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The Delegate

3.0
3
121 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
MILK & HONEY Now Here!!
Monday- Sunday 7am-9pm
Breakfast, Brunch & Dinner
Indoor and Delivery Dining
Featuring Chef Driven Menus , Weekend Brunch and Local Craft Cocktails.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Burgers, Breakfast

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:30 am–11:00 am Brunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 567-6645

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American

  • Executive chef

    Joshua Thames

  • Catering

    Entrust The Delegate to help coordinate the catering for your next event! Enjoy your Delegate favorites at your home, office or special event with our catering selections. We pack everything fresh for pick up or delivery! Email Annette@thedelegaterestaurant.com for more information.<br /><br />

  • Private party facilities

    From intimate gatherings, corporate events, memorable weddings and more, The Delegate at the Marriott Courtyard offers a variety of private and semi-private dining spaces for your event needs.Email Annette@thedelegaterestaurant.com for more information

  • Private party contact

    Bethany Titman: (571) 446-8533

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    9th Street &amp; L St

  • Parking details

    Valet parking available at the Court Yard and Residence Inn Washington Downtown/ Convention Center

  • Public transit

    The Delegate can be accessed via the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center stop on the GREEN and YELLOW lines.<br />

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 121 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.0
3 based on recent ratings
  • 3.1Food
  • 2.8Service
  • 3.1Ambience
  • 2.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SR

    SharlaR

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    Really poor service even with a full staff. We had a reservation but were moved tables twice.
  2. E

    Ebm29

    Atlanta

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Lunch took an hour and 40 for a scramble, salad, and sandwich. Food lacked flavor. The service was terrible. Had to ask for drink refills at the bar several times. Coffee was cold before they brought creamer. All around mistake to have chosen here to eat.
  3. KG

    KimG

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Very disappointed. Had to wait 15 minutes to be seated even though the place was nearly empty. Servers were busy dancing to a DJ vs checking in on customers. The burger was bland. No one even asked to see how we wanted the burger fixed. Well done or rare??? The fried green tomatoes were hard and over cooked. No flavor. Too scared to order anything higher $15 for fear of being disappointed again.
  4. PT

    PaulTheEater

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    There was no server or hostess when we arrived and it took almost 20 minutes for them to emerge. The bartender was present and friendly, but it didn't seem to bother him that guests has seated themselves without a server. When prompted he said he'd check in on the server/hostess, but of course, he'd continue to have his conversation with another patron for another 5 minutes before lifting his finger. Once the server did emerge, they were friendly and provided a good quality of service. The food was decent.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Not the best and facts are the menu is actually that of Milk &Honey franchises so I could have gone to the one on H St NE.
  6. AH

    AnitaHJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The rooftop was fantastic, but the appetizers were a bit disappointing. We loved the food in the restaurant on the first floor.
  7. AM

    AleciaM

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The fish and grits w/ fried tomatoes should require a change. The grits were way to thick, and not seasoned. I had more fried tomatoes then I had catfish filets. The presentation wasn’t the best. I had a broken piece of catfish fillet, and the way it was plated was if the Chef said here’s a extra lil piece throw it on there. I’m not sure. The sauce which was probably a Thai sauce was the only thing that saved the food. I’ll give it a 6/10. The Mojito drink was great. I believe my bartender name was Dre. He was very attentive.
  8. CC

    ChristineC

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Over promised and then under delivered. Olives described as with herbs, lemon zest, and benne seeds were just plain olives. The watermelon, tomato and feta salad looked nothing like the picture.
  9. SB

    SandraB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Delegate = delegate work to patron! Had to order via phone vs server. Issue was that App is very frustrating and only allows 20 characters to put in customization request which is insufficient. We requested just to be able to place order with server but it wasn’t an option. So we got up and left. Food is much too expensive for such poor service model. View was so so and not enough dining umbrellas.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience3
    I was especially excited to try The Delegate specifically because the food was provided by a local favorite, Milk & Honey. Unfortunately, the experience was more than underwhelming. Outside of the service exceeding its capacity, not everyone was unable to enjoy their dish. The chicken for the chicken and waffles was not cooked thoroughly which was discovered upon first bite for one, and made another person sick. The bar staff are significantly overwhelmed, as their lack of attention to detail was noticeable when a guest received a drink with a hair adorning their glass. Three days after our venture to the restaurant, it was discovered that the waiter placed the entire bill on one person’s credit card instead of splitting the bill evenly as requested. If there are any bright lights to this venture, our party did enjoy the crab hash and the L Street Scramble. The service industry has its challenges at the moment. However, that should never affect a staff’s ability to prepare food thoroughly and create an experience for locals and out of towners to remember.
  11. BM

    BrianaM

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Solo trip and had brunch there every morning loved the food
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We had a reservation It was moderately busy no Staff at the entrance The Bar staff was rude made eye contact but never addressed my daughter and I The manager sat us wherever said he would get us menus we waited 10 min and left.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    The service was terrible even though they weren’t busy. The food was unseasoned.
  14. ET

    ExperiencedTravelers

    London

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Limited time for business luncheon, so reserved well in advance. Arrived 5 min ahead of time reserved. Had to wait extra 20 min for our reserved table, even though party size had been reduced from 6 to 4. No idea what would have been done had all six of us made it, since there were only two tables with six places and neither was available entire time we were there. Also, no outdoor dining option as advertised which was a major requirement for us, so that was very disappointing to find upon arrival.
  15. LT

    LasseT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Bad service and bad menu We will not come back this place
  16. T

    Trexperience

    Baltimore

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Nice place
  17. D

    Denverite

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We sat in the bar area vs the restaurant. Salmon salad was a perfect lunch entree. Although table service was a bit slow for a business luncheon, our server was extremely polite and friendly.
  18. JW

