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/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Penn Commons Ratings and Reviews
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.
Great Tuesday night happy hour drink spe ...
Great Tuesday night happy hour drink specials. Food was good as well. Would definitely come back again!
Easter Sunday and celebrating a good friend's birthday brought us to Penn Commons with great success celebrating both.
Great brunch date
Really good deal for a 3 course brunch with bottomless drinks. Nice selection of drinks. Excellent quality food. Supreme customer service.
Must return many times in order to sample all the delicious options. Once simply isn't enough. Great beer selection.
Consistently good food, convenient location.
So close to Verizon Center and near my office. It is now my "go to" lunch place to meet colleagues, interview, or just grab a good meal. Great service.
I'm just not impressed. I much preferred ...
I'm just not impressed. I much preferred District Commons and didn't enjoy the service here. It's very overpriced for the food's value.
Good food Poor ambiance
Went to Penn Commons for dinner with friends. It has a vibrant youthful bar scene. The food is excellent. The ambiance for dining is not as great - noisy and somewhat stark decor.
Good meeting place for lunch.
Second time at Penn Commons. This time we tried lunch. The $10 lunch specials are a nice touch. The Turkey Reuben was great.
We enjoyed the food and convenience. This location works well for downtown dining!
Good food. Quick and friendly service. ...
Good food. Quick and friendly service. One of my favorites for dinner before Verizon Center events
Perfect Place for the Occasion
Reserved table for an old friend and I ahead of the ACC Basketball Tournament finals on March 12th, since Penn Commons is right next to the Verozon Center. Lots of UNC and UVA fans, so it was probably louder than usual. There are TVs in the bar area, though, so I imagine it can get loud at times even on non-event nights - but we were able to converse well enough regardless. We both had the meatloaf, which is sensational (better than any of the several versions I make at home)! If UVA had only won, it would have been a perfect Saturday night......
Does not live up to District Commons
While District Commons is a great place to dine, it's new sister restaurant, Penn Commons, is an unsatisfactory experience. Don't get me wrong, the food is very good. However, the restaurant is poorly designed with concrete floors and ceilings so that the sound level at the highly busy establishment is unbearable. Very hard to hear what is being said by the person next to you . The service is also poor. We got our dinner before getting the drinks we ordered. We got our dessert, before they ever cleared our dinner plates. It was hard to get the waiter's attention to place additional drink orders. Overall, go to District Commons if you want to taste the menu and have better service. If your downtown and want somewhere good to eat, go somewhere else.
Worse than bar food
If I could give this restaurant 0 stars, I would. The food was soggy and bland. How do make soggy french fries? Or soggy pancakes? The falafel sandwich tasted like sawdust. It took 45 minutes from order to first food delivery. Ridiculously slow.
Good food, too darn loud!
Our group of 8 was nicely accommodated but on what was a weekend early evening with no Verizon Center events the place is too loud. The bar and restaurant were not even completely full and still you had to shout to be heard by anyone more than one person away. It's too bad we can't recommend it because the food was surprisingly good and the portions generous-- a good value. Put some sound dampening tiles to block the concrete ceiling, for goodness sakes. Save everyone's eardrums and voices!
Great location. Right next to the Verizo ...
Great location. Right next to the Verizon Center, so easy to get to a game. As other reviewers have said, this is a sports bar in disguise. Server was good, but had too many tables, which kept us waiting. The spread sampler was a hit. Happy hour prices were great. My wife had the lobster stuffed tilapia, which she thought was very good. Although I had read other reviews, I got the shrimp and grits. The seasoning was great, but the shrimp were over cooked and the grits were under cooked. I guess if you want great shrimp and grits, you need to go to Charleston, SC.
The pretzel baguette was great. I had th ...
The pretzel baguette was great. I had the brick pressed chicken and it was too salty. My husband had the caramelized onion ravioli and it was average. Not at all what he expected. Beer selection was great and service was good.
Great place for drinks and food before a sporting event or even after work.
Came here for quick brunch before movie at gallery place. Waitress was a little overwhelmed but we got our drinks very quickly. Food was pretty good and the pretzel bread is always a plus.
Went there for brunch. Food was mediocre ...
Went there for brunch. Food was mediocre and the service was awful. It was very disappointing.
Great food and excellent service
This was my first visit to Penn Commons. The place was lively, food was tasty, service was prompt and we had a great server. I'm adding this restaurant to my list of regular eating spots.
