The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

4.5
2120 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 2120 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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vipLeeP
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great evening and outdoor dining experience for two old friends to enjoy the food, service, and great conversation.

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amott2
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The service was fine but at times we felt rushed. We tried the Sunday 'Red Sauce' meal (fantastic) so the food was probably more readily available than ordering à la carte. Maybe a little longer pause between courses. We will definitely go back!

EC
vipECpub
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice ambience and bar area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been to the Smith since the pandemic hit. Was pleasantly surprised that they have maintained their quality, timeliness and care while providing my food service. I will be back!

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EmilyM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Large portions, fun cocktails and delicious food. The ambience is nice too! Great for dinner before a Capital One Arena event.

AM
AaronM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The service and the vibes were great for just a "night out," but the pasta was overcooked and the calamari was drenched in oil. To only have 1/3 parts of the meal (the salmon) turn out good certainly isn't worth the price tag.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and cocktails! Great for any kind of get-together. Fantastic service and social ambience.

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vipBrittanyB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Bring back the kale salad and salmon buer blanc entree

MD
vipMikeyD
New England
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was exceptional. I wish I caught her name.

GR
GailR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This was my first time and I was expecting more in the way of service and food quality.

JD
JDickeron
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ricotta Gnocchi was phenomenal! Served us champagne and dessert on the house for our anniversary.

KR
KieataR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and drinks! The sticky toffee pudding is amazing!

AC
AlexandraC
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had made a reservation at the bar and unfortunately they had not taken care of it and we had to sit elsewhere. I wanted Benedict eggs with salmon as I am pescatarian, but they did not serve salmon. Instead they offered spinach. Overall, the food was good, but heavy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

We had a reservation for 8:45. As soon as we arrived they told us the kitchen was about to close and that we needed to order right away in a very rude way.

However our server the first one was very friendly and nice, then he told us a friend of his was the one who had the table and not him, this next server wasn’t great and was not friendly towards us she seemed bothered that we were there right before closing like the manager of the restaurant. If you don’t like people dining in before closing then do not accept any reservations at that time.

Besides de average service, we found a piece of glass in our food and the server didn’t even apologized for it.

The food was okay nothing extraordinary but it was very expensive for what it was.

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RamonaT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great for Brunch and celebrating my daughter's 20th birthday. Food was good and flavorful. Can't wait to go back for dinner one day soon.

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LeVarT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The Smith is a decent place to eat. I will say I cater more towards their brunch menu than dinner

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RachelS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Server was nice but messed up order in two ways. His response was “My bad.” Problem with mussels.

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East
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The ambiance, cocktails and service were great. The food was just so-so.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

They were out of a lot of menu items, which was an odd thing to experience. Several times we ordered something and the waiter came back to say they were all out. It wasn’t her fault but it was inefficient. Cute inside decor. We are outside. Recommend the steak frites and calamari

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mac n cheese was delicious! I got the avocado toast which was delicious and filling. Service was good. We ate outside but I would like to go back for indoor as the restaurant is very cute!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we booked The Smith for a last minute reservation! I loved the ambiance as soon as we walked in and knew we were going to enjoy our time there. Our server was very nice and attentive. We were there with our family for vacation, and all 5 of us loved our meals. Big thumbs up from us!

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wes4bama
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Ambiance and menu was fantastic. However service was extremely slow and the burger was way undercooked. The staff was super friendly and corrected by replacing and not charging for the burger.

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vipDCDiner
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I was at the Smith for a business lunch, and sat outside. The service was decent, the food mediocre. We ordered the blue cheese kettle chips as an app, and a lobster roll and chicken sandwich as mains. The chips were good, but way too rich. I was told the lobster roll was excellent. The chicken sandwich I had was mediocre at best (Subway goes a better job for 1/4 the price). The bread tasted stale, the chicken was overcooked and bland, and the side salad was drowned in dressing.

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adelepenguin
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The interior decor is beautiful! No dress code restaurant, and the brunch deal (free brunch cocktail with most meals) is amazing. The lemon slushier drink is great if you love sweet mixed drinks!

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vipEllie
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food but service was little slow. Ambiance lovely and a good time was had by all. Lots of different options. Something for everyone!

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PaulB
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The service was not great when we first were seated, but definitely got better as the evening went on. The food was great, and will definitely come back again.

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KMW90
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the ricotta gnocci (so good! Definitely recommend and will get again) and my dad had a steak. Worth the money. The drinks were fantastic, especially The Gatsby. Went on a Tuesday around 6:30pm so it was fairly empty and quiet. The waitress was really nice too.

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JCLE
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve eaten here several times now and have always enjoyed the experience!

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Heidi
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We requested to be greeted with a bottle of champagne, ready to be poured for our business meeting and the staff handled our request perfectly! They were prepared with a cold bottle and one of the waitresses followed us to our table as we were getting seated. I was also able to discreetly pay for the bottle separately from the total bill. Thank you!!

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SusieH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had the Restaurant Week menu. Steak was very good. Service was great. Location is very convenient. Nice decor.

AF
vipAnnetteF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Food and service was excellent. Look forward to going back again soon!

CM
ClareM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service (not to mention the food) at The Smith is outstanding. They go above and beyond to make sure that your party is comfortable and content. There was a kitchen back up on a busy night and the staff came over to check on us half a dozen times and comped our dessert and one of our meals — totally unnecessary but absolutely appreciated. Quality of the food is phenomenal. Will be returning again and again and again and again.

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EleanorW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really delicious food and quick service! On the pricier side but worth it

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KarenR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience2

Food was decent. Service was awesome. Music too loud.

EK
ErinK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Fun atmosphere. Loved the salmon and shrimp and grits.

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vipGaryT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The expanded outdoor seating area is a pleasure to enjoy.

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vipDianne
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Mom and I had dinner at The Smith after watching a movie. It was a perfect choice for us. The weather was good for the patio dining. The food was also really great. We ordered the seafood platter since we both love seafoods. It was our first time there and we really enjoyed it. The ambiance and location of the restaurant was just ideal.

JR
vipJoeR
Washington DC
179 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This, our first trip to The Smith post-pandemic, was just as good as any before. We shared the tuna tartare and calamari apps -- both fantastic. Then we shared the Smith steak -- delicious. Our drinks were great. The server couldn't have been more on top of things, and was always friendly. What a delightful experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there to celebrate my daughter’s bday. The food was fantastic and the service was really good. We had a great experience, will be coming back soon.

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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 4.5 stars by 2120 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.

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