Judging New Restaurants – Carving Room Kitchen and Bar

300 Massachusetts Ave, NW at 4th St./H St./Mass Ave. NW

Carving Room opened up in Mt. Vernon Square back in February. They’re website says:

“A neighborhood kitchen specializing in house cured and hand carved meats, homemade sides and pickled vegetables. Full bar features 10 draft beers and signature libations.”

You can see their menu here. (Drink menu here and brunch menu here.)

How’s the pastrami? Any must order sandwiches?

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  • The brunch is really an undiscovered gem. The shakshuka(poached eggs and spiced tomatoes and peppers and goodness) is delicious. A few weekends ago they had this chorizo & egg special on a this fried tortilla that was so good my friend and I ordered seconds. Pretty good beer selection, too.

  • We have been there a few times and it is decent, nothing special. If it were not that we lived right there, I doubt we would make a trip to go there. I will say that they have a good beer selection and there are a lot of people there at HH, so maybe we should try their HH and brunch. IMO, unless you want something “slower” and a beer to go with it, WiseGuys is a better choice.

  • I stopped in during Grand Jury Duty back in Feb/Mar. I had one sammy I liked a lot but cant remember. The beer selection was decent. Everyone was nice and the decor was cool for posting up at the bar during lunch. I think the kitchen air vent goes right out to the sidewalk ans it smells delicious when you walk by

  • Mediocre at best…but they have a nice bar. We’ve been a number of times for lunch and dinner and always leave relatively unimpressed. The pizza place next door has much better food.

  • Stopped by the other day during Jury Duty and wasn’t impressed. For $15 (including tax/tip) I got a sandwich and side. The cole slaw side was underwhelming. The pastrami sandwich was decent but they could use better bread. For $15, I wouldn’t go back.

  • the food is very good, but i always have remorse at the end because its not good enough to justify the ridiculous pricing.

  • I work right next door and go often. The prices are high, but they’re offering quality food. I think the slaws/sides (try the carrot salad) are awesome and each sandwich I’ve had has been big. Do I wish they were $9 instead of $12-15? Yes. I am willing and able to pay extra for quality? Yes.

    The happy hour is excellent and the staff are super-friendly. The owners are always there and have their sleeves rolled up, cooking and serving.

  • I got their “signature” sandwich. It was overly salty. Ill go there for a beer before caps games…. but not again for food.

  • I live in the neighborhood, and this place has been a really nice addition. Everything I’ve had has been excellent. The staff has always been friendly, and the beer list is very solid. I agree with some of the commenters that everything is overpriced by a couple of bucks, but it’s nothing outrageous.

  • I LOVE this place! It’s a great neighborhood bar where the owners & bartenders take the time to learn your name. Their potato salad is pretty solid and they cure all their meats in house. Definitely one of my go to places when I’ve had a bad day and I need some comfort food and good beer.

  • The pickles there are worth it alone, delish! Matzoh ball soup is decent. I’d go back again.

  • Sandwiches are pretty solid, but the sides (especially the various dipping salads) are quite good. Very nice beer selection, and a nice happy hour spot in an area that until recently had none except the Irish Channel.

  • Love carving room and go there often!! The prices are a little high but not so high we wont eat there. I wish they would add a few more dinner options. They have a burger and my husband actually suggested the other day that they had some sort of roast dish (i.e. pot roast).

  • oops I meant *add* some sort of roast dish.

  • The prices are a bit higher than Corner Bakery and Panera, but the quality of food is much, much better! The three cheese melt with turkey is amazing, as is the ‘Rachel’. The potato salad is my favorite side, although the fries are above average as well. The cigar app that they offer are quite plentiful and can be ordered as a meal, as well. Watch out for their special reuben cigars—sooo good. Fun cocktail list & many nice beers on tap, as well.

    Much better quality food than received at talked about places in the city….and more reasonable than a certain restaurant/bar half a block down Mass Ave.

  • It’s a bit pricey but their sandwiches along with the pickled vegetables are delish! I don’t go often but have never been disappointed the few times I’ve been. Nice touch with the hand carving btw.

  • If you have something nice to say tell your friends. If not, tell the owners … they are new and trying hard to please you!

  • Oh man, I love Shakshuka. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it served anywhere I’ve been to in this country. Will definitely have to see how it compares to mine!

  • The food here is really amazing- their meats have so much flavor, it’s a lot better than a regular sandwich. Their sides and sauces are all home made from scratch (my favorite is the carrot salad) and everyone is always friendly. Their beer selection is great and changes often. Love their patio too- lots of space and even shade under the umbrellas. If you haven’t been- definitely stop by.

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