The Smith - U Street

4.5
293 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table for a party of 8 for brunch was ready when promised. Service was great and punctual, and our server checked on us several times during the meal, filling waters and coffees when low. Food was mostly excellent (French toast was the only item not given 5 stars). Brunch included a free cocktail so final cost was very reasonable.

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BH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Server was friendly and food was good. Restaurant was a bit loud but not unbearable.

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ML
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. We had the steak and the spicy salmon tartare. Drink menu is nicely done as well. The ambiance is really cool as well.

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AT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very cute interior with good food options. The tomato soup was delicious with a good variety of oysters. Service was a bit slow as we were trying to make it across the street for a show at Lincoln Theater. Still very convenient and I would return with more time!

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food. Restaurant got crowded quickly for brunch, and they pack the tables in very tightly making it hard to get around. Service was a little slow, but the food was absolutely delicious. All four of us loved our meals.

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JD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Great ambience and good food however our table had to wait a long time to order food only to learn about 45 minutes after we ordered that they had ran out of hamburgers which my girlfriend had ordered. We needed to then reorder which added on even more time so all in all it was well over an hour before we got our food. The drinks also took a long time to get to our table. The other issue was the bathroom. Only two of their four bathrooms were in working order so the line was very long. Also one of the two bathrooms in use didn't have any towels and the other one apparently didn't even have working lights. The steak that my girlfriend and I both got was good but it was too little too late. Server and host were kind (comped my girlfriend's meal) but the logistics of this restaurant are very bad and ultimately ruined the experience.

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KL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere. It is loud, but intentionally so. Loved the shishito peppers and mac n cheese. Butternut squash was great as well. We were there for dinner for a bachelorette party and they gave the bride some champagne which was sweet! We also left the a credit card on the table and they used Open table to track down my number and call me so we could come get it. We'd barely even left the restaurant. Top notch service!!

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N
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I've been to The Smith in several occasions. I'm unsure what happened this one evening. My friend and I had to seek out our waitress to get her attention, although she provided excellent service to the tables around us. Our food was cold. And, the lack of service made it challenging to return for an entree made properly. Frustrating evening.

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JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The Smith has some great brunch options! The food was really good but the service was kinda slow. We also did not get our drinks until after we got our food. The appetizer we got was also late and not very hot. I think it was just too busy, so would recommend going at an earlier time than 1:30pm on a Saturday.

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AR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 1

It was so loud in the restaurant. You practically had to yell across the table to hear anyone

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

They ran out of a lot of stuff by the time we got there, but it was still good.

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k
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Are at bar. Brad was great! A little noisy. Good food!

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d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and vibe. Seated promptly on a busy Friday night. Had a 7pm res for an 8:30 show at the Lincoln. Got to show by 8:20. Calamari was FANTASTIC - best we ever had anywhere in the world (and we've had it in several place in Italy). The bucantini was delicious with a great pesto; catfish excellent and the Friday Scallop special w polenta was perfect. Brussel sprouts tasty too, as were the non-alcoholic drinks (ginger beer w cucumber; Shirley Temple!); service was friendly and accommodating. Great lively place, a bit noisy, but fine to talk. Could not be a better experience.

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MW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great. Drink service was slow.

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RY
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was great. Food was meh... everything had a beautiful presentation but taste was mediocre at best. We were visiting from another state and most likely wouldn’t be back on a return trip.

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HQ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Brunch on Sunday. Food was excellent.

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H
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Smith is a great addition to U Street. Their food is consistently good and the service is efficient without being intrusive. It can get a bit loud, but the "vibe" is part of its attraction.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Our entire experience left a lot to be desired, but the biggest offenses were: a long wait for food, missing items when our meal finally arrived, and portions of our meal that were inedible (just one example: the sauce with the short rib was so overwhelmingly salty). The menu is pretty pricey for us to have left feeling the way we did. Our group went to McDonald's afterward to get a complete meal.

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L
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Although the food was very good, there were lots of problems with the place. For starters, we only ordered entrees and it took close to an hour to get them. And when they came the vegetables on one of the entrees wasn’t there. We thought it strange that such a big dish would be used for such a relatively small piece of fish ... but it wasn’t until we’d finished the meal and saw others with the same dish eating their vegetables that we realized what had happened. Also, it is extremely noisy. Hard surfaces everywhere including the ceiling. It’s a shame to have such good cuisine combined with such poor and slow service in such noisy ambiance.

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RE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The Smith it a C+ restaurant. Everything is just "good." Not great, or excellent, just good. The food is fine, the drinks are ok, nothing special.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Complimentary cocktails are a great plus!!! Food was very salty, and didn't need it for flavor.

Ambience is nice early on in morning, but gets loud later.

We stayed for 1.5 hours and even though there was a lot of open room, they seemed nervous about their other reservations and seemed like they wanted us out soon.... :( Understandably...we were there for a tad longer than expected.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice big space for small and large groups. Staff excellent. Food was great.

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DV
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh, beautifully-presented food. A healthy selection on the menu. Fast, efficient and friendly service. This is a solid neighborhood go-to.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Kelly was great and the food was so good! Definitely will be back soon.

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NC
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent good service, good choices, good food, great ambiance.

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f
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good and plentiful. Atmosphere noisy. Hard to talk and hear. Slow response to bathroom problem. Overall, good food.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Loud, very loud

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The macaroni and cheese was the only thing that was delicious in our entire meal. We also had the shrimp cocktail that was tasteless. I think the shrimp was refrigerated for an extended time. The salmon was over cooked not to mention the portion was only 2 inches by 3 inches. The burger was ordered medium. It came raw It was actually cold. I will not return.

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G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. Tuna tartare and burrata are 100.

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R
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food. Very very noisy. Be prepared to yell to your guests. Excellent service.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got nine friends together for an impromptu dinner and the Smith did a great job accommodating us all!

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e
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great addition to the neighborhood. Catfish was done well. Nice ambiance, attentive service. Very good selection of wine by the glass.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My second time at The Smith and I continue to be impressed by the deliciousness of the food. This is not just your basic restaurant fare - it is legit scrumptious. Mac and cheese, crab tots, bolognese, pastrami spiced salmon, burger; all could be boring but were literally remarkably tasty and well-prepared with thoughtful touches and accompaniments. Yum!

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SA
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was meh, got sorted right away but no server/water for the next 15mins. But food was tasty!

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JV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great and the service was good. I'd highly recommend ordering the avocado toast. It was very delicious.

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MF
New England
28 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Ordered the Sicilian Baked Eggs and the eggs where over cooked which was disappointing, but everything is was good.

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JS
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came in for brunch and it did not disappoint. The Benedict Johnny was filling and delicious, with the tomato hollandaise was amazing. My husbands breakfast pot pie was just as good. Jose our server was on point. We liked it so much we spoke with the Manager and suggested they open another in Baltimore.

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E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic birthday brunch!

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OT
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We went here for brunch. Our entrees were not very good. While not overpriced for the area, the food was mediocre and not very well prepared. The food was just kind of slimy. The drinks were strong, but a weird combination of flavors. The ambiance was terrible--it was extremely loud even though the restaurant was not super packed when we were seated. We won't be going back.

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NN
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Small portions dfor what the food cost. But very good food

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