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Duke's Counter

3000 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite J, Washington DC, DC 20008-2509
+1 202-733-4808
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good27%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (10 reviews)
“tuna melt” (4 reviews)
“burger” (32 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. Hours
British, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3000 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite J, Washington DC, DC 20008-2509
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1 - 10 of 81 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nope. Never again. These positive Yelp reviews swayed me to try this joint. We arrived 10:10 (they open 10:00) for Sunday Brunch, so hardly anyone in. Yet service was just horrible. Took forever for server to stop by. This ISN'T Brunch. If you don't have...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Kevin K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

stopped in for lunch after visiting the National Zoo - it is right across the street. fantastic sandwiches and fries. not too many tables inside, but there are some outside if a nice day.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank PonchoVino
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I stopped by here one day after going to 7-11 to buy a lotto ticket. I decided to try the proper burger based on the bartender's suggestion. I took it to go and when I ate it at home, I was SO Impressed. It might...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Sequan M
Reviewed October 30, 2018

Duke's was really delicious. We went with a group of 8, and the waitress made it very clear that the only thing you should order for brunch is the burger... we all felt a bit pressured into it and figured they tell everyone that to...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank LindyLa02
Reviewed October 8, 2018

We enjoyed our burgers which come well embellished and could have sat outside on the sidewalk section in the sun but chose an indoor table. They also offer beer and wine. The restroom was very tidy and staff attentive.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank LisandroVoyager
DanielK10375, Manager at Duke's Counter, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2018

Good Afternoon! We are happy that you enjoyed the food and the various seating options (outside on the patio, inside at the bar; or inside at tables). Have a great day. Cheers, Team Duke's

Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

I came to Duke's Counter because I was at the Smithsonian National Zoo and it is conveniently across the street. You can choose to sit at the bar or be seated at a table. I chose the latter and the hostess who seated me took...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank florences375
DanielK10375, Manager at Duke's Counter, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2018

Hi Florence - Thanks very much for your feedback. We appreciate the positive words and will be sure to share with our team. Have a great day! Cheers, Team Duke's

Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

While I dig the Brit vibe, like look and love the beers, the food is just ok. The Proper Burger is pretty good, but most of the other dishes I’ve found to be average. The service is fine and the location next to the zoo...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank johnnO5740SS
Reviewed August 5, 2018

Small restaurant with limited menu but the food is good. The pastrami sandwich in particular, was awesome. There is absolutely no fat on the meat which I have never encountered for pastrami.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank jeff f
Reviewed July 20, 2018

Experience: (overall average, if sub par) We choose dukes (4 of us) for lunch before going to the zoo across the street (Zoo is free and almost directly across.) We were sat quickly and greeted after about five minutes with water (which was gross tap...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank strongarm18
DanielK10375, Manager at Duke's Counter, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2018

Hi Taylor, Thanks for the feedback. Like many restaurants, we do not accept substitutions. It has nothing to do with any of the reasons you mention, but rather that we have high volume in a rather small kitchen, so it is a question of logistics...More

Reviewed July 20, 2018 via mobile

I think I just ate the best burger that has ever passed my lips! The proper burger (have it med-rare) was a delight of tastes! Dukes is directly across from the National Zoo and is well worth walking across the street for lunch.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank tomwA7652PT
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3000 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite J, Washington DC, DC 20008-2509
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-733-4808
  • E-mail
Family friendly gastropub with a full bar and large patio, located directly across the street from the National Zoo. Enjoy the award-winning Proper Burger, hefty sandwiches, salads and tasty specials along with a Kids Menu and weekend Brunch. Happy Hour from 12:00-7:00pm during the week. Rotating selection of local craft and import beers on draught. Reservations accepted for groups of 6 or more. Cheers!
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