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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
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
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All hours
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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Dublin, Ohio
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81 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

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Louisville, Tennessee
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Ocala, Florida
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167 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

First off this is a cigar bar first ! The smell hits you as soon as you walk in. It's great when you love cigars. The selection for cigars is extensive and they will light them for you. The drinks are good. Now, the reason they don't get 5 stars, the food isn't great at all, I had a burger... More 

Thank Maria R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

It's a cigar bar, what's not to love! I am having a glass of wine and can smoke inside, my kinda place.

Thank Jude Rose K
Burke, VA USA
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Walked to Shell's for an after dinner drink and smoke. Outside seats & those already there were welcoming. Waitress Stephanie was so nice. She was prompt with service, followed up often and very friendly. Will definitely go again!

Thank ABStreff
Bristow, Virginia
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed the food and drinks. Enjoyed the nice surroundings with a friend. It was worth the trip to DC area.

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Dover, Delaware
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197 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

If you can't stand cigar smoke, keep on walking. However, if you like stepping into a sanctuary of sorts from the craziness of the city, stop on in. During a four-day business trip, we were in here five times. Says a lot, huh?! Smoking and not smoking sides. Great food menu. I had the Po Boy Sandwich and chicken satay... More 

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Sarasota County Florida
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52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016 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 

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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: 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?