We’ve been hearing about more and more developments staking claim and breaking ground in Ivy City, but are still waiting on this neighborhood to really get on its feet. Luckily, the Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse already offers a destination for visitors to Northeast D.C.
Situated above the market that serves many of your favorite D.C. restaurants, the tavern is a spacious bar and restaurant. Mixed wood furniture, high-definition TVs at the bar, and tanks of live lobster give it a lumberjack-meets-fishwife vibe, which seems appropriate for a place that smokes seafood.
We sat in a sunny corner, next to large garage-style doors that open onto a large rooftop patio with a fire pit and plenty of high-top tables. We all wished the temperature was right for outdoor dining and day drinking.
Technically, Ivy City Smokehouse offers a lunch menu, not brunch, but we had no trouble making the crossover. Our waiter was very super friendly, going all in on his dad jokes, and made several helpful suggestions about the menu. He obliged my request to bring me a mimosa, which I desperately needed. My brunch companions Jacob perused the craft brew list and Caitlin went with a Dark and Stormy. The cocktails were strong, generous, and met all flavor expectations.