The History Behind

Our Restaurant

Established in 1965, Mr. Smith’s is located in the heart of the historic district. We are a proud 100% Minority-owned business, and one of the few remaining Independently owned and operated businesses remaining in Georgetown.

Our venue features an airy streatery area, an antique Irish-style bar area, a large dining & event room, and live music on Friday & Saturday nights.


In 2014, Mr. Smith’s moved to its current spot across from the Georgetown Waterfront Park, a location that provides beautiful views of the Potomac River during the day, and an illuminated Kennedy Center at night.

Our streatery is the perfect place to enjoy one of our famous burgers & chicken wings, or our daily happy hour specials. We also offer a full menu of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, steaks, pastas and seafood entrees, as well as our weekend brunch menu

Great food at reasonable prices, served in a casual atmosphere, and with excellent service, has made us a favorite Georgetown restaurant for nearly 60 years.



The Scandal

From 1985 to 1994, our current Mr. Smith’s location was used by a CIA counterintelligence officer to exchange information for money, selling out his country, in one of the biggest betrayals in modern American history.

The Agent

Aldrich “Rick” Ames was a former CIA officer turned KGB double agent. As a spy, he revealed more than 100 secret operations, leading to 10 CIA officers being uncovered and executed. He was caught in 1994 and is now serving a life sentence in prison. Ask us, and we’ll show you where the spy meetings took place at Mr. Smith’s.

KARAOKE piano bar


Mr. Smith’s has been the premier Piano Bar in Georgetown since 1965. Did you know we’ve been the launching pad for music stars, too? Tori Amos, who started playing with us as a teenager, went on to become a recording artist, and to receive many awards and Grammy nominations throughout her career.

Booking a Reservation Tonight?

Thank you for making your reservation, especially for large groups. Our dress code is casual – after all, this is the “friendliest saloon in town!”.