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The Sovereign

4.5
4.5
458 Reviews
$31 to $50
Belgian

The Sovereign is a Belgian bar & bistro committed to celebrating the rustic cuisine & fabled brewing culture of Belgium. Located in the vibrant Georgetown neighborhood, the Sovereign's kitchen is led by Executive Chef Andres Zuluaga whose classic, ingredient-driven Belgian dishes draw on French, German & Dutch cooking techniques & traditions. The Sovereign features 50 drafts & more than 350 bottles meticulously curated by Beer Director, Greg Engert.

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Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Belgian, Contemporary European

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 774-5875

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Andres Zuluaga

  • Neighborhood

    Georgetown

  • Cross street

    M Street NW

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood. Many other parking lots and garages are also nearby. Parking sites can be found at www.georgetowndc.com/visitor-map-travel/parking.

  • Public transit

    The Sovereign is a short walk from the M Street & Wisconsin Avenue NW stops on the DC Circulator route. The closest metro station is the Foggy Bottom-GWU stop on the Blue/Orange/Silver line.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 458 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. B

    Beth

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Food was very bland. It was fine, but not what we expected.

  2. r

    rosalindt

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best meatballs I’ve ever had! Service was excellent. Will definitely return.

  3. B

    Bella

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5

    Came here for brunch on Mother’s Day. The food was good but basic breakfast items were not available. We asked for hot chocolate and they only had coffee. We asked for jelly and they only had butter. We asked for a belgian waffle and it came without syrup. Good service but wished they had what we wanted.

  4. MG

    MathieuG

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed a fantastic brunch there! Was a little short for time and their staff were vry helpful to speed things along

  5. N

    Nicholas

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food from a unique menu, amazing beer selection, and very solid service.

  6. AM

    AndrewM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    3rd time there took my friend that I haven't seen in 4 years to show him a good restaurant in D.C. it's a little noisy in there but that can't be helped and that's the vibe. Delicious food and great service that's what you go out for!!

  7. K

    Kelly

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful brunch!! I went for my birthday and they gave me a complimentary caramel waffle!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4

    There was one waitress for the whole restaurant.

  9. WB

    WarrenB

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Our first post pandemic visit. Understood that both service and kitchen staff are under strain. Nevertheless, food was not up to standard. Both short rib and rabbit were too dry and served warm. Service was spotty. As always, enjoyed the beer selection.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The place was off the beaten path and really fun. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was Belgian through and through. The staff was very accommodating and helpful in regard to our party’s food allergies. We would highly recommend.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3

    The service at this restaurant was terrible. The server forgot our beverages and also any additional condiments we asked for. We had to remind several times for anything we needed and they didn’t really seem to care that they forgot things. They were more occupied with doing side work.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Our server Tom was awesome and very attentive! Loved the atmosphere.

  13. LS

    LeslieS

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    A must try! Love the location and environment inside. Food is amazing, drinks were delicious (beer menu is huge!), service was good (friendly and knowledgeable). Highly recommend checking it out. I will certainly return.

  14. KS

    KatieS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    This is a small, intimate restaurant with an extensive drink menu. We both ordered mussels for dinner and the small portion was huge (and delicious).

  15. S

    Suebee

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Lively atmosphere. Food was good and service excellent.

  16. BF

    BelgianFoodie

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    This a very nice restaurant, but it is very dark inside, so kinda hard to read the wonderful menu.

  17. CM

    CalvinM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I was visiting on business and I was impressed with my experience. The happy hour menu was really great. The entree I selected was amazing. The selection of beer/lambics is unparalleled. I was happy with the service I received. I will be back.

  18. JG

    JamieG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Food and drinks were awesome. The waitress was super helpful and friendly. My only complaint is our drinks got delayed for a while, but that happens sometimes.

  19. SH

    SteakHouseReviewer

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    Great beer selection and interesting menu but the service was unfortunately a bit off. Think they're still getting back into the swing of things.

