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The Howard Theatre

Concert Hall, General Entertainment, and Non-Profit
U-Street, Washington
  • Kimberlyn F.
    "The singing by Harlem Gospel Choir was amazing!!!!!"(3 Tips)
    Henry H.
    "Valet Parking available on some events..."(3 Tips)
    The DC Jazz Festival M.
    "DC Jazz Festival Special performances"(5 Tips)
    Reyhan R.
    "your view"(2 Tips)
104 Tips and reviews
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  • gospel choir
  • valet parking
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  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicNovember 14, 2016
    Solid beer selection
  • Jamar O.
    Jamar OliverJuly 7, 2016
    Concerts are great
  • Javien D.
    Javien DawsonApril 8, 2016
    Authentic. Getting to watch performances while you eat and drink is a very unique experience and highly valued. The Sweet Spot Burlesque:Make It Rain Edition was fantastic
  • Rick S.
    Rick ServossJanuary 18, 2016
    Get their artichoke and crab dip. Don't expect fast service. It took 30 minutes for drinks to arrive. Their large bites are huge, good for 2
  • Nikisha C.
    Nikisha CarpenterJanuary 2, 2016
    Worse service ever!!! Get there early and order food and drinks from the bar. Don't wait for servers!!!
  • Mike H.
    Mike HopkinsNovember 3, 2015
    Really cool venue - great for music
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MagnoliaNovember 2, 2015
    Magnificent space, expectedly priced drinks.
  • Al C.
    Al CarrollSeptember 7, 2015
    Great acts, but eat before you get there. Incredibly overpriced food, $18 burgers, super slow service. 30 minutes fo order, 30 more for simplest order. REQUIRED tip & mysterious fees raise prices 50%.
  • C G.
    C GMay 22, 2015
    Music! 3rd Annual HAPPY Birthday Notorious B-I-G!
  • C G.
    C GMay 22, 2015
    Music! Happy Birthday BIG!
  • Brian H.
    Brian HoytFebruary 23, 2015
    The hottest spot for all the best shows from Jazz, blues, to hip hop.. Howard University secret hot spot..all the big names come here when in DC
  • Nana O.
    Nana Osafo-MensahDecember 12, 2014
    Mexican BBQ Chicken
  • Priscilla K.
    Priscilla KennedyNovember 16, 2014
    Kindred the family soul was amazing
  • Camille P.
    Camille PierreNovember 1, 2014
  • Glenda S.
    Glenda SandersSeptember 9, 2014
    Here @ howard Theater havin a wonderful time ...
  • Glenda S.
    Glenda SandersSeptember 9, 2014
    Here @ the tribute to sarah vaughn & comedian kevin Anthony & Indigo love. Njoying this is so cool here tonight myself & some good friends came out. ...
  • Batu
    BatuJuly 20, 2014
    Bot, 1/2 of crookers, 2x the turnt up
  • Loreal M.
    Loreal MonroeJuly 19, 2014
    Never again seating show was to start at 8p one hour and 15 min later still no Lyfe Jennings...😠
  • Clarence M.
    Clarence MillerJuly 18, 2014
    Awesome! Always
  • Deshaye T.
    Deshaye TillmanJune 2, 2014
    Great place to hang out
  • Dane R.
    Dane RayMay 29, 2014
    Not the Service. . . And not the drinks... just the artists. Otherwise it's and over hyped venue that underwhelm you
  • KaMaria B.
    KaMaria BainMay 19, 2014
    Love this place! Had so much fun seeing Black Alley and Melanie Fiona! The valet parking sucks, though. Other than that, great place! I'll surely some back, just won't park here. Take the Metro!
  • mydarling
    mydarlingMay 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Shut Up & Dance! #freedompartynyc #lilsoso #lsponthego
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    This place is rockin'
  • Lemuel T.
    Lemuel TaylorFebruary 28, 2014
    Dranks is expensive. $20 Valet to park my own car?
  • Renee B.
    Renee BaxterFebruary 17, 2014
    Really slow wait service. The place is packed for Tamia.
  • Iyanu O.
    Iyanu OlagundoyeFebruary 2, 2014
    Taurus Rileys concert not bad
  • tolu
    toluJanuary 21, 2014
    Took an hour for them to bring me a rum and coke. Also, $6.50 is not 15% of 23 dollars.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchJanuary 12, 2014
    Bitches Who Brunch voted Howard Theatre's Gospel Choir Brunch as the worst buffet in 2012!
  • V. T.
    V. TerraunceJanuary 4, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here 2 hours early to get a good seat
  • Janelle f.
    Janelle fegginsDecember 23, 2013
    Cant wait til Slick Rick and Rakim show in February!!!
  • parker j.
    parker jaydenDecember 19, 2013
    New Year's Eve 2014 Party at The Howard Theatre - Washington, DC early @ Tuesday December 31, 2013.Grab Your Tickets @
  • Nicia
    NiciaNovember 30, 2013
    There is apparently no system for the wait staff. Watched the runner walk past me, into the kitchen, and 4 different tables before bringing MY food to me. Also, took 30 mins to get water.
