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Oysters - The Smith - U Street, Washington, DC

The Smith - U Street

4.4
4.4
879 Reviews
$30 and under
American

The Smith is a casual American brasserie with two upbeat locations in Washington DC: The Smith Penn Quarter and The Smith U Street, as well as locations in New York City and Chicago. 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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 250-3900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Brian Ellis

  • Catering

    The Smith is available to cater your next special occasion. Whether it’s for an office lunch or a cocktail party, our drop-off catering menu is perfectly suited for any event. For more information or to place your order, please visit thesmithrestaurant.com/catering.

  • Private party facilities

    The private dining room can accommodate parties of up to 35 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    ​13th Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    U Street - African American Memorial/Cardozo Stop (Yellow & Green) is one block east

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 879 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Came to support their last day of service at the U Street location. Enjoyed some cocktails at the bar with some light appetizers.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    Took a little while to be seated, our server was not attentive at all and I ended up cancelling my order for my drink as he still didn’t process it for 15 minutes. We were not happy at all with the food either, barely touched my sandwich (essentially a waste of money). I’d say the most decent thing we had was the mac n cheese. Unfortunately the experience impacted any future visits or recommendations.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great server and great food.

  4. KC

    KellyC

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall3food5service1ambience3

    Food was great, crowd was lively, service was poor. My appetizer wasn't delivered, we waited at least 15 minutes to pay our bill. Server never even came back to table, we had to flag down a manager.

  5. K

    Khalon

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Honestly one of the best brunches in the city. Mac & cheese is phenomenal, all their sandwiches are delicious, mimosas habit freshly squeezed OJ. Dining room is cute too.

  6. EA

    EricaA

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Good food- terrible service. We went with a large group and a lot of kids so it worked for us.

  7. SC

    SpencerC

    Sacramento

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious brunch! Really good shrimp and grits and French toast is delicious as well.

  8. AS

    AllanS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Our drinks were late and our appetizer order was completely forgotten. Our server was very kind, she just seemed a little overworked; the restaurant seemed mostly full. Our food was great; I had the Gnocchi and my wife had the salmon. It's been a while since my wife and I had eaten our entire plates at a restaurant! To the restaurant's credit, they comped our drinks for the delay and my wife and I left very satisfied with our meal.

  9. LF

    LloydF

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The salmon was one of the best meals I’ve ever devoured and my wife truly enjoyed the shrimp and grits. The wine was overpriced but acceptable. We definitely plan to return. I’ve simply gotta try the almond cookie crusted apple pie!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Overall great experience Table, food, drinks and service

  11. C

    Carol

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service and atmosphere were excellent. Good is always good. Prices reasonablr

  12. k

    kimberlya

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall2food2service5ambience3

    Food quality was not great. Everything had a “just microwaved” feel.

  13. E

    Elizabeth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great! Classic DC brunch spot, love the drink deals

  14. MS

    MichaelS

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time and not my last.

  15. DG

    DontGetOutMuch

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Food was delicious but service was extremely slow and there were almost no customers.

  16. MR

    MaxwellR

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Food was good. Service was slow- mostly the drinks.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    The foos was okay The drinks were good

  18. S

    Shonta31

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I brought my best friends here for dinner on Friday. They were visiting from out of town for the weekend. They enjoyed the food immensely. They enjoyed the food so much so that we ended up going back for brunch on Sunday. We had a small glitch with the bill, but the manager sorted it out. I will definitely go back.

  19. TK

    TeresaK

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Good food - sat outside and cold but we waited to make reservation so not our fault. Excellent service

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Sunday Brunch service was good as well as the food.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Love The Smith! I’ve been to many locations in NYC and this one also did not disappoint - I love the hot potato chip app, the salads, sandwiches and pasta’s! Would recommend always- solid choice AND they take reservations!! Win!!

