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Art and Soul

Art and Soul

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
  • Sarah
    "You must must must must try the shrimp and grits app."(4 Tips)
    Food & Wine
    "support Chef Art Smith’s charity Common Threads through FOOD"(4 Tips)
    Ellen S.
    "The fried chicken is crispy and perfectly cooked."(13 Tips)
    La Bella E.
    "Love the Chicken and Waffle Brunch"(3 Tips)
99 Tips and reviews
  • Southern food
  • shrimp and grits
  • art smith s
  • fried chicken
  • happy hour
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  • Bill A.
    Bill AdamsNovember 30, 2016
    Contrary to what their menu states, they DO NOT have a wedge salad here.
  • John C.
    John CSeptember 20, 2016
    Had business dinner there and selected the fried chicken which is the restaurant's specialty. Sadly I would prefer KFC, place is overrated for food quality.
  • Simon G.
    Simon GianoutsosSeptember 13, 2016
    Based on this evening, the service was poor (super slow. A 10 min wait for a table was closer to an hour and after 15 mins the check hadn't arrived after requesting it) but food was really good.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchMarch 23, 2016
    Cocktails for $6, wine for $7, and draft beer for $6. They offer seven different types of wine to choose from during HH. The robust food menu which includes calamari and fried green pickled tomatoes. Read more
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicMarch 9, 2016
    Chicken biscuit is often off menu, but they'll pretty much always make one for you.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicMarch 8, 2016
    Excellent fried chicken and mac and cheese
  • Amber D.
    Amber De WildeJanuary 14, 2016
    a bit expensive for what they give you
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsJanuary 8, 2016
    Check out Art and Soul as it was featured on Guilty Pleasures for Fried chicken for 2 Read more
    Downvoted 1 week ago
  • 💫Coco
    💫CocoNovember 16, 2015
    Great happy hour atmosphere. The fried pickles were so so.
  • Chase O.
    Chase OrtizOctober 12, 2015
    What an absolute disappointment. They can't even get breakfast right. Plenty of amazing restaurants in DC, skip this joke.
  • Eva B.
    Eva BarbaOctober 3, 2015
    Surprised with their locally grown and produced menu items. Enjoyed the beer, burgers and service. Definitely a must stop in the capital.
  • John B.
    John BakerMay 30, 2015
    Overpriced and not worth it
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen S. P.March 26, 2015
    The fried chicken is crispy and perfectly cooked. Save room for dessert: the tarts and pies are warm and yummy.
  • Ann A.
    Ann AdairMarch 25, 2015
    Excellent food and funky hip atmosphere.
  • Carina C.
    Carina CarrascoFebruary 3, 2015
    Bartender is the best
  • Sherene J.
    Sherene JosephJanuary 30, 2015
    Great drinks, even better happy hour specials! Just make sure you know it's in a hotel.
  • Manasi K.
    Manasi KNovember 15, 2014
    Shrimp and grits and the lamb shank were a bomb !!!
  • Joseph (Butch) W.
    Joseph (Butch) WahlsmithNovember 8, 2014
    Fried chicken for two.
  • Manda D.
    Manda DoorleyOctober 7, 2014
    Great atmosphere and incredible food. The fried chicken was a group hit!!!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillSeptember 28, 2014
    Pretty good service and the food is not bad.
  • Trish T.
    Trish TheDishAugust 24, 2014
    Expensive and the mixed drinks are not good.... At all. Rooftop bar by pool is pretty cool. Tips are included in the prices up there, beware!
  • Bernadette C.
    Bernadette CarterAugust 17, 2014
    Yummy Food & good service
  • Rob H.
    Rob HavasyAugust 9, 2014
    Great take on southern classics. Shrimp and grits was excellent early lunch.
  • Redshoekangaroo
    RedshoekangarooJune 19, 2014
    Great Salmon
  • Redshoekangaroo
    RedshoekangarooJune 19, 2014
    Refreshing drinks - Try the ginger or lemon
  • Redshoekangaroo
    RedshoekangarooJune 19, 2014
    Amazing pea and mint salad
  • Chris B.
    Chris BlakeJune 11, 2014
    Well, except for the $15 shot of rye...
  • Cait W.
    Cait WebsterMay 16, 2014
    Food was great, but the service was way slow and the bathrooms were inconvenient.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HinmanApril 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're looking for a healthy breakfast, order from the Art Start Breakfast Menu - market omelet + toasted granola w/ yogurt are both delicious.
  • Tim N.
    Tim NagleJanuary 24, 2014
    Has a firepit
  • Brea E.
    Brea EllisJanuary 23, 2014
    Great for business meetings with vegetarians...they offer a vegetable quiche of the day!
