The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

4.3
2308 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Smith is a casual American brasserie with a simple mission — make people happy! We care about every meal and every moment. The menu features bistro classics, seasonal fare, and craft cocktails. Walk in the door and you’re in for a great time. Whether it’s date night, drinks on the town, a big birthday bash, a working lunch, a boozy brunch, or an I-don’t-want-to-cook-tonight night, we’ve got you covered.
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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
Physical Distancing
  • 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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 2308 people are saying
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DH2016
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. Always a favorite location

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JennyB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food and drink from the bread to the entrees. Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place total recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Horrible chairs. Mac & cheese was trash. Freezing inside.

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Kieri
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Birds were inside the building, like whet!?!?! Disgusting! And the food was not great. 0/10 do not recommend!

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vipspatzdo
Washington DC
146 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Pre Caps game meal in Penn Quarter. Good food very generous portions. It was pretty busy and sometimes hard to track down our server. The food was delicious.

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vipLuvgoodfood
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was really nice. Very close walk from Capital One Arena. Food was delicious. Hot chocolate was amazing too. service was great.

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TomikaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Pleasant dinner with my fiancé. Wait staff seemed a little experienced but the food was ultimately enjoyable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday brunch excellent food, your should be getting back the whole Brunch menu

PJ
vipPJH2016
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall3food4service4ambience2

It’s expensive. A cheese omelette with some green leaves is $18. Let that be your baseline.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice and the food was excellent. The service was among the best I’ve experienced in DC during this visit and we hit a ton of restaurants. The Smith is a solid 5 stars for me!

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vipluisb
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was just ok and over price the worse was the service I will not recomed or go back there ever again

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AliciaR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went for New Years Eve prix fixe. Three courses with additions of raw bar, snacks, or drinks for additional cost. 4 appetizers then choose your mains course then 4 deserts. More than enough food and it was extremely good and the flavors were incredible.

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went here for the NYE pre-set menu and it was fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and food and atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everything was fine. A bit overpriced in my opinion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Relaxed night good eats

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Katie
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Perhaps it was just an off night due to the holiday week and perhaps the server had too many tables. My shrimp were perfectly cooked, but the cheese grits were tepid. My companion ordered a second glass of wine which was never delivered, although the server offered to bring it after the meal and comp the glass. Things were just a bit off. It seems out of character.

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BeckyE
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great food and atmosphere in a good area of DC. Wait staff was lacking on attentiveness.

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vipLarryS
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Several of the drinks we ordered were not available, as a result the manager comped a second round for us. He didn't need to but wanted to make sure we were not disappointed in our visit. We will remember that action.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The Smith is one of my favorite restaurants in the DMV, so I go there very often. Today’s food was good per usual; however, the customer service wasn’t what I expected at all. I get it, it’s the day after Christmas and they were busy; however, our server forgot about us several times. We had to keep reminding him of our drinks/food. By the time for us to order our main course, it was the end of the first server’s shift and someone else started to serve us. He, too, took forever to come check our table- we ordered but had to box the food to-do. We asked for our check and never got it- until I had to ask another server to help us close the bill.

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OJNL
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all enjoyed dinner, it was delicious! Staff were very friendly too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, amazing food and a wonderful place to have a holiday dinner with family!

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MarloL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Service was awful but everything else was amazing! We will give it another try! Second times a charm;)

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Teresa
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Mother/son night out.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Smith is one my favorite restaurants in Chicago and DC.

Great service, great atmosphere, great steaks, and their shishito peppers are always an amazing treat.

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summerm
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Our food took forever to come out with a virtually empty restaurant. Our kids meals, luckily, came out first, but they were finished eating before we were served our meals. No apologies or explanations until right before being served, we were told it was the French fries they were waiting on to finish cooking. Coffee machine was broken, so no coffees, except drip. This is not the standards of the NY Smith restaurants. Disappointing. Food was good. We had burgers and chicken sandwich. Waiter was nice.

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vipStevenP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The sanitation was excellent. They cleared and sanitized our table quickly as a team and very well. The Brook trout dish was a tiny portion for $31 so it should be larger or priced lower.
Because of an event nearby the restaurant was busy and probably does a better job when there is not an event.

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TomM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The place is clean, fresh and lively pre-game. The menu offers a reasonable amount of choices and the quality of food was impressive. The prices are WOW, high for what you get. It works well pre-game but seems pricey for what you get. Service was very good.

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JillianS
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The atmosphere is very nice and the food was great! The burratta appetizer was fantastic. My only complaint was that the tables are very close to each other, considering Covid.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Overrated restaurant. Pricy and food was not great as the one in NYC. Hosting staff wasn’t that nice.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Terrible service. Our server did not return to take our entre orders. We would have had at least another round of cocktails and dessert, too. It wasn’t busy and our sever was flirting with the hostess while we tried to get his attention. We finally had to ask another sever to get our check. We left hungry and very disappointed.

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Alexis
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent! I really enjoyed the ambience and the food was tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

It was my first time at The Smith. Food was decent and I like that they have all day brunch items. However, our server was awful. She was very slow, disappeared several times, and seemed apathetic. After asking her for straws three times, I just got up and got my own straws. She saw me getting the straws and she didn’t apologize or anything. It was like I should get my own straws. She was a poor reflection of The Smith as I’m sure not all servers are subpar.

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vipTheodoreD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service wasn’t great. Waiter forgot my coffee and my side order. Had to ask for check after a long wait.

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DanaB
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great atmosphere for holiday brunch. Quality ingredients if not overly imaginative. Espresso machine broken and a few menu items unavailable, which we didn't know till we tried to order them. Bread to other tables and not ours, when we asked we got attitude. So unhappy with service, but might try it again for a cocktail.

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ceceliac
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Very poor service. Went for a date night and could barely hear each other. Bar was backed up and couldn’t grab another round of drinks without waiting awhile.

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digby723
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Overall good food, loud but pretty restaurant and really crappy service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The shrimp and grits need a serious revamp. First, it was the smallest portion of grits I’ve ever received with shrimp and grits. For 38 dollars you might think you would get a decent portion of something cheap like grits but no. There was fennel in the greens which unbalanced the lobster butter. Would only go again for drinks as the oysters were subpar as well. Service was great though and our waiter was lovely.

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vippeggyg
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service on a visit before a concert at CapOne. The Smith will always be pretty loud, even this visit when it was plenty, but not totally full. Highly recommend the Brussels sprouts. My daughter had the spaghetti bolognese and she loved it. I have the briefs pressed chicken and it was very good. The sticky toffee pudding was insanely good. The Smith is a great place for a quality, fun meal.

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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 4.3 stars by 2308 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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