  22. PP

    PaulP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Really pleasant place for brunch. Food’s good and service is first rate

  23. s

    shelas

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Food and service are great. The spacing of seats is good and I felt safe. its was just very loud and hard yo have a conversation.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience1

    Really bad service & rude staff, had to wait 30 minutes to be seated even though we had a reservation. They sat us at a table somebody else was seating right before us without cleaning it and the table was set for 2 even though I reminded them our reservation was for 4.Food was ok.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always happy with the Smith

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food. Service was delayed but that's probably because of covid. Be patient and don't blame the staff.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Burger was overly salted. Water glasses were dirty. Server was so so. Ketchup was clumpy. Would give another try…experience was just “off”…

  28. NC

    NotCsitsma

    Washington DC

    86 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall1food1service5ambience5

    Service was great. However, food needs some work. Honeycrisp apples were nonexistent in Honeycrisp Apple and goat cheese salad. I really don’t think there were any apples on the salad. Also, the salad was ordered without pecans due to stated allergy, and there was a small piece of a pecan in the salad which I bit into. Staff didn’t seem very concerned when it was pointed out. Manager should have apologized.

  29. RY

    RobY

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2021

    overall3food1service4ambience4

    Had previously eaten at The Smith for brunch and enjoyed it. Dinner, however, was a different story. Wife and I ordered the crispy sesame calamari, little gem caesar, ricotta gnocchi, and shrimp + grits. Calamari: dish makes sense and was tasty, but the fried calamari comes smothered in aioli which, even if the dish is dropped quickly, the calamari is already soggy and soft. Kitchen must have mistaken the garnish because the "thai basil" was actually mint. Gnocchi: easily the worst gnocchi I've ever eaten. The gnocchi itself is pan-seared to the point of being burned then the truffle cream is added on top without being tossed. The consistency of the cream was too thick, making it more of a condiment than an actual sauce. The caesar and shrimp + grits were decent, no real issues there but not on a level that would make us want to return. All in all, the meal won't have us going back to The Smith for dinner any time soon.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience5

    Many items pout on menu Extremely slow to come to table Had to ask for water refills multiple times One guest had meal come out after rest had finished

  31. D

    Debbie

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Came here for brunch with my friend and we experienced long wait times for food and drinks. Though we had a bit of issues with food our server was great. Nial made the experience much better. If I ever go back I’ll definitely request him again.

  32. CV

    CharlotteV

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Food was good but restaurant was very understaffed. Wouldn’t plan to go there with a time limit!

  33. SL

    Smiles323LA

    Mississippi

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Family was in from out of town, and we really enjoyed!

  34. NS

    NicoleS

    Kansas City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I was visiting the DC area and stumbled upon this fantastic restaurant. The portions are generous. I looked at the orders going to other tables and everything looked amazing. I hope to visit the area again for another opportunity to dine here.

  35. M

    Mel0909

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Came here for brunch w my boyfriend and we got here about 10 min after our reservation and they had already texted us asking if we were on the way which I really appreciated.. Food was really good but you couldn’t hear anything from how noisy it was. Definitely not somewhere to go if you’re trying to have a conversation but the brunch and cocktail deal is one of the best in the city.

  36. LD

    LisaD

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Great atmosphere for a brunch with a large group. Was kind of loud but we’re not a quiet group.

  37. d

    dceventplanner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    We had a nice dinner but our food came before our drinks came and I had to remind the server about our drinks. When I ordered another drink he brought the wrong one. He didn’t charge us for it and was nice but just felt a little scattered.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food as always was stellar, but the true standout are the drinks. The French 75 slushee is freaking amazing and highly recommended!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food!!

  40. JJ

    JJDC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, Great Service, & Great Environment! Definitely Recommend!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Smith - U Street using the Order Online button. The Smith - U Street also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 250-3900.

The Smith - U Street is rated 4.4 stars by 879 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    ​13th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    U Street - African American Memorial/Cardozo Stop (Yellow & Green) is one block east

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brian Ellis

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 250-3900

  • Catering

    The Smith is available to cater your next special occasion. Whether it’s for an office lunch or a cocktail party, our drop-off catering menu is perfectly suited for any event. For more information or to place your order, please visit thesmithrestaurant.com/catering.

  • Private party facilities

    The private dining room can accommodate parties of up to 35 guests.

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