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68 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Groups

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Vendetta is definitely the place to go on Friday nights. With a full bar serving up a range of draft beers and cocktails, the fun is evident from the moment you walk through the door. There is much more than just drinking going on here, however, as the food continually gets rave reviews. The $2 taco Tuesdays at Vendetta have become especially popular.

If you are looking for a new happy hour location, Vendetta is also the place to be. With daily specials on the menu, and drink specials continuing into the night every day of the week, this establishment can easily become your regular hangout.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 12:00am
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Phone number
(202) 399-3201
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lawrence Semanyk
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Cross street
12th and H NE
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Parking details
Metered and un-metered street parking is available every day on H Street and the surrounding neighborhood.
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Public transit
Closest Metro: Union Station (Red Line) and New York Avenue (Red Line)
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Two 30-foot bocce ball courts are available for play on a first come, first serve basis during operating hours. The courts were constructed classically using stone, pulverized granite, and crushed oyster shell. There is no charge to play bocce however, groups wishing to reserve that court for private use are requested to email
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
3.7  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipumcp2011 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on June 18, 2015

This restaurant was incorrectly listed as an Italian restaurant on Open Table. It had one pasta dish that I can remember and it came out tasting somewhat cold/old, the meatballs tasted as like they were purchased in bulk, frozen. Overall, slightly disappointed. This "restaurant" is much more of a dive bar. Ordered a glass of wine which certainly tasted like it had been from a bottle open behind the bar for a few days. Would not come here for a nice or even quiet dinner - as many other patrons were very loudly playing the bocce and connect four games.

vipnesrobin4 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 25, 2015

My friend and I enjoyed our dinners. I think there is a disconnect between the online menu versus the actual menu, but I was able to enjoy the roasted chicken. Since the menu changes each season, we look forward to coming back to taste the other meal options.

smkb (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 25, 2015

Pretty standard brunch fare with good service. Restaurant was pretty empty, but that made it an easy seating for a table of six. Coffee was rather expensive compared to food.

jmg0354 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 18, 2015

Excellent service. All 6 members of our party ordered differently and were quite satisfied.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 9, 2015

Nice Neighborhood bar to relax and have a drink. Spaghetti with meatballs are quite tasty. Opera on tap was a unique experience and the venue was very appropriate.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 1, 2015

I went to Vendetta for the jazz brunch with the Captones, held on the first Sunday of every month. The brunch menu features lots of comfort food with some Italian flare, and the band did an excellent job with classics like Our Love Is Here to Stay and even La Vie en Rose. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Dulce1281 (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 4, 2015

The concept is nice, but when a group of 5 of us arrived for brunch, there was a very LOUD band playing. For brunch, seriously? We're talking drums so loud and a singer singing at the top of his voice so that I couldn't even hear the person across from me at the tiny table. I wasn't hungover (hadn't even been drinking the night before), and although the music was good, it quickly gave me a pounding headache and defeated the purpose of having brunch there.

The food also comes in wire baskets with tissue/wax paper in them, which was acceptable for serving burgers and fries, but definitely not for my sausage and biscuits. (Very messy.) Other than the Hangover Sandwich (which my husband loved), all of the rest of the food was blah.

And although the waiter did successfully get the band to quiet down (by dismissing the backup musicians), he was frequently absent, took a long time to take our orders, and forgot simple things (like bringing coffee out, without any sugar/cream or even offering. Then once asked, took about 15 minutes to even bring those.)

Like I said, good start, good concept, but needs serious improving.

Stephanie (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 6, 2014

Prosecco on tap makes for a fantastic bottomless brunch, and the service was exceptional! Everyone on my group had a great time :)

smrtcar (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 31, 2014

We visited on a double date with friends and started with a couple of drinks. Our food arrived, a little out of sequence but not a big deal, and it was delicious and fresh and hot. We played a couple of rounds of bocci and used the glow balls. The music was great for us and your server was friendly and fun. He made amends with the food sequencing with a round of limoncellos. :) We'll be back, and in greater numbers :)

wechslem (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 4, 2014

The food I ordered -- the grilled ceasar salad and the zucchini frieds -- were very tasty. But I ended up ordering them because I didn't really have a hankering for much else on the menu. I do wish the restaurant had more choices on the menu. And it also would have been nice to have the option of ordering a special--there were none.

Tabatha (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 27, 2014

Went for a birthday party. We had dinner and planned to get a bocce game going but were never quick enough to get to the court before someone else. Food was good. I had the vendetta burger. It was slightly overcooked but still good. The service slowed down after it got a bit busier but it wasn't impossible to place an order.

vipfood4aBOSS (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 26, 2014

Vendetta is a great restaurant with a wonderful ambience and great service. Everyone is always so friendly and prompt with delivery of our food and drink orders. The bartender is amazing, I've never complained or had to send a drink back. My friends and I like to eat and drink at Vendetta before checking out the dance scene on H Street. If you haven't been you should check it out. If for no other reason than to enjoy 50 cent fried oysters.

capitolhill71 (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on August 7, 2014

Both meals (chicken and calamari) were very dry and there were small bugs flying around our table since we were seared by the open front door. Don't plan to go back unless it is just for a beer.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on June 9, 2014

I wish I could say what my experience at Vendetta was, but other than standing at the host stand for 15 minutes waiting to be acknowledged I didn't have an experience. It was a serious disappointment since I was looking forward to eating here and trying a new place. It was frustrating. I even asked the bartender at one point if I should just take a table and she suggested waiting for the host. Long story short, I left annoyed.

The above ratings can't really be taken into consideration since I didn't eat there.

RyGuy11 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 31, 2014

Good atmosphere for a date night, easy for conversation and the indoor bocce court provides a nice touch

vipartjamac (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on April 16, 2014

My partner ordered chicken Marsala, but it did not taste like chicken Marsala. More like carbonara. She said there is not any wine in the sauce and the chicken is a little over dry. She's a chef herself. She knows what's good marsala is. I had Grilled eggplant involtitni. Under menu, it said "zucchini, tomatoes, porcini mushroom filling, served with chopped arugula salad." I was not expecting too SPICY tomatoes sauce in it and salad was way over dressed. Slippery greens. I sent complaints to the waitress and all i get was tons of apologies. Paid over $50 for dinner. Only good things are nice place to play bocce game & Happy hour drinks. Not planning to come to vendetta for mealtimes ever again.

vipmda559 (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on April 5, 2014

Come for the bocci and beer.....leave for the food.

walkingwounded (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on March 23, 2014

Service was great but the crab brunch item was a bit blah. The potatoes and sandwich was put in a wire basket vs a plate. cute but really tough to eat. the sandwich itself was pretty but the flavor blend was off. maybe a little old bay would pick It up. nice experiment but not sure I would go back

SpecialK (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2014

Menu has changed to fit the vibrant bocci ball/ bar scene. Homemade sausage sliders, burgers, crab cakes, prosecco on tap and a great beer selection. Great desserts--try the cannoli dip.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2014

In case you didn't know - Vendetta just changed their menu to be a bit less Italian restaurant and a bit more pub. The food was interesting and mostly tasty, but it seemed like they were still learning how to cook some of it. My hamburger was over cooked and the bacon was burnt to a crisp (which did make it easy to break off and not eat, but still), for instance.

That said, the service was very friendly and helpful - and he gave us a taste of their nice limoncello. We would come back, but hope they improve the execution of their otherwise interesting menu.