The Monocle

4.6
852 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.
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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a quiet, classic dining experience. Very attentive, knowledgeable waiter. Menu was not huge but found this refreshing. Tired of hipster menus. We shared the special salad of the evening: heirloom tomatoes and burratta. Excellent! One had steak. One had chicken. One had lamb. All were very happy with their entrees. Sadly no room for dessert. Love the setting. Sits like an oasis amongst the sprawling granite government buildings & Union Station. Like stepping back in time.

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P
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. A wonderful restaurant for a special occasion! Try the crab cakes!

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SP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a great experience staff was friendly and the food was great

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FW
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful atmosphere, and very attentive wait staff! This place is a classic.

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BB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Monocle has been my go-to restaurant near the Hill for years but I have never written a review. Amazing. I was there with old friends last week and had a chance to look around at the completed renovation, meet some new staff and study the new menu and wine list. If you are a DC-based person and have never been to the Monocle it is a must to go, if you are from out of town, you must go. Without question, the Monocle is THE best of the DC iconic restaurants ....and you may end up sitting next to a Senator or two!
Barbara B

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JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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AS
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good for a business meeting luncheon. Great location.

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SK
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A great Washington establishment eatery. Well worth it if you want to soak up the Capitol Hill vibe.

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p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot - good food and service couldn't be better.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Staff was very attentive.

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LS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic! Wonderful tomato basil soup. Tenderloin salad is very good. Service is alway superb. Old fashioned but still consistently a really good restaurant.

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a
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun place! Great service, happy to see the next generation of owners taking over!

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D
Kansas City
54 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and outstanding service in a classic DC setting.

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SR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was restaurant week and we participated in that menu. The choices offered were all on the main menu, portions large and meal very good. The service was exceptional from the moment we walked in and were told after asking where to park, to the pre-dinner drinks, to dinner and beyond. They ran out of one of the options on the restaurant week dessert menu but offered us anything off the regular menu.

The Monocle is an other era steak house and seafood restaurant and the quality of the food is definitely above normal. It was fun to be there, enjoying the photos of politicians of the past and imagine a time when everyone was civil and came here to entertain and have a good meal.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was mediocre and service was condescending. Won’t go back.

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A
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and the food was excellent! If you are visiting DC this is a must visit!

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Service was poor. Had to ask for bread and for menus, waiter got an attitude when we asked to split the bill. Drinks were poorly made as well. Felt like we were getting treated differently bc we were there for Restaurant Week, disappointing considering the reputation of the restaurant.

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L
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

checked out this place for restaurant week. it was good. glad i got to finally go

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PD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was spectacular! We went for restaurant week but will definitely return.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crown jewel of Capitol Hill.

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MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, Marinos you were amazing with our family!

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m
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great institution- food is solid and service outstanding..it is one of the few places where the noise level is such you can do business

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GO
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere, food and restaurant staff were fantastic. Our waiter was engaging and always attentive.

I plan to go there every time I am in Washington.

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r
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive and gracious service. Well prepared food. Comfortable setting.

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TS
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food and service are consistently excellent at the Monocle

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JB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and perfect for social or business, lunch or dinner.

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d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Day trip to Washington

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N
Los Angeles
130 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very convenient if you are visiting The Senate.
Icon place
Very nice hosts.
Fun to visit

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VA
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the place to go for outstanding food and service on Capitol Hill. Interesting signed photos of members of Congress adorn the walls. Eligant and comfortable - Wonderful for a date night or for special occasions.

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MP
Cleveland
20 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
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
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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J
Pittsburgh
81 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location for lunch, esp. close to either the Senate office buildings or Union Station. Never had a bad meal. Even full of people, easy to have conversations across the table. I especially like the liver and onions ... if one likes this dish, The Monocle is the place to order this item. Service is always nice and very professional. Always seated on the time of the reservation. All around excellent and recommended.

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YH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Terrible service. Tardy, rude, inattentive.

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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
23 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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