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The Monocle

4.6
776 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
What 776 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 6 days ago

We dined at the Monocle on a Friday night after a long drive to DC. It was the perfect choice. I ordered the Chicken Milanese and my husband had the pork chop. Both were excellent as was the warm shrimp over pesto bean salad appetizer. The wine list had lots of good choices. If we lived in the neighborhood we would dine at the Monocle frequently.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

The food was delicious, the service was incredible, the people were wonderful to be around! One of my favorite memories from our trip to DC! I will be eating here every time I visit our nations capital.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Delicious lunch at this old-school movers and shakers local haunt!

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2.0Dined on June 12, 2018

I was disappointed, on how the ""soup container"" was bought too the table, I wanted too taking the rest of the soup home with me and I was shocked at how it was brought to me in a paper box, not a plastic container for my soup to go.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Kind and welcoming! Great food variety! Fun spot near Capitol Hill -- never know who you might sit next to!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Outstanding place, great food, good wine and service

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

This was the first time my wife and I had dined at The Monocle in at least 35 years, but the food was as good as we remembered. Although The Monocle seems to have undergone several renovations over the years, the service is still splendid. We wondered why we waited so long to return, and we will definitely visit again soon.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

From the appetizers, to the main dishes and desserts, the food could not have been better. We had a great meal and will definitely be back. And for any people who love calf liver, it was the best I ever had!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

A unique restaurant on the Senate side of the Capitol. Great food and attentive service. Fun people watching when the Senate's in session.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Relaxing, historic and conversational provoking atmosphere. Excellent quality ribeye steak, salad and desert. Diverse wine varieties by the glass and bottle. Our waiter was very attentive, and provided helpful advice on best food selections. Comfortable seating and desert perfect.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

The Monocle is a must lunch stop on every trip to Washington DC. Just behind the Senate office buildings make it a good location after meeting with our Senators.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Nice place great food!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

This was our first occasion to visit the Monocle. It was a pre-show (Folger, Shakespeare Library). We were delighted with the food and service. It was a 'bit' pricy, but well worth it.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

The Monocle is one of my favorite restaurants when I visit DC. Great food, great service are just two reasons I love this place.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Excellent as usual. John, Nick and the entire staff always make dining at the Monocle a very special occasion. Outstanding food and great service in a splendid location.

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Good, not extraordinary,food and service.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Don't feel compelled to go for the specials. Look at the full menu. (But specials were good.)

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

The food and service was excellent. Desserts were made on the premises and all we share at the table were delicious. There was something for everyone.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Really nice old fashioned place. Outstandingly attentive and polite service. Just as it should be. And if you love politics, this is the place.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Had lunch here with a work colleague. I had the fish of the day, which was outstanding. The food was great, the service attentive, the ambiance quiet and sophisticated, and the valet parking was very convenient. I will definitely go back for lunch or dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The Monocle never lets us down. We had a friend in town who is a foodie and wanted to go to a DC spot, not a high end Chain, but a spot. The Monocle hit the nail on the head. Great meal, the Lobster special was amazing. The service is always high quality and even though we do not get there often, they treat you like a regular. We had a nice bottle of wine and a great meal.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Loved the Monocle. Our service was perfect, and the lamb was perhaps the best I’ve ever eaten. This is a great old DC experience.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

It’s a great location close to the capital. The food was amazing and the drinks were great. The service is top notch. I will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

The Monocle is the best restaurant in town. And John and Nick always make you feel welcome.

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Steak was done right, however the two gentlemen attending our table acted like they were just "bored" with the whole customer service concept, and almost grumpy even though we gave them plenty of smiles and kind words to brighten their mood. Wine selection is very limited and not impressive for a steakhouse.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT, FOOD, SERVICE,and AMBIANCE! ...but very expensive.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

I make it a point to eat here every time I m in DC. Great food place to sit and relax after a day on the Hill. The lemon curd pie and service are Outstanding!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Tons of character, excellent food, lots of history. Great place to make a deal or talk about current challenges!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Hadn’t been here for 30 years...it was terrific.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Since my first visit both the Manager and proprietor remember me upon arrival and I am routinely shown to a good table. Far from a weekly patron, their courtesy stems from my sharing a surname with a relative of the proprietor and their recognizing me as a Veteran. My "fame" is far from that of the Supreme Court Justices and Members of the Senate and
House who often occupy the tables, and whose photos are on the walls.

The food is superlative and I am delighted with the Calf's Liver with Applewood Smoked Bacon and grilled onions — a comfort food dish from my youth. The Monocle has a well-stocked bar and wine cellar, and the wait staff imparts the feeling that you are being protected from making a mistake, or being disturbed. Truly an original establishment which would be difficult to replicate.

Easily the best restaurant on Capitol Hill, it has a clubby atmosphere without being intimidating. I highly recommend it for a special date, a business meeting, or a special family occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Wonderful experience. Delicious food. The best service. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Excellent food! Came here after our elopment and it was perfect!

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Great food and great hospitality. Will definitely make the stop everytime I'm in DC.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Delicious and a restaurant with "professional" waitstaff., which these days is a thing on the past. We will be back when we are in the city and would definitely recommend.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I think good is pre-prepared and reheated. Could have been very good with a little more attention.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Loved the Monocle. Food and services were both exemplary. Wait staff are well experienced and the outmost in professional as well as friendly and accomodating your every need.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We have eaten here before and this place does not disappoint!!! We have eaten all the steaks on the menu and the Salmon and all in our parties have been completely satisfied!! You will pay 55-75 per person which for DC isn’t bad at all. The only bummer was they didn’t have Moscato wine. This is a must try especially for the quality of service and food!!! Both were superb!!!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Excellent food and great service. We had crab cakes and calamari. Lots of professional political and diplomatic discussions. We arrived early and were seated right away. By the time we left afternoon it was very packed. Great place, would recommend.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food and service were excellent. Our server was very attentive. Good selection of wine by the glass. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

It's always reliable...very good food, great service, a treat in the era of no table cloths (it has them), it's quiet enough to actually talk, relaxing, very fair pricing, and perfect location if near the Senate and Capitol.

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