Convivial

4.6
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684 reviews
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$30 and under
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French / American

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Chef Cedric Maupillier welcomes you to his award winning American Cafe. Located in the heart of the historic Shaw neighborhood, Convivial brings diners to a table alive with the deep and provocative marriage of American and French cuisines.
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4.6based on all time ratings
4.5
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
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BruceC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quiet, but probably because we were first for lunch. Good food, pleasant space. A white table cloth restaurant without the table cloth.

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RyanM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Do yourself a favor and get the Poulet Rouge. It's a simple meal with simple ingredients that is executed perfectly.

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Gus08
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience1

While our food was decent, our overall experience with service and ambiance was very poor. Our waiter disappeared between the time we ate our appetizer and the time we finished our entrees - never asked us how our food was or if we wanted other drinks. Tables are so close together that we could overhear the conversation of the 4 men next to us talking about their dating and sex lives. Unfortunately, the food wasn't good enough to make up for the service and ambiance mishaps.

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CerenAy
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went there for birthday dinner, service was great it was fast and the food was delicious. It got a bit noisy after couple of hours but there is nothing can be done about this.

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vipRCZT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Dinner has always been good, but brunch was lackluster. Bland food and sour coffee.

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WilliamM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience & wonderful seafood dishes eat at bat enjoyed boulibase & skate fish both wonderful @ fresj

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The chicken for two is incredible!

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vipWelovefood
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful from start to finish. The service, the food, the atmosphere, everything....outstanding. We loved it and can't wait to go back.

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Azad
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

The appetizers and entrees were mediocre, especially the salad mixed greens and wedge lettuce not fresh.

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viplocal
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Crumbs all over the windowsill next to our table and a broken chair made for a mediocre experience.

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MsFoodE
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Food was great and so was the ambiance.

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KristiS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Great food. Service was okay as our waiter wasn't very engaged.

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vipbingo
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Four of us loved our food, our server and even talking to the chef who, at one point, walked through the restaurant.

We were seated in the bar area which was very very loud. You might like that...we're going to definitely ask for a table in one of the quieter dining rooms when we go back. And we will go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sat at the bar. Was well attended to and the food was delicious. Chic decor, too!

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vipSkip
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Interesting menu, excellent food, great service!
A real winner!

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vipbullbear
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was very good.

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WendyG
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a party of eight this evening and the service was outstanding. The food was excellent as well. Everyone was sharing because we all thought we had the best item on the menu. Also do NOT skip dessert. We tried 3 different desserts and they were all heavenly. Lastly, the table was not crowded at all which can sometimes be an issue with larger parties. Highly recommend!

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MattB
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was excellent, service was great, and they were very accommodating

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SkipIt
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time diner at Convivial. Excellent! All four people in our group were delighted.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, atmosphere, and service were all excellent!

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vipRegrefe
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Terrific neighborhood spot with parking! Interesting menu and, best of all, not to noisy to hear across the table.

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JORDAN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Food was pretty good, though the place is not that pricey the price that you paid for the dishes, did not make a good value. Salt and Oil were some of the strongest flavors, and when asking the waiter about several dishes before we ordered, he was seemingly clueless on the preparation and basically recited what was listed on the menu. You would expect your servers to be aware of how each dish is prepared.

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MichaelG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience2

Had the steak tartare appetizer. Tasteless. Should have sent it back.

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dinnerout
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fun delicious restaurant. The server's food and drink recommendations were excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

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CDancer
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went to Convivial for dinner with a co-worker. It was our first time at the restaurant. Everything was wonderful. There was an excellent selection of happy hour specials. We shared the escargot small bites. I had the roasted cauliflower appetizer and the vegetable medley entrée. These were the best vegetarian entrees I have had in any restaurant in the DC metro area. They were absolutely delicious. My co-worker had the steak tartare appetizer and the dorade. He said both were delicious as well. I am recommending this restaurant to all my friends and look forward to visiting again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chose to just share appetizers which were plenty filling. They are tasty and rich/filling. We tried tartare, roasted cauliflower, salmon among others. All were unusual in presentation and mix of flavors. Attentive wait staff. Did not feel rushed. Made reservation - weekday - seated promptly.

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AnnK
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is the 2nd time I have eaten at Convivial. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Food is fabulous and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

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GinaM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Cocktails were poorly crafted. Food was very typical French bistro—not imaginative nor particularly well prepared.

Staff was very pleasant and helpful. Service was slow.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for brunch and it was awesome! Food and service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter recommended us only the best dishes off the menu! My family and I enjoyed the unusual fusion of appetizers along with the wonderful presentation of main courses followed by a selection of tasty desserts :) PS: they have an awesome birthday candle!

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vipDavidM
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The chicken for 2 was insanely good. Food, service and ambiance were all great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

The manager at the host table was very rude. The reason why I will not be returning.

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NastasiaP
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Convivial is always my "go to" for brunch, but I love it for dinner as well. The cuisine is fabulous and the restaurant is very "convivial" indeed. Recommending it warmly.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I ended up going with a small group for Restaurant Week. The food was really wonderful, and imaginative. The bar continuously pumped out really wonderful drinks. I also want to give thanks to the staff who were working tirelessly even though the place was super busy, and to the chef who was walking around and making sure that everything was running well. It was a really impressive effort by everybody, and I appreciate the effort and dedication by everybody.

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vippauli
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent cuisine, service and ambience at reasonable prices -- practically a giveaway during their extended restaurant week. Bravo to Cedric and all the Convivial team.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall1Food3Service2Ambience2

Sadly, my experience this visit was terrible. I booked a reservation for a party of four; we were going out for my friend's birthday. We arrived early, spoke with the hostess, and still weren't sat until over 30 minutes past our reservation time. We would have gone somewhere else, but Shaw is a busy area and it was a Saturday night at 9pm, so it would have been difficult to get a table anywhere.

The food was okay. Our minds weren't blown but it was all cooked properly. The server was less than attentive and my party would have ordered more cocktails, but the server was nowhere to be found.

It was sad that it took forever to be seated at our reserved table, while we were pushed out by the server who was all too eager to drop the check and then disappear again. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone, and I certainly won't be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a lovely dinner! Our waiter, John, was wonderful, and the food was fantastic. I loved the ambiance and the decor. I’ve already recommended Convivial to friends and family.

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SusieQ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service portions were very large for restaurant week but we really enjoyed all of the options

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another wonderful experience: delicious and beautifully plated food, seamless service, great attention to detail. Very excited Convivial’s open for lunch!!!

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ASH99
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We had a brunch for two, and it was very nice - food, as usual, was totally excellent. Ambiance is fabulous. But I took off a star because food took a bit of a long time to come - so in the meantime, after at least 20 minutes, waiter brought over small plate with ketchup for the fries we had ordered. I think he was trying to show it's all in process and they haven't forgotten about us, but still a bit strange to be served ketchup while you keep waiting and waiting for the main dishes...Also they use Compass Coffee and the coffee itself is good - but it felt lukewarm, not hot. Seems to be a recurring issue here - I remember that coffee was not exactly hot last time I came here for brunch as well.

FAQs

Convivial does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Convivial also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 525-2870.

Convivial is rated 4.6 stars by 684 OpenTable diners.

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