The Study

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Cocktail Bar
Welcome to The Study!
The Study is offering an elegant setting, positioning itself to be a gathering place for locals as well as hotel guests to escape the bustle of King Street and step into the timeless atmosphere of Old Town.
Like a book, The Study tells a story through the lens of its main characters – unique cocktails and a menu of seasonally inspired small plates.

The cocktails are crafted to highlight the elegance of the hotel, featuring bold flavors like Smoked Beef Tallow-infused Woodford Reserve, Mustard Seed Infused Apple Bitters, Rosemary Infused Aperol and Grapefruit Sherbet. . These thought-provoking elements are the foundation of The Study's concept, which offers an escape from the ordinary.
As an extension of the cocktail program, Chef McCall has carefully developed a menu that complements the sophistication of the spirits. The menu offers small, shareable plates with an emphasis on local product driven by the season
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Sun 10:00AM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 5:00PM - 6:15PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Sat 10:00AM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM

What 141 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The small plates were amazing!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & nice ambience.

PR
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Ok. Service was nice. But you had one person doing everything and running back and forth the whole time.

Could definitely use a hostess and some additional wait staff.

The food good, not great. Everyone enjoyed their meals but nothing that left us wanting to return.

Drinks were good probably the best part.

Would return for mAybe drinks and apps but nothing more.

DF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Service was courteous but very uneven. Food was terrific. Hope they’re able to increase the wait staff - great potential for a top notch restaurant.

AB
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The service was overwhelmingly poor, there was only one person waiting on the entire restaurant. The food was average. Would not recommend.

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is great place for a romantic dinner. The service is excellent as well, just for a perfect night with your love one. I recommend to order small plates and try different things.

c
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The Study cancelled brunch service without letting us know. We arrived then we're told due to low staffing that brunch was cancelled.

MP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for quiet and cozy, but especially quiet. Tired of shouting over an unholy din, as seems to be required in all the best Washington metro area restaurants. This new eatery was perfect for us, and it's located in a charming boutique hotel, Morrison House, in Old Town. The only drawback: Traffic if you're coming from Tysons Corner or Falls Church at rush hour on a Friday night. Still, it turned out to be worth it. We loved the cream of asparagus soup, the flank steak and the salmon, and decadent deserts. I'm trying the lamb next time. Tip: A more expansive website about what's on offer might be helpful.

IF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely charming! First: it's gorgeous, kind of elegant art deco. Second, the food choices lovely -- perfectly cooked lamb chops, a taste of heaven pork belly taco, great wine, beer and cocktail list, desserts so good that it seems that chef actually tasted them. Graceful, friendly service, and a live piano in the background. My new home away from home....

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience2

Swanky spot but could be better.
Lights could be a bit dimmer for a more romantic ambiance.
There's a piano player who plays music but that's about it. Once he/she stops playing, you can hear everyone's conversation. Some light music over speakers wouldn't hurt.
We only ordered 1 drink each and they were exceptional so 👍🏾

t
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice quiet place for a lovely weekday breakfast celebration

CW
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

My preferred Chef was not on duty tonight, that's why my rating wasn't a 5-star all the way.
The server was the only person covering the bar and restaurant. So, service was very slow.
The piano player was outstanding and helped to mask the arrival of an 8-person table.
The menu had changed and did not include the healthy and creative tapas I was spoiled by on my previous visit with my veteran Chef.

TO
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Study is a hidden gem in Old Town Alexandria! Situated in The Morrison Hotel, The Study is a relaxed lounge with delicious cocktails and a small plates menu. Our visit on a Thursday evening was greeted with a pianist playing requests, we lingered for a few hours enjoying a number of fine bourbons. We look forward to our next visit.

n
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amazing bartender and would Def go back for the lump crab toast... Delicious! Lamb and pork belly taco was so so.

MM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriends and I went here for dinner on a Saturday night. We were the only ones in The Study although there were others in the bar area. We received great attention from the waiter/bartender and chef.
Great food. Great drinks. Great ambiance. We plan on going back soon.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful small plates, we tried about all of them. The lamb is to die for, all were beyond exceptional. Craig, the weekend bartender was absolutely delightful to talk with and the people passing through were fun to talk with. As a local, this is a hidden gem and a fun way to see visitors to our great town.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter Anthony was great!