  • Naima
    NaimaNovember 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    All live performances are awesome.. great sometimes a hit or miss though :(
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FrielNovember 17, 2013
    3 rum and cokes and a red stripe somehow cost $56 !?
  • ' Dominique &.
    ' Dominique ' MoxeyOctober 27, 2013
    It's Howard Homecoming join us at LUX LOUNGE for Black Hollywood hosted by Taraji P. Henson! Tell friends to text LOUD to 41411 to RSVP for free passes now!
  • Sacha T.
    Sacha ThompsonOctober 13, 2013
    Been here over an hour and still no food! Had to ask for our server twice who kept saying they were busy. Really?? Every other table has been served. Some even twice...Not a good look! Step it up!
  • B M.
    B MangalSeptember 2, 2013
    Salt and pepper!
  • Kischia L.
    Kischia LewisAugust 31, 2013
    They won't seat you until the whole party is here! BAMAS!
  • Yatta V.
    Yatta VincentJuly 15, 2013
    PJ Morton was awesome!
  • MA F.
    MA FarinaJuly 11, 2013
    PROTIP: Rides to and from the Howard are free from Sidecar all summer long
  • Korey K.
    Korey KJuly 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring cash and go to the cash bar only
  • Kimberlyn F.
    Kimberlyn FaulknerJuly 8, 2013
    The Gospel Brunch was wonderful!!! The food was very tasty, especially the catfish fingers and apple cobbler. The singing by Harlem Gospel Choir was amazing!!!!! I will def be back.
  • Markquet (Kett) L.
    Get there when doors open to get great seat!
  • Just B.
    Just BootsieJune 7, 2013
    Chipotle salmon is the best!!!
  • Liasia M.
    Liasia MayoJune 6, 2013
    Eat before u come!
  • Kyle G.
    Kyle GustafsonJune 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't call the box office to find out the set times. They won't tell you.
  • Tah D.
    Tah DidheMay 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best live performance venues in the city. Been to many sick shows here
  • Justice - N.
    Justice - NY Giants WE ARE THE EASTMay 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    R.I.P. Biggie Smalls
  • John P.
    John PascazioMay 19, 2013
    The place is awesome!! Food is not worth the price and so are the drinks.
  • Maxine C.
    Maxine CrosbyApril 24, 2013
    Being a's freezing!! Get a seat up front and enjoy the show!
  • Steel
    SteelApril 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Gotta be on the top level
  • Amber C.
    Amber CApril 13, 2013
    Its best to come with a group of 4-6 people. If u want to get a booth..
  • m. h.
    m. hameedApril 13, 2013
    Lifestyling, Koolin
  • ' Dominique &.
    ' Dominique ' MoxeyApril 9, 2013
    Great shows...all the time! Glad their back
  • Joy H.
    Joy HApril 6, 2013
    Beautiful venue with great shows. Do NOT eat here. Wildly overpriced mediocre food with slow service.
  • Maya C.
    Maya ClarkMarch 25, 2013
    Great brunch and the gospel choir was awesome!!
  • BET
    BETFebruary 21, 2013
    The 1st concert hall in the country that catered exclusively to Black artists & audiences. See great examples of African-Americans' contributions to us all:
  • Diana C.
    Diana CoursonFebruary 12, 2013
    Not the greatest service. Order all your drinks and food for the night as soon as you sit down.
  • Pari$
    Pari$February 1, 2013
    Saw Musiq Soulchild. Was AWESOME! Great crowd & I love the new improvements. Two thumbs up!
  • LaDonna R.
    LaDonna R.January 22, 2013
    Please get to the theater 3.5 hours before show - seating policy is a hot mess. You can't be seated until entire party is present.
  • Helene S.
    Helene SimsJanuary 15, 2013
    Nice space but standing room only for sold out shows.
  • Jenny T.
    Jenny TownsJanuary 15, 2013
    Don't spill wine.
  • Greg M.
    Greg McLucasJanuary 11, 2013
    Get there early for front row seats. They do have a $10 minimum but the food more than covers that!
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJanuary 4, 2013
    D.C.’s historic music hall on Black Broadway has reopened as a super-club, booking major R&B, jazz, and pop acts. Bonus: chef Marcus Samuelsson oversees the restaurant.
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey ADecember 22, 2012
    GREAT venue! Service was good. Kitchen took two hours to get my dessert out, but server had it comped.
  • NikkaG
    NikkaGDecember 22, 2012
    As I sit here with my stomach growling b/c I sent back my order that was incorrect but never got a replacement, I vow to never eat here again. The service is terrible. Not even the manger's friendly.
  • Kadija B.
    Kadija BanguraNovember 20, 2012
    Not happy. My wine was served in a plastic cup!!
  • Johnika D.
    Johnika DOctober 27, 2012
    Save a few dollars by visiting the theater box office if you can. Ticketmaster's extra fees add up.
  • Basic B.
    Basic BlackOctober 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great venue for music, not for food. Save your money and stick with drinks and appetizers. Entrees are overpriced and not worth the hype that the website portrays.
