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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

4.2

service

3.9

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Happy Hour (10)
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Fun (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Live Music (9)
Cozy (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Romantic (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Healthy (5)
Seasonal (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Authentic (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent. Enjoyed jazz band. Great food. Great atmosphere

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

I had a GREAT time at Smith Commons! I was celebrating my birthday and everyone was soooo AMAZING! The food was fantastic! I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, People Watching, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Healthy, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Authentic
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was beautiful - but it looked better than it tasted. I'm being picky - it wasn't bad. Just not as good as the photos showed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

I received great service from Gabby, the drinks were great, and the food was delish!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Cozy, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Service was slow for a Saturday which one would anticipate to be busy. Our server was friendly but the floor was understaffed. The MEAL was Delicious!

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Much too expensive for the portion size, loud, and not terribly warm or inviting ambiance.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Slow and inattentive service. Food was mediocre at best. Won’t return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The Ceviche at Smith Commons Restaurant is excellent. Fresh,tasty and filling.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Something for everyone here. And it's all delicious and well priced. We ate early at 5 pm but as meal went on it became louder and louder-- too loud really to talk. Maybe something could be added to absorb the sound? But I am over 50!!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great food and drinks. Friendly staff. The garlic shrimp and lamb chops were amazing.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great, enjoyable

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Very nice experience. Friendly staff, good food. Excellent Martini and good recommendation on beer and food. Nice open atmosphere (front of restaurant is completely open to street in nice weather). Happy to recommend to others.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Went for Jazz Brunch had excellent food and atmosphere. Go in for the chicken and waffles.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Live Music, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We went on a Friday night and although the food was great and so was the service, the atmosphere was extremely loud and we couldn't talk. It is OK if you just want to text each other across the table.

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Great food and service . Able to eat in time before going to the theater.

Tags: Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food was fine, but it's way too loud. Could not even hold a conversation with my tablemate.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Service was great and staff was very sociable and welcoming

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

LOVE!
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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Casual, Authentic
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on August 20, 2017

So good! Great brunch options. We loved our meal here. And the bottomless mimosa deal can't be beat!

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Fun, Comfort Food, Live Music
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

food was pretty good, but the service was absolutely awful

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Food was good but not great. Entree was slightly cold and had to be sent back. Servers were nice and did check on the table an adequate amount

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Went for restaurant week but I was very impressed with the regular menu and glad i went to experience the restaurant itself!!! Very good food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great first experience. Great service.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

good food and service - way too loud for anyone over 25.

Tags: Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Food and service were great. Music was way too loud. Hard to have a conversation.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2017

It took a while to get served and they forgot my Spinach yet I was charged and I mentioned it to the server. My food was excellent

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2017

food was great. music was too loud, but they turned it down for us.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Very pleasant, comfortable, friendly place with good food.

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·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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·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

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 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 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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