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.
I took my team out for holiday lunch. The service was gracious and the meal was delicious.
Always a great spot for lunch or dinner. Best service in town!
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.
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.
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.
For those from the Buckeye State, there's a photo of U.S. Senator John Glenn prominently displayed on the wall.
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.
Just a sensational dinner. Quiet Friday night - Congress out (great for America). Crab cakes were perfect. Kind, personal attention from staff.
It’s been years since my last visit ... hasn’t lost a step. Ready to return!
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!!
Food was delicious and service awesome - look forward to our next meal there!
The wine list was thin but the steaks were phenomenal and the service on point.
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.
A treasure in DC!
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.
Great service and convenient for dining on the Hill. Friendly staff, excellent daily specials.
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!
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.
Always a great restaurant. Superior service and food. Highly recommended.
Classic place near the Capital and the DC attractions. Mingle with your legislators and thier staff while enjoying good food at a reasonable price.
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.
The service was great! Couldn't have asked for better. Food was delicious as well.
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!!
Great service, convenient location, good traditional food, quiet. Great value.
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.
Excellent food, friendly waiter (Joel), and awesome history!
Standard business lunch spot on the hill
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.
Nice place for a business lunch. Short walk from Union Station
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.
Overall a good experience. The happy hour is fantastic.
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.
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.
I always love bringing folks to the Monocle when in DC for advocacy work.
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.
A classic DC gathering spot. Excellent food and service. Great location to watch for politicians
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!
Wonderful food and great service. Will definitely go back for lunch.