The Fainting Goat

4.3
451 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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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

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

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EP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 7 days ago

Thanks for the Great Feedback!

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JR
Washington DC
3 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 7 days ago

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
24 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 7 days ago

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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OT
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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OT
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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OT
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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OT
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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CJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were just visiting DC for the weekend and happened upon this place on the internet. It was AMAZING! An easy walk from the Metro stop and the Brunch was remarkable. Our waitress was delightful. I will tell everyone I know who is in DC for Brunch to go to the Fainting Goat :)

The Fainting Goat
Responded on April 13, 2019

Thanks for the great feedback!!

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M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The burger was cooked really well and highly recommend the fondue.

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B
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good flavors, but not satisfying. The gnocchi, at $22, was more a small plate than an entrée. Tasted good, but why give me only a handful of gnocchi when potatoes are so inexpensive? The charcuterie board isn't charcuterie - its a flatbread with chicken liver and salami. It was OK, but certainly not what I expected. Why not say that on the menu, or tell me when we ordered? Skipped dessert after that.

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

Horrible service, and rude wait staff. Took 20 minutes to even get flatware and waters on the tables even though we were sat 15 minutes after my reservation started. The food was inconsistent - 3 of the 6 guests got burgers, and each one came out differently (1 with pickles, 1 with bacon, 1 with neither). 1 person ordered a breakfast sandwich and it was the most pathetic looking piece of slop I had ever seen. When we asked the waiter to provide a new one, he gave us attitude as if he thought it was fine.

I will not be returning here. I had a lot of faith in this place, and on top of it being all around bad, it was my birthday.

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JM
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was tasty but not at $24 and $30 entree prices for a pub atmosphere. Service was great. I live in the neighborhood. Will come back for brunch but the dinner prices added up to almost $200 for two people with a couple drinks. Just seems too pricy for good but not outstanding dinner food.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on April 13, 2019

Thanks for the great feedback!! Thanks for the specifics about pricing. I will share this with the rest of our management team as we build our spring menu. Value is an important component for us and we will continue to evaluate the prices on our menu. Best, Patrick

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j
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, eclectic restaurant, the food was delicious. The drinks were very tasty. We had thoroughly wonderful time before our show at the Lincoln Theater. Super convenient to the Metro and the Theater. A must try eatery.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on March 30, 2019

Thanks for the high praise!!

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E
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, lovely atmosphere, and absolutely wonderful service by Jonathan!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

So expensive and not good food.

The Fainting Goat
Responded on March 25, 2019

Im so sorry to hear that you did not enjoy our food. We are very passionate about this restaurant and take all feedback to heart. If you could please add some detail to what you did not like, I will certainly review with my culinary team. Thanks, Patrick

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JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The amount of salt on the salad and steak ordered was staggering. Salt doesn’t pair well with fennel.

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G
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed the food and the music was right up our alley.

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TK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best egg sandwich ever try it with the gouda/cheddar insteawd of american cheese yummy!

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CJ
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Loved the experience.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambience was nice. The above average. A nice place the hang or take a date.

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DF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Food wasn’t great which was the biggest disappointment. The wine was also pretty bad.

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OT
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing could have been improved upon! Exceptional!!!

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TP
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The experience was just OK. The food was certainly nothing special but it wasn't't bad. I was concerned that apps arrived mere minutes after being ordered which indicates they may have been pre-made. The server was wifty and it took a while to get drinks. I doubt I will go again given the large number of great places to eat in DC.

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l
Washington DC
107 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was really great - friendly, quick.
Their happy hour cocktail special was not well balanced.
My gnocchi entree was salty/over-seasoned.

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NO
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

FG is really noisy. Not cool. But, had wanted to try. Bloody is ok, a little like cocktail sauce. Opted for just one instead of bottomless for $20.

The braised goat was delish. Made it worth it. This place defines trendy. One drink and an entree $30. Typical.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome. Great vibe and music on a Saturday night. I got the pot pie which was NOT pot pie. Had a biscuit on top of a bowl of soup but I thought it was going to be a biscuit crust. The biscuit was the best part. The stew was way too salty with not enough beef or veggies. Not enough for $24..... My friend got the goat ragu which she said was very stringy. Beer was good. Maybe just come for drinks??

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Family visiting. It was a great experience—great food and great ambience. Would definitely come again.

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