The Smith - U Street

4.5
701 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 701 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.3
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4.5
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4.3
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BStro
Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Smith never dissapoints! I only have 4 stars for food because they took the mushroom pizza off the menu (thats my petition to bring it back, lol). As they keep the French 75 slushie, I'm a loyal customer.

Service was excellent!

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HannaN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service3ambience3

They gave us the wrong order 3 times and we had to always walk inside to find our waitress because they had a poor service lay out and seemed understaffed

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LatoyaR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food here was absolutely delicious....The grits were the best ever tasted...The pancakes were definitely meant for sharing and I didn't even use syrup that just melted in my mouth...I'd your a drinker like myself...I would recommend that you have a cocktail or 2 or 3😁...soooooo good...I will definitely go back!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was okay. Service was inattentive and lousy.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outdoor seating could be a bit sketchy on U street. Witnessed a failed Robbery attempt while dining.

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Underwhelming
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The service was underwhelming - had to call the server several times since the service was slow and not very attentive. The food was good, not great and portions were small. Don't go there too hungry!

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Marissa
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Love The Smith for brunch! Great cocktails and decent food for the price. Right now they're operating with limited wait service because of the pandemic and we found it quite difficult to get our waiters attention to actually order.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I really enjoyed the food and the drink (French 75 slushie was delicious!). However, we sat outside and during our meal a homeless person slammed down his white claw, which splashed my friend in the face, and then asked us for money. It was not a pleasant experience

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
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
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
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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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Ordered a drink and they were out of the ingredients, ordered another drink and they were out of those ingredients as well. Was disappointed about that and that the waitress did not try to accommodate. And the service was not spectacular. The food however the food was good. Would come back but hope for a better experience.

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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
314 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.

MB
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
Washington DC
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
Washington DC
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
Minneapolis
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
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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

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 701 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.