The Pembroke

4.6
1048 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Situated in the bustling heart of Dupont Circle is The Pembroke, a sophisticated dining destination. Featuring contemporary American fare with global influences, The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema described the experience as “cut from a different cloth,” and awarded the restaurant 2.5 stars. The Pembroke’s stunning design by Martin Brudnizki features plush velvet coral-toned banquettes around glossy marble tables, cream-paneled walls with playful artwork, and boasts panoramic views of the neighborhood, while a seasonal terrace offers al fresco dining from spring to fall. The marble-topped bar is a bright and airy nod to cocktail bars of the 1950s and features classic drinks with a twist and a selection of fine wines. Reserve your table today to see how “The Pembroke makes Dupont Circle a destination again.”

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1048 people are saying
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jakmd
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding and service was impeccable. Michel served us and was great! I had the Eggs Chesapeake and was delighted. My wife loved the corn beef hash. And the lattes were fabulous! Thank you!!

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JoaRich
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy that this beautiful restaurant has reopened for brunch. Everything was just perfect. Fast and very friendly service with lots of laughs and advice, and a great and funny surprise for the coffee at the end of the meal. When I just casually mentioned that it would be great to have something sweet to go with my aromatic and strong as it should be, coffee she smiled and magically produced four pieces of peach coffee cake for all of us to share as a complimentary treat! It was a perfect finish to our brunch where mimosa was elegant and bloody mary Ketel One strong and garnished with a candy like bacon with a maple syrup glaze on it. Steak and poached eggs were divine as well as hash and a breakfast sandwich not to mention of course their frites! Espresso just like in Rome. Atmosphere was so nice and with a calm excitement. Already missing it…and looking forward to the dinner service!

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vipKEArion
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a beautiful restaurant inside of the Dupont Circle Hotel. The ambiance is very nice (lots of natural light, gorgeous fixtures/decor), and the staff are friendly and attentive. The food and drinks are yummy, albeit a little overpriced. A good brunch place!

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vipBuriesN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service

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vipDonWolfi
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down our absolute fave for breakfast on Sunday after farmers market … and anyway! And staff is always great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Our server Kierra and was wonderful. Loved the brunch cocktails so much we went back again the next day for another round. Best Bloody Mary and super sweet bartender. Loved the place

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NotaBene
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter deserves a special commendation for the excellent care he took of our order, especially since we wanted a leisurely chance for conversation and the opportunity to order sequentially. Perfectly timed, perfectly handled!

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vipShelliG
Washington DC
179 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This experience was my first visit. My friend recommended The Pembroke and I love the restaurant and hotel. From the moment I stepped inside the hotel I knew it was going to be a great brunch. Delicious food, excellent service and great atmosphere. Looking forward to my next visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food and ambience were great, but service was greatly lacking.

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vipMilano
Washington DC
322 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Nice experience, some challenges with meal timing and food, but we will be back to try it out again !

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ladybug
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nearly perfect. We had to ask for croissants specifically, and there wasn't any pure chcolate mousse on the menu. These are things I expect from a French restaurant. Otherwise, this place is great - wonderful decor, excellent service, and fabulous food!

The Pembroke
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thank you for visiting us! We hope you will come and see us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the eggs Benedict that I ordered. Sadly, though, the potato cake used wasn't able to soak up as much of the egg as an English muffin normally does. Thanks for the great food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The tables were crowded and too close to adjacent diners. The food was terrible and the price was extremely high.

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TonyW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The overall experience was good and our waiter, Juan was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the nicest waitress and the food was fantastic. My friend and I couldn’t decide what we wanted so we asked them to split the eggs Benedict and the special which was perfect! Decor is lovely too!!

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DeborahC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to sit at a bar again. The manager is so charming. The tuna tostadas are to die for!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The patio had a trash smell. There are trash cans across the street. The smell was very pungent at first but we were situated and didn’t want to move. We strongly considered it but we had two young kids in tow.

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YvonnickR
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time since covid19.. great service and the waiter was awesome

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our very first restaurant experience post CoVid! We were so happy to see so many of the same staff people. Such an elegant, unpretentious room. Delicious food! A dream!

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LoriA
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience, all around. Our server, Matthew, was friendly, attentive, and on top of things. Decor is swanky but not snobby. Loved it!!

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DanielM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time back since the pandemic closure and it was great to be back. I highly recommend the Pembroke and look forward to them reopening for dinner. Since they had so recently reopened, I expected a few glitches at Sunday's brunch. There were NONE. Our server Matthew was his usual exceptional self, not only with returnees like us but also with several new guests. (The Manager, Chris, stopped by several times to welcome us back and to make sure we were pleased with both our entrees and the service. We were.)

