The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

4.4
1977 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 1977 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BellaB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
15 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
11 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

HB
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
8 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.

RL
vipRobertL
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a nice restaurant with a cool views and is very spacious for safe distancing dining.

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Jamesa
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I was ecstatic to reserve a table for Thanksgiving and was sadly disappointed once seated. The food was subpar, bland and the sides came out burnt. The only dish I can say was okay is the main dish in which I purchased the carved Turkey/Garlic Mash with Sautéed Spinach. I thought with the subpar meal received, we can at least enjoy dessert and sadly I was mistaken. The caramelized apple compote Ice Cream was subpar and there was if any apples in it at all. I have eaten here in the past and was truly shocked at the lack luster. We all agreed that next time we would rather cook our own dishes instead of spending money out for a meal :/.

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PhilipH
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The waiter kept calling me “brother” every time he addressed me. I assume because I’m African American he felt that this was appropriate; however, he did not address the white patrons as “dude” or anything like that. The waiter wasn’t black and probably was in his late twenties, but my son is around his age and none of his friends call me “brother” and I don’t expect someone in a restaurant to do that either. The staff needs to be taught how to address “all” patrons!

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SilentBeth
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and the service is nice and attentive.

KJ
KimJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Thanksgiving dinner at Penn Quarter.
It was just ok. Butternut soup was lukewarm. Turkey potpie was tasty. Table sides and bread was average. Lacked flavor/seasoning. The decor needs a major upgrade. Chairs, tables and floor is cafeteria like. Quite uncomfortable. Hostess and Servers are friendly and pleasant. Not horrible but not impressive either.

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vipSSAC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I've been to The Smith in NYC and was looking forward to enjoying the food in DC like I did in NYC. I will say that the food experience is better in NYC than it was at this Smith in DC.

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Marra
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was "meh' and small portioned...I am wondering whether I was getting last weeks leftover short rib, debunked and practically grated over the rigatoni. When I asked for a side salad, they didn't have one and their version of one was field greens...JUST field greens. Didn't even have bleu cheese dressing!?! What restaurant does not have bleu cheese dressing? 3rd time there, 3rd time underwhelmed.

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KellieE
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambience. Food and drinks were great. Server was attentive. Loved visiting this place!

KM
KeithM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice outside seating. Burgers are great. Burgers are great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
21 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Brunch menu, and fast, attentive service. The space is wonderful.

MK
vipMKD2
Cleveland
30 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

So it is Covid, and that comes with a lot of difficulty. We arrived about 10 minutes late for our reservation because parking is tough. We ordered drinks, appetizers and meals within 20 minutes of sitting down - the wait staff did not seem to be in a huge hurry, but our reservation was at 8:30, and we were hungry. We got our appetizers, all great. And drinks, all great. The waiter came to our table about half an hour after the appetizers were gone to tell us two of our dishes were no longer available. We ordered alternatives. Then he came back five minutes later to tell us that only two of our dinners would be coming out - for a table of 5, three of whom were very hungry college students. The waiter comped the two meals that were delivered, and the drinks, but it was around 10 by then and NOTHING was open, with it being Covid and all. So it was a bit of a disappointment. The staff was great - they were apologetic, but we had driven in from Cleveland, and hadn’t eaten since breakfast. I would recommend only early reservations.

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Good
Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and good service with outdoor seating...

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vipSteve
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just another great meal!

BS
vipBobS
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent. We were able to be seated at a window on a beautiful day. The fixed price menu is great for lunch.

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vipehenley00
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at The Smith, and it exceeded our expectations. The Mules were great and the food was excellent! I am gluten free and they were very accommodating in helping me to find something that would suit my needs. They have tables spread out with plenty of distance between them, both inside and outside, which made us feel at easy while dining. Overall, it was a great experience and we can't wait to dine there again!

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SuzanneC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great Service and amazing atmostphere. One of my favorite spots in DC to grab a quick lunch.

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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 Caviar and 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 4.4 stars by 1977 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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