The Fainting Goat

4.3
472 reviews
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Contemporary American
The Fainting Goat is a genuine neighborhood tavern in a sophisticated atmosphere with funky chandeliers, cozy banquettes, and a laid back atmosphere. Our dishes are inspired by modern American cuisine with subtle notes of whimsy, made with only the freshest ingredients available locally whenever possible. The Fainting Goat serves as a meeting place for locals, whether it be for the happy hour specials, a laid back date, or late night drinks with friends.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We started with appetizers, and we’re unimpressed enough that we left. The Duck wings were incredibly dry, and the salad was wilted and lacking flavor. The cocktails were pretty good. The service was fine.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Mediocre food, but pricey for what it is worth. You could go somewhere else for unlimited food & bottomless for the same price or cheaper. Service was okay, but for bottomless I think it would have been nicer to get more drinks instead of an average for 3 in the party. Service was slow, but to be fair there were only two servers in the area that we were sitting in.

The Fainting Goat
Responded 6 days ago

Gabby, I am so sorry that we let you down. You deserve much better! I am shocked that we were not providing you truly bottomless mimosas! I will be sure to address this with the team here. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Rest assured, it will be addressed. Best, Patrick

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h
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, good drinks. The fondue was fantastic. It's definitely noisy, not a place to go for a quiet conversation over food.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on July 8, 2019

Thanks for the feedback. Glad you enjoyed the food. I am sorry if it was noisier than usual on Saturday! Usually its a great place to go for quiet conversation. We hope you will give us another chance on a night that perhaps is more conducive to a intimate dining experience. Best, Patrick

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r
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Average food. Bad service. Bottomless is a waste the drinks are all juice no alcohol. Would not go back.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on July 5, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback. We are so sorry that we let you down on both the food and service. You deserve much better! Please contact me directly so we can discuss more fully. I can be reached at 202-735-0344 Apologies, Patrick

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AE
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and lovely service! would come back for brunch again for sure

The Fainting Goat
Responded on June 26, 2019

Thanks for the great feedback!! Hope to see you soon!! ~Patrick

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Z
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated with a birthday brunch. Great cocktails, food and service. Relaxed but spirited vibe. Had avocado toast with poached egg, asparagus with egg and goat sausage, tostada and spinach salad. Everything was very good, though it would be great to have more vegetarian options. Will definitely go again.

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LM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome! Wine though I started with a white that did not taste good so I switched to a red and didn’t like that either.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was average, service was great. Don't know if we'd go back for round two. I personally felt that everything was just a a few bucks more than it should have been and the "quality" of the food wasn't great. Example: Duck Wings, came out warm but had a cold "ketchup" on top. Burger was tasty but not cooked to order. Fries were amazing.

Its a toss up, might be a good spot to go if you're on a first date.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on June 26, 2019

Thanks for the feedback. While we are thrilled you enjoyed the service, we are quite disappointed that the food and value did not deliver. I will be sure to share this information with my culinary team as we continue to assess and evolve our menu offerings. Best, Patrick

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TP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Father’s Day

The Fainting Goat
Responded on June 19, 2019

Dear Ms. Pryor, I wanted to reach out to find out the specifics of how we let you down on Father's Day? We are extremely passionate about the service and food we provide and take it to heart when we fail to execute at the level you expect. I remember your family, from Sunday, you dined in the front of the restaurant and brought great champagne with you. Clearly we did not exceed your expectations. Any insight you can provide on how we can improve would be greatly appreciated. Best, Patrick

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Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Big fan of Fainting Goat! Amazing food, amazing service and always dependably good. I got the “juice box” drink and it was super fun to drink and really tasty.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on July 8, 2019

Thanks for the great feedback!! Hope to see you soon!! ~Patrick

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed it very much!

The Fainting Goat
Responded on June 14, 2019

Thanks for the great feedback!!

