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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.
Washington, DC 20002
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.
First and D Street, NE, Capitol Hill
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Valet Parking at lunch $7 with validation and street parking in the evening after 5:30pm.
Union Station (Red Line)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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