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HalfSmoke

3.9
655 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.

Support HalfSmoke during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Winter Wonderland Igloos

    $50.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    The Winter Wonderland Experience transports us out of regular life into a whimsical setting of outdoor dining. The heated igloos are decked out with a space heater, board games, personal bluetooth speaker, and candles. Blankets are available for purchase. The HalfSmoke menu is available and will also feature new pop-ups, Morning After Next and Get Social Pizzas. Street parking available. No refunds. 10-minute grace period. 20% auto gratuity. Hours: Open daily from 10am until 12am. 1 hour & 45 minute reservation time limit. Address: 625 T Street NW. Phone: 202-986-2079
What 655 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
3.7
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EllePea21
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Will always support Black owned businesses. Service was slow but staff very nice. Food was good and cool presentation. Will be back to try more things off the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience1

The food was excellent. The service was poor took a hr to get water. The igloos are not worth 50$ a person as our tables and chairs were leaning due to the gravel and un even ground. I would sit inside next time better vibes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food service a little slow but worth it. Definitely would go back. But would book a table not a high top. Not enough room.

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Mister
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

What a disappointing experience. I took my parents here after raving about it being a black-owned restaurant . As soon as we walked in, there was a party of about 6 waiting to be seated and we all stood there for about 5 minutes before being acknowledged. Someone finally came over to direct us to a seat but we couldn’t tell if he actually worked there as we had been sitting down conversing with a girl the entire time we waited. The service was terrible. It was evident that the restaurant was short-staffed but we didn’t get water until about 25 minutes after being seated. I had a party of 3 and we were set at a large table that could sit 8-10 people. It was uncomfortable and weird. Once we were able to finally order and our food came out, it was terrible. I had the Yardbird burger and it was still “wet” on the inside. Overall, I wasn’t impressed and wish we could’ve received better service and food.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

Wasn’t worth the money

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Are usually don’t give bad reviews but this place was horrible. The food came out and the fries were like cardboard, the crabby patty was filled with filling, they are sangria taste like juice and soda, there tater tot‘s were greasy and the cheese on top was barely melted you can tell it was processed cheese. To addI paid for the special evening for the Outside dining in the igloos and the price for that was $100, I asked the waiter what all was included in the hundred dollars because you had to reserve it before you arrived. And the waiter told me nothing was included for the hundred dollars but the seating and the igloos outside, and I said that was ridiculous it was cold and rainy the night we went plus the igloos were all busted up the sides would not even close all the way to keep the heat in. It was not a fun experience and I will not be returning they only gave me $50 towards my bill even though I did not sit outdoors in the igloo. The ambience was amazing it was a great idea for the restaurant, but the food was not worth the money or the trip from Baltimore to DC.

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vipErikE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience4

We arrived at 8:02PM and waited 15 minutes for someone to come up front to handle the line of people waiting to be seated. We then waited an additional 5-7 minutes to be seated for our 8:00PM "reservation". Once we were seated, we waited 25 min and received no service or even a nod that we were there while the server of the section waited on other tables. The only person who seemed to care about anything was the guy bussing tables. He at least brought us water and silverware when we were seated. The restaurant was not that busy either. We were already super hungry when we arrived and by this point I was going into low blood sugar. We got up from the table and left without ever having been so much as acknowledged by a server. The next restaurant we went to had us a drink order within 5 min of sitting down and they actually were super busy. The hour we wasted and the ridiculous additional Ride Share cost we had to spend for trying to be patient non-Karen's/Kevin's had me wishing we had been less nice.

