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The Monocle, Washington, DC

The Monocle

4.8
4.8
1368 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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For Group Reservations of seven or more call 202-546-4488 or email monocleinfo@aol.com

The Monocle is the closest restaurant to the Capitol building, United States Senate and Union Station. Established in 1960, The Monocle is not only known as a Washington institution, but also for its fine American cuisine-served by a professional and friendly team of servers. You can always count on being served great crab-cakes, grilled fresh fish, prime steaks and chops, while enjoying the powerful political scenery. The private Federal Room is a Washington classic for private parties and political fundraisers. The Wine Room is a cozy room for your intimate private birthday dinner of six to ten. Cheers!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Steak, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:45 am–3:30 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
    The Monocle was established in 1960 and is located in a historic townhouse-circa 1885. The Federal Room can accommodate 15-65, seated and 125 for standing event. The Atrium area is semi private space for the informal event, up to 36 seated and 60 for a reception. The Wine Room is a private room that can seat up to 10 for an intimate dinner.
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

What 1,368 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Good for business meals

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    American

  • District of Columbia

    Good for business meals

  • District of Columbia

    American

1,368 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dined alone at the bar - server was lovely with me. Food was excellent. My glass of wine was recommended by the server and was wonderful.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been dining at The Monocle for more than 30 years. Great staff, great ambiance, a lot of political history in that place!

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  3. MichaelP

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite steak is New York strip. The New York strip special, which I enjoyed yesterday was the best New York strip I ever had in my life, and I’ve been to many fine steakhouses. It was $69 but you get what you pay for I guess. The service was attentive and excellent. We liked the ambience, and the noise level was relatively low. I might have liked to see half bottles offered. Maybe they have them, but I did not see them on the menu.

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  4. JamieJ

    Key West

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always one of my favorite spots in DC! Amazing service. Great food. Intentional Owner and Managers. Literally go here everytime I am in DC! You feel like family!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was recommended by a colleague for a business dinner. I've been to D.C. and Capital Hill many times but never heard of this gem. A last minute addition to our table was handled with aplomb by the front of the house and made me look like I was a longtime customer of note. The food was very good. Loved my Paradise Salad and the pork chop entree. The dessert menu was a little weak but hey, I can afford to skip the sugar. The ambiance was very cool. I'll come back again I guarantee.

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  6. KristinC

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very relaxing dinner in an historical home just blocks from the Capitol. The service was exceptional. We all had filet mignon cooked to perfection. The onion rings were light and crispy and the potatoes au gratin were divine.

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  7. Familyspecialdinner

    Washington DC

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had lunch with a friend who lives nearby, and enjoyed the wit and companionship of a great waiter. Thanks for being so friendly!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional service and dinner experience!! Will return soon.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Eclectic steak/seafood. We had a mix and all said it was great. Filet was perfect. Good service from quick appetizers to timely meals and refills. Good bar product but pricey. Overall a great business meal. I love this place as it reflects old Washington and is a power brokers place. Nick is a master at running his shop and the kitchen never fails in my experience… it has gotten a bit pricey but that won’t stop me from returning to the Monocle!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great evening and dining at The Monocle! Thanks Nick and staff!

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  11. KellieS

    Toledo

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, beautiful atmosphere, and outstanding service. A must if in DC.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The veteran service staff were amazing. 5 star service.

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  13. JandNMonterey

    Yorkshire

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Our food was excellent. We felt the service was a bit inattentive.....maybe they were disinterested in us because we weren't a "power couple" Prices were surprisingly moderate. The ambiance was lots of fun.

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  14. Harley

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice when your steak tastes like steak. Excellent!

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  15. GlennL

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a. Client lunch there and we were on a time crunch. They got us in and out of there with plenty of time and really had a great meal!

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  16. DreamyDame

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was one of our highlights in Washington DC this past week. Everything about our dinner and drinks were spectacular. We have told all of our friends that when we returned that we want them to go there with us.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great location, food and price point. Service was also really good.

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  18. LisaS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous restaurant. Food was delicious. Our waiter was fantastic. Great choice for fine dining.

