Unconventional Diner

4.7
1085 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 anticipated 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.

There are no reservations required for Breakfast/Lunch Monday through Friday as it is Quick Service and we have plenty of space!

Please note we do not seat partial parties. We will only hold reservations for 15 minutes.
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M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Great food but the service continually leaves a lot to be desired. This was my third time there and the service each time has been inattentive and slow. A shrieking baby next to our table with parents who didn't pick up on social cues to do something about it also detracted from the meal.

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

I went here for breakfast on a Sunday at 11 AM. I recommend reserving a table beforehand as a lot of people came in without a reservation, and found out they had to wait like 30 minutes to an hr to be seated. With that being said, the food was great. My table had French toast, pancakes, fried chicken, sausage, a waffle, and a mimosa on it. All of it was great. The portions here aren't too big, so you and your party can try out different options. There's also a lot of space inside the place, so you won't feel like you're crammed, which is uncommon for DC. Lol. I definitely recommend going to unconventional diner to dine!

M
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Enjoyed my egg sandwich and merguez sausages. The Benedict was a bit funky, but OK. My son and daughter loved their shakes and detox smoothie. Service was a bit forgetful.

C
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service could have been better. Waitress was very friendly, but didn’t see her often. But, the food more than made up for it. Literally one of the best meals I have ever had. Will be back soon!

R
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was outstanding. Service was incredibly meh. Kinda tarnished the image.

OT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were delicious and wonderful. I loved the Chicken Parm Florentine

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing experience

p
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding.

JW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I did restaurant week menu. Loved the beet salad. Enjoyed my meal

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious meal. Great value for restaurant week. Would definitely go back. Fried chicken was wonderful

FR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cara and her staff are terrific and chef David continues to create delicious cuisine

SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Love this restaurant, but a repeat visit during Restaurant Week was not up to the standard I have previously enjoyed. The food is always delicious- but please try to seat your Reservations on time. A seating 15 minutes late on a one hour lunch break really inhibits the diner's ability to enjoy.

TLDR: Go, the food is amazing, decor is fun, but please allow for a seating delay if you also have a one hour lunch break.

KL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to the restaurant. I love the decor. The food and service was good. I look forward to going back again.

KW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal we’ve had in DC. Thanks for making our evening a special night.

CG
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fresh food made with care. Plenty of vegan options. Great ambience

O
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

A great place to go for people who have food allergies/intolerances. It's great that the menu includes information regarding major allergens or foods to avoid (not all, but some of the big ones), so you don't have to feel like a pain asking for the information. I went during restaurant week, so the restaurant was packed and the service was a little slow. I imagine this was only because of how busy restaurant week can be. The food was delicious, and I can't wait to go back.

IG
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

After reading a few Yelp reviews, I wanted to find out for myself! As a foodie, I was pleasantly surprised and will definitely go back again!

ML
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal! The dishes are very creative and the flavors are well balanced. Friendly staff and great service. A modern take on diner food.

SB
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wanted to have dinner and celebrate my birthday with my girls and UD did not disappoint! Dino (manager) worked with me to accommodate my party of 10, even though it was restaurant week. I truly appreciate his responsiveness and warm welcome when we arrived!
We had the pot pie poppers, roasted cauliflower, cornbread muffins and chicken Parmesan. Everything was delicious but I especially loved the pot pie poppers and chicken parm.
I will definitely be back to try brunch!

L
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

restaurant week experience. sunny eggs and bacon was unique and yummy

OT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and lovely venue! Good brunch place, definitely reccomend.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic menu. It certainly has something for everyone, somewhat adventurous or conservative.

Service is outstanding.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Came for brunch. Server was incredibly friendly, gave great recommendations and efficient/unobtrusive service. Food was fantastic - had the Shakshuka and it was 10/10. My friend’s Chicken and Waffles looked so good. GM Dino is a gem. Thanks for a great time!

EB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really lovely brunch. Challenging to choose just one thing from the menu, but I decided to go with the Caribbean shrimp and grits. Perfect combination of sweet and spicy (quite spicy). The plantains were such an interesting sweet twist on traditional shrimp and grits. Would love to go back for the rest of the menu! They had another grits dish that sounded awesome. Restaurant is large and spaced out so easy to get a table but not crammed with people or too loud. The staff constantly refilled our waters and had our orders taken and to the table really quickly. Overall a solid experience that I would recommend!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Plenty of reservations available on the weekday we went for dinner between 5:00 and 6:00. Nice atmosphere and not loud.

TD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great service at the bar, delicious food will definitely go back again.

S
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been hearing about this place for a while but had not tried it. We thought we might be taking a bit of a flyer, but we absolutely loved it and will look forward to returning soon. We ordered three appetizers (mezza, tostada, and broccolini) and that was very satisfactory for dinner

b
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this place!

DC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Food-delicious as always!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was tight, shake was dope. Sat us 15 minutes after our reservation then ten minutes before a waiter came over.

BB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food

JF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

End of summer internship celebration

NG
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The overall experience was excellent but it was too noisy to have a conversation easily.

s
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a table on the sideline which was quieter. Food was great

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The French toast was pretty awful, unless you like wet, soggy bread, I guess. It didn’t feel like it had cooked for nearly long enough. The Eggs Jamedict was yummy, as were the drinks (although we didn’t get our drinks until after our food came out - not a big deal, but... yeah).

AR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The french toast, pancakes, and shakes are all amazing! Great quality, unique food in a nice environment!

KW
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding experience at the Unconventional Diner- wonderful, inventive cuisine and good service. Overall, an excellent value.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved our server, Keenya. She was very helpful and friendly. She helped us narrow down our choices. The food was outstanding. It was initially quiet but by 12:30 it was very loud. Restaurant was clean and the bus service was prompt and courteous. We will be back!

DW
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Kelley was excellent!!! The food, as always, was excellent!

T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The restaurant had a modern look with an open feel. Good food with unusual combinations of flavors. Great place for vegetarians.

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