The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

4.5
2159 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Smith is a casual American brasserie with two upbeat locations in Washington DC: The Smith Penn Quarter and The Smith U Street, as well as locations in New York City and Chicago. 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.

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
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
What 2159 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I would come back to try other items on menu. The Smith Burger I ordered was prepared as requested and very tasty.

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DanielE
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They got my order wrong. The waiter was inattentive. To be fair much of this may have been due to the pandemic. As with many restaurants they were understaffed.

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SamanthaH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food4service2ambience2

Went for the caps game. Had a reservation but no one sat us. Was eventually put at a long high top table in the bar area. Only one server for the whole bar (felt bad for him). Drinks were late and my drink was incorrect. Won’t go back for a pregame dinner again.

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MichalS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Understanding the pandemic has done a number on staffing the wait staff could use some help. Too many people not enough staff. Our person was excellent when we arrived but as the crowd increased he was overwhelmed - not his fault just too many tables.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pre hockey dinner and drinks. Great food and service!

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marie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were there on a Caps game night with a 5:00 pm reservation. We had 4 different servers, which became confusing. Drinks, including iced tea, took a very long time. Food service was quicker. The food was very good but the service was lacking.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

I came for a 3-course dinner in the bar section. My oyster appetizer came out only after I told the food runner bringing my dinner that it had not yet arrived. This is after the server told someone to check on it multiple times. Once I informed the runner, she brought it right out, so it was obviously ready to be served prior to me saying anything. Then again during dessert, the server had to ask someone to check on my order, which again immediately came out. The server/bartender was very attentive, but there was definitely a lack of attention between the kitchen and dining area.

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Gr8vino
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great service and the food choices were awesome and unique. Very NYC vibe with the indoor outdoor feel.

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vipbclucky
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Brunch food was okay but service was terrible. Waiter forgot about us for long stretches. Tallied check incorrectly. Do not recommend.

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KatrinaF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Brunch was great. Latte/coffee were very good. Accommodated kids as well! Would definitely go back.

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John
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very different than I was expecting but in a good way. Had one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever had with their Spaghetti Bolognese. My wife got Shrimp and Grits. Grits were very creamy and the shrimp cooked perfectly. Will definitely be back!

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vipbarb
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Timing was a little off but they handled it perfectly.

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Birthday
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service is leisurely, kitchen missed delivery of several times.

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vipTAw81
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time eating here for brunch. The staff were phenomenal. The food was wonderful. Ate alone and had a wonderful time. Definitely worth eating here for brunch. The french toast, home fries, apple bacon, egg white omelet are excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was very busy but server worked with our special dietary needs.

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Karuna
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally fresh & flavorful food. Safe outdoor seating, too.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food3service3ambience4

Average steak. Ok service but probably we were there too early.
Not sure I would return as better options for the money and the steak cooking was so so.

MB
MichaelB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around.

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LindseyM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love The Smith, and highly recommend the spicy salmon tartare appetizer. Very tasty cocktails as well.

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BAMB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were traveling through Washington and looking for a place to eat. This fit the bill. Varied menu, reasonable prices for the city, indoor/outdoor dining, not too loud. We had the fresh roasted tomato soup, a Mediterranean salad, a Caesar salad and a salmon entree. All were very good, hot and served promptly although it was rather empty for a Sunday night. The tomato soup was prepared like onion soup with a slice of good bread at the bottom and melted cheese on top. Delicious! Service was good but a little inattentive by the main server.

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KelliS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great, just wish they hadn’t run out of some food options.

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KWB2
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was a bit slow and it took awhile to get the check after asking. We were able to sit outside which was nice, inside seemed a little loud. The food was great! Something on the menu for everyone.

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JenniferM
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good ambience with the doors open on a beautiful Fall day. Food was good. Portions look deceptively small but are very filling. Service hit the right note of attentive without being annoying or feeling like we were being hurried to free the table. Felt COVID safe with sanitizer, separated tables, and masks.. Thoroughly enjoyable brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server JP was absolutely THE BEST. Service was prompt and professional. Food, cocktails and atmosphere exceeded our expectations for a special joint 59 and 60th birthday dinner. The filet mignon was perfect as was the pasta and seafood entree. An absolute “DO AGAIN”.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Murat was great. The desserts were amazing. We ordered the sticky toffee and the s’mores in a jar and my kids loved it.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I took a large group to the Smith. We enjoyed our time, however we had to ask for service multiple times. Also once we ordered, we were informed that they were out of multiple types of steak without being clear which ones they were out of. So one member of my group got a NY Strip instead of a ribeye without being informed. Other members who requested steak on their salad ended up receiving chicken.

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Gabrielle
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Smaller portions for the price and the service was very SLOW. Also brought me the wrong drink.

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Amanda
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Although the food was very good, we waited over 50 minutes for our dinner and it wasn’t very busy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Ambiance was good, everyone was accommodating and pleasant. Server was nice, however not very attentive to our needs. We had to go get her a few times to request refills etc. This seems to be a trend with all of the Smith restaurants we’ve been to lately but we are hoping they’re isolated incidences

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Nikki
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food was great but the sever never came back to check on us. Would’ve ordered more drinks if he had.

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NicoleH
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Came here for brunch with a friend, second visit. Overall service was slow but the waitress was nice. They seemed to run out of some items for brunch…for example, no Bellinis, no special coffee orders just plain coffee. I ordered the shrimp and grits, and it was decent. Small portion, the shoestring potatoes were unnecessary, the baked eggs were not good (I took them off). Might return later…I know COVID has taken a toll on restaurants and has impacted service.

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JaneM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1food5service5ambience5

Pathetic. No coffee drinks. No maple syrup they brought honey saying it’s syrup. Very strange

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very clean. The service was impeccable and the food was too! My first but NOT my last visit and we brought guest from out of town who want to come back just for this brunch. And the "75 Slushie".

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LyndaR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We came to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Had been looking forward to it for weeks. The hostess group greeted us in Avery pleasant manner. The weather outside was nice so all the side window doors were open. There was an incredible festive vibe throughout the restaurant. Our drinks and appetizers were served right away. The entrees however took longer than one would want. They finally show up and everything g is cold. We only sent one dish back, kept 2 because it would have taken another 40 minutes to redo.
The manager apologized and did not charge us for our entrees. That was an acceptable gesture. So, somewhat disappointing but I guess on a less crowded day things might have turned out better. The food was good which is why we would give it another chance to get the service fixed.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The staff seemed a tad new and in need of some more training and/or experience. That’s expected these days but it was quite noticeable. At one point we were asked if we would move tables because they had been planning to save the area we were in for a larger party. The hostess maybe realized that was a big ask given we were comfortable where we were and had made a reservation so she ended up not pushing the situation. The steak was very good. The fries were crisp but lacked flavor. We had a very nice bottle of wine. We finished with the cookies which were warm and generally good. All in all, it was nice but there were a few bumps. I hope those will be ironed out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I received an email from OpenTable that I did not show up for the reservation. This is incorrect. I was seated at the time of my reservation at 5:30pm on 9/25/21 with my guests. Please let the restaurant, The Smith, know that they need to update their system. Thank you.

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vipMrLightBright06
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at The Smith! The food, drinks and company was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great outdoor lunch spot in DC!

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vipSLS1978
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great drinks and delicious food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I was disappointed that the Sunday night special was not available even at 6:30 pm. My friends had to make several different choices because what they wanted wasn't available. I understand shortages of items, but those could have been communicated in advance. The servers were very nice, but slow - it took a very long time to finally get our check. I will be back, but will manage my expectations.

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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C is rated 4.5 stars by 2159 OpenTable diners.

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