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Islander Caribbean Restaurant & Lounge - CLOSED

1201 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-7571
+1 202-234-4971
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  • Excellent6%
  • Very good28%
  • Average20%
  • Poor20%
  • Terrible26%
6 Apr 2016
“Authentic island food.”
7 Nov 2015
“Overpriced but quick”
Restaurant Hours Closed
$$ - $$$
1201 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-7571
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Reviewed 7 April 2016

I was reminded of the Islander when I found out someone I knew was related to the owner. My faves are the goat roti, chicken roti, ginger beer, sorel, etc. The food is delicious, though the portions could be somewhat larger for the price. The...More

Thank Washington_D_C_Billy
Reviewed 7 November 2015

Bland food, overpriced, with a very loud atmosphere on the patio. Seems like most people would go for the drinks and the friends, less for the food.

Thank Tandroy F
Reviewed 30 March 2015

We passed this place on our way to the Lincoln Theater weeks ago, and we agreed to go on our next trip. Some would call the inside run-down. There wasn't much space, but we got a table right away. Service was fine, and the food...More

Thank WDavidTF
Reviewed 6 May 2014

one word of advice - don't go when it is busy. The food is excellent and at a good price - however, the service can get pretty backed up on weekend nights.

1  Thank BenOuris
Reviewed 13 September 2013

Years ago I had eaten here a few times back before U street was hopping & hot. The food was good. The woman (owner) was nice and gave friendly but slow service, the place was clean. Went back twice in 2012--the place is dirty, service...More

Thank food_chick1
Reviewed 22 October 2011

I am from Trinidad and Tobago and today is my birthday. My husband asked where I wanted to go for dinner and I had seen this restaurant and have been curious to get a taste of home. The day I passed by, the restaurant had...More

Thank DisappointedTrini_11
Reviewed 26 September 2011

We were celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps and thought the Islander would be a great place to meet up with other former Eastern Caribbean Peace Corps Volunteers. We were wrong. We could not put tables together without upsetting the owner. Our orders...More

1  Thank MaineCaribbeansoul
Reviewed 15 November 2010

We ate here on 11/13/2010 and found the food & service to be very good. The Curry Chicken was fall-off-the-bone tender and the flavor was excellent. Both it & the curried potatoes were very spicy. Also recommend the Calypso Chicken, as well as the peas...More

1  Thank OutdoorfunWv
Reviewed 7 March 2010

The food here is not worth the effort/patience/time it takes to get it. While it is not the most expensive fare on U St., it is far overpriced for the quality. The last several meals I ordered totally lacked seasoning and were eerily reminiscent of...More

Thank Nnebulous
Reviewed 9 October 2009

I had great service, great food and all with a smile. I would go back again. Service took a little while but I went out to enjoy my dinner anyway.

1  Thank travelfire
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Open Hours
3:30 PM - 10:00 PM
3:30 PM - 11:00 PM
3:30 PM - 12:00 AM
3:30 PM - 12:00 AM
3:30 PM - 2:00 AM
3:30 PM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1201 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-7571
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > U Street Corridor
  • Neighbourhood: U Street Corridor
  • Phone Number: +1 202-234-4971
  • E-mail
The Islander is a family-owned and operated business with " The Queen," Chef Addie Green ruling this Island Kingdom. We believe she's undoubtedly the best Caribbean cook in Washington, DC. The Islander is a landmark in the Caribbean Community and the Green family has collectively provided the finest in Trinidadian cuisine to the Washington Community for the past 40 years.
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