District Commons

4.4
3191 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Casual
  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
Located on bustling Washington Circle in the West End, District Commons is anchored by a monumental raw bar and an open hearth oven for flatbreads and savory tarts. A 'Pig Board' of ham and biscuits will showcase a selection of America's finest hams. Chef/Owner Jeff Tunks serves up classic American cuisine in this gorgeous setting. Chili Glazed Duck, Brick Pressed Chicken, Classic Hanger Steak - these choices and more! Freshly baked breads and desserts round out your meal. Try one of our regional American drafts or exquisite wines, or sample from the 99 Beers on the Wall!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
LUNCH: Monday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm

DINNER: Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:00pm
Friday 5:30pm-11:00pm
Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm
Sunday 5:00pm-9:00pm

BRUNCH: Saturday & Sunday 11:00am-2:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 587-8277
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef/Owner Jeff Tunks; Executive Chef Gerald Walker
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
On Washington Circle near corner of 22nd St. and Penn. Ave.
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Parking details
Valet is located in front of District Commons and is available every day of the week from 5:30 pm until close of business. Valet is also offered Sunday Brunch starting at 11:00 am until close of Brunch. Valet charge is $10. There is also a parking garage for the building, the entrance for garage is located on 22nd St.
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Public transit
District Commons is located two blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro on the Blue/Orange Lines , and is serviced by Metrobus and the Circulator.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 3191 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.2
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Noise · Moderate
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

The interior feels a bit like a cafeteria because the space is so big and open. Great place to gather with friends and the menu and food are good, but I'm not sure it's the best place for a romantic date.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Location is good. Service is mediocre. My duck dish was tasteless, hard, probably stale. Definitely way below expectation.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent service, very good food. Great place to grab dinner before a show at the Kennedy Center.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

I absolutely loved this restaurant! Our server was fantastic! She was very cognizant of our timing (we were headed to a show at the Kennedy Center after dinner) and very helpful with finding something on the menu that met my dietary restrictions. The staff was courteous, always made sure our drinks were full, and a great help to tell us the best way to get to the Kennedy Center after dinner. And the food..... the food was phenomenal. I can't wait to visit this restaurant again and I will recommend it to friends visiting DC in the future.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

I recommended lunch there on Saturday specifically for the "Restaurant Week" ad that I was given on a prior visit. No special Restaurant Week (supposedly a 3 course lunch for ~ $22) was offered upon our seating and when I asked about it, the wait staff didn't seem to know anything about it and one was never offered to us. So, we ordered off of the regular lunch menu. Which did not have all of the items that the regular lunch menu shows online. The restaurant should be ready to offer what they say they will offer.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

The main course of red trout was very good. The bread pudding was too sweet for my taste and the cornflakes unnecessary. The service was great. Extremely loud - we could carry on a conversation but nit easily.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Our server was excellent and anticipated our needs.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

So on today's visit I had a taste for the House Burger. Don't be alarmed by the redness because I prefer medium rare meat. It was so tasty and juicy. The bacon jam was the perfect amount of sweetness. I got a small side of the Mac which was also quite tasty. Love this place and very conveniently located near a metro.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Celebrated my birthday and loved it so much on my first visit, that I went back the next day to continue the celebration. Good selection, most of the dishes were excellent. One person ordered the Texas Chili which needs improvement - the meat tasted dry, the seasoning and sauce tasted like afterthoughts. The service is exemplary. The staff is very well trained and really work seamlessly together.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Waiter was a complete dick. He did not even want to share any info on their wine list (or did not have a clue). Did not check in to see how the food was or whether we needed anything. Unacceptable really, particularly for District Commons.

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Loved the addition of red trout with corn/green beans to the menu. Cooked perfectly and very generous portion.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Ross, our server, was knowledgeable and entertaining, as the servers here generally are. We liked how we were not rushed. Superb choice of whiskies.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Food was good not great. Our waitstaff was rushed and actually broke a waterglass by putting it too forcefully on the table. Mexican style chicken salad was very average. Pretzel bread was the best.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Food quality was good, but there was so little of it. Crab cakes were the smallest I have ever seen.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We have been here several times for brunch. The menu does not change. Food is ok. Also each time we have made a reservation they always seem to put us in the worst seat in the restaurant. Not sure what it takes to get a booth in the window.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Mel was the best server! Drinks and food were delicious. Crabcakes don't have any filler. Baba Ganoush flatbread was so good!

