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Shelly's Back Room

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Downtown / Chinatown
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1331 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
202.737.3003
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Sunday
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sat 1:00 pm - 3:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Soft leather chairs, dark wooden walls, and sweet cigar perfumed air

I stopped here for dinner and immediately felt thrown back to an old country club (or at least the set of "Mad Men". And the food was fantastic. I especially enjoyed the wings (billed as the best in DC). The servers were efficient and moderately friendly....

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Matthew M
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Denver, Colorado
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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114 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I don't even smoke cigars but went with three friends, two of whom did. Cigar and drink selection is outstanding. Quiet and reserved but still a fun place to sit and smoke with friends. Soft couches, dark woods and a wonderful air filtration system make this one of DC's top picks. Stellar service. We didn't eat but the menu was... More 

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Thank AndrosBahamasBabe
Beirut, Lebanon
Level Contributor
82 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent Cigar lounge in DC. Menu and drinks are very appropriate for a cigar lounge. I visit it every time I come to DC and I was never disappointed

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Thank Elie A
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bad food and a limited selection of over priced cigars. Not sure why the owner feels the nees to rip his customers off. And good grief at least expand the selection from the two shelves already. DC has so few cigar lounges that stay open past 10pm and this is one of them, maybe it's why they don't even try.... More 

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Thank Kevin2001969
Denver, Colorado
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235 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I stopped here for dinner and immediately felt thrown back to an old country club (or at least the set of "Mad Men". And the food was fantastic. I especially enjoyed the wings (billed as the best in DC). The servers were efficient and moderately friendly....

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Thank Matthew M
Miami, Florida
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139 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love the ambience and the cigars... But I hate the food and the waitress was so awkward to talk to!! She go in front of us and don't talk or anything just standing right there I wasn't sure if she was our waitress or just looking at us. We ask for a recommendation and she look at us like... More 

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Thank Naida N
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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96 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful place to enjoy and after meal cigar and drink. The place is usually busy whenever I have been there. One of few places to enjoy a cigar in a lounge atmosphere in DC. Usually come here after watching a game at Verizon center and place is busy at these times. They also advertisement many cigar related events occur in... More 

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Thank Sundncr
Alexandria, Virginia
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Strangely, I have always enjoyed chicken wings with a cigar. Even more odd is the fact that Shelley's has great wings as a cigar haven. The service is nice, and the cigar selection is top-rate. The wings are well seasoned, meaty, and complement an R&J Churchill really well. Better if you love wings AND cigars, but if you love either,... More 

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Thank psullivan904
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Good place to drop in for a good smoke and a good bourbon. The staff at times can be a bit annoying and slow if your not a regular. I've noticed on several occasion they sometime charge people to come in. You will often find political types and the "K" street crowd. It can get a bit smokey... but a... More 

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Thank Rodell W
Texas
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150 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Let me start by saying I smoke a ton of cigars. I like cigar bars. I know there will be some smoke there. However, this place seems to be piping smoke in from outside. Whatever sort of ventalation system they have is failing in a major way. My clothes REEKED the next day. It honestly felt like sitting in a... More 

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Thank JB101
Kendrick, Idaho
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Always a fun place to go but only if you are staying a few days or you smell like smoke. This gives you the opportunity to get clothes cleaned. Outside of that they have a great bar and good selection of cigars. I was with a friend and we had the beef pepper turnover as an app and bacon wrapped... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1331 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 202.737.3003

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Saturday
1:00 pm - 3:00 am

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