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Unconventional Diner

4.7
4.7
1616 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 9:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 847-0122

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    David Deshaies

  • Private party facilities

    At this time we are not accepting inquiries for private events.

  • Neighborhood

    Shaw

  • Cross street

    Between M Street and N Street NW - Across from Blagden Alley

  • Parking details

    There is only street parking in front of Unconventional Diner. The closest paid parking ramp is at the Cambria Hotel. The Cambria Hotel parking entrance is two blocks north between O and P streets.

  • Public transit

    Mt. Vernon Square - Convention Center

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,616 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. k

    kgindc

    Washington DC

    150 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely superb. Great food, great service, great adherence to social distancing and cleanliness requirements.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Server was great. Black male (didn’t get his name). Food was alright and the cost was much higher than I’d expected
  3. LL

    LeticiaL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    By some reason our reservation was cancelled a couple of minutes before we arrived. Beside that, our experience was great! The cauliflower salad is amazing!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service and noise level was excellent!
  5. AB

    AlexB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2020

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Good brunch
  6. DC

    DCDiner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Presentation of the food was wonderful! The place lived up to his name, everything was Unconventional in great way.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dining experience and service was great in spite of the pandemic. The food was delicious. I’m looking forward to going back again soon.
  8. m

    macattack

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2020

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Staff was so nice to my dogs. Thank you!!
  9. J

    Jada

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVED Unconventional Diner! The waiters were so accomodating and checked on us often. The food was beautiful and so good - I had the french toast and side of fries (highly recommend)!
  10. SB

    SB15

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was great!
  11. KL

    KenL

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Mezze ever, the Pappardelle French Dip was a big step above great Stroganoff and the Baked Brie appetizer was the most incredible ever
  12. DC

    DCGuy

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and really prepared for serving during the pandemic.
  13. J

    Juanfmeneses

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. The cheeseburger was superb
  14. SJ

    SteveJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The best Shrimp & Grits I've ever had. The host was very stressed and not particularly friendly. Our waitress Ashley was very nice. We sat outside and it was fine.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Covid protocols and outdoor dining was comfortably in the shade during AM. Food was excellent. Our Server, Ashley, was wonderful. Can’t wait to go back.
  16. B

    Breezey

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Tasty twists on some traditional and not so traditional brunch items. We would go back !
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was great. The food was amazing. The service was impeccable.
  18. MF

    MissFord

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food was truly unconventional, I seen pleasant of interesting dishes exit the kitchen. Only thing I would say I didn’t approve of is my dirty Caesar salad which had iceberg as it base green. However the squid ink croutons, what can I say unconventional and delicious. I would definitely go again.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was cute inside! They have plexy glass around the tables to ensure the safety measures. 11/10
  20. d

    ddda

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was awesome! I went for brunch and everything was great!!
  21. BE

    BostonEats

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Very attentive service. Everyone was was warm and make sure I had everything I needed. My water glass was always refilled. The food was fine. The crab hushpuppies were too dense and not crisp enough. The chicken parm was fine. The spaghetti on the side needed something. It was too bland.
  22. JH

    JesseH

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun and delicious food. Service was very good and friendly, too.
  23. a

    ajz14

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My waiter was Kyle. He was awesome! He was very cool to talk to and was super nice. The food was outstanding. I definitely recommend the brussel sprouts; either the brunch or dinner option. Definitely coming back here again!
  24. LC

    LuciaC

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place great food and great service
  25. k

    km18

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The service was slightly slow, but the food was amazing and the ambiance was great! I would highly recommend!
  26. S

    Skim88

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    UD is doing a fantastic job keeping everything really clean and safe feeling with COVID. The food was as well done and creative as usual! Will definitely be back.
  27. M

    Martin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You must try the Lebanese Fried Rice and the Brussel Sprout Eggs!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. I will be back
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We went to this restaurant with a few friends and the staff were very courteous and kept their eye on our needs throughout the entire meal. The food was well made and tasted good as well. I’d recommend this restaurant as a chill night out kinda place with friends.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food! Cute atmosphere accommodated outside seating. Service was attentive. Cocktails were original and delicious. We came for restaurant week but this will easily become a new favorite!
  31. VM

    VeronicaM

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2020

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    I dont know if the cook was off but the food wasnt great. I ordered the crab hush puppies and they were cold in the middle. I also got the chessburger and there was so much black pepper on the meat I could barely finish it. I couldnt taste anything but pepper. the dessert was the only upside
  32. m

    monicab

    Detroit

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous experience Sunday night and all had the restaurant week menu. We went for the chicken parm and it did not disappoint. What a great selection of dishes for restaurant week too! Excellent service, food AND cocktails to be had at Unconventional Diner. And comfortable outdoor seating and all Covid rules being followed.
  33. NC

    NamesCharlie

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time dining out since the pandemic hit and we felt extremely safe here. We opted for outside seating for personal comfort reasons. Not only were many safety measures taken but the level of service remained top notch. James and Dino really made sure were taken care of and support staff did a great job as well. Thank you for making it a special night and for putting us at ease.
  34. JP

    JadePlant

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was so delicious. Server was so great and other staff did a great job! I love the new plexiglass panels between the tables... I hope they leave them up always!
  35. SF

    SoulFoodie

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    To me, Restaurant Week is about trying new places and even though I'd been to Unconventional Diner right before the pandemic broke out, all of the mayhem deleted it from my memory. So my family and I cautiously ventured and were happy to see the measures UD has taken to protect its staff and guests (including plastic partitions, which allowed me to actually relax and enjoy the experience). The double cheeseburger is a national treasure and the crab hush puppies are little balls of joy on a plate. Also, the chocolate cake is delightful. Highly recommend.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best breakfasts I’ve had in a very long time.
  37. SG

    StaciaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal inside was terrific, service was great and social distancing measures were clearly in place. We felt very safe and also had a really enjoyable dinner. The dining room noise levels were well below pre-COVID, and honestly we prefer the quieter experience.
  38. LJ

    LisberthJ

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything on this menue is good. Literally.
  39. ND

    NiaD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food, Varied options, good serving size, friendly and helpful staff.
  40. RG

    RicardoG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought my sister in from out of town and she loved it as much as I do.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Unconventional Diner offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 847-0122.

Unconventional Diner is rated 4.7 stars by 1616 OpenTable diners.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between M Street and N Street NW - Across from Blagden Alley

  • Neighborhood

    Shaw

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 9:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    There is only street parking in front of Unconventional Diner. The closest paid parking ramp is at the Cambria Hotel. The Cambria Hotel parking entrance is two blocks north between O and P streets.

  • Public transit

    Mt. Vernon Square - Convention Center

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    David Deshaies

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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