Buck's Fishing & Camping
5031 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008-2024Neighborhood:
Chevy Chase, DC
AmericanPrice: $30 and under
Buck's Fishing & Camping
- Dining Style: Home Style
- Website: http://www.bucksfishingandcamping.com/
- Phone: 202-364-0777x
- Hours of Operation:
Kitchen hours, currently dinner only.
Closed on Mondays.
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Cross Street: Conn. Ave and Nebraska Ave - next to Comet Ping Pong
- Public Transit: Walking distance but not very close to both Van Ness UDC and Tenleytown Metros.
- Parking: Private Lot
- Parking Details: There is a free lot located directly behind the buildings. Please feel free to come through our other restaurant Comet Ping Pong to enter through our front door.
A word from Buck's Fishing & Camping
Join us at our small, neighborhood independently owned Fish Camp of a restaurant, where a woody, fire lit atmosphere is a great place to enjoy the best local produce, meats and fish.Continued
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Buck's Fishing & Camping reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since May 1, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (77)fit for foodies (57)great for outdoor dining (42)special occasion (30)romantic (21)good for groups (15)kid-friendly (9)hot spot (8)notable wine list (8)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (4)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
- what was all the hype?hatetocookDined on 8/23/2014We have been wanting to try Buck's for several years since it usually gets really good reviews. We were there on a Saturday night with another couple.The restaurant was very crowded and we were seated at a table which literally backed into another table. this was the only table available. The noise level was very loud and especially bad given how close we were to the other table. The food was nothing special -it was good, but certainly not great. I had the vegetarian dish which consisted mostly of greens. I shared a salad with my friend - it was not at all memorable. WE ordered a bottle of wine and asked for a chiller which was put directly on our small table leaving little room for our food. All in all, a big disappointment!
- Don't Let the Name Fool YoudcdineDined on 8/22/2014Buck's Fishing & Camping is a great neighborhood or destination place. We always find something to celebrate just so we have a reason to go! You can sit at the family table, ask for a more private table or dine outside. Either way you can't lose at Buck's Fishing & Camping!Special Features:
- Great neighborhood bar!ChefAlDined on 8/8/2014The food and service are great. But the friendly and lively bar scene is a real find.Special Features:
- mjp3Dined on 8/5/2014Lovely outdoor seating. Very good food. Nice choice of wines by the glass.Special Features:
- Poor ServiceOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 8/1/2014We made reservations for 9pm and had the pleasure of sitting outside on a perfect night, under the cute colored lights and romantic candlelight. They were "understaffed" and our waitress had the entire outside section with some very needy patrons. My bf and I are not drinking and there were no non-alc bevs listed- a little strange. There was an issue with their soda machine and my bf didn't have his drink for 45 minutes! Service was poor at best- our waitress was overwhelmed and forgetful. The runner failed to bring us ketchup and S&P. Food was good- but totally overpriced. Manager gave us free dessert- although they attempted to charge for the sodas we barely received! Wouldn't go back… which is a bummer because we were rooting for you!Special Features:
- Get the steakAEC71VIPDined on 8/1/2014I rarely gush, but I am on the fence with some of these 4-star categories. I could have given 5. I ordered the shrimp and grits and it was very good, but everything paled next to the bite I had of the signature steak at the restaurant. It was wonderful. Brother in Law reports his pork chop was also excellent. The star was the server, who helped us navigate the drink and desert menu as well as appetizers that were stand outs. There are limited tables outside, but facing a main street so we sat at a cozy table surrounded by red walls and eye-popping art. Highly recommended.Special Features:
- Texan44Dined on 7/24/2014This is a relaxed and friendly restaurant with excellent food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nothing GreatDaniDinesDined on 7/24/2014I have heard so many great things about this place, and maybe that is why I was disappointed. There was much lacking in the meal. The Fish Tacos were a little too basic for the price tag. The bread was nice, and the side dish of squash was also good....but nothing was fantastic or left me wanting more. I was a little upset to see the bill and think of the dinner that we had....which could have easily been made at home. If you are fine with paying high prices for only slightly above average food, then this is the place for you.
