The Pembroke

4.4
899 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Savor farm-to-table fare with global influence courtesy of Chef Harper McClure at The Pembroke, which Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema described as “cut from a different cloth.”

The Pembroke is Washington DC’s newest dining sensation. The venue was rated 2.5 out 4 in March 2019 by the Washington Post and was quoted “The Pembroke makes Dupont Circle a destination again”.

Designed by world-renowned Martin Brudnizki, The Pembroke is complemented by a 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.

The Contemporary American Cuisine menu is prepared with locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. The venue is open for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner.
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Excellent place, but service is a bit slow. Ambiance is wonderful!!

E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and aesthetic was fantastic! Derrek, our waiter, was a true pleasure. Definitely a way to do an affordable brunch in DC.

MC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service, food and drinks! Recently went this past weekend and id highly recommend

KP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was wonderful, food was prepared with love

D
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Server was terrible and very unprofessional

OT
Puerto Vallarta
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

La sopa de maíz dulce está sabrosa , la burrata con jamón serrano también buena, el huachinango de Florida además de estar muy salado , tenía un aroma malo a pescado viejo y mal refrigerado.
Yo no regresaría a ese restaurante ni de a gratis . Venir de tan lejos para tener una mala cena , no vale la pena.

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c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. Will definitely be back.

MB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful room, good food but not challenging. Pricey.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food was tasteless. Three menus for food, juice and other beverages. Had to ask for each one. Nice setting. Staff nice.

CD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious and impeccable service. Will certainly go back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The refresh of this restaurant is fantastic! Beautiful decor, highly professional wait staff and excellent food was worth the wait. In particular, our waiter, Christopher made a number of great recommendations and made us feel special with the extra attention he provided.

m
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. It is so fancy and of good taste. The food is delicious and the service is really good. Don’t miss it when you are in Washington

AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Pembroke has a cute "New York" sort of feel, and reminded me a lot of Tavern on the Green in central park. The food was so yummy.

DC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, excellent food, very good service. We will be back!

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I quite often eat at The Pembroke because it is convenient and I enjoy the ambience and the staff. However, I have become a bit bored with its limited lunch and dinner menus. A little more variety and more choices would be helpful in keeping me as an ongoing client.

h
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent brunch caring wait staff despite how busy. The manager can’t remember her name greeted guests discussed issues related to food and menu descriptions and cared we enjoyed this birthday brunch. I would definitely return

VG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved brunch at The Pembroke! The ambiance, color scheme, and lighting were beautiful. I ordered a simple brunch of avocado toast with egg, smoked salmon, and side of berries. The waiter was very attentive and polite. There was plenty of seating both inside and outside. I will absolutely be back.

O
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Topnotch service. Bar was a little slow. Food was very good to great. Had the dover sole meuniere. Size of the portion was almost overwhelming. The appetizers - prawn cocktail and octopus - were delicious as was the wine. Definitely would return.

SW
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very delicious and the service was very attentive. The prices are on the high side even for fine dining of this caliber.

SB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing French toast

L
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a birthday and couldn’t have been nicer!!!

MD
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to The Pembroke for lunch on my birthday. The food was great. I had mussels in coconut curry - it was so flavorful and the portion size was perfect. The octopus starter was tender and had a great kick to it. And the warm bread - yum! Our server was wonderful: friendly and very attentive without being intrusive. We had one small issue with an app that he didn't make excuses for, he just quickly fixed the issue and that was that. We'd decided to skip dessert because we had been made content with the apps and our entrees. Our server asked what I would have picked if we had dessert and then brought out that choice (the berry tart - yes!!) on a plate with "Happy Birthday" written in chocolate. It was lovely. We had our 7 month old daughter with us and the staff was very considerate of her needs and forgiving of the mess she left on the floor. We will for sure be going back to check them out for dinner, which I understand is fantastic!

F
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food... great place... very much enjoyed our gathering with friends from out of town.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The service was friendly, but very slow. The ambiance had a bit of a Miami vibe. The food was decent but overpriced and, truth be told, I wound up with a terrible stomach ache an hour after leaving (I had the Greek salad and crab ravioli).

CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food; it deserves the great review it got from the Washington Post. But it is pricier than most places in the area.

JS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I thought the food was good, but a bit overpriced. Coupled with the so-so service, I thought the value wasn't great. But the restaurant is very pretty, and the bar is quiet so would definitely recommend it for a drink and maybe a snack.

MT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unreserved praise. Service and food were superb. We had the oysters, scallops, crab cakes, and crab ravioli, and after eating each, we challenged ourselves to come up with a similar dish that topped it - and on two, we couldn't. We went on a quiet night, so I don't know what the noise level might normally be like, but we're certainly going to find out. Best restaurant I know of in the DuPont Circle area.

BD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Need quiet tables away from music for seniors who can’t hear very well.?

L
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Menu options limited — but very nice. Was looking forward to a lamb tagine that reviewers liked but it’s been replaced by chicken tagine. Still tasty. Decor a bit on the gratuitously glitzy side. Service excellent

DB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh squeezed juices are wonderful, delicious food, excellent service.

BB
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hotel restaurants have stepped up in the last several years and this is one that excels on all levels. The decor is warm and inviting; the service is professional, friendly and knowledgeable. As for the food, you got me with unbelievable foccacia served with softened butter! We then shared a half portion of the ricotta ravioli, filled with wonderfully fresh crab. For entrees, I had the Dover sole, my BF had the Asian style snapper; both were fresh and tasty with wonderful sauces that did not overwhelm the fish. We also enjoyed a side of wild mushroom fricasee. A bottle of Raeburn chardonnay was the perfect accompaniment to the food. We ended on a sweet note with the apple galette. A Dupont area winner!

DV
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in DuPont area. Very selected ambient.

DV
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

JC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was slow even though they used multi-server approach. Servers mulling around tryin to look busy but tough to get their attention. Place a little more than half full.

I had Greek Salad to start which was good. Then the Branzino which was ok but sent out on too small of a plate and the fish was folded over on itself. Not what I'm used.

Not going back anytime soon.

DM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious and the wait staff very attentive. But it was FREEZING cold with all the AC. We originally wanted to sit outside, but it was too hot and also smelly on the street. Ceiling fans attached to the awnings over the outdoor tables would have helped. And please turn down the AC in the restaurant.

TS
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time here and I loved it. The place is quiet and inviting and service was as good as I’ve ever experienced. The food was outstanding and inventive. My next trip to DC will include The Pembroke.

KW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Birthday brunch

DB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Sat a that bar for lunch and ended up fighting fruit flies throughout my whole dining experience. Food was on a bit of the cold side.

p
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a new favorite - I went on a Tuesday night so it may be noisier on the weekends but fine for conversation during my visit. Try the ravioli and the greek salad if they're on the menu! One word of caution - look at the wine list before ordering wine by the glass. You can unknowingly end up with a 34 dollar glass of wine - delicious but unintended.

RB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The Pembroke is new and there is some favorable buzz about it. I dined there early on a Sunday evening with a friend. The space is very attractive and it seems to be set up to be quiet. The food was disappointing: I ordered grilled salmon and it was mushy, without texture, and flavorless. The prices are high, and I expected cooking at a serious level. Maybe the chef was off on a Sunday. Whatever the reason, this was not a pleasant experience.

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