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The Monocle

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
National Mall
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107 D St NE, Washington DC, DC 20002 (First and D Street, NE, Capitol Hill)
+1 202-546-4488
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 00:00
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durham, nh
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126 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was a bit apprehensive about The Monocle after reading some of the other reviews for it. But we went anyway because it was close to our hotel, and it seemed to offer pretty decent value for the food offered. Correct on both counts - a nice walk across to the restaurant, and excellent food at a very decent price... More 

Thank rgmDurham
Zionsville, Indiana, United States
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328 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While touring the Capitol, we found this great restaurant between the Senate office buildings and Union Station. The steak salad blue was a great choice for lunch. The teens liked the cheeseburgers. The atmosphere here is comfortable and classy. I really enjoyed our visit.

Thank HoosierWisdom
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just came back from lunch at the Monocle. This is the second time I've had lunch there and it won't be my last. The menu is simple but you can't go wrong with anything you order here. I'm usually a picky eater and this is actually one of the better restaurants in DC. You are first greeted warmly at... More 

Thank par p
Las Vegas, Nevada
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213 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The ambiance is incredible. Fun to think about the political conversations that have taken place over the years. The food and service were terrific. The vegetarian pasta was tasty and filling!

Thank randall1025
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104 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Good food, nothing too special. Greek waiters can be fun. I have always seen someone, most recent trips were John Boehner and Ted Cruz. Food is steakhouse.

Thank Chuck S
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

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 5 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 58 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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22 reviews
12 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

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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, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
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
    (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?