Urban Roast / District Eatz

3.8
521 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 521 people are saying
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3.7
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date spot with drinks, hot chocolate, and s'mores

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food1service3ambience3

Great drinks! However the Buffalo chicken dip tasted like tuna… recommend just sticking to drinks. I’ve ordered food a previous time as well and it was super subpar. Just tomatoes and mozzarella.

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vipSydneyN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Gave us a free birthday shooter!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food was just okay but the ambiance and presentation was everything

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WendyB
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Urban Roast was the perfect atmosphere for a much needed and well deserved girls brunch. Looking forward to seeing the next seasonal decor is!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The funniest g area was small with a lot of seating which made it a little congested. Also bring so close meant the room was fairly loud with other people’s conversation. We heard that gnats were a problem before and we can confirm that that’s true. The food and drinks were overall pretty good and it seemed like the host and the waitresses were very attentive. My girlfriend’s first drink was too strong for her and the manager glad came out and let us replace it.

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SmithKidz
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Great setting, good vibes l, great drink however food was absolutely the worst ! Not hot and so basic , honestly worst food from a restaurant and Ir was my sons birthday & we actually got McDonald’s Uber eats once we returned home. I felt bad because it was his birthday and I have the receipt!

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LoriM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Ambiance was amazing. The food was horrible. Everything tasted old and reheated despite the fact that we were their only clients. Left feeling disappointed and dissatisfied. Bummer. Highly recommend to get there. Snap a quick picture and go eat elsewhere.

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Kristina
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful drinks!

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ArisC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and ambience and I had a great time!

AH
ArielleH
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Nice place to go for decor and atmosphere. However, the food is grossly overpriced for the quality. They excel at charcuterie boards but fall short with cooked food. Our waiter Karen was a sweetheart and very attentive.

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ARae
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The decorations are amazing. Great outdoor seating options. Caprese sandwich and chips were meh. Lattes were very yummy. Service was pretty good.

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vipChrisP
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We selected this place because of its close proximity to the Capital One Arena and the fact that we were able to get a reservation on relatively short notice (probably should have been a red flag). My wife's dirty martini was gross. When she mentioned this to the waitress, her response was, "yeah, I've heard complaints about that one." Okay, maybe teach the bartender how to make a good one. We ordered a charcuterie board and it came with no explanation of the cheeses and meats and no crackers or bread. The cheeses were ok, but nothing special. The empanadas we ordered were pretty good and I suggest if you go there, order those and a bottled beer and then be on your way. The lasagna was just decent. Our other guests had the lobster ravioli and it was also just ok. Overall, this is not a terrible place to grab a quick bite before a game, but I wouldn't expect to have a great dining experience.

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MeganS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The food was good, the decor was adorable, but the service was really slow and the music was far too loud

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Years Eve dinner. Extensive drink menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

service was not great. the food was over priced.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We ate outside and there was a very limited eating space. Had to balance drinks and food all on a very slim edge piece of table. Menu is pretty limited but what we ordered was pretty yummy! Had the shrimp ceviche and the spinach artichoke dip with a couple mojitos

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CelinaS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Super cute spot with a very fun and unique concept!

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vipCaroline
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The ambiance was really fun and very well decorated. Cocktails were great! Service was a little slow and the food was nothing to write home about but would bring friends there again for drinks and good Christmas atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amzing, amazing, amazing! The food, the drinks, the decorations-we loved it.

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TomL
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

My girlfriend and I had a 5pm reservation at Urban Roast—things started out poorly when we waited ~30 minutes for a server. She actually came over and asked if we’d been helped yet, as if we’d just been forgotten about and nobody was planning on coming over to serve us. Initially we had planned on a quick appetizer, drinks, and the s’mores, but we ended up there much longer than intended because of how slow the service was. What was also frustrating was that two managers stood talking for about 20 minutes literally a couple feet from our table, but neither noticed that we hadn’t been served. I can fully understand staffing shortages and slowness during this difficult time, but the fact that managers were just standing around chatting without helping their staff was disappointing.

