share & it was split for us. My bf didn't like the salad bc he said the iceberg lettuce was wet & there was too much dressing. I thought it was ok.
I ordered the cod & it was perfectly cooked inside. I don't like onions & there were a ton on top. I should have thought to ask for them to be removed. My bf got the hanger steak, which he said was just ok. He thought it had too much seasoning.
We'll check out other places in the neighborhood before we come back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2014

A friend and I has a reservation but the table on the first floor was in an awkward place and the noise level was high so we ended up on the third level which was perfect. The bartender-server was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. We had intended to have meals but ended up noshing on the tacos, tuna tartar, green beans and mac and cheese and we were not disappointed. We also enjoyed the house cabernet which was very nice and reasonably priced.

Overall it was a very enjoyable evening, great service, great food! Cannot wait to return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2014

Ambience: LOVE this space.

Service: super friendly, but the food took something like 45 minutes to come and there were only 3 or 4 other tables in the place, tops.

Food: Wanted very much to like it, but really didn't. I went halvsies on the burger and fried chicken sandwich. First off, the cheese that they add to the burger is a shredded cheddar that doesn't melt properly. Who puts shredded cheese on a burger? The patty was shaped more like a golf ball than a hockey puck. And it all just tasted...ok. The fried chicken sandwich was not good. The bread was super hard - we had to eat it open face. The chicken was dry. The "avocado" was actually a guacamole that did not taste freshly made. The cheese on it was odd and chewy and tasteless.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2014

I chose Smith Commons as the location to celebrate my 30th birthday because the food quality is consistently good, drinks are great, and the atmosphere is energetic without being obnoxiously loud/overcrowded. We had a party of 8 and everyone loved their food, splitting the check was not a challenge, and we never waited a long time for drinks, and the ambiance was perfect for the event. We tried a variety of dishes. The winning appetizers were the short ribs and the tuna tartar. The winning entrees were the spice rubbed lamb chops and the sous vide moulard duck breast. The duck entree was incredibly good! For dessert we had the bourbon bread pudding which was delicious and a large portion. If you like bourbon, get the James Brown Derby.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2014

We first ate at Smith Commons exactly one week before this most recent visit. The first time we were there the food was AMAZING - and so accommodating of my need for a gluten-free meal. It was the best restaurant food we'd had in years.

Imagine our disappointment the following week when, having ordered the exact same dishes, the food wasn't as good. In fact the food wasn't even prepared the same way. My salmon, which had been simple, elegant and delicious, had totally different accompaniments - even though I ordered it exactly the same. My spouse's ravioli had a different texture and taste from the previous week. We'll probably try it again in hopes last Friday was a fluke.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2014

Loudest place I've ever eaten at in my life. Walking in, one woman was actually screaming to her companions and nobody seemed bother. Being placed in the back, I thought we would be okay but a group of four women was just as loud. I call it the "Real Housewives Syndrome" because everyone wants their fifteen minutes of attention The group of women left and was replaced by the screaming waiter. The food was fine but all was destroyed by the noise level, and this is coming from someone who eats out in Miami regularly, home of the bombastic people in restaurants. I feel for the people working there, for they are not going to have any hearing left working there.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2014

I picked Smith Commons because it was near the Atlas Theater and it had solid on-line ratings. All four in our party were impressed with the food, service, and atmosphere. The scallops on the menu seemed interesting. I was a little suspicious that the dusting of gingerbread might be cloying. However, the salt from the arugula salad blended well with the rich, buttery scallops and mildly sweet gingerbread sprinkled on top. One suggestion: modify the white wine menu. It is too heavy on chardonnay options, and the sauvignon blanc they offer was weak, without any citrus crispness. The warm bread pudding was fresh and delicious, and clearly had not been sitting around getting too dense and flabby.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2014

Food was excellent and worth the wait, but we had to rush to catch the show next door.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2014

I went here for brunch with my girlfriend on Sunday and I was excited. However, once the food came, it was lacking proper season g, so of course, the meal was bland and not as flavorful as it should have been. Disappointing as I wanted to like this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2014

We ordered 5 drinks. They brought 2 beers. 10 min.later, another beer and a wine. My last friend to receive his drink waited over 30 minutes for a BEER. He had to stand up and tell the waitress he was going to get it himself before she brought it to him. I ordered a salad as an appetizer and burger as my entree. They didn't bring the salad with the apps. By the time the entrees came out we'd been there for nearly 2 hours. They bring me the wrong salad that was my friend's entree and didn't bring my burger. So they initially brought me no food and the waitress said she thought I only ordered a salad (despite writing it down and our conversations about the ingredients in both). Burger comes and it is dry and on a jalapeno bun (not on menu)

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2014

Excellent food; service needs to step up a few notches.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2014

