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“Disappointing”
Review of The Monocle

The Monocle
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Ranked #237 of 3,229 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: National Mall
Cross street: First and D Street, NE, Capitol Hill
Transit: Union Station (Red Line)
Corona, California, United States
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Disappointing”
Reviewed July 3, 2012

My husband and I went to the Monocle for lunch. It is a short walk from the Capitol and this might be all this place has going for it. The pictures on the wall seem to indicate the politicians enjoy the restaurant. I found it mediocre at best. There are so many fun and yummy food options in DC - I wouldn't recommend wasting time at this place.

  • Visited July 2012
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English first
Portland, Oregon
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115 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Old line power lunch”
Reviewed May 12, 2012

Have the crab cakes and look at the pictures on the wall. The next table over may have a senator at it. it is old line, gracious service and reasonable price for the location.

Visited May 2012
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“After 20 years...things have changed”
Reviewed May 5, 2012

I was part of a group dinner last night. I asked for the steak medium rare. The steak came out so over done it was inedible. They took it back and offered the crab cakes instead of another steak. For dessert I ordered the creme brulee which tasted more like Geber's vanilla pudding than creme brûlée. Later that night in my hotel room, I became sick. Not a good sight. At the meeting the next day, a colleague unfortunately told me his similar story. When I lived in DC 30 years ago, I enjoyed this restaurant. Boy things have changed.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank Ams119
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Alabama
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good Food and Excellent Service”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Great little place near the U.S. Capitol. The food was good, the service was excellent and the prices reasonable for the location.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank KFDLaw
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Washington, DC
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133 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“A DC Classic”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Great food
DC historical site
No negatives
A part of Cap Hill

Visited April 2012
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Thank HillTraveller
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