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MariaGaskns
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing decor ❤️ The ambiance was beautiful!!! Matthew the waiter was amazing and the Host is the best to ever do it!!! I will be back again and again!!! Very attentive staff with great positive energy ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Consider more global

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We went to brunch for a friend’s birthday. It was day 2 of them opening again and it was clear that everyone was getting use to everything again. The food took forever to come out. When it did, it was good but not worth the amount of money. I ordered a Caesar salad with shrimp and that was $36. The menu was cut down as well. Very limited selection. There’s NO FRENCH TOAST. I wouldn’t recommend this place for just a brunch, only if you realllllyyyyy want to be fancy

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vipZipZipZippy
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful decor, lovely (sunny) setting. I was so happy to see some brunch options that were a little unique but not over-the-top unusual.

Service was fantastic. Waiter didn't rush us, didn't seem to have any issues letting us enjoy our meal and conversation.

I didn't really have issues with the price points on the menu, but drinks were on the pricey side, so a good spot for one drink with your meal, perhaps not more.

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EmilyC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning serene space, with thoughtful decor touches and an upscale yet Comfortable vibe. I have to eat gluten free and they accommodated admirably, and knew their stuff so i felt safe ordering an amazing roast chicken dish and octopus appetizer.

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vipLoyalcustomer
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious lunch in a nice setting.

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JSingh
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

This is a beautiful restaurant no doubt. The service is great etc. but the food is average to below average. For an expensive restaurant - you have better options in DC to choose from. I’d go here for drinks and apps but skip the meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, service and food! Love it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were well-served and amply fed in a delightful atmosphere.

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vipWinterberg
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at the Pembroke, where food, drinks, the ambience and the service all made for a great evening with friends.

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vipanonymous
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Server was too fast at every step inc giving us our check right after we received our desert. Potato-leek soup not very good. all other items we had were fine

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LeslieS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was amazing. Food was delicious. Environment was elegant. I will return...and hopefully it'll be warm enough soon to sit on the patio!

The Pembroke
Responded on February 26, 2020

Dear Leslie, Thank you for your recent review of The Pembroke! I am so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to our restaurant, and that everything met your expectations! We hope to see you again soon - the weather is looking patio-ready as early as next week! Best, Taylor

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vipLily
London
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall nice place. Food is priced on the high side for what it is, $5 for a side of avocado and one half of a small avocado comes on a plate.

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viprufkdlk
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Been coming here for the last 10 years and it's changed a lot as we all have, the upgrades are glorious, thankfully the staff remain. Closest we have to a neighborhood place where everybody knows your name, glad this place still here.

The Pembroke
Responded on February 19, 2020

Dear rufkdlk, Thank you for your recent review of The Pembroke. It is true that we have gone through some great growth and changes over the past ten years, and I am so happy to hear that we are still one of your favorite spots in the city! We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best wishes, Taylor

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vipEBBoat
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

The food was really delicious, albeit very expensive. The ambiance was truly the best part, its a beautiful setting. The service was slow on a Sunday, but the location is so nice you don't mind waiting.

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vipTatjanaC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience5

We were so excited to try The Pembroke for brunch. I arrived on time at 12p and checked in with the hostesses. They informed me they were “preparing my table” and I could not sit down until the other guests in my party arrived. There was an empty table by the bar (ended up being our table) the entire time I waited for my group to arrive, so seems silly to make me awkwardly wait by the hostess stand rather than just seat me, but I obliged. Once we sat down, our waitress came over & was very friendly. We ordered drinks (mimosas and a coffee drink). Our drinks, I repeat our drinks, did not arrive until 45 minutes later. Apparently they ran out of milk for the coffee drink and had to get it from a different part of the restaurant, so rather than coming by to tell us that...we learned it 45 minutes later. We placed our food order, four entrées. It was not until at least 35 minutes later that the manager came by to tell me my dish was no longer available. The waitress was kind enough to get us a round of mimosas on the house. While she was extremely friendly and apologetic, I do not think that we will be back to this restaurant. It seems like they were overwhelmed with the amount of patrons and probably understaffed. The venue itself is very pretty and has a garden-like environment to it. But we all agreed that The Pembroke is a one and done experience for all of us.

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vipdesiree
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Food is ok. Service is VERY slow, but if you are trying to live your best Instagram life this place is for you. Beautiful space to wait a very long time for everything.

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vipSuzieQ
Washington DC
128 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the first time eating at The Pembroke after hearing from my mom how wonderful it is. She was so spot on with her recommendation. I enjoyed the farrow, quinoa, butternut squash and arugula salad with poached eggs. The light filled space and wonderful service will hopefully bring me back in the near future.

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KyleC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valentines meal at a wonderful establishment. I would certainly recommend!

FAQs

The Pembroke is rated 4.6 stars by 1048 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.