Urban Roast / District Eatz

4.4
144 Reviews
$30 and under
Café
Urban Roast is a family-owned cafe and cocktail bar that offers gourmet coffees, specialty alcoholic beverages, and a wide variety of contemporary shared plates. Whether you’re grabbing a drink after work with colleagues, having a cozy Sunday brunch by our outdoor fire pits, or sharing some delicious appetizers with friends before an event at the Capital One Arena (located right across the street!) – Urban Roast has you covered. Come enjoy a comfortable, community-friendly atmosphere with appetizing food, endless drink options, and an ambiance always matched with the decor of the season.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • 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
What 144 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I made the reservation a day in advance and someone reached out to me the morning of to confirm the reservation. All of our party arrived on time and waited to be seated for about 10 minutes. After waiting they asked if we were comfortable sitting on the couches until something came available inside. We were finally seated at the couches and a waitress introduced herself and took 15 minutes getting back to take our drink orders. We ordered our drinks and food (party of four). The food was falling off the tables, we had to hold plates in our lap, and it was just very crowded. We asked twice if we could be moved to something bigger and we were told it was booked.

Food and drinks were great, service was ok, didn’t get to experience the atmosphere because we were right beside the bathroom and watching them take the trash out.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give 100 stars, I would. Drinks, excellent. Food, delicious. S’mores, on point.

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were so excited to visit Urban Roast and had the most disappointing experience. The table around the fire was small and our plates and the plastic silverware burned and melted and food spilled off the boards. The food was below average and overpriced. We ordered iced coffees which came out hot and to fix it they poured it over ice, giving us watered-down lukewarm coffee. The manager was rude and when asked to switch out a board for an allergy they said no. Overall a disappointing experience and would never go again.

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shaneeD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like picture worthy food then this is the place

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HaileyL
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Urban Roast by far is the best coffee in the area - I also really enjoy their Chai latte. We enjoyed the brunch boards and came back in the evening for their s'mores around the fire pits. It was a great way to be outdoors and enjoy the area. They do a great job with decorations inside as well! Definitely a massive menu - check out the empanadas which are made locally by a small business!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! The ambiance definitely set the vibe and was a big mood uplift! The food was great- LAMB CHOPS=SUPERB! Drinks were great for the price point! Everything was absolutely AMAZING!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Server was great! Food was delicious. Restaurant was overbooked and service was slow. And the tables were a little small.

There also was no social distancing

KC
KiaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

One of the worse birthday experiences ever. The establishment was beautiful however the service and the way they treated my party was poor and I was really disappointed , we was rushed and couldn’t even order food was told to place the food orders Togo after spending over 200.00 on drinks and appetizers . The way that the manger handle the situation was poor we no longer felt comfortable so we left .

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was social and chill. The music was on point. The drinks were very aesthetically pleasing and the food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience2

The food did not taste good. The cocktails were very good and I was surprised because everything else was not particularly palatable. The cheese plate could have been much more thoughtful. The tossed water crackers thrown about made me cackle and the cheese options were sub par. The brisket was over cooked and they gave me plastic silverware to cut it. The ambience seemed really cute and low key in pictures. It was a bit of a disappointment.

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TawanaM
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the veg empanada and it was amazing. The ambiance was radiantly beautiful. Their red sangria delicious. I would be returning

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Tiona
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Urban roast was horrible. The waitress charged my card 2x the bill. The customer service is horrific and the food is bland

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kitas
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I waited a whole hour for my reservation and we still didn’t receive a text nor call, WORST PLACE EVER

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BabyFoodie
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Amanda our servicer took excellent care of us. She made the restaurant experience awesome. For the price of the food, it was way average and basic. Excellent idea of brunch charcuterie, I must say. First pitcher of mojito was okay. Second was simple syrup water. $200 meal n drinks for 3 should’ve been $100.

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MonicaL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the service was great, drinks were bomb, and food was really good. I would highly recommend this place

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vipGenevieve
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We had so much fun at this brunch. The drinks were fabulous, the service was amazing, and the decor made us want to do photo shoots all day, lol.

JP
JanieP
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Ate around a fire pit with no real place to put food or drinks. Chairs and tables were backed against a wall making it hard to sit down. Fire was strong so plates and cups were hot and gas smell strong. Food is too expensive for the portions. Food was good just not a lot for the price. Customer service was friendly when talking to you but not welcoming coming in or leaving.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food was really good, but drinks took FOREVER to arrive. Also it took 30 mins to get my reserved table. The restaurant decor was beautiful

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

This place is super cute, and well decorated. When I made the reservation I could pick between outside and inside and picked outside with fire. Instead of being outside though we were placed inside in an “outdoor like” area with a small fire. The table was right next to the restroom and in a busy hallway the waiters frequent to bring food to and from the indoor dining area. Service was very slow. They were very kind but I think maybe there is less attention to this area. I would’ve liked the area to be advertised as indoor as it was, especially in a time where outdoor dining means so much more to some people. The food was delicious.

