The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

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$31 to $50
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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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Thursday, November 28, 2019

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OB
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent food and good service. We went on the evening of a Capitals home game, so the place was paced and was really loud. Otherwise, we had a great experience.

JR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We really enjoyed the style of the restaurant and the selection on the menu. The food and drinks were great. We spent about 2 hours at the restaurant, mainly due to waiting on service. There were large amounts of time between check ins from our waiter and food delivery. They were however, very busy. Otherwise, we had a great experience.

LT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch! Highly recommend the shrimp and grits! Would definitely return to the Smith

s
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My steak was over seared and a little dry. The chimichiri sauce was extremely oily, not emulsified enough. The broccolini and cauliflower were excellent.

AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Portions were on the small side and everything seemed a little too salty. We arrived early and accommodated which was appreciated. In general the waitstaff was not as friendly or engaged as I would expect at this price point. I don’t think we’ll add this to the list of places to return again, not with so many other options to choose from in Penn Quarter.

MS
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite for date night, midday drinks, etc. Highly recommend the kale quinoa salad with salmon for dinner.

S
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Smith has never disappointed. My husband and I both had the NY strip which were both cooked to our exact specifications. Service was prompt. Manager even came to our table to tell us they took my nut allergy seriously and would be vigilant not to let my food near any nuts.

SC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Way too LOUD!

u
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was outstanding! Service was a little slip shot. Started with 1 server, ended with another.

D
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was ok. Ordered steak salad. Not much steak. Nothing special about the salad. Service ok at the bar.

CD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was just okay. My pasta dish was average. The pasta was a little rubbery.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Nice environment but food is overpriced for the quality. If you want American fare you’ll get better food at T.G.I. Friday’s

RM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. A little pricy.

i
Cleveland
21 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service a little slow when busy. Food was very good.

O
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was fine, but the service was rough, with long waits for anyone to stop by the table. We were informed that the restaurant was out of Diet Coke and English Breakfast tea. How does that happen?? Also, seated by a window with no shades and the sun was beating in and blinding half our table for the length of our brunch. 10 foot windows are lovely, but it's not fun to eat in a greenhouse.

OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

On the negative side, 2 sets of walk-ins were seated before we were seated with our reservation. Had to send back a cocktail that was made incorrectly. Burger was dry. Tagliatelle lacked flavor. Pacing of meal was poor. Our drinks ordered for the main course arrived well after the food. On the positive side, the squash rings were excellent as was the Manhattan. My poorly made cocktail was replaced free of charge. Nice wine and beer list. Bustling place.

D
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Interesting menu and food was good. Shockingly and unpleasantly loud - so loud that I could not wait for the meal to end. Would never go back at a busy time.

OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service good food real noisy though will be going back

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very attentive, water was filled often and plates and utensils were removed quickly after we were done with them. Server was very friendly and offered advice and recommendations.

JS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience at The Smith. Out pre-Caps game dinner had great food, great drinks and excellent service. I highly recommend!! The cod over brussels and the burger royale were both upscale and quality dishes. Our server and the management were very friendly and made our experience 5 stars! We will be back.

EP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and vibes! Got the Sicilian baked eggs, others got Mac and cheese, french toast and their most popular burger. Everyone was so happy with their meals! Also, i got the Farm Flor Cider and it was amazing. Great experience, will be back!!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The experience was good and service was attentive and great

KS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, good, spacious setting, so not too loud, and a good value.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We went here after a long day of museums and had a reservation. We were seated in a reasonable amount of time, considering it was very busy with Capitals.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Mushroom flatbread was sorely lacking in mushrooms. Meatballs and spaghetti was spicy and otherwise lacking in much flavor and served barely warm. Service was excellent. Convenient for capital one arena but otherwise better choices for food in that neighborhood.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I’ve been here multiple times for brunch and dinner but this might be my last trip. When I went to check in at the host stand I had to wait for the hosts to finish their conversation before they acknowledged me. When they finally sat me, we were at an awkward table in the middle of the restaurant. When our server took our order she seemed annoyed that we weren’t drinking and rolled her eyes. Food service was terrible. My steak and eggs came out but it was obvious our server forgot my friends order entirely, so we had to wait 10 minutes to get someone’s attention and for her food to be made before I could eat. By that time my food was cold and no one offered to replace it or even apologize for the wait. We never saw our server and she didn’t check on us once. Skip this restaurant in favor of the hundreds of others in the area with more attentive service.

E
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We disregarded the negative reviews because many reviews were decent. However, our experience was the service was terrible. Our first drinks arrived when we were half done with the appetizer. Our second drink came when we were finished with dinner. Food was just okay, if that... with so many options in DC area, no need to go back and I would not recommend anything about this restaurant.

NB
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Waited over 30 minutes to get our drinks. The appetizer never even came. Server never once acknowledged this or apologized. We were planning on having a meal but ended up just paying for our drinks and leaving disappointed.

SJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Menu was not same as online, pasta was over cooked and completely under seasoned very disappointing and I would not recommend this place

WG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. One of few restaurants who allow large party reservations. They were so accommodating and made sure that we were content. The manager was beyond nice and engaged with us a lot. The food was great too! Try them! You won't be disappointed.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Too cold. Doors were wide open.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

So loud!! Couldn’t hear

JS
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very loud, very crowded for dinner. Make reservations. Possibly loud because there were a number of high school groups doing pre-prom dinners.

AC
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

A good place for breakfast a few blocks away from the key sights. Good food, service was ok but not particularly friendly.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Love the decor. Food was ok but nothing to it. Service was not that great. Drinks were brought up very fast (I guess this is a great thing) but then everything else was served so quickly. They were trying to take our plates before we were even done and the restaurant was not even full!

HS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My experience was quite good overall but the noise levels were very off putting. Please consider some textiles or other materials to mitigate the reverb. I could hardly hear my lunch companion at times.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience4

The waiter was acting very weird & stand off’ish

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First discovered The Smith while traveling in NYC and ate at their 2nd Ave location. Both there and the DC Penn Quarter locations are reliable for attentive but not overbearing service, quality food, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Perfect for brunch!

n
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The menu needs so more variety, tired of the same options at the DC & NYC locations. Great place to bring guest but tired of the same things.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Top notch from start to finish.... The food and and service were impeccable and Malcolm took very good care of us. Looking forward to coming back and exploring the rest of the cocktail menu!

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