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Smith Commons

4.2
712 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, International
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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
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Phone number
(202) 396-0038
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Kamal Chanaka
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Catering
Please inquire with General Manager Ron McNeiLL for more information or send inquires to smith@smithcommonsdc.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
12th Street, NE
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Parking details
There is metered and non-metered parking on H Street and on residential side streets.
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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.
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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.
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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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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

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What 712 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 7 hours ago

Excellent food

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great food especially loved the butter chicken and scallops. Exceptional service.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our favorite place to visit when we visit DC. The Chicken and Waffles are the best I have ever had! Love the fun vibe. If you are looking for a little bit quieter table, request the upstairs.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We sat on the upper roof deck on a beautiful day, and it was a delight to be there. The hangar steak was very good, and the ceviche lovely and tangy. It was very noisy at the second-level bar, but upstairs was nice and quiet. Picnic table seating. Informal to the max.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great happy hour drinks are a great deal for $5 rail. I ordered two small plates for my meal and it was ideal. My boyfriend had the duck and cleaned his plate. Awesome, as usual, and will go again!

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The food was great. We had the butter chicken and lamb chops. They were both delicious! however, they forgot to bring out the appetizer. After that snafu they gave us dessert instead. They were pretty great about it considering. Also there was a fly in one of our drinks, so check your glassware.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Nice menu with a range of interesting options. Some creative combinations of flavors and ingredients, but some of the execution was a bit off. For example, the branzino is paired with gnocchi that's too heavy and creamy for the fish (my portion of which was overcooked). The Thai mussels are tasty, but the curry overpowers the mussels so the first few bites are a jolt to the palate.

The staff are quite friendly though the service is rushed and hodge-podge (twice, we had our drink order mixed up). On the upside, the kitchen is fast in cranking out the plates.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food delivered at different times. Eggs overdone, good eggs benedict. Getting salt and pepper was a chore. Very loud music for a morning meal. Friendly waitress, seated quickly. Overall we will continue to look for a favorite brunch place within walking distance of home.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The manager was kind and helpful, we had a terrific booth for our party of four. The Happy Hour was generous and oh, so delicious. Definitely a great find on H Street!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was exemplary. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Came with a group of 8 people, including a 3 year old (where we were told that kids eat free off the kids menu!). Great time. A tiny bit noisy but not too loud to talk across a table.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Scallops and burger were amazing, but we got out in an awkward seat next to all the waiters’ computer.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Awesome!! My co-workers and I go all the time it's always nice

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

I always come back here for the Butter Chicken , which I first tasted when the chef prepared it for the Chefs Take a Stand fundraiser for the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and this time I brought friends, so we also had the Duck Breast (with bacon and brussels sprouts!) and the Ribs -- both were delicious. And it was Wednesday, so we had a half-price bottle of a very good rosé. We also had delicious cheesecake with a chocolate crust, and decadent Tiramisu. The service was attentive without being intrusive, and it was, as always, a wonderful evening.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Smith Common's has some of the best Ceviche I have had in DC. It is always the first thing I order. Turned my sister on to the Ceviche and she now orders it. Keep doing what you're doing. It's working.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We had a great experience. Everything was super. You should however give everyone a larger warning that there is next to no parking in the area.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great experience with friendly server. The one downside was that while dining on the main floor there was a very loud group of 3-5 people at the bar making more noise than anyone else in the space combined. It was pretty disruptive but thankfully they left in about 30 minutes. Unfortunately nobody from the restaurant felt it necessary to address, so perhaps in the future it would be better to seat dining guests away from the bar area?

