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Shelly's Back Room

Downtown / Chinatown
American, Bar
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1331 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1107
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
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Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sat 1:00 pm - 3:00 am
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Sarasota County Florida
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47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Stopped here for lunch and a cold beer as it was close to sites we wanted to see. Initially sat in main room where bar is located. Due to my son being under 21 was moved to smaller room. We ordered chicken wings and a Cuban sandwich to share. No choices for wings sauce so it came prepared naked was... More 

Thank Lavendersunday
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A decent place to hangout if one is a smoker and wants to smoke inside a restaurant! I would say that it's a smoker's paradise! For non-smokers it may not be suitable. Decent food, I thoroughly recommend the jalapeño peppers and mozzarella sticks! A couple of vegetarian options! Very good service from the servers and the girls at the life!

Thank K K
Houston, Texas
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stopped by for a good burger and fries before we began our afternoon of walking around and touring the momunents on a very hot Satruday afternoon. Even though they have a Cigar Lounge, the restaurant side was not musty or smoky somehow they do a great job at this. They were not busy at all, only one other table of... More 

Thank cyncov
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Not surprisingly being so near National Mall, White House etc, it's on expensive side, but food was good and service might be worth the 16%? Still smoke cigars inside, but we ate in no smoking room.

Thank Thomas Allan J
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Shelley's Back Room is near the corner of F & 14th Streets, NW. It's become a regular haunt for me because it's convenient location, friendly all-Thai staff, and it's the only cigar bar left in DC during the day (Ozio is open after 5pm). The food is mostly bar fare, though they do offer fine dining options such as steaks,... More 

Thank Paul T
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've read many reviews about Shelly's before actually going there. I must say that the reviews were pretty spot on. The atmosphere, ventilation, and the comfortable seating are outstanding. Shelly's also has a broad and diverse selection of liquor, wine, and beer(they could use more IPAs and craft beer). It's a great setup for cigar smokers. Now the bad, the... More 

Thank Cam435
Newport Beach, California
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137 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband loves cigars so we came here. Cool spot, spacious and relatively attentive service. Food is nothing amazing but hey what do you expect. Recommend coming here if you're a cigar aficionado.

Thank jenesaisquoiV
Elmwood Park, Illinois
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99 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Not for everyone. Just had to go, very unique. Did eat around the cigar smoke, the Cuban sandwich great.

Thank TravelinPam3
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

The fajita wrap was delish! My husband thoroughly enjoyed having a cigar with his lunch. As smoking inside is a rare opportunity

Thank Katelyn W
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368 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

OK, yes, I knew from the reviews it's a cigar bar. But I didn't know I walked in that the whole place is a cigar bar. It's not restricted to a certain room/area. So there is no where to sit and try to enjoy the food without suffering with the aroma. I asked the hostess to confirm, turned around and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $20
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
1:00 pm - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1331 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1107
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 202.737.3003

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?