The Smith - U Street

4.3
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$30 and under
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American
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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year at The Smith! We will serve an a la carte menu from 5pm–10pm, followed by a three-course pre-fixe menu from 10pm–1am with a champagne toast at midnight and open bar for $90 per person. Visit our website for more information.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 516 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.0
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4.2
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4.1
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at the Smith

A
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perfect for a leisurely lunch with a friend -- at least the day we were there. Very accommodating wait staff.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a deal, cocktail included if you order a brunch meal. Yes please!

DD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were visiting from Michigan for the Thanksgiving week, moving our son into his first apartment. It was nice to have a place for the holiday with great food. We highly recommend The Smith and will visit there again when we are in town to see our son. The Paris Family.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy we chose The Smith for our Thanksgiving meal. The menu had plenty of good options for an authentic dinner and the included sides were a nice touch. Staff was terrific from start to finish. We truly enjoyed the festive atmosphere AND not having to do dishes that night. Kudos!

JM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like my Mom, they did not skimp on portions of a most-excellent selection Thanksgiving spread (hope you're reading this, Le Diplomate). This will be a turkey-day tradition from now and I have recommended it to several friends. 🥰

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Thanksgiving dinner—highly recommend for a holiday meal out.

RV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner for family at a great price point. Server and staff were attentive, knowledgeable, and helpful throughout. Food was delicious!

OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Brunch food was great.
Large party so understandable would be complicated. Server was amazing enduring slow food, missing orders, bartenders weaknesses, no coffee service for brunch. The Smith is usually great all the way around. Miss a bit this time, unprepared for the day. Will still recommend based on food alone. Only negative would be the bar and bartender not being up to par. Food arrived before drinks throughout, missing ingredients for certain drinks. Manager was well represented told us they would remove some items, had to ask when we received bills. Having no coffee at brunch was dissapointing. I would have to give kudos to our server for taking the L's in stride and bring awesome!

LS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I spent my birthday dinner here (party of 14) and although I made a reservation we had to wait 45 minutes to an hour to get seated. HOWEVER, the restaurant/management was extremely accommodating. They were very empathetic and did everything they could to make sure my guests and I remained happy and calm. It is a little tight, but what restaurant in DC isn't :). The food was delicious and it's in a prime location on U Street!

MR
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Smith is a great place. Fun vibe, active bar, great food, and an attentive staff. The only downside is the sound level. While my dining companions had no issue, it would nt be a great spot for someone with difficulty hearing. The sound is definitely part of a fun vibe... Just be aware of it. The Smith is one of those chain places that does not feel like a chain place.

CG
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pancakes are amazing. Everything is a good value.

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

It seemed like the restaurant was understaffed. According to our waitress there wasn't a bar runner, so she had to bring our drinks. My drink did not arrive until my main meal arrived. We had a appetizer prior to the main meal. The gentleman next to us also said it took 20 minutes to get a beer. His burger was also almost raw. Back at our table, Bar Burger and not the Bar Steak came to my sister. The manager did come over and apologize. Honestly, mistakes happen so it wasn't a big deal, it just felt like all these things were a result of being under staffed. Our waitress was nice, but seemed all over the place. There also wasn't anything taken off the bill for all these errors.

AS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I went for brunch on a Sunday afternoon. The food was amazing. I ordered the shrimp and grits and they were so creamy and savory. The jalapeno cheddar was a nice touch and not too spicy. Overall it was delicious and it did not break the bank. I would definitely return.

VM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Eggs Benedict !! Delicious sweet potato fries and incredible Bloody Mary. Efficient and friendly service! Noise level was bearable this time.

BG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

They were way understaffed for wait service. However the waiter we had was extremely nice

DO
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our server was ver helpful and patient. The complimentary cocktails were delicious. I had the Gatsby and two others had Bellinis. However, a couple of the dishes were not what we expected, namely, the shrimp and grits. The presentation appeared to be more of a frittata look, but my friend tried it any way. Didn’t like it. Again, the waiter was so helpful and offered her pancakes in exchange which she really enjoyed. ... I ordered the Benedict and asked if I could exchange the ham for salmon. I’d done it easily before, but something was lot a bit in translation. All good, though, so I got grits on the side. ... Overall, a good experience. But if you want your traditional Shrimp & Grits or Chicken & Waffles, be prepared for a twist.

DS
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious, inventive brunch items in a nice setting. The cocktails were also yummy, and I especially enjoyed the drinks made with Pisco. I would definitely return again.

DM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent brunch spot with something for everyone on the menu. Our family loved it. Only thing to be aware of -- can get very noisy so if you want a quiet spot to talk, might be a bit challenging depending on time of day.

JN
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had great service from Jessica. She was very attentive. The restaurant is a bit loud but a good vibe. Great spot for a fun get together of friends. The food was solid; the oysters were great. Sort of upscale diner and bistro food. Definitely worth a visit.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love the energy in this space. Was disappointed that the table for 3 was so small and in the middle of the floor, but that was corrected after 2 requests. The host is excellent.

SS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Smith was amazing! I had a large party very last minute and they were so great at accommodating us. The food was wonderful and our servers were very attentive and helpful.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the ribeye with eggs was superb!

M
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great vibe and excellent food.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Great cocktails and even better meal! Love the ambiance and decor, very friendly staff

s
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Awesome food and drinks, great happy hour! Slow service, however, but they said they only had two bartenders that night. Got uncomfortably loud after 8 pm, but the quality of the food was worth it.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter and staff were very nice!

C
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Parking was very difficult. Not a good choice if you are driving.

W
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Like all good FORMER good restaurants--service is terrible. Understaffed. Even the consistent good food is mediocre now.

EB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The design and atmosphere are great, as is the food. The service can be slow, though, and the restaurant is VERY LOUD.

K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The restaurant was cute and the menu looked great, but it wasn’t that tasty. The cucumber ginger beer tasted like the cucumbers had gone bad. The special was not as described and overall, fell short.

OT
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Food was amazing, had some issues with the cooking of red meat. Had to send 2 pates back once and one plate still came out very undercooked.

TJ
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Didn’t have any of the food I ordered. Was entirely too loud in there.

TG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Sunday brunch includes a free cocktail...worth every penny

BH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

We were seated at a really awkward table where servers were literally passing food over our heads and we had to keep moving our chairs. We also didn't receive any bread, so we asked and then it came after we already had our meals.

AD
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Wonderfully average. Continue to return for the large menu and convenience

LC
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great brunch at The Smith! Loved the complimentary cocktail that came with our meal! We also loved the Mac and cheese appetizer! Would come again.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Orders came out wrong (friend asked for no mushrooms in his breakfast pot pie.. there were lots of mushrooms,) service really lacked (no one came to see how our food was) “great big salads” are not big at all. The Caesar salad tasted like it came out of a bag. My kale salads was very good but not $21 good.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was very bad. Service was also very slow. Will not be going back to this location again.

JW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Waited 15 mins before server came over. Waited another 10 minutes for drink. Loud.