The Smith - U Street

4.4
877 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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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Took a little while to be seated, our server was not attentive at all and I ended up cancelling my order for my drink as he still didn’t process it for 15 minutes. We were not happy at all with the food either, barely touched my sandwich (essentially a waste of money). I’d say the most decent thing we had was the mac n cheese. Unfortunately the experience impacted any future visits or recommendations.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server and great food.

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vipKellyC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food was great, crowd was lively, service was poor. My appetizer wasn't delivered, we waited at least 15 minutes to pay our bill. Server never even came back to table, we had to flag down a manager.

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vipKhalon
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly one of the best brunches in the city. Mac & cheese is phenomenal, all their sandwiches are delicious, mimosas habit freshly squeezed OJ. Dining room is cute too.

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EricaA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Good food- terrible service. We went with a large group and a lot of kids so it worked for us.

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vipSpencerC
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch! Really good shrimp and grits and French toast is delicious as well.

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AllanS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our drinks were late and our appetizer order was completely forgotten. Our server was very kind, she just seemed a little overworked; the restaurant seemed mostly full. Our food was great; I had the Gnocchi and my wife had the salmon. It's been a while since my wife and I had eaten our entire plates at a restaurant! To the restaurant's credit, they comped our drinks for the delay and my wife and I left very satisfied with our meal.

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LloydF
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The salmon was one of the best meals I’ve ever devoured and my wife truly enjoyed the shrimp and grits. The wine was overpriced but acceptable. We definitely plan to return. I’ve simply gotta try the almond cookie crusted apple pie!

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vipCarol
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and atmosphere were excellent. Good is always good. Prices reasonablr

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall great experience
Table, food, drinks and service

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kimberlya
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Food quality was not great. Everything had a “just microwaved” feel.

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Classic DC brunch spot, love the drink deals

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vipMichaelS
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and not my last.

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DontGetOutMuch
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was delicious but service was extremely slow and there were almost no customers.

MR
MaxwellR
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good. Service was slow- mostly the drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The foos was okay
The drinks were good

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Shonta31
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my best friends here for dinner on Friday. They were visiting from out of town for the weekend. They enjoyed the food immensely. They enjoyed the food so much so that we ended up going back for brunch on Sunday. We had a small glitch with the bill, but the manager sorted it out. I will definitely go back.

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TeresaK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food - sat outside and cold but we waited to make reservation so not our fault. Excellent service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday Brunch service was good as well as the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love The Smith! I’ve been to many locations in NYC and this one also did not disappoint - I love the hot potato chip app, the salads, sandwiches and pasta’s! Would recommend always- solid choice AND they take reservations!! Win!!

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PaulP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really pleasant place for brunch. Food’s good and service is first rate

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shelas
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service are great. The spacing of seats is good and I felt safe. its was just very loud and hard yo have a conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Really bad service & rude staff, had to wait 30 minutes to be seated even though we had a reservation. They sat us at a table somebody else was seating right before us without cleaning it and the table was set for 2 even though I reminded them our reservation was for 4.Food was ok.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always happy with the Smith

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Service was delayed but that's probably because of covid. Be patient and don't blame the staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Burger was overly salted. Water glasses were dirty. Server was so so. Ketchup was clumpy. Would give another try…experience was just “off”…

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vipNotCsitsma
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Service was great. However, food needs some work. Honeycrisp apples were nonexistent in Honeycrisp Apple and goat cheese salad. I really don’t think there were any apples on the salad. Also, the salad was ordered without pecans due to stated allergy, and there was a small piece of a pecan in the salad which I bit into. Staff didn’t seem very concerned when it was pointed out. Manager should have apologized.

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RobY
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Had previously eaten at The Smith for brunch and enjoyed it. Dinner, however, was a different story. Wife and I ordered the crispy sesame calamari, little gem caesar, ricotta gnocchi, and shrimp + grits.

Calamari: dish makes sense and was tasty, but the fried calamari comes smothered in aioli which, even if the dish is dropped quickly, the calamari is already soggy and soft. Kitchen must have mistaken the garnish because the "thai basil" was actually mint.

Gnocchi: easily the worst gnocchi I've ever eaten. The gnocchi itself is pan-seared to the point of being burned then the truffle cream is added on top without being tossed. The consistency of the cream was too thick, making it more of a condiment than an actual sauce.

The caesar and shrimp + grits were decent, no real issues there but not on a level that would make us want to return. All in all, the meal won't have us going back to The Smith for dinner any time soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Many items pout on menu

Extremely slow to come to table

Had to ask for water refills multiple times

One guest had meal come out after rest had finished

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vipDebbie
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Came here for brunch with my friend and we experienced long wait times for food and drinks. Though we had a bit of issues with food our server was great. Nial made the experience much better. If I ever go back I’ll definitely request him again.

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CharlotteV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was good but restaurant was very understaffed. Wouldn’t plan to go there with a time limit!

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Smiles323LA
Mississippi
16 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Family was in from out of town, and we really enjoyed!

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NicoleS
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was visiting the DC area and stumbled upon this fantastic restaurant. The portions are generous. I looked at the orders going to other tables and everything looked amazing. I hope to visit the area again for another opportunity to dine here.

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vipMel0909
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Came here for brunch w my boyfriend and we got here about 10 min after our reservation and they had already texted us asking if we were on the way which I really appreciated.. Food was really good but you couldn’t hear anything from how noisy it was. Definitely not somewhere to go if you’re trying to have a conversation but the brunch and cocktail deal is one of the best in the city.

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Lisa0917
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great atmosphere for a brunch with a large group. Was kind of loud but we’re not a quiet group.

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dceventplanner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We had a nice dinner but our food came before our drinks came and I had to remind the server about our drinks. When I ordered another drink he brought the wrong one. He didn’t charge us for it and was nice but just felt a little scattered.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food as always was stellar, but the true standout are the drinks. The French 75 slushee is freaking amazing and highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food!!

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JJDC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great Service, & Great Environment! Definitely Recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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The Smith - U Street is rated 4.4 stars by 877 OpenTable diners.