Woodward Table

4.3
1653 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Located just one block from The White House, Woodward presents a myriadof dining possibilities with two eateries...the main restaurant with its creative and diverse American menu and Woodward Takeout Food, a sprite artisanal alternative for breakfast and lunch. The soul of Woodward Table's cooking involves creating seasonal iconic American dishes with our chef's contemporary approach and a regional repertoire of ingredients.
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GG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Disappointing experience based on indifferent and lackadaisical service. The restaurant was not crowded whatsoever and the food was delivered quickly. The kitchen did its job. But the front of the house really was poor. They just didn’t seem to give a rip. The shortcomings with respect to service distracted from a tasty meal.

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

Love this place! The ahi tuna poke starter is amazing! Their bread is also delicious!

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KM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

I used to love this place. but sees like something has been changed.
I ordered steak and chips and it was quit different also. (better before...) food took forever to serve to our table. but very nice and friendly stuffs and the window was very clean, I almost felt like we were outside and I love it.

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent. Waiter needs some help with dealing with people. He was adequate , but lacked a good personality.

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AB
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We eat at Woodward Table regularly this time the service was lacking. I had asked for unsweetened tea with my meal, it was never received. My only beverages during the entire time was one cup of coffee and one glass of water (couldn’t get the server’s attention to refill). After taking our order the only other time I saw the server is when he came to clear the table as he handed us the check.

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B
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Brunch menu was heavy on the lunch side. All good was unique and very good. Juice selection was limited.

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NW
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good meal. Good service. No complaints.

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J
New Orleans
36 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We ordered the She Crab soup which was outstanding. We had the sandwich special featuring a softshell crab BLT that was excellent. My guest had the fried chicken with collard greens and macaroni & cheese. The chicken wasn't anything special and was overcooked. The portion was also small. It was a small leg and thigh and a portion of wing/breast. The sides were not hot. Our service was outstanding. Will definitely dine there again.

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BW
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Everyone enjoyed their choices from salad to seafood, ribs and a burger! They have selections for all palates!

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NM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Everything was great except for the service! Our server never smiled and it seemed as if we were bothering him. He didn't come to the table much. We would have ordered more drinks but he never came around.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service, absolutely fantastic food. Only issue was the noise level - it was so loud we had to shout to have a casual conversation!

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MP
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for a large work dinner... I took 5 colleagues here and it was perfect. There was something for all tastes and a decent wine list. Everyone left happy & full! Highly recommended.

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JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

No bread with our lunch.
They charge you for bread and it takes 20 minutes.
That’s so no standard for DC restaurants.
They might be saving a lot of money with the bread. Lol.

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JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A menu with a nice range, reasonable prices for a menu and atmosphere this good, and right next to the White House. Short rib was super tender. Delicious.

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

James took great care of us and found us a great booth!

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Bladimir’s service was outstanding.

Three of our four meals were top shelf.

The center cut pork chop was tough. Recommend sous vide then sear!

Will be back

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very wonderful staff.

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CC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I have eaten at Woordward Ttable a number of times and it is always good service, good food. On Easter, we selected this restaurant because it was one of few that didn't seem to be doing a buffet (at least it didn't say they were on their website). My elderly aunt has some mobility issues so a buffet is not ideal and we simply don't like buffets. I had tried to add a 5th guest to our party the day before but was told they were over booked and could not accommodate the request. When we got there -- it was a buffet and the restaurant was maybe 1/2 full (and remained that way during our meal, meaning a 5th could have been added). We paid $50/per person and my son ate a stale mini bagel and 2 pieces of bacon. The food was a weird combination of things that was served cafeteria style in a side room. Presentation was not very appetizing but the food itself was not bad. Service was weird. The table clearer was in training and twice cleared a plate when we were still eating off of it. Anyway, $230 for a party of 4...for breakfast. Not great.

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CH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Buffet very disappointing - no items labeled, vegetables cold, lack of replacement of items. They don't normally do buffet & today proved they shouldn't.

