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Unconventional Diner

4.7
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1543 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Unconventional Diner serves inspired dishes that blend soulful comfort with haute technique. The menu is studded with imaginative delights that echo the restaurant's name, from French fries with "sexy sauce" to spring rolls with "Franch" dressing to a meatloaf "nothing like anyone's mom's.” Chef David Deshaies, a much-praised protege of Michel Richard, is the culinary force behind this highly acclaimed spot in Shaw. Craft beer and cocktails add to the alchemy for diners looking for an entertaining (and delicious) culinary experience.

For parties larger than six, please contact the restaurant at 202.847.0122.

Reservations are strongly encouraged and available up to 60 days prior to date of dining.

We encourage all complete parties arrive on time as we are only able to hold your reservation 15 minutes beyond your reserved time.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1543 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GloriaR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During Covid 19 crisis the restaurant was very compliant with current guidelines.

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EJC7832
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The best French Toast! Excellent coffee. Avocado toast got rave reviews and the Moroccan grits!

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abigailw
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We could not have asked for a better dining experience!! Biscuit Benedict and spicy chicken sandwich were some of the best brunch entres we have had in DC!

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HilaryH
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place and awesome staff! I would definitely recommend visiting this restaurant!

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Angel
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. The corn bread waffle and plantains in shrimp and grits were phenomenal. Staff was very friendly and did a good job following social distancing guidelines.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Unconventional Diner. The cocktails were delicious. The food was good. I would recommend this restaurant to others!

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AmandaH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, and every dish/drink we tried was delicious!

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CelinaO
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service......couldn't ask for more!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always & so reasonable. A true gem

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My roommate and I went here for my birthday brunch. She got the corned beef hash and I got the chicken and waffles. We highly recommend both. This is a spicier chicken and waffles but it was incredible and the gravy is unreal good. We got the china doll/girl drink to start. Little sweeter than we both prefer but a fun drink to have. Then she got the cocktail with espresso and I got the beasts of burden. Both were great but we HIGHLY RECOMMEND the espresso cocktail. Holy smokes it’s like cold brew/latte esq and sooo good. We wish we had just done two rounds of that. Overall great meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food... excellent service - the GM and Felix were outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful and the food was absolutely delicious!

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MileM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in dc, different to other restaurant that do brunch

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NewFlavors
New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with traditional and unique options. Warm, kind attentive service. Cool, low key atmosphere. I was working out of town and my family visited me here - they discovered this place. We came here four times over two and a half weeks. They sweetly gave us a complimentary dessert on the fourth visit. I will definitely return here to eat again the next time I’m in DC. Loved everything about my experience!!!

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DCGuy
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a creative and interesting menu. The food and service were excellent. I'll definitely be back to try more of the food.

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Lauren
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

delicious food, incredible ambiance, great staff!!

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Greg
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great, the atmosphere is wonderful. I'd highly recommend. You'll definitely need a reservation.

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RussellA
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It has been and still remains food, service and taste way above the standards one would expect in a similar restaurant.
In my view the best restaurant in the district

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had some super fire French toast, and a cappuccino would recommend to my grandma her sister and her brother in law

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vipSarahC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my new favorite restaurant in DC. I wanted to try everything on the menu!

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RosannaH
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place, but pretty noisy. It proved to be a bit hard to hear the person that I was with. Food was ok and the decor was nice.

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Sass
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group really loved the Diner! We had blueberry pancakes straight from heaven, and chicken and waffles that rivaled LA's Rosco's! Friendly and attentive service rounded out a perfect brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, INCREDIBLE food. All four people in our party were blown away. Highly recommend the Corned Beef Hash, the Chicken Sandwich (the Sriracha Honey is so good), and the Brussel Sprouts.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food

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donna14200
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

2nd time here. Food way richer than 1st time. Disappointed. Everything had way too much fat bordering on greasy = kale nachos, linguine w/ crab, shitake spring rolls. We were there early but service was still kind of slow.

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LuvFood
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again Unconventional Diner delivers. Finally made it to brunch and it was Awesome! Worth waking up for. Can’t wait to go back for dinner again. Highly recommend.

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SLCSW
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was quick and excellent. Food was fresh and delicious.

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vipsusan
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fried chicken. Also loved the cornbread muffins.

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vipBigplate
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have eaten here many times before. I felt like the food went down a notch--the chicken parm in particular, which I have loved, was somewhat overfried, the sauce didn't taste as good as usual, and the pasta too was not as tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Each time I come, the food is amazing and the service is great!!

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vipJM14
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Everything was tasty, but my pet peeve is ordering a martini, getting charged $15, then i get 2 ounces of gin in a 5+ ounce martini glass. I said "is this a half martini?" and was told by our server "it's 2 ounces". Well serve it in a 2 ounce martini glass then or charge me $3-5 more to get a real martini in the 5 ounce glass. I just don't get it when a restaurant or bar thinks it's okay to serve a thimble of a martini in a regular martini glass. The optics are simply like "why bother" especially for martini lovers. Like i said, charge me more to get a real martini or change the size of your martini glasses to fit your thimble-like size of a martini serving.

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Sammm
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a really nice brunch at Unconventional Diner! Really enjoyed all the food we ordered and the staff were very accommodating to dietary issues.

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Landscaper
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet friends for dinner. Interesting takes on comfort food — all delicious!

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JenniferM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, drinks and fabulous service!!

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vipDCFoodie
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Everything was superb. The food, presentation & service was exceptional. Should be considered 1 of the top dinning destinations in DC. Shared corn muffins, fish sticks, lamb quesadilla & Lebanese fried rice. Server suggested to add falafel & hummus to the fried rice. An excellent idea! Each dish was delicious. Each had a glass of wine. A bit overpriced per glass. Can't wait to return to enjoy these and other dishes. Kudos to the chef!

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vipDCJudy
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the brunch menu at Unconventional Diner was both unconventional and delicious. Service was friendly and efficient. We were with friends from out of town, and they were very impressed. So glad we chose Unconventional Diner for a “reunion” brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious meal. Different but not difficult to find something you want on the menu. Great place!

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fmp47
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent. I had (I cannot remember their name) roast beef with gravy over cheese and french fries. Very good, too big a serving. My wife the “Tip Top Chop”. A delicious salad with kale, quinoa, etc topped with cold smoked salmon. It was the best.

The service was very informative and prompt.

The only problem was I did not have enough room for dessert.

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EatOUT
Salt Lake City
31 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, friendly service, reasonable portions. My only complaint was the noise level. High ceilings and hard surfaces make hearing people around a larger table very challenging.

FAQs

Unconventional Diner does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Unconventional Diner also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 847-0122.

Unconventional Diner is rated 4.7 stars by 1543 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.