The Monocle

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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.
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Cleveland
61 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service! We were seated right away and service couldn’t have been better. Wine choices were plentiful and food was excellent. Desserts were delicious as well. The only negative would be that the butter that was served with the yummy complimentary bread was cold making it hard to spread. A small thing that many restaurants forget about! Overall though, a great evening out!

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The server continued to walk past our table time and time again and we felt very rushed. We would have had dessert but the constant watching over our shoulders was too much. I had been here before and the service was similar but the food was better. If it were not so convenient to the Union Station, I wouldn't go back but I probably will.

B
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had dinner on a Wednesday. Not too crowded and had a nice meal. Service was great! We've been there before, but a long time ago. Glad to see the restaurant hasn't slipped - and will be back, sooner than "several years"

LE
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i WENT THERE BECAUSE IT WAS WALKING DISTANCE TO MY HOTEL; HAD NO IDEA IT WAS SO FREQUENTED BY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.

CC
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, quiant atmosphere in this old fashioned DC restaurant and bar. Excellent service too!

GG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Convienient location for a good lunch. Great service.

MA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful comfortable dining! Great linguine with seafood,oysters, Irish coffee - the way dining out should be, terrific waiters who really care about your happiness

D
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Monocle is expensive and somewhat noisy, but the food was Fantastic and worth a special occation. We had great service and would happily go back.

KC
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service and awesome ambience..thanks.

TS
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great atmosphere! Very reasonable prices! We were able to makes reservations the same day and parked right in front of the restaurant for 6:45 pm dinner. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive. I highly recommend eating here.

d
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had wonderful service, reasonalbe prices, and well prepared food and drinks. This is the perfect place to bring business associates and friends. Nick is an amazing man who knows how to make patrons feel like they are at home.

SG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine food, excellent service. It’s not a noisy place, but not really quiet either. A bit pricy, but worth it.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was very friendly and attentive. Food was excellent!

BB
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always plan on a meal at The Monocle when visiting DC. Food is excellent and service is second to none.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! Food, Staff! We enjoyed our special lunch times! Thank you!

m
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and great service! First time in and will definitely be back

LP
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Monocle is a classic; solid food professional environment; attentive but not overly "fake" friendly servers and enough space between tables to enable a functional business meeting.

CG
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the absolute BEST place to go for a business lunch while visiting Capitol Hill. A fixture on Capitol Hill for decades (the building falls under the control of the Architect of the Capitol but the restaurant is privately owned) that is well known to lawmakers and lobbyists alike. A restaurant located this close to the Capitol could easily try to coast on its proximity but they are consistently at the top of their game service-wise as well as with their cuisine. It can get expensive, but meals around Capitol Hill generally are unless you are eating in one of the congressional cafeterias. Overall, the Monocle is five stars/diamonds/aces/yahtzee...

SF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great lunch at the Monocle and excellent food and service. The noise level was just right and easy to carry on a conversation. I highly recommend the Monocle!

r
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the food, drinks and service were excellent! Went during DC Restaurant Week and their menu was very extensive. Plenty of choices for each course.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous old school DC!

M
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service

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C
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was very good, but I think a little over priced. I would recommend as it’s a DC historical staple.

SF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service! I met an old friend at the Monocle for lunch and had a nice time and the noise level was low—we had no problem carrying on a conversation. I highly recommend the Monocle and never disappointed.

OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, just wow. The history, the service, the food. Unique to DC only.

NL
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Monocle is where you go if you want to impress your out of town guests, and/or if you want a very good filet mignon! When Congress is in session, there may be fundraisers upstairs or Members of Congress having lunch or dinner. You never know who you might see! The walls are covered with photos of current and former Members... very interesting WDC iconic restaurant! This evening was our last at the Monocle, as we are moving out of town. We'll miss John and Nick and their wonderful staff a LOT!

A
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, served promptly, by a kind waiter. A good spot for a nice meal.

C
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, enjoyed every course,,,,, great location,,,,, historic building / lovely

J
Pittsburgh
95 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A very consistent, excellent restaurant. Highly recommended. While those with me speak highly of the crab cakes, I felt I have had better. Absolutely tremendous liver and onions, if you like this dish. Excellent host and table service.

E
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience! And the bread is to die for!!

m
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place for a business lunch

M
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server were very good.

EY
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, very professional, friendly, and accommodating staff. Will definitely return and highly recommend!

M
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Servers were very professional

h
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Excellent lunch, not overpriced for DC. Noisy and busy when we arrived but cleared out by 1345 when we could hear each other talk at last! Salads tasty and service excellent.

d
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was so impressed with the food, and with how accommodating wait staff was. New favorite restaurant in DC.

CM
Tulsa
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really good food, above average service, all in a nice atmosphere.

LC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good place to meet close to train station. Good food and wonderful service

R
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in DC and a Capitol Hill Classic

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