The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

4.4
1594 reviews
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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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Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
42 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
46 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
42 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
27 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.

FT
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Although we had a reservation for 12:30, the restaurant was completely packed and we had to wait about 20 min for our table, so this place is not a good lunch option if you need to go back to work afterwards, as I did. Our server was fantastic and he answered all of our menu questions and made great recommendations. We enjoyed the crab cake tots a great deal, as well as the macaroni & cheese! The lobster had good flavor, but had more of a wet consistency that I associate with shrimp salad. The portions were very generous. Partway through our meal our server disappeared, never to be seen again. Perhaps his shift ended? No one seemed to be assigned to our table after that. We flagged down a random employee and asked for our check.

YB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The service was subpar and the food was adequate and fairly priced. Server stopped by twice in 90 minutes, never received refills of drinks and had to flag down a manager to pay our bill so we could get to our show on time. The food was fine but overall I can't say I was floored by the experience and wouldn't go out of my way to go back.

JB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I read the reviews before I went there and was a little concerned about the service. We had no issue what so ever and had very good service. No issues at all. The previous reviews also talked about the noise level and they were right. When the restaurant was full, it got very loud. One could call it energetic, I call it loud. The food was excellant. The steak was delicious and cooked perfectly. I wouldn't say the portions were over the top but there was plenty. The prices weren't cheap but not outrageous either. We chose this restaurant because of its proximity to the Capital One arena. It was very convenient and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a good restaurant in DC.

KG
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food also was excellent
The staff were friendly and attentive

EJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lovely restaurant in a great location. Staff was friendly and professional. We were there for breakfast and I found the offerings were ok. A little more diversity on the menu would have been good. I asked about an omelet which they do not serve. So I opted for the pancakes with a side order of chicken sausage. The pancakes were delicious but I wish there was a half order option. They were expensive at $14 and because they were so filling, I only ate half. The chicken sausage was tasty but again the portion size was pretty large so I didn't finish it all. But I took it to go and it was even better re-heated. I was a little annoyed because all my food did not come out at the same time. But the waiter apologized. All and all, it was a decent meal and I am willing to dine there again. Maybe for lunch.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was outstanding. The service was very good. Unfortunately the Bloody Mary tasted like cocktail sauce with vodka. Probably the worst Bloody Mary I have ever had. If you don’t like cocktail sauce, you will not like their Bloody Marys.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Ended up leaving after 15 minutes when nobody came to wait on our table. We had a 10:00 reservation, only 2 tables there before us. It was like we were invisible. Very disappointing.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our waiter, very knowledgeable when I came down to the menu. Also loved that he saw I wasn’t sure which beer I wanted, and suggested I sample it before getting a full glass. The food was excellent! As an appetizer, we had Mac and Cheese and it was perfect. For my entree, I had the NY strip and mashed potatoes and it was perfect. My friend had the spicy fried chicken and loved it. Definitely looking forward to coming back.

CF
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food is great! The service, eh not so much. It took us 15 minutes to wave down our server for the check after we had finished eating. The food runners were wonderful though.

JM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

My wife and I walked in for dinner because it looked really nice from the outside and website, which it is. I don't know if if was just bad luck, but both of our meals were underwhelming. The Lobster Roll was terrible with finely diced lobster and tons of mayo. The menu said a whole lobster but I couldn't even make out what was lobster and what was diced red onion. The brioche roll was all dried out and crumbly, completely opposite of what a brioche roll should be. My wife had bolognese which was okay, however they went extremely heavy on the fennel and took away from all the other flavors. So overall, based on my one experience here, I wouldn't return. And PLEASE take the Lobster Roll off the menu as it's a disservice to any customer who has had a lobster roll before.

PD
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Service by Aasa was exceptional! We will definitely return!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an incredible dinner at The Smith last night! We had a large party of 7 and they were incredibly accommodating and set us up with a beautiful table. Our server was delightful and the food was great. I order the mussels which were some of the most flavorful I’ve ever had. The ice cream sundae, peaches and cream, and rice pudding desserts topped off our night! Will definitely be back.

MW
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One might expect a restaurant in Penn Q to feel "touristy" but as locals we had an amazing time bringing our parents here when they visited. Mekkah took phenomenal care of us. He was attentive, but not intrusive. He was relaxed and playful, which is always great for my family...we like Food was perfect, and even though we were stuffed he brought us cookies on the house. My parents raved about it for the next few hours.

PB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This place is in a good location, attractive, good service and good food. But nothing really special. Drinks are small and pricey, and wine is served in a small tumbler- odd. So if you are looking for a reliable but somewhat generic place, I would recommend it. But definitely not a go- to for foodies.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good vibe good food decent wine

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