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Convivial, Washington, DC

Convivial

4.6
4.6
684 Reviews
$30 and under
French / American
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French / American

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Happy Hour Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Tue–Thu 9:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 525-2870

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Cedric Maupillier

  • Private party facilities

    In addition to a semi-private alcove table seating up to 8, we offer a full private dining room accommodating parties of up to 40 guests.

  • Neighbourhood

    Shaw

  • Cross Street

    Located on 8th Street on the corner of 8 and O

  • Parking Details

    We offer the convenience of complementary two-hour parking in our building's dedicated underground parking garage. Parking entrance location on 8 or 9 street between O and P street

  • Public Transit

    Mt. Vernon Square / 7th St. - Convention Center (Green / Yellow Lines)<br />Shaw - Howard University (Green / Yellow Lines)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 684 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. BC

    BruceC

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  2. RM

    RyanM

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Do yourself a favor and get the Poulet Rouge. It's a simple meal with simple ingredients that is executed perfectly.
  3. G

    Gus08

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 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.
  4. CA

    CerenAy

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  5. RC

    RCZT

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Dinner has always been good, but brunch was lackluster. Bland food and sour coffee.
  6. WM

    WilliamM

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience & wonderful seafood dishes eat at bat enjoyed boulibase & skate fish both wonderful @ fresj
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chicken for two is incredible!
  8. W

    Welovefood

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 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.
  9. A

    Azad

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The appetizers and entrees were mediocre, especially the salad mixed greens and wedge lettuce not fresh.
  10. l

    local

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 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.
  11. MF

    MsFoodE

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2019

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Food was great and so was the ambiance.
  12. KS

    KristiS

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great food. Service was okay as our waiter wasn't very engaged.
  13. b

    bingo

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 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!
  14. BA

    BiancaA

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar. Was well attended to and the food was delicious. Chic decor, too!
  15. S

    Skip

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Interesting menu, excellent food, great service! A real winner!
  16. b

    bullbear

    Atlanta

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was very good.
  17. WG

    WendyG

    1 review

    5.0

    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!
  18. MB

    MattB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent, service was great, and they were very accommodating
  19. SI

    SkipIt

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time diner at Convivial. Excellent! All four people in our group were delighted.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, atmosphere, and service were all excellent!
  21. R

    Regrefe

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Terrific neighborhood spot with parking! Interesting menu and, best of all, not to noisy to hear across the table.
  22. JO

    JORDAN

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    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.
  23. MG

    MichaelG

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience2
    Had the steak tartare appetizer. Tasteless. Should have sent it back.
  24. d

    dinnerout

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  25. CD

    CDancer

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  26. G

    Gabe

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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.
  27. AK

    AnnK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 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.
  28. GM

    GinaM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 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.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for brunch and it was awesome! Food and service was excellent!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 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!
  31. DM

    DavidM

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chicken for 2 was insanely good. Food, service and ambiance were all great.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  33. NP

    NastasiaP

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 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.
  35. p

    pauli

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 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.
  36. L

    Lauren

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 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.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 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.
  38. SC

    SCDC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    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
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    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!!!
  40. AS

    ASH99

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    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 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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Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Located on 8th Street on the corner of 8 and O

  • Neighbourhood

    Shaw

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Happy Hour Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Tue–Thu 9:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French / American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    We offer the convenience of complementary two-hour parking in our building&#39;s dedicated underground parking garage. Parking entrance location on 8 or 9 street between O and P street

  • Public Transit

    Mt. Vernon Square / 7th St. - Convention Center (Green / Yellow Lines)Shaw - Howard University (Green / Yellow Lines)

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Cedric Maupillier

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 525-2870

  • Private party facilities

    In addition to a semi-private alcove table seating up to 8, we offer a full private dining room accommodating parties of up to 40 guests.

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