The Pembroke

4.5
767 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Pembroke is Washington DC’s newest dining sensation. Designed by world-renowned Martin Brudnizki, The Pembroke is complemented by a pretty and seasonal outdoor terrace and features an edifying blend of cream-paneled walls adorned with playful artwork, plush velvet plush banquettes in a mix of blue and coral tones and beautiful marble tabletops.

At its center is the beautifully- appointed marble bar, a classic cocktail bar reminiscent of the 1950s, serving a range of spirits and the finest wines. Lunch, brunch and dinner menus, created by Executive Chef, Marlon Rambaran, who has worked with some of the top restaurants in New York, Miami, Philadelphia, reflect the best organic product sourced from local farms and purveyors. Delicious global influences abound.


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Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I can’t believe this was my first time here. The food was great, service was great, and the prices were amazingly reasonable. Plus it’s just beautiful. Great location, great design. I can’t say enough good things about this place.

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a
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful find in the Dupont Circle area. Comfortable luxury allowing conversation over fine dining, great American/Mediterranean menu. Burrata salad was generous and nicely presented; special tomato soup was extra savory; rigatoni had a nice zip to it; scallops and branzino (which they were happy to filet) were nicely done. Service was perfectly attentive and appropriately friendly.

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DC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, ambiance and hospitality were outstanding. You can actually have a conversation and hear what is being said.

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DH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It's fabulously quiet! Our waiter was terrific--well trained and articulate. For the most part we loved the food. Two diners ordered Veal Francaise. One order was just right, the other had scorched coating and was very greasy. Go figure. Sauteed wild mushrooms were fine, but nothing special. The Dover sole was delicious, as were the scallops. The blackberry cabernet sauvignon sorbet was a perfect finish. We'll be back!

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G
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience. The quality of the food is awesome. Portions were frankly on the small side. Service was top notch and cocktails and wine were great.

Given the portion sizes and that most menu items come without sides, one should plan on ordering appetizer, starter, main and a side per person. Kind of a bit pricey once one does all that. But the restaurant is quite good.

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d
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful meal. We had an early dinner on Sunday as the sun lit up the window tables. The food was excellent— pasta to start followed by lamb tagine and short ribs. The suggestion of the Finger Lakes red was spot on. The overall feeling of the restaurant is professional. Great addition to the neighborhood.

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BS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit and I think I won't return. I ordered a Bacardi Cocktail, only to be informed that they don't offer Bacardi rum. OK, make the cocktail with another rum. Nope, the bartender doesn't know how to make one. My friend got a single glass of wine for $15; it was the shortest pour she'd ever seen. The whole branzino fish cost $32 and the plate did not even have 1 sprig of parsley on it; don't most entrees come with a vegetable, starch or salad? Food was good but I wasn't impressed overall.

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C
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere. Good breakfast. Great service. Low noise level

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EJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable. Both the server and the manager took excellent care of me. Both were highly knowledgeable about the wines, which was a bonus. The reason I rated the food four stars instead of five was that the scallops, while perfectly cooked, needed more of the parsnip purée, and a few olives would have complemented the mild taste of the other ingredients. The bread was just okay. The mushroom side dish was a real highlight - order it! Also, while the wines by the glass were terrific, it’s hard for me to get used to a $35 glass of wine, which was offered in both the red and white categories, but which I did not order! Overall a highly enjoyable experience, and I will go back!

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y
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Your servers really need better training. Our server kept interrupting us at the start of our meal, when we were clearly not in a rush. People kept trying to fill my glass with tap water when I had sparkling in the glass. Overall, the service bordered on inexperienced to incompetent. The space is lovely and the food is good - but you need to train your waitstaff.

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CP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

a welcome addition to the Dupont dining scene, pretty, professional, great menu!

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F
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

The music is waaay too loud. The tables are either huge banquettes that accommodate very large groups and assorted small round marble top tables for four. There is virtually no pleasant seating or quiet area. This is basically a bar scene in a hotel that has a good restaurant with lovely food and good service. In a nutshell, this place does not make sense.

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EL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. The food was fantastic. Very pretty space.

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JT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 4

We made a reservation after reading a very complimentary review of the Pembroke in the Washington Post. We had the worst experience in a restaurant in our recollection. We arrived on time and were immediately seated in a courteous manner. Our waiter gave us menus and never came back. After waiting 45 minutes and thinking about leaving for another restaurant , a young lady (one of the wait staff), asked if our waiter had taken our order yet. When we told her “no”, she immediately started to take care of us, taking our order and bringing us bread. She did a good job. We had been in the restaurant an hour and ten minutes when our meal was served. I would have expected someone in management to come in simple courtesy to our table to apologize for our being abandoned for so long, but that did not happen.

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MM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite weekend spots for lunch/brunch

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OH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

So hummers! Love this place. So excited it’s in the neighb

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I
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, very attentive service, excellent meal.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We made reservations and still got stuck in the back empty corner of the restaurant. Took an hour to get food, half that time to get drinks. From the food to drinks, they couldn’t get any of our orders right. My food came out but they screwed up my dates order, so they took all plates back and 20 mins later they brought back my reheated plate—fish, and it was dry and crispy. Spent over $200 and doubt we’ll go back.

