The Caucus Room Brasserie

3.4
62 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

About

In Washington, D.C., The Caucus Room Brasserie is an upscale and modern steakhouse that showcases fine dining in a semi-casual setting. The interior of The Caucus Room is an eclectic assortment of seating from cozy nook booths, long oak tables, bar seating and intimate window side tables for two. Wherever you choose to sit, there is not a bad seat in the house.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Caucus Room Brasserie has a large selection of classic steakhouse offerings. Start out with a classy drink like an old fashioned-rye and the angry shrimp hors d�oeuvres served with a spicy huacatay sauce. For the main course, choose from a selection of steaks, burgers and seafood options.

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Eatoutmuch
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Despite being the only table with customers (not an exaggeration) our waiter and his warm attitude made our evening wonderful! Food was excellent

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vipTerryD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with co-workers. The food was delicious and service was outstanding. Very few people in the restaurant - seems like a hidden gem.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was a little pricey for what you got including some canned mandarin oranges in the salad that tasted a little off. We had also hoped to get through the meal quickly and were a little disappointed with the amount of time the food took to get out. Other than those two points everything was good. Everyone enjoyed the majority of their meal and the decor has several interesting features that became conversation topics.

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carolynZ
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2016
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Restaurant was not expecting us when we arrived . However, the staff quickly set up a table and took our order
Food was tasty. however everyone's appetite at the table evaporated after being told that I had seen 2 mice/rats near the restroom when I visited it as well as out entire party of 7 seeing a mouse run across the dining room in the far corner.
The staff in the restaurant didn't understand English very well .
This restaurant is in the lobby of The Westin, although the Westin assistant manager told us the restaurant was undependently operated

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2016
Overall3food1service4ambience4

For a $40 steak, we were highly disappointed. We (4 of us) all got filets and they were the toughest cut of meat I've ever had. Very dry and not very good. We would not recommend this place.

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vipcreigh
Milwaukee
23 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food and service were dynamite! Noise was a challenge. However, we were reseated. Overall, coming back!

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Newyork77
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We visited here while attending a conference nearby. It was a Sunday and the place was relatively empty at noon. Service was fine and food was good (steak sandwiches and salad). I would definitely go back, especially as that particular area of DC does not offer many decent dining options.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2016
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We scheduled a dinner meeting here and enjoyed the ambience. The restaurant was fairly quiet on this Tuesday evening, with traffic picking up around 8:30pm. The mixed greens salad was fresh and not overly dressed, to my delight. Unfortunately, the sea scallops and risotto were quite poor. The risotto was a bit crunchy, not creamy, and under seasoned. 2 of the 4 large scallops were spoiled and tasted like ammonia... I requested another dinner and was pleased with the salmon and rice pilaf with roasted vegetables. The other diners were pleased with their meals (steaks, burgers, salmon). The service was a bit slow, but otherwise very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience3

This is the hotel restaurant, and it is just that. Food is uninspired, service slow.
Breakfast choices were white bread, wheat and a non brand English Muffin. Enough said?

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vipBoulevard
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Terrible service, bizarre atmosphere. Numerous people came and waited to be seated and no one ever greeted them. People would stand for a few minutes, then just leave. There appeared to be only two staff members running the whole dining room and bar area, possibly even the kitchen. One of the worst dining experiences I've ever had. This is the first time I've ever left feedback but this place warranted my effort.

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vipCaliLover
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I researched some brunch places in the West End and decided on the Caucus Room. I didn't realize its essentially a hotel restaurant, albeit a lot more stylishly decorated. The food was fine, nothing to write home about. The service was soooooooo slow despite being 1 of 3 tables occupied in the place the whole time. Coffee refills were very rare and had to be requested. Bottom line is NO BRUNCH. Just a regular lunch menu. We had no warning. We most likely won't be back.

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vipAjay
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Finally, a restaurant with a nice wine list! Not only does this restaurant have a nice wine list, the Cab by the glass was excellent.

All of us ordered steak and no one complained one bit about any of them.

The menu was broad enough, the service was attentive. However, I should mention that the main course was brought out before any of us were finished with our appetizers. Its unclear why that happened as the restaurant was empty. (I think the place is brand new).

The location within the Westin hotel made parking convenient (validated, and below the restaurant). However, the street entrance to the restaurant is NOT actually to the restaurant. Its actually better to either park at the hotel and take the elevator to the lobby - or simply enter the hotel lobby directly to get to the Caucus Room.

