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Brought to you by the team behind Duke's Grocery in Dupont Circle,

Duke's Counter is a neighborhood pub and supper spot located directly across the street from the National Zoo!

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The result of a couple guys who love good food and cold drinks, Duke's Counter is a neighborhood pub and supper spot located directly across the street from the National Zoo in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Duke's Counter is the sister restaurant to Duke's Grocery in Dupont Circle. The idea is simple: create a fun spot that our friends (you!) can come in anytime and have a fulfilling meal, a tasty drink and great time in an atmosphere that is unpretentious and laid back. Tuck in, drink up and enjoy!

A nod to the ubiquitous corner cafés, bodegas and curry joints of the East London neighborhoods of Shoreditch and Hoxton, our culinary inspiration is as diverse as these brilliantly working class parts of the English capital. East London's funky juxtaposition of classic greasy spoons, hole-in-the-wall ethnic spots and ultra sleek avant-garde restaurants has created a food scene that is truly unique.

We regularly update our menu depending on what is seasonally available and fresh. From our sandwiches, curries and salads to cocktails, craft beers and unique varietals, we work hard to keep the menus exciting while offering our guests a top-notch experience.

All dishes are scratch made in small batches and we source from local purveyors with an emphasis on sustainable ingredients. We take great care in preparing your meals to maintain high standards of both value and quality, all to ensure you are fully satisfied but not walking out of here broke.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Cheers!

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Our menu changes regularly using ingredients that are fresh that day or bought at the market that morning. Please keep in mind that once menu items are sold out, they are finished for the day. To see sample menus, please continue to the menu links below. For current features and special events, check out our Facebook page.

The bar features seasonal cocktails, eight draught beer lines, unique varietals and a wide selection of spirits. The bar shelving is made with thick ceiling beams from this historic building that needed to be replaced during construction.

Open Daily

Mon - Fri: 11:00am - Late Night
Sat - Sun: 10:00am - Late Night

(Kitchen closes at 10:00pm Sun - Thurs.
& Midnight Fri - Sat.)

Brunch Menu

10:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday & Sunday


Late Night Dinner

10:00pm - Midnight,
Friday & Saturday


All menu items, ingredients and pricing are subject to change.

Kids' Menu

All ages welcome!


Drink Menu

Happy Hour 12:00-7:00pm!



We'll come to you!


Events & Reservations

We welcome reservations for groups of 6 or more. Please call us at 202.733.4808 to make a booking.

Reservations for lunch, brunch or dinner are only available for groups of​ at least​ six guests, depending on availability​. Bookings more than 15 minutes late are subject to cancellation and the entire party is seated together​. Otherwise, we seat tables on a first-come, first-served basis when all guests are present. ​The fully stocked ba​r is​ first-come, first-served. Cheers!

Special Events

If you would like to book a special event, please send an email to and be sure to include:

  1. Contact name, phone number, and email address
  2. Date and Time
  3. Number of guests expected
  4. Brief description of event and name of host / company

Thank you!

Event Options


Washington Post Express on October 19, 2018: Best Burger of DC 2018

Washington Post on October 4, 2017: Tom Colicchio and chef pals dine at Duke’s Grocery ahead of Hill visits

Best of D.C. 2017: Best Burger

Eater DC on July 12, 2017: Where to Eat and Drink Near The National Zoo

Eater DC on July 21, 2017: Duke's Counter's Daniel Kramer on Making Friends With Pandas

Brightest Young Things on September 30, 2016: Taste Test

Eater DC on August 9, 2016: The Early Word on Duke's Counter, New Near The Zoo

Duke's Counter is the Best Thing to Happen to Woodley Park Since Bei Bei was born

Across from the Zoo, Duke’s Counter is Open and Serving Monster Sandwiches

Washingtonian on January 28, 2016: Duke's Counter is Coming to Woodley Park

Washington Post on January 28, 2016: Duke's Grocery Team to Open Duke's Counter in former Zoo Bar Cafe space

Eat This Now: DC’s 30 Essential Dishes

Thrillist on May 8, 2017: The Best Burgers in Washington DC



Reservations are only available for groups of​ at least​ six guests, depending on availability; reservations more than 15 minutes late are subject to cancellation​. Otherwise, we seat guests on a first-come, first-served basis.

Email Dukes Counter

Addr: 3000 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite J


Phone: (202) 733-4808

Metro: Red Line
Woodley Park/Zoo or Cleveland Park

Bus: Metro Bus L1, L2

Bikeshare: Bike Station 31307