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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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful place to celebrate with loved ones. A bit noisy. I wish there were hooks under the table for purses for women to accommodate and the portions could be a bit larger.

J
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Everything was excellent with the exception of the volume. It was a Friday night so we should have expected it to be lively but it was difficult to talk.

PM
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a good experience.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The waiter was excellent but I had chicken and waffles. The waffles were over cooked and the chicken undercooked.

S
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was hosting my staff for a celebration. Everyone was very pleased with the food. A great varied menu with something for everyone. Service was attentive without hovering. The noise level was a bit high but we still had a great time.

RA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I HIGHLY recommend the cinnamon brioche at brunch!

F
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 5

It was our first time at The Smith and was immediately disappointed. I specifically mentioned in OpenTable that I want a booth or window table. Despite the plethora of empty tables, the front desk woman walk us to a table that was not a booth or window seating. When we spoke up that we wanted to move to one of the many open booth tables, she was not pleasantly receptive to our request. If that is the customer service at this restaurant chain, then I rather support other wonderful restaurants in and around D.C.

f
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was great. Food was great. Place was pretty full but we were seated right away during Saturday and Sunday brunch hours.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was ok. A few things where not cooked properly so we had to asked to change them. The manager came over to review the item like we where doing something wrong😳. It was taken care off.

M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Great restaurant. I prefer the one on U street but this one isn’t bad. The food is always great. I’m giving four stars because our waitress wouldn’t split our checks into four. She said she couldn’t. I believe she didn’t want to for whatever reason. 🙄. But she was pleasant. But all we asked was to give us the checks for whoever ordered what. It’s cool. I’ve done it before that’s why I asked and she said they don’t do that 🤔. Anyways good and service were good too. Nice location.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food was top notch, cocktails too! Will return again and again to try the whole menu!

p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was pleased with the food I tasted here: the sea bass, brick chicken, bibimbop, and burger/fries. Nothing was disappointing, nothing was over the top delightful. Service got slow once we received our food. Ambiance is great, pretty and modern decor, lots of space, not too loud, etc.

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Met a friend for brunch today and as always it was amazing!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great restaurant well experience. Pretty noisy, I'm guessing due to the subway tiled walls. Getting dessert went a little slow.

HW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Smith! The ambiance is great, the staff are so nice and the food is delicious!

MI
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good, although a little pricey. We were thankful to be seated immediately on a busy Friday night. I had the lobster roll and was a little disappointed that it was made with onions and tomatoes, as my previous lobster rolls had not. All in all it was a nice experience but I wish I'd ordered something different. My husband enjoyed his steak and salad.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

So disappointed with The Smith on 8/13. We were a group of 10 for breakfast at 0900. There were at best 3 other tables, so not crowded, not busy. Our table was finished eating before 1 of our group even got their food (and it was avocado toast, but a big lift.) Food was lackluster, bacon was hard as a rock. Eggs Benedict was hard boiled - not prepared correctly. Biscuits were great. Fruit bowl was good. This shouldn't have happened with an empty restaurant- we should have had too service and it was bad, really bad.

DP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Not the best place if you're trying to have a conversation, it's popular, and noisy. I'm not certain what the specialty of The Smith is exactly.

VS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Visited during Restaurant week. Watermelon salad was okay. Cavatelli was delicious with the crunchy breadcrumbs. Dessert (peaches and creen) was amazing. Great wine selection.

Not good for conversation if sitting inside; it is very energetic. We sat outside and people watched instead.

SF
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Centrally located with great food and fabulous service.

SN
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Don't go here if you want to have a conversation at your table without yelling. Very noisy place. Food was good but nothing I would go out of my way for. Went for Restaurant week and had the Chicken Paillard which was rubbery. Rest of the meal was good.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Smith is always a favorite. The food and service are always great. Their mac and cheese is the best!

OT
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Extremely noisy, food was just average and service was so slow....There are many better choices available in DC for lunch

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, service and evening, but the noise level in the restaurant made it very difficult to hear/have conversations.

f
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food; good service but for some reason it is always extremely noisy/loud.

SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Love the food, service can be hit or miss, but food might be a bit overpriced given the quality and value. Love the restaurant itself -- great vibe and decor.

YJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The service was extremely slow even though the restaurant wasn't full. I would've liked to have ordered few more drinks but I couldn't because I didn't want to stay another hour. I wasn't sure who the server was towards the end because different people brought us checks and swiped our cards.

AE
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Great service but food was below par, especially for the price. Good quantity, however.

OT
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to The Smith to celebrate my birthday last night with the parents. Everything from the greet from the hostess crew to our waitress to our food was amazing. My dad ordered the pork chop and my mom and I ordered the ribeye; all cooked to perfection. The icing on the cake was the hot fudge sundae, the chocolate almond dipped cone omg!! So good! Will definitely be going back to this restaurant!! They really have nailed everything!!!

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Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We had great service, but the restaurant was so very loud we decided to sit outside. Food was good but not great. We had chicken which was dry, pastas were fine but nothing amazing. Ordered the wings and they were very spicy. For the price there are too many other great restaurants-

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great spot for a business dinner. Location was noisy, but service was top notch!

OO
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

After having many great experiences at the DC U Street location, I thought this Penn Quarter location would be just as nice. Not so. All aspects were mediocre, and fell far below the level set by U Street. The restaurant was grungy, the food was very mediocre, and one had to search for the server multiple times. The runner’s fingernails were filthy, and the space was excruciatingly LOUD!!! I couldn’t understand half of what was said at my table.

I’ll stick with U Street.

A
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Smith is reliably good, with lots of options. We enjoyed our lunch/brunch today.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambiance and drinks in the restaurant never disappoint! We loved the Mac and Cheese so much the last time we ordered it again! Fell in love with it all over again.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Couldn’t wait to try the food!!!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time at the bar, make sure you join Olivia! Great bartender!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant. Prices were fair for the area, but portions could be a bit bigger for the price. Other restaurant charge the same for larger dishes, with the same quality of food.

Would recommend and will probably be back again.

DC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Smith is a typical brunch date with my husband and I. We love the ambience, the hospitality, the service and the food. I’ve recommended The Smith to friends and family.

SK
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The Smith looks appealing, but it is so loud it’s hard to hear the people in your party. The food is pretty good, it is not outstanding and it is pricy.

C
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We visited on a weekday for breakfast. There was no one in the restaurant, but the food was very good and reasonably priced.

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