Darlington House

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1522 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.

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TraceyW
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a great time. Staff was very helpful with suggestions.

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Sammm
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious! Really enjoyed the meal here. Would definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had our bffs 40th dinner at Darlington. We made reservations via OpenTable for 14 people, so they sat us in front of the bar. Totally fine because it made it feel like a private sitting area. The food was delicious- most of us got the specials. There was a guy there claiming to be one of the top 5 illusionists in the world and invited us to come see him at MGM and to his room. That was weird. He did a couple of interesting tricks, but it felt very much like a scam and our entire party was really confused. Other than that, we had a great time and appreciate the wonderful service from the restaurant!

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AMB23
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Italian food at reasonable prices. Very good service and cool atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food and service was great! But I was still hungry when I left so that's really my only complaint. I think the serving size could be a bit better considering the price.

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CraigL
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hosted our volleyball team and was very friendly and easy to work with. Thank you!

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MarianaA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The lasagna was very good. The desserts were very good. The cocktails do not look very sophisticated.

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RobinM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

We were there for Valentine's Day and the space was lovely. We were sat in front of the fireplace. The service was attentive but very rushed. We ordered salads and half way through eating them, our entrees were brought out. I can understand trying for quick turnover but our reservation was at 9:30, not the height of dinner service. The food was good, not great. I think the best part was the space. I would give it another shot.

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dryindelray
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for a Valentine’s Day dinner and when we went inside, some people ahead of us were complaining that their reservations were double booked. I’m glad we stayed, because it was only a 10-minute wait, the food was great as always, and we had an amazing time.

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KimberlyT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food3Service2Ambience4

We were very disappointed in our two year anniversary dinner. We had a reservation at 8:15, and didn’t get seated until 9. We were starving and had to ask for bread. When we finally got it, it was cold and hard. My lasagna was great, my my gf’s steak was cold and blandly seasoned. Would not recommend this place.

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TW33
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Do not go on a busy night!

Once we got there:
They clearly over-booked the restaurant on Valentines day and people were crowding the front entrance. We showed up 10 minutes early for our reservation at 8:15 and were told that we should only have to wait 5-10 minutes. After about 30 minutes, I started to worry (I didn't have it as bad as others who waited over an hour and fifteen minutes).

Oh... and the two working the front desk were lovely people but they didn't know how long the wait was. It started getting awkward when they started openly crying about 35 minutes after I got there. The pressure REALLY got to them. That being said, I was at the bar and had NO idea what was said to them. I hope they are ok.

While waiting:
We moved to the bar to get a drink while we waited and to our surprise there was no bar tender. We couldn't even pay to get a drink while we waited to sit for dinner. Thankfully someone came back to the bar for 2 minutes, poured us a drink we didn't ask for, but the bar tender was too flustered to care so he let us have them.

Dinner:
We finally got to sit down! We were relieved but knew we had NO chance to get drinks on time so we ended up getting a bottle of wine. The wine seemed like it was a fair price. We asked a few questions and the server was really good at explaining things. But once we got the food....yeeesh.

My date's food came out on the cooler side which isn't a welcomed surprise with pasta. My lasagna was comically cheap. When they say made in house, they really mean it is made with Ragu or maybe Prego (tough to tell). The sauce tasted like the stuff I used to throw together in my shanty house when I was 23 living with 6 other people. It was a small portion, which is normal for a nice meal... this was not that.

I hope others who ate there after 7:30 on Valentines day can back me up so people who read this don't think I am exaggerating. This really was a terrible time and a waste of $130(ish).

Bon Appetit!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Had dinner on Valentine’s Day. From the love passion martini which was absolutely amazing to the fritto misto calamari which is the best calamari I have had in the city. The food was stunning. The ambience was exceptional. Absolutely recommend!

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StephenS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Darlington House is a little known gem for great Italian cuisine in Dupont Circle. My favorites are the branzino, the chicken piccata, but everything I've had there has been great -- well, maybe not the lamb ragout. Nice wine list. More quiet than most places; so you can have a conversation. Attentive staff.

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vipBilly
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We eat often at Darlington restaurant. The food is consistently good, each time we have been there. One always gets a greeting at the front door. It is like eating in Grandmama’s fancy dining room.

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Yummyyummyloveinmytummy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent meal. Great date spot. Will go again and would recommend.

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Catherine
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was INCREDIBLE. The pasta is homemade and absolutely delicious. The food could not have been any better. The service was a bit slow during the dinner rush, but other than that, it was a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Perfect spot to have “intimate” dinner for 10 family members getting together.

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vipTerenceF
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Good homemade pasta--but otherwise average fair and service in a dingy dimimg room.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great $35 meal menu

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vipFoodie123
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best atmosphere and food! Great for a date night or girls dinner. The service is incredible and the food is delicious!! Will be back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic, per usual!!

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vipDCfoodie
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were both perfection as always!

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MonikaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

I went here for winter restaurant week and it was a great surprise to find that they offered the full menu towards the restaurant week deal. The cons to my dinner experience was that it seemed as they were trying to quickly turn over tables (each course came out very fast, one after the other). It was also a disappointment on the portion sizes, after a 3 course meal we left hungry and needed to get another snack at a bar downstairs. We also observed that when a couple sitting next to us was given their check, they requested to order more drinks and were told by the waiter that they had to leave the table and go to the bar if they wanted more drinks which was a huge turnoff to overhear (again it felt rushed). Overall a very subpar experience and I don’t really feel excited enough about it to return in the future.

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vipjadocjr
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service started the moment you walked to when they hold your coat while you put it on.

The food was exceptional! The wine list is also exceptional.

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viplocalvillageguy
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Terrific find in DuPont Circle. Terrific Italian food. One of the best Chicken Parmigiana’s I’ve ever had. Pasta bolognese was also fabulous.

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DavidS
Denver
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Lovely restaurant . Very nice staff. Some little things they should work on to improve value . A little over priced

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vipclevelandparkguru
Washington DC
466 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Waited at bar for all the guests with some first time visiting the area and restaurant. Wine was outstanding. Forgot the label but the selection was very good. Dinner started with salads and calamari. Outstanding. Special that night was swordfish and shockingly everyone wanted it. Perfectly prepared. Service was great.

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vipDebby1973
New England
20 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice ambiance, friendly staff, good brunch and lunch options.

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TacyT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We arrived a few minutes late, but they managed to find us a table. We all had various daily specials: veal, salmon and seafood ravioli, all were delicious. When they did not have the wine we picked, they brought a better one at the same price, and refilled one extra glass. The restaurant was very busy and very loud.

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vipclevelandparkguru
Washington DC
466 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent wines were selected by bartender. While at bar waiting for friends. Dinner was seafood pasta, chicken dishes! Always great service! Food perfectly prepared

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TallOaks
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always good. Always pleasant. Always yummy. Would return again and again!

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foodbuggy
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place was very, very good. It was not busy at all, so service was fast and there was almost no noise. Setting was cozy. Food was very good.

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happyeater
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5