    JeffreyW

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Had a dinner 8:30-ish on a Sunday evening. This restaurant is adjacent to the main hotel lobby and doesn’t really have a clearly established “front” in which you check in. This becomes problematic as once you take a seat (either assigned or self-seating) it isn’t clear who your server is supposed to be. Other than the server issues, it’s a pretty standard hotel lobby bar/restaurant; nothing very remarkable. Unfortunately, this is DC and the competition is pretty stiff.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Bizarre place on how the rooftop is advertised , they do not have a full menu on the roof and only have to go food
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks were amazing and so were our appetizers. Will be going back for a full dinner! Had a great time
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    We are visiting the area from Miami and the morning staff was all over the place. The food was great and came to the table quick.
  22. YC

    YvonneC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Ordered chicken & waffles. The waffle was chewy & bland. I’d rather come back for drinks & the great music supplied by a DJ.
  23. J

    Jennifer

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great brunch menu on a Sunday with the Milk and Honey selections. Service was fast and friendly, food was tasty. Be sure to try the Rumchata French Toast!
  24. R

    Rose33

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I was at the Delegate for lunch on a Saturday. They have a DJ , and the music was so loud that my colleague and I had to shout to hear each other. Fortunately, the DJ did turn down the volume after we requested it. The food was okay, but nothing special.
  25. AK

    AnnieK

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    A crab cake benedict sandwich should be with poached eggs, not fried. The two crab cakes, both thin, crispy, and small could hardly be called jumbo as they barely covered half an English muffin which, itself, was soggy and untoasted. The sauce which should have covered the sandwich was barely visible, had no spinach that I could see and no Cajun flavor to it. A big disappointment
  26. MK

    MarshaK

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Very limited brunch menu. Waiter did not refill coffee or water during our whole time there.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    The cheesy eggs are literally just cheese on top, not melted or anything. The grits with the shrimp & grits were terribly over cooked and clumpy. The mimosas were great though.
  29. OJ

    OlenJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wife and I went for Sunday brunch and we both enjoyed the food and especially the 3 piece band that was playing.
  30. DL

    DerekL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Food was expensive and average at best. All three of my parties meals were overcooked or did not task well.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Waitress ignored us. Finally tracked her down after 15 minutes. Rude and dismissive. Coffee was served cold. Informed her…20 minutes later got a warm (not hot cup). Food never showed up until 45 minutes later when bartender went back to see what was going on. Good had been sitting there for a long long time - and was now cold. Bartender comped meal.
  32. NR

    NicholeR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    While the service was great, the food was sub-par. The burger was burnt and the chicken was bland. Also the fries came seasoned with Old Bay which was not advertised on the menu and they were so spicy- pretty inedible if you don’t like spicy foods. Combined with the prices, definitely not a place I will return to.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Went for restaurant week. Food was okay. Fried chicken was delicious.
  34. S

    Sametria

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Came here with a friend for the milk n honey DJ brunch and the food and service was perfect. Literally everything was on point. Told them it was my friend's bday and they brought out a delicious bread pudding on the house. The coffee was delicious. The Thyme peach gin drink I had was also delicious. Will definitely come again.
  35. KM

    KhalilahM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Enjoyed the DJ. The chef was prepared in serving the entrees provided on the menu.
  36. R

    Rags

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was good for a party of 8 with one waiter for all of the restaurant. Short-staffed in kitchen as well. But, the staff were friendly even though they were working 12-hour days. We dined there in support of Black-owned Restaurant Week. Food was tasty, but the shrimp pasta was slightly salty.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attended for Restaurant week and the service and the food was amazing
  38. RC

    RichardC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    First day, breakfast. Waited 25 minutes with no one else there. Left waiter big tip. Night, reservation dinner on rooftop, Sat us, 45 minutes later, no one in sight. Leaving, we saw the hostess and another server , one on phone, other laughing when saying good night. Yes, we tried a third time, sat at bar, menus thrown over, no one came over for 40 minutes. Help is lazy and disrespectful. I feel a little better that I am on a Marriott Board for exactly these things that bring us lower on competition. Never will go back to the Delegate until this is addressed.
  39. CE

    CarE

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Gorgeous view. Just be prepared that the drinks come with plastic cups and the food is delivered take-out style in bags with closed plastic containers. This may be just a pandemic accommodation but it takes a bit away from the ambience of a beautiful rooftop bar.
  40. AW

    AbbyW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We made this reservation for outdoor seating. When we arrived, we were told that the outdoor area would be open in about 30 minutes. So we chose to leave and eat elsewhere since the weather was so beautiful and we were trying to eat outside. Not sure why they offer outdoor seating as an option if their outdoor area isn’t open at the reservation time.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Delegate does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Delegate also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 567-6645.

The Delegate is rated 3 stars by 121 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for The Delegate

901 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Additional information

  • Cross street

    9th Street &amp; L St

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:30 am–11:00 am Brunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Burgers, Breakfast

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet parking available at the Court Yard and Residence Inn Washington Downtown/ Convention Center

  • Public transit

    The Delegate can be accessed via the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center stop on the GREEN and YELLOW lines.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American

  • Executive chef

    Joshua Thames

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 567-6645

  • Catering

    Entrust The Delegate to help coordinate the catering for your next event! Enjoy your Delegate favorites at your home, office or special event with our catering selections. We pack everything fresh for pick up or delivery! Email Annette@thedelegaterestaurant.com for more information.<br /><br />

  • Private party facilities

    From intimate gatherings, corporate events, memorable weddings and more, The Delegate at the Marriott Courtyard offers a variety of private and semi-private dining spaces for your event needs.Email Annette@thedelegaterestaurant.com for more information

  • Private party contact

    Bethany Titman: (571) 446-8533

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