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Shelly's Back Room

$$ - $$$
Downtown / Chinatown
American, Bar, Pub
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1331 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1107
+1 202-737-3003
1:00 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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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 1 week ago

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
Greater London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location, near metro stops. Great cigar and drink selection. Great service. I have never had the food here.

Thank CourtneyandScott
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Love this place for the atmosphere, drinks, and food (which is very good for a cigar bar) Try the salmon and rice, or the wings, both are great. Cons: Waitresses do not understand the importance of showing "everyone" great customer service. If you are a regular, or appear affluent they seem to cater to you, otherwise its hit of miss.

1 Thank StressfreeNDC
Cape Coral, Florida
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

A masculine atmosphere with lots of cigar smoke. An experience my eyes will never forget. A bit more air circulation is in order. I'm not a cigar enthusiast but went with friends that are. Great service.

1 Thank P H
NW Ohio
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87 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

My friend and I were searching for a place to have dinner and drinks and saw Shelly's. We walked in and was instantly welcomed with the lovely aroma of cigars!! I love it!! It was a very nice and relaxed atmosphere and we were greeted warmly and let to a more secluded area, per our request. The Golden Margarita was... More 

1 Thank FrugaliciousDiva
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

"fire at will!" didn't expect this where discrimination against smokers is so popular. smoking is not just allowed but well appreciated. they sell a large variety of fine cigars, whisk(e)y, rum, brandy. nice ambience, friendly staff. can't say anything about the food. must go!

1 Thank Uwe E
Dublin, Ohio
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81 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

The minute you walk through the door you can smell the cigar aroma. The woodwork in this place is beautiful, the indoor seating area is comfortable and they have a nice outdoor seating area as well. Although the place is dark (low lighting) it adds to the relaxed atmosphere. There is a small bar area in the back with a... More 

1 Thank ReviewsByRich
Louisville, Tennessee
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

Had the chance to meet my brother and spend some time with friends. We were able to sit outside and really had a great time. I grabbed a cigar and enjoyed the ambience. Fun and kitschy. Cigar friendly and comfortable.

Thank TheMayfields
Laguna Niguel, California
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Found this close to hotel. Cigar bar. Needed to eat. Food was pretty good. I asked for the Cobb salad to be tossed, more than once. Salad came un tossed sent back. Tossed upon return. Crab cake sandwich ok but not outstanding

Thank Linnette G
Rockford, Illinois
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72 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to spend and evening in DC. The spicy burger I had was very good. Although they called is a half pound, it was not very large. Afterwards, sitting in the same place and having great cigars was fantastic. A large and varied cigar and drink menu is available. The service was great and the people... More 

Thank Gregg M

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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
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: +1 202-737-3003

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?