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JM95
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience1

Food was great! Service needs improvement. We kept being approached with other people's food. But when we needed something, it was hard to flag down a waiter.
The place was very loud, like uncomfortably so. We couldn't hear each other talk. Would return for the food but probably at a less busy time.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience2

Obviously can’t control the weather, but with those bubbles and no air circulation it was unbearable. Maybe add some fans to keep the air moving? Also there was one lone soldier out there serving six plus tables. He needed help but his attitude was amazing so we tipped well. Very disappointed in the ButterMeUp menu! We have had it in the past and it was great but it whoever is in the kitchen may need some spice lessons:-( chicken was undercooked. I love this place but that was abnormal in my opinion.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience1

Whew, where to start.
Okay, so for starters, when you book your reservation through Open Table, they charge you $50 per person, when in reality, it is only $50 for the igloo. (the restaurant credited our meals to offset the difference).

Secondly, with the Igloo reservation, they place so much pressure on you to be on time with only a 10 minute grace period that they had me waiting for 30+ minutes to be seated. This was a blow because I was rushing to be there on time. LOL! Not to mention, the igloo is not where the primary location of the restaurant is; you have to walk up a block. With no waiter to guide you and to sit you down at your table. Self-service for sure!!

Third, once finally placed at igloo, we ordered the shrimp deviled eggs and entrees. The deviled eggs did not have any shrimp on top or into of it. When I brought this concern to the waiter, she said it might be pureed inside the mixture. 🤣 I didn't taste it, so she removed it from the bill. Another, my friend ordered a half-smoke, and they ran out of buns, so it was sent on a hamburger bun. 🥴 Overall, we were displeased.

Fourth, during our dinner, we had drug addicts coming inside of the reserved area, asking for money inside and outside of the fence. So recommend may be best to go during the day.

Lastly, our server was super friendly, knowledgeable, and very chill! We appreciated her accommodating us when asked if they wouldn't mind locking the back gate (to keep the solicitors out).

So this, about sums it up.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Took forever to get someone to talk an order for us

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LizG
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

It took a very long time for our food to come out, maybe about an hour. Our table was wobbly. Our waiter passed by a few times but didn’t really come up to us to ask if we needed anything else after our order was put in. We were out of water and went without a refill for a while. Food was okay, overpriced though for the quality. Atmosphere was dope, but that’s about it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was great. People were smiling and having a great time. My date enjoyed herself and the night went great. Took a few pictures and made memories that'll last a long time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience2

Where to begin. We had a Gilt City Voucher which was worth the value as the food was delicious. The whole experience was just ruined by the fact that we were seated outside, the kitchen was backed up, they were clearly understaffed and running back and forth between the outdoor area and the main restaurant across the street. A server said hi and then 15-20ish mins later had not even come back. It took us 50 mins to even get water. The people sat next to us at about the 40 min mark got water immediately and had cocktails come out to them right away. An hour later we get our food but so many mess ups - entrees came first, only one appetizer came, then both were brought again, the food was supposed to come with cocktail pairings that never seemed to arrive with the actual food. We didn’t get silverware at first so had to wait to flag someone down for that. I was just disappointed because it was supposed to be a nice date night I planned for my partner that turned into a disaster. The server was nice enough but his priorities were clearly the pods which I happen to know have a high minimum. The manager was also lovely and did try to give us attention re: the cocktails and how we would like them made but an apology for how everything was going down would’ve also been appreciated. I’m on the fence now about coming back and so is my partner.

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April
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

It took over an hour for our food to come out and when it finally came out, it was cold. Staff took a long time to return to tables for more water or drinks. The food was not great, was looking forward to the signature dishes only to be disappointed.

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CassidyS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Probably the worst service I’ve ever had. Ordered eggs Benedict and no eggs, another order was wrong, ignored friends peanut allergy, took 45 minutes to get served/order, had to get up and find waiters to get refills and water. I will never be going back to this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2Food3Service5Ambience2

My experience was okay, this place is more of a hangout spot. The food was ok. The amount of food you get for the price does not add up. I had like two drinks big drinks and was still very much sober(my friend was the one driving). the drink purple rain is good though. It is soooooo noisy. People are really not 6 feet apart, my friend was literally back to back with someone. Not suitable for kids. The pictures they posted look amazing but it’s really trash.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great love the ambiance!

