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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Eve Dining - Unplugged

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Specials

Thanksgiving Eve Dining - Unplugged

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Details

Thanksgiving Eve Dining - Unplugged. Excludes Tax and Tip. free appetizer when dining unplugged - no smartphones permitted at table. Special valid on Wednesday Nov 22, 2017 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

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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

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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People Watching (6)
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Notable Wine List (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Good food and excellent service. Low noise level makes conversation easy. We enjoyed a leisurely dinner and felt no pressure to vacate the table when we finished eating

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 13, 2017

The Monocle is a DC landmark. Service is excellent. The food outstanding. Waiters and Manager are friendly.

Tags: Authentic, Outstanding Value
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 13, 2017

This is a classic place in DC. Maitre'D, GM and staff are long term, high class part of the restaurant experience. Food and drink is always good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Another fine experience at the Monocle. Great food, outstanding service, happening atmosphere

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Classic restaurant on the Hill where you're as likely to see Senators enjoying a meal as to see their pictures on the walls -- but you'll be enjoying your own food too much to pay much attention to the other patrons.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on March 7, 2017

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!

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 6, 2017

Great food in the shadow of the Capitol, minutes walk from Union Station.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 6, 2017

It is a classic "where they know your name".

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 2, 2017

Service was very slow. There was a private party but the dining room was not crowded.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 28, 2017

Have done both lunch and dinner at the Monocle and never been disappointed. Lunchtime is very crowded so somewhat loud but food and service is top notch. Always a treat when I come to Washington.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Everything was perfect!!! Can't wait to visit again... Staff, food everything EXCELLENT

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 (London)·Dined on February 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Casual, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Great spot for lunch. Perfect menu.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent atmosphere! We have never been there before and made this reservation based on friend's recommendations. They exceeded our expectations! Everything was wonderful!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Excellent food and service in a restaurant with quite a D.C. history!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Historic Restaurant with a AWESOME staff and great food! Lots of history on the walls of our legislators.

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 10, 2017

We arrived a little before dinner service started, but were seated promptly. We were treated like royalty, possibly because we were the only diners there. Food was simply amazing, especially the bread! This is definitely a "go out of your way" restaurant!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Very traditional old school atmosphere. Food was good the service was wonderful.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Perfect cocktails, great steaks, delicious calamari, and wonderful service. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2017

We were seated right away even though we were about fifteen minutes early for our reservation. Our server Joel was very pleasant, attentive and thorough and the meal and cocktails were excellent.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Nice restaurant near Capitol Hill. Friendly well informed staff. Good food. Nice atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 21, 2017

No Gluten free opinions, good food , but not good service .

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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Unassuming, classic and classy place for lunch or dinner. Senate hangout, waiters are skilled in the art of keeping everyone happy. Delicious crabcakes, appetizers and steaks.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 20, 2017

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).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 19, 2017

Wonderful lunch - my friend Paige knows Nick from years back and he was awesome!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 18, 2017

What a delightful place to relax and enjoy memories from the day

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2016

The Monocle has been top of the line for decades . For lunch near the Capitol, it can't be beat. I have been dining there for forty years. Nick and the crew are the best. just go, you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2016

The service is excellent as well as the food. And you can test your political IQ by identifying the politicians in the photos that line all of the walls!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2016

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.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 7, 2016

The bread is truly amazing. I'm not a huge fan of bread and usually try to avoid (carbs you know). But this stuff is phenomenal. The service was delightful. A very nice old Washington style dining experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2016

A classic Capitol Hill Eatery lined with autographed photos of all the Senators who eat there (and some of whom you may see in their upstairs private dining rooms!) Excellent steak and other American cuisine well-prepared and served!

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Wait staff is awesome. The food was affordable and excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value, Business Meals
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