The Monocle

4.7
821 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
The closest restaurant to the Capitol building,United States Senate and Union Station, The Monocle is not only known as a Washington institution, but also for its fine American cuisine. You can always count on being served great crab-cakes, grilled fresh fish, steaks and chops, while enjoying the powerful political scenery. The private room upstairs is a Washington classic for private parties and political fundraisers. More than 6 please call 202-546-4488 since NOT accepted by open table reservations.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: Lunch 11:30am to 3:45pm, Dinner 5pm-10pm and Bar service 11:30am until closing. Open weekends for special events.
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Phone number
(202) 546-4488
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Hector Toyos
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
First and D Street, NE, Capitol Hill
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Parking details
Valet Parking at lunch $7 with validation and street parking in the evening after 5:30pm.
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Public transit
Union Station (Red Line)
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Special events & promotions
Soft Shell Crab Festival...coming soon later in April. Local Soft Shell Crabs prepared three ways. with rocket salad, as a sandwich with chipotle mayo or pan roasted with pinot grigio & citrus butter sauce-toasted sliced almonds.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
What 821 People Are Saying
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Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This establishment hasn't changed sinceI first dined there 42 years ago. And that's part of its charm. The service is impeccable The food (while a relatively limited menu) is consistent and artfully prepared. And it's an atmosphere where one can easily carry on a conversation and hear the others at the table. If I lived in DC, this will be my go-to spot for most every occasion.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my team out for holiday lunch. The service was gracious and the meal was delicious.

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

Always a great spot for lunch or dinner. Best service in town!

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d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waiters have a lot of experience and make you feel that you should be glad they are serving you. Very expensive for what you get but this is a place you pay to see the history. Likely see spoiled congress members there that should have been subject to term limits long ago.

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DA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming here for 15 years and it is one of my favorite venues. Excellent staff and a good variety of well-prepared food.

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CR
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit off the beaten path. Very very good! Went the night before thanksgiving so it was pretty quiet as most govt workers had left for the holiday. Food was top notch. Simple upscale American fare but done quite well. Crab imperial was excellent, good sized portion and quite reasonable at $15. Filet was cooked perfectly and reasonable by DC standards at $39. Even the bread basket was tasty. Look forward to returning.

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LG
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For those from the Buckeye State, there's a photo of U.S. Senator John Glenn prominently displayed on the wall.

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m
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going there for years. It is always like going home. Nick and the staff have a knack for connecting with patrons of long standing. The consistency of service and food are above standard.

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FD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a sensational dinner. Quiet Friday night - Congress out (great for America). Crab cakes were perfect. Kind, personal attention from staff.

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GD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s been years since my last visit ... hasn’t lost a step. Ready to return!

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JR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just wanted to leave a message to say I hope you all have a great Holiday season!!! Thank you for the great service from Nick every time we eat there. From Oklahoma!!

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D
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service awesome - look forward to our next meal there!

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L
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The wine list was thin but the steaks were phenomenal and the service on point.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous meal. Our server was excellent. Well all had a different meal and no one was disappointed! The liver and onion dish was extra special for our friend who loves it and let’s be honest it’s not a dish that most would put on their menu. She was extremely excited and was very satisfied.

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CW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A treasure in DC!

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Monocle is always excellent. The food is great, the service is wonderful, and the wine list is lovely. We always receive a warm welcome from the staff, and have never had a bad meal. The Monocle is one of our favorite date night spots on Capitol Hill.

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S
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and convenient for dining on the Hill. Friendly staff, excellent daily specials.

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LS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My brother and our wives went to the Monocle for dinner on 12 October 2018. From the moment we walked in to the time we paid our bill we were treated as family by the host and waiters. The menu is outstanding and the drinks are phenomenal. Plus, the place has an air of old-school charm and ambiance that has a cool factor you can't in many any other restaurant in the city. We'll be back!

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Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This is a restaurant more well known for the people you might see dining there than the food on which they dine. The entrees we ordered were solid, but not memorable. It's pretty loud, so not so hot for a business dinner. I lay most of the blame for the noise, however, at the feet of other diners who felt the need to converse and laugh at the top of their voices.

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J
Pittsburgh
76 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great restaurant. Superior service and food. Highly recommended.

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m
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Classic place near the Capital and the DC attractions. Mingle with your legislators and thier staff while enjoying good food at a reasonable price.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The restaurant looks dated rather than classic. We felt rushed. Main course arrived while we were still eating our starter. Food was filling rather than tasty. The wine was the highlight of our dining experience.

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JB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was great! Couldn't have asked for better. Food was delicious as well.

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a
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week was s good experience here!! A couple steaks were not delivered with the rarity ordered but it was overall quite good food. Waiter and staff were welcoming and very friendly. Very glad we tried this spot!!

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VL
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, convenient location, good traditional food, quiet. Great value.

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JC
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to place for Restaurant Week. I wish we could afford to eat there more often. Did see one celebrity this time. Quintessential Washington, DC.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, friendly waiter (Joel), and awesome history!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Standard business lunch spot on the hill

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Houston
19 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was a quick Uber ride from our White House area hotel. It was somewhat quiet since Congress is in recess this week. My husband had the Salmon and I had the Chicken Milanese - both were excellent. We split a Ceasar salad - also very good. Service is exceptional so I would definitely go back the next time we are in DC.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place for a business lunch. Short walk from Union Station

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT experience, we were greeted as soon as we walked in, sat down right away. The staff was excellent, food was amazing. Definitely will be returning when we visit the area again.

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TS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall a good experience. The happy hour is fantastic.

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JP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing experience! Service was great. They were attentive by always clearing our table when we were finished and refilling drinks without having to ask. This made our first night in DC memorable. I’ll definitely come back.

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KM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the employees were very friendly and made us feel welcome. (We were tourists.) I have celiac disease and need to eat gluten free, and the waiter was very helpful with that.

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B
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love bringing folks to the Monocle when in DC for advocacy work.

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J
Pittsburgh
76 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in a very good location in close proximity to the Senate office buildings. Staff highly professional and always helpful. Food very consistently excellent. A pleasure to dine at the Monocle.

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TH
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A classic DC gathering spot. Excellent food and service. Great location to watch for politicians

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RB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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G
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A unique American restaurant right on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. Classic American dishes (steak, seafood) well prepared. Attentive service and great people-watching!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food and great service. Will definitely go back for lunch.

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