The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

4.5
1944 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Smith brings its signature lively atmosphere to the Penn Quarter neighborhood of the Nation’s Capital, just steps from the Capital One Arena, The White House, Capital Hill, museums and more. By working closely with local farmers and purveyors that they trust, The Smith serves delicious food and drinks people crave. The menu features bistro classics, seasonal fare, and craft cocktails. Whether it’s an after work bite, drinks on the town, a birthday bash, a working lunch, a boozy brunch, or an I-don’t-want-to-cook-tonight night, The Smith has got you covered. A private dining room is also available for events of any occasion.

We are open for patio seating, delivery, and pick-up daily with expanded menu offerings, family style dinners for two, cocktails, beer, wine, and more!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1944 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSSAC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I've been to The Smith in NYC and was looking forward to enjoying the food in DC like I did in NYC. I will say that the food experience is better in NYC than it was at this Smith in DC.

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Marra
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was "meh' and small portioned...I am wondering whether I was getting last weeks leftover short rib, debunked and practically grated over the rigatoni. When I asked for a side salad, they didn't have one and their version of one was field greens...JUST field greens. Didn't even have bleu cheese dressing!?! What restaurant does not have bleu cheese dressing? 3rd time there, 3rd time underwhelmed.

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KellieE
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambience. Food and drinks were great. Server was attentive. Loved visiting this place!

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KeithM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice outside seating. Burgers are great. Burgers are great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Brunch menu, and fast, attentive service. The space is wonderful.

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vipMKD2
Cleveland
28 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

So it is Covid, and that comes with a lot of difficulty. We arrived about 10 minutes late for our reservation because parking is tough. We ordered drinks, appetizers and meals within 20 minutes of sitting down - the wait staff did not seem to be in a huge hurry, but our reservation was at 8:30, and we were hungry. We got our appetizers, all great. And drinks, all great. The waiter came to our table about half an hour after the appetizers were gone to tell us two of our dishes were no longer available. We ordered alternatives. Then he came back five minutes later to tell us that only two of our dinners would be coming out - for a table of 5, three of whom were very hungry college students. The waiter comped the two meals that were delivered, and the drinks, but it was around 10 by then and NOTHING was open, with it being Covid and all. So it was a bit of a disappointment. The staff was great - they were apologetic, but we had driven in from Cleveland, and hadn’t eaten since breakfast. I would recommend only early reservations.

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Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and good service with outdoor seating...

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vipSteve
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just another great meal!

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vipBobS
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent. We were able to be seated at a window on a beautiful day. The fixed price menu is great for lunch.

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vipehenley00
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at The Smith, and it exceeded our expectations. The Mules were great and the food was excellent! I am gluten free and they were very accommodating in helping me to find something that would suit my needs. They have tables spread out with plenty of distance between them, both inside and outside, which made us feel at easy while dining. Overall, it was a great experience and we can't wait to dine there again!

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SuzanneC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great Service and amazing atmostphere. One of my favorite spots in DC to grab a quick lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, would definitely come back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Staff was rude, drink was incredibly weak and under poured. Did not stay for dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so helpful and respected my desire to be outside. I just like the staff so much and the food was great.

Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my fav places in the city to eat, doing well with social distancing.

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ReneeE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service was excellent! I’ve heard such great things about The Smith but I did not think the eggs Benedict was anything special. Other than bernaise sauce there wasn’t any other topping offered with the dish.

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danh
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We love this restaurant. BUT we’re very disappointed in the service- lack of- this night. Everything was slow! Server asked us if we would like bread - first thing they asked us - and it took 45 minutes and 4 additional requests before it arrived. Drinks were slow. Servers were not attentive and it was difficult to flag them down when they were at nearby tables because they didn’t look in our direction to see me waving.

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vipKateD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Great food but pricey for a place with burger and sandwich options for dinner! Also service was slow and inattentive.

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MiMi
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service is quick, the food is good but the drinks are not good. The food could also be delivered a little hotter

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Yasmine
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. I had the lobster roll and it was exactly what I was wanting !! Very happy with the whole experience

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vipsap215
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I didn’t have the food this time, but went in for happy hours cocktails. It’s COVID so we sat outside on the patio. Tables are far enough away and it wasn’t too crowded.

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vipmacattack
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to dogs! Thank you!!

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vipStudyingSommLvL1
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed everything from start to finish during lunch. The Burrata and Spicy Salmon were great starters and the Bone In Ribeye was excellent as well. Will definitely be returning for dinner.

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Karyn
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor patio seating. All restaurant employees wore a mask. Waiter asked us to wear a mask when we were seated at the table while he was telling us about the lunch specials - I appreciated that and felt safe. Lunch prix fixe is a great deal!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food was ok, not seasoned very well

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NicoleG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I have not been out since our 7 month year old baby was born. It was a perfect date night. We sat outside because of the covid pandemic, and we felt very safe. Drinks were delicious, and same with the oysters and entrees.

JT
vipJenniferT
Washington DC
255 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’m definitely going back. Loved the Mac and Cheese. Yummy. French toast was good. But what was really good was my husband’s Johnny Benedict. Cornbread instead of English muffin. It was really good. I’m getting that next time.

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FoodieGawd1
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Horrible customer service ruins a dining experience.

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vipDisappointed
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pasta with mussels drowning in olive oil. Very few mussels. Mixed greens dressing was a bit tangy. Burger was just OK. Previously enjoyed the food.

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IsobelP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good menu and quality of food. In a good part of DC and service was quick and friendly!

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Launa
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had a wonderful experience at The Smith. The hostess took a while to seat us when we were the first to arrive at the restaurant but I presume it was because she wasn't ready to start work yet. Other than that the bathroom was clean, the food was great and our server was attentive. I would definitely come again.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch with the girls!

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vipFoodie801
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The food was just average. I was served and undercooked piece of catfish.

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vipAllison
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

You need ranch and bbq sauce. They did not have any. Also steaks were not cooked properly

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Late lunch early dinner with a friend. My first time at this location. Very good. Service great, appropriately distanced and aware. Thank you!

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vipEric
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Safest covid-19 protocols of any restaurant I've been to in DC!

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vipMisswan
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

The food was great overall and they did a great job with covid restrictions. Our only issue was one of the party was vegan so she got a salad. They served all of us then came and told her they were out of that salad. They asked if they could replace it with some other vegetables, which she agreed to did but when it got to the table finally, it was a sad salad that cost $14. It was basically just lettuce. The description had other ingredients they didn't even attempt to put in the salad. I was a bit disappointed when they didn't even offer to comp her salad. OR at least take off half. Otherwise, great experience and staff.

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vipErinC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were great! The only problem was that you could only eat outside and the umbrella over our table didn't provide enough shade.

JJ
JoJoP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would highly recommend the Sicilian Baked Eggs if you like that sort of thing. Delicious!

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vipDrip
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Smith is always a wonderful place to go after work. My family and I enjoyed the outside seating, professionalism, quality, and quantity of food, and the attention to detail from the staff. All COVID-19 protocols were in place and did not impede the overall experience. If you are looking for a place to dine during this time of social distancing, I highly suggest making a reservation at The Smith.

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You can order delivery directly from The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C using the Order Online button. The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 868-4900.

The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C is rated 4.5 stars by 1944 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.

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