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 153 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.0
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4.4
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NB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anthony was more like an attentive butler than a waiter, knowing when to approach without being intrusive. The menu is limited yet the offerings were well prepared. Great spot for breakfast.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

No lunch on Sundays...
small menu

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Study is a new and hidden gem in Old Town. The venue is small which allows for an intimate experience. The food is simply excellent. We ordered several small plates and couldn’t have enjoyed them more. The piano music is “old school” in a great way. There are any number of places playing music, but very few with a pianist who was classic and fun at the same time. The food and wine menus are limited but that just made the evening simpler and more enjoyable. Give me ten excellent choices rather than twenty that are all OK. We enjoyed every aspect of our evening. A great hang out, dress up, eat, enjoy, date night venue with ambiance.

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is great!!! Super attentive and kind

RG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Perhaps this was just NYE but the service was terrible. I sat at the bar, ordered a glass of wine about 3 times and never got a single drink served to me the whole night. I also only got about half the food I ordered. I was also there for about 2.5 hours because the bartender was so slow.

GP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jim our bartender was friendly and fun to talk with. The food was great! Will be back

c
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We were in Mt. Vernon and Alexandria for the day and we had dinner in Alexandria after our sightseeing day. Nice place, it was inside a hotel which I didn’t know but still so nice. We were early because we were tired and had to drive back to DC and return our car, so not sure how crowded it gets. Only down side was all of the food came at once so the pace of eating was off. Couldn’t finish all of it so had to take some home.

A
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My siblings and I took my Dad there for his birthday lunch on a Friday afternoon. We enjoyed nice cocktails, lunch and good service. They very kindly gave us a complimentary dessert to share in celebration of my Dad’s birthday.

JP
Pittsburgh
37 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and generous sized small plates! We had fried chicken, beet salad, short ribs, pork belly tacos, and lamb chops. Everything was excellent. We highly recommend the food.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience1

I made reservations at the study because I thought it would be a nice quiet place that was festive for me and some friends to grab food and a drink. It started off as quiet - we were sat at the dining room to the side of the bar. But then a woman sat at a table next to us and yelled on her phone for the next hour and half. For some reason it appeared as if she were a manager or owner but the yelling was very disruptive and no one on staff asked her to keep it down. The service was also extremely slow. About 30 minutes to get drinks both times we ordered. I’m disappointed because the Study could be a really special place to gather if the service and ambience were better.

D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience1

The staff could not have been nicer but this is not a great lunch spot. We were the only folks there and while the food was good enough, nothing special. It is such a good location in Alexandria and we expected a little holiday coziness. Perhaps another meal of the day there is more festive.

MA
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, quality of food, and attentiveness of the staff were absolutely exceptional! I haven't had such a great experience in a while. What a perfect evening and a perfect spot in Old Town!

DR
Washington DC
3 reviews
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
6 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
2 reviews
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
6 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
17 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
74 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
7 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
20 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.