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  19. BeverlyP

    Washington DC

    86 reviews

    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have been wanting to go to this landmark for awhile and a visit from family in Richmond, sparked our visit. We loved everything, easy street parking on a Saturday evening, met the owner, service, had a nice booth, not too noisy and not full but certainly quite a few other tables. Excellent food. We all split the fresh tomato, burrata and basil vinaigrette salad "special" and one got the liver and onions (very good and served with the house potatoes), salmon (served with broccolini), hangar steak, pasta with clam sauce and two sides, creamed spinach and the onion rings. All the food was excellent. We were so full we shared a slice of cheesecake with rum/pineapple sauce. Along with 3 cocktails and two glasses of wine, the tab was about $80 per person. It was a great special occasion meal!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our entire dining experience was wonderful, from the moment we walked into the restaurant until we walked out the door. The service was impeccable, the food was exquisite and the ambiance was lovely. Highly recommend dining here!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional dining experience! After a long chilly day of site seeing we enjoyed a fabulous meal in a smaller, intimate setting. We had a nice booth- perfect for conversation. The warm bread was excellent and our meals were a generous portion. Highly recommend this restaurant for great food and superior service!

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  22. LindseyO

    Corpus Christi

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Prompt and attentive servers. Very fun and engaging with our younger daughter. We just stumbled onto this place on open table because other places were too busy. Cozy nice ambience. Get the “info” card at the door to read the awesome history of the Moncle!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. We enjoyed the overall atmosphere

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  24. AlanW

    Mexico City

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely traditional old Washington power restaurant, even though we were there over the Easter. Very well looked after by proper waiters.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always bring out of town guests to the Monocle and have only gotten rave reviews. The food is always prepared exactly as ordered and is delicious. We have Ben going to the Monocle for over ten years and we see the same staff every time. I think that says a lot about the service. The price is not out of line for the level of service and quality of food and I have been to other Washington restaurants.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Have the sirloin with fries you won’t regret it! Lunch salad was quite small. Liked the old time steakhouse feel. Prices were reasonable.

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  27. estreetbarbara

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A trip back in time to a quiet restaurant with great food and service.

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  28. Nick

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Monocle is now in my top 5 favorite restuarants! The food was to die for. Everything was cooked to perfection. The steak with the spicy butter was incredible. The drinks were great as well. 10/10 Highly recommended.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The only real complaint is that the crispy onion rings were not crispy. The au gratten potatoes were an amazing side though. We had a filet and bone-in rib eye for our entrees, both cooked to perfection. Best steak we’ve had out in a long while.

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  30. BethZ

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful meal- steaks were delicious and cooked perfectly. We enjoyed everything we ordered. Service was nothing special- assumed waiter thought since there was not a male at the table the tip would be less than- still tipped well and above 20%. Would return and bring my husband.

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  31. dianep

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was extemly friendly and attentive. Service and food was perfect. .

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First-class service, classic cuisine, and great drinks. Never disappoints and the wonderful staff make the experience even more enjoyable.

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  33. wazoo

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was professional from start to finish. Extremely welcoming group and can’t wait to go back.

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  34. SnL2023

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our visit to The Monacle rounded out a complete and wonderful St. Patrick's Day. The staff and ambience was perfect, just like the food. We cannot wait to go back very soon to enjoy more off the great menu!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Host was very rude. All else was amazing would eat here again

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  36. MSE1210

    Washington DC

    167 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    167 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an outstanding evening at this fantastic Washington landmark restaurant. Legendary front man Nick was there to welcome us. Service was excellent. Steaks were delicious. Vegetables were fresh and tasty. Thank you for a great night!

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  37. JesalP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jaime at the bar is great. Good bread basket. Steak was weak.

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  38. MarkB

    Anchorage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great as always service was fantastic. Food was great.

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  39. MaritzaR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, staff, and overall service left nothing to be desired. Love the food (filet mignon, grilled Octopus, and crab cakes), drinks(mule), ambiance, and booth “The Speaker #55”… looking forward to our next visit.

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  40. TrickyDicky

    London

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice dining room but food was mediocre. Our second course was brought out before we had finished our appetisers. If you’re looking for somewhere to go that is typical DC in terms of political photos on the wall the this is the place to go but don’t expect top notch food. It’s just OK.

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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 1368 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

Order delivery or takeout

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–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 546-4488
  • Private party facilities
    The Monocle was established in 1960 and is located in a historic townhouse-circa 1885. The Federal Room can accommodate 15-65, seated and 125 for standing event. The Atrium area is semi private space for the informal event, up to 36 seated and 60 for a reception. The Wine Room is a private room that can seat up to 10 for an intimate dinner.
  • Private party contact
    Catering Director: (202) 546-4488
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