The Monocle

4.8
1008 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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OUTDOOR - INDOOR DINING
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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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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.9
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
30 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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MalindaD
Washington DC
2 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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PaulJ
Washington DC
2 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
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great from start to finish. Love the Monocle

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vipAntonio
Seattle
32 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
172 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
15 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
86 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week and was amazed to experience great food and service at this historical restaurant. The waiters were experienced, careful and attentive to our every request without being overbearing. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and would return and recommend.

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mac203
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place in DC for perfectly prepared steak done the old school way. Not overly fancy, just done right and exceedingly well. The rest of the menu is also beautifully prepared. Great atmosphere and the wait staff couldn’t be more professional and helpful. It’s a favorite!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was very enjoyable. The service was one of the best I have ever had at any restaurant. I'm in love with this service.

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MarvetteC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Hostess and waiter provided excellent service. The liver and onions was absolutely delicious

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vipDebra
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for dinner during restaurant week and the food was wonderful. The atmosphere is quaint and we enjoyed cocktails. Wait staff was terrific. I went to this restaurant once before for lunch and the experience was similar.

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vipJamesC
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go on restaurant week and enjoy the visit each time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The experience was going well until another table found a creature crawling in the restaurant. That extremely dampened the mood.

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DaveK
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We went because we like historic restaurants. Glad we did it. Like Ebbitt’s and Capital Grill better

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DougD
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal. Great service. Best Caesar salad ever!

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RobertB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.
Great service.
Great atmosphere.
Great history.

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Natalie
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were in town with friends for a basketball game- this restaurant was recommended by our hotel and walking distance. The ambiance was nice and the service was excellent. We had a very enjoyable meal, the only complaint was that my husbands steak, which was the filet mignon special , was rather fatty. If we stay in the area again, I would definitely go back. Everything else was delicious.

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LisaW
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table 32 with the presidential chairs is fabulous!

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SteveFH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was excellent. The noise level was moderate and no trouble having conversation even though the restaurant was pretty full. Always a good experience at the Monocle!

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You can order delivery directly from The Monocle using the Order Online button. The Monocle also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 546-4488.

The Monocle is rated 4.8 stars by 1008 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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