- Outside dining in DC -- in July!beekVIPDined on 7/17/2014Our group of four was lucky enough to dine at Buck's on a beautiful July night with no humidity -- a rarity in DC. We had a nice corner space and didn't notice at all the busy Connecticut Avenue traffic. Food was great, from the wedge and tomato and mozzarella salads to the steak frites, tuna tacos and salmon. The biggest hit was the corn dog appetizer! Only complaint is that the food came too quickly -- we hadn't finished our salads when our entrees arrived, and aside from feeling rushed there was no space for all of the plates (and the entrees were hot). Good service should ensure that doesn't happen.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- You're in luck with BuckLinndaDined on 7/12/2014If you are looking for a delicious, foodie meal with tasty beer or wine in a welcoming setting, Buck's Fishing and Camping is for you. Located in between Van Ness and Chevy Chase Circle, Buck's offers no-fuss fine dining.Special Features:
- Good neighborhood restaurantMorrVIPDined on 7/11/2014Iceberg lettuce wedge was fine, not quite as crunchy as I like, however. Steak-Frites ws good.Carrot cake was fine; not too heavy. Serivce was satisfactory, but friendly. We had to ask for several items that should have been brought to the table.Special Features:
- excellentfromwiscons1nDined on 7/8/2014The food here was outstanding! The service was excellent and I would love to go back in a heart beat. I tried the draft beer called two hearted ale... excellent. I tried their bone in pork chop and ity was delicious.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Will be coming back soon!minnowDined on 7/5/2014All in my group were extremely pleased with their meal. The whole experience from start to finish was wonderful. Great food, great wine, great service.Special Features:
- Relaxing & DeliciousOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 6/29/2014This was my second time dining at Buck's. Both times the food was delicious. I also really enjoy the ambiance...very creative...for some reason reminds me of a Wes Anderson set...also relaxing...nice use of colors and lighting. The pork chop is probably one of the best I have ever had. The fried oysters are also very tasty. I highly recommend this restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not worth the effortDjangoDined on 6/25/2014We found Buck's disappointing having read positive reviews. The two seat table is too small to accomdate the plates; the server brought the entre and tried to place it on the table while we only half finished with the appetizers; the salad wedge dressing was waterey; the steak frites had mediocre fries (left uneaten) and sparse unappetizing greens. The wait staff was indifferent. This might be a convenient neighborhood diner,but it is not worth a 10 minute drive.
- Buck's disappointsVU4UDined on 6/25/2014The good thing about Buck's is that it is very close to Politics and Prose. Other than that, I would skip this place. Overly priced, and not worth the visit.
- Food was down a notchLuluDined on 6/24/2014Buck's was not up to its usual standard at our last visit. One of us had soft shells that, while large, were not cooked the way they should have been. They were lukewarm on arrival and neither crisp nor juicy. The rest was fine though not particularly notable. The server did take that item off the bill when we mentioned it, which was appreciated.Special Features:
- ajh425Dined on 6/21/2014Food was delicious - we ordered the scallops for an appetizer and the prime beef burger and fish tacos for our meals. The cocktails were a little overpriced, but the food was worth every penny.Special Features:
- RobertDined on 6/21/2014Food quality varied by entree, but good overall. Some portions were very small.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Love Bucks!FranniMDined on 6/21/2014Bucks is one of my favorite restaurants. The food and selection is amazing and I can't go too long without the Lettuce Wedge! Food is fresh, seasonal and exquisitely prepared. The menu also reflects some creative thinking from the kitchen. My only gripe would be how small the wine glasses are...next they will be bringing it in shot glasses. I had to order two glasses of Prosecco because it came in a little dessert cup...like a tiny fruit cocktail. But other than that there is always something intriguing on the menu that you will love once it arrives at your tableSpecial Features:
- One of our favoritesgreekmamaDined on 6/15/2014We've been to Buck's several times now, and have always had a terrific experience. The wait staff is very friendly, and helpful in making choices. We have favorites on the menu, like the fried oyster appetizer, the steak frites (best we've had in DC), and the quinoa with poached egg. We are always happy to try their seasonal items on the menu as well. The squash blossom salad this week was lovely, and the Calif Fish tacos were absolutely amazing. Love this place!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bad food, really bad serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/15/2014Sat in empty restaurant and waited for brunch for over an hour. The dishes for each person in our party were brought out one at a time and spaced about 10 min apart. Salad was a wilty mess, the quiche was absolutely disgusting and the bacon undercooked. Coffee went unrefilled and the staff seemed annoyed that we dare say anything about it. The manager comped our meal in the end but didnt really say sje was sorry and then proceed to talk about us only 10 inches away from table. Ihop may not have the ambiance but they make a better brunch, the waiters works hard, and you aren't being charged top dollar for inedible food.
