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“Great place for smoking [legal] substances and drinks.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Shelly's Back Room

Shelly's Back Room
1331 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
202.737.3003
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Ranked #337 of 2,563 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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430 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Great place for smoking [legal] substances and drinks.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

This place is great and has incredible "smoke eaters." The bar and cigar menus are extensive. This place is not cheap and there are no happy hour specials but the atmosphere is amazing. Great service. Great location.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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london
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78 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Only if one must eat and smoke...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Shelly's back room

- cigar tavern where one can eat amongst thick cigar and cigarette smoke
- had the bacon wrapped shrimp w BBQ sauce (to maximise the decadence)... Ok not brilliant.
- most where there to have a long puff on the non Cuban roll ups.
- lots of exclamations of "delicious" and " yum"...
- very noisy
- the air was filled with thick smoke and squeaky giggly (extremely friendly) Thai women staff.
-The clientele was mostly city suited loud bragging type

Visited May 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Cigar Lovers Take Note!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

You don't need to go anywhere else in DC but Shelly's for a prime cigar! The customers are friendly cigar talking gents, the TVs show the latest game... And the ventilation isn't that bad as you won't smell like all smoke afterwards.

I ordered a NY Steak (ahhhh it was ok but not bad) and I finished it off with a nice maduro.

Overall great experience as I hit it 3 straight nights.

Ask for Aoddy she will take care of you and make sure your stay is enjoyable!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Virginia Beach, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“If you smoke you need to check this place out!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

That being said, my wife and I are reformed smokers but smoke does not bother us. I just think it great that there is a nice place to go eat and drink and be able to smoke a cigar or cigarette. This was definitely a locals place as there were a wall of lockers where people kept there cigars on site. Prices were reasonable and the food and martinis were great. We had the artichoke crab dip and the Roman Wrap and both were fantastic. If you tolerate the smoke and are in the neighborhood don't miss this place for lunch, dinner or just drinks and a snack.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lisle, Illinois
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Cigar lovers only”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

As others have written, if you don't like cigars walk by. I on the other hand loved the opportunity to eat a quality meal while enjoying a 5 star stogie. My wife tolerates cigar smoke and commented several times about how clean the air is. Also, bring your experimental side to dinner cause they have too many cocktail options to pair with your smoke.

Visited July 2013
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