The inside space where we sat had a nice, high ceiling, was quite and warm and allowed us to enjoy the long, nicely appointed bar. They have an outdoor courtyard away from the street (likely to enable cigar smoking). It looked inviting, and when the season moves towards Spring, I look forward to experiencing their outdoor seating.

Overall, this was a good restaurant and I'm glad to have found this place.

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Washingtonian
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has a good cook, the overall experience was very good. The facilities are also fine and the attention of the waiters is also good.

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vipBirthdaygirl0819
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and ambiance were great with the exception of the server continuously going outside and leaving the door open right near our table for about 5 minutes each time. It was about 40 degrees F outside that night so it made it very cold and uncomfortable.

JK
vipJoeK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience3

There was no one on that Sunday

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Illi
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2015
Overall2food2service3ambience4

First time visit. Only 1 other table was occupied. Not sure if it was due to the fact that it was pre 4th of July night or this says something about its popularity. (Note - Blue Duck accross was fully booked! ) It was recommended for steak but the chef just did not get it right and we had to return a dish. I would recommend the Salmon dish though.
The quality of food served does not justify the price you pay . I would not recommend it.

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vipteapotshort12
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2015
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Very disappointed. They were out of filet mignon and scallops. We ordered a brie burger, we got a regular cheese burger, we sent it back, they scrapped the cheddar cheese off and re served it with brie. There was only one other patron in the restaurant. How can you get an order wrong with only 2 orders?

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vipAubietx75
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2015
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was better than the service, though nothing to brag about at all. Wait staff was not attentive, constantly had to flag down to even order, and there were only three other tables occupied. No wonder this restaurant was empty,! Don't waste you money.

LW
LukeWarm
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We had dinner reservations for 5:00pm and we were the first people present. Our main entrees did not arrive to the table until 6:05pm. By this time the excitement/interest of eating at the restaurant was lost. I think this is totally unacceptable for a $200 meal. Our server was really nice the young kid didn't know what to really say when I kept asking questions.

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vipGoldie
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2015
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The restaurant was pretty empty. And it had the feel of a hotel coffee shop than a steak house. The food was tasty and the waiter tried hard,maybe too hard. Wouldn't bother going back.

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Fannin
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2015
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I have no idea how good the food is here, because the service was so awful my wife and I left before even ordering. Although it bills itself as a steakhouse, there was only one real steak option on the menu the waiter handed us. It was heavy with burgers and seafood, not what we had come for. We pointed out that the menu we read online had more selections, and he responded casually that the online menu might not be up to date and that this was all they had. He indicated they had no steak specials to offer. We then noticed a chalk board with a number of steak cuts being featured. When we asked our waiter about those, he seemed perplexed. We decided to leave anyway, in case the kitchen staff was as clueless as the waiter. Maybe they were having a bad day, but I will never go back to find out. (Ignore my rating for food -- there was not a "not applicable" option.)

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vipJudd
Raleigh
46 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2014
Overall3food2service2ambience4

This was OK place--drinks were good and the space is nice

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OrchidFan
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2014
Overall1food2service1ambience3

It took 25 minutes for our lunch order to arrive and only after having to create a bit of a fuss, although the restaurant was almost empty. In the meantime, not even bread was brought to the table. It was a strange experience. One of the service people was sloppily attired--shirt hanging out over her apron. I was embarrassed because this was a business luncheon. This was not a good experience. It is a shame because the restaurant is rather nice looking and has an outside patio that must be lovely in nice weather. However, it is daunting to go to a restaurant with only two other tables filled and then the service is extremely poor. As there are few French restaurants, I would hope that the Westin can improve service and increase the number of diners, so that it is a more popular appearing and good experience.

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vipOtto
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2014
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Menu incorrect. Ordered 3 bone-in ribeyes and got 1 thick New York and 2 thin overcooked boneless ribeyes.

Also name of restaurant confusing. We thought we were going to the real "Caucus Room".

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2014
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Would not reccomend for brunch. I have been to the place before as we live in the neighborhood. It's always quite and has a very nice ambiance. The brunch menu is very plain and the service needs major improvement/training. I had eggs with toast and the server never asked what kind of bread I'd prefer, never offered any juice, and not asked us if we would be interested in the desert menu. The place has a nice selection of teas which is not on the brunch menu. I had to ask multiple times for water as nobody was checking on us. For the $ spent, Ris is an excellent place for brunch and has excellent service!

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vipairish
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Caucus Room has an interesting menu and the service was quite good. Well worth going to even if you aren't staying at the Westin.

