Makis basically ruined our experience...very rude, refused our requests, was notably in a bad mood and mumbled so quietly we couldn’t hear the specials. It’s shocking that a waiter like that would be allowed to have a job there and be SO disrespectful. On top of that we both ordered steak and it was below average. I would never go back.
The 3 of us, including a special friend, enjoyed our lunch overall. The steak was reportedly delicious. My "calf's" liver was tough, either overcooked or not from a calf. I should have sent it back but was distracted by hosting our friend all the way from Chicago. At first the host and the waiters were gruff, not particularly welcoming but they did warm up a little and we enjoyed them too. The drinks were good. The novelty of being in this Capitol Hill restaurant with politicos was fun. Being from Baltimore, is this a one time only visit or will we return? Dunno.
Waiter did not share the specials to us. Not great service at all, very unattentive. Food was delicious though.
This is the Senate-side haunt for staff and lobbyist when Congress is hopping. When Congress is in session, it is best to have a reservation.
The food is reliably good, and this is the best service for the price that you'll find in Washington.
When I need a business lunch venue close to Union Station, The Monocle is the only spot for me.
A classic landmark that provides excellent service.
All 5 in our party were very happy with their meals, from appetizers to dessert and drinks. The Monocle is a 'can't miss' for a good meal.
Took our 13-year-old son to The Monocle for his DC birthday trip. He loves politics and The Monocle seemed like a perfect "special" dinner. For a $200 meal, I was very disappointed with the service.
The pace of the evening was weird. After waiting about 5 minutes to be greeted at the table, the waiter seemed very rushed. When we finally ordered, our appetizers came out almost instantly. It made me feel like the food was just sitting around under a heat lamp waiting for us to order it.
When dinner was over, we asked for a dessert menu. It took quite some time for the order to be taken. Our son order cheesecake and my wife and I decided to both have a cocktail. Again, the food came out almost instantly. The drinks, however, took at least 10 minutes. So, we had hoped to sip on our drinks while our son ate, instead, he had to sit around and wait for us to get our drinks and then finish them. I would have canceled the order, but no wait staff came by to check on us or clear our son's empty plate.
Finally, when we were all finished, I just wanted to pay and leave. However, we couldn't get the attention of our waiter to get the check. After about 10 minutes of trying to grab him, I flagged the maitre de, asking for our check. He grabbed the waiter but took another 5 minutes for him to come to the table.
Finally, upon leaving we went to grab my wife's coat. The attendant pulled out a wicker basket with cash in it and said, "that'll be $2." I was caught off guard by the charge since there was no signage. I was embarrassed because I had no cash on me and apologized. She gave me the most indignant look and made the "shoo" motion with her hand.
In all, it was a bad experience, which is sad because I had such high hopes for this historic restaurant. I would not return here, rather seek out another political hot-spot like Ebbitts to see if we could have a better experience.
First time at the Monocle but looking forward to going back. Our meals were quite good and the price is better than some of the other nearby places.
It was extremely crowed and thus noisy and our server was not able to be as attentive as we would have liked. I certainly will try it out again.
The Monocle is Washington's top power lunch restaurant. If you don't know people who dine at The Monocle, you are keeping the wrong company. -- Carter L. Clews
Fabulous dinner!!!! Not knowing where to spend Valentine’s Day in DC, we went online and chose an established, family owned option. I have to admit we were a little skeptical as sometimes older restaurants lose their sheen and don’t stand up to their reputations. We were very happily surprised, and my faith in reputations has been restored. The food was superb, and classically prepared. The flavors and textures were perfectly balanced. I am having a hard time describing just how good our dinner was. The staff was equally delightful. My compliments to everyone there. Thank you!
Food and drink was excellent as was atmosphere and service. Little noisy but only because of a function in an adjacent room. We will absolutely be back. 👍👍
Lovely dinner for business discussion; Nick and staff all were accommodating, gave us time to talk in between check ins with us. Food was perfect.
I took a couple of business friends there for lunch. It is a historic and authentic Capitol Hill spot. The food was simple but good quality. I would definitely go there again, alone or with others.
