The Pembroke

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Savor global fare 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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l
Portland
105 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience5

It is a lovely restaurant, and the service was warm and pleasant. The food, however, was skimpy for the price. When has Eggs Benedict ever been served other than on an English muffin??? -- Never before in my extensive experience. Also, it arrived with set yolks rather than soft yolks, as I had specifically requested. I'm afraid I would not recommend The Pembroke to a friend, as the value was insufficient.

PS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love it! The service was remarkable and the food was delicious.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing meal!!! Beautiful spot that has been re-envisioned, amazing reason to go back to Dupont for a trendy night out!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The service was excellent! I’ll try something different on the menu next time!

FD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. The service was excellent and attentive. We were two adults and a 2 year-old and were accommodated with a high chair, crayons and paper for her to paint. The food was delicious (octopus, burratta, steak frites, apple tarte tatin, oh and the bread!). I’ve already recommended it to friend and colleagues. The ambience and decoration are nice and the glass wall overlooks the street at Dupont circle, so that’s nice too. Host and waiters and everyone were very nice.

SF
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Slow service, drinks took 25 minutes!

n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding menu and wine list. The food was excellent and the service impeccable. Very nice patio when the weather is helpful.

The Pembroke
Responded on October 31, 2019

Dear Nabile, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a kind review! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your meal with us at The Pembroke! We hope to be able to welcome you back again soon, and also invite you to check out our bar, Doyle, for some custom cocktails. We look forward to having the pleasure of welcoming you back again soon. Sincerely, Taylor Bradley

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Service was slow.

The Pembroke
Responded on October 31, 2019

Good morning, Thank you for your recent review of The Pembroke. We regret to hear that the service you experienced was slower than anticipated. Your comments are important to us and will be shared with our management and culinary team. We appreciate the time you took to share your experience. We hope that you'll return to experience our new Fall brunch menu, filled with warm & delicious seasonal offerings. Many thanks, Taylor Bradley

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E
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Great ambiance and food but our service was horrible, and I'm never one to complain about service unless its REALLY bad. Our server either never put our food in or the kitchen lost the ticket, he only realized after the food didn't come out for nearly an hour. Then we had to re-order with him and he didn't comp the food or drinks at all for the mistake. My mom ordered coffee which never came, the list goes on. I love this spot but was really disappointed in the service I received recently.

The Pembroke
Responded on October 31, 2019

Thank you for your review of The Pembroke. We take pride in providing the best experience for all of our guests, and based on your account it is clear we failed to do that during your most recent trip. Your review has been shared with our team, and we will continue to educate and remind them that we are in the business of hospitality and service. Thank you again for your review, allowing us to make certain your next visit lives up to the standard that we expect and are certainly capable of.

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S
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

It took 20 minutes for a waiter to attend to us after we were sat down so that was less than ideal but the food was great when we finally ate!

The Pembroke
Responded on October 31, 2019

Good afternoon, Sarah. Thank you for your recent review of The Pembroke. We regret to hear that the service you experienced was slower than anticipated, but are thrilled that your meal was delicious! Your comments regarding service have been passed along to our management team, who are working hard to ensure that all dining experiences exceed guest expectations We hope to welcome you back to The Pembroke soon, and invite you to join us at Doyle for some delicious cocktails! Best, Taylor

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TS
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Very knowledgeable, helpful, and personable wait. We liked that the manager comes around to check to see if everything is OK. Tables are spaced far enough apart so that conversation is possible.

The Pembroke
Responded on October 31, 2019

Good evening, Tony. Thank you for taking the time to write a review of The Pembroke. I am thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience with us! We would love to invite you to join us again for dinner soon! Thank you, Taylor

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K
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great, place beautiful. Food was good but could have been a bit warmer. The eggs and pancakes were both on the cold side

The Pembroke
Responded on October 31, 2019

Dear Kate, Thank you for your recent review of The Pembroke, and thank you for joining us for breakfast. We appreciate and welcome our guests' feedback. We have passed your notes onto our culinary team, who will use this information to continue to work to provide dishes that meet and exceed our guests' expectations. Thank you again for your review, and we hope to see you and your guests again soon! -Taylor

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SB
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Finally a good restaurant in DuPont Circle! We were anticipating a good meal and experience and we were not disappointed. The service was top notch and the food very good. The only slight compliant would be the size of the two top dining tables — little bistro tables are not conducive to comfortable dining.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a perfect evening! The food was delicious, the service perfect. Joe our waiter made it an even more enjoyable night! Thank you for an memorable evening!

The Pembroke
Responded on October 31, 2019

Good evening, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a kind review! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your meal with us at The Pembroke. We hope to be able to welcome you back again soon, and also invite you to check out our bar, Doyle, for some delicious, specialty cocktails! We look forward to having the pleasure of welcoming you back again soon. Sincerely, Taylor Bradley

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D
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Very nice meal and service...the octopus appetizer was the highlight of the evening...only two downsides, we were charged $32 for a pasta dish that was listed on menu for $20 and our little leftovers were never brought back. Such a shame, this could have been a 5* experience.

MB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great eggs Benedict!

