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Madhatter is an elegant and fun-loving eatery with Alice in Wonderland themed art, serving traditional American fare with a comfort food twist. Appetizer options, such as the spicy Red King's wings, the Thai-spiced shrimp and the Alice's wonder basket combination plate, are whimsical and perfect for sharing. Popular entrée items include the garlic-butter topped steak frites, the barbecue slow-roasted chicken and the beer-battered fish and chips plate. Madhatter also has a delectable sandwich menu, including the Tweedledum burger topped with pulled pork, bacon and fried onions, the build-your-own hotdog and the flavorful blackened grouper fish tacos.
Madhatter keeps the good times going with its dessert options, such as the banana-stuffed crepes and the Hatter's huge sundae served in a giant martini glass.
Washington, DC 20036
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 2:00am, Friday & Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00am, Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
DJ and dancing Wednesday-Saturday nights beginning at 9pm
Dupont Circle South stop on the Redline
Private Party Facilities:
Located in the heart of Dupont Circle, The Madhatter has something for everyone. From Corporate buyouts to private intimate dinners our unique spaces have all your event needs.
Private Party Contact:
Haley: (571) 217-1894
Banquet, Bar Dining, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Madhatter looked pretty interesting from its description, and I'm glad I went for it! First of all, all the music they played that night was pretty much my iPod music from the ages of 15-18 and I kinda loved it (think Panic! At the Disco, Nirvana and Fall Out Boy).
I have a few bizarre allergies so picked the place for a salad they served that I could eat. Sadly the online menu was out of date and they no longer made it, but the server was very accommodating and asked the chef to make it for me! So kind. He was very attentive and made sure we really enjoyed our meal.
Given the amazing happy hour deals I will definitely be back for the bar!
My best friend and I visited DC for a night and was looking for a cheap happy hour spot. We came across this place and are very happy we did. The happy hour appetizers were all $5 and they have $3 beers and $4 and $5 dollar cocktails.
The food came out fast, we both got 2 apps to split and 2 drinks a piece, split the check and including tipping out very nice bartender still spent less than $20 a person.
I don't normally write reviews but I am compelled to do it now. I was taking my friend out for a light dinner and read that this was a cool and fun. I have to say I was taken aback that this was the same day as a bar crawl. Loud and obnoxious people blocking the entrance and the opening to the regular tables. The service was good a little pricey for bar food. The server was great.
A friend and I went to the Madhatter for Sunday brunch because bottomless champagne. We both really enjoyed our food. I had the Tostadas Rancheras and she had the chicken and waffles. Our server was very nice. We did occasionally have to wave her down for refills but our glasses generally didn't stay empty for too long. My one real complaint is that they have a DJ come in at 1pm and start blasting music. It brings a lot of energy but it also makes it really difficult to talk. There were a couple times when my throat started to hurt from straining to talk. All in all, I'd probably go back be get there earlier so we can be finishing up when the DJ arrives.
Great night spot but don't expect seating. I'm not sure why open table has reservations for this resturant after 10 because the remove 90% of there tables around 9pm. Overall the drinks were okay and the food was pretty bland. The Fish Bowl hats are pretty cool though!
I really enjoy Madhatter, and I find their brunch delicious but generally affordable. I was really disappointed, however, by their seating policy. I was meeting friends for brunch. With significant others, our group totalled 6 people. I planned ahead and made a reservation. As is par for the course in DC, the metro was delayed because of single tracking. Madhatter would not seat us until our ENTIRE party was there. The place was not packed. Our reservation was at 1:45, and we were not seated until 2:30. By that point we only had 30 minutes left on brunch. I will definitely not be choosing Madhatter again for any type of group get together!
I went to madhatter for a saturday birthday brunch celebration and even though I my reservation amount of people kept changing they were very accomodating. People go there to drink all afternoon and the employees know it so they tend to make sure your cup doesn't get empty if you go for that. Otherwise the food was good and it was a nice place to talk. (I ate outside which was a lot more busy than outside but not extremely loud)
Restaurant are serves bar food. Food was barely edible. Drinks tasted like chemicals. There was no one there over 25. I am part of a two-couple group that eats out every week. This is one of the worst restaurants I have been to in Washington DC area. Waitress was pleasant but got drink order wrong, brought the bill before offering us the dessert menu, brought a separate for each person in the group. This is definitely not a place for mature and sophisticated diners.
The rating on Open Table is definitely misleading
Bacon Mac and cheese was delicious! Should be a regular meal and not an appetizer. Mango margarita tasted fresh and perfect margarita consistency (stayed frozen and smooth, not overly slushy). Beef brisket sandwich was ok but some pieces were crunchy and fatty, and the cole slaw on the sandwich wasn't the greatest. Cute building and loved the Alice in wonderland theme, but it was in a rough part of town and made us slightly uncomfortable. The music is also unnecessarily loud.
