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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Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great environment but our waiter was mostly absent and we had to flag him down to get him to the table. I had the pork chop and fries which was good.

m
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Hate to ever leave a bad review but this was really disappointing. Service staff uniformly bad. No smiles, no welcoming feel at all. Food was average. My wife hated her pasta and mushrooms. Ambiance was that of a place overrun with tourists. I like The Smith in New York but this was somewhere I couldn't go back to.

TB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aside from the sold-out chicken and waffles, the food was amazing and I am eager to go back.

AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Service was slow. Asked for bread 3x. Most of the dishes were just okay. Wouldnt come back for the price

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really fast service and great food! Just a little loud.

D
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were there for brunch with a large group. We got there when it opened so we were able to grab the communal tables. Food was excellent. This is our second time here and really enjoy it. Atmosphere is fun and upbeat. Definitely recommend.

GC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Terrific space. Active but not too noisy. Will go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and experience. Would definitely come again

II
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The service was okay, waitress did not ring in a side order but she never came back to check on the food or to see how everything came out. She never asked the table if anyone needed drinks- I’d have to flag her down and then call her back for other peoples’ orders (I had a total of three glasses of wine over 2.5 hours so this was not like a demanding table). I ordered a steak salad medium and steak was completely overdone. Just a disappointing outing.

FD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Tasty comfort food in good portions, fun atmosphere with attentive staff. Good value for dinner before rockn roll at Warner

CA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was really good, I ordered the steak. Calamari was also good but not that much. The ambiance was good and noise level. The waitress took forever to attend to us and barely came back to check on our table. other than that 4/5 experience

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day. Very nice place, outstanding service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and service

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner date there! The staff was friendly and the service as great. I will definitely eat there again!

TV
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Went there for Valentine's Day dinner. Was glad we could order off the regular menu. Two dinners, two drinks and a split appetizer (and free bread) came to $100, which was a bargain compared to the fixed price menus I saw at other restaurants for V-Day. The tuna tartare appetizer was just right, even my spouse who isn't keen on sushi loved it with the aioli toast. Our entrees were a catfish dish and scallops with clams in a creamy clam broth. I asked for a spoon so I could get the clam sauce with every bite. The scallop dish was a notch saltier than I would have preferred but still delicious, and my husband raved about the catfish. The Kentucky mule cocktail with the homebrewed ginger beer was also outstanding. The seating is a little close together so it wasn't exactly an intimate dinner, but the hostess thoughtfully didn't seat people on both sides of us. (We were on the early side so later diners may not have had that opportunity). Altogether a lovely dinner prior to going to Woolly Mammoth for a show.

MS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic, it was our first time to The Smith and we really enjoyed it. Will definitely go back.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Smith is always great. Only been in NYC previously, but this one was just as great!

H
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good as usual

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Good service and location. Drinks are good but squid ink pasta was not.

J
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Love this spot! Great food and service. Also, super kid friendly!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Visiting from out of town. The value per meal was really reasonable considering location. I expected to pay a minimum of 35-40, but spent half of that! Really good experience. I only have 2 negatives, the coffee tasted like it was sitting on the counter ALL morning. Also, the seating was cramped, the servers and even guests continued to bump into the back of my chair due to the location of our table. I was grid locked on all sides and couldn’t move the table away. Other than that the experience was really good. Major positive was the variety of the menu, they had something for everyone.

AM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

If I could give this zero stars I would. Our experience started out OK until our server disappeared right after we ordered. We had to flag down various servers to request additional drinks, cream for coffee, bread (after waiting 20 minutes and realizing we didn’t get any) etc. Finally, who I am assuming was on duty manager (she did not introduce herself) came over to see how everything was going and we explained that we had no idea what happened to our server (she just disappeared) and had been waiting for our order for about 30 minutes. A lot of back and forth and a basket of complementary chips later, we finally got our food which was lacking in flavor, cold and the French toast was dry and not how we had ordered it. We were really disappointed by this experience considering we have been dining at The Smith for at least the last 6 years (started in NYC). We have never had such a bad experience but are so disappointed that will most likely not be coming back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avocado toast and eggs Benedict tasty. Great brunch spot.

F
Austin
25 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I frequently travel to Washington DC and every trip includes at least one meal at The Smith. Have been there this time 3 days running for brunch!

OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & service. Good atmosphere. Portions on smaller side. Acoustics could be improved. I would definitely return and recommend to others.

PC
Washington DC
114 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was excellent. We were a party of 14. The food was good but it was a it too loud.

BD
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Went pre Caps game. Had a 5:30 reservation and had to wait 25 minutes to be seated Wait staff was courteous and efficient. Got four appetizers that were just okay. Waitress advised she brought over comped chips due to long wait. Looked at the receipt the following morning and saw I was charged. Would probably go back but will explore other options first.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was friendly, the food came out extremely fast, was more than we could eat, and was delicious.

N
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was delicious!

PF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

SUPER noisy, so hard to talk across the table. Very busy so drinks were late but the waiter said the restaurant would cover it which was kind. Definitely more of a grab a bite place rather than have dinner and talk.

J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was awesome and the food was amazing! The squid ink pasta dish, shrimp and grits were beyond delicious!!

B
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an office lunch to celebrate some service awards. The food was good, the service was great and the atmosphere was what we all need. Simply lovely.

TH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Food was good. Noise level was super high! Would not recommend if you want to have a conversation.

SA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Will definitely be back!

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Met up with some friends we haven’t seen in awhile that love steak. We had the Saturday special short ribs. It was the perfect dish. Others had steak and pasta. All delicious. Server and service was exceptional.

OT
Richmond
29 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

A real NY classic feeling

AK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! A bit loud but good vibes :)

LO
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Main room is noisy so if you need a place where you can hear ask for a table in the back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thanks great time !!!

MG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was great but noise level was deafening

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