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Shelly's Back Room

$$ - $$$
Downtown / Chinatown
American, Bar, Pub
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1331 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
+1 202-737-3003
12:00 pm - 1:00 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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United States
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92 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great steak while a enjoyed a good smoke. Great service and the food was served fast. Try the poppers for an appetizer.

Thank repbrock
Fairfax County, Virginia
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The scent of smoked cigars is pervasive, but active smoke is not. Also allows cigarette smoking. Full bar, and nice selection of beers. The food (I had the Cuban) is very good. Note: I've Cubans in Havanna, so... If you are a non-student, do not come here. If you can appreciate the ambient odor of cigar smoke and are looking... More 

Thank erskit
Monroe, Connecticut
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After the festivities at the Lincoln Memorial we were looking for a place for dinner. Found Shelly's back room and noticed it was a cigar bar. This is a great place for meeting people, it's a very sociable atmosphere. The menu is interesting, extensive and the food is excellent. They have an awesome cigar menu and an incredible spirits selection,... More 

1 Thank Rickyjr1231
Chertsey, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Given this is a cigar lounge, you'd be unwise to come here expecting anything else. Food is good, cigar choice is extensive, and the beer is as good as most bars. Came in on a Sunday and was a decent atmosphere, but can imagine that it can get quite busy at times.

1 Thank Phil E
Edmonton, Canada
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We found this restaurant by accident when we were looking for a place for lunch around the Whitehouse. The food was very good. There are people smoking cigars around you but if that does not bother you this place is worth it!

Thank GHSAlberta
Casablanca, Morocco
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309 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place offers lunch and dinner menus in addition to premium cigars and old whiskeys. It's like an old tavern with modern installations.

1 Thank Saad A
Boston, MA
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think there is an area to sit if you do not want to smoke. Not sure. However, you are allowed to smoke cigars in this place so it is unique in that sense. The food however was dynamite. Split sliders and sausages (brats and half smokes), and everything was great.

Thank wedfg
Marco Island, Florida
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88 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

Nothing like a stoggie with some buddies. Visited this location to many times evertime better then the next. The service and the cigars are great reasonably priced and staff is very attentive.

Thank Pete S
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

Hankering for a C-Gar in DC...few better spots in the nation for a stick, a well made cocktail AND food!

Thank japii-phl
West Orange, New Jersey
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

Shelley's Back Room is a rarity in the US, a comfortable pub where you can bring your favorite cigars (or purchase one from their menu), enjoy a drink (nice selection of beers, malt whiskies) and a snack (all I ever have had are poppers, nachos or fries). Wherever I travel I always seek out a place to unwind with a... More 

Thank Rob07052

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $20
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings
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 Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-737-3003

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