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The Dabney, Washington, DC

The Dabney

4.7
4.7
118 Reviews
$50 and over
American
Located in historic Blagden Alley in D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood since 2015, The Dabney continues to pay tribute to the wonderful farmers, watermen, and purveyors of the mid-Atlantic region whom provide some of the best and most unique products in the country. We celebrate these ingredients by preparing them in a large wood burning hearth not only for its uniqueness and depth of flavor, but because it allows us to give a nod to our area’s historic food culture while growing and creating something new.

The current menu is a 8-course tasting menu honoring the Mid-Atlantic. The menu is developed to reflect the soul of our beloved mid-Atlantic: with every ingredient representing the history of the region we call home. At this time we are unable to accommodate severe allium and dairy allergies as well as vegan and vegetarian diets. We offer an additional à la carte dinner menu at our bar and bar area tables.

The Dabney has been awarded a Michelin star every year since 2017.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 450-1015
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Jeremiah Langhorne
  • Neighborhood
    Mount Vernon Square
  • Cross street
    M St. NW
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 118 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

118 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Reviewed on December 31, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    The food is as good as everyone says; the service for us was "meh", far worse than any Michelin-starred restaurant we've been too. Just lots of little things -- we came in December; no one offered to assist with coats or provide a place to hang them (lots of coats hanging on the backs of chairs). Plates were left sitting and not cleared; a series of young, attractive and different servers each playing a part without regard for the whole -- one server removed a spoon from a dirty dish and set it down on the table; another brought a clean plate for a new course without noticing that there were no utensils to eat with. They are all very cheery and friendly so it is hard to fault them for not actually knowing what to do in a restaurant, consistent with the hip vibe where it's very hard to get a reservation and they don't have to worry about perfecting the experience.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on December 16, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    The place is beautiful and the food is tasty and really good. You have many people running around you asking if everything is ok. Even the fact that is in such a nice and unknown alley, it's quite interesting. However, the day I went (one of those polar vortex days), it was really really cold INSIDE the restaurant. It felt as if someone left the front door open all the time and when we asked if they could turn on the heat or something, they looked to us as if we were crazy. Yet, you could tell that everybody around us was fighting the cold with what they had at hand. But what kind of killed my first impression was the following. The open kitchen looks quite good, except when you leave and realize that your hair and clothes (specially your winter jacket!) smell like grilled and fried food. I am kind of disappointed as I was expecting a better experience after all the fuzz around this place.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Reviewed on August 24, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    My boyfriend and I came here for my birthday this year. I had been dying to try the Dabney after hearing glowing reviews and it did not fail to impress me! The food is all small plates so you can share a number of items on the menu, all of which are to die for. I can't wait to go back!

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  4. AmazingMeals56

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Reviewed on August 2, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    The Dabney is the perfect mix of rustic elegance meets simplicity at its finest. I recently hosted a dinner party with friends at the Dabney and from the moment we tasted our first small plate to the soup to the dessert cookies, we all felt like we shared something bigger than we could explain. The food is like magic and you genuinely understand the beauty if all the chefs do to make your culinary experience unlike any other. It's intimate, lovely, and one of the best places to be in DC.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food! Love the small plate tasting portions. We split the entrée and ordered 3 small plates, and it was more than enough food. They forgot about us between our apps and entreé, as there was a mixup and our server didn't realize we never got our main. As a result, we were late, and in a hurry to leave, so in our haste, I left my credit card.. They were awesome and called me before we had walked too far, so we could go back and pick it up, thanks!!!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything about The Dabney. The hearth-roasted vegetables were my favourite--such a simple but perfect dish. Their hearth is amazing, I'm sure everything cooked in there is delicious. Service was great and they made our anniversary dinner very special!

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  7. Michael

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Another strong addition to the Shaw dining scene! A very hospitable spot. The story -- locally sourced ingredients and Mid-Atlantic cooking -- is stronger than the food itself, which is firmly in the small-plates, ready whenever, let's be clever genre. A good neighborhood spot but not destination dining.

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  8. DanielleR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seriously this was probably the best meal I have EVER had. I have not stopped talking about this restaurant to friends and family for days now! I am telling EVERYONE to go. The owner has clearly put a lot of time, energy, and passion into creating this restaurant and it makes such a difference. Everyone there- the wait staff, the management, bar tenders, and even the guests all were in such good moods and the FOOD!!!! I mean talk about FLAVOR!!!!!!!!! I seriously can't get enough of this place. hands top favorite new spot.

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  9. Salvatore

    New York City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very tasty but be prepared to leave hungry unless you're willing to order nearly every one of their three-bite small plates (roughly $15 each).

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Frankfurt

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is very good, so much so it is hard to share it family my style as the restaurant suggest. Our only complaint was that the restaurant is so popular we were told upon arrival that we could only have our reserved table for max 2 hours. This caused the entire dinner to feel very rushed and resulted in a less than positive experience.

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The Dabney is rated 4.7 stars by 118 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for The Dabney

122 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

Additional information

  • Cross street
    M St. NW
  • Neighborhood
    Mount Vernon Square
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jeremiah Langhorne
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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