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The Monocle

4.8
4.8
1088 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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OUTDOOR - INDOOR DINING
CURBSIDE TAKEOUT

For Reservations of 6 or more, please call 202-546-4488

The closest restaurant to the Capitol building, United States Senate and Union Station, The Monocle Restaurant, established in 1960, 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:45 am–3:15 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 546-4488

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Hector Toyos

  • Private party facilities

    You can arrange a private event in the historic Monocle Townhouse Building on Capitol Hill, circa 1885. It is the ideal restaurant location to impress your clients, family or friends because of its history and fine American Steak and Seafood. The Federal Room located on the second floor can offer a gathering of 15 to 65 for a seated event or up to 125 guests for a cocktail reception. The Skylight Room located past the main Bar is a semi private space for the informal event, up to 40 seated and 75 for a reception. The Wine Room is a private room that can seat up to 10 for a special event.Banquet Facilities: On many weekends and holidays the restaurant can be reserved for special occasions; weddings, holiday parties, and corporate events. In the morning the main dining room can be reserved for a breakfast meeting before a legislative day on the Hill.

  • Private party contact

    Catering Director: (202) 546-4488

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Cross street

    First and D Street, NE, Capitol Hill

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking at lunch $7 with validation and street parking in the evening after 5:30pm. <br /><br />

  • Public transit

    Union Station (Red Line)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,088 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • District of Columbia

    American

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  1. WH

    WhitneyH

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Calimari, filets, and all the desserts were fabulous! Maybe a bit too much sauce on the filet but still fantastic, quiet place and great ambiance!!
  2. PC

    PatriciaC

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful restaurant! The service, food and atmosphere were the best. Great location. Next time we're in DC we will definitely go there.
  3. AC

    AnneC

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even though I have lived in Capitol Hill since 2017, this was my first time eating at The Monocle. Everything was excellent. My friend and I were warmly greeted, the menu has a good range of lunch options, our waiter was great. We both ordered the crab meat salad as an appetizer and I had the sea bass while my friend had the salmon. This will now be my “neighborhood go to restaurant “.
  4. SS

    StephanieS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a lovely dinner at the Monocle, the food was top class and the staff lovely. They offered us a dessert on the house as it as our anniversary, however due to the portion size we couldn’t eat a dessert. We did enjoy a coffee. A lovely dining experience would definitely recommend.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Well worth it. One of the best dining experiences we have had: from the food, to the owner and her daughter to the magnificent waiter! A truly pleasurable experience.
  6. c

    cwinchester2

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Monocle was recommended by my hotel. The proprietor and his wife were working together when I arrived. They were the most kind couple. The staff, attention to detail, and food were amazing. The atmosphere is warm, inviting, and special. Often, you can find great food anywhere, but great food paired with charm is hard to come by. I would recommend The Monocle to anyone looking for a fabulous and enchanting meal in DC!
  7. NS

    NathanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best beef filet ever! Wine and mushroom sauce just right!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Can’t wait to go back!
  9. S

    Sadie

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was good. Noise level was high over lunchtime. Interesting 😊
  10. C

    Coll

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful service and truly delicious food. We haven’t been so well taken care of at a restaurant in a very long time, if ever. The host was so welcoming and friendly, and our servers were outstanding. Best bisque I’ve ever had. Truly top notch. The vibe was perfect for the location. Upscale yet definitely not stuffy. Perfect. Will definitely return often. My daughter left her keys and they called and texted immediately, so appreciative of that thoughtfulness.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been going for years. Unpretentious restaurant with the most delicious steak in town.
  12. l

    lovthosmtns

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fun experience to get a bird’s eye view of the DC social and lunch life. The food was terrific. I’ll never get a shrimp Louie salad like that again and the ambiance was so authentic and special. Try it if you are up by the Capitol and have time to have a meal.
  13. CT

    ChrisT

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food and service, I highly recommend the restaurant.
  14. EP

    EricP

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place to enjoy a great meal, personal service, and meet some of the nation’s leading policy makers.
  15. RJ

    RJoseph

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining at The Monocle was a very pleasant experience. The staff is knowledgeable and accommodating. The food was excellent....the calamari is highly recommended.
  16. JM

    JeanneM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service & atmosphere just steps from the Russell Senate Office Building. Servers were friendly and attentive. Perfect for small & large groups!
  17. MO

    MaryO

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very nice reunion of old friends at the Monical last night. Everything was perfect including the service and the food. It is always nice to be at this wonderful restaurant
  18. RO

    RobertO

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prime N Y sirloin was the best I have had in years. It was noisy are first but 4 of us had a delightful dinner.
  19. SR

