Urbana Dining & Drinks

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1372 reviews
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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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Daily 5:30PM - 6:30PM 8:15PM - 9:30PM

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

This restaurant and the experience were awesome.I went there for brunch for my girlfriends birthday and we had a blast . The price for their bottomless mimosas’s is the best I’ve seen in the city. The food was good. I would have liked a little more variety for the menu but regardless it was delicious. Service was amazing and everyone was very friendly. Cute place and the ambiance was great. I will most certainly be returning.

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1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our third time at at Bucks; we’re out of towers

The food is always interesting and there’s plenty of it

Service terrific. Raina our waitperson was excellent.

We look forward to our return

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both fantastic!!

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Two tables from us, a man was passed out from being intoxicated and over served. I ordered a pesto pasta dish and I found a plastic cap in my food. Overall, extremely disappointed. I felt bad that the manager had to deal with so much.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Recently went for brunch on Saturday with a group of 8 friends. Wasn’t concerned since I have been many times for brunch and service and food has always been outstanding.

The restaurant never got busy from our arrival at 1230 to our departure at 1500. Sandra was super nice however, for the restaurant to have been so slow we expected her to check in a bit more. Everyone stated the same regarding the food, unseasoned and not flavor-able, cold. The only item that was enjoyed was a salad and a burger.

The bottomless bottles for brunch is a great steal! But they were never cold and to track Sandra down for another bottle once one was finished as another pain.

Super disappointed with service and food cause everyone was looking forward to the experience.

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MM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Quality doesn’t match the price. The poached eggs on the Benedict were over boiled, not runny. The Calzone Americano was mostly air, barely stuffed, and with excessive amount of crust on the edge. Like you ordered two extra breadsticks. The fried chicken was $18 and did not have a side. The sausage and peppers was good but too small for how expensive it was. All of it was overpriced for was it was. The only thing on point was the bottomless Bellinis that were delicious. It was good but we won’t come back and can’t recommend it to our friends.

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k
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful, we never really had an experience as our reservation was for 10:15, they serve breakfast till 10:30, and yet when we walked in at 10 o’clock they told us they stopped serving breakfast, even though we had a reservation and they decided to close early. We will never go back again.

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ST
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked hotel room for a night followed by surprise bday party for my wife. Food was amazing and service was kind, attentive and warm.

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P
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Went to Urbana for Sunday Brunch. It was OK, but not memorable. The best thing was the authentic "spaghetti" carbonara. I put "spaghetti" in quotes because when we ordered it from the menu we were told at first that it wasn't available because they had run out of spaghetti! Almost unbelievable for an Italian restaurant... However, when we expressed disappointment, the chef found some spaghettini - and the dish turned out to be excellent. Service and ambience could only be described as all right, but could do better. I won't put this on a list of restaurants to visit again.

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The pasta dishes are very expensive!

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1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice place. Food tastes so good.

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AP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was delicious (although overpriced) but we had the worst service. There were only two other parties in the whole restaurant when we arrived but it took at least three minutes before we were greeted. Our waiter knew nothing about the menu and completely forgot about a cocktail we ordered, even though we watched him write down a note about the spirit. He seemed genuinely perplexed by the steps of service. We never received water refills. When we finally were able to wave him down to get the check, he managed to mess up splitting the check between two couples. We received a check for one person, and a check for the other three. Thankfully the forgotten cocktail wasn't on either.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Service good better.

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Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Nice atmosphere but service was inattentive.

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Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Not happy with our experience. We made a reservation and when we got there they said all tables were taken for a private party, so they put us at a cramped table in the noisy bar area near the kitchen door.

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ER
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious. But service was slow and inattentive. Needed to ask for water to be filled several times. If you charge this much for dinner, your waitstaff ought to be attentive. Especially when it wasn’t that busy.

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KD
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have eaten here in the past and when we met friend’s suggested it even though we were not staying at the hotel. We were all pleased with the very well prepared food and generous portions. Our waiter was excellent on a very busy day.

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

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

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BB
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
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
14 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
Washington DC
2 reviews
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
Philadelphia
3 reviews
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
Philadelphia
2 reviews
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
17 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
5 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
14 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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