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  • District Chop House is just kind of there to me. Not good, not bad.

    Bistro Bis has good French Onion.

  • Their house beers are decent and cheap enough during happy hour. Food seems overpriced for the quality though.

  • What IS a chop house, exactly?

  • The best part about the DCCH is the building, an old bank with a lot of original details preserved, including the vault downstairs, which serves as a private dining room. The food and beers are passable on average but nothing to get excited about.

    • +100000

      the building is amazing, but the restaurant is mehhh. i’ve gone (more like, been dragged to) this restaurant twice, and both times the food and service were unimpressive.

      for lunch options in the area, i’ll take any of the jose andres delights (jaleo, oyamel, zaytinya…never tried cafe atlantico, but hear it’s good too), asian staples (i.e. ming’s), or the falafel joints running down G street over district chophouse any day. dinner options for me would be the same spots plus rasika and sei (if you’re cool with the pricier options).

      PoP…i’m gonna say that almost any french spot in DC is going to have decent (i.e. better than district chophouse) onion soup. it’s a tough category to narrow down, but my two favorites are at central and bistro bis. delish!

  • I’ve eaten there several times, the food is excellent and service is great. They always seem to be busy but can get you in and served quickly. Vegetarians have to pick and choose- but the menu is adaptable.

    Lunch, pre or post game is always good, and during Obama’s inauguration we were able to get a table. The home brew is supposedly good (I don’t drink).

  • The first time I went to Chophouse I had an amazing meal of crab bisque and a great filet. Subsequent trips have been adequate but nothing special. I haven’t tried their onion soup but have wondered whether it is like french onion or something different. If I was going specifically for steak I’d probably go elsewhere. Beer is decent.

    Best french onion in town is at Central, it’s flawless.

  • I like the upstairs and very good happy hour beer deals

  • Reserved a table for 9 pm on a Friday, got there at 9:05. The calamari- which I always order when I find out it isn’t breaded and deep fried- was cold. My wife’s lobster was rubber, overcooked and served cold. Which isn’t good. My steak was cold but oddly cooked exactly to the temperature I like, which means I was served a rare steak that had been sitting there, rare. The wine was reasonable and room temperature, which is good for a Bordeaux I suppose. Are there any good independently run steakhouses in DC?

    • Ray’s the Steaks (if you’re willing to count Arlington). Lots of people claim it’s gone downhill in recent years but I still don’t think you can beat the price and quality.

    • The Capital Grille is the class of steak houses in the area. Ray’s is quite good, and I also like Charlie Palmer’s. If you try Palmer’s sit in the bar, their staff is top notch. Brad, Heather and Marco are all pros.

  • I remember reading somewhere that the Chop House was one of the first restaurants to go into the gentrified Penn Quarter in the late 90s, is that right?

    • it wasn’t quite gentrified in the late 90’s, it was still very sketchy there. and there were some nice chinese places then.

      but it was, by my take, the 2nd non-asian place to move in.

  • I think the best french onion soup in town is at Bistro Francais in georgetown- bonus points for the warm bread they bring to the table before your meal

  • i think its a great happy hour spot. it’s a brew pub for one, so good beers. i just get their appetizers when i’m there. great for bar food. awesome staff.

    the upstairs lounge, the bar and the downstairs party room are the good spaces to be there. i wouldn’t go for dinner, but to each their own.

    plus this place was about the 2nd decent bar in the area and.. and is currently the oldest if i’m thinking right. coco loco was older but is gone.

    i don’t know how true, but i like the story that this place used to be a bank that denied Douglas Jamal a loan once back when he was a trinket shop owner, and it was one of the first places he bought once he got into real estate.

  • My friend and I went there. He being a simple man of simple tastes asked for a Coors Light. He was quite disdainfully told that the district chophouse was a “Microbrewery” and did not serve such beers as “Coers Lieght”. Whatever chalkboard beer we ended up with was pretty decent though.

  • PoP – best French Onion in town is the Capital Grille, hands down.

