The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

4.4
1486 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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DJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The noise level is so loud in this place. There is tile on the walls, floor and ceiling and tables are close. This is no place to have a quiet dinner with s loved one. Also a lot of tourist frequent here due to the area of town so beware !

The food is nothing special and the wait staff is just interested I. Turning the table. In our case that wasn’t an issue. We couldn’t get out quick enough.

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CP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Sat outside, way too noisy inside.
Table was slightly tilted and rocky but busy sidewalk and gorgeous evening made it tolerable.
Tequila drink could of been stronger. I hate drinking from metal containers, would prefer real glass.
Meat was delicious and my wife’s salmon salad was tasty.
I would return.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a huge group, 10 adults and 4 kiddos, and the service was still great!!! Food super as always—

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience, casual dining with a polished edge. I enjoyed the meal with my kids and our server Juan made them feel listened to and appreciated with how he treated them. The noise was high, but it was quite busy.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The tables are too close together. The man behind me literally had his chair up against mine. When I mentioned it to the hostess as I was leaving, she said, "Well, you should have asked for us to move you." I replied, "We were there first. You seated him directly behind me as our lunch arrived." I wish the hostess would have apologized instead of suggesting it was my problem to solve. There were empty tables around us that the man's party could have been seated at. I felt the man was aggressive in pushing his chair up against mine. Not a pleasant lunch. However, the salads are good.

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DP
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Juan our server was above and beyond friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and very helpful with discovering some new items to try and the bus boy Tony was Uber friendly and kept our table clear so we didn’t feel crowded.

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Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was good, however service wasn’t that great. Waitress forgot our drinks and sides when our entree meals came out and we had to remind her 3 times what we ordered.

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JC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Big portions! Definitely get your money worth. Happy our waiter suggested we share sides. The chicken sausage and home fries were really good. Didn't like their syrup, so I didn't enjoy my waffle. But would go back and try some other brunch items.

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LR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Demasiado rico el brunch, lo único malo fue que no respetaron la hora de la reserva y me hicieron esperar 20 minutos, por todo lo demás nada malo que decir.

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SI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will definitely return again. The food was amazing, and our server Juan was the best.

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C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always very reliable. Great food every time, great for brunch!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The service was very slow and he was not giving us any attention. Multiple times, food and drink orders were not brought to the table and had to be questioned for. Right from sitting down, it was very slow which initiated by not getting our first drinks until 32 minutes after we sat down.

The noise level was horrible, you had to yell even to get the person directly across the table to hear what you were saying.

The food was decent; however, I wouldn’t go back based on this experience.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here with our family, best meal in DC this week! Everything so good!

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looooooooved.. It. Our server Juan U. was a trooper. Go see Juan.. TRUST him. He won't steer you wrong.. We'll be back for sure...

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Phoenix
71 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Complimentary bottles of still or sparkling water always on the table. Menu has something for everyone. Try housemade ginger beer. Save room for the amazing S'Mores dessert, large enough for 2.

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PH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Way too noisy at lunch. Impossible to hear the person right next to you. They crammed five people into a table for four when there were larger tables empty right around us.

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Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

I love The Smith. I’ve been to 6 of their 7 locations. This was my first time at the Penn Quarter location. The food was just as great as normal. The only issue was that we were sat 45 min after our reservation! We checked in 15 min early to the reservation and we’d sat down one hour later...on a Wednesday.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It’s a good restaurant, but way too loud of an atmosphere. Granted, it was busy when we were there, but everyone in my party had to yell to be heard by the waiter, and even then, we had to repeat ourselves. Tile on the floor, wall, and ceiling did not help the noise issue. Otherwise, food was good; but never fun to leave and feel like your ears are ringing.

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Post celebratory dinner with good drinks, good food, and great company

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EO
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We spend a lot of time in the Capital One Arena area but had never been to The Smith before. We loved it! Great location, ambiance, food, drinks and service. We were there for lunch on a Sunday and we can't wait to go back for dinner!

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Service sucked this go around. My usual spot so today must have been off. The pancakes were cold the syrup was ice cold and by the time I did to heat it up my bacon was cold. So the whole meal socked not to mention the server. She was slow and curt

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K
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was excellent but way way too loud and the chairs are uncomfortable. This restaurant is probably ideal for 20somethings but not so much for 50sonethings like us. I have to say the Thursday special roasted pork shoulder was outstanding and merits a return visit but it may be best to dine alone or forgo any attempt at conversation over dinner.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Smith is a nice spot for a quick lunch. On this occasion, it was a bit loud. Also, the grilled chicken sandwich was not as good as it has been in the past (a bit cold, and the chicken slices were quite small).

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Made a reservation but had to wait almost 20 minutes before being seated. Other groups came and went, but we still waited. The server was not attentive at all. He didn’t write down our orders, and messed up two of the five. We had to flag down another server so we could pay and leave. I’ve been here numerous times for lunch and dinner, but after this poor experience I may have to reconsider in the future.

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TM
Washington DC
114 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fourth visit to The Smith - each time excellent food but more importantly fine service. It is a bit loud but with the fine service and food it's worth the loudness. Each time I have been with different friends and we've enjoyed ourselves.

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S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’be eaten at The Smith before & it was okay.
It’s getting to be like a slightly upscale version of Ted’s Bulletin-sorry to be blunt!

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San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was better in the U street location

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d
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall good experience

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table of 13, including 5 kids. We had 2 waiters who were super attentive and all the food was great! Most at our table got the short rib special which they all said was outstanding. The short rib burger was also a hit! Great for a large group. The waiters brought complimentary ice cream for all the kids at the end without us even asking! Nice added touch!

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NW
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Yummy food & fun brunch options, but service lacking. Came in on a Saturday afternoon w/ reservations. We were seated right away but it took awhile before our server greeted us. The menu was stellar and everyone enjoyed their food, but the lack of attention from staff and poor timing of meals/drinks coming out took away from the overall experience.

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Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, full bar, great food!!

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RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere is amazing food menu has a variety of things to choice from and pricing isn’t a deal breaker at all.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very loud, I wouldn't take my dad here because he has a hard timing hearing.

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J
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friends visit

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BB
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional and food was so very tasty.

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H
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Both Kenise, our server and Tony, our busser were fantastic. They went above and beyond on menu selections and refilling our glasses.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, service was a bit slow but they were busy. Our appetizer was brought out late so they comped it.

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JR
Washington DC
163 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food is always great -- consistently tasty and interesting. Service, however is uneven. We've had great service and bad -- this time was bad. Our server was sweet -- but rarely around when we needed her. It didn't totally ruin dinner, but it sure didn't help.

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SB
Oklahoma City
31 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Smith is a nice place with some outdoor seating in the heart of downtown DC. The oysters were fresh and the menu extensive. There were plenty of options regardless of how hungry a person might be. Besides the food options, we really enjoyed the ambiance.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

Way too loud

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