Urbana Dining & Drinks

4.4
1355 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
Located in the heart of Dupont Circle, Urbana Dining & Drinks imports the flavors and culinary craftsmanship of Italy to DC’s most cosmopolitan neighborhood. You’re in the capable hands of our stellar team, as our neighborhood bartenders craft you a thoughtful happy-hour cocktail and Chef Ethan tempts your taste buds with his house-made artisan pastas, inspired vegetable dishes and local seafood delicacies.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:
Monday - Friday: 7:00AM - 10:30AM;
Saturday - Sunday: 8:00AM - 10:30AM;

Weekend Brunch:
Saturday - Sunday 10:30AM - 3:00PM;

Dinner:
Monday - Sunday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM;

Happy Hour:
Monday-Friday 3:00PM - 7:00PM.
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Phone number
(202) 956-6650
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ethan McKee
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Catering
We know you want your DC event to wow, whether it’s a splashy wedding bash, a campaign fundraiser or just an intimate get-together with friends. At Urbana, our sleek décor provides a modern, comfortable setting for your unforgettable Dupont Circle event. We can accommodate everything from the smallest events to restaurant buyouts for up to 200 guests. Our secret ingredient is Chef Ethan McKee, who oversees Urbana’s original, taste-tempting menu of light, fresh dishes inspired by the Italian coast. For more info about special events at Urbana, contact Amber Wright or call 202-448-1877.
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Cross street
21st St NW
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Street parking
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Public transit
Metro: Red Line, Dupont Circle
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Special events & promotions
Monday-Friday happy hour from 3pm-7pm. Featuring a wide array of beverage options, including craft cocktails and assorted beers and wines, our menu has something for every taste. Our kitchen features $1 oysters, a raw bar and appetizing bar snacks in the Italian tradition.
Sunday-Wednesday 1/2 off select bottles of wine from our bottle list



Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Urbana has many options from private and semi private dining to lounge reservations. With a wide variety of seating arrangements, you will easily find the perfect place to celebrate an engagement, throw the perfect Birthday Bash or wrap up a successful business dinner.

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Daily 5:30PM - 6:30PM 8:15PM - 9:30PM

What 1355 People Are Saying
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68% of people would recommend it to a friend
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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

The pizza is not good. Go for the pastas instead!

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BB
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was okay but not much better than that. The service was pleasant and timely. The bathrooms were filthy and this makes me queasy about the restaurant. Even though it is attached to a hotel and shares bathrooms with it, there is no excuse for a place which serves food to the public to have dirty bathrooms.

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VL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was having an early birthday dinner with my mom and it was delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a great experience here, the service was quick and friendly.

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RN
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stayed at the Hotel Palomar (sat-sun). On Sunday before checking out we had breakfast at Urbana since it was connected. It was very low key, but was very good. My mom had the 2 eggs your way, and I had the omelette. Both came we with potatoes and toast. Personally, I would have liked a larger portion of the potatoes but the omelette was delish! The server was super friendly, and efficient. He was super slammed but it didnt let it effect his service.

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KK
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Seated upon entry. Excellent decor of dark wood walls accented by unique lamps and glass artwork. I enjoyed the bruschetta, diver scallops and for dessert warm peach pie with mixed berries and ginger ice cream. Everything exceeded my expectations. In fact, the farro served with the scallops was the highlight of the evening. It could have been a meal of it's own. The service was acceptable although lacking near the end when I had to ask for the check. Overall I would return if the opportunity is presented and would not hesitate to recommend a visit by friends or colleagues.

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F
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent contemporary Italian

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was really good. Service was not acceptable. Long waits, had to ask for almost everything, bread, napkins, knife. The one waiter who served us was friendly and pleasant, but completely overwhelmed. Tables at our left and right had similar experiences. There were lots of people running around, but perhaps they ought to review how they deploy the staff. A creative chef who needs better back up out front.

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LV
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Overall underwhelming italian-esque food. would not recommend.

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B
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

I dined during restaurant week. I was not offered their promo menu so I ordered from their normal menu. When it arrived, the calamari appetizer was cold. I ordered their pasta with lamb sausage entree. I love lamb but, this dish was way too salty. I took two bites and had to stop. A young girl was seated beside me and talked loudly on her cell phone the entire time I was there. The service was second rate. It seemed as though no one there knew how to operate a restaurant. My experience was totally unsatisfactory. I can’t recommend Urbana nor will I return.

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TA
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place and always enjoyed the cuisine. Enjoyed my birthday here 😊

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JC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was terrible!! The dessert tart still had plastic on it when it arrived. Food was good.

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JW
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this restaurant my first time there and I wasnt a guest at the hotel Palomar, I was a guest of Embassay Row and I couldnt stop telling people to come check them out. Cocktails and food was so delicious. Easy to make a reservation the wait for the food was minimal,came out hot and ready to eat. The manager also made it a point to check on us through out the meal and even recieved a piece of complimentary cheescake which was the bomb also. Will defiantly be back.

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R
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Great service, friendly staff
Will come back again

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LM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was slow and the water server brought over straws in a bare hand! No napkin covering, just use these straws with my hand sweat all on it! Uhh

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SS
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The manager of this restaurant went WAY out of his way to give us great wine service. I would highly recommend Urbana based solely on this individual's commitment to his customers.

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Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was slow and lackluster but friendly. Food was decent.

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JJ
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Sunday Brunch

Single server was taking care of our party of 11 (made reservation 10 days in advance...they knew we were coming) and tending bar at the same time. She was getting no help from anyone else, so we waited for our initial drinks, for refills, a meal was forgotten. We got our food and had no silverware or condiments (and waited about 5 minutes for them to be delivered.) A manager walked by our tables at least five times and never once stopped by to check on us or assist the server.

