About Penn Commons
Amidst the emerging culinary epicenter of diverse restaurants in the historic Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, DC, Penn Commons is a rough-hewn yet chic American tavern on 6th & H Streets.
To craft its menu of food and drinks united by one common philosophy - American sensibility joined with American seasonality - Chef Jeff Tunks drew on his first name partnerships with the best local farmers and artisanal purveyors...or he just makes it himself.
Burnished copper lighting, leather sling chairs and salvaged woods provide a warm footing for this showcase of American tavern food at its best.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 11am - 2:30pm
H Street, NW
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please call our sales department for options for catering and the available menus.
Parking is available on the street and in the large private lot located to the north of our entrance.
METRO: Gallery Place
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Penn Commons Ratings and Reviews
The food is always solid. My biggest co ...
The food is always solid. My biggest complaint about this restaurant is the NOISE. There is nothing in the place to absorb any of the noise and all conversations bounce off the concrete floors. It is very difficult to have a conversation. Mid-day crowds are small and it is a much more pleasurable experience.
The front desk staff were wonderful. Th ...
The front desk staff were wonderful. The food was very good and well priced. Loved the generous pour happy hour drinks. The waiter was very nice, but I would've liked him to pop by and see if we needed anything without having to be flagged down. I ended up eating half my meal with no drink.
Food and wine was great, as was the serv ...
Food and wine was great, as was the service. However, it was so loud that we couldn't have a conversation without screaming at each other. It was overwhelming and headache inducing. I will not be going back to Penn Commons.
If I could give less than 1 star, I woul ...
If I could give less than 1 star, I would. I guess I'll say that the 1 star was for the food taste and quality because the food was good. What was not good was the service. We had a 12pm brunch reservation and arrived on time. We left at 3. Our server came to our table zero times without having to be flagged down or hunted down. And it took forever for our food to come out. And I mean FOREVER! We all took advantage of the brunch special, which is an appetizer, an entree and dessert and unlimited mimosas for $32. Sounds like a great deal right?? Except we only were served two drinks because that's how terrible the service was. One of the wait staff apologized and stated that they just had a lot of reservations and so the kitchen was backed up. Ummm ok but it seems to me that reservations are put in place to plan for staffing levels in order to adequately meet customer needs. Also, out food came out piecemeal and 3 people would get their food and then 30 minutes later 3 more of us got our food. It was a terrible experience. I'll never go back.
Unless you just want to sit at the bar and have some drinks and watch the game, I would suggest you find another place to go.
While I have enjoyed many positive exper ...
While I have enjoyed many positive experiences at Penn Commons, this visit left a lot to be desired. It was very clear that the restaurant was short staffed for a busy Sunday brunch in downtown DC. Our waiter could not keep up with drink orders. The food didn't all come out at the same time. Food orders came out incorrect. Mimosa and coffee refill requests went ignored. I hosted friends and family visiting from out of town for what I thought would be a quality DC brunch experience. I'm embarrassed! Do better, Penn Commons.
I ordered an Old Fashioned and the goat ...
I ordered an Old Fashioned and the goat cheese spread, and my wife ordered the wings. For diner, we both got the skirt steak. Portion sizes were generous, and the food was all very good, though perhaps slightly under-seasoned for my taste. (That said, I do tend to like stronger and more robust flavors, so this could just be me.)
The service was prompt and polite. The only real downside was the noise level, as the Happy Hour crowd made it difficult for me to hear my wife across the table, even though we were seated well away from the bar area.
Overall, I would recommend and will visit again.
The noise level when we got there at7:30 ...
The noise level when we got there at7:30 was so loud we had to shout to the hostess and still had trouble hearing. The bar was very crowded but tables were not filled. The cesear salad was wilted and you could not taste or see the dressing. The Salmon was good but I did not care for the Teriyaki glaze. Desert was soso. Would not go back.
The loudest restaurant I have been to in ...
The loudest restaurant I have been to in my life! Very poor waiter service, however, the managers try to make it right. Food is excellent especially the eggplant dip and trout. I'd skip it and find another place, unless you are alone and don't need to talk to anyone. Too bad.
Good food, very attentive service by mul ...
Good food, very attentive service by multiple people, including manager who stopped by a couple of times. But ambient noise level was way too high, can't imagine that groups of six or more could hear each other talk.
Food was decent and the service acceptab ...
Food was decent and the service acceptable. Absolutely nothing memorable about the décor. The overwhelming takeaway from the experience was the insane noise level. By far the loudest restaurant I've ever visited. You practically had to shout to be heard across the table. If they don't fix that problem, I doubt they'll be in business very long.
We had dinner here before the Paul McCar ...
We had dinner here before the Paul McCartney concert. I found Penn Commons through a Google search. We were a party of four and we all loved the experience. The service was impeccable and the food was glorious. I loved how the martinis were presented in their own mini shaker! I would definitely dine here again and recommend it to a friend.
The food and service at Penn Commons are ...
The food and service at Penn Commons are terrific, but it is incredibly noisy. Even though it was a Sunday afternoon and the place was 2/3 empty when we were there, we had yell loudly to be heard by the person sitting directly across the table from us. Probably a good place for people who prefer to text one another rather than talk.
Great location next to Verizon Center. A ...
Great location next to Verizon Center. Attentive wait staff and prompt service, but the food was just average and as the evening wore on, the restaurant became crowded, making it difficult to converse with companions across a larger table.
Beer selection here is very good. Our fo ...
Beer selection here is very good. Our food, however, was average at best. Hamburgers were sub-par, sweet potato fries were nearly burned, fish sandwich lacked flavor. For a $12 hamburger, it was unacceptable in quality and execution.
Had a seven o'clock reservation and were seated right away by a very non-friendly hostess. But she was quickly replaced by CHARLES our extraordinary server! A little bit about Charles, Penn Commons is his first job out of the Marine Corps - THANK YOU CHARLES FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY and the fantastic service we enjoyed at dinner. We made a comment about the "noise factor" in a joking manner to Charles (it was a Saturday night) and shortly a manager was over and asked us if we wanted to move to a quieter spot - we declined. CUSTOMER SERVICE FIVE STARTS!!! Now the food. The "choose 3" appetizer was a great deal and very tasty - Pimento Cheese, Char Roasted Eggplant, Pesto, Toasted Pine Nuts and Goat Cheese with Spinach and Chopped Dates - just needed a couple of extra pieces of baguette. One of us had the Crab Cakes - the best of the 5 day trip and the other the Falafel Burger. With the Crab Cakes we easily substituted the frys for their Scalloped Potatoes and boy they were worth an upcharge! The Falafel Burger was fantastic and eaten quickly! Dessert is a must - the Boston Cream Pie and Almond Joy Sundae provided an excellent finish to an excellent meal. For the remaining days we had in DC if anyone asked us for a restaurant recommendation Penn Commons was at the top of the list! GREAT JOB!
Good food at a great price
One thing we really appreciated was that you could get the happy hour specials at all the tables also. They were all priced extremely well. I had the trout and my wife had the chicken and the food was very good. Dessert, a boston cream cake, was delicious as well. Service considering that the restaurant was packed to capacity was exceptional. I will recommend and will dine there again.
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