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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

4.4
4.4
2528 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

The Smith is a casual American brasserie with a simple mission — make people happy! We care about every meal and every moment. The menu features bistro classics, seasonal fare, and craft cocktails. Walk in the door and you’re in for a great time. Whether it’s date night, drinks on the town, a big birthday bash, a working lunch, a boozy brunch, or an I-don’t-want-to-cook-tonight night, we’ve got you covered.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Burgers, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 868-4900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Brian Ellis

  • Catering

    The Smith is available to cater your next special occasion. Whether it’s for an office lunch or a cocktail party, our drop-off catering menu is perfectly suited for any event. For more information or to place your order, please visit thesmithrestaurant.com/catering.

  • Private party facilities

    At The Smith Penn Quarter, our private room can accommodate any type of occasion from corporate functions, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, holiday parties and baby showers. We are committed to making your event memorable and assisting you every step of the way.

  • Private party contact

    May Cohen: (855) 408-7046

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Cross street

    9th Street NW

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 2,528 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Most Booked

  • District of Columbia

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  1. DC

    DCeater

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    My friend and I each ordered a NY strip steak but were not given steak knives when the steaks arrives and we had to stand up and go ask a busboy for them. Also, the server never came up asking to pour our bottle of wine and was not responsive to questions about suggestions on the menu. So the question for management is whether it wants to just be a casual no-frills or expectations place or something more fitting with its location and prices.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place, amazing food!

  3. EW

    EmilyW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    It took 20 minutes just to get someone to take our drink order and another 20 to get our drinks. The food came out quickly and was great.

  4. BI

    BIJONJ

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience2

    I went here on a date with my boyfriend for the weekend brunch. Everything we got was so good! I love that the cocktails and juices are included with the actual entrees. And everything was filling. We got the churro waffles, shrimp and grits and the benny, Rosé sangria, cucumber ginger beer, and strawberry shortcake doughnut. Our server, Ashanti, was great! She was so on top of everything, but not overly so, and she was so personable. I definitely plan to go back.

  5. C

    Cherie

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    Our server, Stephanie, was attentive and efficient. Food was good. Restaurant is very loud, even when half empty.

  6. S

    Sean

    Washington DC

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    We have eaten here a few times and have always had a good meal. The only downside is that it’s SUPER loud. It’s pretty hard to have conversations with other people at the table and it is pretty tight with seating on top of each other. It’s a hopping place!

  7. OB

    OliviaB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service1ambience2

    We’ve been to the Smith before and loved it, but it all seemed to fall to pieces on a Friday evening. My oysters and cocktail were sublime—but pretty much everything else was a let down. The steak was over cooked, the salad overdressed, the service impossibly slow. Really disappointed.

  8. MY

    MrYosway

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and service. Oh Lawd the Gnocchi was off the charts, burgers and wings were too.

  9. D

    Deah

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Just meeting with coworkers for lunch

  10. TB

    ToddB

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service are always great. Nice to sit indoors when the weather turns too hot.

  11. CD

    ColoDiner

    Denver

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Upon making a reservation, OpenTable indicated only outside tables were available. When we arrived, there were many indoor tables available. To their credit, the restaurant seated us inside when we asked. We ordered drinks, appetizer, and entrees. The appetizer, roasted cauliflower looked interesting in the menu. However, our entrees showed up first. We told the food runner that we no longer wanted the appetizer. As we dug into our entrees, someone who appeared to be a manager showed up with the appetizer. To their credit, they wanted us to try it for free. While we have made roasted cauliflower at home, this was very tasty. The addition of cucumber and yogurt was a great combination. The Fork + Knife Fried Chicken was very good. Just a bit too much breading (though crisp), and the jalapeno grits were great. I'm not a big marmalade fan, but the accompanying green tomato version cut the fat and richness nicely. My wife got The Smith Burger and enjoyed it. We were too full for dessert. The service issues ended when our waiter could not locate our ticket in their system. We had to remind him what we ordered so he could generate a new bill. While the food wasn't bad, the spotty service will keep us away in the future.

  12. S

    Snowellen

    Tampa

    72 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    My online note asked for a single table, not bench seating. The Smith was maybe 25% full lots of tables available. Hostess refused to give us a single table. Crammed us elbow to elbow with others. Waited 20 for server. Never checked on us, had to flag him down when we needed more bread which didn’t show up for 20 min until we had to stop another server to help. Horrible customer service.

  13. OF

    OliviaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great brunch spot!! We went for Sunday brunch and were sat immediately as a party of 6. The food was delicious and the wait staff was attentive. The cocktail included with brunch entrees was the icing on the cake! Also be sure to take advantage of the photo booth :)

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Overall it was a great dinner

  15. JR

    JoeR

    Washington DC

    187 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    187 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    After too many poor post-pandemic restaurant experiences, we knew we had to visit our old friend The Smith. Food was great (although the new fried chicken prep isn't as good as the old), drinks were good, and service was really nice. Given staffing issues, we're sure it's not easy making this all happen -- but The Smith somehow does it. Thanks!