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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate here at 6 p.m. on a Sunday night and the restaurant was very quiet with just a few customers in the second floor seating area. The menu frequently changes and is quite compact with some interesting choices. I wanted to order octopus or shrimp but the waitress announced that as it was Sunday they didn't have those two dishes. I had a fish dish which was perfectly cooked. Other members of our 5 person party had a vegetarian pasta dish, hamburgers, and a pork cutlet with green rice. Food was pronounced quite good by all. We ordered beer rather than wine. We will come back.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on June 14, 2019

Thanks for the great feedback. Please let us know how we can improve and earn that fifth star!! Best, Patrick

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SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

A couple friends and I went for brunch, and the food and drinks are a good and a great deal, the atmosphere is fun, but our server was a grump! I don't care if you're not bubbly/chatty, but when a customer asks for a refill for her water and gets a mumbled "yeah, sure" response, that's bad. and that was indicative of our whole experience with this server.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on June 14, 2019

Dear Samantha, Thanks very much for taking the time to provide this feedback. Responses like yours really give us valuable insight into the products and services we provide. In short, you deserve much better! Please know that I have reviewed this with your specific server, and our servers as a whole. We will use this as a learning moment for our whole team. Thanks again, and please know that we take this feedback sincerely and will take steps to correct this moving forward. Best, Patrick

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MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the overall experience, but wish there was better value for some of the smaller brunch entrees.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on June 14, 2019

Dear Matt, Thanks so much for this feedback. I will be sure to share this with our chefs as we continue to evaluate our menu offerings. Best, Patrick

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best bottomless in DC!!

The Fainting Goat
Responded on June 14, 2019

Thanks for the Great Feedback!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Staff, food, and service. The goat cheese fondue is amazing. Strip steak and goat cheesecake is to die for. RUN don’t walk to The Fainting Goat.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on June 9, 2019

Thanks, Calvin!!

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MS
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. The right blend of helpful but relaxed service. Quiet, but we also ate pretty early.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on June 9, 2019

Thanks for the Great Feedback!

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fainting Goat had exceptional service and definitely one of the best bottomless spots in DC. The portions ran on the smaller side but the drinks were phenomenal.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on June 9, 2019

Thanks for the Great Feedback!

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I would not recommend for bottomless brunch. The service was incredibly slow and over the course of 2 hours of bottomless, I was only able to get 2 mimosas, no matter how much I tried to get the server's attention. The food was good though and would give that a 4/5.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on June 4, 2019

Dead Deirdre, Thanks for taking the time to provide this feedback. I am so sorry that we let you down on your visit last weekend. You deserved much better. I have reviewed this feedback with your service team and the manager on duty. Our bottomless service should be just that, and I am so sorry that we let you down. I will be taking steps to correct this moving forward. Thanks for taking the time to point this out, this type of feedback is invaluable towards our improvement in the future.

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J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant atmosphere, excellent food and wonderful service.

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

We were not asked for refills and our food was cold.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on May 29, 2019

Dear Jaspreet, I am so sorry to hear that we let you down. I have met with your server and discussed your feedback with them directly. You deserve much better. Please let me know any other details so I can further educate my team on providing the service you deserve. Thanks, Patrick

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EP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pre show dinner with family and friends. Service was friendly. Food was good but not great. Cheesecake was delicious. Somewhat overpriced for the quality of the food. Bar was good and their cocktails were interesting.

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BH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were extremely friendly and timely and the food was delicious. Would definitely go back.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on May 14, 2019

Thanks for the Great Feedback!

