Unconventional Diner

4.7
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1529 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.

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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!!!

DC
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
44 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!!

JM
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