My friend group has been going to Urbana for almost three years now usually with groups of at least eight and we’ve seen such a decline in the quality of the food and the level of service.

Sadly, we won’t be back.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Simply, put the service needs improvement. Increments of 45 minutes to get drinks ordered, then another 45 minutes to have them delivered. This pace would be acceptable if the place was busy. However, that wasnt the case. Constantly, reminding staff the table needed attention was annoying. Perfect place for groups of 2 or 4. If the party is bigger than that the service takes a nose dive towards horrible.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All the food was really delicious, even the salads and the kids’ meals!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Truly recommend it for any special but casual occasions

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GB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good. Waitress had a great personality and efficient. After having cocktails we tried to order wine during dinner. They didn't have what we ordered and then made a big procedure of replacing our selection, with the result being that the wine didn't appear until we were taking our last bite of food at which time we sent it back.

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K
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was awesome! We were celebrating my nephews college graduation. We had our own room. Our Waitress was extremely patient with our party of 12. We were never made to feel rushed. The food was fantastic. Everyone enjoyed everything so much that I can’t even single out one dish. Thank you Urbana for giving my nephew the celebration he so deserved!

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HM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were in DC for Georgetown graduation and gather at Urbana for our first evening. Nice spot, good food, but was understaffed to handle a full house.
If you want to have a quiet conversation, it’s not your spot due a very high noise level. If you are up for an energized time, with having to speak fairly loudly across a table, it’s fine.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We came in with a group of 6 for Mother’s Day. We had a reservation but they still took us to a dirty table and we stood there as the host wiped it off with a napkin. The food was delicious, but it took almost an hour to come out, and we didn’t have any special orders due to modifications or allergies—just ordered normal brunch items. Our appetizer also never even came. The unlimited drinks were great and our server kept the champagne bottle full, but it was often hard to get her attention if we wanted one of the other drinks.

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TF
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was very good and the service was pleasant. Pasta and Pizzas were delicious and truly handmade.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious but an overall disappointing Sunday Brunch experience.

We arrived as a party of 4 for Sunday brunch at 10:45 and were barely greeted by the staff who basically told us to grab a menu off the counter and seat ourselves, until I mentioned that we had a reservation for brunch. At that point the server perked up a bit and took us to a different part of the restaurant.

I was very disappointed in the brunch menu after seeing all the offerings online and reading several reviews. Our menus only had about 7-10 options on them, and no mention of the drink offerings. We ordered and were happy with the food that arrived, but after exiting we saw the menu posted outside and clearly we had not received the correct menus. The wait staff was a bit slow and almost seemed a bit confused - maybe partied too hard on Cinco de Mayo the night before. We had planned for a leisurely 2 hr brunch and were done within 45 minutes.

Would be willing to go back but won't seek it out. There are great places for brunch that don't require as much effort on my part to get a great experience.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was severely lacking. Looked like they were under staffed for volume of diners

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ME
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The food was nothing special. Despite what was written on the menus the restaurant was not willing to do bottomless brunch drinks and the “pizza party.” In retrospect it should have been telling when I was able to get a brunch reservation for 6 on the day before. There are much better brunch options out there.

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C
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The mussels appetizer is great. The scallops over rising was delicious. Presentations and service is memorable. Will return.

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CA
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server was excellent, providing good advice on wines and checking on us frequently. Unfortunately, the restaurant was changing beer selections, and several items requested were unavailable. Again, though, our server provided good suggestions along with a couple of options to sample and we ended up very happy with our final choice. The cheeseboard and house salad were flavorful, but the entrees were a bit dull. The tagliattelle's bolognese had nice heat but lacked flavor, and the margherita pizza's sauce was bland.

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MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, drinks, and service was amazing! We had a private dining room with exceptional service. My favorite was the scallops.

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the mimosas!

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LR
New England
33 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

The staff at this restaurant was fantastic. Full on excellent customer service from start to finish.
Unfortunately, Urbana turned out to be a huge disappointment. I should have gone with my gut after reading some of the reviews. I was shocked at how small the restaurant is. Never expected that. My second impression immediately was that it was not clean. Sticky floors, dirty counters as you enter, super sticky tabletop. I was really turned off and would have left if I had not been traveling for seven hours and had no idea where else to go on a Friday night, 7pm on a very busy DC weekend.
Food was so-so and the menu is very limited so consider that before reserving. For example, only one choice of salad and it was not even a simple preparation but one with nuts and more nuts.
Urbana is pretty much all about cocktails and pizza.
Fabulous staff that should be commended for sure!

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MO
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good. That is what is important. Pizza was really good and pasta dish was delicious. Small-ish menu so it was easier to decide on what to get, which is good for someone as indecisive as myself.

I will note though that the service was slow (as seen in other posts). I didn't think that would be an issue, seeing as how it was a date and time was by no means of the essence, but waiting for a drink can really drag an experience down. And even for a tall guy, the chairs are too low for the table... and the table... couldn't even touch it, it was so sticky. Throw a fresh coat of lacquer on those black painted tables for pete's sake.

At the end of the day though, I'd recommend it.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was mediocre for the price. Service was horribly slow.

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MR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Pizza was the only thing we found up to par. The rest did not taste great.

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AM
Montana
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Greeter told us the Open Tabe reservation wasn’t received due to staffing shortage. So she pushed two high tops together in the bar area. Tables were dirty. Very noisy. Took 20 minutes for drinks to arrive because “we ran out of eggs” (?) Food overpriced and bland.

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New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

It used to be much better a few years ago, was not a fan of the ambience, service - and the table was dirty. Food is good though.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable early Valentine's day dinner! Appreciated the server's wine recommendation and were quite satisfied with our meals.

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