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N
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pembroke brings together the perfect combination of ambiance, food, and service for an unforgettable dining experience. We were impressed with the presentation of dishes made with the freshest ingredients. The Valentine's Day Dinner Menu had something for every taste; the veal and fish main courses were cooked just right. The flourless chocolate cake followed by a glass of port wine was the perfect ending for our evening. The staff's excitement with their new venture was contagious and they certainly know how to connect with their guests at the right time to make them feel welcome.
Looking forward to returning on a future visit to DC.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, delicious food, attractive and comfortable interior, nice playlist, accommodating staff. Will be back.

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DC
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is part of the newly renovated Dupont Circle hotel and they really nailed it. There are times where you can tell they are still working out a few kinks, but overall, I was quite pleased. Our server was always eager to help and quite professional, while still being friendly. The full staff always wanted to please and said several times that they were so happy 'locals' were dining with them. The food was tasty, the ambiance was inviting and the spot great for people watching. I'd gladly go back.

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t
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had superb service, and the newly renovated restaurant and bar are beautiful.

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JS
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 1

In progress venue. Under construction. No people when we were there. No ambiance or vibe. too bad.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buen menú con opciones para niños.

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MH
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The bottom of my companion's tomato and red onion salad bowl was full of sugar. Maybe a cup or so. Sugar. They said it was Parmesan cheese. She pushed back and showed that it was not. Because service was less than attentive and there was back and forth with the kitchen, I completed my meal before she had the entirety of hers. They didn't offer to comp anything.

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HK
London
13 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Easy, uncomplicated restaurant with good food and great service.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This crew always goes above and beyond at making our children feel welcome and creating an enjoyable, fine dining experience for families. We are very grateful - and loyal patrons because of it.

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CQ
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is exquisite and price is moderate. But the menu seemed to be different from what is posted online.

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c
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

This was a very disappointing dining experience, a dramatic change from my last visit some months ago. The menu was unimaginative, the wine list extremely limited (the ONLY rose was out of stock!). The service was generally inattentive. It is hard to believe that a restaurant that had been a favorite could decline so rapidly. New management?
I can only hope that when the Bar Dupont reopens it does not suffer the same fate- it had been a jewel for lunch.

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MD
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the steak and eggs and I was thoroughly impressed. The scrambled eggs were fluffy, the steak cooked perfectly, and the fried green tomato was amazing - I did not care for the hash brown. I also had a juice - the Mercer - that I was I could get every morning. Super refreshing and energizing. The ambiance was great - I will be back the next time I am in DC.

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DD
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service & good food in a very convenient location—always a good bet to dine here!

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T
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We ate outside and although our drink orders were taken quickly our server seemed to disappear and it was 30 mins before our dinner order was taken. It then took a long while for our food to appear. Food was good. But when it came time for our check once again it was a very long wait.

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TT
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Having never dined here before, we had the bad fortune to arrive for lunch as some sort of construction project involving jackhammers began literally next to the windows of the restaurant. One might have expected management to figure out a way to beg, bribe or otherwise influence the timing of the horrific cacophony (like maybe delay your efforts until, say, 2 PM when most of the midday customers were gone??). Absent that possibility, some acknowledgment to those already trapped in their chairs would have been nice - a manager could have come around to explain, apologize, offer a cookie - something. The wait staff was overwhelmed, food was okay, but my guest and I could hardly hear each other speak. A most unfortunate and unpleasant experience.

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m
Charleston
37 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food...great ambience...

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FB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent breakfast for both those on the run and those able to linger. Very friendly, attentive, and accommodating staff!

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F
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went early and sat outside. Inside looks very slick but chilly. Outside much better. Good crowd of people. Food well prepared.

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FE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

I have enjoy coming here for brunch, but my last experience has left a bad taste in my mouth, so much it motivated me to write this review. This would be the second time me and my partner have gotten the same waiter. He was very rude, specially in the way he talked to us, almost as if he was talking down to us. If this was not of putting enough. We notices there was an older gentlemen in suit going around all the tables and assuring everyone was well taken care of. I thought he would make his way to our table since are food was taking a while. He never did. He did how ever go to the table next to us to assure they had coffee and everything they needed sever times. We thought things where starting to turn around once our food got to our table. Sadly though it was not our food it was our neighbors food that by mistake arrived to our table even thought they arrived after us and also ordered after us. Just to be clear I enjoy this place and supper excited that you are remodeling and expanding your outside seating are. But if this is the type of service I am going to expect from your location I might stop going and definitely tell friends to avoid your place. I am a gay, Latino man and never have I felt so out of place like I did at my last experience dining at your establishment.

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DC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We were there at lunch and it was busy, but not overly so. Food was very good, but service was very, very slow.

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g
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was very nice. The food was delicious and very well plated. The servers were great and helpful with suggestions. They even gave us free dessert for the date. The dessert was very rich. I would definitely recommend this place.

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PP
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were fortunate to get a last minute reservation on Mother's Day and enjoyed a lovely brunch. The menu choices were excellent versions of tried and true brunch items. I had the avocado toast (excellent); others at the table had an omelet and the French toast. Everyone pronounced their food quite good. We'll be visiting Cafe DuPont again the next time we're in D.C.

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