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.
Food was good. As usual with most DC brunch places, it was a bit noisy for table conversation.
I’m we went for Sunday brunch to celebrate my one year wedding anniversary. I was so pleased with the staff for acknowledging the note I left with the reservation. I plan on having my 3 year old’s birthday brunch there next month! I’m hoping for the same awesome service!
The restaurant was amazing! We went for my birthday brunch and it was perfect. The food, the atmosphere and the location was perfect! The only rough thing about eating there is an outside factor (parking) it took over 15 min to find something which lead to everyone being late. OVERALL I would go again!!! But using uber and metro would be a must on the weekends!
Amazing brunch food. Service was a bit of a mess though.
Delightful meal - comfort food taken up a notch. We shared the Pot Pie Poppers, Baked Brie and Fried Chicken - all excellent. Yummy, satisfying and plenty of food for 2. The cocktails were fun, but the food was the thing. The service was competent, quick and efficient, if not overly friendly. The ambience was upbeat, fun, and lively -but not noisy. All in all a great night.
As a whole dishes were beautifully prepared and displayed but flavors were very bland in both appetizers as well as main courses ordered. I ordered a sidecar as a cocktail and the mix was far off of the mark.
Fantastic and innovative menu, everything that we ordered was delicious.
I’m ambivalent. good comfort food but fairly heavy handed in seasoning. Delicious cocktail and great server.
Fantastic brunch. Food was amazing in presentation and flavors. Great staff. We will definitely go back again and again.
The food was sublime and the service impeccable
Great food and service!! Good pricing considering the neighborhood. Our server, Kyle, really took his time with us.
Modern concept of an old-style diner, but with 5-Star menu of food & beverages. From appetizer (baked Brie) to the meals (shrimp & grits and crab pasta) with side (amazingly light corn bread muffins) followed by dessert (cheesecake cloud) we had a fabulous time. Ask for Ashley
Wonderful chick pea stew!
Amazing food, fabulous service!
Unconventional Diner has one of the more “unconventional “ menus I’ve seen in DC in recent years. And the food is consistently unconventional and delicious. The wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly and helps you decipher the menu and decide how much to order, a service not found often enough in restaurants. The chicken parmigiana is not like mom’s —it is different and better. Caribbean shrimp and grits was just what you would expect and probably a dish you won’t find in other restaurants. The shiitake spring rolls are crunchy and full of flavor. The portions are generous, but don’t leave without trying the apple cobbler. It’s large enough to be shared by the entire table, and just in case you have a large crowd and want a second dessert, the lemon meringue is top rate.
Everything was delicious and the service was friendly and not overly solicitous.
Very cool experience. Love the offering of vegan and non-vegan selections. The beet juice is amazing! Overall great experience.
This menu is really cool. Highly recommend for those looking for something for Brunch beyond the usual variations of eggs, meat and potatoes. Brunch cocktails are something quite new and different, too.
Good food, but not blown away as I was expecting. Was also very hot and stuffy inside. Would tell recommend someone give it a try, though.
Excellent food, shrimp and grits was amazing!! Service was very poor and slow..
Four of us had a lovely Sunday brunch as Unconventional Diner. Interesting menu, delicious food and an attractive place to eat. We will be back!
Excellent food, excellent drinks, and fun wait staff. Two thumbs up!
Very cold, sat next to drafty door. Coffee was more sweet, than coffee flavored. Thanks
This was our second visit to the diner. We ordered a mix of old and new dishes - love the light batter of the fish sticks and their Safran aioli ans the kale nachos were fun and so much more interesting than real nachos. The French dip pappardelle is also one of my favourites on the menu - full of flavours. The place was however freezing, quite uncomfortably so. Upon departure we made a comment to the manager/ front of house person and she said they had had trouble with their heater. I would have appreciated being notified of it earlier, with an apology or reassurance. It was hard to enjoy the evening fully. Overall a good place for some classics and some really fun takes on classics but more of a family place than date night (lacking in ambiance with the decor and harsh lights). We will be back as a family !
