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About Domku Bar & Cafe
Open since 2005, Domku is Washington, DC's first Slavic and Scandinavian restaurant. We serve classic, hearty comfort food such as pierogis, borscht, kielbasa, goulash, gravlax, Swedish meatballs, and pickled herring. We offer a Saturday & Sunday brunch menu, half-price on bottles of wine on Sunday evenings, and a once-a-month Pierogi Night extravaganza during the winter.
Scandinavian, Polish, Eastern European
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday - Sunday 10:00am-11:00pm. Please note that the kitchen opens at 6pm on weekdays and will close between 5pm and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Georgia Ave NW
$30 and under
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We do not offer off-site catering.
Metered parking until 6:30pm. Unlimited street parking after that time.
Petworth/Georgia Avenue/New Hampshire Avenue (Green Line)
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Pierogi Night begins in October! Join us the second Wednesday of each winter month for a variety of pierogi beginning at 7pm.
Worst waitress ever, terrible service overall
All drinks were really bad - we ordered 5 various cocktails/sips and sent 2 of them back, while we were charged for every single one of those. It was my husband's birthday and we were charged for the only desert we ordered too. We had 2 little kids in the company, but the service was soooo slow, they got pretty tired , but still we were the last ones to get a check of the 5 tables that were occupied - the WORST waitress ever (we waited 15 minutes for the first drinks, then 45 minutes for the table to be cleared and for the 1 simple desert to arrive). Terrible experience and I would never go back to this restaurant or recommend it to anyone, especially with kids since you'll be stuck there for 2-3 hours at least even on Thursday night, apparently, even on your birthday. The total check was very overpriced and not worth value of a half of it.
My new favorite spot
I'd been meaning to try this restaurant for a few months, and now I wish I'd gone sooner. This is such a cute restaurant and the food was so delicious. We had a group of friends and ended up sharing a bunch of entrées. Everything was amazing and surprisingly affordable (including several bottles of cava and other drinks). I will definitely be back soon.
Great Brunch Spot
We had a wonderful experience during our first trip to Domku. The food was amazing and the service was exceptional. Very kid-friendly, from the friendly staff to the many paintings and butterflies on the walls. The french toast was incredible and the grapefruit mimosa was outstanding!
Solid brunch option, but not if you're in a rush
Domku has an interesting Scandinavian/Slavic brunch menu that sets it apart from the run of the mill brunches elsewhere in DC. The prices are reasonable and the retautant itself is decorated in a cool, clean Scando vibe. Unfortunately our food took a long time to come out (especially given That they weren't that crowded); some of us got food that felt liked it'd been sitting for a bit while others had warmer, fresher meals. That was disappointing but I'd still come back to try lunch or dinner here. It's refreshingly off the (ok my) beaten path and I was really intrigued by the menu! Didn't knock my socks off but I would go back for sure.
Unfortunately, the reviews on this site are correct: the service ranges somewhere between lackadaisical and totally disinterested. We were seated promptly, given menus and water immediately, and then our server disappeared. We'd been there nearly half an hour by the time our drinks arrived. And this was on a slow night, with only three or four tables occupied. The food was good, not spectacular. Domku is a reasonable place if you're in the neighborhood, but not worth a trip across town.
DOMKU IS AWESOME!
Domku has been a favorite of mine for years now. The food is always very good and eclectic, the service great and they have a nice little drink list to boot. If you're looking for something different from burgers and fries and a mod atmosphere, Domku is the place to go. The Swedish Meatballs with Ligonberries is to die for and their breakfast is SO good!
We went for your brunch/breakfast menu that started at 10:00. We arrived at 10:45 and found out that you were out of three main breakfast options. How can you run out of options in 45 minutes? Also, being unable to order a mimosa at 10:55 b/c you cannot serve alcohol until 11:00 seems a bit trivial. That was not a very good start to our dining experience at your restaurant. I will say that the food that did come was good.
Food Never Came - so Hangry
Four friends and I met at Domku for a noon brunch reservation. We were met by a brusque owner/manager, who made us stand in a corner even after the entire party was present. Please keep in mind that there were several empty tables. The restaurant was bustling but not packed. We were finally seated at a large table in the middle of the main room. We had to ask several times for coffee, and even to order. After ordering, we waited for over 30 minutes, and asked about our food. The waiter came back 15 minutes later and told us he had forgotten to give our order to the kitchen. He offered us a 'free appetizer under $10". We also finally got coffee refills - the first ones. During all of this, the owner/manager passed by our table numerous times and never acknowledged us. At about 1:30, we lost all patience and told the waiter we were leaving. He said 'OK' and walked away. We never were served our food. He did offer to one of my friends' to box up the food as we were walking out the door, but she declined. The manager/owner Kira called me later to apologize, but I didn't answer as I was eating at another restaurant. She stated on her message that she didn't know what was happening, which I find hard to believe. How can you not notice that the largest table in the middle of your small restaurant never got served their food? She was also unfriendly from the beginning. Two of us then went to Chez Billy, and were warmly welcomed, seated and fed within 15 minutes.
