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The Monocle

4.6
726 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Business Meals
  • Quiet Conversation
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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 726 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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Char (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Fabulous dinner!!!! Not knowing where to spend Valentine’s Day in DC, we went online and chose an established, family owned option. I have to admit we were a little skeptical as sometimes older restaurants lose their sheen and don’t stand up to their reputations. We were very happily surprised, and my faith in reputations has been restored. The food was superb, and classically prepared. The flavors and textures were perfectly balanced. I am having a hard time describing just how good our dinner was. The staff was equally delightful. My compliments to everyone there. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Food and drink was excellent as was atmosphere and service. Little noisy but only because of a function in an adjacent room. We will absolutely be back. 👍👍

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vipTeacher (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Lovely dinner for business discussion; Nick and staff all were accommodating, gave us time to talk in between check ins with us. Food was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

I took a couple of business friends there for lunch. It is a historic and authentic Capitol Hill spot. The food was simple but good quality. I would definitely go there again, alone or with others.

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StephanieM (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

This was recommended by a patron at another establishment. We loved the food and the surroundings. Very interesting to see some of the inner workings of DC done over the dinner table. I would definitely go back. The lamb was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

The Monocle is always a high quality choice. The owners have been on the hill for many years and even though it's an institution, they make sure quality and service are top notch. Great place.

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estreetbarbara (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

I was expecting a solid restaurant-week meal at Monocle but was pleasantly surprised at the excellence of all the dishes sampled from our table's gathering: Best beef tenderloin--so buttery and tender; perfectly-cooked pork chop; outstanding tuna tartare; creamy cheesecake and lemon curd pie. And our party of 5 could actually hear one another's conversation! We have rediscovered this long-time Hill establishment and will be back.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Was in the area so we went for restaurant week. Wife had the flatiron steak and I had she'll fish linguine. Everything was excellent and the service was first rate. We even got to see Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his wife who joined us for dinner! Along with his security detail of course! We will definitely be dining here again when we come back to DC. It was a great experience from start to finish.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Came here for lunch during Restaurant Week. Soup was excellent. Was like a cabbage and kale soup. Had Wagyu Steak and dessert was a lemon cheesecake. Service was attentive. Would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Upscale comfort food prepared perfectly. A wonderful staff to make you feel at home and glad to spend your money there. Gem.

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vipPEfoodie (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Great meal

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vipMimC (New Mexico)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

The restaurant week menu looked fantastic, but the food was mediocre.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

I love the restaurant. I have dined there three times.

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vipSwitzerland (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

The chicken and the salmon were both outstanding. Excellent and unhurried service.

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AhKa (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

It was good quiet dining experience

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vipNancy (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

I had not dined here indecades.. it turned out to be a delightful lunch from the bread, wine list to the gracious maitre d to our server.

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RobG (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

While the Monocle is a classic D.C. politico spot on the Senate side of the Capitol building, it is perfect for a family dinner before a concert at the Folger. The staff welcomed and took great care of our teens. The dinner did not disappoint.

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Samantha (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

I would recommend The Monocle for it's decent food at a reasonable price; and it's proximity to The Capitol itself. Also it is within walking distance of Union Station. I would imagine a lot of Congress and their staff find it convenient. There seem to be a few private rooms as well for business meetings. Overall, a good find in the area.

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vipCarol (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

We had a lovely evening. The service was outstanding and the food well prepared. This is the place to eat when near the Capitol.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

We always enjoy dinner at The Monocle during the holidays. Great service and steaks. We enjoy the ambiance of the Capital. Feels warm and exciting.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

D.C. History comes alive before you.
Great food and the best service

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

Enjoyed it

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vipJerry (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

Excellent restaurant. Extremely consistent food and service. Everyone provides top notch attention. Strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone close to the Senate offices and looking for a good place to eat.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 5, 2017

There was a sewer-like smell that pervaded the restaurant. I wasn't sure where it was coming from.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

Dinner with my niece!

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MiaM (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 27, 2017

The crabmeat appetizer was very disappointing--just some crab meat (jumbo lump, thankfully, but not super-fresh) scooped out of the carton and dropped on a lettuce leaf, next to a strip of red pepper and a pot of some vague mustard/mayo sauce. That's not an appetizer; it's a leftover! The bread was good, though.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2017

We have gone to DC the second week in November the past five years. We eat at the Monocle every time. The service is wonderful and the food is great.

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vipBarbaraB (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2017

I have been going to the Monocle for years. It is a warm, comfortable restaurant that is comfortable for all strains of the political spectrum. The food is terrific, well prepared and never disappoints. The drinks are perfectly mixed and the wine list is extensive but not intimidating. Beer selections come from many states and countries. Many of the servers at the Monocle have been there for years as have the managers. Once you have been to the Monocle you become a "regular" and are treated as family. If you are on the Hill don't miss this longtime iconic restaurant for lunch or dinner and don't miss the walls of pictures of Senators and Congresspeople on the upstairs hallway...I call it the Smithsonian of the Hill!
Enjoy,
Barbara

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2017

The Monocle is always excellent. And has been for decades!

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vipPHPotomac (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

The Monocle is a local hangout for the political groups and followers in the area -- we have an apartment and often see the local celebrities doing their "Washington, DC" thing together over fine dishes and solid service. The ambience reflects the history of the place, and will leave youknowing that you have been in a DC institution where government is really conducted!

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