The Monocle

4.9
1021 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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OUTDOOR - INDOOR DINING
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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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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipgerryl
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch at Monocle - greeted warmly by hosts Nick and John. Wonderful menu options with Greek Mediterranean flavors. Terrific service and a great wine list. Highly recommended.,

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go to place when working downtown and meeting friends

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Nelly
Mississippi
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The experience of the Monocle is a DC must.

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vipFabulous
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you see this place or read this review it is a sign to go there and have a terrific meal. We stayed at the Hyatt down the road and ventured out for a walk to dinner. We saw this beautiful place and quickly changed our reservation from a different place to this place!

We were greeted by the manager that treated us like we had dined there 500 times before. Just so warm and welcoming; a true gentleman. The restaurant is clean and comfortable and the menu had something for everyone. I’m not sure if the food or the service took top ranking or if both were just beyond excellent. Steak cooked to perfection, an amazing crab cake and the potatoes gratin where all outstanding. I personally love a friendly, professional and attentive waitstaff and ours was a true gem as he made our experience even better. Our daughter, 9, ate this huge bowl of fresh pasta as if it was her last meal and somehow had room for their chocolate dessert.

I think it’s also important to note that this place is a piece of DC history and you will see the legacy on the walls.

Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went for a birthday date night! Our steaks came out wrong but the staff bent over backwards to make the situation right and we ended up having a delicious meal and experience. We would definitely come back. Thank you for the great service!!

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Michael
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Monocle has been offering great food and service for decades -- and it didn't disappoint post-Covid.

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DCRandy
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steaks in town. Portions are perfect - not gargantuan like too many steakhouses. Service was excellent and not rushed. Great wine list that was not overwhelming or overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant felt like a classic. Definitely lots of stories those walls could tell. The service was exceptional, the steak was delicious, and the dining room was not crowded (a rarity in DC). A perfect place for dinner!

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vippandc
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Politicos are on the menu here -- Susan Collins and Marco Rubio ate while we were there. And the food would not offend any American, regardless of politics -- unless you actually liked food. My salmon was tasteless and too well done. My husband's chicken was OK but nothing special. But great place for sightings of our nation's leaders!

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vipLoveFood
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A DC classic....professional, friendly service and outstanding food at a convenient location on Capitol Hill where the atmosphere is "Cheers" meets "West Wing". Any visit to DC must include a stop at the Monocle.

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patriciab
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far my favorite DC restaurant. Always a joy dining at The Monocle

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Holiday dinner

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SarahS
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a special place with excellent service and divine food!

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JenniferS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the classic DC steakhouse feeling I had hoped for. We had a NY strip and a bone-in filet (on special) that were amazing. The cheese plate was a great starter, and great value.

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vipoutoftowner
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT place for a traditional DC experience!

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OlgaC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An incredible place with great history and atmosphere

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DuvalDiner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An all-time classic restaurant. Just a wonderful dining experience all the way around.

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vipLauraO
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Monocle! The food and service is top notch.

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vipFoodie
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick is super host. Crab avocado appetizer is the bomb. Took a career DC guest who had never been and showed him the Senate’s best watering hole. Bread at the table delicious. What’s not to like about the Monocle? — it fits like a perfect glove.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Full of history and dignitaries!

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John
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly outstanding luncheon experience; salmon was excellent, and service was friendly and highly professional.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great steak spot in the district!

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vipEricK
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Neat little place with historical and hill connections. Would be a great place to bump into a senator and grab a bite and drinks.

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MaDu
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent service.

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vipFirasK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The lightning can possibly be improved.. also the walls of the first floor.

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SteveFH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to the Monocle many times and never disappointed. It's a great location and nice atmosphere. I arrived at noon on a Monday and the restaurant was somewhat empty. But this changed quickly and full of people and everyone having a nice time and not too loud. Our lunch was excellent and the waiter and host very helpful and friendly. The Monocle is great and you won't be disappointed!

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vipPaulJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came here for Valentines day. The menu options were fantastic, the wine options were superb. I have to say that our server George was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it

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patriciab
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great from start to finish. Love the Monocle

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vipAntonio
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best service, best food, best people watching....

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, as usual. Service was great! We only get to the Monacle once a year but it never disappoints. Be back next year.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Disappointing

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vipADL2013
Charleston
175 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect quiet place for a business lunch with great food and professional service.

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vipTDE526
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quaint and efficient

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is as amazing, as always!

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vipCarroll
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The personnel at The Monocle were attentive, friendly and courteous. The food was delicious and presented in an appetizing manner. When the staff realized my husband and I were celebrating the 51st anniversary of our first date in 1969, they presented us with a wonderful dessert! We would DEFINITELY return to The Monocle when in Washington, D.C. again.

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vipCarol
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and the service was outstanding. This is a wonderful restaurant, and so close to Folgers Shakespeare Theater.

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vipRaider
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far the best place to eat on Capitol Hill.

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vipDiscriminatingDiner
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A pleasant and unique restaurant with superb cuisine.

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MaryF
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good, business casual dress. I had trouble finding parking.

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

The Monocle is rated 4.9 stars by 1021 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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