  • Colleen N.
    Colleen NJanuary 14, 2014
    From Washingtonian: lemon yogurt pancakes, cheddar and maple bacon bfast sandwich, fruit parfait.
  • Nouf M.
    Nouf MallouhJanuary 12, 2014
    Their brunch is awesome 👌
  • Andi R.
    Andi RadiceDecember 27, 2013
    Excellent soul food gastropub. Try the shrimp & grits and fried chicken.
  • Jessica J.
    Jessica JosephNovember 16, 2013
    Caution: the background music may make you want to sing along! :) love it!
  • Jessica J.
    Jessica JosephNovember 16, 2013
    The Caesar is a true Caesar; the Mac and Cheese is perfect and the wine menu is impressive. I said ImPressivE!
  • Emily V.
    Emily VerillaOctober 4, 2013
    Food was delicious (and I love that they have a separate dog menu! ), super cute decor, and a lovely waitress... unfortunately the restaurant management is AWFUL... extremely disorganized!
  • Erin V.
    Erin VSeptember 27, 2013
    Get the fried chicken buscuit!
  • Kalikina V.
    Kalikina VSeptember 2, 2013
    Kenya is one of the best waitresses I've ever had while dining. Thank you!
  • Lauren A.
    Lauren AAugust 19, 2013
    The all-you-can eat brunch is worth the splurge. I have never seen a cheese display so glorious.
  • Michele
    MicheleAugust 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The cornbread is perfection. So was the blueberry pisco sour and my country ham and cherry tomato salad.
  • Tamiko T.
    Tamiko TatumJuly 20, 2013
    Make sure that "Carl" is your waiter. He's GREAT!!!
  • Caitlin S.
    Caitlin SchiavoniJuly 1, 2013
    FRIED CHICKEN BISCUIT. What else do I need to say?
  • Claire B.
    Claire BearJune 15, 2013
    The dog hanger steak for $5 is a great deal!
  • Eryka
    ErykaMay 13, 2013
    That's an amazing restaurant with a magnific staff service. I was impressed for how attentive they are for everything , mostly the small details. Free parking!!! Plus the food is awesome.
  • Prveen
    PrveenMay 9, 2013
    Vegetarians: get the savory crêpe
  • Eric H.
    Eric HinmanApril 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Start with the wedge salad - it's large, but don't share it; too delicious to part ways with half.
  • LaLa B.
    LaLa BApril 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you haven't checked out the new space & menu. You are missing out on so much! Tonight was a prefect welcome back to the DC food scene! Start to finish not one issue other than I am stuffed! AMAZING
  • Michelle F.
    Michelle FordApril 13, 2013
    Overpriced and the food is edible. Not impressed. I has high hopes.
  • Angel S.
    The lemon pancakes are amazing! The service was outstanding, also.
  • Valerie
    ValerieApril 5, 2013
    Eat at bar for happy hour prices
  • Josie C.
    Josie CaldwellMarch 26, 2013
    Great food!! Love the atmosphere!!!
  • Alap S.
    Alap ShahMarch 18, 2013
    Best dessert ever! :) 
  • Alap S.
    Alap ShahMarch 18, 2013
    Nothing vegetarian on the menu but they made an exception to make something :)
  • Stuart A.
    Stuart AdlerJanuary 22, 2013
    Heavy Southern food - no healthy/ light options so be prepared...
  • Loki S.
    Loki SorensenJanuary 11, 2013
    I'd fly into National just for a side trip here for the yeast rolls.
  • Aleah A.
    Aleah AliaOctober 7, 2012
    The fried chicken is delicious!!
  • Kimberly A.
    Kimberly AndrewsSeptember 5, 2012
    Slow service.
  • Affinia Hotel Collection
    Do yourself a favor and try Art Smith’s decadent modern take on fried chicken. It’s just like mom used to make (if mom was on Top Chef and served as Oprah’s personal chef).
  • The Liaison Capitol Hill, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
    Do yourself a favor and try Art Smith’s decadent modern take on fried chicken. It’s just like mom used to make (if mom was on Top Chef and served as Oprah’s personal chef).
  • Dirk D.
    Dirk Diggler ♋August 1, 2012
    Get the Corned Beef! It's hardy and good..
  • Samuel A.
    Samuel AdamsJuly 2, 2012
    An amazing experience!! Had the rabbit.. Best meal of my life!!
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 31, 2012
    On Wednesdays after 5 p.m., starting May 30, the patio at Art & Soul will play host to a weekly Louisiana-style crab boil. You can get three crabs for $21, six for $40 and 12 for $72. Read more
  • Michael F.
    Michael FordMay 8, 2012
    Neat bar area great for conversation.