    SarahRae

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in a great atmosphere. The fillet was delicious!
  20. f

    freemat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My mother and I went to the Monocle for dinner twice! The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. The staff really make your dining experience special. We enjoyed all of the staff who took time out of their day to talk and share stories. If you are in DC do not miss this institution.
  21. NG

    NancyG

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food and service were great. Noise level was high during very busy lunch crowd.
  22. TD

    TammiD

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was really good. I had a ribeye and it was cooked perfect. I also had the creamed spinach and onion rings! A friend of mine and I split steak and sides and it was all amazing. The service was awesome!
  23. JF

    JohnF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Have not been to the Monocle in decades. Glad to see That they are still around and turning out quality food.
  24. DC

    DCSC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Two identical orders. My steak was slightly over cooked - person sitting next to me was perfectly medium rare.
  25. SP

    StephPalCal

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were greeted by 2 very friendly staff members who ushered us in out of the rain and made small talk about our last name. The waiter was very attentive and helpful with food suggestions. The food was excellent, especially the sea bass special. The lemon curd pie dessert was heavenly.
  26. PW

    PamealW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place to dine. Wonderful service and always excellent food. Reminds me of the good restaurants that ate at with my parents years ago !
  27. MA

    MASAVA

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    With an age of 55, I’ve eat the best steak in my life at The Monocle. Fantastic place with fantastic steaks and service. I’m looking forward to my next visit.
  28. PL

    PeaceLovenPlantain

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful…
  29. CV

    CVKarl

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter Joel was excellent and each food course was delicious. We would definitely go back.
  30. JH

    JimH

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Not very attentive to a one top. I understand the tough times restaurants are experiencing, but expected a little more. Food was very average if not below average. Bread service was great.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    246 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    246 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Wanted to give 5star but there was a huge flaw in service. This was our first time here at Monocle and when we were seated very nice service. The food was nice but as soon as another big party came in our server left serving our table. We saw him serving the big group. No one came to our table and had wave some one so that we can get our dessert and check. The management also did not care to assign another server. That was very bad experience. Had to lower the start due to the fact that our server suddenly disappeared leaving our table unattended. This is a big flaw in management.
  32. S

    Scott

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Welcoming, and comfortable. Noise low, great for a business lunch.
  33. m

    morgan46

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The Monocle is The restaurant of choice on the Senate side. It is historic, stylish, and steady. Where else in town can you get perfectly cooked liver, bacon, and onions . Wonderful place
  34. J

    Jess

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent! And the service was so great! We’ll definitely be back every time we visit DC!
  35. KH

    KristaH

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was lovely. We had a party of 7, and The host was very welcoming and the service was impeccable. We will definitely go back.
  36. LS

    LindsayS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always dependable. Old school and great.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place with so much history on its walls. GM was fantastic. Ended up spending few minutes after dinner talking to him. Food was excellent. Crab cake highly recommended. Will try to come back on the next DC visit.
  38. MF

    MaryF

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The Monocle is very much a historical restaurant where it seems not much has changed. The food was underwhelming and drinks were strong but cheap.
  39. JM

    JulieM

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Monocle was disappointing. Service was not very good. Waiter never stopped back to see how the meal was, never asked if we wanted a second drink/glass of wine. Waiter didn't "ask" if we wanted dessert of a after dinner drink, just handed out the menu's. Waiter was a bit abrasive. Food was not as good as expected for this type of a restaurant. Crème Brulee was not very good.
  40. D

    Doug

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal. Nick and his team do an excellent job!

FAQs

The Monocle offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 546-4488.

The Monocle is rated 4.8 stars by 1088 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for The Monocle

107 D Street, NE Washington, DC 20002

Additional information

  • Cross street

    First and D Street, NE, Capitol Hill

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:45 am–3:15 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking at lunch $7 with validation and street parking in the evening after 5:30pm. <br /><br />

  • Public transit

    Union Station (Red Line)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Hector Toyos

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 546-4488

  • Private party facilities

    You can arrange a private event in the historic Monocle Townhouse Building on Capitol Hill, circa 1885. It is the ideal restaurant location to impress your clients, family or friends because of its history and fine American Steak and Seafood. The Federal Room located on the second floor can offer a gathering of 15 to 65 for a seated event or up to 125 guests for a cocktail reception. The Skylight Room located past the main Bar is a semi private space for the informal event, up to 40 seated and 75 for a reception. The Wine Room is a private room that can seat up to 10 for a special event.Banquet Facilities: On many weekends and holidays the restaurant can be reserved for special occasions; weddings, holiday parties, and corporate events. In the morning the main dining room can be reserved for a breakfast meeting before a legislative day on the Hill.

  • Private party contact

    Catering Director: (202) 546-4488

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