Surprised they're still in business
I have been meaning to try Domku for a while, since I've spent time in eastern Europe and know the cuisine. My date and I were surprised to find we were the only people eating there the night we visited. Even though their menu is pretty limited to begin with, they didn't have a number of things listed on the menu, including several listed entrees, wines and desserts. The food we did order was disappointing. I ordered the kielbasa, which was so-so - not flavorful at all, and dripping with fat. Meanwhile, my date's chicken goulash was really bad. It was super bland, with overcooked chicken, presented in a pretty unappetizing format. The space itself is nice and I suppose it met our goal of finding a 'quiet place to talk', but it was a bit odd to be the only people dining there. The service was okay, but our waitress seemed to struggle to find the right balance of how much to interact with us as the only table. She kept coming by to take our order shortly after we arrived when we were clearly just sitting there chatting and not looking at our menus yet, but then completely disappeared after the food came and made it a bit hard for us to actually get our bill.
Always love this spot. More like a 4.5 r ...
Always love this spot. More like a 4.5 review.
All apps great, especially the Whitefish Pot. Try that for sure.
.5 point drop because of an over cooked schnitzel, and where is that awesome buttermilk and beet soup???
Sunday nights half price bottles of wine. Try a Georgian red!
A Wonderful Taste of Scandinavia
Finding a restaurant in DC with Norwegian offerings was truly special! I went to Domku with two friends for a Saturday brunch. We enjoyed the food very much and liked the charming ambiance. I had the best Traditional Norwegian Pancake with lavender syrup ever. We shared yummy Danish donut balls for dessert. This cafe is located in Petworth, an area of DC that is becoming more and more popular.
Nice, but a few disappointments.
We've been here a handful of times over the years and have always liked it. This time it was a bit hit or miss. The fried pickled herring was quite good, as was the beet and buttermilk soup. (Where else can you get either of these..?!) But the main courses were a bit lacking. Especially the pork schnitzel, which seemed overcooked and was dry. The swedish style potato that came with it was also fairly dry. The plate could have used some sort of sauce to perk it up I guess. Also, the pear cake for dessert was, wait for it, fairly dry...
The waitress was very friendly, but she was just one person handling many customers, both indoors and out, so it was very slow. they needed another wait person.
Fun place, good food, service needs work
A group of us came to Sunday brunch, one couple with a baby in tow. The place is very kid friendly and accommodated us without a problem on short notice. The coffee was great. The aebleskivers were delicious!! I enjoyed by brunch but despite the interesting food names and combinations, it was not out of this world. I wanted to try the chicken liver dish but they were out. The hash with beef was good, the pached egg on top nice and runny. My friend who ordered the salmon hash received a hard boiled poached egg and had to wait for it to be re-made. Our waters were not refilled and we had to search for our waiter several times and ask for coffee refills.
Disappointing the second time around
We enjoyed the food the first time we visited in June, but were very disappointed in the beet gnocchi this second time--gummy, dry and sort of tasteless. Did they change the recipe? The vegetarian meatballs are delicious, but maybe better for a cold winter day. The Open Table listing for Domku says they have "a vegetarian only Meatless Tuesday menu every week" but the server had no idea what we were talking about. There are numerous vegetarian options, though. Service was great, the restaurant was not crowded.
for something a little different
Our table had different opinions about this restaurant, but we all agreed that one must have the pierogies; they were out of the potato bacon ones, but the ones we had made up for it. We agreed that that the chef went too heavy on the side dishes, like mountains of mashed potatoes, which is a pity because the main course was very good; a few vegetables would have been nice. We liked the chicken wrapped with mushrooms and spinach as well as the Swedish meatballs. However, I felt the chicken dish was overpriced compared to the others.
The soups were good and generous in quantity but a bit bland; the carrot soup needed some spice.
The dessert was terrific: apple crumble cake with whipped cream.
Worth a second visit to try some of the other interesting offerings, and hopefully to try the other kind kind of pierogies.
One of my favorites
Domku is one of favorite restaurants in DC. The food is great, and I always look forward to the next menu change to see what new dishes I can try. The service is excellent. I've brought several friends to Domku over the years, and without exception they have been impressed with everything about the place.
Horrible service, decent food.
I've been here a number of times over the years, even back when it first opened. The last two times I've been here I've had horrible service, where literally I felt like walking back to the kitchen and helping myself. The service was so poor this last time, that we considered just walking out before we ordered food. The entire brunch was spent with empty water glasses and searching around the restaurant trying to waive down anyone that resembled a server. I saw three of the servers just chatting at the bar together in length too. Three servers in such a small place shouldn't be struggling to serve their tables. As someone who used to work in the service industry, there are just WAY too many other GREAT places to go in DC for brunch. Don't waste your time or money here on average food with subpar service.
little house indeed
I consider myself a domku regular - I've eaten there quite a bit and it's my go-to place if no one has a preference (it is my preference). For my latest brunch outing - I had the Norwegian pancakes goes Dutch with kielbasa, Carmelized onions and Gouda - delicious. My take mates recommend the bloody domku, if you're into spicy drinks.
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