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Oval Room

Certificate of Excellence
Dupont Circle
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800 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-2709 (H & I)
+1 202-463-8700
11:30 - 22:30
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:30
Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Had a superb dinner, memorable monk fish and vegetables were delicious. Service & ambiance were lovely, waiter should havekjnown the bar had ST GERMAIN.

Thank JUDY B
Bethesda, Maryland
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54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Had Thanks giving dinner...the stuffing was solo..my kids duck ws tough, my wife steak was hard on the outside and undercooked on the inside. The desserts were mediocre at best (bread pudding worse). On the good side, the salad was good, the service was very good...the food mediocre and the value, not worth it.

Thank cb1_10
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

The Oval l Room Cobb Salad was barely edible. Strange, grey chicken coated in a dressing, 3 lumps of blue cheese tucked under lifeless green leaves, a few bacon crumbles. I treated a friend to lunch to thank her for a special favor. She had the shrimp salad, no comment either way. We had chocolate mousse for dessert, it appeared... More 

Thank Ilona F
London, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

all business venues were like the Oval Room: the cuisine is light and full of flavours, if not particularly creative, the service attentive and the decor bright and airy. Top marks for the Patagonia salmon. PS: bread is not such a hit, like many restaurants in town

Thank T V
River Forest, Illinois
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111 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The Oval Room is a fairly modern, very high end restaurant in downtown Washington, DC, close to business and government offices and sites. Politico and other sightings are common. The food is exceptional, as is the highly trained and professional service staff. The menu changes, but there are few options where you can go wrong. The chef is adept at... More 

Thank ChrisH018
Washingtoin DC
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170 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

What a disappointment. Something went wrong. The cob salad - normally very good was just terrible poorly plate don't poor quality. I did not want to upset my host. But had he been American and not Asian I would have immediately refused the plate. Disgraceful. That is the Oval room off my list. Basics matter and they just didn't care... More 

Thank stumack
Chennai (Madras), India
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74 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Was taken here by a group of lawyer friends from Singapore, Germany and England. Was a very American restaurant and was skeptical as to whether I would get anything to eat being a vegetarian and who doesn't eat onion and garlic. When I expressed my diet preference, was pointed out that on the menu they have sweet corn angolotti. Did... More 

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18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Too many new restaurants are overhyped and the reality never lives up to the expectation. The Oval Room needs no hyperbole. The service is impeccable, the ambience most pleasant and the food excellent. This is fine dining in the contemporary sense of the word. Each dish was conceptually original and executed perfectly. We were happy to speak with the chef... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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174 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Oval Room has a perfect balance of a nice venue, good location and great food. This place is great for lunch or dinner, either for a business meeting or a memorable pleasure time. I encourage starting the experience with an "Oval Room" salad. For entrée don't miss the Duck or Amish Chicken. And for dessert my top choice is the... More 

Thank alexps81
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

None of the entrees were ordinary. The prawns were very large, prepared as shrimp and grits in a manner much more interesting and enjoyable than I had previously encountered in locations much farther south. Poached lobster with andouille sausage was a new item and was thoroughly enjoyable. The delicious hazelnut financier dessert included a dollop of creme brulee, cherries, apple... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 800 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-2709
    (H & I)
  • Public Transportation: Faragut West (Orange and Blue Lines); Faragut North (Red Line)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
  • Neighbourhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: +1 202-463-8700

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?