Fabulous dinner!!!! Not knowing where to spend Valentine’s Day in DC, we went online and chose an established, family owned option. I have to admit we were a little skeptical as sometimes older restaurants lose their sheen and don’t stand up to their reputations. We were very happily surprised, and my faith in reputations has been restored. The food was superb, and classically prepared. The flavors and textures were perfectly balanced. I am having a hard time describing just how good our dinner was. The staff was equally delightful. My compliments to everyone there. Thank you!
Food and drink was excellent as was atmosphere and service. Little noisy but only because of a function in an adjacent room. We will absolutely be back. 👍👍
Lovely dinner for business discussion; Nick and staff all were accommodating, gave us time to talk in between check ins with us. Food was perfect.
I took a couple of business friends there for lunch. It is a historic and authentic Capitol Hill spot. The food was simple but good quality. I would definitely go there again, alone or with others.
This was recommended by a patron at another establishment. We loved the food and the surroundings. Very interesting to see some of the inner workings of DC done over the dinner table. I would definitely go back. The lamb was amazing!
The Monocle is always a high quality choice. The owners have been on the hill for many years and even though it's an institution, they make sure quality and service are top notch. Great place.
I was expecting a solid restaurant-week meal at Monocle but was pleasantly surprised at the excellence of all the dishes sampled from our table's gathering: Best beef tenderloin--so buttery and tender; perfectly-cooked pork chop; outstanding tuna tartare; creamy cheesecake and lemon curd pie. And our party of 5 could actually hear one another's conversation! We have rediscovered this long-time Hill establishment and will be back.
Was in the area so we went for restaurant week. Wife had the flatiron steak and I had she'll fish linguine. Everything was excellent and the service was first rate. We even got to see Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his wife who joined us for dinner! Along with his security detail of course! We will definitely be dining here again when we come back to DC. It was a great experience from start to finish.
Came here for lunch during Restaurant Week. Soup was excellent. Was like a cabbage and kale soup. Had Wagyu Steak and dessert was a lemon cheesecake. Service was attentive. Would recommend.
Upscale comfort food prepared perfectly. A wonderful staff to make you feel at home and glad to spend your money there. Gem.
The restaurant week menu looked fantastic, but the food was mediocre.
I love the restaurant. I have dined there three times.
The chicken and the salmon were both outstanding. Excellent and unhurried service.
It was good quiet dining experience
I had not dined here indecades.. it turned out to be a delightful lunch from the bread, wine list to the gracious maitre d to our server.
While the Monocle is a classic D.C. politico spot on the Senate side of the Capitol building, it is perfect for a family dinner before a concert at the Folger. The staff welcomed and took great care of our teens. The dinner did not disappoint.
I would recommend The Monocle for it's decent food at a reasonable price; and it's proximity to The Capitol itself. Also it is within walking distance of Union Station. I would imagine a lot of Congress and their staff find it convenient. There seem to be a few private rooms as well for business meetings. Overall, a good find in the area.
We had a lovely evening. The service was outstanding and the food well prepared. This is the place to eat when near the Capitol.
We always enjoy dinner at The Monocle during the holidays. Great service and steaks. We enjoy the ambiance of the Capital. Feels warm and exciting.
D.C. History comes alive before you.
Great food and the best service
Excellent restaurant. Extremely consistent food and service. Everyone provides top notch attention. Strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone close to the Senate offices and looking for a good place to eat.
There was a sewer-like smell that pervaded the restaurant. I wasn't sure where it was coming from.
Dinner with my niece!
The crabmeat appetizer was very disappointing--just some crab meat (jumbo lump, thankfully, but not super-fresh) scooped out of the carton and dropped on a lettuce leaf, next to a strip of red pepper and a pot of some vague mustard/mayo sauce. That's not an appetizer; it's a leftover! The bread was good, though.
We have gone to DC the second week in November the past five years. We eat at the Monocle every time. The service is wonderful and the food is great.
I have been going to the Monocle for years. It is a warm, comfortable restaurant that is comfortable for all strains of the political spectrum. The food is terrific, well prepared and never disappoints. The drinks are perfectly mixed and the wine list is extensive but not intimidating. Beer selections come from many states and countries. Many of the servers at the Monocle have been there for years as have the managers. Once you have been to the Monocle you become a "regular" and are treated as family. If you are on the Hill don't miss this longtime iconic restaurant for lunch or dinner and don't miss the walls of pictures of Senators and Congresspeople on the upstairs hallway...I call it the Smithsonian of the Hill!
The Monocle is always excellent. And has been for decades!
The Monocle is a local hangout for the political groups and followers in the area -- we have an apartment and often see the local celebrities doing their "Washington, DC" thing together over fine dishes and solid service. The ambience reflects the history of the place, and will leave youknowing that you have been in a DC institution where government is really conducted!