The Smith - U Street

4.4
725 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 725 people are saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCarol
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Happy to be,back at the Smith. We enjoy the bar and the restaurant. The atmosphere is energetic, the staff are always pleasant and the food is good. Love the avocado toast,Mac and cheese and them sticky toffee pudding. Love the chips and blue cheese.

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FressyaTye
Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, they were able to accommodate a larger party than the one anticipated. Food and service was great. Highly recommend! Maybe don't get the pancakes since they were very dry and tasted like they came out of a box but everything else was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Cute place, decor & ambiance. Food was solid, small menu though.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible food. Half the menu is changed and it was inedible.

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vippaml
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We thought that The Smith would be a great graduation dinner but it was just ok. The food was good-especially the potato chips and blue cheese!

The service was not great at all. Especially surprising since it was late in the evening so the place was fairly empty and not as many tables anyway. But it was hard to get someone to come to our table as we watched staff standing around.

We skipped dessert because we didn't need to sit around, inside but super hot, waiting and waiting for dessert the way we waited for a few other things.

Total disappointment and won't be able to go there again, but there are plenty of places to go instead.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sean the manager was phenomenal, as was our server. Excellent service!

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vipStatsyNYC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

No ac in 90+ weather, no ice for the water, food was subpar (still good, just not as great as usual), and service was so so. I’ve been hitting up The Smith since the first location opened in the East Village years ago, so I’ll be back…just not when it's so hot out.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

We had an awful experience at The Smith. As we were concluding dining a rat scuttled across my boyfriends foot. To add injury to insult the manager did not offer any sort of compensation or way to amend the situation. Eating at an unsanitary restaurant was not on our to do list. The managerial staff did not even come to check on the tables surrounding us or even approach our table. We had to locate them. Ultimately our dining experience at The Smith left a disparaging taste in our mouths and we would not recommend dining there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food. Service was a little spotty

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viploriw
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful wait-person - she was terrific! We sat outside so the noise was a bit problematic (U Street) - but from the food to the service - it was a great lunch. I have been to the Smith at least a dozen times - this was one of the best!!

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vipPeter
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to bee and food was so good! I highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My partner and I made dinner reservations to celebrate our grad school graduation. Started with outdoor seating which was lovely, but eventually a storm came and we were moved to an inside table seamlessly. Service was good and the food and drinks were even better. This was our first visit but we will soon be returning!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was lovely. Felt safe. Good food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great and the waitress made some great suggestions. It was a decently loud especially with the tables being longer than your average table so we really had to lean in close to talk. Everything tasted so fresh and left you feeling full without being weighed down. Only complaint would be that some of the prices seemed a tad high, but also it’s DC so I get it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered the Smith burger after noticing that several tables ordered the Smith burger and we learned why quickly. Wow! Excellent burger, decently strong drinks. This was our first time there. We highly recommend this restaurant. Didn’t take a pic before taking a bite so I didn’t take one at all.

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Leah
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shrimp pea salad was DELICIOUS! It was the best salad I ever had. The French slushees were also amazing.

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vipShawEater
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Overall just poor service. Seated by the bar with really no clue who our server was. Drinks and refills were continually slow. Food was warm when it came out not hot. Definitely felt like we were put in a part of the restaurant that the staff didn’t care about.

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RemyK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great I will definitely be back. The food, the service, everything. This amazing

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KarenL
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time my husband and I come to DC, we always come to this beautiful restaurant. We love it.

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vipChristopherM
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Good value considering price and location. The food was good.

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DMintheDMV
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It wasn't mind-blowing, but it was really good food!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to sit outside and “people watch”. Service was excellent, food was exceptional. I’m looking forward to my next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server!

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BStro
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
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 on May 10, 2021
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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was okay. Service was inattentive and lousy.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
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
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
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
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
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
33 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

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 4.4 stars by 725 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.