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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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