When we did get our food, it was great—the vegan board was a good amount of food and had a great selection, and the empanadas were delicious. Drinks were even better, and I highly recommend the hot chocolate. The s’mores were good, but were a little pricey at $9 for 2 graham crackers, 2 marshmallows, and half a Hershey’s bar; none of the ingredients were anything special. The fire was a fun idea and worked for the s’mores, but sharing appetizers was difficult as the fire is a bit big and there’s not a lot of table space. I would stick to s’mores and drinks here—if they had more that the fire could be used for that would be great.

Overall, it was just okay. Too pricey for the experience we had, but the food and drinks were good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was very nice and the experience was an 8 out of 10. I would love to have had more food options on the menu. The drinks were amazing, especially the Seasonal (Holiday) options. Also, the servers could use some improvement... our waiter was not present and when he was (finally), he rushed us. Outside of that, I wouldn't mind visiting again.

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NoelleS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cute ambiance loved the empanada board, I wish there would’ve been slightly more table space w the fire pit table, because since there was a little wind we had to be VERY careful where things were on the table so they didn’t go up in flames. Great food and service though would definitely go again

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Service here is notoriously known for being abysmal. I’ve been 5 times at different times of the year and each time it’s the same story. Get seated, wait 20 mins to be acknowledged by server, drinks take awhile, then nobody checks on you until you call their attention. Good luck getting your check.. always tracking down your server.

The seasonal ambiance/decorations and creative drink menu is what keeps people flocking here. Food is subpar. Keep expectations low and if you’re there for fun photos, you won’t be too disappointed, but not a good date night or dinner spot.

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Benson
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Worst service ever, got served drinks and appetizers and the waitress never came back even after we requested. Then they tried to serve us AFTER we complained and closed the tab. Would not recommend, waste of time and money.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a standard table but changed our mind at the gate requesting for a table outside and were accommodated happily. Love the foods and service was very good. Love the fire at the table too.

KG
KrisG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Great Christmas decorations. Decent service. Terrible food.

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Chelle
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

We love this place and how they decorate the place! We definitely will return and looking forward to the next event.

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AmandaR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came due to an Instagram post we saw, and Urban Roast did not disappoint! The Christmas decorations were perfect.
The hot chocolate flight was what dreams are made of, and we highly recommend!

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Lexy
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food was lacking but the drinks were great!

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JenniferV
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! Great service! A little loud.

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angieq
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very cute, especially with the holiday decorations. Fun seasonal drinks, and decent menu. Other than server's, I was the only person with a mask on, which is concerning as it is a smaller venue. Enjoyed my visit and will go again perhaps when not so busy.

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Katie
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The hot cocktails were cold and the service was awful. There are definitely better places to get Christmas cocktails in the city!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience4

The charcuterie board that was sent out was anemic. It only had a few pieces of meat and a few cubes of cheese that looked like that were purchased in the deli section of a grocery store. No fig preserves, no variety of cheeses and only 2 kinds of meat. This was not a restaurant quality charcuterie board and not what is pictured on your website. We raised this as an issue and the kitchen sent out the same cubes of cheese and more meat. That plate had a very small amount of prosciutto. Why wasn’t that on the original plate? And instead of fig preserves, there was some type of orange marmalade sent out on the second plate. ?? The cocktails were either too sweet or just not good, and the lobster ravioli - the pasta was over cooked and there was more cheese sauce than anything else, barely any lobster. The server was very good though. She did her best with what she had.

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Jennifer
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We sat outside at a fire pit and really enjoyed it! The food was good, hot chocolate flight was good and the s’mores were great. We would go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Great experience both times I have been however the service could definitely be better as it was very hard to track down our waiter. Get the s’mores!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Ordered 3 different glasses of wine…were out of all 3. Music like club music way too loud during dinner hour.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

The service was below average, food is aiii, not worth it as an Instagramable spot because the Christmas decoration is just just ok (looked cheap)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience5

Food was stale and old. The Christmas decorations were absolutely adorable. Soooo food not good, ambiance check plus.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Service was terrible

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Urban Roast / District Eatz is rated 3.8 stars by 521 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.