The Monocle

4.7
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981 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
For Reservations of 6 or more, please call 202-546-4488
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.
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DD
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A pleasant and unique restaurant with superb cuisine.

MF
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good, business casual dress. I had trouble finding parking.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week and was amazed to experience great food and service at this historical restaurant. The waiters were experienced, careful and attentive to our every request without being overbearing. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and would return and recommend.

m
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place in DC for perfectly prepared steak done the old school way. Not overly fancy, just done right and exceedingly well. The rest of the menu is also beautifully prepared. Great atmosphere and the wait staff couldn’t be more professional and helpful. It’s a favorite!

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was very enjoyable. The service was one of the best I have ever had at any restaurant. I'm in love with this service.

MC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Hostess and waiter provided excellent service. The liver and onions was absolutely delicious

D
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for dinner during restaurant week and the food was wonderful. The atmosphere is quaint and we enjoyed cocktails. Wait staff was terrific. I went to this restaurant once before for lunch and the experience was similar.

JC
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go on restaurant week and enjoy the visit each time.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The experience was going well until another table found a creature crawling in the restaurant. That extremely dampened the mood.

DK
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We went because we like historic restaurants. Glad we did it. Like Ebbitt’s and Capital Grill better

DD
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal. Great service. Best Caesar salad ever!

RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.
Great service.
Great atmosphere.
Great history.

N
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were in town with friends for a basketball game- this restaurant was recommended by our hotel and walking distance. The ambiance was nice and the service was excellent. We had a very enjoyable meal, the only complaint was that my husbands steak, which was the filet mignon special , was rather fatty. If we stay in the area again, I would definitely go back. Everything else was delicious.

LW
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table 32 with the presidential chairs is fabulous!

SF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was excellent. The noise level was moderate and no trouble having conversation even though the restaurant was pretty full. Always a good experience at the Monocle!

JP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for food and watching politicians. Staff is excellent, wine is fantastics. Go you'll really enjoy it.

W
Austin
30 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

In the world of “small plates” and trendy hipster millennial restaurants it’s nice to have a classic experience.

MP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Marino!

J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love to take out of town friends to this Capitol Hill institution.

A
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m such a fan of this place. The service, proximity to Union Station, Capitol Hill and the consistency of the quality of the delicious American fare. But the bread! Cures all ills. Try the lamb, ribeye, sautéed spinach, cheesecake, crepe brûlée. Nothing is bad. Quick and delicious. Everyone who serves you, serves you with talent and warmth.

B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughters birthday

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Monocle is always a fun experience.

t
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect pretheater for the Folger. Terrific bar , service & an excellent menu.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably excellent service and excellent menu choices for a business meal. This place is a Capitol Hill institution that transcends generations.

PZ
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Warm atmosphere in a very personal restaurant where you can feel a welcoming vibe. Attentantive service and not insistent. Tasty food with some original proposals. Good value for money. Something trully American in Washington. Very lively bar.......

PJ
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have yet to be disappointed in this restaurant. Not only is the food outstanding but the location can’t be beat, especially if you find yourself on the Senate side. Lunch or even an after work cocktail here is a pleasure. On this occasion I was having lunch and wanted something light. I chose the grilled shrimp and bean appetizer. It was wonderful and at $9.75, a tremendous value. I highly recommend it.

JV
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Monocle always delivers! The staff is awesome and the bar is a great place for people watching!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. We had a great experience!

m
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The interiors are a bit tired wine list is also somewhat limited. Steak was delicious & portions huge. Waiter was a bit standoffish until he realized we actually knew something about wine, then was more attentive. Walnut cake was delicious & a nice surprise. Would go back again.

OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently good and attentive service. A must if in DC.

U
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A bit pricey for what was served, but the experience, location and personalized service makes this a spot that everyone visiting the Hill should experience — there’s only one Monocle!

GT
Cleveland
63 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service! We were seated right away and service couldn’t have been better. Wine choices were plentiful and food was excellent. Desserts were delicious as well. The only negative would be that the butter that was served with the yummy complimentary bread was cold making it hard to spread. A small thing that many restaurants forget about! Overall though, a great evening out!

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The server continued to walk past our table time and time again and we felt very rushed. We would have had dessert but the constant watching over our shoulders was too much. I had been here before and the service was similar but the food was better. If it were not so convenient to the Union Station, I wouldn't go back but I probably will.

B
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had dinner on a Wednesday. Not too crowded and had a nice meal. Service was great! We've been there before, but a long time ago. Glad to see the restaurant hasn't slipped - and will be back, sooner than "several years"

LE
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i WENT THERE BECAUSE IT WAS WALKING DISTANCE TO MY HOTEL; HAD NO IDEA IT WAS SO FREQUENTED BY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.

CC
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful, quiant atmosphere in this old fashioned DC restaurant and bar. Excellent service too!

GG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Convienient location for a good lunch. Great service.

MA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful comfortable dining! Great linguine with seafood,oysters, Irish coffee - the way dining out should be, terrific waiters who really care about your happiness

D
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Monocle is expensive and somewhat noisy, but the food was Fantastic and worth a special occation. We had great service and would happily go back.

KC
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service and awesome ambience..thanks.

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