The Darlington House Restaurant


Located one block North of DuPont Circle (20th Street is one way going South) on the corner of 20th Street, Connecticut Ave and Hillier Street NW.  One of the best neighborhood restaurants for a business lunch in DuPont Circle is the Darlington House. “Eat Strong, Live Long,” is the restaurant’s motto.  Serving a variety of hand made pasta dishes, antipastos, sandwiches and delightful desserts, this locally owned establishment is beautifully decorated.  The dining room is warm and welcoming and the staff paying attention to detail anticipates your need for the optimum lunch time dining experience. 

Darlington House is the creation of the owners of the nearby Sesto Senso and Cleveland Park Bar & Grill. The new restaurant replaces the popular Childe Harold and takes its name from philanthropist Joseph Darlington, who built the former residence in 1890.

Three floors of public space translate into a trio of eating possibilities. In the Cantina, a few steps down from the sidewalk, updated pub grub and a tavern feel are the draws. Think low ceilings, brick walls, dim lighting and televisions set to CNN and ESPN. A flight of stairs away is the airy and intimate Dining Room and Circle Bar, its cream-colored walls decorated with the attractive work of local photographer Thorne Sirback. The third draw, the second-floor Library, is expected to open soon and now serves as a private party room. Cooking for everyone: Alexander Schulte, 23, who last worked as a line cook at the excellent Modern in New York, and his girlfriend and former classmate at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, pastry chef Monika Padua, 22.

This Washington DC hotel happily and readily recommend this establishment to our guest as one of our top 10 locations for a wonderful DC dining experience.  Cin cin!

Chef Lisa, Innkeeper
American Guest House, A Washington, DC Bed and Breakfast


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