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About Darlington House
Darlington House is a historic Row house that has been transformed into a multi-level restaurant & lounge in the heart of DuPont Circle. Fabio and Patricia Beggiato have poured all their passion and training into every aspect of this house and created a lively restaurant serving rustic yet refined Italian cooking using simple, fresh organic and sustainable ingredients. A breathtaking urban scape through bay windows in the main Dining Room and Circle Bar (1st floor), make this one of DC's most charming dining rooms. The Cantina Pub (street level)is a rustic, casual and family friendly neighborhood bar with great Pub Grub, TV's & a delightful outdoor patio. The second floor Library is a perfect venue for your next private affair; seating up to 70 & receptions up to 150. Exquisite cocktails and an extensive and thoughtful wine & beer list make Darlington House the perfect place to relax with friends & neighbors. Brunch is served every Sat & Sunday.
Washington, DC 20009
Hours of operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am - 5:00pm;
Lunch Monday - Friday 11:30am until 5pm Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Connecticut Ave NW
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Public Parking Lot Behind PNC Bank off Dupont Circle with entrance on Mass Ave
Right in front of DuPont Circle Exit North
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour Monday - Friday & all sporting events in the Cantina Pub
Darlington House Ratings and Reviews
On a spur of the moment, we decided to have Italian. Looking for nearby places to the wharf in DC, Darlington had a better than 4 stars rating. A safe bet for sure right? No, it was anything but.... We arrived and sat outside. We entered our orders with the waitress. It took sometime for appetizer to come. So, we asked for bread. Some time passed by and appetizer arrived. We were famish so we dove in. The bread arrived after we were nearly done with the appetizer. By this time the sun had set and it is now colder. The ladies on te patio all pulled out their sweaters. We asked the waitress if she could turn on the heater above our head. She said no. Her reason was it is still pretty warm. We finished our dinner and left. No more than minutes later, i had a stomachache and ten the runs. Enough said.
We were seated at a wonderful table near a fireplace (not burning). However, once we were seated it took too long to get a waiter to the table, I had to stand up, look around, and gesture, The hostess asked one waiter to attend to us and he completely ignored her, turning his back and walking away. About a minute later a very friendly waiter came and helped us. It was all good after that. The food was excellent, well presented, and came quickly. The wines by the glass were a short list, but good wines.
11 of us ending up eating at Darlington House. The opening bruschetta with balsamic vinaigrette were delicious. The chef next provided delicious plates of antipasti, including a special one for vegans that was happily consumed by everyone else too. Caprese, prosciutto, home made sausage, and olives were among the offerings. The warm sausage was particularly well received. Everyone was too full for additional appetizers, but the entrees were well-received. The evening's branzino special came with spinach that might have been a little too salty, but the fish was perfectly cooked as was the pasta aglio e olio requested as a substitute side for the garlic mashed (which got rave reviews at the other end of the table).
Found this incredible gem on the DuPont Circle foodie walking tour. Loved it so much after tasting their mushroom risotto on the tour, that we came back for dinner. Asked our fabulous waiter Ulysses about a dish I saw on one of their older menus and he asked the chef and the chef made it special, just for me. Loved the dish, the attention to detail and the flavor was incredible. My daughter ordered the risotto and loved it also. The wine list was extensive and the Placido Pinot Grigio was our personal favorite. If you get a chance, check out this historic, lovely dining establishment.
I dine at a lot of nice restaurants and my experience at DH was one of the more enjoyable I have had in quite some time. Ambience is very different and I liked it a lot. Service srmtaff were outgoing and friendly. Good was superb. My wife had 12 oubmnce sirloin and it was perfect. I had the sausage and penne pasta and found it terrific. Two thumbs up.
Our meals--two pasta dishes--were excellent. Small but lovely wine selection. Donut holes for dessert lived up to their press by other reviewers. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. Cozy and comfortable feel in the upstairs dining room of this long and narrow brownstone. Only complaint is that the wood panelled bar at far end of dining room had a television that distracted from the romantic old world ambience of this Victorian era space. Since there is a casual pub in the basement associated with this restaurant, leave the tv's down there.
Hostess was great. Manager and staff too busy watching the soccer game to bother to greet the table or serve the wine I had ordered when I sat down. Poor selection of only (4) sparkling wines. Rude and acted like they are doing us a favor to serve us. After 20 Minutes I left and the best part is that non of the staff made any effort to win me back or save the business at hand on a quiet July night. Very poor performance. As a neighbor I would never come back or recommend.
Our experience at Darlington House was outstanding from beginning to end. From the cheerful voices on the phone when I downsized our reservation mere hours ahead of time and again when I called to say we had been unavoidably delayed and would be late, to the friendly, helpful waitstaff, to the absolutely delicious pasta, we couldn't have been more pleased. We chose this restaurant because, as vegetarians, we appreciate having more than one dish from which to choose. There were several, all of which sounded wonderful. We weren't disappointed. Next time we are in DC there is an excellent chance we will be back.
Not impressed. The main dining room has charm and looks pretty. Acoustics inside make it VERY loud. The bathroom is down in the basement bar and it is musty and dingy. Service was just ok. Branzino, pasta, steak, salad all good. Nothing to rave about. One visit was enough.
A nice place to have a great meal and conversation. I had the fish of the day which was cooked perfect and tasted great. Others at my table had homemade lasagna and the beef tenderloin meals also cooked spot on and tasted good as well. restaurant is a bit small but it adds to the quaint feel of the place. Service was really good waters never fell dry and we were given plenty of time to review before ordering. Server was polite and spoke clearly for all at the table to hear daily specials and menu specialties even though he spoke with a heavy Italian accent, which added to the charm of this place. I would say my only downfall to here would be there a bit pricey for the portions but we didn't leave hungry at all. I would revisit again if I found myself in the DC area again.
Food was lovely, but nothing extraordinary in our opinion. It was tasty, the ambiance was very nice. The pasta was perfectly cooked and is made in house. Wine was delicious. Service very attentive. THe food was tasty but not out of this world. We might also be food snobs so that's that. But I would recommend it. You will enjoy it.
Excellent, if limited, dinner menu. A plateful of creatively folded prosciutto was moist, salty, and tissue-thin without being the slightest bit dry. Pasta dishes are delicious -- worth every carb-loaded mouthful! The daily pasta special was served with seafood and a spicy Arribbiata-like sauce. Superb. The Bolognese sauce on another pasta dish was rich and, well, perfect. A generous portion of tilapia arrived slightly overcooked, but the pile of perfectly tender calamari piled on top made up for the error. Love this place
I must admit I am a very strong fan of Darlington House and the creativity of its owners, Fabio and Patricia Beggiato. Every time I go there for lunch or dinner, the meal is superb and the customer-friendly attention to detail atmosphere is always the best. I love everything about the restaurant and highly recommend it.
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