Details

Smith Commons

1245 H St., NE
Washington, DC 20002

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

Website: http://www.smithcommonsdc.com/

Price Details:
Starters $6 to $12, mains $13 to $25.

Notes From the Field: Smith Commons

Our critics give new restaurants a quick look and report back with their first impressions.

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.