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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
After a day of meetings on the Hill, the Monacle was a nice place to have dinner with colleagues. The food was good, but a little expensive. The waiter gave us the idea that it was not possible to split the check between the 4 of us but ended up doing it after all. We thought that was unusual for a place that has hosted many business lunches and dinners! Over all an enjoyable evening, but I expected a little better.
Our group of four enjoyed a great meal at The Monocle. The steaks -- and pork chop -- were fantastic. The side of mushrooms was amazing - we could have made a meal of that alone - it was incredibly flavorful and tasty. The service was friendly and prompt without feeling rushed. Nice wine and cocktail list, too... highly recommend!
From the moment we arrived we felt welcome and valued. The waiter that took care of us was helpful, friendly and happy to spend time explaining the menu and recommending drinks, not to mention telling us the history of the restaurant. The food was good wholesome stuff and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
Very friendly and attentive wait staff, inviting and historic atmosphere. Owner and his wife run the place are very engaging to the customers, overall all elements create a very inviting experience. I had a lot of fun here for restaurant week and absolute plan to go back. Also, given the close proximity to the house and Senate you're pretty likely to spot politicians here during the day (if you're interested in that sort of thing). The bread is fantastic, as are the drinks.
The Monocle is a classic DC power lunch spot. One block from the Senate office buildings, there is no more convenient place to take clients, Senators and staff (they must pay for themselves, as we all know) for lunch when you are on the Hill. The owner and staff are tremendous, know how to treat people and move you in and out quickly if you are on a tight schedule. Food is great and you will invariably see people you recognize from politics and the media if you are in to that sort of thing. Great place for dinner, drinks after work and business events, as well. Love the Monocle.
We went during restaurant week to try it out. The service was great. As soon as we walked in the door we were greeted and helped. The bread was warm and really good and I'm not big on bread. The server was very nice and on it. We never had to ask for more drinks he refilled before we needed it. He made sure the kids were okay and comfortable. The food was really good too. I will definitely be coming back. The prices on the regular menu were not bad either.
Great place! The food is good, traditional restaurant food. The service is excellent and the atmosphere is that of a long established and much loved restaurant. It's proximity to Union Station is very convenient. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was the perfect place after a long day of marching.
Kind of an old-school political place; you'd think it was stuffy, but the food was really good and very reasonably priced. The staff was extremely nice to us after a long day of work - for media types, it's a 5 minute walk from 400 North Capitol or Union Station. No pretentiousness despite the proximity to the Capitol (closest restaurant to the Hill).
Firstly Marinis our waiter was outstanding! Thank you. Food and drinks were all tasty, and good portion sizes. It was our first time there, and you could tell there were a lot of regulars, which gives it a warm atmosphere. We will be back :) So it must have been good!
Meh. We were looking forward to trying this venerable old Hill establishment. Box checked. I'd recommend it for tourists who are also political junkies--especially right-leaning. If that's you, go for the people watching, not for the boring food, aloof service, or terrible wine list.
Maitre'D staff was excellent. Were seated promptly. The waiter seemed to rush everything. He was quick to offer options. He cleared plates somewhat too promptly. It was definitely not a leisurely lunch. The restaurant wasn't full so there was no need to rush us out. But perhaps that's what it means to be efficient. Food was good-no complaints and right portioned, not too much nor too little. Will go again though.
My favorite DC restaurant. The food is always wonderful, prices are not too restrictive, service is always great. On this event I reserved a large table for a work lunch. When we arrived, we found that we were set up in a nice private room upstairs. It was lovely. All of our food came out at the same time, hot and perfectly prepared. I love it.