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HalfSmoke

3.6
895 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.

The main dining room accommodates 100 guests seated and offers guests excellent views of Shaw through the restaurants expansive windows. An outdoor patio is also available during the spring and summer months (weather permitting) and can accommodate an additional 50 guests.

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What 895 People Are Saying
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3.6based on recent ratings
3.7
Food
3.5
Service
3.8
Ambience
3.6
Value
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CustomerCGg
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

The outside seating area was across the street from the restaurant. They would carry the food all the way across the street and by the time it got to us it wasn’t very hot and the plate was a bit messy because the food was moving around. Besides that, the food did taste pretty okay. Overall I think the service could’ve been better

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SanNR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great service. Good vibes. Be prepared for a crowd & noise on the weekend.

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Kierra
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

It took us 25 mins to get a server, the food was ok, the decor and ambiance of the place was great and so was the music. Service can be improved however

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MayraM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

We waited 1 hour for one of our dishes to come out couldn’t find our server for the longest just terrible service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

One of our dishes came 20+ minutes after the others and it was so loud in the restaurant. It’s still a very nice place, would go back

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Shaliah
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience5

Great atmosphere. Super fun for groups, but could be a good time for a couple, too! Try the brunch specials! :)

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ceerraN
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Me and my bestie, we enjoyed the experience. It was just different due to the fact they have to cross the street with our food to get to the outside rose garden area.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience5

Had reservations for 11:30 on Sunday. Our waitress could not seem to remember anything. Took us 30 minutes to get our bottomless mimosas, which we ordered first (of course) and asked for a couple more minutes to look at the extensive menu. When she returned she took our order and asked if we were fine just having water. We reminded her that we already ordered the mimosas 15 minutes ago. She said oh right and walked away only to come right back to ask what kind of mimosas we wanted. The carafe arrived another 20 minutes later and the mimosas were luke warm yuck! We asked for cold and 10 minutes went by before getting another carafe with more warm champagne. Someone brought me some sweet potato tots before my wife even ordered her food. Oh bc btw we ordered then 10 minutes later the waitress came back to tell my wife they were out of what she ordered. We snacked on the tots for a while then the waitress returned to tell me they were out of what I had ordered 15 minutes prior. Sheesh! By then we had been there for just about an hour. We reordered and got our food. It was ok. Can’t even remember exactly what was ordered bc of the cancellation of our orders. Ended up asking the manager to remove the $25 bottomless mimosas from the tab bc we were finishing our meal and had only had 2 sips bc it was warm. He kindly did so. We really wanted to like this place bc the menu looks amazing and the ambiance is cool. I’m truly only giving 3 stars bc the manager was professional and a frat. 💙

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience3

The Good: The food is delicious! They give (gracious) carafes of bottomless mimosas instead off filling the glasses. The price is reasonable!
The Bad: The service is absolutely terrible—not rude nor disrespectful but disjointed and confusing, especially if you are seated in the outdoor tents across the street instead of the brick and mortar restaurant. There seem to be apparent issues communicated from the tented area to the kitchen. Servers did not know the names of the dishes which is a problem because of the theme of the restaurant. For example if you order the “Bad & Bougie” and the server says “steak and eggs” — it’s confusing. Separately when they’re out of something, they let you know after the rest of your party’s food arrived.

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JustAnOptimist
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Inside seating this time -- the service was slow but honestly for the bottomless brunch it was probably pretty standard for DC. And their food is good enough to justify it. Plus the manager was super friendly and our server was very nice. And beyond the speed the actual service/attentiveness was great!

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vipLeah
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

Service was lacking, food was okay at best, and noise level of the musics bass and everyone chatting was insane. I had to shout to my partner across the table. Wouldn’t recommend and wouldn’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

It was a birthday brunch. My reservation was at 1:45 and for outside dining. The host at the store took time to let us know we would not be dining there and had to walk to the next block for seating. My reservation went from 7 to 5 and the table was not ready until about 2:20. The restaurant was out of certain menu items. One person never got something they ordered so they just cancelled it. The server Eman was fantastic!

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ChristopherW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

I personally wasn't blown away. Optically, plating presentation, was okay at best. Food itself wasn't that impressive(was there for brunch). Plate was very greasy/oily and food tasted like it as well. Im going to assume it was a fluke but thats my first impression. Service wasn't terrible.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brianna was the best! My family was in town to visit and requested a brunch with mimosas, brianna made sure we were well cared for and never went thirsty! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, atmosphere, service, music, everything was absolutely perfect

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Hannah
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Went to HalfSmoke to celebrate my birthday and had a great time! Server was awesome & brought over free dessert to celebrate. Love the music and the vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Went for brunch. The food was ok (room temperature), service was slow, music you could barely hear from other side of restaurant. I was expecting more. Average at best. Our waitress was really nice tho!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

my waiter did not come with my food and i was charged for it

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

This place is a whole vibe. Great music, food and drinks for Sunday brunch.

