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Shelly's Back Room

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Downtown / Chinatown
American, Bar
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1331 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1107
202.737.3003
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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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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Ocala, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 

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Thank Maria R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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.

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Thank Jude Rose K
Burke, VA USA
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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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!

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Bristow, Virginia
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Thank Steff A
Dover, Delaware
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178 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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!

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Thank K K
Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 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.

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Thank Thomas Allan J
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $20
Cuisine
American, Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Saturday
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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