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The Monocle

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National Mall
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107 D St NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-5657 (First and D Street, NE, Capitol Hill)
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 12:00 am
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

This is a "great institution" with a lot of history and atmosphere. The manager and staff were absolutely the best in terms of service. Food was excellent. Definitely worth another visit.

1 Thank Olympia65
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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113 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

The Monocle is a DC institution and rightly so. The service and food are worth the expense. If you are near Capitol Hill and want to have lunch beside Senators and other DC power brokers, this is your place. I've never been in without a tie and jacket so I would check dress code. This would NOT be the place... More 

1 Thank Gregg C
Dallas, Texas
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Delicious lunch with excellent coffee. Chicken with vegetables and mashed potatoes was so good. Lots of suits.

Thank NancH15
Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

We brought a party of 10 here to celebrate our son's graduation from university and what a fabulous choice! I am not sure what was better the food or the service. Everyone in our party raved about their meal and we all enjoyed how the service team worked together, they truly added to our experience. Not to mention that the... More 

Thank maura211
Ashburn, United States
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

everything about this place was excellent. The service was efficient and friendly, the food could not have been better - I had the liver and onions. My lunch mates all raved about their meals as well. And, it was surprisingly reasonably priced considering the area. I WILL BE BACK. Maybe next time a Senator will stop by.

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Thank Don W
Olive Branch, Mississippi
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

One of my favorite places to visit while in DC. I highly recommend the crab cakes. You will not be disappointed with anything you order.

Thank akm4380
Madison, Connecticut
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

We loved this restaurant. We ate here after a long day lobbying on capital hill. The owner was behind the bar and served us our food and incredible conversation. Both of our meals were fresh and reasonably priced. We would definitely return.

Thank irish0live
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

You never know who will be in the Monocle with you, and eavesdropping can be almost as good as the cocktails. Crab cakes are highly recommended.

Thank misszoey
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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242 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

This place is classic. It's large with many meeting rooms and visited by the movers and shakers of the U.S. Government. We had a large business meeting in a private room and the selection was outstanding and service great. One complaint, my entrée did not arrive at the same time as the rest of the party of 13 but that... More 

2 Thank Drew K
Rapidan, Virginia
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

The only thing to recommend this restaurant is that it is walking distance from the Supreme Court. It took them quite a while to find their wine list and when they did, it was the worst wine list we have ever encountered. My endive sauce consisted of two withered strips and my husband's "medium rare' calves liver arrived well done.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $50
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 107 D St NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-5657
    (First and D Street, NE, Capitol Hill)
  • Public Transportation: Union Station (Red Line)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > National Mall
  • Neighborhood: National Mall
  • Phone Number: 202-546-4488

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