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AGReid
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience1

For the hype they did not fulfill the expectations. Servers dressed in plain clothes on the outside patio. Food wasnt hot coming out, bugs and bees were everywhere because of the outside seating.

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LindseyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

The Rose Garden is a great idea but the execution isn’t great. The food is really good, but because the servers need to get it from across the street, our food arrived cold. There didn’t seem to be enough staff to keep things running smoothly and it took a really long time for food to come out. The picnic tables are also placed on angles so it makes it awkward to sit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Had to wait a while to be seated with reservation, and had re do our orders and took our food away before I was done eating

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NicoleH
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing brunch options! We got the shrimp and grits and the skillet. So good! Can't wait to come back!

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Darnell
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Experience was amazing! I'm glad I got to try something new and different. I'm here in DC visiting so being able to try them out was great.

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KamalS
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed the environment, food and drinks. Servers and staff were a delight, very hospitable and kind.

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

Halfsmoke was very accommodating. We had a huge party of 20 ppl. The waiters were very efficient and kept checking on us. The main waiter was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Awesome as always

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Everything was great! Our server Candy was AMAZING! She was nice, informative, and honest. When the machine for the frozen rose broke, she spoke with her Manager about complimentary mimosas. She went above and beyond to make sure we were good and had a great experience especially since this was our first visit. She exceeded all expectations and we will definitely be back. I wonder could we request her again??!!! Lol.

Food: The W.A.P, sausage, Brussel sprouts, shrimp and grits, homemade doughnuts, etc were all AMAZING. We will be back.

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foodislife
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

We sat outside in the rose garden area which is located a few blocks down the street from the restaurant which was really just a big inconvenience for using the restroom. When we arrived their were forks all over the floor in the bubble we sat in & the tent was not set up for airflow well. Luckily it wasn’t too unbearably hot that day. The Food was retry good but flagging down a staff member to order or get something was difficult unless you got up. The Music was good & the Food & drinks were good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

This was the worst dining experience (in terms of service) I’ve ever had. We sat outside for a friends birthday, the food too almost two hours, we didn’t get half of the things we ordered and asked three times! Management also refused to come speak to us. Our waiter also messed up payment charging my friend twice.! I will never come back!!!

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AnissaJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1Food2Service4Ambience3

Food was not good. Ambiance nice. Waiter was awesome. Pancakes and funnel cake was rubbery. The entrees were served with fruity pebbles, a lot of the were on the plate, this was not on the menu or I would have said no thanks. Asked patrons at the table next to us about there food they had not finished and they indicated it lacked flavor.

It would appear that this restaurant is more about novelty, and vibe and not good, seasoned food.

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VictoriaU
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was very good. Wings was a good snack to eat

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KieraL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

The food was yummy. Not expensive. The overall service (teamwork of staff) could have been better…Our server Enoch was awesome though!

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Feisty795
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I Love HalfSmoke ! Food Was Great , Music Was Fun , Drinks We’re Tasty . Bottomless Mimosas , Brunch Every Day OFTEN !

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JessicaW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

It was cute

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AmericaT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Food was disappointing, only good part about this restaurant was the mimosas

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Zachary "Zach" was amazing! It made our first experience phenomenal 💜👌🏾 Food Perfection ~

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Waited 40 min

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

I’m genuinely sad to admit that we had a terrible time. We know it’s a black-owned local business, and I’ve been a loyal customer for years, but this brunch SUCKED. In the two hours that we were there, we received our cinnamon rolls that we ordered and nothing else. No food. No drinks. We had to beg the staff to bring us a bottle of tap water for the table. Apparently they only had one bar tender, and he wasn’t trained - not ideal for Sunday morning brunch. The staff and management didn’t seem phased that we weren’t getting food or drinks, and honestly we weren’t even being impatient jerks about it. We inquired twice about the status of our food/ drinks, and at the second time (2 hours in), we were told the food would need another 10-20-ishhh minutes. At this point we finally walked. Don’t think I’ll be back, I’m sorry.

If you go, I hope you have a better experience. Sincerely! We used to love this place.

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Lana
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was good, felt like service took a while. It's a 3/5 stars for me.

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 3.6 stars by 895 OpenTable diners.

HalfSmoke does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://giftup.app/place-order/3184dadc-071d-4e93-9ca5-5b4dd159e064.

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.