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Review of Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill
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Ranked #19 of 3,228 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$40
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: 15th between F and G
Transit: Metro: Red Line to Metro Center, Orange/Blue to McPherson Square
Description: Established in 1856, the Old Ebbitt Grill was a favorite of Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding, and Theodore Roosevelt. The restaurant's decor is comprised of a Beaux-Arts facade, mahogany and velvet booths, and bars set in marble, brass, and beveled glass. Old Ebbitt serves a diverse selection of food including steaks, seafood, pasta, sandwiches, and also features an Oyster Bar with oysters form both coasts. Open early for breakfast and weekend brunch, and serving lunch, dinner and a late-night menu. Private and semi-private dining rooms including a rooftop overlooking the monuments and The White House.
Washington, Virginia
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 July 2014

This restaurant is very hard to get into so book ahead if you can. Ask for a booth which is the better option. Be prepared for noise as this place isn't suitable for the intimate.

Visited March 2014
Thank Denise N
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Tampa, Florida
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Delicious, great prices for DC!”
Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

Great location. Right near the White House. We did not have reservations and waited 1 1/2 hours. I think this is a slow dining experience type of restaurant, with the oyster bars and all. I had the cannelloni. Wow! Best meal ever. My husband had the crab cakes, upon recommendation from the waitress, and really enjoyed them. Good sized portions. You probably won't need to take any home, unless you also do an appetizer. We did sit in the back, which wasn't as interesting as the main restaurant, but they try to make it nice out there too, with candles and such. The tables were too close out there though. The tables were only about 2 feet apart. Overall, delicious food and great prices for the DC area.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Hol056
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1,010 reviews
626 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Very Fine Food, Poor Service”
Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

The Old Ebbitt Grill is the classic Washington restaurant. On a Thursday night the place was packed, and without a reservation we would have had a long wait. The food is very good, and reasonably priced in light of the quality. But the service was painfully slow throughout the entire meal, which is the principal reason I only gave this an average rating.

One other negative:The restaurant gets extremely noisy, which can make conversations a challenge.

Visited July 2014
Thank Mark P
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Atlanta, GA
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26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“A Classic Gem”
Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

I take any chance I can get to run into Old Ebbiitt's and head straight back to the oyster bar. I almost the to give away this little secret haunt of mine. The main bar and dining rooms are always super packed, but the oyster bar is a hidden refuge.
Order the oyster stew, you will not regret it!
Hang out with the perky and friendly bartender Michael and you'll leave feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of your day in DC!

Thank KEO
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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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80 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“History and very good food”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

On 13 street northwest and one of the best in DC. The reservations are booked early, so reserve early (5:30pm) or go quite late (9:00pm). List of entree's are quite extensive and service is out standing. Menu selections are outstanding.

Visited July 2014
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