- Nice surpriseCarolDined on 6/14/2014We were at Bucks a few years ago. While the food was good, we each only found one thing that interested us and the prices seemed high.I think they may not have taken reservations then, but I could be wrong. The is menu is still short, but the variety was excellent, and though it's not inexpensive, it seemed more in line with what we were used to paying for a nice meal. I took a chance on the fish tacos. WOW! Black beans, chiles, sour cream, avocado and cod, and tacos that were the real deal. The lovely waitress recommended the perfect wine. They now have a deck with outdoor dining which made it an even more pleasant experience. We went early and the inside was nearly empty and extremely chilly.Special Features:
- AccommodatingDinerDinerDined on 6/13/2014Great dinner on Friday at Buck's - and one member of our party has several food allergies, but the kitchen without prior notice was able to alter dishes to suit, which was much appreciated. Food is imaginative and creative, in what is a fairly casual atmosphere. I am always happy when we come here.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- "Best steak not at a steakhouse!"NernceDined on 6/11/2014My husband and I happened to be in the area and chose Buck's because we've wanted to try it for a while. I had the shrimp & grits which was good, if maybe a bit rich, and I could've done without the entire shrimp in the shell with head and all. But the kitchen quickly unshelled it for me, so no problem. My husband had the dry aged NY Strip Steak which was fabulous! He is very picky about his steaks and doesn't usually order steak if he's not at a steakhouse. Our waitress recommended it and so he gave it a try. He said it was the best steak he'd ever had not at a steakhouse! It was cooked perfectly -- medium rare, and had the tastiest crust which gave it incredible flavor. After tasting it myself, I wish I'd ordered it, too… next time!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Gone DownhillchcheatsDined on 6/1/2014My family of four ate here on a Sunday evening, and the restaurant was very busy. We have eaten at Buck's many times, but hadn't been in a while. I felt compelled to write a review --which I never do--because the food was so bad. The only bright spot was the wedge salad. The lamb meatball appetizer was inedible. The steak frites: fries were limp and greasy, the steak tough and flavorless, side salad tasted as though they'd dribbled a bit of olive oil (sans vinegar) over the greens. We are desperate for good restaurants in the Chevy Chase area; unfortunately after Sunday, I had to scratch one of the few decent ones off my list. I most certainly will not be back at Buck's until something or someone changes in the kitchen.Special Features:
- Perfect BalanceKatiesmomDined on 5/27/2014Buck's has found the perfect balance between gourmet cuisine, elegant appointments and down to earth food served in a comfortable atmosphere. My hubby and I dined with Buck's this past Tue and it could not have been better.Special Features:
- Warm and wonderfulOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 5/23/2014Our waiter told us it was his second day at Buck's. It was our first visit. He couldn't have been nicer in just the right way you want. My fish and chips were cooked just right with a light batter and served hot. Fries a bit soggy. My Negroni cocktail was fine and so were our glasses of wine. My spouse enjoyed his burger. Our guest said nothing about his pork chop which got rave reviews so I can't report on that. My husband and our guest did rave about the aged Port. Their apple cobbler with creme fraiche ice cream was very good, they said. We will definitely return! Ambiance is down-home, energetic, friendly, and if you go early-ish, not too noisy, with tables nicely spaced apart and a long center table with folks who looked happy.Special Features:
- Excellent food, side of bad serviceDCFoodieVIPDined on 5/17/2014We had a friend recommend this place, and the food did not disappoint-it was really very good. HOWEVER, the service is in need of major improvement. The hostess had a major attitude, the bartender was very unfriendly while we were waiting for our table and having drinks at the bar, and the waitress - while nice - was not attentive. The food and ambiance are it's saving grace, as they are worth going back for...but hopefully the wait staff can lose the attitude for my next visit!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- sseatsVIPDined on 5/16/2014Food is decent, but not delicious enough to endure the noisy crowd. A seat outside might work for those in the neighborhood who don't have to make this a destination restaurant.