  16. R

    Ralph

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    The server was training a new person but his attitude to us was that he could have cared less about us, customer service, being friendly, etc.

  17. N

    Nandeyea

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Five of us had brunch on Saturday after graduation. The food was excellent. The bloody Mary’s superb. Just like every other place right now the service was a little slow but tolerable. We definitely enjoyed our meal.

  18. LA

    LikeAGoodEgg

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Excellent food and drink, just very, very loud. We had to shout to hear the person next to you.

  19. BD

    BirthdayDinner

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    After going to the Smith in NYC, decided to try the DC location - did not disappoint! The brunch options were just what my friends and I wanted. The brunch cocktail included with the entree was an added bonus.

  20. DC

    DerekC

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The host/ manager wearing a tan suit/ skirt was outstanding. She accommodated us being a few minutes late, worked well with her staff, and grabbed us some cocktails before we emptied ours. She’s great!

  21. MB

    MichaelB

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Great food, can be loud though.

  22. RK

    RubyK

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Went out with colleagues while in DC and the menu had something for everyone—cocktails were excellent as was the beer selection. Hearty salads for the ladies, burgers and meat and potato dishes for the guys.

  23. k

    khess

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Our server was amazing, there was a small problem when a mouse ran in the restaurant from the open doors and windows, but the staff handled it like pros.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5

    The food as always great but the service was awful.

  25. J

    Jennifer

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience5

    We waited for our server to come for over ten minutes. Very frustrating.

  26. JE

    JayEHH

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    My husband and I brought our mothers to The Smith for Mother’s Day brunch. Our waiter was friendly, attentive the service in general was prompt. Everyone really enjoyed their food, and drinks especially the Black Sesame calamari. We’ll definitely be back!

  27. M

    Mon5

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great service, tasty food and very accommodating.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    amazing Mother’s Day brunch and our server was fantastic!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  30. AF

    AlphonsoF

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The food was delicious and the service was very good. It was our first time there for brunch and we enjoyed it. The Smith is definitely one of my family's favorite places to dine out.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Excellent atmosphere, very New York City feel. Lots of tables but lots of staff. Food came very fast and was very good.

  33. CM

    CallMeNASA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is simply delicious. Doesn't matter the ocassion: if I am in DC, I will always have brunch at The Smith 🙌

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love coming here. The food is always fantastic, the drinks are amazing, and the service is great. Everyone we encountered during our meal was personable, kind, attentive, and professional. It was a busy Saturday night, but we got a table on the fringe, rather than in the mix of things. It was noisy, but I didn’t have to yell to be heard or hear. Everything we ordered came out on time and as ordered. The Smith is one of my favorite restaurants and I’ll be back!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I ordered the wings, they were flavorful, succulent, and tender, unfortunately they were also tiny. I had the ribeye with fries, my friend had the pressed chicken with mashed potatoes. Both dishes tasted amazing!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    The host tried to sit the 3 of us at a tiny two top (all the others of this size had two people at them). The placemats fully overlapped each other. Then she said we would have to wait 20 min for a proper sized table because they turned this one into a 3 top to fit our party. I told her we had a reservation for a regular table for 3. They eventually say us at a decent table. It was really loud and the rigatoni was sub par. But the brick chicken and Mac n cheese were delicious. Our server was great! If either hostess had been nice or didn’t seemed bothered by doing their job from the beginning it would have been a 4-5 star.

  37. CB

    ClaudiaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was our first time at the Smith. We had great service. I server was fantastic! Unfortunately, we had a large party and there was a lot going on and I don’t remember his name, but the reservation was under Blake (5/7-5:00) He could not have been nicer. My only complaint was that the wings we ordered were super small, but delicious. Overall, we had a great experience. I would definitely come back.

  38. AA

    AzalieA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    AMAZING food was great, service was top tier! didn’t wait long for our food at all. everyone was nice & welcoming.

  39. JS

    JessicaS

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing time! Business lunch was superb and never felt rushed.

  40. WP

    WilliamP

    Denver

    50 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    Way too loud, 79 db average. I hope the waiter has prospects for another career. B as r steak was priced and prepared well

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C using the Order Online button. The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 868-4900.

The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C is rated 4.4 stars by 2528 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 103 times today
Google Map for The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

901 F St NW Washington, DC 20004

Additional information

  • Cross street

    9th Street NW

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Burgers, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brian Ellis

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 868-4900

  • Catering

    The Smith is available to cater your next special occasion. Whether it’s for an office lunch or a cocktail party, our drop-off catering menu is perfectly suited for any event. For more information or to place your order, please visit thesmithrestaurant.com/catering.

  • Private party facilities

    At The Smith Penn Quarter, our private room can accommodate any type of occasion from corporate functions, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, holiday parties and baby showers. We are committed to making your event memorable and assisting you every step of the way.

  • Private party contact

    May Cohen: (855) 408-7046

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