Succotash - Penn Quarter DC

4.6
821 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
A progressive perspective of classic Southern favorites. James Beard Award nominee Edward Lee brings his Korean roots and Southern repertoire to a soulful Southern menu.

SUCCOTASH is named after the classic dish that has been a longstanding staple of the Southern table. While many know “Succotash” when they see it, the dish has been interpreted, modified and passed from generation to generation for centuries. While Succotash between families will share similarities, each family’s recipe is deeply personal and reminiscent of those special suppers that brings kin together. Our “Succotash” is special to us and we invite you to experience the South from our point of view.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Southern
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat 11:00 am–2:45 pm
Sun 10:00 am–2:45 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:45 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 849-6933 ext. 9
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
SUCCOTASH Penn Quarter offers a selection of private and semi private dining options. For more information please contact our Events Director at Kaye Newsome at kaye@kneadhd.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
9th Street NW (Between 9th and 10th)
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Parking details
Garage and street parking are available throughout the Penn Quarter neighborhood and in close proximity to the restaurant.
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Public transit
Gallery Place Station & Metro Center Station are located one block from from the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

We offer various private and semi-private options in our beautiful historic bank building. We also offer custom menu options for parties of 10 to 400 guests. Please contact our Events Director, Kaye Newsome, Kaye@kneadhd.com, for more information.

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Sun 2:30PM - 5:00PM
Mon - Fri 2:30PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:15PM
Sat 2:30PM - 5:15PM

What 821 People Are Saying
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HC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Woud have given the FOOD section a higher rating, but the "grits 'n shrimp" were somewhat watery for my taste.

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Columbus
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday supper. An excellent meal. Great Asian twists on southern classics. The kabocha salad and fried green tomato salads were perfect. As were the catfish and dirty fried chicken, esp. the gochuchang sauce on the latter. Kim chee collards a great side. Service was excellent. Not very noisy but restaurant was not full. Could be louder on a Friday or Saturday or other busy night. An excellent meal.

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M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the experience and variety of food! Drinks were wonderful too.

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NS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service; everything was delicious. Definitely recommended!

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Had a larger reservation, and had to do the prix fixe menu for brunch. The food was pretty good, and is in a really cool space. It would have been a great experience were it not for some pretty sluggish service. We were waiting around quite a bit for courses to come out, and I was puzzled by the need to replace our plates and silverware after every dish...

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BT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The smoked wings are incredible. Fried tomato salad was good.

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NG
New Mexico
52 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Edward Lee has hit it out of the park with this vibrant affordable fabulous restaurant

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HT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious! Outstanding service and ambiance. Nice and quiet so my group could actually talk!

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, thanks to Greg! Great concept, love the fusion style food.

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VA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Server was great but frustrated by the time of order to delivery of food .
She was excellent and food was good , but an hour to get my ribs was too long a wait .,
May have just hit a bad night .
Will return .

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CA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was decent, but the service was not.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food
Fun atmosphere

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RT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice southern flare restaurant. Everyday happy hour and great for brunch.

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LK
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m not sure why I hadn’t heard of this place earlier, but it was a delight! Tasty food, great service, and what a beautiful space! Major plus for me is that the noise level was pleasant-I didn’t have to yell across the table to my friend.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get Greg as your server he’s the best

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Beautiful building, friendly staff, but music was very loud which made it extremely hard to have a conversation across the table. Deviled eggs were delightful, but the steak salad was cooked to how the chef thought it should be and not my request. They cancelled the charge for the entree though.

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JK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked the reservation to surprise my husband for our anniversary (it was my year to plan.) We hadn’t ever been in fact, I hadn’t ever heard of it! (Shame, I’m sure!) We parked in a nearby garage for $13 and together walked to the restaurant. The copper doors are stunning and welcoming. Up a few stairs and through the doors to a beautiful entrance, and old bank building—where Platinum nightclub used to be. (Next to Ultrabar.) We were seated in a leather booth that faced outward toward the restaurant so we could be voyeurs while we also enjoyed our cocktails and the meal. My husband enjoyed a new fall cocktail. Everything was delicious from the appetizers to the dessert. I loved the tableware—the plates were decorative and “southern”, even the appetizer plate reminded me of the blue floral plates my grandmother used when I would visit her in Pennsylvania. The crisp linen napkins have a stitched hole which goes right around the top button to protect your husband’s shirt while he eats the short rib. The appetizer crab salad had hints of Old Bay on the croutons, a Maryland favorite. The chocolate waffle dessert is a must-have. DECADENT. The marshmallow fluff which accompanied the dessert also has notes of Old Bay—amazing. Our server was pleasant and helpful overall with explaining the details of our selections, making sure we knew the flavors we were about to taste. Before dessert was served, our server brought us complimentary glasses of champagne for our anniversary. He wished us a happy anniversary when we were seated and again with the champagne—this is why I love booking on Open Table. If they ask if there’s a celebration and I type it in, the restaurant is almost always certain to make it notable, and I appreciate that thoughtfulness so much! We ended the evening asking the hostess if she would snap our picture for our anniversary at the venue. She said she preferred to take it out front, the lighting was best there—how sweet that was—and she was right!

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P
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent meal and service. What more can one say. Rather noisy and hard to have a conversation with others at the table. Have a reservation or be prepared for a considerable wait.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great spot

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, food, and service.