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Solid place for a pre-show dinner. Our party’s tagliatelle, hand pies and salad were all tasty and good. Service was also friendly and efficient.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Service good, seafood Cobb salad had minimal seafood, maybe 1 Tblspn of chopped shrimp and 1 Tblspn of cooked salmon (literally) but the traditional Cobb ingredients were there and tasted delicious. Ya gotta laugh. 4 people, early light supper with drinks, no bread or crakers option served or suggested. Meh.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

good for brunch in a casual but amistad atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

I rated the noise level moderate only because I specifically requested a booth in the very back of the restaurant near the restrooms that is much quieter than the rest of the space. District commons is generally very noisy which is really the primary drawback in my opinion. The food is generally very good, the service is good to excellent and it is very convenient if you live in the neighborhood as I do. It is also right at the Foggy Bottom Metro stop.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

The chicken sandwich was delicious although difficult to eat due to the toast-like bread it’s served on. Fork and knife worked decently enough that I would order it again for a business meal.

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Server was too persistent. Kept wanting us to order entrees. Made it very uncomfortable.

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Waiter Sammy M wasn’t very attentive. Was disappointing since I frequent this restaurant and have had excellent service in the past. I even had to go to the bar and order my own drink from server Cannon because Sammy did not come to check on my table for some time. Will definitely have to request not to have this particular server again. Food was very good, nevertheless. Drinks were amazing!

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Our server was terrific. She anticipated our needs, (bringing a knife to we could split dishes, etc), giving us time to catch up when we weren't ready to order yet, giving honest opinion on dishes and helping us decide). It is a very loud restaurant but we got a booth, which really helped. We had a wonderful time and the food wasbeautifully presented. Our birthday girl hot a candle in her Sunday and her dessert was complementary!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Excellent food. Had the Duck absolutly the best duck I've ever had the rice with it was unexpectedly good it had a slight spiciness to it that made it really memorable.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Definitely a must visit for brunch. The ambiance, the service, the bottomless mimosas, and the food were all superb! I cannot wait to visit again.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Food was good, service was fast and courteous, atmosphere is great. All around great brunch experience.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

The food was great and the drink selection was also very good. Making a reservation on Open Table 15 minutes ahead of time got us in the front door and seated immediately with no problem. I asked for a quiet location because I have trouble hearing if there is a lot of noise, and we were given a table in a quieter part of the restaurant. However, it was right next to the bathroom door and the door had a bad squeak, so we had to endure that all evening.

The food was super delicious. I had prime rib with vegetables. I could have used a second ramikin of horse radish sauce, but our waiter was AWOL most of the evening. We had also asked, after the initial drink order, for a glass of iced tea for my wife, but the waiter forgot. And I had ordered a bar drink, which did not come. After a reminder, plus about 10 minutes, he returned with our drinks. Nice guy, but not really on the ball. He didn't write anything down; I guess a lot of servers want to appear attentive and having a strong memory. I wish he had written something down, and then checked back a couple of times during the meal.

Still, a good experience near where we were staying.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

A friend and I decided to grab a couple of drinks before heading to a show at the Kennedy Center. The service, short time between ordering and eating, and the atmosphere all were winners. I really enjoy this place and hope it sticks around.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

This restaurant is always fun time and very approachable. Reasonably priced good wine and a lot of reasonably priced food options. I would recommend skirt steak, salmon, and a side of grits. I would stay away from the duck, crab cakes, and shrimps and grits as an entree.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Great food and service the service was great. My only criticism is that the steak tartare was a little too spicy. Overall, very good.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Service was fantastic, and the food was great. Used to come to this restaurant a lot when I lived in the neighborhood, and it is one of the things that I do miss about it.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Anniversary

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2.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We went before a show. Service was incredibly slow and we got the sense they had forgotten about us several times.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Touring the area. I found the food was just ok in comparison to the price. Our waiter was good at first then a more affluent looking patron joined one of his other tables. Though I’m with my kids, joke on the servers...I’m a doc.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We LOVE District Commons for brunch, pre-theatre, and family enjoyment. The pretzel bread is reason enough for the drive from Maryland. Service is always the best when we have Ross M; and there are wine and menu choices to please everyone. We will plan to return as often as possible.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We arrived earlier than our reservation, but were seated right away. We both had wedge salads, which were delicious, and steaks, which were perfectly cooked. Overall we thought it was a great place for a meal after a day of touring the city.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Our first time dining in Foggy Bottom. The staff was super and started by inquiring if we were there see a Kennedy Center event; we were (Hamilton). The serves was efficient, on the mark and superior! Food was outstanding and the window seat where we could watch the high activity of Dupont Circle was perfect. The restaurant decor was excellent. We will return during our next trip to the Kennedy Center.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Seated at back of the restaurant when we arrived although more desirable spots were available. Poor bar drinks, especially the daiquiri. Food was pretty good, especially the prime rib. Service was excellent. A high point of the meal. Ordinary desserts.

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3.0Dined on July 18, 2018

The restaurant was incredibly loud (the staff mentioned that this was an unusually high volume level) and the portions were very small and under seasoned (very bland). We went there for a pre-theater meal and they were very responsive to ensuring we finished out meal in time.

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