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HalfSmoke

3.6
741 Reviews
$30 and under
American
HALFSMOKE is a modern day gourmet American restaurant serving a classic American menu of premium wood grilled dishes, tater tots, mac and cheese balls, funnel cakes, milkshakes, liquor, beer and wine.

The beverage program features a wide array of innovative alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. A full bar of alcoholic beverages to include seasonal craft cocktails, boozy milkshakes, 10+ craft beers (with an emphasis on local), as well as wine, and mixed drinks on tap. Non-alcoholic beverages to include craft sugar cane soda, house-made seasonal lemonade and teas, and ready to drink juices, sparking water and cold brew coffee are also available.

The main dining room accommodates 100 guests seated and offers guests excellent views of Shaw through the restaurants expansive windows. An outdoor patio is also available during the spring and summer months (weather permitting) and can accommodate an additional 50 guests.

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3.4
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3.9
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64% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our time at HalfSmoke. Our server, Candace, was amazing. The food was great and we were in the igloo area and really enjoyed our seating and also the service. We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite menus in DC, great drinks, and always the best service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Music was so loud at 5pm it as impossible to talk.

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AngeliqueS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience4

customer service wasn’t good, had to go through 3 servers numerous times to place food orders

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JodiS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This was my worst restaurant experience ever. We dined outdoors which was really pretty. We were in a bubble tent decorated with flowers and the tent had a fan and a portable AC unit so it wasn’t super hot and protected us from the 20mins of rain. But our server took forever to bring our pitchers of mimosas - she ended up only charging us for 2 bottomless mimosas instead of 4, which was kind of her. Now for the food - one person ordered something with steak. 20mins later we heard they ran out of streak. So she ordered the chicken and waffles. 3/4 of us ordered that. 1 1/2 hours later, we heard they ran out of chicken. Everyone just ended up ordering fries. So our brunch consisted of mimosas and fries. Come on HalfSmoke! Do better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Waited an hour and a half for food and never received anything not even drink.

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moniquet
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Absolutely terrible, never received all of our food. The food we did we receive was cold and management no where to be found to handle it. Waited an hour for drinks and had to go to the bar to get water for the table multiple times.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my first time there and I did the bottomless happy hour and it was well worth it. I know I’ll be back. I want to try brunch and dinner.

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Jenny
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We ate in the outdoor area (which is down the street from the actual restaurant) on a Saturday afternoon. They were severely understaffed and it took us over an hour to even order our food. We asked for water for two hours straight and never got it. The manager gave us a discount but I still won't dine again in the outdoor space.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing!!!! Music was bumping, and everything on we tried on the menu was phenomenal! The food came out almost immediately after ordering, and everyone checked up on us, gave us complimentary drinks, and really made the experience amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! I’ve seen this restaurant since i was at Howard and never went in. But now i see the hype!!!! I’m stuck now

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AndrewC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The service was not great at the beginning. There were hardly any patrons yet it was almost 10 minutes before a waiter came to the table and I had to go to the bar to request a waiter. The bottomless happy hour and the drinks were great but the food was okay, the deviled eggs were bland and hard.

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MichelleO
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food! Love their brunch menu, very delicious.

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Curious1
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Cute atmosphere, food was very underwhelming. I would recommend drinks only and to enjoy the esthetics and music. We definitely plan to go back with friends just to hang out, but we plan to eat elsewhere first.

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VLev
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The restaurant was out of our desired food and drink. There was no apology for this and service was slow, with no air conditioning on a hot day and music that was far too loud to have a conversation.

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Kris
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall, Good vibes and good energy. Definitely would go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I came here for my birthday and the service was awful. We ordered drinks that we never got AND when we spoke to the owner about it he was..:less than sympathetic

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was amazing and the staff was very friendly! Only complaints are that when I arrived I wasn’t able to be seated until the other person in my party arrived. But then when another individual with the same situation came for their reservation, they were able to be seated without the other individual in their party while I was told I had to wait. My second complaint was that at times the music was so loud I couldn’t talk to the person in my party at all. Other than that the atmosphere was fun and the food was great

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GabriellaP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the staff at Half Smoke - had the WAP and my boyfriend had the pancakes - will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My friend and I made a reservation for 5:30 arrived a couple minutes early just for the host to be standing having side conversation and not acknowledge us we were then seated at a table that could barely fit two plates, we weren’t given any menus and waited to be acknowledged by a server for over 40 mins with no apology. The waitress spoke with us for about 2 minutes before leaving were told we would receive waters and did not. We sat for at least another 15 mins and got up to leave without the waitress acknowledging us at all. It is unfortunate because even when we were walking to our reservation another customer warned us of cold food and warm mimosas and we still gave this business a chance just to be treated so poorly, very disappointing.

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Binks
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

We sat in the outdoor domes and service was very slow. Out food took a very long time to arrive. Even after making a reservation we waited about 30 min to get seated.

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navontew
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Place was Trash ran out of moet and was rushed to leave

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LizM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was great, it was just louder than we expected, so tough to hear each other (we were at a large table).

