The Monocle

4.7
918 reviews
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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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Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place for a business lunch

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M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server were very good.

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EY
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

Servers were very professional

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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

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

Best steak in town, best crab cakes in town.

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MF
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to The Monocle since the restaurant opened when I was 12 years old. That was 1960. since that time I have literally had countless meals there under virtually every kind of circumstance. I have had casual lunches, business events, fundraisers, celebratory dinners, date nights and what all of those meals had in common was great food and incomparable service. When was the last time you went to a restaurant that provided such incredible value and consistency over six decades? Still family run, The Monocle treats everyone like a VIP. If you're live or work in Washington or you're just visiting The Monocle is a must! Five stars is not enough for this gem!

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N
Mississippi
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! You never know who you might see and the service is amazing. Love it!!!!

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D
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner. Food and ambiance excellent, but service exemplary. Special experience.

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LB
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and FRIENDLY service! Will definitely eat here again when visiting DC.

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Crab and shrimp salad special was excellent.

But it was our server John (I think that was his name) middle aged or older gent from Greece that made the meal.

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FB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great personalized service by our waiter; the right balance of attention vs. not being intrusive. Food was served quickly. But you don't go here for the food ...

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DG
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice evening with a friend who was visiting from out of town. The service, the ambiance and the food were all very good. We love the Monocle and will continue to go there whenever we are entertaining visitors.

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

Great Washington institution with good food and outstanding service. They are the go to place on Capitol Hill.

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Houston
43 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu traditionnel de steaks et patates, mais avec de l’agneau et poulet et un bon saumon que j’ai commandé moins cuite. C’est parfait pour les repas d’affaires et quelques vins du menu sont bons aussi. Bon appétit !

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service!

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Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was good & “as expected” for an upscale steak house but nothing stood out as a step above. The service was fast & efficient. I loved the decor and political vibe of the restaurant. As a DC visitor I felt the experience was exactly what I would expect with what appeared to be politicians making deals over a nice dinner.

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PD
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food were excellent. High quality product.

Sustained prices.

A bit too noisy at the beginning (8pm) but was quieter after.

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CB
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a long day of traveling, we were treated to a delicious meal and great service in a very pleasant atmosphere. It was the perfect start to our weekend in DC.

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LT
London
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Glad we went but a ‘bit stuffy’. Had us in and out in an hour - starter, main and dessert, so didn’t really feel welcome. Food was really good though.

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T
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for making this final business trip to DC a memorable one.
My chop was perfect as was my lemon drop martini! Thanks for many great years of business dinners in DC. I hope to return someday to enjoy the Monocle once again.

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OL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food, service and atmosphere. Great location.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellemt as always!

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KB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Had the crab cake, it was great! The steaks were perfect. The service was great. The ambiance was a bit meh. Out dated looking. Quite pricey.

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BC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

This restaurant is relying on its laurels. Yet, ambiance of former days is lacking. Lighting is too bright. The dining area in back of the bar looks like a coffee shop - no table cloths, no decor.

I miss the carpet which absorbed noise. The plain wooden floor makes the restaurant nothing special.

On a positive note, the food was excellent.

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D
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, great atmosphere, fun place to visit! We want to come back soon!

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LB
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it! Looking for something close to the hotel that wasn’t a cafe or bar. Food was amazing and service excellent!

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding staff! Food was delicious!

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BD
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very fine restaurant. good service always appreciated and the food is reliably good. Crab cakes #1>

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am never disappointed at the Monocle.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was perfectly done. Cold salad plates! Perfectly cooked steak & lovely wine. Excellent service.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the atmosphere. The waiter was personable and fun. Food was fresh and delicious

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DP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I don't usually write reviews, but felt compelled to for this restaurant. My wife and I are fortunate to have a number of exceptional restaurants near our house. Consequently, our dining standards are high relatively speaking. When traveling this makes it difficult to find great restaurants. The Monocle is one of the great ones. Not only is the food and service exceptional, but the Monocle has a great environment. Love the internal brick walls. We were looking for a quiet night out without feeling cramped by neighboring tables we had two nights before at other places. We got a nice quiet intimate experience. The food (duck and filet) was excellent! Our server was very nice and not overbearing. We even sat near some noted Washington reporters, who I will not mention to protect their privacy. Neat place on Capitol Hill knowing that many a dinner among the power-brokers of the country have occurred. We will come back to the Monocle when next in DC, for sure.

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K
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is always on our list in Washington, DC. We visit annually and enjoy everything about it! Great ambiance, great service, food is always consistent and good. Quite often you will see Congressmen and women eating there. Don’t miss it!

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Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is unrivaled. You feel like you are a regular, even though I’m not.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place to relax and dine after a hectic day of museum viewing. The venue was delightful,
the food well prepared and the service discreet and helpful. The manager for 45 years is a HOOT!! Also a wonderful raconteur.

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