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TraceyG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The ambiance is absolutely beautiful which is why I wanted to check this place out. I made our reservations online prior to so that worked out good. Got there, got seated and it took a minute for our server to come. Once she did, it was cool. We chatted for a minute then ordered drinks and a shared plate. Shared plate a.k.a appetizer...not so much before it took forever. The first drinks that came out were wrong (we wanted the shots with the fire B52 but got the Roast) but it was really good and our server replaced them because she rang in the incorrect shot. We ordered another round of drinks (a martini and an Old Fashioned). And of course the Old Fashioned DID NOT come out in the glass case at first. I had To ask him about it and he went back and got it...SMH

So after that we ordered food...lobster salad, chicken pesto empanada and buffalo chicken spread. After a very long wait and finding out the runner dropped our food on the way out and they were remaking it 🙄 we finally got it. The empanada was very good, the salad and spread were just okay.

Would I revisit, probably not but visit at your own risk. It may be better for you than it was for me but it was good to see what the hype from TikTok was all about.

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Sanford295
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The service was incredibly lacking from being greeted, to seated, to served. It was not busy from the looks so I can't blame that at 1:30p on a Friday afternoon. The decor, food, and cocktails were all great and made up for it but many other downtown options to consider next time. My friend was in from out of town and did not impress her due to service.

AJ
AlexisJ
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best mac & cheese ive had at a restaurant! So good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

S’mores to die for

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Kiddie
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Food was okay; we ate outside so it was about as quiet as outdoor DC dining gets. (I did go inside to use the bathroom and it was SO loud inside.) Our waitress was nice and efficient, but the other staff was so disorganized; we had been once before in the evening on a weekday and it was the same. It’s just disorganized. All of our “plates” — aka weird small pizza trays — were cracked.

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Treybing1026
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Took my friend out for a birthday brunch. We bother had a great time. Our server was amazing and the food and drinks were nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Easter Brunch- very accommodating to large party- great service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a really nice place. Food was great too. My girls and I had a great time.

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Anna074
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The reviews mentioned the service was poor, and I’d have to agree. We had a party of 7 with an advanced reservation. We were seated on time and the place is super cute. There are 3 different menus to choose off of, that was a little confusing. It would be helpful if that was revamped a little bit. We had to ask to place drink orders. It took 20 minutes to get our water/drinks. When it came to a refill, we were brought coffee in Moscow mule cups which burned the waitresses hand and fortunately we poured it into an existing cup to not burn us! The prices were slightly elevated for what you received. Our meat board was missing a few items, came with 4 breadsticks, nothing else to use with cheese and meat. The waffle was $9.50 for ONE waffle the size of a DVD. When all was said and done, we were charged a 20% service fee for what reason? I’m not sure. Our waitress was a little flighty, almost like it was her first day on the job. No one helped her, no one cleaned our dirty plates away, managers were walking around like they were Secret Service, no one helped her. Would I go back? No.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I had a birthday brunch here and the service was excellent!! Everybody was so welcoming and the food was amazing!

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RocioG
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Brunch boards were delicious and so filling!!! Coffee drinks were amazing! The constant shuffling of tables and chairs by the staff really ruined the ambiance

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NicoleM
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

food was served cold, waitress was very nice and helpful, seated outside and the fire tables had no protection from fire so the wind was blowing the fire very close to us being almost burned a couple times, the metal chairs had no cushion so our bums were freezing, tall outside heaters provided little heat, didn’t have any special birthday desert or song which was weird for such an expensive and “hip” restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Our overall experience at Urban Roast was good however they appeared to accept more reservations than they could handle, especially for the fire pit tables. They did try to accommodate people but it created a stressful environment overall.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Food was not very good

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Izzy
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

This place was very overrated! The service was TERRIBLE! We waited for 25 min before someone took a drink order after asking for someone several times. We continued to have bad service throughout, server seemed tired and was unable to give vegan and GF menu and drink options. No music playing and bad ambiance on patio. Overpriced food/drinks. Definitely disappointing!!

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vipJayI
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Breakfast charcuterie tray was very good and unique. Fresh fruit. The food was 5 star. At one point we lost our waitress??? Staff was friendly and professional.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for Sunday brunch! The red Sangria is a must have! Food is very good and reasonably priced. I had the short rib on a croissant, delish! The ambiance is pretty amazing here lots of great photo ops if you’re into that! Our server Amanda was very attentive to us and her other tables.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff and chef

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KTaylor
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I saw Urban Roast on TikTok and felt inspired to go there lol. It was Amazingggg. The weather was pretty good so I wasn't worried about being too cold but they also had a fireplace in the center of the table for smores + a large Heat lamp so it was extra tasty. Upon arrival, we noticed their beautiful decor with all of the roses and cherry blossoms hanging from their ceilings. Definitely picture-worthy!
Their drink menu looked soo good but I decided to go for the "Bottomless mimosas". I also tried the Chicken Teryaki *Satay as an appetizer + Turkey Avacado Croissant. It was delicious and I was stuffed! Next time, I really want to try the lobster mac and cheese. For dessert, we had the Samoa Smores! Another Winner! I also want to mention that the food came out SUPER FAST which is not something you see these days! Everything was hot and fresh.
I don't really write reviews but this place was definitely worth it :-)

PM
PrescilliaM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The overall vibes of the place were great! The food is definitely nothing to rave about in my honest opinion. My sister and I came here for the first time and were a little disappointed but overall cute place

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Loved the Flaming B52’s🤤

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You can order delivery directly from Urban Roast / District Eatz using the Order Online button. Urban Roast / District Eatz also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 393-1111.

Urban Roast / District Eatz is rated 4.4 stars by 144 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.