The Monocle

4.6
865 reviews
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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.
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B
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice meeting with family before boarding the train home. The service was so personnel. May not be the greatest foodie place, but the potatoes can't be beat.

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g
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Old time charm and clearly a favorite of many government folks. Family run - John, who took over from his father who founded the place, is very present in the operations. Meets and greets all guests at the front door and seems to know everyone. It seemed every waiter and the host had all been there for over 20 years each. Yet, not jaded - eager to serve and please the customer - regular or new. So much history, yet updated and fresh menu choices. Great ambiance. Right by the train station, so very convenient if heading out of town via train. I think this will become a regular lunch stop for me before I take the train to NYC, which seems to be my usual travel route these days.

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AF
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service, and had one of the most delicious steaks I've ever eaten!

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AA
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Monocle is an old school sophisticated steak & seafood restaurant that opened in 1960 and is housed in a building built in 1885. You can see from all the portraits on the walls that it's popular with the movers and shakers. The interior decor is elegant simplicity, just the way my friend and I like things. 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 entree. It was served with veggies in a unique sauce. I had a delicious steak in June, but since it's Lent, I went with a pan-roasted bronzino filet served in shrimp sauce. It was served with potatoes au gratin. We also shared a side of tempura onion rings. We completed our repast with a generous slice of cheesecake, served with rum-roasted pineapple. It was the perfect dining experience.

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EP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch and dinner, easy to have conversations, server doesnt intrude

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VH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch!!!
Went there after visiting the Capitol. Great service, friendly and efficient. Delicious food.

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MG
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place if you have meetings at the US Senate. Can’t beat the location.

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m
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Monocle is always solid, reliable, friendly, the best.

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FD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friday night. Meal was outstanding. Service always warm and kind. Delightful.

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MS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food in a good atmosphere, and so convenient to meetings on the Hill.

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DH
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place on the Hill to eat, greet, and be. The food is great, service better, atmosphere pure Washington.

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MM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This classic Washington, D.C. institution should be on everyone's bucket list! Friendly, refined service with well-prepared food, plus the opportunity to browse the impressive collection of photographs is sure to please the political junkie in all of us. Stop by for a piece of D.C. with a side of warm rosemary bread!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 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 14, 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
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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FW
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 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 12, 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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J
Pittsburgh
84 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent, consistent service at this restaurant. Very nice and helpful staff. Food is typically very good, although the crab cake sandwich seemed better without the bun. Recommended restaurant.

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JR
Washington DC
2 reviews
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 30, 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 18, 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
6 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 17, 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
3 reviews
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
2 reviews
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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