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Smith Commons - Permanently Closed

4.3
4.3
975 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (202) 396-0038

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Kamal Chanaka

  • Catering

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

  • Private party facilities

    Smith Commons has numerous space, food, and drink options for your private gathering, small or large.

  • Private party contact

    Jessica Sturgis: (202) 607-5561

  • Neighborhood

    H Street Corridor

  • Cross street

    12th Street, NE

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 975 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. CN

    ClaireN

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Wow! This was not a good experience from beginning to end! The wait staff seemed overworked and our server was very unfriendly from start to finish. The food came out at random, drinks took about 20-30 minutes to arrive, server never inquired how our food was, the list could go on. It is a great location and the desserts looked good, but we decided not to stay any longer due to our poor experience.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was fantastic everyone had a great time. The staff is excellent and the food was great! Very enjoyable experience to ring in the New Year and dinner.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were spending New Year’s Eve in DC and wanted something upscale but not too fancy. Smith Commons was everything we wanted and more. The food was delicious, I had the scallops and my boyfriend had the duck. We also indulged in the truffle Mac and cheese and dessert (cheese cake and tiramisu). We will definitely recommend this to anyone we know visiting DC and will hopefully be back again soon!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great drinks. Best service. Thanks again Derrick
  5. RW

    RobinW

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    best vegetarian platter anywhere. You have to request it. It’s not on the menu.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Amazing service and food. A bit noisy and a background odor of cleaning products were negatives, but we would go again and recommend
  7. DM

    DanialM

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience here. Always a good evening
  8. w

    woody

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great prices, great service, great atmosphere. I had duck breast and it was perfectly cooked.
  9. CH

    CathyH

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was terrific. Only drawback was noise
  10. EC

    EbonyC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great place to eat and mingle! Could use a bit more music . Overall my experience here for my birthday was nothing short of amazing!
  11. MW

    MollyW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    The low price point and attractive atmosphere is what brought me to Smith Commons for brunch. However, the wait staff were unable to answer questions about the food, protion size, etc. so we over ordered. The eggs were swimming in oil and the syrup provided for the waffles had the consistency of phlegm. We ordered a large appetizer and our entrees came out minutes after. Also - a dash of sriracha, in my opinion does not make up for otherwise bland seasoning. Furthermore, restaurant was practically empty and it took an inordinate amount of time to receive service (we were the only people sitting at the bar so you'd think the bartender would have noticed). All in all, a disappointing culinary experience in a restaurant with a hip, urban decor. Might go back for drinks but will eat elsewhere in future.
  12. L

    Lsmith5

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    This place is the BOMB! The food, the vibe, and the prices were all great. I had a reservation for 8 but had to cut it to 4 and they were very accommodating. I received excellent service from an older gentleman whom I told that it was my birthday and he was a superstar. They gave me the cutest Happy Birthday brownie plate and it made my whole day. The food was delicious & so was my drink, the Felicity Watermelon. Truthfully, I look forward to going back & checking out the second floor. The parking could be a challenge so pack your patience but other than that, this is my new favorite Washington DC place. I honestly loved it and so did my guests. They all said they would be back as well. This one is a true treasure and I am so glad it was part of my special day.
  13. B

    B3000

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service and great ambiance. My guest an I really liked the experience
  14. SB

    StephB

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great neighborhood spot with decent food and drinks and rarely crowded durning the week.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!food was the best I had all year, portions are generous, everything is perfectly cooked to order. We got the short ribs and mussels as appetizers and the lamb and duck entrees. Just perfection all around. We WILL 1000000% be back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My husband and I had a great experience from the time we walked in the door until the time we walked out. The host greeted us and sat us immediately. The server Xavier was attentive and friendly. The manager touched bases with us to make sure that the service was good. The food was very good. What more can you ask for. We'll be back!!
  17. RP

    RobinP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best chicken and waffles ever! It is a must every time we head to DC!
  18. KB

    KimberlyB

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    My party and I went for brunch. Our server was great, but obviously overworked and had too many tables with little help from other staff. We got there at 1:30 for our reservation and wasn’t given our bottomless mimosas until after 2pm. They stop serving at 3pm, so we were a bit frustrated by that. He did his best to keep up and I appreciated his effort- but there were plenty of other staff members that could have been helping him. The seats we were in were also terrible ripped up and there were some basic updates that the place is desperate for.
  19. R

