The Smith - U Street

4.5
627 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in the heart of Washington DC’s bustling U Street corridor, The Smith offers a lively and convivial atmosphere that’s perfect for a night out with friends, a pre-show meal, a late night bite, or brunch any day of the week. The menu features bistro classics, seasonal fare, and family style dishes to share.

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!

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
  • 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 627 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CassidyP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was good, vibe was off. You get a drink included with your meal if you order certain dishes which is appealing. I got the ranchero scramble, not the best I’ve had but still good. Two other people at the table said their food was good as well but I am not sure what they got. The drinks that were included were meh. It was more the server and the vibe that knocked some stars off. I asked for a mocha which was on the menu and the server told me they were out of espresso, and then walked away without offering or suggesting anything else. I overheard him tell another table they were out of something as well however I’m not sure what they asked for. If you’re looking strictly for a good meal, The Smith might do it for you. Based just on food I would recommend this place. If you’re looking for an overall good experience, eh, there are many other places in DC that can do that.

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DeShawneN
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

There was absolutely no seasoning not ever the 4 basics--garlic powder, onion powder, salt, nor pepper. The shrimp was terribly overcooked. The cornbread was dryer than the Sahara desert. The drinks weren't mixed well. I might as well had shots. The server was lovely and the decor was beautiful but you need more than that to keep me coming back

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Iris
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, friendly staff and phenomenal cocktails - overall a great experience, especially during COVID19 when things can sometimes be a bit off with social distancing and other precautions. Our experience 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast, great cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcomed by the host, who knew my name and that I had a reservation before I had a chance to say it! Outdoor seating is properly distanced and food is delicious. Great cocktails.

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vipLANCEM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go here all of the time. Tried the chicken pot pie for the first time. Loved it. Another thing that’s nice is you can easily get there by metro and not have to deal with parking.

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vipAlanK
Washington DC
416 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice experience. During this time of Covid 19, people are nervous to eat out. The Smith felt very comfortable. Plenty of space between tables and staff with proper personal protection equipment. We were greeted by Shawn. He was very professional and happy. We worked with Jordan. She had great recommendations and did an outstanding job. The staff in general is very attentive. Much appreciated!

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JillianW
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food! I do wish the waitress had been more attentive, especially considering the restaurant had few diners.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Ask for Jannette, she was great. Food was superb, compliments to the chef. Will eat here again 9/10

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ClaraS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! It was my first time going out to brunch in 6 months! Great job with practicing social distancing while delivering exceptional service! I’ll be back again soon!

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vipJohn
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It was just ok. We would ask our water for more water or drinks. He would come back to check up on us and then remember to bring what we asked for. I think we were one of 3 tables he was helping.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Everything here is decent. Cute place, some good options on the menu, solid service (drinks took awhile in a not crowded restaurant but the waitstaff were great). It’s definitely overpriced, especially for a chain. 3 of us had a 3/4 drinks and split 2 appetizers and it was over $200 not including tip.

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vipFrancisD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would definitely recommend getting the hot fudge Sunday. It was amazing and had a full waffle cone on the top. Also, the resturant had some mosquitos so make sure to put on big spray.

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viputuathail
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Profession service and exceptional food at a reasonable price.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been really impressed with the brunch the last couple times we’ve gone. Solid service, solid food, will come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Matt, was amazing! Food was perfect!

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Speenie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outdoor. Happy hour specials were very reasonable. Service was great, sat at our reservation time and did not wait long for our food. Overall good experience, food taste great as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating was perfect. The smith steak n eggs was great and the mac n cheese good!

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MaryC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was super yummy. 1st time diner and I will return. Assortment of cocktails to choose, my main veggie sizzling rice bowl was fantastic, and we split a caramel chocolate dessert. Clean and stylish ambiance.

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vipCharonJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great time with great friends. Good food and good energy. Our servers were amazing, prompt, and professional!

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MichelleC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brunch was delicious. It was money well spent. I would return here again.

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PatriciaB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best lunches I ever had! A great selection of food and drinks and the wait staff were phenomenal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love Kayla.

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MadysenL
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely AMAZING! Food, drinks, service was stellar. Thank you so much! We will be back!

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MeganP
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch here for the first time. It was on a busy Sunday morning and three people joined our party unexpectedly. I was impressed they were able to seat all 11 of us at such a busy day. The service was amazing and the food was delicious. Everything came right on time and everyone handled challenges very professionally. Definitely recommend!

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KimberlyD
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great for families or dinner/drinks with friend. Wonderful attentive servers make the experience an added plus!

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LydiaS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for the first time for a friend's birthday brunch, and I was impressed. The service was great - friendly and hospitable. The food was great value for money, with the added bonus of it tasting wonderful! The ambiance was my idea of a perfect DC brunch spot: natural lighting, clean decor, and relaxed ambiance. Would definitely recommend to a friend! I will be returning as soon as possible.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food for brunch!

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vipDineindc
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

This was our 3rd visit to the Smith. Service was not good at all. Salads arrived wrong, had to ask for drink refill. $8 for an order of fries is ridiculous, even for DC. Wont be returning anytime soon.

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ClarissaS
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have the best pancakes I’ve ever had. The serving size is outrageous, but the food is good. You will have leftovers.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food. The French 75 slushy and mussels and fries were to die for. I’ll definitely be back!

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CLTneedsTHIS
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Restaurant was so cute, the Old Cubano was realllyyyy good!!!! The food was subpar! Great place for drinks and oysters! Oh! And I’m sure the fries are great.

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Iris
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always amazing food, great service and good ambiance! I bit too loud sometimes - but perfect before going out for a party / drinks, if that’s vibe you’re going for!

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vipTomC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

It wasn't a great showing. Drinks too 30 minutes to arrive, the appetizers came AFTER the meal, and the Pot Pie was full of bones.

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vipDavidB
Singapore
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

very good time for dinner - excellently cooked steak, super yummy cookies for dessert -hot out of the oven!

Portion sizes are just right - full and no doggie bags.

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vipCarolineM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was wonderful! I met my friend here for dinner and loved it, as always. Great service. Very loud but we were in a back corner thank god.

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NYCeater
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Was very disappointed that waiter steered us to an $85 carafe of wine. The whole conversation about it was wrong and we felt mislead in a fairly significant way.

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Margaret
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I brought a party of 12 for a birthday brunch, and we had a wonderful experience! The waitstaff were speedy, courteous, and even brought out our cake with candles without being asked. Thanks to The Smith for a great day!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch food!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Smith - U Street using the Order Online button. The Smith - U Street also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. 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 4.5 stars by 627 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.