Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Today
Time
7:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 15 times today
Special offers available. See details

Urbana Dining & Drinks

3.9
1338 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary Italian
Top Tags:
  • Bar Seating
  • Late-night Find
  • Great for Brunch
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.
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Italian, Mediterranean
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
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.
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(202) 956-6650
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Ethan McKee
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
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.
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
21st St NW
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
Street parking
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
Metro: Red Line, Dupont Circle
icon/ic_special_eventsCreated with Sketch.
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.

View Private Dining Details

Specials

Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

See availability for bonus point tables

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

What 1338 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.9based on recent ratings
4.1
food
3.6
service
3.9
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
70% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
3.0Dined 2 days ago

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.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Amazing! Truly recommend it for any special but casual occasions

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

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!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We love the mimosas!

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

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!

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 9, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 7, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 2, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Our server was extremely unattentive and it took a long time for the food to come out even though the resturant wasn't busy. We were told that there was a party going on, but it wasn't an excuse for the terrible service and unattentiveness. The food was decent, but our waitress and the very very slow service completely ruined our experience.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Service was very poor

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

They handled our group of ten extremely well. I’ve always liked the cocktails and food at Urbana and this time was no exception.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

This was an exceptional dining experience. We started with a margherit pizza which was delicious! We then sampled each other's plates from the delectable truffle pasta, the perfectly cooked steak, to the incredible lobster ravioli. We came here because we had a gift certificate, but we will return for the amazing food and great service!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Ambiance was the best thing about the expience. No major complaints except they were out of chicken meatballs appetizer already at 7:30 pm. Likely b/c the other appetizer options are not that appetizing. I had the lobster raveoli. Little flavorless and pasty sauce. Lobster was tough. Had a hot toddy which was good on a cold wintery night.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Urbana is consistently outstanding! The staff, the presentation, the ingredients...and of course, the dessert.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

We sat at the bar for brunch. The service was great and the food was excellent. Had the lump crab scramble and it was delicious! I would definitely get it again. The mimosas were made correctly (more bubbly than juice) and offered various types of juices to mix with.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Brunch probably should’ve taken 30 minutes but the service was poor and we were there forever. We had to go up to the server several times because it was taking so long.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Unfortunately we would not recommend this restaurant. The ambience is tired, table was dirty, and service very slow. Fresh pasta was good but way too much butter and oil. Hope they see the obvious and make changes.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Amanda was our server and she was wonderful. We enjoyed 3 pizzas (smoked prosciutto was amazing) as well as the tagliatelle and muscles. The only thing we didn’t love was the chocolate cake.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on November 17, 2017

We were looking for a good casual place to celebrate our wedding anniversary, which was noted in our reservation but never acknowledged by the staff. I wasn’t expecting special treatment, but good service would have been nice. They restaurant appeared to have one waitress for the entire dining area, along with several people to help deliver and collect plates. The servers seemed to have no understanding of what was ordered or how it should have been served. Appetizers came before cocktails, bread came after appetizers, wine came 10 minutes after the entrees (with two reminders), and water glasses ran dry. Then we waited another 20 minutes to track down and pay the check. It was chaotic and definitely not how anyone would want to celebrate a special occasion. I hope the restaurant was just overwhelmed that evening, but the experience was so tedious that we will not return. It is also very loud - management should restructure their staffing model and invest in some noise reduction options. Overall, a very disappointing experience.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Ate here 3 times during our Kimpton stay, it was that good! Authentic, creative pasta dishes, clearly an excellent chef because everything we ordered was phenomenal! Cool vibrant atmosphere, great for date or special occasion. Will definitely be back on our next DC trip!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

First time-the food lived up to the reviews. We will be back!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

Amazing food and service! Testaurant in our hotel but def not a "hotel" restaurant-cool ambience!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on October 31, 2017

A very good meal and service was great even though they were short staffed on the night we went.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on October 22, 2017

Went to Urbana to meet friends. It happened to be about halfway on the metro between where we where staying and our friends apartment. It's pretty close to the DuPont Circle stop, so it was convenient. The food was great, service was a bit slow. Bar looked nice although we didn't sit there. It's in the hotel Palomar, one of the Kimpton Hotels. Some of our party had pasta and a few had the roast chicken, everyone felt the food was great. No one was drinking, but it looks like they have a nice bar.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was delicious. I had a pasta stuffed with butternut squash and topped with speck and I added shrimp. Just incredible. My husband had a pasta with artichokes that was so flavorful. Wine was mediocre, not special , pricey for what it was. The service was great. Our waitress was so personable and gave us great suggestions. She told me to add the shrimp to my entree. The atmosphere was a little diner like on the restaurant side except with dim lights. It’s a lower level so you see people’s feet when they walk by because the windows are at street level. There was a bar seen on the opposite side. I guess because it is in a hotel . The ambience looked good there with sofas and nice seating.
They also have a pizza bar which looks fun and a small private room in the back. I would go back again because the food was creative, seasonal and delicious.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
34