The Monocle

4.7
802 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 802 People Are Saying
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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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J
Pittsburgh
71 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
3 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
23 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
32 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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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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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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New York Area
2 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
5 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
71 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
56 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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BS
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Monocle is an old school D.C. steak and seafood restaurant. It certainly lives up to its rave reviews! The Monocle is housed in a building that was built in 1885, and the interior decor is elegant simplicity. The service was outstanding. We began with the Jumbo Crab Meat Imperial appetizer. My friend, as is her wont, had a crab cake for her entrée. It was served with summer veggies and a unique sauce. I had a 14 oz New York strip steak, although 10 or 12 ozs would have been sufficient. The meat just melted in my mouth. My steak came with potatoes au gratin. We also shared a side of zucchini, red peppers & grilled onions served in shallot butter. We completed our repast with slice of dark walnut cake á la mode in a cognac syrup. It was the perfect dining experience.

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M
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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E
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Monocle is one of Washington's first and surviving power lunch locations. It's on Capitol Hill on the Senate side. You will see Senate staffers and senators eating here. The food is good.

Having said that, we went because a retired friend and I decided to get together for lunch, and he said the Monocle was on his bucket list. We both had a glass of red wine and ordered the chopped waygu beef stuffed with a mild, local blue cheese. I ordered mine medium rare, but it was only a little pink. Maybe that's unfair because the chopped beef was fairly thin.

Service was attentive, and it was easy (but not rushed) to be finished in an hour.

I probably will get back there before I retire in a year or two.

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Savannah
30 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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BL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LO
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

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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k
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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FC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding place, great food, good wine and service

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Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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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G
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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DF
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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DC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place great food!

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Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MH
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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RS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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