  • Latosha M.
    Latosha MayApril 21, 2012
    Afternoon Mimosas...ohh la la...
  • Hannah C.
    Hannah ChanpongApril 20, 2012
    Burger on the bar menu is divine.
  • Adriana V.
    Adriana VecchioApril 16, 2012
    Terrible for al low key happy hour. Skip it for better, less pretentious restaurants
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MontgomeryApril 15, 2012
    The Shrimp & grits was good & the Scones were delicious
  • La Bella E.
    La Bella EsqMarch 24, 2012
    Love the Chicken and Waffle Brunch
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineJanuary 11, 2012
    Help support Chef Art Smith’s charity Common Threads through FOOD & WINE’s “Chefs Make Change” program! Click to donate
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresJanuary 10, 2012
    No questions about it, must get the fried chicken. The breading has the perfect crunchiness to it and the chicken is very moist and juicy.
  • Anny F.
    Anny FranklinSeptember 25, 2011
    The dirty rice is amazing!
  • Josie C.
    Josie CaldwellAugust 18, 2011
    Great service!! Love this place!
  • Alan R.
    Alan RustAugust 8, 2011
    The whole wheat waffle for breakfast is a great combination of flavors'
  • Deborah R.
    Deborah RussellJune 17, 2011
    There's a new chef! Try the broccoli and cheddar soup. It's outstanding!!!
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    Be sure to order the red velvet cake for dessert, which is gooey delicious. Read more
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerApril 25, 2011
    Brunch is apparently not served on Saturdays, so come here on Sunday if that's what you're looking for.
  • Lise L.
    Lise LuavullApril 11, 2011
    Delicious brunch for very reasonable prices. Generous portions for the salads. Hoecakes give a burst of flavor without being too heavy. EAT HERE.
  • Christopher T.
    Christopher TaiApril 2, 2011
    Art Smith is the chef behind this restaurant's fine dining. He elevates southern style food to a completely whole new level because he makes white meat taste just as awesome as dark meat!
  • Mark C.
    Mark CarrollFebruary 21, 2011
    Check out the beers on tap - impressive boutique bar
  • Terri Traveler
    Terri TravelerJanuary 30, 2011
    The fried green tomatoes, lamb shank, and mac n cheese are all amazing!
  • Wayne H.
    Wayne HinsonJanuary 22, 2011
    The pork chop was amazing with tasty vidalia rissoto.
  • Tim R.
    Tim ReberNovember 8, 2010
    Pork ribs are outstanding, skip the duck wings
  • ubet o.
    ubet okeNovember 5, 2010
  • Maggie A.
    Maggie A.November 2, 2010
    Drink the Lincoln's Garden (Hendrick's gin, basil, chili oil). Eat the fried green tomato ahi tuna and whatever your waiter/waitress recommends. They know their stuff.
  • Cenell H.
    Cenell HarrellOctober 24, 2010
    Chicken and waffles
  • Cary T.
    Cary ToberOctober 11, 2010
    Have Lee serve you a scotch. They have plenty to choose from!
  • Mel N.
    Mel N.September 27, 2010
    Get the fried rockfish .. you won't be disappointed.
  • Sterling A.
    Sterling AshbyAugust 31, 2010
    I enjoyed the ahi tuna appetizer and the pork chops
  • Sarah
    SarahAugust 24, 2010
    You must must must must try the shrimp and grits app. Delicious!
  • J D.
    J DubyAugust 18, 2010
    Same fried chicken as Oprah used to eat, it's easy to see how she got so fat. It's decadent, but so heavy it will make you feel sick afterward.
  • Bethany R.
    Bethany RochmannJuly 13, 2010
    I tried the crispy trout for lunch; lightly fried trout topped with an arugula salad. Mmmm so good!
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen SchweigerJuly 7, 2010
    Try the oyster ho cakes. Or any ho cakes. Simply the best!
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 27, 2010
    This Capitol-side eatery's got crushed-ice "Sno Cone" summer 'tails like the the cachaca/pineapple/spearmint/smoked black salt "Rehoboth" (beaches love it!). Read more
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MallardJune 11, 2010
    chicken & waffles for brunch. yummy ...great bar menu as well
  • Rich P.
    Rich PowellJune 8, 2010
    Get the shrimp and grits appetizer
  • Jay P.
    Jay PobladorApril 4, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The patio is open. Sit by the fire pit, enjoy great cocktails and magnificent views of The Capitol
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SurprenantNovember 8, 2009
    Get the Picnic Basket Ho Cake!
  • Philippe S.
    Philippe SteinierAugust 6, 2013
    Ambiance très bruyante le soir mais en boisson ont un très bon "Berry" légèrement pétillant
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