The Commentary

3.8
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$30 and under
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American
Located in the bustling neighborhood of Ballston, The Commentary sets the tone to come together and connect over shared experiences and conversation. A new All American Eatery and Social House, The Commentary infuses East Coast ingredients with a West Coast flair. From business breakfasts to power lunches and happy hours, the dynamic space accommodates groups large and small for a variety of purposes. In our bar and lounge, enjoy shareable appetizers, shareable cocktails, local draft beers and a well rounded wine selection sure to please all palates.

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri - Sat 6:00PM - 9:00PM

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3.8based on recent ratings
3.8
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3.6
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3.8
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3.5
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Horrible service, literally waited an hour before any sort of staff came to say hello

KK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Lame overall. Service, food -- just not very good.

BM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Hotel restaurant, so over priced for what you get. Tiny portions at brunch but can't beat $3 mimosas (multiple varieties and surprisingly good!) and $5 bloody Mary's

VA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The space and decor are great. I thought the food was good (we ordered salads and sandwiches) but the service could be better. We waited 15 minutes before anyone greeted us or took our order (someone did provide water). We then waited another 45 minutes before we were served. Not ideal for a lunch during the work week.

n
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Went for brunch but i think there were only like 3 breakfast options even on their brunch menu. My huevos rancheros were $12 but was pretty much just one taco. Their food was really bland (i need flavor). The best deal is for their drinks for brunch. We were pretty much the only people there but it was impossible getting our servers attention.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Limited menu service was slow

TC
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We got married at the Westin a few months ago and we often walk to The Commentary for date night. The staff are friendly, the menu is limited, but the food is good and attractively presented.

SS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, attentive service and every bite we had was so delicious. I was so happy to see they had vegan and gluten-free options on the menu. The cocktail/drink list goes on for miles! Go easy on the specialty cocktails because they can be strong ;) We will definitely be back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Birthday dinner

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good.

JY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was bit pricey but tasted great. Our server was super nice and the interior was clean and spacious. Excellent for a quiet brunch. The street parking wasn't too bad either - and there's a public garage right down the block as well.

NG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

As long time locals we are often looking for new places to try for dinner. Read some reviews, they were not great but enough decent ones to give it a try since we eat out 2/3 nights a week based on our schedule.

Seated quickly, classic hotel scene and atmosphere. Went on a week night with my husband and 12-year-old son who is just one of those easy kids who will eat anything and out when we do. Unfortunately the food was nothing like I had had hoped for. The review & gallery photos were nothing like the food we received. For me, it’s important that your main food / main course is a dominant feature. Here are the sides seem to be the only saving grace. So after our dining experience, the only good thing about this place is the ambience, and bartenders!

One of my favorites - and on the menu .... looking forward too! ...was a prosciutto, arugula, balsamic glaze with shaved Parm flatbread -which came to the table nothing short of a dried out piece of toast with a tiny bit of bacon sized prosciutto on it. I was so disappointed - there was no Parmesan, there was no arugula, and very little balsamic glaze- And whatever was left on it that wasn’t liquid was so dried out that it was toast. I could’ve made The same thing in my own toaster oven.
We also tried the plant based burger or whatever was the “meatless burger” and it was absolutely awful. It seemed like they took this smart food item and threw it into the fryer. Put it on a dried out bun with a few items that left a horrible taste in my mouth the rest of the evening.
Unfortunately this is in a hotel which maybe started out strong, but when you have to be the kitchen for the hotel can’t do it all.
The bartenders are solid and make great drinks- The wait staff is polite and helpful, a bit too slow, hostess was very helpful and helping the staff By picking up the slack.

Unfortunately we will not be back 😕

CN
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The wait staff acted odd. Food took longer than expect for simple breakfast foods.

TC
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are newlyweds, we live in the neighborhood, we were married at the Westin, and The Commentary is where we most often do date night. We are regulars and we appreciate the warm hospitality and familiarity.

q
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very spacious dim casual modern lounge restaurant located inside The Westin. Dined for 2 around happy hour.

Beyond Meat Burger$14 (plant-based patty, caramelized poblano peppers & onions, avocado slices, bibb lettuce, pico de gallo & pickle on a multigrain vegan bun) - delicious patty (not dry), used all the avocado slices. Towards the end of finishing my burger, the multigrain bun was a little too much (too multigrain lol).

Seasonal Fruit $6 - the size/portion of this item was surprising. Literally smaller than a palm sized ramekin.

Service - hostess and server were extremely friendly and patient!

Parking - validated valet parking (valet parking is located on N. Vermont Street). I completely missed the hotel entrance and ended parking on Fairfax Drive for $4 for 2 hrs.

Value - Beyond Meat Burger was a value. The seasonal fruit side was not.

e
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had to give some of my food to my husband because his dish was enough for him. The grilled cheese was good, but the eggs w/ tortillas was not enough.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service and sub par food.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great night out. Good food and cool space

S
Dublin
24 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Nothing special about that place.
Food was ok. No ambiance.
We won’t go back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great, solid happy hour, friendly service, good food.

B
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new spot! Great menu and great service - give it a try!

The Commentary
Responded on January 14, 2020

Thank You!! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time at The Commentary and we appreciate your feedback. Looking forward to serving you again.

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DW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of four went for a late Sunday Brunch. Our waiter was extremely attentive and the food was really good. I am more of an ambience person. My friends loved the food but I was smitten with all the comfortable and beautifully appointed cozy places to eat. Well situated and easy to park. Will return.

The Commentary
Responded on January 14, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time at The Commentary and we appreciate your feedback. Looking forward to serving you again, hopefully over happy hour next time!

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MD
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

This was a new adventure for us. The service and timing lacks badly. WE watched a server, bartender, and manager stand a talk for almost 15min before being seated. At that point we waited another 30min before being greeted and asked for any type of order. They ONLY had one other party so being busy wasn't an excuse. Once we finally got food, the experience was good. We enjoyed our offerings as well as the beverage. The biggest downfall here is the service. We watched 2 group leave after waiting so long.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went for my mother’s birthday which happens to fall on Christmas Day. The fixed prix menu was reasonably priced and delicious. I had scallops, sea bass, pumpkin bread pudding and a delicious sparkling pear cocktail for $45 and enjoyed it all. Very good food.

NO
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great location, nice ambience, and a beautiful setting. They were short staffed, food was late, and came cold.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The amount of food is very little for the money paid!