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vipDave
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Ate in the courtyard. Nice ambiance. Good food and friendly server.

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Aykut
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2014
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Very poor and unprofessional service. Staff was rude and unfriendly from the moment we walked in. I receive a pot of tea but did not get a cup to drink it. Then there was no spoon to mix it. I had to ask for each separately. By the time all was there, my food was getting cold.
I received a phone call at 8:30 am on Sunday morning. Somehow they needed to have a reconfirmation of my reservation. Food was good but not exceptional to cover the service gap.

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vipjray
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2014
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had a reservation for 11:15 and were told when we arrived the Breakfast menu would end at 11:30 and we could order from that or we could order from a different lunch/brunch menu for the other Latin restaurant opening at 12. Two different restaurants at same site with different cooking crews. We had checked the reviews of top brunch venues and this one was highly rated; however, the breakfast Caucus Room menu was fairly ordinary and the other restaurant was primarily Latin American dishes. We ended up sitting outside so it didn't make much difference. Food was good but not extraordinary and few people were there on a Sunday at 12. Given the write-ups on the brunch, it was a little disappointing. Outside sunny and lovely

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vipOnlyokay
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2014
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good, but not memorable. The room is pretty and, since it was nearly empty, it was very quiet.

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vipBecky
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2014
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived at 11:30 for our reservation, and were told the Caucus Room closed at 11, so they put us in their Latin-American themed restaurant, which served minimal brunch food. Big disappointment. We left soon after.

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vipBigE
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2014
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The service was very good and the food was fine enough,... but it has no similarity to the original Caucus Room. It is simply a hotel restaurant. Great if your staying there from out of town or in for a conference,.. but many other better DC choices. I think if they continue to make it a 1000point restaurant it will draw more people. Great space and fantastic courtyard for the spring and summer.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Late reservation for 2 (sat 9:45 on Friday). Dining room much smaller than portrayed online; felt more like a hotel bar than a high-line restaurant. Server generally inattentive throughout the evening--started off well, but nowhere to be found later in the meal. Another server even had to clear our plates and deliver our check, and I had to box my own leftovers. Overall, for $250, a highly-rated steakhouse chain or other restaurants in the area would have provided much better quality. Early courses were very good, but my wife's lobster tails were overcooked and difficult to remove from the shell. The cheesecake was decent, but very cold in the middle, indicating probably frozen at some point. Steak was tough, unremarkable for a ribeye.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Service was awful. It was poorly ran. The food is amazing. For Valentine's Day, it was crazy to not have better service.

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viplovinLife
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience3

best mushroom soup I have ever had, and the salmon and avocado sandwich and blue burgers were perfectly prepared.

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vipEssexLocal
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2014
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Un-offensive. Un-imaginative. Un-inspired. They neither wow nor offend. No reason to ever eat here twice. Actually, no reason to eat here once unless you're a hotel guest who doesn't want to leave the property. There is nothing good to say about this place nor anything bad, which in my view makes it the worst kind of restaurant. Boring. Oh and if you want bread, be sure to ask. They don't serve it nor mention it. Plus what "french" restaurant offers cheesecake, sorbet and rice pudding for dessert offerings? I could go on, but if you haven't heeded my warning by now, you can add to the list after you've dined here.

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vipMRC1285
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2013
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Had lunch here yesterday with some colleagues for the first time. The restaurant is beautiful on the inside courtyard of the Westin and the staff friendly and attentive. I found the menu a bit limited for lunch (not nearly as exciting and extensive as Blue Duck Tavern across the street) so I ordered an Onion Soup and Spinach Salad with Salmon. The Onion soup was a bit too cheesy but was nice and hot. The Salmon was slightly and dry but the spinach fresh and delicious.

I think I'll be back for a second try since the staff was great and because the dinner menu looks more extensive.

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vipMaggie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2013
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I came with a group and was worried about being too much of a disturbance, but there weren't that many people in the restaurant, and we had a lovely time. While the food was wonderful, the service was a bit slow (though we may have slowed things up by sending the waitress away the first couple times since we were not quite ready yet). The short rib was great, as were the brussels sprouts. Lots to enjoy.

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Foodie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2013
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was outstanding and the service was even better!! I would definitely recommend eating here. The brownie is mandatory!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2013
Overall2food3service1ambience2

No one seemed enthusiastic to wait on us. We had breakfast and the food was good but we had to wait for cream for the coffee and no one was very attentive from the moment we walked through the door.

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The Caucus Room Brasserie is rated 3.4 stars by 62 OpenTable diners.