Good bar with good food and good beer
The food is good, the beer is very good, and it's a fun place to go. Sports bar vibe and quite loud, lots of people. Overall very good place, and better food than most other sports bars around and nicer than many others, too.
Really Enjoy Penn Commons
Good food and good service nicely combined with an energetic vibe throughout the restaurant. A nice find in the Penn Quarter neighborhood.
Service ruined the experience
The food was good, however, the service ruined the experience. The whole night we kept having to flag down our waiter, even when we were ready for our check, he was too busy to pay attention. I get it, it's a Friday night, it's busy, but the restaurant should definitely hire more waiters for busy nights. After we were seated, we waited 15 mins before we were even greeted by our waiter and order our drinks. Another 20 mins before we received our drinks. By the time I got my beer, because it was sitting at the bar counter for 20 mins after it was poured, it wasn't as cold as it should have been. If not for good company, we would have walked out.
Restaurant Week "END" Review
Great atmosphere for date night or night out with friends, and co-workers. It was me and my dates first time and we were impressed by the attentiveness of management and waitress was okay. We went during restaurant week and we both had three course meals. Everything was to our satisfaction! And the drink specials they have during the weekend were a definite plus. We we will be back with friends.
Great food and service at a very busy Fr ...
Great food and service at a very busy Friday night before a Springsteen concert at the Verizon Center. Location couldn't have been better for a meal before an event at that venue. Very nice draft beer selection at good happy hour prices. Place was packed so our table reservation was essential.
We had a 5:30 reservation for which we arrived 15 minutes late and they had still held our reservation. We were seated in a nice booth and the waiter immediately took care of our drink orders. I had the steak and my date had the salmon. Both were fantastic...although if you order the salmon rare make sure you want it..rare :) ... We would visit again when in the area.
Restaurant week - great find!
The food was great, service was great, everything about this was great, except it was a little noisier than I would have liked. Don't know what could have been done to change that as the place was very, very busy. It did take away from the enjoyment somewhat. Would definitely recommend to someone else.
Party of three. One entree was brought to the table before the other two. We were told there was a problem with the ordering system. So two of the three sat there twiddling their thumbs as the other person had to eat their food as it was becoming cold as it took so long. Very disappointing considering it was a birthday dinner.
2nd Time around
Food and service was very good. Enjoyable experience.
Good food, OK service
The energetic ambiance was great. The food was tasty and creative, but the service left a lot to be desired. My friend and I weren't drinking and immediately our server's demeanor changed with us. He seemed incredibly uninterested in serving us, looked impatient when we hadn't decided on our meal or desserts (we take food seriously), and a kind, welcoming attitude could've given him the same type of gratuity that a drink on the bill might have. Would I return? Yep! But may be inclined to ask for another server.
Fab New Years Eve dinner
Found this place on OpenTable, and being visitors to the city went on location and reviews. The welcome was friendly, $5 cocktails fantastic (especially as this deal was even available in NYE!) and the food fantastic. Can highly recommend the crab cakes and the shrimp. The special menu for NYE was also sensational. Would love to go back some time!
great neighborhood gem
We've eaten here twice and enjoyed our meal. We loved the pretzel bread and mustard to start with and the "pick 3" bread and spreads. The burgers are good and the salmon is great as well. There are interesting choices for dinner. the service staff are great and helpful and friendly as are all of the staff here.
Loud dinning area due to happy hour
Loud dinning area due to happy hour
Excellent dinner experience
We had a great time at Penn Commons. The food was excellent, as was the service and the environment. It was very lively on a Friday night. Would definitely return to Penn Commons
I went before a Caps game and the restaurant actually felt noisier than the arena. It was very hard to talk to anyone else at the table over the noise of the bar. This was my only time at the restaurant so I don't know if it's always this loud or if it was just more crowded than usual in the bar area.
Found Our Place
A friend and I were looking for a somewhere to call "our place", where we could have a great meal and spend time talking. We think we've found it in Penn Commons. The food is really good, the drink menu is huge and the staff is incredible. We felt welcomed and well taken care of without feeling they were trying to rush us. They even gave us the same booth. We'll certainly be back.
Great spot for dinner before a show
Great location, right across the street from the Verizon Center. Had the crab cakes, which were amazing, and the seafood soup, which was very thick, a little spicy and overall, very good. Service was pretty good, slowed as the place filled up. My only real dig is on the noise level; the room is all hard surfaces and open to the bar, so the noise level makes conversation difficult.
Understaffed and cold food
Very disappointed. Perhaps we made the wrong choices.
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