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vipRivers
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked the winter experience with HalfSmoke and it was incredibly falsely advertised. The “igloos” were falling apart, the table/seating was akin to an underfunded backyard BBQ, and the service could be described as poor if it was even received. We waited over an hour for even water, they had one poor waiter servicing over 14 tables, and the food that did arrive was not well prepared. To ask $50 per person for the “experience” is nothing short of highway robbery and the food is insult added to injury. I would never recommend this to my worst enemy and feel like I just exited a drug induced nightmare. We were able to get a refund from the manager, but only after an hour of back and forth with petty haggling over the things we didn’t even receive. The restaurant is called HalfSmoke, but the sh*t fire was full blown.

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ReneeM
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A great place with a lively ambience and amazing food

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AshleyP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

The drinks were great! But the service was slow and the food wasn’t all that good (plus it took forever to come). It’s a nice time for the price (bottomless happy hour).

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vipblancaf
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Service was to standard!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Very hip restaurant and great atmosphere! AWaitstaff was friendly and great service. Come for happy hour and order the brussel sprouts, crab fries, and mac n cheese bites. The drinks were delicious! Try the Purple Rain, Queen’s Lemonade, and the Bang Bang. Highly recommend our new secret spot! After a few drinks in, we started playing Battleship, one of the many boardgames they have inside. 15/10 dining experience!

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SonnyH
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The seating took a hour and a half past our reservation. Waiter was great other then the wait things went ok. The food was ok felt a little undercooked but the vibe was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I’m upset and mad that I even have to leave 1 star for this review. A group of friends and I arrived at Halfsmoke for an outdoor reservation at 1:30pm on 5/23 for a birthday brunch celebration. We were extremely excited upon arrival since the weather was bright and sunny. We waited for an outdoor table for 20 minutes. We were seated in an outdoor bubble that was extremely hot given the weather. As such, we requested water and ice. We understood that the weather was warm and that this was also the first weekend that DC re-opened to full capacity, however we waited for water and service for an hour. At this point it was now 2:45pm when we finally received water to our table in the bubble. This was extremely disappointing since we had out of town guests and this was their first experience at your staple location. So it was now 3pm and we have only had water and no food ordered.


We eventually were sat down inside and had a great time until the bill arrived. Our original bill arrived and it was a total of $473.20 with taxes and gratitude included. We paid and then received the copy of the receipt to sign. We were SHOCKED to see the price changed. The receipt after our card was swiped then totaled $570.70. We then spoke to our waitress, the front line manager, and then the Operations Manager to address our concerns. After about 90 minutes of concerns, we struck a stalemate. Our concerns were not heard. We were presented with a bill for $473.20 and were charged for a bill of over $570. Not to mention, after having conversations for 90 minutes with the staff they took the original receipt.

At the end of the stalemate, we were then told to send an email to the Operations Manager to receive a refund. We sent an original email on 5/23 and followed-up every day since. We have yet to receive adequate customer service or a response to our issue. Needless to say, I will NEVER brunch or frequent Halfsmoke again. 0/10 DO NOT RECOMMEND.

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Tayw
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was horrible, customer service was horrible. A lot of workers but they were all on their phones or outside laughing and talking. Will not recommend

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KelseyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and staff was super nice. Would definitely go back!

CO
ChudiO
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great vibes. Highly recommend to anyone in DC

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GEM1258
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It was a great experience and atmosphere. We primarily went for drinks but they were average price and the food around us looked good.

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DanW
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We sat outside and waited over 20 mins just to be given water. Our food then took another 45 mins after the order. We were barely approached and felt neglected while there. The hostess was rude and acted like we had no idea how a restaurant worked. We asked her if we could get our check because we were waiting so long and she said we have to ask our server. I understood this, but was wondering if she could find our server since we had not seen her in so long. Instead, the hostess sat at a table pretending to look busy. Another server was drinking on the job and looked delirious the entire night. Another server carried two plates to the kitchen the entire night and otherwise just walked around aimlessly.

The only saving grace was that the food was very good. Even so, the total bill was not worth the experience and the food was not worth what it cost despite its taste. We went in with high hopes as it looked nice and was a fun atmosphere, but our expectations were far higher than the reality. Do not recommend.

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nrdx
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We had a reservation for 6 people at 7pm. We were seated outside and waited for 20 minutes for a server to offer us drinks and menus. We ordered appetizers and drinks... and waited for 20 more minutes. We were there for 1 1/2 hours in total--most of the time was waiting for our food. Meanwhile the music was so loud we could barely hear each other speak. We ended up canceling some orders, as they never showed up. The staff was clearly overworked. They tried hard to make it a pleasant experience. It was just an unlucky experience.

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HEHEHEHEHE
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

waitress looked out for us. plates HH apps come on are smaller than i remember but they accomodated us by putting in more food and sending it out faster. love this place, will be back.

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vipMelodyL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Good vibe, good music, good drinks. The food was ok

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

It was our first time at Halfsmoke and we were not impressed with the service or the food. The service was very slow, and the food wasn’t impressive. At the end of brunch the waitress asked if we needed any boxes and we told her “yes” and we went to the bathroom, but when we got back from the restroom they cleaned up the table including our leftover food we planned on boxing up.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

FAQs

HalfSmoke does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. HalfSmoke also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 986-2079.

HalfSmoke is rated 3.6 stars by 741 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.