About The Monocle

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.

107 D Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: Lunch 11:30am to 3:45pm, Dinner 5pm-10pm and Bar service 11:30am until closing. Open weekends for special events.

Cross Street:
First and D Street, NE, Capitol Hill

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 546-4488

Website:
http://www.themonocle.com/

Parking Details:
Valet Parking at lunch $7 with validation and street parking in the evening after 5:30pm.

Public Transit:
Union Station (Red Line)

Executive Chef:
Hector Toyos

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Soft Shell Crab Festival...coming soon later in April. Local Soft Shell Crabs prepared three ways. with rocket salad, as a sandwich with chipotle mayo or pan roasted with pinot grigio & citrus butter sauce-toasted sliced almonds.

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The Monocle Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.8

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4.5

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4.3

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Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (8)
People Watching (8)
Cozy (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Happy Hour (3)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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Romantic (2)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

It’s was old fashioned-almost like eating at your grandmothers house. Plates were older China, food was ok (seemed to have a menu catered for guests over the age of 60), and dimly lit. Service was well though, engaging waiters and manager. Just needs some sprucing up; ambiance and food selections.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We selected the Monocle during Restaurant Week because of its long tradition of serving Capitol Hill and were not disappointed. Service was excellent. Our steaks were cooked perfectly. Highlights were the fried calamari appetizers (huge portion, enough to share) and one of the best cheesecakes ever.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Nothing special, did not meet expectations.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 17, 2017

I had always wanted to experience The Monocle on Capitol Hill. This year's Restaurant Week in DC offered the opportunity to try The Monocle. It was a wonderful dining experience and well worth the trip in from Maryland to dine at The Monocle. The Restaurant Week special menu offerings were actually more varied than one might find at other Restaurant Week participants and allowed for us to experience a couple of different entree's during our visit. A place to possibly see some of our Legislators, The Monocle is a delightful experience and I will most definitely be returning and telling my friends.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Enjoyed an excellent meal during restaurant week. Thanks to Amin for the great service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 14, 2017

The Monocle is a bit above my price range during normal times. That is why I look forward to Restaurant Week. The value for the price is excellent. I have never had a bad experience there. The food is wonderful and the ambiance is quintessentially Washington.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Great place for business lunches when on the Hill. Always first class

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Savannah)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Delicious food and wonderful old D.C. feel. Waitstaff was great, attentive but not intrusive. Husband had the ribeye and was very pleased. I had the lamb chops and they were tender and very flavorful. We shared the blackberry cobbler (not what the Monocle called it, but that's what it was). It was perfect -- not too sweet. And the bread! Baked fresh daily and I could make a meal of it! We will definitely be back the next time we're in DC.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 28, 2017

It's our favorite restaurant in DC! We moved to Miami a year ago and every visit back to DC MUST include a meal at The Monacle,

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

The Monocle is s great local spot for us. Service was excellent and food was great.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Food was good but not great. Great old school political feel near the Capitol.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 12, 2017

My favorite restaurant in DC. It's our Cheers. Authentic and personable, this team is the best!

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 12, 2017

I always have the liver which The Monocle prepares very well. This visit we had the calamari as an appetizer and all were amazed of how fresh and well were fried. No extra greasy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2017

It's a classy joint with excellent service and great American food. It's lovely for a special night out.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 10, 2017

We were in town and read about the monocle. Sounded like a nice dinner spot. We were early during the week
Waiter was not very attentive
Asked for steak medium and received rare
Not busy but service was slow
Not impressed for the price
Maybe lunch is a better option

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 7, 2017

We were here during Congressional vacation, so it was pretty quiet. The environment was a little weird, like 1970s throwback. The food was amazing though!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Our waiter was fantastic and very accommodating to my restrictive diet. Beautiful old building built in 1885 but remodeled inside. Food was excellent as well and our steaks were cooked to our requested temperature.

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 5, 2017

This restaurant has got to be one of the longest serving in the Capitol Hill area. The service is personal and outstanding. The food is good. Excellent for business meals. Worth the visit.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Creative punch cocktail, outstanding steak with delicious wine sauce and very attentive service. Let me add that the basket of homemade bread was devoured by my colleague and myself. Satisfied and stuffed!

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 22, 2017

I had the crab cake which was large and very good. The rest of the meal was mediocre. The house salad was nothing special even though it had fresh tomatoes and avocado, which were both not ripe and flavorless. Also the waiter took little interest in us and was too worried about his tip

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Food was good. They did not take groups over 6 for lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Service and food was excellent!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 15, 2017

We had a wonderful experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 14, 2017

I always stop at The Monocle when in DC. Close to The Hill and its great to have a professional, grown up server.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, People Watching
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Great place to relax and people watch. Close to the Capital

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 19, 2017

A trap built for the many people of my city with more money than taste. Extremely underwhelming. The atmosphere is like a nursing home cafeteria; the food poorly sourced and only adequately cooked. Really, really mediocre.

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 (Tulsa)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Many fine restaurants in DC But it's hard to beat the combination of food, service and history found at The Monocle! Jamie the bar tender is awesome!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 18, 2017

One of the DC icons. Too prestigious and excellent to write much more.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Loved it! Food and service were fantastic.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 12, 2017

The Monocle is a must-visit eatery in DC. A stone's throw from the Capitol Building, it is convenient for anyone visiting. This is a premium restaurant and the food certainly reflected that. The staff was friendly and visited our table precisely when they needed to. Even the owner stopped by to chat and thank us for dining with them. The ambiance is definitely DC, and you feel like someone important may walk in at any moment. An awesome experience and very tasty too. Just don't expect it to come cheaply.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 12, 2017

A Washington DC standard. Quiet yet buzzing atmosphere and great service. The food is mainstream and not avant-garde, makes for a great power lunch spot.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on May 9, 2017

My date and I were visiting DC while on a vacation. The Monocle was highly recommended, and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious. The service was fast and efficient. I would recommend the restaurant to anyone.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Wonderful celebration birthday dinner for guests visiting from Europe!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Good food and wonderful staff. The restaurant is a beautiful converted home. Worth visiting for a nice meal.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Never a bad meal here. The food is amazing!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 2, 2017

The food and drink were terrific, the maitre D and wait staff and service discreet, patient, welcoming and professional, a wonderful place to take out of town visitors for historic ambience, with current and historic legislative portraits on the walls, and the many hill staffers and legislators who populate the place.. Its an Icon, not to be missed!

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 27, 2017

The service was superb. Our server was inconspicuously attentive. Our cocktails and wine were delicious. The lambchops were perfect.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Service was slow even after the lunch crowd died down. Food was excellent as usual though which made up for the service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Excellent food & service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Great food awesome staff

Tags: Authentic
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