  • Shiqueeta L.
    Shiqueeta LeeOctober 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    First Drag Show since the 1960's is Now at The Howard Theatre "A Drag Salute To The Divas" next Show October 10, 2012 Read more
  • Megan S.
    Megan SSeptember 27, 2012
    Pay the $15 for the Self Parking lot A. It's easy to get in and out and is super well lit! It's small, so get parking tickets early.
  • Dayana B.
    Dayana BSeptember 27, 2012
    Really nice venue. Food is pricy and plates are small. Coming early gets you a good seat toward the front but the seats are uncomfortable after time. Tables seat 8 but should be for 6.
  • Melody
    MelodySeptember 24, 2012
    If you want to sit be prepared to pay.
  • John R.
    John RobertsSeptember 6, 2012
    Italy Pizza is a great place to grab a slice before the show and just acros the alley
  • Vera H.
    Vera HolmanAugust 31, 2012
    Get there early or u will be standing ...
  • CM D.
    CM DeaverAugust 25, 2012
    The food is expensive but the shows are usually good. Great for mature adults.
  • The Raw Story
    The Raw StoryAugust 2, 2012
    Managing ed. Kay Steiger says: This theater launched the careers of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye & The Supremes, but was damaged in the 1968 race riots. It re-opened on April 19, 2012.
  • ReShon A.
    ReShon AndersonJuly 14, 2012
    If you are vegan/vegetarian, forget about eating here! The one veg dish they have (coconut lentils) is *awful*! Avoid at all costs!
  • Nichole P.
    Nichole PhilpotJuly 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get here on time. Shows start promptly.
  • Kimberly H.
    Kimberly HudsonJuly 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Cneck to service if seating is sro. If so be here when doors open or eat first. Otherwise be prepared to eat standing. Not cool.
  • Víctor S.
    Víctor SanchoJune 24, 2012
    Food & drinks are overpriced, but it's a very nice performing art venue: the new look is awesome!
  • Phillip S.
    Phillip SalfityJune 10, 2012
    One of the nicest venues I've been to.
  • The DC Jazz Festival M.
    DC Jazz Festival Special performances: Jazz at the Howard celebrates the tradition of jazz in D.C. Grammy winning vocalist Dianne Reeves, Italian guitarist Pino Daniele & Steve Kimock Band
  • Kimberly H.
    Kimberly HudsonMay 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Skip the valet parking for packed shows! Ive seen people wait in line 45 minutes. Hopefully this will change with time. Great management!
  • Erica M.
    Erica MalangaMay 24, 2012
    Great food, but pricey for the average college student. Either eat before or have at least 30/40 bucks set aside for food.
  • Reyhan R.
    Reyhan ReidMay 20, 2012
    Great venue!! One thing though: Don't sit on the floor level towards the front. A crowd collects there once the show starts and then your view will be blocked.
  • Amen R.
    Amen RaMay 15, 2012
    Going to see Joe. May 27, 2012
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMay 14, 2012
    Get the fried chicken--it’s an instant star. The quarter-bird’s craggly skin crisply breaks to reveal tender meat, over buttermilk-laced mashed potatoes and sautéed collard greens: Read more
  • Henry H.
    Henry HernándezMay 13, 2012
    Valet Parking available on some events...
  • Danielle R.
    Danielle RicksMay 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're going to the first show, get there when the doors open and be prepared to wait a while. While you wait, order dinner and a cocktail and relax a bit. Read more
  • Alexsis K.
    Alexsis KaraApril 27, 2012
    Love the new look! Upstairs bar has great view
  • Andrea R.
    Andrea RApril 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I am completely baffled by the lack of air conditioning two days in a row. This is DC, people... It's hot and humid here!
  • Gerard F.
    Gerard FoxApril 17, 2012
    Eat before you go. Service is stupid dumb slow.
  • Reba C.
    Reba CorrineApril 16, 2012
    The Roots performing LIVE @ the Howard Theatre
  • Korey K.
    Korey KApril 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    No standing room hope you can get a table
  • Peter W.
    Peter WilhelmApril 14, 2012
    General admission for every show, so go early to get a good table (great bars to help pass the time)
  • Paula M.
    Paula Murray-GordonMarch 6, 2012
    I got me ticket for the April 21st show!
  • DC Preservation League
    City's first legitimate theater for African-American audiences and entertainers, showcasing musical, theatrical and comical talent. Built in 1910, built by architect Edward Storck.
  • Tom M.
    Tom MappNovember 20, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    11/20: amazing progress so far; completely gutted, down to soil; working on improving foundations; there's going to be a lot of cement so they have their own covered cement bldg out back;
  • Tom M.
    Tom MappNovember 4, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    11/4: interior completely gutted except for a few interior posts; flooring now dirt with a few rats romping through the interior last night.
  • Tom M.
    Tom MappSeptember 28, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Front door is off can see straight through to an amazing column. More to come
  • Tom M.
    Tom MappSeptember 14, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Check out this sped up Howard Theater renovation video from last year; too bad the restoration work didn't keep going:
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