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The Monocle

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
National Mall
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107 D St NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-5657 (First and D Street, NE, Capitol Hill)
+1 202-546-4488
11:30 - 00:00
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 00:00
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There's old-school cool, and then there's just old. Hate to say it, but The Monocle has kind of fallen into the latter category. It has great history (est. 1960) and a super location (Senate side), but the food is only average. Terrific atmosphere and wonderful service, but maybe a better place to have a happy hour cocktail than dinner. But... More 

Thank ThatToddlinTown
Nanuet, New York
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This restaurant has been around more than 50 years. The Monocle is the closest restaurant to the U.S. Capitol building and Union Station and provides a delightful dining experience. The staff was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious.

Thank Sandy P
Eumundi, Australia
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155 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We dropped in without a booking and managed to get a table on a Thursday evening. All staff were excellent. Food was terrific and the wine list really good. Not a cheap place to eat BUT excellent value for a classy meal. We will go back

Thank Kevin P
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Sit a the bar or a table for the most wonderful experience of great food and service. The menu has something for everyone and the prices are very affordable. There is also a great bar menu. The Host and Joel the bartender will bend over backwards to make everyone feel as though they have been regulars for ever. A great... More 

1 Thank Linda H
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

This is a "great institution" with a lot of history and atmosphere. The manager and staff were absolutely the best in terms of service. Food was excellent. Definitely worth another visit.

2 Thank Olympia65
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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132 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

The Monocle is a DC institution and rightly so. The service and food are worth the expense. If you are near Capitol Hill and want to have lunch beside Senators and other DC power brokers, this is your place. I've never been in without a tie and jacket so I would check dress code. This would NOT be the place... More 

3 Thank Gregg C
Dallas, Texas
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

Delicious lunch with excellent coffee. Chicken with vegetables and mashed potatoes was so good. Lots of suits.

Thank NancH15
Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

We brought a party of 10 here to celebrate our son's graduation from university and what a fabulous choice! I am not sure what was better the food or the service. Everyone in our party raved about their meal and we all enjoyed how the service team worked together, they truly added to our experience. Not to mention that the... More 

1 Thank maura211
Ashburn, United States
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

everything about this place was excellent. The service was efficient and friendly, the food could not have been better - I had the liver and onions. My lunch mates all raved about their meals as well. And, it was surprisingly reasonably priced considering the area. I WILL BE BACK. Maybe next time a Senator will stop by.

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1 Thank Don W
Olive Branch, Mississippi
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71 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

One of my favorite places to visit while in DC. I highly recommend the crab cakes. You will not be disappointed with anything you order.

Thank akm4380

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 107 D St NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-5657
    (First and D Street, NE, Capitol Hill)
  • Public Transportation: Union Station (Red Line)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > National Mall
  • Neighbourhood: National Mall
  • Phone Number: +1 202-546-4488

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?