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J
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We were there for 40 minutes before we got our wine/beer. The meal came within minutes of getting our drinks. I canceled the cheese board when the wine finally came, which was supposed to be an appetizer. It’s a god thing because our main meal arrived within a minute of finally getting our drinks. We watched another table leave because they were so frustrated with the disorganized service and slow drinks.

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JD
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, great brunch!!

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V
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

If you want a waiter who shows no enthusiasm, doesn’t smile, is abrupt and seemingly completely uninterested in the guests that he’s serving, then be sure to ask for Lateef when you make your reservation. Otherwise, the place is very attractive and the food is very, very good.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Horrible service

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c
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The place and food were really unique and excellent. My husband and I went for lunch on Saturday and were seated quickly as we had made reservations on OPEN TABLE - however, we were extremely disappointed by the table/placement as it was in the very farthest corner and I mean CORNER - tiny 2 seater table near 3 large group tables that had very loud people which echoed in the tiny area. We could not see anything - barely out the big windows as we were so far back against the last wall of the place. Sad - because we like ambiance and wanted to sit outside on such a nice afternoon. Also our waiter was not the most welcoming or personable. We forgive him as we saw he was extremely busy with the large group tables - but he could have greeted us - at least acknowledge we were there the 7 times he passed us before saying hey - sorry for the wait.
THE FOOD HOWEVER, was absolutely delicious. The menu is fun and filled with all kinds of neat combinations and flavors for everyone. We shared the Lox N Bagel tray - fresh and yummy. The She-crab soup was FABULOUS- maybe the best had yet - the kentucky hot brown was a really delicious version of a turkey open face - sandwhich doesn't do it justice - and Eggs Picaditas was a fried egg with house made chorizo sausage, avocado, queso fresco, black bean chipolte aioli cilantro on a corn masa sopes - way more delicious than I had imagined and such a large serving!!!!! Could not finish - but could not leave it - The desserts are necessary - my husband had the banana buorboun cake which was amazing - I sat and enjoyed a port wine instead.
Will go back - but will definately request a better table - view - or wait to sit outside.

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b
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We ate outside, the service was great. The food here is always good. We were able to relax and enjoy our dining experience. We have made this in to one of our regular places.

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D
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We came for the Parkerhouse rolls - delicious!! The rest of the menu is overpriced and very limited. There was nobody outside to handle the discounted parking, so we parked next door for $15.

I would return for "to go" rolls, but nothing else.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Greatest deal for DC bottomless brunch. No time limit, bottomless mimosas just stop at 3:00, regardless of time you get there

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JH
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is decent, and the service is solid, but the chatter when we went made it less pleasant. It was also pricey for straightforward American-style fare. It's fine, but nothing to write home about. Meh.

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Q
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to the Woodward Table every time we’re in DC. Everything — menu, food, service — was wonderful.

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P
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with two others for my birthday (they brought a tasty ice cream treat on the house). I really wanted a BLT, but they only make crab cake BLTs. I asked if I could get it without that crab cake. They said yes and the BLT was really good, but they could have put more bacon on it instead of three slices of bacon to compensate for the crab. The bread was good and it was an acceptable BLT. My friends loved the cauliflower dish and the she-crab soup. Everyone was happy.

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OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food—fried chicken and burger. The rolls are a must! Sit outside if the weather is nice!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Met up with some family friends who happened to be in town and suggested WT based on prior experience several years ago. Service was terrible and had to go hunting for our server for drink refills. Food took almost 45 minutes to get delivered to the table. There are much better food options in the city for this price point.

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FG
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business dinner for five and we were all pleased with our choices - Salmon, trout, swordfish and soft shell crabs. Service was very good. We were given a nice quiet round table that facilitated conversation. Would recommend.

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S
Washington DC
197 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Parker House Rolls made for an outstanding beginning. The trout and the short ribs were delicious and flavorful, and our international visitor devoured the fried chicken, pronouncing it fabulous. Nate and his assistant (a trainee) provided superb, attentive service.