This was recommended by a patron at another establishment. We loved the food and the surroundings. Very interesting to see some of the inner workings of DC done over the dinner table. I would definitely go back. The lamb was amazing!
The Monocle is always a high quality choice. The owners have been on the hill for many years and even though it's an institution, they make sure quality and service are top notch. Great place.
I was expecting a solid restaurant-week meal at Monocle but was pleasantly surprised at the excellence of all the dishes sampled from our table's gathering: Best beef tenderloin--so buttery and tender; perfectly-cooked pork chop; outstanding tuna tartare; creamy cheesecake and lemon curd pie. And our party of 5 could actually hear one another's conversation! We have rediscovered this long-time Hill establishment and will be back.
Was in the area so we went for restaurant week. Wife had the flatiron steak and I had she'll fish linguine. Everything was excellent and the service was first rate. We even got to see Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his wife who joined us for dinner! Along with his security detail of course! We will definitely be dining here again when we come back to DC. It was a great experience from start to finish.
Came here for lunch during Restaurant Week. Soup was excellent. Was like a cabbage and kale soup. Had Wagyu Steak and dessert was a lemon cheesecake. Service was attentive. Would recommend.
Upscale comfort food prepared perfectly. A wonderful staff to make you feel at home and glad to spend your money there. Gem.
The restaurant week menu looked fantastic, but the food was mediocre.
I love the restaurant. I have dined there three times.
The chicken and the salmon were both outstanding. Excellent and unhurried service.
It was good quiet dining experience
I had not dined here indecades.. it turned out to be a delightful lunch from the bread, wine list to the gracious maitre d to our server.
While the Monocle is a classic D.C. politico spot on the Senate side of the Capitol building, it is perfect for a family dinner before a concert at the Folger. The staff welcomed and took great care of our teens. The dinner did not disappoint.
I would recommend The Monocle for it's decent food at a reasonable price; and it's proximity to The Capitol itself. Also it is within walking distance of Union Station. I would imagine a lot of Congress and their staff find it convenient. There seem to be a few private rooms as well for business meetings. Overall, a good find in the area.
We had a lovely evening. The service was outstanding and the food well prepared. This is the place to eat when near the Capitol.
We always enjoy dinner at The Monocle during the holidays. Great service and steaks. We enjoy the ambiance of the Capital. Feels warm and exciting.
D.C. History comes alive before you.
Great food and the best service
Excellent restaurant. Extremely consistent food and service. Everyone provides top notch attention. Strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone close to the Senate offices and looking for a good place to eat.
There was a sewer-like smell that pervaded the restaurant. I wasn't sure where it was coming from.
Dinner with my niece!
The crabmeat appetizer was very disappointing--just some crab meat (jumbo lump, thankfully, but not super-fresh) scooped out of the carton and dropped on a lettuce leaf, next to a strip of red pepper and a pot of some vague mustard/mayo sauce. That's not an appetizer; it's a leftover! The bread was good, though.
We have gone to DC the second week in November the past five years. We eat at the Monocle every time. The service is wonderful and the food is great.
I have been going to the Monocle for years. It is a warm, comfortable restaurant that is comfortable for all strains of the political spectrum. The food is terrific, well prepared and never disappoints. The drinks are perfectly mixed and the wine list is extensive but not intimidating. Beer selections come from many states and countries. Many of the servers at the Monocle have been there for years as have the managers. Once you have been to the Monocle you become a "regular" and are treated as family. If you are on the Hill don't miss this longtime iconic restaurant for lunch or dinner and don't miss the walls of pictures of Senators and Congresspeople on the upstairs hallway...I call it the Smithsonian of the Hill!
The Monocle is always excellent. And has been for decades!
The Monocle is a local hangout for the political groups and followers in the area -- we have an apartment and often see the local celebrities doing their "Washington, DC" thing together over fine dishes and solid service. The ambience reflects the history of the place, and will leave youknowing that you have been in a DC institution where government is really conducted!
Excellent. A venerable Capitol Hill establishment that’s been there for decades.