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The place to go to catch up with a longtime friend over Sunday brunch. I highly recommend sitting in the two big fancy chairs by the window on the second floor. Our server was a delight and answered all of our questions about the menu. We got bottomless Bellinis and it was “really” bottomless drink service. I ordered the chicken and waffles and I really liked how it was roasted chicken instead of fried chicken. While enjoying our meal we could hear the live jazz band on the first floor. This place is a gem and I will be back ASAP :)

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

They brought our salads out and dropped on all over my friends. They did comp the salads but a manager never came over.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

A great place for Brunch with a laid back ambience and good food. Came here because I know a server there from another fine restaurant and I was not disappointed. Brunch was good and we had the Hanger Arsada and Steak and Eggs Tacos which were really done well. The bottomless Mimosa was a great bargain and the selection of Single Malt and other Spirits was great to listen to the live Jazz after eating. My compliments to Sheila, Alex and Hugo for a wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Flavor profiles were perfect. Wouldn't change a thing. Management and servers are the utmost professionals and care about the comfort and taste of their guests. Highly recommend. We are definitely returning soon.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The back door was open and it was very cold. Staff was attentive though

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at the restaurant. I went for brunch and ordered the french toast which were tasty! Waitress made sure to check up on us to ensure our food and drinks were alright.

Two areas of improvement though:
1: The side order of sausage is overpriced. I paid 5 extra dollars just to get one link of sausage. And they tried to slice it in half to make it seem like I was getting more than I actually was. Any other place I would’ve gotten at least 2-3 links for 5 dollars.
2: Fix the wobbly tables. Its annoying going to restaurants where it is not leveled. Every time I made a move with my fork or knife, the table reacted.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The salmon filet was incredible and their cocktail list is outstanding. Find casual night with great grub!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Went there for Valentines Day. The food was amazing! The service was prompt!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This was our first time at Smith Commons. We needed a romantic night out and that's what we received. There was a prix fix 3 course dinner with dessert for $40. We left satisfied

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great! Except they had a ridiculously small steak on their special Valentine's Day menu. The truffle Mac n cheese and the burger were delicious!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day Special 3 course price fixed dinner. Chef prepared an amazing meal both visually and taste wise. We’ve eaten at Smith Commons several times and the food has always been excellent.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Smith Commons is a great neighborhood bar & restaurant! Located on the H Street, NE corridor in DC, easily accessible by streetcar from Union Station. Delicious food, normal sized portions. Reasonable prices. Pleasant staff. Will definitely visit again. Recommended!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

I hardly leave reviews but this place is deserving. Went in for Brunch and they exceeded my expectations. Was so very pleased from entry to leaving.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Went here to celebrate a friend's birthday. As soon as we walked in the door, we were unsure of whether to go up the stairs located in front of us or step to the right and go in the bar area. We did the latter, and finally saw the hostess stand. The hostess was nice and seated us. Hugo waited on us and was very nice. Very much so a people person. Food was great. I had the duck breast, my friends had a salad, and the lamb chops. No one complained about the food.

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3.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Food was excellent but service was totally indifferent. waiting almost 30 min after ordering to get a charcuterie plate, and had to ask why it was taking so long after 20 min. Waiter was really seen. Seems to be too few wait staff. Menu was decent but not overwhelming.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

My son and I had a wonderful time, the hostess was amazing and we will definitely be making Smith Commons a weekend habit.

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Nice place with friendly staff. Sundays they have live jazz - great if you like jazz, but hard to have a conversation with the people next to you. Went for brunch. Food was good, though portion sizes vary widely (chicken ciabatta sandwich is a hefty plate, but I suggest a side of hash browns for the smaller hangar asada or eggs Benedict).

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2.0Dined on February 4, 2018

The restaurant was very loud, service was poor, and the food was mediocre.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Is this place a restaurant or a bar? I was carded at the door when I thought I came for dinner. Paid $29 for lamb chops that were over cooked and covered in a sauce that was entirely too sweet. The guy who refilled our waters spilled water into one of our cocktails and didn’t even apologize or offer to get us a new drink. Overall, low class for a high price. I understand now why this place is on living social.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

We were celebrating a friends birthday and we had an amazing time! Great food, great atmosphere, good service.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

The food is good, but not super creative. The restaurant always seems drafty. Wait staff is exceptional.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was excellent. We did feel a little rushed, not sure if it was because it was Restsurant Week or what? Its a beautuful restaurant, just a bit noisy.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The only good thing about our service was the staff's friendliness. It took about 10 minutes to order our drinks then maybe another 10 minutes before being served. We ordered our entrees to find out what we ordered was not available anymore. Our appetizers were very good and the entrees were even better. Overall, even with the terrible service, we still had a great meal.

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