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C
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Woodward Table was very good. The food was tasty, and the portions huge. We had 6 people, and each pair split one dish and one side, which was PLENTY. We ordered the Chicken n Waffles, Hot Mess, and lox Benedict, and all were delicious. It was quiet and had plenty of tables. So for anyone waiting two hours in line at Ted’s Bulletin (which I happen to love), think about Woodward.

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EF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The hostess warned us that people had been complaining about the service, and sure enough, it was slow and spotty (ex: “I’m sorry, I forgot to put in your wine order. What did you want again?” The food wasn’t great either.

Update: The manager wrote to me to apologize and generously offered us a gift card so we can try the restaurant again. I appreciated her quick response. I'll update the review once we visit Woodward Table again!

Woodward Table
Responded on April 1, 2019

Hi Erin, That is certainly not what we like to hear. If you don't mind, would you email my General Manager Alissa Costello so she can get your contact information. We would really like to get some more details. Thanks so much. Regards, Sallie Buben

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Just had dinner at the Woodward table. Ordered the trout and the lamb shank. The food was great and the flavor and cooking was spot on. The service is however terrible. We were told about the specials and when we ordered the wine on special it took 20 minutes for the server to return to us only to say that the highlighted wine was something he couldn't find. He offered a lesser value wine at the same "special" price. The offered was declined with the server giving attitude and rolling his eyes. Service declined from there. Table utensils were set wrong. wine was never refilled and customers had to bus the table of empty glasses and refill beverages. We were offered another tables' meals because communication was not good. At the end of the meal I asked to speak with a manger to voice concerns and was told I could leave a message. Which speaks volumes. If there is no manager on the floor no wonder there are service issues. Beware.

Woodward Table
Responded on April 1, 2019

Hi Anonymous, We really would like to make this right. Can you email my General Manager Alissa Costello and give her your contact information. This is not our usual level of service and certainly not what we teach our staff. There is always a manager on duty and the server should have gotten them to the table immediately. We look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Sallie Buben

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RT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was really very good however the menu online was not their menu any longer. There were no pizzas small bites or big bites. Only traditional apps and entrees. I am not a service crank but service was unprofessional start to finish. Walked in to a not busy wait stand and was told to wait because others were waiting ahead of me. I reiterated I had a reservation and was just told a table would be ready after others were seated. We waited about fifteen minutes to be acknowledged and then the waiter asked if we were ready to order. We inquired about cocktails and it took another several minutes for waiter to return with drinks menu. He waited at table as we read drinks menu then took order for drinks and dinner at same time. Appetizers came prior to drinks and entree came immediately after cocktails. We never saw waiter again until we were offered dessert.

Food was good and ambiance lovely. Restaurant was quiet and not packed. Bar was near empty. Don’t know why service was so indifferent. Don’t know if I would return.

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KP
Baltimore
220 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

From the food perspective, no complaints. The three of us enjoyed everything we ordered.

Service however, was severely lacking on many levels. For a restaurant with fine dining prices, they need to have fine dining service to match.

We had to ask for water refills. We waited for drinks from the bar. My sister and my wife were halfway through their dessert before their coffee arrived.

I ordered the petit fours for dessert. This is nine small bites. I had no idea what each thing was and thought maybe they would bring a card or something that described each selection. Nope.

As we got ready to leave, I saw a manager and I mentioned it. She said that is very good idea, but your server was supposed to describe each item. Yeah, no.

The bathrooms in the restaurant also needed a lot of work. I went to the men's room at about 7 p.m. and it was a mess. Enough that I mentioned it to the host. My wife told me that two of the stalls in the women's restaurant were out of toilet tissue and that she had let a manager know.

There is more to a restaurant than the food. It has to deliver across the board and Woodward Table missed the mark on this occasion.

The food was between very good and excellent, but the service knocked down the overall rating. I think it is time for management to have a training session with their staff.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We enjoyed it, but something was missing in the ambience and a disconnect on the food and pricing - expensive for what it was.

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