- Food Yes - Service NOJEB1VIPDined on 5/13/2014The food and selection were great. The service was poor. My party and two other groups sitting next to us experienced the same inattention and delay. It is costing the restaurant revenue. Not being able to get the attention of the waiter to order another glass of wine and other beverages is a disservice to customers and the business. Slow processing of check delays customer and impedes turn-over of tables. My comments to friends would be - food is great but poor service produces indigestion.Special Features:
- Interesting place.DateVIPDined on 5/13/2014Buck's atmosphere is unique. It is fun and interesting. Food was tasty. I had the salmon which was good but a little rare. The scallops were excellent thoughSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- another great mealLoriDined on 5/13/2014this has become my go-to for consistently good, inventive food.Special Features:
- Good but not worth the driveAnonymousVIPDined on 5/10/2014I think Buck's is probably a good place to go if you live nearby, but not worth driving in from Arlington and other parts of VA. I read reviews where they complained about the hostess. The hostess was actually very good. Our server was very good too - I can't fault the service.Tthe food was just okay. We got the fried oysters. For the price, you got a lot of oysters. The steak frites were so so. The frites weren't real frites as they were too big. And the famous chocolate cake was okay. I do wish that we were told that we were being charged for the cake. IT was for a birthday and had I known we were being charged, we would have preferred to choose the dessert . The parking lot is tight and cramped and full and we had to park on the street.Special Features:
- Wonderful food and ambienceKatyaDined on 5/10/2014The food is exceptional. I had the salmon -- cooked perfectly, not dry but with a great crispiness, and the light sauce was wonderful. Even a standard green salad is special here. It's just a delightful place. My sister had the shrimp -- and it was great too. There is nothing precious about their food. It's original, healthy, delicious, and more interesting and subtle that what one might make at home -- but it's doesn't have the self-conscious rigidity or over-delicacy that some "fancy" food has. This is the second time I've been to Buck's. The first time also was for a special occasion and the food then (2 different dishes, 2 years ago) was great.Special Features:
- DC casual dining at its bestBobLVIPDined on 5/6/2014Buck's is a genuine find. The food is superb. The service is excellent-and the attentive without being obtrusive. The decor is unique and inviting. I look forward to dining there again,Special Features:
- Perfectly fun and deliciousOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 5/3/2014Buck's on a beautiful Saturday night. Diners all happy, servers doting and upbeat, food carefully prepared, clean, and so tasty. WonderfulSpecial Features:
- Rushed from the startIceWaterDined on 5/2/2014My wife and I had been to Buck's once before and enjoyed it, but this time the service was awful. Part of it seemed to be a lousy waiter (forgetting our order, bringing the wrong drinks, taking forever to correct those), which is unfortunate but forgivable, and part was feeling completely rushed from the outset, which is more structural. They were clearly trying to turn tables as quickly as possible -- coming back every 2 minutes when we first sat down to ask if we were ready to order, taking plates away almost the second we were done with any given course. This was a rare night out for us as parents of a young child, and the whole point of the evening was to take in a nice relaxing meal. We won't be going back again soon.
- The following 50 reviews are from the Buck's Fishing & Camping reviews archive.
- A delightful dining at Buck'sLinndaDined on 4/26/2014The atmosphere suits the name the surf and turf menu had great options. Very tasty no fuss meal with excellent service. This is a fun place to go for a good meal in a unique space.Special Features:
- SpottyLuv2DineDined on 4/25/2014Sometimes Bucks can be excellent and a wonderful experience - others, not so much. It's a popular place so at weekends it can be more of a transit camp than relaxed camping.Special Features: