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Shelly's Back Room

1331 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
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Ranked #512 of 2,625 restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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72 reviews from our community

61% Recommend
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English first
Leesburg, Virginia
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

My friend and I were looking for something relatively quick to eat and drink prior to going to the theater. We approached Shelly's because it didn't seem too crowded as compared to the other two bars we investigated. We had an hour before the show. We entered the place ( two women) and discovered quickly that it was a cigar... More

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Went here for a late night dinner and cigar. The atmosphere was laid back and relaxed. As a cigar aficionado, I could appreciate the decor but thought they could do a better job with the ventilation. Nonetheless the drinks and foods are not overpriced but the food choices are limited. The waitresses were very nice and complied with my every... More

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Sherman, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Stopped by Shelly's after dinner for a drink and a cigar. Certainly not the most inexpensive venue to have a drink, but when you combine the beautiful décor, full bar and tasty cigars.....it is always on my to do list when I am in DC. Folks are always nice and service is always great. No complaints here!

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We'd spent a few hours walking and visiting the monuments & memorials and wanted a place to sit and relax over beers... this was a great place to do it. The beer selection was varied and the service was fast, cold beverages arrived still frosty. We chose to sit in the non-smoking dining room and it was truly smoke free.... More

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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75 reviews 75 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I had some afternoon hours to kill before I could check into my hotel and get dinner. Shelly's provided the ideal place to camp out, have a few drinks and smoke a cigar. Thankfully, I had my own cigars because they do charge a premium for their offerings.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

My hubby and I came on a Saturday. 1st time for the both of us. It was really nice. The place was spacious, and the ventilation was superb, which meant a lot to me. The food was delicious and the drinks were just right. We brought our own cigars with us, but their cigars were good also. Next time, I'll... More

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Fiddletown, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

So we were staying for 10-11 days in DC and were becoming quickly and thoroughly aware of just how wussified the place is in terms of the nanny state living up to it's growing reputation as a scalding schoolmarm wagging her finger at us for any behavior that she, allegedly, would never ever do. Seriously, the nightlife in DC is... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

The tonic they serve is flat and lifeless, so vodka and tonic tasted like vodka and water. Sent it back, exactly the same 2nd time. And they charge 18% service on groups of 5, automatically added (which is fine), but they calculate the 18% of the TOTAL bill including tax, so effectively 20% on the food and drink - sly... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

Living just outside DC I travel into the city on a regular basis. One day I stumbled upon this place which had outside seating so I sat down and ordered an El Diablo burger and Sierra Nevada. The burger was amazing and I would highly recommend trying it

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South Carolina
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140 reviews 140 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I did not go here to eat. I went to smoke a cigar and have a couple drinks while I waited out rush hour. It was a good decision. If you don't have cigars with you they have a nice selection. They are more than you would pay in a cigar shop but I think that is to be expected.... More

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