The Smith - U Street

4.5
832 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.

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
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

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Nov 25, 2021

Celebrate Thanksgiving with us! Enjoy a special three course prix fixe menu for $65 per person, all the fixings, plenty of options, and we'll do the dishes!

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vipdine4fun
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch service for two families with three toddlers! We can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Food was delivered cold and for people who ordered steak, it was not prepared as asked and had to be sent back. Waiter did not visit the table with any frequency and had to ask for him to take away dirty dishes several times. Very disappointed with this specific visit compared to the many other times I dined at The Smith.

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marlam
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The restaurant was so noisy that u couldn’t hold a conversation. Thankfully we sat outside without a heater. Got a little chilly. If you’re going to offer high prices for the food you better offer heaters for everyone.

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CSCOTT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

There weren’t many people so I think the server was antsy. Our pace of dinner felt rushed.

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JulieS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food is really good but there were some service challenges like everywhere these days. It is really crowded for Sunday brunch so don't bother going without a reservation.

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vipHardToPlease
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and attentive service from Joseph! Was able to accommodate us indoors when the rain began.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Terrible service. Slow and not attentive servers.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great. Everything about our experience was fantastic. Would recommend

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SugarT1
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of my best lunch experiences in DC

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Horrible service! The server would not come check on us, we had to flag her down once over the course of two hours. Never got more water either. Horrible.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Waitress was great and service was good. Huge steaks with plenty of French fries. Drinks are a little pricey. Overall a great place!

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Antoinette
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktail was great, service was quick and helpful, food was delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. I will go again.

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AmyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal! We’ll be back.

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vipKTinDC
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything is very good! Except, perhaps, the prices - particularly for alcohol which just feels like gouging a little bit. The service was good, but like other establishments, you can expect additional wait times as they struggle with staffing. Our waitress was scrambling and apologetic -we get it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rob, our server, was great! The food was delicious! Just the right portion for a Sunday brunch. Will return!

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ThomasD
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch to celebrate our son's graduation and the food and drink were outstanding! Everyone should try the Vanilla Challah French Toast with the caramelized bananas! And, the French 75 Slushie was a perfect complement. I'd recommend The Smith for any occasion.

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vipCindyS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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Foodie3557
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, fast service, and good drink combinations!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for brunch with my family to celebrate graduation. Our waiter was excellent and the foods was delicious. No bottomless option but all the brunch entrees came with a brunch cocktail included. Standout item was the French toast. Definitely coming back!

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Meyoshi
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The wait staff and management was exceptional. My daughter didn’t like her meal. It was substituted immediately

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vipMDvadc
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great spot for a friends dinner on a Friday night. Lively atmosphere, tasty food and delicious cocktails. I will definitely be going back.

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MichaelC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Waited more than 30 minutes for our reservation. Service pretty slow. But nice people. Seemed overwhelmed.

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vipTMoore621
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had a great lunch but inside the restaurant was uncomfortably cold so it was hard to ignore. Our server, Tanzania, was great and kept our cups filled with hot tea. Food was delicious.

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NakeeshaC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I joined a few friends for a early Happy Hour hang. The food was delicious I recommend the wings and those jalapeno grits!!!

Staff was responsive and friendly.

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vipCarol
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious omelet and salad, spacing good and large bar

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vipEnjoylife
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1food5service5ambience1

The food and service was great. HOWEVER...major problems! Our group of 4 ate outside closely sandwiched between two other tables. Throughout the meal we had to deal with aggressive street people begging for money & food and selling some kind of "tickets". Towards the end of the meal, one beggar was so aggressive he would not leave until we gave him a full meal that we had planned to take home with us. And then he insisted on a bag to carry it in! Also, throughout the meal we had to deal with extremely loud hyped-up mortorcycle-type vehicles repeatedly going up and down the street doing wheelies. The final straw was the huge group of motorcycles that drove by (dozens). Conversation was almost impossible and the exhaust fumes at a choking level. We've eaten at outdoor cafes/restaurants all over the world and never had such a poor experience as this one. We've lived in Logan Circle for several decades and have enjoyed eating at The Smith several times. But that was inside. Outside, not so much. Never again. Our birthday celebration was a bust.

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ChristianL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wish DC weren’t so expensive, but the food was great, portions were generous, and the staff was kind and attentive.

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JoshuaB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for manageable pricing. Amazing ability to move around reservations easily.

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vipRubenH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was ok, the food and the service were good. Don't expect much and you won't be disappointed

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napkindinnerFTW
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well made food, fun drinks and you can't beat their French 75 slushies!!

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DiningRick
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Good was awful. Unseasoned Mac and cheese and a shoe leather steak “medium” steak. Smith is on my blacklist now.

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Jtay
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience5

The food was great but the service was not good. Our waiter only had 4 tables including ours and we had to wait almost 10 minutes before he came and took our order, extremely frustrating. The brunch cocktails were great but, the other cocktails were a struggle for the bartender. The Manhattan had way too much vermouth and a simple old fashioned cam to the table red in color( definitely not an old fashioned). Overall the food was great but stick to the brunch cocktails when ordering.

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jnelle29
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Smith. I’ve been for both brunch and dinner several times. Food is always great and service alway on point. The Gatsby is my go-to drink, and the wings are fancy superb. Def not a cheap restaurant, but with it. Tried the desserts for the first time last night - toffee dessert and warm cookie were delish.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lobster roll, steak, macaroni and cheese. Service was perfect. I had to leave for work at a specific time, the server made sure we had all our food and our check well before that time.

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NickL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The service was very disappointing. We were seated in the back corner of a mostly empty restaurant and then forgotten or ignored for most of our stay. Other tables seated after us got better service and dined and left while we were still waiting for basic service. The food was fine (very DC - appetizing but expensive), but based on our experience I doubt I'll return.

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vipKevinB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place. Good food. Will come back to try brunch.

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vipDrChris000
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful space. Terrific service. Good food. Lively neighborhood.

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jbr82
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brianna was amazing!!!! We came
To have dinner and drinks before heading to the Emily King concert. She made sure our experience was seamless from beginning to end! A great night!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a friend’s birthday at The Smith last evening. It was a wonderful dining experience. For starters we enjoyed the wings so much we ordered a second order to go. I had the lobster roll which was full of lobster and seasoned to perfection. It was pricey but worth it. My friend had the sea bass which she raved over. We shared the Mediterranean salad, also delish. The birthday girl got a surprise at the end, a warm blueberry cobbler with lemon sorbet that we shared. The place is nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of U street. We originally had a reservation to dine al fresco but because of the heat dined inside, so glad we did

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 832 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.