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Unconventional Diner

4.7
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1565 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 1565 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.5
service
4.5
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, the atmosphere and the service!

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Shade
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The waiter was very rude to us & acted inappropriately.

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BillT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent, love the food and the service was great.

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Stingerhere128
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice experience. Food was very enjoyable with good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The customer service and food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful attention to detail in regards to covid 19 precautions!

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vipCherrodC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food and service. Those blueberry pancakes are heaven.

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NANDT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. A slight twist on your favorites but all very delicious!!

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LoveenaG
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back here post lockdown. Service is impeccable as always and food is delicious. There are clear plexi glass dividers between tables, which is great. The restaurant is big and tables are spaced out enough so you are socially distanced.

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tessm
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Good food originally served. Definitely recommend.

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vipDCDiner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clever and interesting menu. Everything we had was delicious. Great brunch spot

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Great
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing 👏 glad to have them back!! Very warm and welcoming greeting. James provided amazing customer service. Food was spectacular as always. It was great to see all the post pandemic changes. I felt very secure and tactfully spaced. Dining felt like normal. Thank you UD

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SineadS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here is amazing, as is the service. The restaurant has a very delicate decor that has a soft modern flow, but very comfortable. Their vegan and vegetarian options are delicious, as was their meat options. I would definitely recommend this place.

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CrystalG
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here twice so far and both times were so great. The service and the food is so amazing. I feel the drinks are overpriced ($11 for a flute of some cheap orange juice and sparkling wine) but the food is spectacular. Also, they’re doing a great job taking precautions for their guests and employees during the pandemic. Definitely worth the drive (I’m from Baltimore) and money! I will be back soon to try more items!

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vipBMckey
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm a firm believer that Unconventional Diner has one of the best brunches in the city bcus of how non traditional their menu is. The service and food were great as usual. They also have adapted nicely to the pandemic and I felt very safe. All the staff had on masks, they had a separate entrance and exit to improve the flow of traffic and they also had plexi glass in between the booth tables which highly impressed me.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places DC has to offer. I will be attending again for the delicious brunch i heard about!

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SaadMo
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a spontaneous brunch to the unconventional dinner, we really enjoyed the food and the service so much.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very impressed with everything.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pancakes I’ve ever had

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Steve
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Open as part of DC phase 2, complete with QR coded menu and Plexiglas between tables. Food and service were excellent. Nice drink options from the bar too.

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Gabe
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the interior was very clean / sanitized frequently

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NadiaP
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I were in visiting from PA, and this was the perfect place for us! We loved the food and the atmosphere of the diner itself and can’t wait to come back to DC to eat there again! Definitely somewhere we will always keep in our lists of to-dos when returning!

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GloriaR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
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.

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 1565 OpenTable diners.

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