The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

4.5
1986 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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.

We are open for patio seating, delivery, and pick-up daily with expanded menu offerings, family style dinners for two, cocktails, beer, wine, and more!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1986 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GwenH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great first brunch in over a year! Thank you for your service

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Alexiss
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Overall experience was great. They are really serious about following the COVID-19 guidelines. Food was pretty good.

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CristinaS
Dallas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside. Service was great. Food was great. Adherence to Covid rules was great. Felt safe and well fed and well taken care of. Would recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner!

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TomiO
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! We felt cared for and the food was was worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous overall with one minor exception- we were told as we checked in for our reservation that we would have to agree to be out within an hour prior to being seated. I was a bit shocked by that, but we agreed. Did not get our food until 35 minutes later, and we really had to watch the clock in order to comply with having to be done and out of there in the hour time frame we were given. I would suggest that if this is a policy for Saturday brunch (or any other time, for that matter) -it should be made clear during the reservation process that we may only have 1 hour at a table. It’s a little off-putting to have to consent to essentially have a meter running on your table prior to being seated. I think The Smith can do better than this.

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vipCarol
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. We had a great large tasy omelet. The service was superb. A cheerfulwaiter. The prices are reasonable. The restaraunt is very bright and cheerful

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Annieo
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

In from
Nyc staying at hotel across the street so booked this place out of convenience. Ordered the potato chips and blue cheese-delicious....wanted more!I had the butternut squash bucatini-not that good-was not hot and just not that much flavor. My girls had the ricotta gnocchi and the Mac and cheese-both of those were awesome. Waitress seemed to disappear-told me it was happy hour-except for the one wine I chose-totally fine but she could have told me that-then when I wanted to order another glass had to ask the runner because did not see our waitress any place-

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JustineW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, good food. Need to reserve in advance.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My younger sister’s 32nd birthday.

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vipMattN
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great evening at The Smith! Food was excellent and so was the service and atmosphere. We are in DC for the weekend and we are very glad we chose The Smith for dinner. I highly recommend!

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Grace
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Made an 8:30 reservation and they didn't tell me they closed at 9pm. So I took an uber all the way there and they didn't even contact me to tell me the restaurant was closing shortly after my reservation?

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vipBrianO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. We ate outside due to pandemic so a bit of road noise but no complaints.

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EmmaL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The dinner food was delicious and reasonably priced. The outside seating option was set up well and cozy. The waiters were attentive and pleasant.

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LadeshaM
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our waitress was great! Ordered French Toast that was nothing but bread pudding. Would not get that again.

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KHBB
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was real good good good good food and open and good service.

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BellaB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed eating here, the service is great and the staff is super friendly. The food and drinks is also really amazing. Will definitely be coming back!

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BB20744
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food has always been good, everytime I’ve gone to the Smith. It’s slightly pricey for something’s but not overly expensive. Service is good & most of the drinks I’ve tried have been good.

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vipAnandaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very COVID safe. They make you put masks on every time a server comes to your table. Very quiet because tables are very very spread out. Way more than 6 feet in my opinion. Not the same atmosphere as before COVID but very safe and food was still good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at The Smith, was there for Happy Hour and dinner. We were lucked into some great deals for oysters for a choice of three different types and good cocktails selection too.

The food was delicious. I had the Short Ribs Ragtoni and my friend ordered the Pot of Mussels with a side of fries. The service was on point and everyone was following COVID safety protocols as well. Atmosphere was great and perfect for any types of occasions, definitely will return again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice and the social distancing was welcoming.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the Caesar salad and oysters. The food was amazing. Not only do you get a glass bottle of water for your table when you are seated, but also a bottle of sparkling water as well. It was a nice touch. The restaurant is also very sensitive to the current Covid situation. The wait staff would not even come to the table to bring or collect anything unless you are wearing your mask. I did feel that was a bit much, but I appreciate the measure they are taking to keep their patrons and staff safe and healthy.

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great. Hard to understand the staff that muffles at you to put your mask on when they approach. Otherwise food was great, service was swell, and the oysters and drink specials during happy hour were rad. Vday menu was perfect portions and delish.

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ShavawnteS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very safe and great dinner experience. Love the food and the service was spectacular.

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vipOpenTable Diner
West Virginia
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful brunch experience. Never disappointed.

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reviewer
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Salmon with white beets, leeks, and potatoes was outstanding!

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Shimroon
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good and service was good too. Steak 🥩 was great 👍

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vipHB12
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, large portions, and the cocktails were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Due to COVID the restaurant only offered outdoor dining. For the outdoor dining there were heaters to keep you warm which did an OK job (it was 32 degrees). I had the short rib rigatoni, it was great. My boyfriend had the salmon and a salad. Both were very good. The service was also great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The outdoor dining was nice especially because of the thermal heated lamps.

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vipJerraleeF
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I went here before covid and had a great experience. But I went back Jan and I guess due to covid rh

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience1

They should take notes from NY one. Could be cleaner too.

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vipJean
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We were there on New Years Eve and the server was clearly disinterested in the affair, just short of rude.
The outdoor set up was not the nicest.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointed don’t go there waist of money.

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vipVscrivner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was excellent, but our waitress, unfortunately, needed more customer service training

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The constant pulling masks up and down was very unpleasant. We provided a contact tracing information. Please start taking temperatures. Guest shouldn’t need to put their mask on while they are sitting at a table being served. I will not recommend dining here until the pandemic is over. We were supporting a friend that is currently fighting cancer, a very special occasion.
They are definitely socially distancing the tables and this was very enjoyable.

JB
JamesB
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was excellent, friendly and very knowledgeable. The food was excellent. Highly recommend the french toast for breakfast / brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The fact that we have to constantly put our masks on and off while eating is extremely annoying

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vipCyclist
Washington DC
120 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Smith always has excellent service and foods. I have been there several times for important lunches. The only negative has sometimes been the noise level with the table spacing all the tile. This time with their excellent placement of tables due to the virus the noise level was almost quiet. It was wonderful in every way. Thank you!

JM
JoaquinM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We appreciated the extra precautions due to covid. The service was stellar and food was delicious.

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You can order delivery directly from The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C using the Order Online button. The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 868-4900.

The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C is rated 4.5 stars by 1986 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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