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Tiff
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

The host ignored us when we walked in. She also said oh when I told her the bathroom needed assistance. The waitress, Nicole was great! We did the $35 bottomless happy hour which was a wonderful value! Crab fries were DELICIOUS!!!

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Ruddie
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Ate our food in the outdoor igloos which is located separate from the indoor restaurant. I believe this contributes to the additional lead time for food and drinks. In my opinion the igloos look way more appealing in the photos than in person. In fact, I believe the outdoor set up could use a good cleaning and a few repairs and upgrades (I.e. replacing the torn igloos and stained artificial grass throughout them). Overall though the food and drinks were great and that’s what contributed the most to my dining experience. I think I’ll elect the indoor dining experience the next time around.

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IrisL
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

The food came out cold and mushy. We had to walk across the street to use the bathroom which was inconvenient

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NatalieM
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

Did not realize when we reserved outdoor seating that we would be sitting in a parking lot down the street and would need to come back in order to use the restroom. We also reserved outdoor seating that WAS NOT in a plastic bubble but still got sat in a plastic bubble and it was so hot. They handed us a heater that was also a fan?
I see that they are going for an eclectic/funky outdoor experience but there is a fine line between funky and eclectic and trashy and weird. It’s sad because you want to support restaurants during the pandemic but it is hard to when the experience was not pleasant. We also waited forever for our food and paid for bottomless mimosas and only had 2 rounds because they didn’t come back to refill.
I understand it might be a lack of staffing but like I said, if you want to survive the pandemic you’ll need to provide an experience that’s competitive with other restaurants.

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CharmaineS
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3Food1Service2Ambience5

The service could be better. The food came out wrong the first time. They did comp the food but it took them hours to get the emals we ordered to the table

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TONYAK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was very tasty, and our Waiter was very pleasant, and very tentative to our needs.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

The lack of service we received was shocking. When we arrived timely for our reservation, we were sat promptly and did not receive anything other than water for 45 minutes. They had no Bloody Mary Mix at brunch and I had to go to the bar to finally get a glass of wine an hour after we had sat down. We were sat right next to a very loud large group, when there were available tables elsewhere. 3 of the guests ordered the bottomless mimosas, and they were given dirty plastic cups with lipstick on them. Took another 20 minutes for them to find clean glasses. Our food? Brunch was fine, nothing special, probably better than it really was because we waited so long for it and we were starving. At no time did anyone check on our table to see is we needed anything. I have no idea who out server was. If you want any type of service go elsewhere. Extremely disappointing experience!

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vipSpencerC
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I would never go here again. I had made reservations for Easter brunch and it was the worst service I’ve ever experienced. We sat at our table for 50 minutes without any coffee, drinks, food order or checking in. Barely any employees on sight. They had to go back and forth from the igloo tents to the main restaurant. Whoever came up with that logistical nightmare needs to rethink their plan. Never even got to taste the food, we left after an hour of zero service.

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Jenna
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

I have never been to a restaurant with such horrible service. After asking three different waiters and waiting 45 minutes, I finally got a Diet Coke. Food came after 1.5 hours of waiting and appetizers didn’t come for another 20 minutes after that. Also food was cold when we got it. Asked to speak to a manager, and his response was simply “okay I’ll give you 30% off” and he walked away. He truly seemed like he didn’t care at all and his response seemed to be something he was used to saying. Very disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

This was a waste of $100. The servers ignored us the entire meal. Took 15-20 to come take any order. After our order was taken, we never saw the server again until it was time for the bill. We had to ask another server for ice and that never arrived. We did see our server pass by us a few times and he never stopped to check on us. We were missing silverware, missing a glass. What was also miserable. We had an igloo reserved. Paid money for it. Instead of putting us in a comfortable place the host put us in an igloo next to a brick wall. We pretty much cooked ourselves. I asked about the other igloos (we were the only party there) and told the host the other igloos away from the wall was getting ventilation and nothing was done about it. I left the place miserable and hot. I paid $100 for an experience and I got it. Just not the right one.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