M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor was beautiful and elegant, the service was wonderful and the food was excellent. I had the pancakes and they were some of the best I've had in DC. I am a tough pancake critic and these ones passed the test. I would highly recommend this place to all my friends and I am looking forward to going there again myself. The prices are a bit high for the food, but I think it's worth it. The mimosas are made with Moet so they're $20 each, so instead of a mimosa I'd go with a more reasonably priced bloody mary.

The Pembroke
Responded on November 1, 2019

Dear Mari, Thank you for your kind review of The Pembroke! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your brunch with us. We'd love to welcome you back for some more pancakes, or dinner with us, soon! Best wishes, Taylor Bradley

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m
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space service and food

r
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful ambiance but it can be very noisy. We requested a quiet table and they were most accommodating. We went during the week -- have been on weekend, very energetic! Great drinks, food, guidance from the staff. Will return, will recommend.

The Pembroke
Responded on November 1, 2019

Dear Rosie, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a kind review! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your meal with us at The Pembroke. We hope to be able to welcome you back again soon, and also invite you to check out our bar, Doyle, for some delicious craft cocktails! We look forward to having the pleasure of welcoming you back again soon. Sincerely, Taylor Bradley

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MP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great server. Problem in kitchen but he more than made up for it in attentiveness and service

w
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful and everyone was very welcoming and attentive. Matthew was wonderful, from guiding us through the menu to making us feel like very special and cared for. Drinks and food were delicious and modified to our special dietary restrictions (gluten free and lactose free). A fantastic evening!

The Pembroke
Responded on October 9, 2019

Hi! What a wonderful review, thank you so much for the kind words! Matthew is great, and so glad his warmth was felt throughout your time here. Please let me know when you'll be in again, we'd love to say thank you in person. Warm Regards, Matt Rafferty

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l
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a friend there for a belated birthday celebration. She loved it. We were served a complimentary glass of champagne in addition to the cocktails we ordered. We shared pumpkin soup and a prawn cocktail. She had steak frites and I had the lamb tagine, and we both took doggy bags home. Matthew, our waiter, was outstanding. And the hostess or manager came by to ask if everything was to our liking. This is the second time I’ve been there, and the first was equally good. And we could hear ourselves talk!

The Pembroke
Responded on October 9, 2019

Hi! Wanted to say, thank you SO much for this warm, wonderful review. Glad you were in good hands with Matt and your friend loved everything. This means a lot - please let me know when you'll be in again, we'd love to say thank you in person. Warm Regards, Matt Rafferty

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T
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pembroke in the Dupont Hotel offers creative wonderful food in a lovely setting with views of Dupont Circle from stylish terrace. The restaurants high ceilings and dramatic atrium brings the outdoors inside.
A wonderful diverse menu with fresh Dover sole, Oysters and fresh salads, sides and daily soups will make you want to keep coming back. The recently hired new chef is a real find and the servers and skilled management are professional and anticipate your every need. The full bar is also a big attraction as well with impressive wine list. Dupont is fortunate to have another go to restaurant centrally located right off the circle.

JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff was friendly but professional. Service was excellent.

AC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had two delightful meals at the Pembroke during our stay. The breakfast was outstanding. The omelette and eggs Benedict were delicious and our server was gracious. The decor is well done.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was tremendous and plentiful. The service was outstanding polite and attentive.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a spectacular dining experience for my wife and me. Delicious food, impeccable service and an ambiance which would be very hard to beat!

Y
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service makes the meal here. Outstanding. Food is very good too with a good selection on the menu. Matthew, our server and the staff at the desk: A plus.

C
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The restaurant is absolutely and a wonderful place for a business lunch or breakfast. It’s in a hotel so reservations are recommended as it can get busy with hotel guests. The patio is nice when the weather cooperates. The service can be slow - the staff is always polite and courteous but will bring you a fork with your oatmeal or you have to ask for your check more than once and so on. It’s not terribly service but if you’re coming here for a power hour, try the bar.

L
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Too pricey, but very nice atmosphere and food definitely good

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service, food and ambience were great! Staff were very friendly. Will definitely be back.

OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was exceptional. In general everything was great

KM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My food was great however, my friend's pancakes were extremely dry and another friend's omelet was under cooked. My friend with the omelet did let the staff know and they happily cooked her another one. The drink list was a bit high and my friends who drank didn't love them. Other than that, I love the restaurant and the feel of it. I would probably go back.

F
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch was just amazing - it’s the best in DC. Everything is prepared with thought and with fresh ingredients, the staff is very attentive and speedy with service. Not to mention the restaurant is just gorgeous to dine in. Five stars!

B
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Absolutely lovely setting but my salad (arugula w/chicken) was by turns very dry (the chicken) and soupy (the greens). Way too expensive not to be top notch. This is the 2nd meal I've had at the Pembroke. The first -- a brunch -- was much better.

JA
Washington DC
138 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sat near window. Good view. Service with a smile. Good chia, coffee, juice drink, and delicious pastries and rolls

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

The staff did a wonderful job making me feel special on my Birthday!

AB
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with my dad for his 71st birthday

KS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Really beautiful space, open and airy, loved the plants, however it was very overpriced. Food was not worth the money, small portions, somewhat bland. I would go back maybe for a drink but would not return for food. Waiter was too attentive, constantly coming over to check in and clean our table.

TP
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This restaurant is in a hotel in my neighborhood. The food was VERY good and service spot on. I am surprised it was not more crowded.