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HalfSmoke

4.1
943 reviews
$30 and under
American
HALFSMOKE is a modern day gourmet American restaurant serving a classic American menu of premium wood grilled dishes, tater tots, mac and cheese balls, funnel cakes, milkshakes, liquor, beer and wine.

The beverage program features a wide array of innovative alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. A full bar of alcoholic beverages to include seasonal craft cocktails, boozy milkshakes, 10+ craft beers (with an emphasis on local), as well as wine, and mixed drinks on tap. Non-alcoholic beverages to include craft sugar cane soda, house-made seasonal lemonade and teas, and ready to drink juices, sparking water and cold brew coffee are also available.

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What 943 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
3.9
Food
3.9
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
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awimot
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

it smelled really bad, maybe a sewer issue. we got up & left before we even ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We came to celebrate our 102 years of our Sorority being founded and we came for brunch. The food was delicious and the names were super clever and went with the entire vibe. The drinks were really good and the vibes were most definitely there. We will definitely be coming back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience4

Vibes were great for brunch but they are lacking in customer service and quality food. I recommend going out for drinks here rather than brunch/dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience4

Overall the food was sub par. We ordered 3 entrees, each one had zero to little flavor. We took a few bites and could not enjoy the dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

An Energetic and lively environment that never disappoints where Black Excellence is celebrated!

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Monico
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was everything!! I wish we had a few spots in Florida!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The brunch vibe is lit, the food was good, and mimosa were strong, and the price was right!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So much fun! Especially to come with friends. My food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Bomb the whole experience I loved it

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

I came to Half Smoked initially excited to support a Black owned business. The ambiance is cute and the menu names are creative! Upon entering the restaurant we were greeted with a horrible smell almost sewage like. It became hard to ignore throughout the duration of our stay. Our water glasses waiting for us on the table were dirty. We all 3 ordered the cocktail flight which costs $26. All 3 of us found the cocktails to be undrinkable. There were only 2 other people in the restaurant and it took 10/15 minutes to receive our drinks. Upon arriving they either had weird after tastes or tasted foul. We waited roughly 10 minutes for our waiter to come back as we hadn’t ordered food and wanted to discuss the issues with our drinks. Eventually a member of my party had to walk over to the other side of the (empty) restaurant to where our waitress was sitting down and eating with another waitress. While, I do not begrudge someone eating on the job I would hope that they would still be circulating and checking on their patrons (there were literally only 2 other people in the restaurant). Once we told her the issue she was gracious enough to remove the cocktail flights from our bill. But between having been at the restaurant 40 minutes not having our food order taken , the nasty drinks, and foul smell. We decided to take our business elsewhere. I have heard great things about this business and perhaps it was an off night but it makes me reluctant to ever come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is bomb as well as the music

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Super dope place with friendly people, service was slow but food and drinks overall great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience5

Food was very disappointing. No taste at all. The food outweighed everything else. We went next door to eat afterwards. Would not recommend . The portions are way off. Charged $5 for one side piece of chicken that has NO TASTE. I barely had a handful of potatoes. For $18 plus the $5 side chicken I expected more. Never been to a DC brunch where food is skimpy and barely on the plate. I paid for two side pieces of chicken because one for $5 felt like robbery.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

loved it! everyone was super nice and food was delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

My Waitress took forever to bring my bottomless mimosas..
we literally finished our entire meal and was given mimosas AFTER the fact. I was extremely disappointed and did not leave an additional tip as gratuity was taken out at 20% percent. I definitely will not be returning anytime soon until they have some time to correct their issues.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

Photos are very deceiving. I’m very go with the flow but it was so bad. The food was terrible. Had to get food sent back. Then paid and left after water and apps. Don’t recommend.

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vipGarrickR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience4

Service was great but food was pretty mediocre

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bartender seemed a little inexperienced with traditional drinks. The old fashioned that we ordered was not good at all. Other than that, it was good.

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CharityY
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great time with my husband, Our server Bri, was GREAT! The food was delicious we played games while sipping our Mamosa’s and the photo booth was the added bonus!!!

