The Smith - U Street

4.5
185 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Mon–Wed 11:30 am–12:00 am
Thu, Fri 11:30 am–1:00 am
Sat 10:00 am–1:00 am
Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am
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Phone number
(202) 250-3900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brian Ellis
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
​13th Street
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Public transit
U Street - African American Memorial/Cardozo Stop (Yellow & Green) is one block east
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

START YOUR NIGHT WITH US: Enjoy an a la carte menu until 8pm. PARTY WITH US: From 10pm-1am, enjoy a special 3 course dinner, open bar, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight for $95.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 185 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waitress was super friendly and accommodating to my friends and I. Would definitely go back with a group of friends.

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

The food and service were very good. However, we were seated in the bar area, which was too noisy for comfortable conversation. We could not hear the server and she couldn’t hear us either.

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DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I ordered the bibimbap and added shrimp. It was SO HOT that I couldn’t eat for almost an hour without scalding my mouth. Everyone else in my party was finished long before me. That said, I did get to try the short rib special and the brick pressed chicken, and a side of the roasted cauliflower. Those were delicious!!

The drop in stars for the service was due to them forgetting my dessert order when they delivered the rest of the table’s desserts, then we couldn’t find a server to let them know, then it took an addiction 5-7 minutes just to get vanilla ice cream. But they were friendly enough when the were at the table.

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R
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

Too loud! Had to scream just so we could hear each other.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Too much salt if food

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

Great experience and food is delicious!!

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FR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best Brunch in DC...killer pancakes

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FR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What I love about this spot besides the excellent food is how well they have trained their staff!!! Great for dinner and Sunday Brunch and a block from metro.....Special kudos to Jay, Alisha, Zapora, Rose (in training)...Could not ask for anything more....but it is also reasonably priced...Perfect for private party as they have space in rear of restaurant....

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Z
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

Thanksgiving dinner. They ran out of apple pie. Not a huge deal, but REALLY, Thanksgiving traditional meal and they can’t make enough out for everyone with reservations? BOOOOOOO. extremely disappointed!!!!

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S
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Thanksgiving dinner at The Smith. The food and service was fantastic. Even though it was crazy busy we were able to get seated on time. The whole meal was delicious.

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OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had Thanksgiving with friends and family. Great experience. Mac and cheese were great. Turkey a little dry. Salmon was amazing. Had lots of doggie bags.

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CH
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great service and delicious food! Great thanksgiving meal with family thank you!

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A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Such a great spot from oysters and cocktails to brunch (breakfast entrees come with a complimentary cocktail)

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a
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fabulous service. Saturday’s short ribs was delicious. Will come back again for brunch.

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GY
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good energy. Good food. Nice fresh addition to U & 14th. Make a reservation and check it out.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food—had the Kale Caesar salad with salmon and a cocktail—the “apples” cocktail (“How do you like them apples” I think it’s called). Would definitely go again, but if you don’t like anchovies on your salad, make sure to specify!

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OT
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty food with excellent service! I highly recommend the quarter pounder (which are actually 3 large chocolate chip cookies). A simple American cuisine.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday surprise for my wife

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn’t planned to eat at The Smith , but I am so glad we did! Our overall experience was amazing! Location, waitress, FOOD and vibe. My boyfriend and I split the Hot Potato chips with blue cheese fondue (not pictured bc we quickly devoured them), baby gem wedge , the Saturday short rib and caramelized apple pie topped with bourbon ice cream 🤤 (also not pictured bc we devoured it immediately). Everything was amazing and perfectly seasoned. The vibe was chill and our waitress was great. I definitely recommend!

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e
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Reliable addition to the U Street scene. Good traditional but updated menu. Great cocktails, nice wine list. Have become our go to favorite.

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RC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a Lincoln Theater show and The Smith is ridiculously convenient. The physical plant is appealing, the service was very attentive and the beer reasonably priced and interesting. It was burger night (16 bucks for burger and beer) and so three of us had Octoberfest Victory beers and burgers, Fries were good, healthier participants had frigging brussel sprouts which were evidently tasty and burgers were very good.

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K
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I enjoyed this restaurant very much. We chose it because we were attending a concert afterwards at the Lincoln Theatre. The food and service were good. I was disappointed that the music was so loud. Between the loud music, the marble floors and metal walls, it was too noisy for me. For that reason I probably won't be back.

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CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, great service but so noisy that I could not hear anything that the people I was with said. I had a table in the bar section near the door. I suspect this is a noisier part of the place. While I am happy to be in a vibrant exciting restaurant, part of the reason to go out with people is to be able to build my relationship over a shared experience. This one did not allow us to communicate well with each other.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and really friendly staff!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Too loud. 95 decibels = lawn mover. Even with a reservation seated at bar tables, not dining room. Dining room was much quieter. Confusion by servers on who got what dishes.

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JJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had a large group for a birthday but the servers were great and food delicious. Little loud for conversation so probably would go with a private room next time.

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection! Exactly what I expect from The Smith. Nick Azzara is a delight and the food was superb.

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LA
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Order the fried chicken. It's the best I've ever had in my life. The service was excellent. Our server Will went above and beyond! If you ever go when the weather's nice sit by the open doors. It's fun to people watch and see the sights.

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AB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were great. Unfortunately, the linen napkins were so cheap that my lap was covered by unremovable lint when I left so I was a mess for the rest of the day. Had to take clothes to cleaners to have the napkin lint removed. I don’t think we’ll be back.

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I arrived on time, but the restaurant was busy and wasn’t able to seat us for 35 minutes after our reservation. The staff seemed overwhelmed for a Sunday. The food and drinks were fine, though - I would try it again for sure because I liked the ambience.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

It was very busy, which I understand makes things difficult. But we saw our waitress once. The rest of the time we were served by either the manager or whichever busser we were able to flag to down.

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New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall great experience. We were seated later than our reservation on Saturday night but were not in a rush. The service was fine but the food was great. Very full restaurant and a little loud but could still have a conversation. Always a good go to.

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NM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great brunch deal - Entree included a free cocktail (usually 11-12 dollars).

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BM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found my new fav brunch menu place in dc! My party was late but manager Devon was super accommodating, letting server know about my allergy and giving us a table that accommodated my dining mate's baby. Steak and eggs was amazing, as was the Gatsby cocktail and jalepeño cheddar grits.

My NYC friends hyped this place up for a while and now I see why. Beautiful space, great food, excellent service from Kristin. Looking forward to my next visit to DC. Will need to come back for the U Street Burger!

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MA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The menu is odd. The food is just average but the prices are crazy expensive.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

So this was my first time experiencing The Smith.... I was really excited and from the outside it looked FABULOUS... walked in...giving Diner🤔... in a cosmopolitan vibe which is fine but at first glance it was giving me Great Gatsby!
The place was super packed, too loud, felt like folks were squeezed in...Waitress seemed stressed! THEN the food came... friend and I ordered a few items, first bit🙄 was toooooo salty!! We were displeased and disappointed! Paid for the meal... let the waitress know about our experience. Next thing I know the manager came over and was so pleasant, apologies that food wasn’t to our liking and comp the meal. That was great customer service!!! The beautiful African American women with fab style, distinct look and pleasant personality!

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r
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite place that’s not expensive in DC. Their fried chicken is spicy and crunchy, yet juicy and the grits are amazing.

Brunch options are always great: my favorites are the avocado toast, Sicilian eggs and the pot pie.

The donut dessert is also amazing!

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DH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. Too loud though, it's an American bistro.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I just thought the service could have been better.

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NG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is good, but service during brunch hours isn't great. Our server was distracted by larger parties and as a result was not attentive to our table.

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