The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

4.5
2053 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 2053 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMeganB
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Unfortunately we did not have a wonderf

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vipLizY
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the mac n cheese skillet is a must have! wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably good service, great opportunity to sit outdoors, and tasty food. I would love it if the good music that is played indoors could be piped outside. Would add a lot to the ambience, especially since it is on a noisy street corner.

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vipSteve
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that the squid ink tagliatelle is back on the menu and even better than before!

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viptapaslover
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very good overall, but we waited a long time for the check and credit card to be charged.

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vipKathyV
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Server was great EXCELLENT oysters!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I was really looking forward to this. It wasn’t overly busy, but service was terrible. I will spend my money elsewhere next time.

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Fish21
Montana
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the shrimp and grits, sunchokes, and salad. Great service and location.

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foodNfun
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for our first night out dining again after the pandemic settled down.

The service was wonderful, the seating was great, social distancing was great, and the food was spectacular!

Highly recommend The Smith!

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AndreaR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I’ve eaten here many times. The Restaurant was empty. Food with mediocre at best. Disappointed, will probably not return.

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anilaa
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We got a great welcome. Our waitress was great and food was served pretty fast.
Atmosphere was great.

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vipIsotravelsolo
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager and waiter were extremely nice. I’d recommend you order the burger 🍔

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vipcsavlaw
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

They seemed understaffed. Moderately helpful. Food was good not great.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The squid ink tagliatelle, Brussels sprouts and s’mores dessert are all delicious. Service was wonderful and it has a bustling and warm atmosphere. We had a wonderful time and will definitely return.

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EricG
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall a good experience. Service was spotty but with restaurants just staffing up again it is sure to improve.
Impressive bar.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was ok, though cold. The muffins were far from perfect

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BradB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Smith, DC, has the best oysters in town. And their sticky toffee pudding is to die for.

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Renee508
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Love the quinoa and kale salad. It’s my go to.

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vipmacattack
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The host had an attitude and was quite rude. The server was great as was the food.

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akaSamIam
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Not the same as we remembered pre-pandemic. Service was also not so great.

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Jennifer
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The only funky thing was around 3:00PM candles were passed out and the lights went down. It was rather odd for a mid-brunch experience to set the mood. Definitely not necessary other than that everything was delicious and our server was fantastic.

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kevinc
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Waitress was inattentive. Food was bland. Very bad experience and would not recommend. She gave me the bill and forgot to come back for 20 minutes. Just awful.

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JacquilineA
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Mac & cheese. The bone in rib eye with eggs were also pretty delicious.

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Jillian
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my parents in on Memorial Day weekend and it was a perfect pre-museum brunch. It's the perfect place for both DC residents and out-of-towners -- great food at reasonable prices.

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vipFoodieNYgal
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Was ok, just nothing special. Better choices in DC

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Had a nice outdoor lunch. Because we were outside, the service was a bit spotty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food and service. Best calamari and gnocchi. The burger is also fantastic. Large outdoor area has been added. Highly recommend.

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vipLaurenM
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great outdoor seating. Very good salad. A tad pricey but worth it.

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Yelpismyguide
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was a bit slow. Burger was cooked the way I asked.

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MP63
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Celebrated our wedding anniversary here. Chose an outside table because it was a nice evening. I did regret the choice a little due to the road noise and it was a little breezy. I could have asked to move inside but opted not to.

We got the Sunday Red Sauce dinner special for 2. It’s a lot of food. Caesar salad to start, chicken parmesan, rigatoni a la vodka and garlic focaccia. Incredible portions and all really delicious. For dessert an item called rainbow cookies was included. It is more of a cake than a cookie. It was very good as well.

Pre-meal drinks of sangria and Double Trouble were also excellent. Very enjoyable evening.

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Kitty
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We had brunch at 10:15 am, not many people in the restaurant yet so we should have had really good service. We didn’t. While others got a complimentary bread basket, we didn’t, coffee cups were obviously in need of a refill, we had to ask though staff walked by our table several times. The Smith Eggs Benedict was ok, have had better, eggs were soft boiled not poached. All in all, an ok experience, but pricey for just an ok experience.

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JudyG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to The Smith two times during our weekend in Washington ,Dc because the food and service and location were great and there are not many restaurants like this open in DC. So many are closed. Everywhere we went, places were closed.

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ANightOut
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've never had a bad meal at The Smith and the drinks are always great.

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vipM64McBride
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Smith in Penn Quarter has become our family’s favorite place for mid-level dining in NW DC. Great food, great service, and great atmosphere.

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marieK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caps Fans: food was great, service was timely and very efficient. I found that it rivals Clydes and maybe a even better!

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vipcupcake
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a casual DC meetup. Friendly servers, multiple seating options, relaxed atmosphere, and good food. Nothing fancy, but they nail the basics. I’d have preferred my Chardonnay to be served in a stem glass, but that’s a tiny detail in an otherwise overwhelmingly pleasant experience.

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kristena
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Service was fine. A bit noisy, but we did eat outside and road work was being done. Overall, very nice.

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vipRCA1
New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great spot for a double date! We sat outside, and even with the cars driving by, it wasn't too loud. Our server was amazing, and every recommendation that he gave was spot on. Definitely would come back!!

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RachelH
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The location is perfect after a morning of wandering the National mall! Service and food were excellent as well.

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MahsDC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome for a bridal brunch. Good food and ambiance.

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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 2053 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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