About Penn Commons
Washington, DC 20001
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
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Penn Commons Ratings and Reviews
This is our go to place for sporting events. The restaurant puts on a buffet & has a special drinks offerings. Usually a fun way to spend hours watching a game unfold on the many TVs off the ceiling.
This year the food could have been better supervised. The chicken was over cooked, the tacos had too many jalapenos.
Got calamari as an appetizer, probably the best calamari I have ever tasted, a few of them weren't well breaded though. The shrimp and grits were AMAZING, definitely would recommend, the 12 buck LOTP (I think that's what it was) was lackluster, Red Robin had way better burgers, size was decent, requested it to be well done, had a little pink in it anyway. Weren't many fries, the sides were a little pricey, I wasn't offered free refills, nor were the drinks on the menu, I ended up paying 3 dollars for what was less than a pint of lemonade. Overall, food was hot, most of it was delicious, would return for shrimp and grits, service was fast & great, got out in 30 minutes, the burger left more to be desired, considering the pricey menu, I'd appreciate cheaper options, the appetizers seemed like they could be entrees. Restaurant gets a 4/5 from me. Also really clean bathroom, smelled nice too. Sidenote: water was free :D
We were there with the Women's March; didn't rush us. The restaurant let us settle in and take our time. Food was good, service was great. It was such a crush of a day that we appreciated being able to sit, order a cider, lunch and enjoy the casual atmosphere. Gluten free options were a plus. Definitely will go back for the next Women's March!
Went here after a Wizards game Saturday and the bar area was lively. I had a reservation so my date and I had a seat at a table. The dining area was not busy but 15 minutes later with no water and no waitress.. sure felt like it was. At this point, I usually would have left but the waitress finally arrived and she took her time waiting on us all night. Will not return
I'm not quite sure how I've missed this place but I love it! We came for an early lunch and were seated in a booth right away. Water was on the table within minutes although the waiter took a few more to come with menus. (only noted because we were the only patrons in the restaurant at the time). However our waiter was personable and knowledgeable and I loved his recommendation (the beef short ribs). The price was definitely right and the meal was FANTASTIC. The rib fell apart it was so tender and had some peppers on top which gave it a little kick. The pappardelle pasta was perfect and had spinach, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes. The only other little ding on service was my lunch companion didn't get his ice tea and had to ask for refills. Other than that it was a great dining experience. We will definitely be back.
We had tickets at the Verizon Center and misjudged the traffic so were 30 minutes late. I called to let the restaurant know expecting to be told we would lose our reservation. The Hostess was friendly and understanding and told us our table would be there. When we arrived we waited less than 5 minutes and were seated. The service was excellent especially so with the rush for the event at the Center. The food selection was good and we both enjoyed our meal and the happy hour selection for drinks was better than at most bars. Our food came quickly and we were able to eat (including dessert) and make it to our show with plenty of time. All in all we would choose to eat at Penn Commons again when attending an event at the Verizon Center.
I have been to Penn Commons before and loved it. I recommended having dinner and drinks here based on my prior experience. This past visit was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. They appeared to be severely understaffed. We placed our order with our waiter and he promptly brought out our cocktails. Our dinner was dropped off by a runner and that ended ANY attention we received from any staff. Luckily our dinner was perfect and delicious.....not that anyone on staff knew or cared. I stopped a manager walking by and asked for another round of cocktails since our glasses had been empty for quite a while. He said he would put the order in. Over an HOUR later I approached the same manager and told him we needed our check and if the second round of cocktails were included they needed to be removed. He dropped off the check with no apologies. We then had to approach the manager again with our payment. I have never had to work so hard to try to spend my money or have my money taken. I will definitely not recommend we meet up there the next time.
Penn Common is very convenient if you are attending an event at Verizon Center or Harmon Center for the Arts. Do not plan on quiet conversation as the open space is quite noisy. The wait staff is very knowledgeable and can steer people away from things with allergens. The food was spicier than expected. Portions were generous except for the pumpkin ravioli. Fortunately, my bar-b-que chicken was quite generous so I was able to share with my husband. We would give it another try but maybe on a Saturday when the bar was hopping.
We enjoyed our first visit to Penn Commons. The menu leans toward comfort food ,and Southern, and has some interesting choices. We started with pimento cheese was a credible rendition of this old Southern favorite; chicken-fried steak was just right, too.
Compliments to the staff - hostess and our server - for being pleasant, cheerful, and accommodating on a very busy Saturday night 30 minutes before the Caps game began.
This restaurant has a fun, feel good vibe. Great for both date night or getting together with friends. The servers were awesome and super friendly, especially Alberto. The food was very light and healthy. Don't expect a weighed down plate of carbs. The drinks were simple, but they have a long happy hour. I would go again.
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. 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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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