Just terrific! Loved the broccolini and okra, the Shiitake spring rolls, the great chicken parm Florentine, the fried chicken, and fantastic carrot cake and pistachio ice cream. Thank you, Chef David Deshaies!
Great food and service. Highly recommend this spot!
Tried it for the first time just for brunch and loved it. Immediately recommended it to my sister for her birthday dinner who enjoyed it at least as much as I did. Definitely an energetic, younger crowd, so be prepared to speak up to make sure everyone hears you.
The food and service was good. There are an array of dishes, which are hard to choose from and honestly, you can't go wrong. I had the Moroccan Grits and have no regrets. The highlights of the dish were well seasoned cheeses grits and 3 lamb merguezs. I'll be back.
Love Unconventional Diner--especially the fried chicken. But on this particular occasion, I got the salmon. Mistake. Go for something else on the menu. Everything else I've had there was delicious!
It’s a bit pricy but we had great food snd service. Moroccan taquitos are served like long breadsticks. They are flavorful and crunchy and served with a tasty harissa salsa. My Lebanese fried rice was full of plump raisins and crunchy almonds an topped with two fried eggs cooked for the right amount of runny yolk. My daughter had meatloaf which she said was very flavorful and nicely unusual with the Sriracha glaze. My Hotel California was nice but had too much salt. Warning - there is no parking nearby. Take metro or reserve parking (SpotHero).
The Unconventional Diner was outstanding in every way, especially the taste and quality of the meals we ordered.
Awesome breakfast! I got the brussels and eggs and it was so so good. Great portion sizes and delicious. Bloody Mary was excellent! Overall great meal with great service!
Great place for friends to meet for brunch. Creative food and amazing beverages. A bit too noisy for a work brunch but a small group would be ok. Be prepared for brunch only menu.
Best part of this place was my server, Acadia. impeccable people skills, perfect timing, and always a smile in spit if how busy she was.
she recommended first two items i review here.
Chicken pot poppers. excellent chicken pot pie bites in size of a tator tot, though you dont get that many.
shrimp and grits very tasty. spicy. shrimp, and kielbasa - nice blend of flavor and presentation.
avacado toast best ive ever had.
chunkt, red onion, egg yolk and other ingredients with a small bagette of toasted multigrain.
Enthusiastic knowledgeable server. We wanted to try everything on the menu, and went with his favorites which didn’t disappoint. The eggs and bacon dessert was a special treat.
The menu was very diverse offering something for everyone; however, many of the dishes required required guidance from first time diners. The waitress was not helpful and had a very somber disposition. She did not greet us warmly and we felt our questions were problematic for her rather than an opportunity to showcase the food. We loved our dishes but did not get a warm and welcoming feeling based solely on our waitress.
I asked if I needed a side with my meal. I really did not and I left most of the collard greens that were not all that nice anyway.
Curious twists on comfort food. Not sure if it all works, though. Sometimes feels as if they're trying too hard with both food and service. Pot pie bites were very good when hot but as they cooled, the texture suffered. Chickpea stew was packed with flavors, one of which (alas) didn't sit well with me. (Harissa, perhaps?) Chicken Florentine arrived as a party accompanied by pasta what was a bit too al dente. But, but, but -- the dessert we had? Wow! Pistachio ice cream and mango-passion fruit sorbet were *superb*, flavorful and creamy. I'd give UD another try when I return to DC -- and would be sure to try other dessert options.
Great overall dinner experience. Plan on returning for brunch.
Food was excellent, water was prompt, patient, and explained the dishes. Only quibble is that the sound lovel was a dull roar, making it difficult to hold a conversation, even with the person sitting right next to me. I get that some noise makes a restaurant 'lively,' but please, put in some sound-adsorbing tiles in the ceiling or something.