The Smith - U Street

4.5
692 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 692 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Yummy fries. Server seemed to be quite busy. She forgot about us and someone else provided us with the wrong check. Despite that, we enjoyed the ambiance and politeness of the hostess who seated us where we wanted and seemed to be working diligently.

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DanielaG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Our waiter took at least 15 minutes to bring us water when we sat down. The grilled chicken sandwich was SO small, it's a bite-size, nuggets bread. It was still good but I was hoping for a real size sandwich, at least they added a lot of fries to cover this up but still disappointing. I've only been to the smith for drinks, as I know they're good. The bloody Mary did not disappoint but moving forward, I'll just go there for drinks....if I do go back.

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JaslinM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Food is good. The server was not friendly, she didn’t have her mask on properly. The worst part was our card was charged twice. The server didn’t even apolgize or even fix the mistake.

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SyreetaA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food. Great service. Reservation and seating process was flawless.

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CHRIS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drink, dessert, server, vibes- all GREAT. Will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and very appreciative of the hospitality!

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vipCarol
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servce is always good. Prices reasonabe.food decent.

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dcbabygehl
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

It was good. I had the kale and quinoa salad with chicken and it was delicious! Always a good time at The Smith

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went for Sunday brunch - love the ambiance and aesthetic at the Smith. The wait staff was attentive, friendly and quick! The Bloody Mary isn’t the best - it’s super thick and very very heavy on the horse radish. I couldn’t really drink it, I only had a few sips. The Smith Benedict tasted good, but one of the eggs was cooked all the way through to a hard yolk, and the other one was undercooked with very runny whites. The English muffin taste was good but was over toasted and too hard to really cut through with ease. The other meal ordered was the ranchero scramble. It was good all around - but the tortillas were just a little too hard. Two items we ordered gets 5 stars; we ordered a side of jalapeño cheese grits, these were to die for. Could have had them as my meal. And I also got a latte - this was phenomenal. Unfortunately they only offered almond milk as a milk substituted, which in allergic to - if usually get coconut milk or oat milk, which they don’t offer, and I was a little surprised about. Since they did t have any milk subs I could drink, I Just ordered it with regular milk, and it tasted fab - was prepared beautifully. Over all probably 3.5-4 star experience.

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vipMilano
Washington DC
311 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food was outstanding - service was lackluster - we will be back and hopefully service will pick up

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EricaH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Cool place that was close to our hotel downtown. Macaroni was delicious but wasn’t too excited about anything else. Waiter wasn’t very attentive but the manager was awesome when we had a few issues with some of the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and it was safe and food was delicious. They also conduct contact tracing for additional safety precautions. Got Johnny Benedict and Avo Toast which were all amazing!

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vipKerryB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I am gluten free and they only have GF spaghetti which doesn’t go well as a substitute for a lot of their pasta dishes. I ordered the bucatini and specified no mushrooms due to an allergy. It was served with mushrooms in it.

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vipMiamifoodie
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Food is good for all occasions. We had ribeye, Mac and cheese, salad, and of course a ton of drinks. Highly reccomend

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danh
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Love The Smith!
Service was slow tonight.
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TG410
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here and they did not disappoint. Food and drinks were great. The service was amazing. Our waiter took great care of us. His recommendations were A1. We will continue to support for sure. Portions seemed a little small but once finished we were fulfilled. Noise level is decent; you get a good city vibe from it. Reminded us of NYC.

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vipjcah3
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This was our second time here, the first being Valentines Day. The food was great and we really enjoyed it. I love their chips though ( which was my motivation for coming to be honest)! We’ll definitely be back. I’ll bet it’ll really be nice once the weather is warmer!

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ChelseaM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot for a casual night out with friends or family! Very friendly and responsive staff. The tables were well distanced and the outdoor seating options were very comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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Sherry
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and the brunch special is a really great deal!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service! Love that one brunch beverage (Bloody Mary, mimosa or Bellini) is included with certain brunch entrees.

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Aarti
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were very helpful and the food was delicious.

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NicoleT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived in time for happy hour which was delicious. The oysters were fresh and we tried the Moscow mule with their house made ginger beer. Great overall experience.

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MarcusB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Quality choice, consistent taste and solid service

FJ
vipFJS81
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good go to for quality dinner

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MelaL
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love The Smith! The Brussel sprouts are my fave. The sides that come with the salmon?! Chileeee, so good! The service is great. I’ve also done a birthday dinner here as well!

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ElizabethG
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, seated on time, waiter was attentive but not overbearing, since it’s covid we did outdoor dining and U street is noisy but that’s to be expected

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great and thanks

JM
JuliaM
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We had left a note with our reservation that two people in our party was nondairy and one was vegan, no one told us about any options that fit our diets.
We thought we were ordering something without cheese and it ended up having cheese on it which was disappointing. We would have said something to our server but she disappeared for over an hour. We even had to wave down another server to just get our food order in.
This was my first time attending Brunch at The Smith and the food was great, but the service was lacking extremely.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent, service was good, food is a great value but drinks are $$$

Best French toast we have ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Perfect service. Clean, well spaced, delicious food, organized and covid safety friendly. Will definitely be back

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LeahK
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Everything we ate was amazing. Gnocchi is a MUST. Pork chop was amazing. The bread pudding dessert also a must, ridiculously good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. I love this spot. Especially the brunch. All the food is great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All time fav restaurant

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vipAnge90
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. I ordered the rancheros scramble and my friend ordered the Benedict Johnny. We nearly kicked our plates clean. We also shared the fries with house-made blue cheese fondue. SO GOOD. To drink, we had the French 75 slushees, Bellini, and gatsby. All were made perfectly.

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TonyaS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, safe dining experience! I would return there in a minute!

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LouisC
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from my waiter and GM working the day I was there.

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BRITTNEYB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Exceptional service and cocktails. Will definitely be returning soon.

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vipbridgetr
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Our waitress was horrible. Ignored us most of the time, brought us the wrong wine and ignored us when we tried to tell her it wasn’t the right wine, brought us our check without asking. Will not go back after that.

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TraceyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Quiet; good for work meetings. Clean. Thank you

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 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 692 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.