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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

4.4
4.4
2517 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 2,517 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
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Most Booked

  • District of Columbia

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  1. S

    Snowellen

    Tampa

    71 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    71 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.

  2. OF

    OliviaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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 :)

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Overall it was a great dinner

  4. JR

    JoeR

    Washington DC

    185 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    185 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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!

  5. R

    Ralph

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.

  6. N

    Nandeyea

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.

  7. LA

    LikeAGoodEgg

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3

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

  8. PT

    PreTheatreBrunch

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.

  9. DC

    DerekC

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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!

  10. MB

    MichaelB

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Great food, can be loud though.

  11. RK

    RubyK

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience5

    The food as always great but the service was awful.

  13. J

    Jennifer

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience5

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

  14. 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!

  15. M

    Mon5

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great service, tasty food and very accommodating.

  16. 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!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  18. 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.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  20. 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.

  21. 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 🙌

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. SN

    SharronN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    One issue-was ladies bathroom WASN'T not clean. On a scale of 1 to 10 with ten the best it was a 3. I mention it Shawn (Mgr). Diners may think what else isn't clean.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1

    Loud & very crowded. Had a 13:00 reservation, wasn’t seated till 13:20. Food was rushed and not very

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Slow on reservation

  32. BA

    Bruno52ATL

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Very very good meal and pleasant dinner with my wife. Love the open air / doors open set up. Good atmosphere. Will be back.

  33. j

    jayb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great options for a cocktail. Oysters where fresh and priced well. The staff was attentive but not annoying. We had a great dinner of shrimp scampi and a steak. We would highly recommend. Cheers! Thnx TheSmith for a memorable evening

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Shawn was amazing !!! It was Mother -Daughter dinner. The salmon was divine ! My daughter had pressed chicken with hot honey side with baked mac and cheese and she loved it ! I also had the kale and quinoa salad and it was delicious! The dessert was so hard to choose as everything was superb! i recommend the shortcake with ice cream omg!! will definitely be here again and again

  35. l

    luciaw

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Very loud, took 50 minutes to get our drinks, food not worth the cost honestly.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Everything was amazing! Shawn and Wayne made the experience memorable! I plan to return and recommend to others.

  37. H

    Herringville

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    If you're looking for a spot to eat and enjoy 20th century decor, then look to The Smith. Everyone was polite and helpful with the service. The food was delicious and they gave us a delicious shrimp cocktail to celebrate my birthday.

  38. KB

    KBohl

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Both our food and cocktails were memorable and we would recommend this place for brunch to anyone!

  39. M

    Mish

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2

    My introduction to the Smith was at Lincoln Square in New York city. Although the food is very good at the DC location the indoor noise level and the cleanliness of the bathrooms was not acceptable to me. I felt a little bit like I was in a frat house. There were paper towels in the sink stopping the drains and toilet paper all over the floor in at least one of the stalls. I did not feel like I was in a place for grown-ups. How hard is it to put your paper towel in the garbage or to pick up toilet paper you have dropped. Indoors lots of drinking and loud voices. Very college student-y. There are lots of universities in DC and students are legitimate customers. However if the restaurant wants to also serve a slightly older crowd, they will need to make some adjustments such as checking on the bathroom situation regularly and partitioning parts of the indoor dining room so that there are quieter nooks at least. We dined outside and the heater kept us nicely warm. It was very pleasant outdoors. However service was not optimal. Our waiter was very sweet knowledgeable and patient but he had too many tables and 25 minutes passed before he took our order. The fork and knife fried chicken and a little gem Caesar salad were both great. There was also very good bread and butter served. Would definitely return but dine outdoors unless improvements are made indoors.

  40. KC

    KatherineC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My new favorite

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 2517 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 129 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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