It’s overpacked, made reservations to be seated at a certain area but they moved us by a window, took an hour for a waitress to take our order 40 min for our food to come out which was cold and our drinks came out when we requested the check the food is not so great

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StephanieD
Fargo
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

I cannot tell you how much I do NOT recommend. The restaurant opted to use the cute igloo concept but management clearly overlooked numerous logistical challenges associated with that. It took over an hour for some of our drinks and all of our appetizers. When I told management, there was no apology...just that they were telling servers to tell tables that the kitchen was backed up, which is hard to believe since DC is 25% indoor capacity for dining and the igloos weren’t full. The prices were astronomical and the food was mediocre at best.

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Mallory
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience5

Usually love this place, but last time we made reservations for 7 and didn't get a table until 7:35. Then we waited at least 25 minutes just for our drinks, and the table next to us said they waited 45 minutes for theirs.

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OpenTable Diner
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

The igloos are not located on-site with the restaurant so it took an extremely long time to get simple drink orders and food delivered. The food could have been decent, but was cold by the time it made it to us. The igloos were damaged and dirty, and the servers were extremely hard to flag down. Over-all extremely disappointed. Also, the “deposit” for the outside seating was falsely advertised and ended up not contributing to the over-all bill, which was astronomical considering the all-around very poor service and experience. I would never recommend this location to someone else.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Very loud. We didn’t get seated until a hour after our reservation. Once we did, the waiter came over very rushed, rude, and aggravated. Once we finally put in a food order, we wait for over an hour for food. A Caesar salad took a WHOLE HOUR. We swapped out our glasses for plastic cups because they smelled like dirty dish water. As I write this, I’m not sure why we stayed but I know for sure I’m never going back!

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EricaJ
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Me and my niece went and really enjoyed our self so much

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DanyceE
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Went here for my birthday. Had reservations at 2. Wasn’t seated until 3. The food was cold or the order was completely wrong. Had to flag down different waiters/waitresses multiple times before we got whatever it was we needed. My friend stood and waited for a chair for almost 15 minutes because the one at our table was broke. When you order, better order drinks food and the bill all at the same time cause it’ll be 40 minutes in between your waiter/waitress checking on you.

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Vicky
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Our reservation was at 1:15
Didn’t get seated till almost 3
The host left didn’t communicate with the other host so we sat at a picnic table and the food was not the best

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UnitM
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

It seemed like the team was not quite ready to welcome customers when I arrived for my 9:45am reservation. I was told they were still setting up the outdoor seating. This place is described as fast-casual and may lean more to the boozy/bottomless brunch crowd. The food was decent, but the service is lacking, in my opinion. The "outdoor" seating had a roof, windows were closed and was not heated from what I could tell. Once seated, I think they forgot about us. Took a while just to get water and then took another while to get coffee. Coffee was served in a paper cup, and when we asked for cream later it came in a tall juice glass. Not a huge deal but hints the place leans more fast-food than dining in. The server seemed new but the overall interaction was pleasant. Only the service was slow and got worse as the restaurant got more busy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

I had a reservation and they gave my table away. But quickly made up for it. The food and drinks were amazing along with the customer service.

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KristinR
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Food was amazing and came out quickly. But once food was out, servers were MIA. We did the bottomless mimosas and had a hard time during our visit getting refills. When asked for condiments, no one ever came back. Overall critic: amazing food/vibe, poor service.

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Lynn
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

VERY SLOW. I had a 3:30 reservation I was seated at 3:40 and left at 4:13....
not one person approached our table after we were given water at 3:45. We weren’t acknowledged AT ALL.
I’m not sure what was going on if it was short staffed or what but it was a COMPLETE waste of time !!!!
It’s cute in the inside but ...
Wouldn’t recommend if you’re looking to get descent service.

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 3.9 stars by 655 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.