MB
Richmond
44 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Have had breakfast and bar bites at this restaurant. Both dayparts had excellent food. Usually only 1 waiter working as the restaurant is small and not very busy.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there with my family and had one of the best time near Washington. Service and food are excellent.

Y
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The menu options need to be updated on Open Table as now they only have "small plates". The food was pretty good and it was filling. The hostess/bartender/waitress Cynthia was GREAT. She encouraged us to give the small plates a chance and we are glad we stayed. After a while they had a live pianist and the place started to jump. I would go back for a nice summer happy hour.

JC
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food. Small plates aren’t very small, so one can serve as a meal.

SE
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

LOVE the decor and cocktails; it was a quite night, so the single person in charge of hosting, bartending and waiting did a good job of covering us (the only diners!) plus the bar guests. Food was okay...good taste, prepared fine, though it had just a touch of "not-quite-gourmet" to it. Still, we'd go again -- the place is so lovely and the drinks divine.

A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall I enjoyed my time. It was a little to quiet for my own taste, however I was there during brunch hour. Our server seemed to be distracted by other things. Overall food was good. I would go back, perhaps for the evening ambiance.

P
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food and decor are quite nice. But the service is ridiculous. The one guy working brunch was very nice, but there needs to be more staffing. All of the other reviews mention this -- and are accurate. We waited 20 mins to place our order and even longer for the food to arrive. Don't come hungry (or impatient).

SW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely, cozy restaurant! I went for Mother's Day brunch and was delighted to find that they were serving brunch all day. The staff was so nice and attentive and even took care of my mom's valet bill for Mother's Day. Great set-up, good food, nice people. Very special, I would recommend them to anyone!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Easter Sunday Brunch, only one server working the entire dining room. He did his best but what poor planning regarding staffing - its not hard to predict that on Easter they may have more diners than usual. The experience was hard to enjoy, the stress level was palpable.

DS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The restaurant was severely understaffed. One person did everything— he was a he host, server, and buster. Although he did his valiant best, the understaffing lead to slow service.

He ought to get a big bonus to encourage more employees to work on Easter.

S
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Unfortunately, the place was empty. And we weren’t super excited about the menu. The people were lovely, but we were looking for a different vibe and opted to move on.

KD
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Unfortunately unimpressed

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

It was empty and the chef still couldn’t get out a steak medium rare. It came out well done and we were the only ones in the restaurant. Sent it back and it came out and Uber rare. Also purple... staff was great but the food wasn’t!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Cant really recommend it as i may never eat there again. Wasn’t given an ice tea i asked for all i got was water the whole dinner. My wifes meat was undercooked then 2nd dish was completely raw. Bread was harder than a rock. Salmon was on the verge of not being cooked. And on top of that we were charged for a jumbo lump crab dinner that neither of us ordered. Only plus was the waitress was very nice and apologetic. Not impressed. And may hinder us ever eating or stating there. Sad because i had held the morrision house to such a high regard. Kind of an embarrassing valentines dinner.

LT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Service was not good i think you need more than one waiter and one that is not the bartender at the same time. Not sure we will return.

SZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Visited on a Friday night. Reservation was for 6:15 and we were the only ones in th dining room for probably 30 minutes. Makes you wonder but the food was very tasty, cocktails were good and when we left 2 other parties had arrived. It's not cheap...4 cocktails, 2 apps and a split entree came in at $120 but it was a nice date night.

N
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service was real slow and there were only two other people there. We kept having to re-ask for refills, water and in the end the wrong price was charged to our credit card which then had to be straightened out ... not the best experience

EW
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best gnocchi ever! The food was exquisite. Limited menu and fledgling restaurant (they had to get their dinner bread from another restaurant) but what they do have is delicious!

DC
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We planned to spend our New Years dinner here. We arrived and there was no host, no servers, only a single bartender working. We were not spoken to for 15 minutes after sitting down. We found another place within walking distance after waiting so long. This is obviously a sorry attempt at a hotel restaurant and not a serious restaurant. I will not be returning.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience4

This is a nice restaurant. However the Bartender was also acting as the waiter, the service suffered. Also the food was just ok.

j
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Very disappointing.
Zero ambience
Bad art poorly hung
So so food

J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great intimate experience tucked away in a hotel. It was tasty food and great service.

OT
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Cynthia was amazing and we had the whole place to ourselves! very romantic setting and the food is spectacular!