This is the first time I've posted a negative comment about a restaurant on Chowhound, but felt I had to so that others could avoid having a similar negative experience.
I called Caspian Grill prior to arriving to make reservations for 3 at 6:15, but was told we wouldn't need them. When we arrived, we were kept standing for quite a long time at the entrance. No one else was there. Finally, a man (I assume the owner) came over and we told him we needed a table for three. He asked, "What time is it?" I told him, and he said, that the only table available was in front of us, which was right at the front door. However, half the restaurant was empty, and we asked about the tables further back. He said they were reserved. I told him I had tried to make reservations, but he insisted that was the only table available.
Because we had tickets for a dance performance at 8, we didn't want to chance going elsewhere, so we took the table by the entrance. THE TABLES HE SAID WERE RESERVED REMAINED EMPTY THE ENTIRE TIME WE WERE THERE!
While we were there, another family, this one with a toddler arrived. He also kept them waiting for a long time at the door--so long that the mother fell over with the toddler at one point, nearly hitting me. (At that point, he seated them.)
The food was just so-so. Simple salads and very bland pita bread came with the meal. We had the eggplant appetizer, which was adequate; chicken and beef kabob--the chicken was very salty, the beef was fine; and the specialty--Fesenja--chicken thighs in Pomegranate sauce with walnuts, which sounded yummy, but was too sweet for my taste. Two chicken thighs for $17 seems a bit high, but would have been worth it had it been as good as it sounded. The other portions were large and came with rice.
The waitress was lovely and it wasn't her fault that the owner (I assume that's who the man) was rude to us and to the other family that came in after us.
Just wanted to pass the word on as there as so many choices in the U District that it's nice to know of one that doesn't value their patrons.