The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

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

A reliable go-to spot for brunch, drinks, or oysters at the bar. Attentive staff a decent menu to suit most tastes.

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s
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

our reservations were for 7:00 (because they didn't have an earlier time) but we arrived early and they took us. perfect. made for an uncrushed meal.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I ordered the spicy fried chicken which was supposed to be a half chicken. I thought for sure I would have food left over because I normally only eat a quarter of a chicken. The portion was small and not cut in normal portions so I don't believe that I actually got a half of a chicken. Also, the chicken was dry and not spicy. I was very disappointed and paying $23 for that dish was ridiculous. I have had better spicy fried chicken at Popeyes and it only costs $10.

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ES
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

nothing too special. service was good, otherwise fairly average for food. the bread, although free, was so hard we couldn't eat it. nice atmosphere.

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

Our table for 7 was ready when we arrived -- no waiting! We enjoyed the Fried Okra and the Calamari appetizer. I had the Seared tuna salad and it was delightful. The Toffee Dessert was outstanding! We all totally recommend.

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R
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location downtown DC. Get away from tourist food trucks :) and walk a few blocks north. I had delicious steak salad. Attentive waiter. Fun atmosphere. Not my 1st time there, never disappointed.

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

Very good food. Nice ambiance. Very good service. The day we went they opened the doors to the outside and it was raining/muggy. I would have preferred the open wall to be closed given the weather. So please keep this mind when going to this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, delicious food!

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NM
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

NEVER had a so-so experience!

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

good for a casual work lunch. Got a little loud, but it is DC at noon so i had low expectations. Trendy finishes, decent food, DC prices.

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SM
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good, and there was a wide selection to choose from - brunch is a particular highlight. The service was a little lacking - we had to ask three times for our drinks, and a couple more times for plates, etc. But overall, a great place to hang out with friends or family and enjoy a beautiful Sunday. It is spring now, so their doors are open, and fresh air flows throughout the restaurant - its quite nice.

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OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The hostess was rude and inattentive when we arrived and would not accommodate our reservation. We were seated and the service was terrible.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I went here for my birthday dinner. I was really excited to try it because I've heard great things. I think some of my issues with my experience are partly due to the fact I had a party of 10 at one table. It took awhile for our drink orders to be taken. They only have us two small plates of bread which was very dry. Our main waiter seemed very overwhelmed with all of us which I felt bad about. I ordered the Smith Bar Steak with fries and chimichurri sauce. Considering the price, the steak was not that great. You can get a better steak for the same price somewhere else in the city. It was kinda fatty and wasn't the best. My friend told the waiter it was my birthday, which I didn't know until after dinner. The waiter told my friend they don't do anything complementary but they'll put a candle in a dessert. I ordered the s'mores dessert which was pretty good. Overall, for the price I paid I was hoping for a much better birthday dinner. I really wanted to like this place but it really missed the mark.

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KF
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have been here a number of times but very disappointing on our last visit. The waiter did not accurately answer a basic question about the preparation of the food leading to a much less desirable outcome which I simply would have ordered something else.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Enjoyed it. Amazing customer service.

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ZI
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

food is awesome.
Waiters were eager to take our plates away even though there was still plenty of food on them.. Super noisy, but I'm okay with that.

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e
London
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing breakfasts!

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GS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is in an excellent location, great ambiance, food and service. The only down-side is that the noise level is very high.

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F
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was just ok. I would not go out of my way to go back. The server was super nice but absent for long periods of time.

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LL
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This place was so cool! Great atmosphere, great cocktails, great food!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was our second visit to The Smith and it was wonderful. The food was very good and the service was excellent. They helped us with recommendations and kept our glasses full and cleared away items in a timely manner. The staff was fantastic and we never felt rushed. All the dishes we ordered were delicious. I would highly recommend The Smith

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S
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. And even treated my hubby to a dessert on the house. Will definitely be back.

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NG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, great food! I would say its Casual Chic! Good drinks!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to the Penn Quarter location of The Smith for my wife’s birthday brunch. We hit considerable traffic on the way, due to the Cherry Blossom festival, and were running a little late, but the staff made sure to accommodate. The food was great, and it wasn’t too noisy, so our group was able to converse and enjoy the experience. Overall, we were very happy with the meal, and will certainly be back.

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Our waitress was very friendly and knew the menu well and was able to answers all of our questions. As a team more individuals brought our food to the tables and everyone was very pleasant and friendly. We will definitely be back for brunch again.!!

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n
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We started at the bar. The drinks were ok and expensive. For brunch I had the best meal, omelet with spinach. I added Swiss instead of feta. There wasn't much cheese. The waffles were very sweet and the Italian egg dish was ok. Not sure I'd go back.

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RS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had an amazing brunch for a table of 8 at The Smith yesterday after the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. They were a little late with our reservation, but it was very, very busy (Cherry Blossom Festival + great weather), and they were gracious about us checking in every 5 minutes. Once we were seated, everything was fantastic. The cocktails and food were all outstanding, and service was well-timed. Our waiter did forget a cup of coffee amid our many cocktails, but that was forgivable in the busy atmosphere and easily fixed. Would definitely recommend, and would definitely go back!

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OT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend this location of The Smith - the food was outstanding and the ambiance was beautiful!! We got the vanilla bean french toast and hardly said a word to each other as we shoveled it into our mouths!! So delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Double date with couple from out of town

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lively atmosphere. Great drinks. Food is consistently great. Save room for dessert.

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s
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quiet in the back

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d
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was excellent. Attentive without hovering, chimed in with good advice but generally gave us space. Seat by the window, towards the back was perfect for incognito people watching

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NF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was great - they were very crowded but the staff handled it well - we had a reservation and arrived early - we hung out in the bar while waiting and had a terrific server - Keneesha - when we were seated Derrick took over and he was great too. We will return for sure!

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EP
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a big fan of the Smith as a New Yorker, and was delighted to see that the DC location has maintained the charm, attention to detail, and quality of food and service. Highly recommended for a hip, upscale experience for prices that won’t devastate. Strongly recommend you make a reservation—the locations are always quite busy.

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Smith is a great location with food that does not disappoint. The only true issues we had were with the check as it was a group of 11 and they only allowed for one check. That was a slight damper on the experience. As well, it did take a while to be seated. Still, the food was fresh and atmosphere nice.

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K
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was excellent. Noise level was high. Great location.

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CC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

I am at a loss to decide to vote "yes" or "no" on recommending this restaurant. The menu was good, the food was very good, and the location is great. The service was average. However, the noise level was so extreme that I, personally, will not return. It's not just a noisy restaurant, it's a restaurant that precludes conversation with more than the people seated adjacent to you. If you are someone who likes that acoustic bombardment, then you will probably love this restaurant. If not, I would think twice before going there.

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MT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was awesome above expectations. But way too noisy. All reflective surfaces no absorption panels. I am really serious to loud to enjoy a meal. But the meal and service was GREAT.

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HW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, convenient location near metro stop.

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SR
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good. Get the tuna poke! Drinks were a little pricey.

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