Open City

(202) 332-2331 | View Website

2331 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC | Directions   20008

38.923685 -77.052325

Open Hours

Sun-Thu 6am-12am

Fri-Sat 6am-1am

Restaurants, Coffeehouses, Diners  more

Cuisine: Traditional American

Tags: Bar Scene, Breakfast, Brunch, Happy Hour, Late Night Dining, Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Casual Date Spot

Payment Methods: American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Dress Code: Casual

Neighborhoods: Northwest Washington, Northwest, Woodley Park

Open City
Open City

From The Owners of Open City

From the owner of Tryst and the Diner, this coffeehouse, diner and bar offers draft beer, pizza and breakfast all day.

Hash Brown Bowl, Flat Iron Steak Salad, Grilled Salmon Sandwich, Braised Short Ribs, Tryst House Blend Coffee, Red Eye, Café Au Lait, Espresso, Americano, Cappuccino... more

Reviews for Open City

5 months ago

It's a great place to study or meet up with friends!

5 months ago

I love this place and always try to visit when I'm in DC.

5 months ago

Best coffee ever!

6 months ago

Great coffee, b'fast tacos and people watching!

6 months ago

Really good place. Good food. Good staff.

6 months ago

Best Mocha. Might be the best mocha in DC definitely gtown.

over a year ago

Something for Everyone at Open City – If you’re hungry and it’s early in the morning, late at night, or you can’t decide what you want to eat, odds are you’ll find something appetizing at Open City. This combination diner/café/bar/restaurant is ready-made for the picky diner, with menu options ranging from burgers to steamed mussels to pizza to all-day breakfast. In the morning, it’s a bustling coffeehouse serving lattes and fresh-baked pastries. In the evenings, great patio seating and a full bar with a rotating selection of draft beers and specialty cocktails make it a winner for dinner.

There’s just one problem: Open City is too popular for its own good. Expect waits of at least an hour for brunch on weekends, and the service has a tendency to falter when it gets crowded. At most other times, it’s a phenomenal place for a quick bite or a leisurely meal.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

It has rats – I'm going to be frank. This place has rats the size of cats running around the seating in plain sight.

Did you catch that last part? RATS IN PLAIN SIGHT.

Yes, it's DC, and yes DC has rats, so maybe this isn't a huge deal to other people. But I've lived in the city for years and I have never seen such bold rodents. One ran by my foot WHILE I WAS EATING!

The worst part about the rat room was when I told the waitstaff they didn't care. I wasn't given a discount, no one apologized, and I was expected to eat and pay like nothing happened.

Even if we are going to excuse the rat incident, Open City can be impossible to get into, which is seriously annoying. I've had to wait 2 hours on a Sunday to get lunch. Really? Two hours? Who is actually going to wait that long?

I will admit that Open City has pretty good food, but it's not worth that kind of wait. And if the prospect of having rat hair in your eggs freaks you out, then avoid this place.

over a year ago

Neighborhood favorite – This is one of my neighborhood go to places. I can walk 5 minutes and get coffee, beer, breakfast, lunch or dinner and some great people watching at Open City.

They have a pretty extensive menu, ranging from breakfast all day, sandwiches, pizza, pasta and other entrees. I personally am addicted to their house salad and a half order of mussels in wine. Finish it off with a slice of sour cherry pie and I'm a happy camper.

The one downside is the really long weekend wait for brunch, which I honestly don't think is worth it (usually an hour or so). You can always grab a coffee and pastry to go if you are like me and don't want to wait!

over a year ago

Great Coffee, Food, and Breakfast – When I have friends in town or who have just moved to town, I always take them to Open City. It never disappoints because the food is good--breakfast all day, a great grilled cheese, good french fries and yummy desserts. There is lots of indoor and outdoor seating, including a heated and enclosed porch area. The wait can be long for weekend brunch (usually at least 45 minutes at peak brunch hours), but its always worth it.

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Won for:
Breakfast (2010)
Breakfast (2009)
Brunch (2009)
Lunch Spot (2009)
Nominations Nominated for:
Brunch (2010)
Late-Night Dining (2010)
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