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MariamaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love their brunch. You get a good selection and good price for bottomless brunch

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The noise was overwhelming. The music was way too loud. I couldn’t hear my husband across the table

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TravisT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent vibe. Food and service were awesome. Casual yet a good time.

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Lauren
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

One of our dishes had a hair in it, and the replacement dish took upwards of 20+ minutes to come out. Staff was not very attentive, service was subpar and the food was lukewarm.

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Brar
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Waitress was unprofessional and under the influence it was so noisy and unorganized the whole staff including manger was unprofessional worst place I have ever been

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Azzy
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Our table was not ready at the reserved time. We weren't seated until about 15- 20 minutes after we arrived. The host and manager were scrambling to find us a table. They originally put us in the back near the kitchen and boxes. We requested another table and moved. Some of the food was well prepared and some of the food wasn't fresh. We were not charged for the food we did send back, The music was too loud. It was heard to hear my friends sitting next to and across from me. The waitress tried to rush us out saying the next reservation was here, which was unfair due to us being seated late. Some of the staff had masks and some did not.

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Victoria
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

I love how they offer different flavors of mimosas, I ordered The WAP and it was good. My only complaint is the infestation of gnats. The two other parties that were sitting next to us experienced the same thing. It was highly annoying and if I wanted bugs around while I eat, I would've asked for outdoor seating. They also offered a picture booth which was cute but it seemed to have a delay and their were gnats in there too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Based on the Washington, DC location: Went there for brunch-ish (lol ok around 3pm) and it was an amazing time! They have games to play like Connect 4 and Jenga to play while there. Great food. Great atmosphere. Great music is KEY and they were bringing throwbacks and current hits. And we were seated before our time using this app. Will recommend!

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vipAliciaK
Cleveland
98 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Ate here while we were in D.C.Sausage was probably one of the best ever had. Loved how the check came in the VHS tape box.

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IndiaS
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

. I went for a birthday gathering and the food was mediocre. The eggs were so runny and not cooked. My side of bacon was also undercooked. I won’t be back. I’ve experienced worse but definitely not a place I’ll return to. The music and atmosphere was nice though. But overall I wouldn’t suggest this place for an event or celebration. Waitress was nice but only checked on the table two times.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was delicious especially the sweet potato tots, the WAP including a crab cake wasnt a real crab cake but our only real food complaint. The picture booth in the back was a nice touch.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The vibe was nice. We went at an off time so we missed some of the brunch items and the dinner menu hadn’t begun being served. The vibe was nice but the venue is a little small so even with COVID I was a little uneasy.

I can’t wait to go back and enjoy the full experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Don’t come here thinking you’re going to have a nice dinner. The music is so loud you can feel it, the service is incredibly slow - it took 20 minutes to get a drink. The food was nothing I would want again - deviled eggs were over cooked and the eggs had a weird texture, the dough balls were undercooked and the flavor was not good, the chicken sandwich had the aftertaste of fish and the bread it came on fell apart immediately after picking it up. The ribs were decent, Mac and cheese was terrible. Fried pickles were good.

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Lilly
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, hostess and server. Second time here and was just as good as the first. Good music. Good happy hour deals.

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HannahG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Even though we got seated 30minutes after our reservation, the food was great and our server was attentive. Definitely coming back

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KaylinC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience! The bartender was perfect. We will definitely be back

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Nysfinest34
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I did not like dining where they have the to go station set up because when it's busy people are standing around waiting near your table while you are trying to dine. Otherwise I love halfsmoke and will definitely be back.

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LeenaA
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We did the bottomless brunch here, and it was a great experience! Our server was lovely and very attentive (especially on those refills bc we’re on a 90 min limit). I got the mac n cheese with crispy chicken which was pretty good, but I might try something else next time - the Netflix n Chill was definitely calling my name. Also, the music was bumping which just gave the whole place good vibes.

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datenightpro
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Had so much fun taking my girls from out of town to my fave HH in the city! The energy was great, and you really can’t beat the value!

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Clay
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Service and food mediocre. May try again one day.

FAQs

HalfSmoke does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. HalfSmoke also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 986-2079.

HalfSmoke is rated 4.1 stars by 943 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.