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CC
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to DC many times and enjoyed some amazing restaurants over the years - but Succotash is the best I have ever been to here- possibly anywhere!!! We are from Charlotte, NC, and thought the best high end southern restaurants were in Charleston SC but Succotash is my absolute new favorite. The building was originally a bank and the ornate ceilings,original flooring and vault-turned-private-dining-room speak to a bygone era of opulence. Every detail was designed and executed to perfection- from the choice of glasses for lemonade to the linen napkins to the table and seating design. The food was absolutely amazing-and the hummingbird cake they treated us to for our wedding anniversary was like none I had ever had- we simply could not put our forks down!!

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KQ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We were relegated to the far corner of the upstairs dining area despite plenty of open tables. I asked to be relocated more central but was told there was “probably” a reservation as did I. Steak salad tasted “gamey” and my colleague’s salmon was quite rare but edible. Mint Julip ice cream was “to die for” and I am forever changed by the Coffee and Cigarette cocktail!!!

This place is cool, maybe too cool. But still, totally worth a stop.

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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was great. Noise level was high. Lastly the server was very knowledgeable but all recommendations seemed to align perfectly with the highest priced items on the menu. May be coincidental though.

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SB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing! I’ve been to Succotash in National Harbor many times and this is my 2nd visit to the Penn Quarter location. The chef made the shrimp and grits for a few people at my table, even though it wasn’t on the lunch menu. They even brought a large plate of wings, courtesy of the chef. Service was top notch as always and we actually sat next to a Supreme Court Justice! Very nice place, as always.

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VA
Louisville
35 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was pretty good. Presentation nice. Did not like how loud the restaurant was and how close together we were packed at a little two top right in the walking path of the servers. They had also run out of the brunch special old fashion which sounded great so they exchanged for the regular old fashion on the menu and charged me the increased cost, albeit not much more, for the regular one, but still the principle of it. Building is very neat.

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M
Washington DC
215 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really nice experience! Will be back to try dinner soon!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. The mint julep ice cream was outstanding.

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W
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Southern comfort food— I couldn’t wait to try this place! Unfortunately I won’t be back. The food was good— not great, and not horrible, but nothing particularly tasty. The service was so slow: 15min to get our first round of drinks and it wasn’t that busy. Second round of drinks took even longer. Appetizers arrived pretty quickly but it was cornbread and deviled eggs, both of which were probably already made before ordering. Entrees took forever to come out. Tables around us received their food before we did, though they arrived after we were seated. The presentation of the food was horrible. One redeeming value of the place is the outstanding bourbon list. I might come back for a drink.

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MC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good, and our server Khendra was awesome. The wine and bourbon lists were extensive. Don’t miss the mint julep ice cream!

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! I definitely recommend trying the Taste of the South. Chef Edward Lee stopped the table, which made a great meal into a great experience.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We told the restaurant we were celebrating a wedding anniversary, and the manager greeted us especially and offered a champagne toast. I’m pregnant and couldn’t drink, so they brought my husband a glass of champagne and me a special melon-lime concoction. We had a lovely dinner, the appetizers were especially delicious, and they had several options for my vegetarian husband. A great night!

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really good, best was the bacon Mac n cheese, shrimp and grits, and fried catfish...wasn't too impressed with the cornbread or salad but overall it was good.

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KM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

This review is for their brunch.

Pros:
- ambiance, the building itself is beautiful and they did a great job remodeling it into a restaurant.
- the brunch deal is great, you get to sample multiple menu items for $24.
- the food was plentiful, but fair, not great.

Con
- the service was very slow, which may have been due to the kitchen not having dishes ready. The place wasn't very crowded either.

overall: there's much better brunch options in DC for groups. With better food and drink options.

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BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to MR Lee within succotash, the food was so good and the service was really friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

My wife and I went out to Succotash Saturday night. The food was pretty good and it came very vast, maybe 7 minutes from order to service. I wasn’t terribly impressed with the wait staff, didn’t have the greatest demeanor. Overall we had a good time, would definitely come back.

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L
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being at Succotash was like being at a friend’s home, only the food was incredible. We had time to talk and weren’t rushed. Cocktails were original and wonderfully prepared. Anything we ordered, and there was a variety, was outstanding.
Can’t wait to go back and try the upstairs menu!

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L
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Succotash specializes in Southern comfort food. The shrimp and grits entree was unique and excellent - with corn added and a delicious sauce . We also enjoyed the cornbread appetizer and the coconut cream pie dessert. With a reservation, we were seated and served promptly. There is a good wine and cocktail menu. Prices very reasonable. Service was attentive with the waiter also providing detailed descriptions. Atmosphere was pleasant - with all nearby tables filled the noise level was moderate. The only suggestion would be for there to be a little more spacing between courses...or checking with the diners to see if we were ready for the next course. We were in and out - with drinks, appetizer, entree, and dessert in a little over an hour. Not rushed but certainly face paced.

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AL
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had an amazing date night at Succotash! We got to meet the chef and my boyfriend was able to have a wonderful birthday dinner. The food was awesome and we had great drinks and dessert as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Great food! Great atmosphere! Will definitely return!

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R
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We went on Sat for an early meal. The server was great and the kitchen was quick. The food was ok but nothing outstanding. Weakest were the fried green tomato salad and the halibut. Bacon Mac and cheese tasted good but was too runny. We understand it appeals to the 30 year old crowd but probably not for the food. The building is beautifully done.

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