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JR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Yes, this was a Saturday Brunch and the Funk Parade was going to start later but we were there way before that---Yes it was crowded with multiple very loud groups of 10++ ----but really you could add more wait staff or whatever.
Many people, including me, were going up to the bar begging for another drink.
The first drinks and the food were dumped on our table and nobody came back forever.
The only explanation I finally got after pursuing my wait person at the bar was that there was a very large table that needed to be served. OK - ask for help?
As for the food - the avocado toast was greasy and cold - could not eat most of it. Passable fruit yoghurt parfait.
Not what I expected after reading so many 'good' reviews.
We had a reservation and did get a table right away but had to wait for service due to large crowds waiting at the bar to be seated and large tables being served first.
You do not have a handle on what extra help you may require for a busy brunch.
We had wanted to oder other food items and drinks but knew it would be waiting forever.
As it was we had to wait a long time for the check.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on May 14, 2019

Dear Jan, Thanks so much for taking the time to provide detailed feedback. We are really passionate about this restaurant and take feedback from our guests quite seriously. From your feedback, its clear we let you down on all fronts and I want to take some time to address each aspect individually.

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j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. The goat cheese cheesecake is incredible’

The Fainting Goat
Responded on May 13, 2019

Thanks for the great Feedback!!

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

Brunch with friends. The food is very good

The Fainting Goat
Responded on May 10, 2019

Thanks for the great feedback!! Let us know how we can earn that fifth star!!

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n
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I was glad we had the chance to visit this space for brunch-it's definitely adorable! Interesting menu, though didn't deliver on flavors for what I had ordered. Though who I was with loved loved their French Toast! Service was a little slow and erratic, but maybe we were too tucked away from view-I'm not sure. Would give them another shot, for sure!

The Fainting Goat
Responded on May 14, 2019

Dear Amos, I am so sorry that we let you down. Please know that it is on me to ensure that our level of service is at the standard you deserve. Its clear that I need to be more available to my team to ensure that even those tables tucked away receive attentive, genuine, hospitality. Please let me know if you decided to give us another shot so that I can properly apologize in person. Best, Patrick Newman

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We got dinner here before a show. Staff attention was very good. The gargenelli with braised goat was very tasty and the crispy chicken sandwich was just right for a smaller appetite. No time for dessert but we're definitely interested in dining here again.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on May 10, 2019

Thanks for the great feedback!! Let us know how we can earn that fifth star!!

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Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was ordinary and portions small for price. With the restaurant options in DC, this was overall not an experience to repeat.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner!

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a
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Brunch food was excellent and I liked the dining room. I wish they had a better recipe for their bloody Mary. I wish the server would have noticed that I didn't drink 98% of my drink. The food was excellent.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for brunch. It was good. The way everyone talked about it I was expecting it to be phenomenal. Mimosas were fine. Avocado toast was really good after throwing their hot sauce on it. Menu is a little limited for bunch.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was an okay brunch. The server messed up several of our orders including refilling a mug of tea with coffee. Service was slow, they brought appetizers at the same
Time as entrees and while the venue is a cute space it was really not anything I would go back to.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The drinks and food were quite tasty, and the ambiance was nice. I would go here again.

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SG
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

There are only a few food options, all of which were overpriced. I ordered steak and eggs, but I had to send it back because the steak portion was 3 ounces at most and did not taste good.

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N
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and had great things to share about all of the dishes!

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DK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

If you like a bit of spicy then try the Saigon Mule. Delicious!!! The service was prompt and very friendly. The perfect ratio. It has a rustic charm to it. Only downside is it was very warm inside. It was a warm day and we were sweating bullets no joke. I think they wanted to cool it a bit but I couldn't deal at that point. I would go again for sure!

The Fainting Goat
Responded on April 19, 2019

Hi there! So sorry that our AC was not keeping you comfortable during your visit. We will be sure to troubleshoot this immediately. Glad you enjoyed the cocktail and the service. We hope to see you soon. Best, Patrick

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was delicious, but the service was horrible. Service was extremely slow, and the staff was rude.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on April 17, 2019

Jessie, Thanks for the feedback. I am extremely disappointed that we let you down with our service. You deserve a lot better. Any details you can provide would be greatly appreciated as I look to improve our restaurant.

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BB
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is for a younger crowd. Some beers were not available. Limited menu but food was very good. Service we very help full even when the tap beer was flat beers were replaced with cans

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OT
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun menu and great food. The Brussel sprouts were amazing!

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