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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
Today
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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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: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night

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  • 24
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  • 40
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 11
    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
good even if you don't smoke cigars

we stopped here for an early dinner after walking for many, many miles around DC. After being treated poorly at Mastro's Steak House, we went down the street to Shelly's Back Room Tavern. The name doesn't mention that it's a cigar bar, but there were a number of people sitting outside enjoying... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

we stopped here for an early dinner after walking for many, many miles around DC. After being treated poorly at Mastro's Steak House, we went down the street to Shelly's Back Room Tavern. The name doesn't mention that it's a cigar bar, but there were a number of people sitting outside enjoying stogies. We're not cigar smokers, but neither of... More 

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Kayenta, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Always looking for a good place to wind down after a long trip and work day. Enjoyed a relaxing cigar while sitting street side and witnessing the bustle of the busy DC life as the wait staff made sure I was taking care of.

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Tampa, Florida
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I loved this place. I was looking for a place to enjoy a cigar and a drink in the late afternoon while visiting Washington DC. I found this place online, and I could not have been more pleasantly surprised. There are a couple of other cigar lounges you could choose, but this one opened at noon on a Saturday. This... More 

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Ottawa
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This place seems to be popular with the afterwork crowd. The service was very attentive. They have an extensive menu with sushi an influence. The prices are reasonable for the area, which tends to be expensive. The Octopus Ceviche was...both delicious and disappointing. I love Ceviche, I love Octopus and I love sushi. While it was delicious; ceviche does not... More 

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Hampton, Virginia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Honestly, expected more. Staff was very nice and swift, however, there must have been a hick up in the kitchen. Took a good 40 min to get the appetizers. Some people left, because they did not want to wait. Also a bit disappointed with the food. Acceptable, but nothing special.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Shelly's is one of the great cigar bars in the world. They offer a cigar list that is unparalleled in any equivalent establishment, and back it up with the best scoth and bourbon lists anywhere. If business brings you to the Nation's Capitol make this a mandatory stop on your agenda.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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231 restaurant reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Lighting a nice cigar is a great way to tell your body and mind to take the next hour off. No worries, no important decisions to be made, the world can jolly well get on without you for a short period. I love the idea of Shelly's, and the atmosphere is wonderful. I took my brother for a special treat... More 

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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I absolutely love this place. I am there almost weekly and recommend it to anyone and everyone who does not mind cigar smoke. You would expect the food to be lousy but it is really good (get the grilled wings) and, contrary to what the guy below said, the service is great. Or at least almost every time I am... More 

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Port Angeles, Washington
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101 reviews 101 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Great cigar lounge, plush leather couches, side tables, very comfy particularly if it's cold/damp/chilly outside. Fun 'covert' cigar lockers inside as well, got a kick out of some club names. Nice wood paneling, feels like an old speakeasy club. Easy to sit, smoke and swill for HOURS.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Best (only?) cigar bar in DC! I hit this place whenever I am in DC on business and it never disappoints. And the pub food is surprizingly good!

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?