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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.
Washington, DC 20001
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
Food was good, but service was a little rough. Our waiter was missing for all but the bill and a manager stepped in to fill the position though things took a little longer than expected. Place was very busy so sure that was the issue. Fun energetic place and a crowded bar area.
My husband and I had reservations for brunch on Sunday and we showed up a few minutes early were seated pretty much right away but we had to continuously flag down a server. We waited 10 minutes to be greeted, another 15 to get our drinks and place our order and once the food came we didn't see our server again until I had to ask for our check from the hostess. The food was good but be careful about the menu. The food descriptions aren't complete so if you have allergies or are a picky eater ask what is included or how the food is cooked. Wasn't terrible but I wouldn't go out of my way to go there again.
Did not have to wait for our table. Food selection was good. Good brunch promo. Calamari was way over cooked/fried it tasted old. French toast bites were great. Ordered bottomless mimosas and it took awhile to get our first glass. Steak and eggs were good, chicken burger was very tasty and well seasoned. Liked that they were kid friendly.
Penn Commons is located in or very near the Verizon Center. We went, there was a Wizards game so as a result it was extremely busy. We had made reservations which we were very glad we did. However, when we got there waiting for our reservation the bar area was very crowded. No place to sit or even stand. Rather frustrating. They did seat us in a booth which was nice. To get the wait staff's attention was a little difficult so giving our order for drinks and dinner was slow. You had to be aggressive to get a waiter/waitress to come to your table. The food was good. And the choice of food was good as well. Very loud but sporting events being shown through out the entire restaurant on TV's which was fun to watch.
The place was packed for the final 4 game and the service started off slow. The manager came over and apologized (without me having to ask) and comped our apps and first couple drinks.
Would absolutely go back as he made the experience very pleasant and the food itself was very good. Clearly a place that does the little things well!
Shayna P. was awesome! She gave us excellent food and drink recommendations! She was talkative and friendly. As well as vey attentive. All the food was delicious! And the $5 beers and cocktails are perfect for a Sunday dinner date. Definitely coming back here again!
I had lunch with a client visiting from out of town this week and enjoyed my first visit to Penn Commons. I chose the restaurant because of its convenient location--we had a business meeting nearby. While we took a short tax ride from Capitol Hill, it's also very convenient to the Metro Red Line. Food choices were plentiful. Out 12:30 seating time found the restaurant lightly attended. The bar looked quite well-stocked and their were TVs with sports, etc. on. We say at a booth together with one of my staff colleagues and had a very pleasant, leisurely lunch. The pretzel bread was warm and very tasty. I had shrimp cocktail, which was a large portion of chilled shrimp. My colleague had a vegetarian dish. He and my client thought their dishes and the pretzel bread could have done better with less butter. I definitely will come back and try other dishes for lunch or dinner.
Recommend burgers and Cobb salad. The staff is overwhelmed. Slow to deliver refills of drinks. Also, embarrassingly they mixed up orders but later made amends. If it weren't for the latter I wouldn't go back. Really, they need more help or have diners who eat and drink VERY slowly and have no plans to go elsewhere...
We went here before a concert at Verizon Center. Place wasn't that packed so we were seated right away. Waiter was nice but took a long time to get our order and at the end our check. The thing that upset us the most here was I had ordered a drink and when I got it the glass was broken along the rim. Almost cut my lip. I was given another drink no questions asked. My boyfriend ordered another drink later and his drink came in the same broken glass my first one came in! Really, the bartender didn't throw out that glass!! Horrible service on the bartenders part. If you go here just beware they don't take care of the place. Go to District Commons instead, way better and more upscale.
Every time I have been to Penn Commons the service has been terribly slow, which is usually made up by their delicious bar bites. Today, however, was exceptionally terrible. My boyfriend and I had brunch reservations at 11:30, ordered the three course prefixed menu with bottomless mimosas. The mimosas were not bottomless as we continuously had to wait to get our glasses filled up not even half way. When the entrees came, my dish was lukewarm. The server didn't even check on us to see how everything was so I didn't have the opportunity to give it back. After waiting another 30 min for a drink and water refill, we had been there for almost a total of 2 hours still without our dessert course. By far the most terrible dining experience I have ever had.
Very busy at happy hour on a Friday. Need a reservation if you're going to dine before a game. Service is very slow. Very slow. Be ready to order one step ahead, e.g., be prepared in advance to order both food and beverage upon being seated, because you may not see the server for quite a time. If you need to order a second beverage, do so before you finish the first one because the second one will arrive long after. Ask for your check while dining if you need to leave for the game. There's a great selection of beers. Go for the burgers. Great vibe. Good place for young professionals.
The $19 prixe fixe brunch menu was a major draw where you choose form the starters, entrees and dessert menu. But the servings are less than modest (almost stingy) and none of us were blown away by our meals. The butternut squash ravioli was yummy, but only four pieces - the chicken and waffles were ok (ok?! how do you not make this amazing?) and the huevos rancheros was more beans than huevos. It was a fine meet up place in Chinatown, convenient to the metro for all of us, but we wouldn't go back.
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
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