The Smith - U Street

4.4
433 reviews
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$30 and under
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Located in the heart of Washington DC’s bustling U Street corridor, our newest location 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. A private dining room is also available for events of any occasion.
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DC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food is always exceptional.

NW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Have eaten there twice in the last 2 weeks. Went back the second time because the food was very good and decided to give them a second chance on service. They failed. First, we were seated in the bar area upon arrival not the dining room area. I had a reservation. Second, I had to tell the waiter we were ready to order drinks. Third the drinks took 15-20 min to arrive. Waiter kept asking if we wanted to order food we had to keep saying wanted our drinks first. It's too bad they can't get their act together on the service because the food is very good.

HT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent. Restaurant was really hot. Not sure if the air was working. One of our friends had to leave because the heat made her feel sick.

Waiter was not the best and for a Saturday night, I would think they would have managed the service and the crowd better. In the hot restaurant, waiter brought lukewarm water to the table; had to request cold water. Then he kept getting drink orders wrong, friend who came 20 minutes later got his drink before we did. After getting food, (it was brought to the table by someone else), he didn’t stop by to see if we needed anything. We had to wave him down every time we needed something.


We totally understand it was a busy restaurant on a Saturday night, but we’ve been to The Smith’s before and had better service. It’s unfortunate that the night we chose this restaurant to host out of town friends, it was a bit of a disappointing time at the restaurant, although the food was a definite recovery (from the bad service and humid and hot restaurant) as it was delicious as always.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was AMAZING! The complimentary brunch cocktails were an added treat!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the place, but extremely noisy. High energy and great people

P
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Salmon is excellent, it’s a must try!

AM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Service was indifferent, food was okay, the worst was the NOISE - way too loud to have a conversation. The best part was being able to make a reservation.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience

SM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I went to the Smith last weekend with a small group of friends. Our service was probably the worst I have ever received in DC. Our waiter forgot to to take our dinner order and we had to ask another employee if someone was going to ever take our order. Everything took a long time, including receiving the bill even though by the end of it all the restaurant was almost completely empty. We noticed that even tables of 12+ people that had sat down after our small group of 6 had already left! Totally unacceptable for the type of establishment it is.

AX
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and drinks. Went there on a Saturday evening. It was very full and very noisy. Staff and service were great.

LR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The French toast was a bit chewy; we were expecting light and airy. However, the taste and flavor was very good. The ranchero scramble was good, however the avocado fan spread should be separated (personal opinion)

KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, fun place but NOISY! Nothing to dampen the sound so hard to hear people at your own table. But delicious

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went for brunch. The service was good—attentive without being pushy or making me feel rushed (but I had to ask the server to have the over-eager busser to slow down on clearing my almost-empty glasses, which they both addressed right away—thumbs up for that). The food options were good and well-prepared, as were the drinks (I like the barnstormer). It’s not haute cuisine, but if you’re looking for a solid brunch with interesting takes on standards (Johnny Benedict is eggs Benedict
with a southern twist) that are well-prepared, good cocktails and good service, here it is.

A
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great place to people watch! The food was pretty good however the French Toast may be made out of a banana batter because the bread was soggy and a bit under done.

RT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

The host sat us between the bar and the open window/wall. It was extremely loud with many gregarious happy hour patrons. I had a hard time hearing my date over the very loud drunks.

The waitress seemed annoyed that she had to serve us and very rarely checked in or stopped by. The Penn Quarter location is much nicer, quieter, friendlier.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Service was uncharacteristically slow on this visit; however food and drinks were great as usual.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Troy was the best! Brunch was delicious and the drinks were amazing!

N
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and helpful.

TP
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the Smith. NYC or DC - the consistency is fantastic. We split the watermelon salad and the truffle gnocchi - and they were delicious. Need a guaranteed good meal to hit the spot, go to the Smith.

T
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Average. Nothing special.

L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious. Servers were polite and checked in throughout most of the meal. They forgot about our appetizers, however, which came out after our entrees. Overall a very nice time.

j
New England
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The acting manager. I think Devon? was so so lovely and made us feel welcome. Will definitely keep returning. I think I am now a "regular"

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!!! I couldn’t put it down! And the staff was very attentive checking in on us and refilling our water very consistently. So happy with my experience!

M
Montreal
24 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

It was good but average. Salmon tartare is not meant to be served on chopped potato pancake...tasty, but small appetizer. The mashed potatoes are great but the burger’s topping coleslaw was vinegary in flavour and really, guys, toast the bun! It was dry. Not worth the money. Though, the table next to me recommended the gnocchi...

b
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite places for cocktails!

LV
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

i still appreciate the brunch at the smith - idk if they recently hired new staff or old staff needs to be re-trained but i will say i’ve noticed my service has gotten worse every time i go back but the brunch is great and so are the drinks

L
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for brunch! Received a free drink with our brunch order. Food was very good.

G
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and service was attentive without being intrusive or bothersome.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 4

Waited 30 minutes past our reservation time.

C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Would not recommend. It was extremely noisy, our server took forever for everything and the food was mediocre at best.

NP
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

We ordered the crab cake tots, 5 dozen oysters, chicken wings, calamari and the mac and cheese! The food was perfectly cooked and every item was delicious. The service, however, lacked big time. We were at the restaurant for almost 2 hours and our waitress checked on us only a few times. We waited a long time after we were finished with our food for someone to even offer us dessert.. Our table was left uncleaned between meals and by the end of the night, our table was covered in dirty plates and serving dishes that were never cleared off of the table.. The restaurant wasn't even busy so I find it hard to justify the slow and careless service.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is great at this location. I believe the server was new to the role and didn’t know much about he menu.

DC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to The Smith several time. The food is always delicious, the service is impeccable and the ambiance is lively. I recommend this restaurant whole heatedly!

JG
Baltimore
53 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately two burgers were incorrectly made according to the menu—a disappointment and no helpful response from staff. Food was just not as top notch as we anticipated.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at the Smith was wonderful. The restaurant manager made sure our anniversary was special by sending two glasses of champagne to our table and congratulating us on another year of being together. The waitress also said congratulations too Really appreciate them paying attention to the note I included in our OpenTable reservation.

The food was excellent and was more than plenty. The interior of the restaurant is nicely decorated and clean. Highly recommend visiting the Smith.

OT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy I came across this place. The food was so good and the atmosphere was even better.

o
Washington DC
321 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We decided to try The Smith for Sunday brunch after walking past the place several hundred times. (We live less than two blocks away.) On the one hand, we weren't disappointed. Service was prompt, efficient, and courteous, and the food was well-prepared, if not exemplary. My catfish sandwich was satisfying, but the principal flavors I detected were those of the very good brioche bun and bacon, with the fish playing no more than a supporting role. The portion of french fries that came with the sandwich were about 50 percent larger than I needed or expected, but I ate them all anyhow -- definitely the highlight of the meal. On the other hand, my spouse's grits were way too heavy on the cheddar cheese; both of us found the flavor distracting and this dish went unfinished.

On the other hand, the reason we did not visit the place right away was also evident: the noise. Hard floors, uncovered tables, tiled walls, and a pressed ceiling look stylish (and also look like the other Smith locations I have passed by in DC, New York, and Chicago) but all serve to bounce sound. The din in the restaurant, which was not quite full when we departed, was quite impressive in the wrong way.

TS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would definitely recommend The Smith - U Street. The food was amazing and the drinks were great!

MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great environment, wide variety of options. Definitely recommend.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, delicious food!

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