    Chophouse is an OK spot, they server their Delmonaco steak with a big huge onion ring on top, which I am a fan of.

    Beers are no good, get some bourbon with your steak and soup!

  • hm. Interesting choice for this post. I’ve walked by it for ages & never considered it. Thought it was mostly there for the t-shirt people and their ilk… I may have been mistaken?

    • What are t-shirt people?

      • My guess is people who think it’s acceptable to dine in a non-fastfood restaurant wearing t-shirts and, most likely, shorts?

        • I thought it was people who actually buy those FBI t-shirts from the street vendors.

        • FYI, the Chop House is not a fancy, jacket-and-tie type of place.

        • In my opinion t-shirts and shorts are not appropriate in any restaurant setting. I have no desire to see someone’s flabby pasty thighs or hairy calves while I’m eaitng out.

          • I agree, and I also think that open-toed shoes are inappropriate in restaurants. I don’t want to see some girl’s dirty, skanky toes. And the skinny jeans are also not part of the restaurant dress code. I don’t want to see your bulges and blubber.

          • what about jeans and a t-shirt? what if the t shirt has a picture on it? or maybe even a few words?

      • neh, sorry, wasn’t talking about casual-dress. In my vernacular, TSHIRT PEOPLE = that class of tourist that travels in a huge group of folks with matching t-shirts (generally electric super-solar eyeball nuclear yellow, etc). You usually see these people forming enormous queues for bad pizza downstairs at Union Station, or crossing the street against the light in an awkward straggling line, etc…

        Anyway, I assumed that the Chop House was given over to that lot. Probably an unfair judgement, but something about it… the vibe by the door as I rush past looking vaguely serious for no reason…

  • I’ve been once, and I was pretty disappointed. The steak was not even what I’d expect from an Outback and the service was spotty. Building is cool, though.

  • I had an awful brunch here! Service was REALLY REALLY REALLY slow. Granted we were a group of 8, but the place was practically empty when we got there and still not that crowded when we finally left 2.5 hours later. On top of that, the food was average, definitely not worth the price. The french toast was particularly awful. 2 people in our group got it could only get through one of the 4 pieces. Skip this place for brunch.

  • Agreed, I just had the french onion soup at Central and it was pretty da*n good. Also Bistro la Bonne and Bistro du Coin make a decent soup too.

  • I am kind of suprised at the comments, I have always had great food and service at the chophouse. It is our go-to place for steaks.

  • I had awful food there late night, haven’t been back.

  • Absolute crap for food, but the bar is okay. If you want a steak, pretty much any of the places recommended by the previous commenters is a million times better. And definitely Central for French onion soup.

  • La Fourchette in Adams Morgan severs a very decent, traditional onion soup. It and a cup of coffee is all one needs for lunch on a rainy day.

  • Overall it’s pretty mediocre. Many of the bartenders have attitude problems.

  • Only had their flatbread pizza and beers with a friend. While it’s a cool building, there’s a sterile feeling to this place. Go to Central for your onion soup, like other smart posters are saying! That stuff kept me happy all winter!

  • Pretty good house brews (although I’d suggest staying away from the bourbon stout, yeech). I’ve had pretty good experiences with the food there, although it’s nothing spectacular. Sort of a “we can’t decide on anyhwere else so we’ll play it safe and eat here because we’re lazy” sort of restaurants.

    Never seen a big tourist contigent in there, I always figured they are down the street rockin’ it at the Spy Museum Cafe.

  • Admittedly, no one would accuse me of having a sophisticated palate, but I like this place. When I crave a basic steak/baked potato/beer meal now and then, this is where I’m likely to go. And I’ve never had a problem with the service. The saved architectural details from the building’s bank days are cool and attractive. Nice bonus: you can get a good buzz going just from the free beer sampler tray.

  • Bistro La Bonne for onion soup. Go with a friend and split an order of frites with mayonnaise too.

  • I’m not an expert on French onion soup but I do like the French onion soup at Bistrot du Coin, also mentioned by Sara above.

  • This place is my DC steak house. The calmari is the ra shit and they brew their own beer.

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