  20. DM

    DiniusM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time going but came recommended from a friend. Everyone was super nice, helpful, informative, and accommodating. It was humid and im from a desert climate so i came in a little sweaty. Hostess sat us, but then she mustve noticed me melting and came back and moved us to a table with an ac vent right overhead...love her! Tom, our server, was very attentative, checking on us with just the right amount of frequency and keeping us informed of food progress, drink progress, etc. The manager, whose name unfortunately escapes me, checked on us and also delivered an excellent bottle of the cantillon we ordered with a delightful story behind the making of that variant. Speaking of which, Fou' Foune is amazing and a lambic i've wanted to try for at least 10 years...and yeah, of course they had it! After all, they are the same folks behind Churchkey. We were there for their second day of returning to brunch and though i cant say what it was like before, it was absolutely delicious! Get the carmel waffle, enjoy the benedicts, heck, order it all! Thank you again. We will be back next time were in DC.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Jenna was very nice and attentive

  22. G

    Greta

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience3

    Super expensive. Terrible food. Terrible wine. Great service.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding

  24. SB

    ScottB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience top to bottom! Beer selection is fabulous! Food is also fabulous from mussels to steak/frites!

  25. ER

    ErickR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Place. The bar was super cute. Check it out. Food came out at a good time. Martin was an amazing bar tender.

  26. KB

    KatB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    We arrived early for our reservation and weren’t seated until 30 minutes after our reservation time. Luckily, we found a spot at the bar where we were able to get some tasty cocktails and snacks. The food was hit or miss. However, the server was great! We had a problem with the food, our waiter was very responsive. The first manager that came was rude and condescendingly tried to explain to us why chicken should be raw, and that cartridge in cooked chicken is always bright red and bloody. Afterwards, our waiter, who was in agreement that the chicken was raw, brought the general manager. The general manager was very kind and immediately took care of it. If our waiter hadn’t been so good at bringing drinks, we’d might’ve been in a bad mood. Maybe It was just an off night, will probably try again someday.

  27. VP

    VikkiP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, beautiful ambiance, and attentive service!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Went to Sovereign for Restaraunt week. Dinner and the beer pairing were very good. Only complaint would be how low the lights were set to.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Shanghai

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They took great care of us for a birthday dinner. Food was great, service was excellent and a lot of fun trying the beers. Look forward to coming back!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The inside was so surprising, since you have to walk through an alley to get to the restaurant itself. The inside was clean and intimate, but also very dark, to the point where it was hard to read the menus. Nevertheless, the food was delicious, unique since it was Belgian and there aren’t a lot of Belgian places around DC/Georgetown, service was quick and kind, different types of beer were unforgettable, and everything was worth the price.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beer selection is incredible. Great food. We had the burgers, mussels, and rabbit. All were delicious. The staff were super friendly and very attentive.

  32. K

    Kyle

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Towering beer selection, good food, and great service!

  33. TZ

    TreaZ

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall1food1service4ambience3

    Great beer selection. Go somewhere else if you’re looking for good food or good service though. I’d come back for the beer only.

  34. J

    Jimmy

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely selection of perfect bar/bistro food.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Very good beer, so-so food

  36. RH

    RossH

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    Food quality has gone down hill.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    The most bland chicken and short rib we ever had. They also will not accept open table reward cards.

  38. SM

    ShresthaM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The ambience and the service was great! And they even helped put together some delicious birthday waffle cake on request for our friends.

  39. W

    Wayne

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall4food5service2ambience5

    Very amazing ambience and drinks

  40. MB

    MollieB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great beer selection and food is good. Too noisy for conversation so just go to eat and drink!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

The Sovereign is rated 4.5 stars by 458 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 16 times today
Google Map for The Sovereign

1206 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC 20007

Additional information

  • Cross street

    M Street NW

  • Neighborhood

    Georgetown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Belgian, Contemporary European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood. Many other parking lots and garages are also nearby. Parking sites can be found at www.georgetowndc.com/visitor-map-travel/parking.

  • Public transit

    The Sovereign is a short walk from the M Street & Wisconsin Avenue NW stops on the DC Circulator route. The closest metro station is the Foggy Bottom-GWU stop on the Blue/Orange/Silver line.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andres Zuluaga

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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