I went to the Mad Hatter for brunch for my birthday with my family and as soon as I walked in I immediately fell in love with the ambiance of the place. Our waitress was awesome. The music was great, the food was good and one can't forget about the unlimited mimosas :). I'll definitely be back for brunch again
I want to love this place. I've only been twice and each time service was questionable. The first time I was with a large group and it took a long time for them to seat us and then fill our orders. I didn't mind the wait time to sit but once seated you would think there were systems in place to then get our food within a reasonable time frame. The food is great when it finally gets to you. I recently went again with my husband and 2 children. We were seated right away (made a reservation). But then we sat and sat and sat. It took 45 minutes for my kids food to finally make it to the table and this was after I complained. I was told that there was a large private party and wait times were slower than normal however I witnessed 3 other tables come in after us yet they all received there food before we did. The manager came over and confessed that our waiter forgot to submit our order and again this large party. Not my problem. Staff up for that. Needless to say they did the right thing and comped our meal. I did leave a tip because the servers were not at fault. Not sure I will go back which is a shame because the French toast is the best. But the service needs improving.
MadHatter was a great place for an affordable brunch! I called once to increase the number of people for my reservation and they were able to accommodate the extra people easily! You can't go wrong with bottomless mimosas! Overall, a great way to celebrate your birthday! My only piece of information to others is that in order to be seated, your entire party must be there! I was never notified of this and trying to get 15 people to arrive at the same time is slightly difficult...just a FYI!
This was my second time visiting Madhatter and both times it was great. The food was amazing and the service was awesome. I had the chicken and waffles this time and it was sooo good. The chicken was golden, crispy, and heavenly! The mimosas were good as well. This just might be my favorite brunch spot!
This restaurant has everything you need for a special night out. It is fancy but still has the feel of a sports bar. It has delicious food that is not very expensive at all. The service is great and the food was delivered well before I expected it. Overall great place!! Will definitely visit again!
The service and the food were both awesome! I love the "Alice in Wonderland" decor. I was a bit disappointed that the "tea party" on the ceiling was in a separate dining area that appeared to be used for private parties. However, it wasn't being used and was able enter and view the ceiling.
The calamari and Thai shrimp appetizers were both good, but the shrimp wad the better of the two. If you love spicy (and I do), you must get the Thai shrimp. I planned to get the "Madhatter pasta", but it wasn't on the menu. I asked about it and our waiter stated that I could have it even though it was no longer t a menu item. It was delicious! I plan to return and try one of the burgers.
We went to Madhatter for brunch and had a great two hours. The food was good and our service was extremely good. Our waitress was very attentive, yet not overbearing. They do have a great patio if you can get a seat out there. They have a wide range of food and everything was good. It can get a bit loud in the restaurant during peak brunch time, but nothing unbearable. It's a fun place for a low-key brunch.
I went here for dinner with a friend. I usually just come by for drinks and the bar scene later on the weekends. As a dinner guest it was still great service, but around 9pm expect it to be extremely loud. My friend and I had to yell across the table to hold conversation. Not a strike against hatter since we were aware of the dance floor, but you would think there would be a tiny bit more volume control right next to the diners for this reason.
I have been to mad hatter many times and have recommended it and boasted about it to everyone I know but I will not be stepping foot into mad hatter again or recommend it for a very long time. The service has ALWAYS been exceptional and the food was ALWAYS amazing and great in portion size. But when I visited on new years day for brunch with my friends and girlfriend, I was embarrassed that I subjected them to such poor service and terrible food. Like I said before, I have been there many times with my friends(the boys), but when we brought our girlfriends to our favorite brunch spot they thought we were playing a joke on them. We normally sit down stairs in the midst of all the action on Sunday's,you could say, but this time we were seated upstairs. After sitting for at least 10 minutes with no one coming over to our table to even say that try will be with us in a second, we decided to get up and talk to the bartender and grab our own mimosas for the table. That was the most service we received all day from her. She was very nice but the hostess finally took our order and after 10 more minutes we asked one of the runners for water because we still have not received any. I always order the cinnamon raisin French toast. I fell in love with it the first time because of the taste and size of the bread used. This time it was so thin that I was practically starving after finishing it. Not once did someone come over and ask how the food was, if we needed more water or any things after the plates were taken 30 minutes later we were asked if we were ready for our checks. That is the second time we saw our "server". This experience changed my view of mad hatter. I am not sure if it was because it was Thursday and not Sunday , but I will not say I will never be back but I definitely will not be using it as my go to number one recommended brunch spot for a very long time.
I made a reservation for dinner after midnight on New Years. I showed up and they were hosting a party. I asked about reservations and was told "not this late". I assumed that the kitchen was going to stay open later on New Years. Especially since it was a Wednesday night and reservation spots were available (I'm sure they typically close much earlier on a weekday). I don't understand why they would have reservation spots available if the kitchen would be closed. I would have appreciated a phone call from the restaurant when they realized that a reservation was made beyond the time the kitchen would be open.
Althought there wasn't a hostess to greet us and we had to walk through the restaurant to find someone to seat us (we would've gone somewhere else but didn't have time to find another restaurant)... once we were seated, everything was fine! Our waitress was friendly and professional. Food was served promptly and was delicious!
Madhatter was a great brunch spot for me. my boyfriend, and 4 of his fraternity brothers to enjoy a boozy brunch. Food was good, drinks were strong, and sports were on TV. Only quaint-complaint was that they service was a bit slow...we could see that he was swamped and working as fast as he could. Just seemed like he could have used some backup!
Nonetheless, it was a great brunch. We will be back soon.
Went here for a friend's birthday brunch and it was awesome. I loved the service and the food. I also loved the quiant atmosphere. It gave me big, but in a casual way. I plan to go back and make this a favorite spot of mine. Plus the commute from Alexandria was not bad at all!
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