    Roxaroni

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant! Loved the atmosphere, which is social but not too loud. Food was fantastic. We had the short rib and pork belly tacos and loved them both. The old fashion and wine arrived fast from the busy bar and we’re both excellent. Highly recommend this spot.
  20. NY

    NYGyal

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful meal there on Sunday evening to end BRW! We tried to the Pre-fix menu; so I had the Butternut Squash Ravioli and my friend had the Butter Chicken. Her chicken was perfect and she said it was flavorful and had the right amount of spice. The Ravioli was very tasty and also was full of flavor. The sorbet was so fresh and a nice way to end dinner. I also had the bread pudding which was yummy. Staff was very pleasant and helpful. They were very pleased that we enjoyed our meal. We had our water and wine topped off continually so it was a great night. We will definitely dine there again in the future. Thank you.
  21. k

    kathyr

    Washington DC

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    We've had brunch here before (which was excellent) but this is the first time we had an opportunity for a dinner meal. We started with a salad which was well blended and lightly dressed; very fresh and crisp. My husband and I both ordered the BUTTER CHICKEN which was recommended by our server. OMG, it was so tasty. The chicken had a wonderful flavor and was served with a rich, savory sauce on fragrant coconut rice with naan. Tonight they featured a bread pudding for dessert which was also rich and delectable. We loved our meal and would recommend this restaurant as one with a comfortable and casual atmosphere with great food.
  22. C

    Chika

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. And $20 for bottomless mimosas can’t be beat. This is probably my new brunch spot.
  23. MZ

    MohammedZ

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Could have gotten a five stars but reception experience was not very polite and professional to customer
  24. f

    foodietraveler

    Mississippi

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a real treasure! The food is *excellent* and the service is attentive. I love the space - very modern with exposed brick on the H Street Corridor. The drinks are great, too. You cannot go wrong with this place.
  25. KC

    KenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    My wife and I had dinner here before going to a show at the Rock and Roll Hotel (just a block away). Called ahead of time to check out parking options. Street parking is really the only option. Don't park at AutoZone (they tow). The hostess and wait staff were very friendly and professional. Service was prompt. The menu had a good variety of appetizers, small plates, burgers, and entrees. There were also good choices for cocktails, wine, and beer. I thoroughly enjoyed the hanger steak and my wife raved about the butternut squash ravioli. Dessert followed with tiramisu and gelato. Both were delicious. Price was in the expected range. We really enjoyed our meal here and plan to go back the next time we're in NE DC.
  26. MB

    MoniqueB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had an early brunch, the salmon hash was delicious. The waitstaff was attentive and friendly. The bottomless mimosas were a steal.
  27. AM

    AMH2019

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good, great deal.
  28. NR

    NancyR

    Washington DC

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food is amazing!! Service leaves much to be desired. I have been twice and both times the service is slow beyond belief.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    While the online menu did not match the menu we were given, our waitress honored the online prices/options & was delightful.
  30. SD

    SueD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Fair food, service is deplorable.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Our food was amazing but our service was uneven at best.
  32. SW

    SydneyWR

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We had a really good experience at Smith Commons. We were a little confused about who was actually our server, but the food was AMAZING and the drinks were delicious. I would absolutely go again.
  33. LG

    LindaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for brunch on Saturday the Belgian waffles were delicious, the whipped cream tasted home made. Our server was knowledge about the menu and attentive. The setting is modern yet warm and inviting. I am already planning to return soon.
  34. SP

    ScottP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    There are much better options on H Street.
  35. WJ

    WJ123

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  37. MM

    MiattaM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Very nice and quaint spot. Food was very good and the space was quiet enough to enjoy conversation.
  38. PC

    PhyllisC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal food and service. Absolutely can’t wait to ret
  39. H

    Heather

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  40. L

    Louis

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    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.

FAQs

Smith Commons - Permanently Closed offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 396-0038.

Smith Commons - Permanently Closed is rated 4.3 stars by 975 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    12th Street, NE

  • Neighborhood

    H Street Corridor

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Kamal Chanaka

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 396-0038

  • Catering

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

  • Private party facilities

    Smith Commons has numerous space, food, and drink options for your private gathering, small or large.

  • Private party contact

    Jessica Sturgis: (202) 607-5561

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