Stumbled across here after hastely leaving H Street Country Club (worst experience ever). This place is amazing! Will be returning very soon. Make sure to order appetizers to get full but the food is amazinly good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 16, 2014

First time here in smith commons really good food Surprisingly good restaurant middle of H street NE. Definitely going back. Try codfish and duck breast.
Good service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2014

Two friends and I met here for dinner on a Friday night and had a great time. I'm happy we made a reservation though as the place did begin to fill up. Their wine list was extensive and I really enjoyed the glass I had. Their food was delicious and wished I had just a bit more to my portion because it was so yummy! The portion size was probably appropriate, I just really enjoyed the dish. My apartment's rewards card gets us a discount here, so we'll definitely be back many times.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2014

The surroundings are simple and the menu is limited, but the the food is surprisingly complex. I enjoyed gingered sauteed scallops with arugula on a bed of fresh corn with a Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc. My husband ordered the filet mignon special with elk pate on a bed of creamed parsnips. We shared chocolate mousse with white chocolate gelato for dessert. Everything was beautifully presented. Service was friendly, but the kitchen was a little slow even though the place was not full. The owner stopped by our table to check on how we were enjoying our meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2013

Sequin-Manuel Meursault Chardonnay, 2010, France
Educated Guess, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Napa Valley

First Course Starter
Elk & Bresaola Carpaccio - Fried egg yolk, Chives and Truffle emulsion, Creamy Dijon served with Mixed Greens and Plantain Chips
Tuna Tartar - Capers, Mustard Seed Oil, Avocado and Guacamole Puree, Tobiko, Served with Yucca Chips

Second Course Entree
Sous Vide Canadian Swordfish - Brandade, Escabeche, Roasted Cherry Tomato and Shell Fis-Veloute
Sous Vide Angus Tenderloin - Parsnips Puree, Saute Swiss Chard, Foie Gras & Truffle Butter with a Red Wine, Rosemary Jus

Third Course
Mille Feuille Chantilly
Chocolate Mousse Served with White Chocolate Gelato

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2013

All was quite nice, but it would have been far better if the cost and the menu had been printed on the site. Also, I find a fixe menu too restrictive and it would have been nice to have options from the regular memo. So great to have a restaurant of this caliber two blocks from my residence!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2013

great dinner. comfortable environment. server Hugo a little slow.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2013

The ambience is great! There are a select few menu items that were great (mac and cheese and the flatbread). Everything else was just average.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2013

Serviceable meal with good service, but nothing extraordinary, with handy location near Atlas theater. A nit--the menus were printed so lightly (like printer out of ink) that we could barely read. As for the meal, they are trying some interesting things, but it is not all quite there yet. For instance, I had the veal special; the meat was delicious, but there was a pepper/curry sauce thing that just didn't work for me. I had the apple salad which was fresh but not particularly inspiring, and the bread pudding was more like a cake, with disappointing ice cream on top. Our waitress was attentive and helpful, and dishes were cleared promptly, so service was good. Overall, just OK food with good service and handy location to Atlas on H Street.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2013

Outstanding food. Presentation.....wow. When we got our food I don't wanna eat it because it's looks amazing. We felt like we are in fine dinning restaurant.
They better be improve their sarvice when we come next time.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2013

Love the American Asian fusion type food. The presentation of the dishes is beautiful and the food is delicious.
First time I have tried coconut rice and I am addicted!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2013

My girlfriend made this reservation for my birth day it was my fist time defiantly best food that I had in a long time. Try the lobster some thing it was on the special and lamb rack.Thank you smith common for great time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2013

Smith Commons is known for their excellent food, beer selection and cocktails. On these levels, they do not disappoint. The special was a lobster ragu, which was far more generous on the lobster than expected for its $22 price; the duck breast was cooked a perfect medium rare and slathered in savory fixings. The only thing one should be warned of before coming is the noise level. This is not a quiet romantic spot; the room open and the dining area in close proximity to the downstairs bar, but they pump music over it all, causing everyone to have to talk very loudly or even yell to the people they are with. I think they could do without the music during dining hours, but this does not take away from the fact that their food is amazing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2013

Second time to Smith Commons. Henny Meets Sally and Central High cocktails were tasty. Had the green beans and flautas to start, which were both good if not great. Entrees were better. Lamb was tender and nicely presented. Hangar steak was savory and the rice had a little kick. Scallops were done well and had a decent corn garnish.

Two sour notes: 1) Service was friendly but inattentive. Cocktails sat on the bar ten feet from us for almost 10 minutes and weren't delivered until halfway through our apps. Staff seems to hang around and chat most of the time and it took a while to get our check. 2) Ambience was loud, but it was Friday night, so...

I'll keep SC in mind when on H Street, but a few missteps keep it from being my first choice.

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