Notes From the Field: Smith Commons
Our critics give new restaurants a quick look and report back with their first impressions.
Reviewed By Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published February 1, 2011
Smith Commons
Address: 1245 H St., NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-396-1766
Neighborhood: H Street NE, Capitol Hill, Northeast
Cuisines: Fusion/Eclectic, American
Opening Hours: Open at 5 PM daily.
Nearby Metro Stops: Union Station
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Price Details: Starters $6 to $12, mains $13 to $25.
H Street, Northeast, is so chockablock with mediocre food that the opening of a handsome sit-down option—with a romantic Brooklyn-like vintage-warehouse feel, nonetheless—brings hope for something better. The very new Smith Commons, however, seems better suited to drinking than eating. And that's even selling the cocktails a bit short; both standard (martini, margarita) and original (the "Tarboro Viking"—bourbon, ginger, lime) concoctions were outstanding. The food's shortcomings—inedibly fishy crabcakes, mushy prawns—were more a problem of poor sourcing than poor cooking. If the kitchen finds a different fish supplier, we'd knock back a few drinks and try again.

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