Catch 15
Catch 15

Catch 15

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.catch15dc.com/
  • Phone: 2029692858x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday 11:00am - 2:00am, Saturday 4:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Vincent Torres
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We offer off-site catering for sites within 2 blocks of Catch 15.
  • Entertainment: Live DJ and Musical Entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings from 10pm until 3am.
  • Special Events: Join us for Late Nights at Catch 15, a unique dining, dancing, and music experience, featuring our late night dinner menu, live DJ and musical entertainment. Every Friday and Saturday from 10pm until 3am.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th Street
  • Public Transit: McPherson Square Metro Blue and Orange Lines (15th Street exit),
    Metro bus on K Street | 15th Street | 16th Street
    DC Circulator
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available for $8 per vehicle. Street parking in front of the restaurant. Garages located on 15th Street, L Street, and K Street.
A word from Catch 15
Catch 15 is a casually elegant and comfortable restaurant + oyster bar in the heart of downtown DC, offering an eclectic mix small plates and entrees inspired by the Mediterranean.

The restaurant features a first-rate bar with hand-crafted cocktails and a notable beer and wine list, as well as a live oyster bar, outdoor patio, and indoor lounge seating.

Upscale comfort, mood-enhancing visuals and elegant accents provide the perfect atmosphere to host great conversation among DC's business community for lunch, dinner, happy hour, brunch, and late night dining and entertainment.
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Catch 15 reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (40)great for lunch (37)romantic (34)special occasion (26)neighborhood gem (24)good for groups (19)vibrant bar scene (16)late-night find (14)great for outdoor dining (13)notable wine list (11)hot spot (10)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Owner's personal touch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food and drinks at Catch 15 are fantastic. The service was solid, but it depends on who you have. As with most places, some servers are more attentive and responsive than others. The owner adds a personal touch greeting tables and making sure patrons have what they need and are pleased with their service/food. Thoroughly enjoyed our experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week Lunch
    David
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I didn't go looking for restaurant week menus but I did choose from that menu. The service is well-honed and attentive without being obtrusive. The appetizers, Oyster Bang Bang and Crab and Corn Chowder were well-presented and received. Both of us had the lobster tortellini which, while good, didn't really rise above the ordinary. I liked the place, the decor, and the service team. I think if I went back for dinner I'd have a broader options of choices and a better meal.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Almost worth the wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was our second evening meal at Catch 15. I don’t recall similar issues the first time, so perhaps this was an “off” night in the kitchen. During our 90-minute meal, we enjoyed 6 small plates, including 2 salads and 1 tartare (I list these because they should have required minimal preparation time). Before the third pair of plates arrived, we’d already tired of waiting for them and had requested our check. The check arrived shortly before those dishes. The food itself was great — well-seasoned and fresh, nicely presented — but the pacing was terrible.
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  • Not worth it - time nor money
    Capital
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I had been looking forward to trying this restaurant for quite some time. The restaurant is cramped and caters mostly to a bar-drinking crowd, it's too loud to hear your companion's conversation. Most of the waitstaff is focused on the bar, the table service is slow and indifferent. We had lobster which was undercooked (ewww) and not cracked sufficiently to remove the meat without a lot of effort (if we ever saw our waiter again, perhaps we would have asked for help). He never checked on us, so we didn't have the opportunity to ask for lemon or butter. We'll never go back again. We've never written a review before but want to save others the time, trouble, and money. Life is too short, and money too precious, to waste on this place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch Spot
    CapsFan
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Enjoyed lunch here last week. Oysters were very good and I was pleased with the selection on the menu. I expected the seafood choices, but other small plates and options provided nice diversity. We also enjoyed the tuna tartar, which I would definitely get again, the empanada and beef skewer/kabob. I look forward to coming back. It was nice to have the option of outside seating, but K street can be loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sevice not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food was good, the price was good, the service was not good. We went at lunch time but they were only about half full, and the service was very slow. If they had been overly busy, the service might have been understandable, but they were not. A lunch that really should only have taken about an hour took over 90 minutes. On the plus side, we were a large group and they did split the bill without being asked, but I don't think that splitting the bill balanced the slow service to the level of a automatic 20% gratuity. One of the reasons I specifically wanted to try Catch 15 was to see if it would be appropriate for clients. With the level of service we received, I would have a hard time sending attorneys or clients there.
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  • Great Oysters!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Dined at Catch 15 on a weekday evening. Food was great - many different types of oysters both raw and baked plus other seafood items. Most of the menu is small plates which are great for sharing. Plates were innovative and generally very tasty. Prices are very reasonable for downtown Washington DC including the drink prices. Wine list is short but with good selections and great prices. Our only small concern is that by about 8 PM we were the only guests in the restaurant and it remained that way until we left at 10 PM at which point I heard the kitchen closed down. This didn't really impact the food or the evening but did seem kind of awkward.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • jgronerVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The three-course meal with wine pairings is excellent but the restaurant should offer more dessert options. The tuna tartare is great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were so happy with this place. Service and food were outstanding. Best pre-fixed deal I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let's Have Lunch
    TwinzMom109VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I visited Catch 15 for lunch. My friend and I both got the ...i think executive lunch - app, entree and dessert for $20. The food was very good and seasoned perfectly. The menu seems to have a great variety. I def will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inexperienced, slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Prices are reasonable; food is okay; service is sub-par. They seem to have hired inexperienced waiters who do not understand the cues of restaurant customers. I've been there several times, and the service is always fair.
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  • Happy Hour
    winetaster
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We went for happy hour and had a couple of appetizers. The house wine was okay; the service was a little slow. The menu was intriguing, so I will probably go back when I can stay for dinner.
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  • Great 3-Course Lunch
    HooperVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    If you are meeting friends or colleagues for lunch the 3-course lunch is excellent and the pace of the service gives you plenty of time to visit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Food was okay, nothing out of the ordinary -- which is too bad, since this neighborhood desperately needs some good additional lunch spots!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy and Fun!
    munchmuch
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I really like this place, the atmosphere is busy but no one seems hurried. Very accomodating service staff not to mention some of the best seafood you will find in DC for a reasonable price!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mindy
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Waiter was poorly trained , couldn't seem to get order correct, poor attention to guests
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner & happy hour
    BillinBR
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Enjoyed both their happy hour and their dinner menu. Great service and the food was outstanding. Try the stuffed oysters.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real find on K Street
    MikeinDC
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I chose Catch 15 for its convenience, but I'll be back for the food. A huge cut above the pedestrian places along K Street - interesting food, well prepared and well priced.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Catch 15 didn't reel me in
    2hicks
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This place has a great Happy Hour! If you're not hungry but just wanna grab a small bite to eat then you will be fine. I know this is a tapas place but some of the things we had weren't that fulfilling. Also, do not order the cocktails during Happy Hour. It was basically just fruit juice. I didn't taste any alcohol. Stick with wine or beer during Happy Hour. The ceviche was very overpowering with the taste of onion and hardly had any seafood in the mix. The service was great. The hostess was extremely friendly. The owner was very involved with everything, including removing dirty plates from our table. Our server was great. If I was in DC again I would pass on this place as there are so many more choices.
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  • Yikes
    lindsaysarahVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    They need to find a new sea food supplier at the very least. The oyster sampler had no variety - despite the highly varied regions they supposedly came from, they were all very large, flavorless, not very good. That needs to improve significantly if the place is going to bill itself as an oyster bar. The lobster tail in the risotto was extremely tough to the point of not being edible. The service was fine, but awkward. With so many other good options in dc, I likely won't be going back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find
    Looking4NewVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    My first time dining here and will definitely be back. The atmosphere was great and the chairs are SO comfortable! Diverse menu and the vegetable empanadas are highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really, really good
    goodeats
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Had lunch here with a colleague. Great service, great food, outstanding menu and gracious host. Totally recommend this place and I will come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with the wife
    DrMarcDogg
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We celebrated my wife's recent accomplishment of receiving her MBA from Penn State University. She really enjoyed it!! If she likes it, I love it!! Oysters were on point, wine on point, food on point!! We plan to go back soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    ArlingtonGirl
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Very attentive service, but at the same time, they were able to read if you wanted to be left alone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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  • Broad selection on menu
    danofthehour
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    All 5 of us enjoyed our dinner and our selections yet we couldn't figure out how to categorize the restaurant. There were Spanish, middle-eastern, seafood, and a few other items on the menu. It was a great experience. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Seafood Selection
    CVOWren
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Catch 15 has good food - except for the baklava which is rolled rather than flat layers and not as sweet as it should be. We had the seared tuna and a salad which were both very good, as was the ricotta cheesecake. The restaurant would not take our Living Social voucher unless the bill was more than the voucher value and was very slow about showing up with the ordered extra (to go) which was a dessert that did not need preparation meaning that we were almost late for the theater performance afterwards for which we had tickets.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Nice lunch
    Greg
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Had a lot of options for the lunch menu. It was divided into raw bar, small plates, and entrees. This allowed there to be a great selection without being overwhelming.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful food and ambiance
    Charlie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I work not far from here and as they were building and said I have to check this out. This place did not let me down. Very beautiful in the inside, my kids said it was fancy. The food was d-elicious!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tango Night
    SuzHMack
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food was the best part of the experience. A little Spanish and Greek. But our table of four had trouble chatting over the loud tango music. We had a speaker directly over our table. I asked twice to turn it down just a bit. The second time got the attention of the manager who came to our table, interrupted our conversation to TELL me that it was Tango Night and they HAD to keep the music as it was. The dancers were at the far back end of this long restaurant and therefore not a great accompaniment to the tunes at our location. I was struck how he didn't get that we were part of his revenue and the dancers were an expense. Won't likely go back.
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  • A Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    A friend and I went here for dinner. We were seated immediately. Our waiter was outstanding, event the management cleaned off tables as needed. Each course was amazing, from the oysters, the scallops and every item we ordered was good.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A hidden gem
    macnosher
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Atmosphere: Casablanca on K Street. Lamb tagine, tuna tartar, seared scallop small plates all excellent. Server didn't seem to know oyster basics ... disappointing for an oyster bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent lunch option
    Saejin
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    The Grilled Marinated Octopus with polenta, recommended by the manager was AMAZING. The Seafood Salpicon al Spagnolla ceviche we ordered was okay. Neither super delicious nor bad. The Oysters Imperiale was good, but very rich. The manager was really helpful with his recommendations. If I were to come back, I'd just order two of the grilled octopus, it was that good!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good and Will Go Again
    juliew
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Very great. Especially if you like oysters. Went during Memorial Day weekend Saturday and it was not very full so we received excellent service. Our group of 6 (including some foodies) was the loudest and overall gave it an overall very great review. Will definitely try again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    dcstuffins
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Food was disappointing. Definitely wasn't worthy of the $90 bill. Appetizer was okay but the dinner food was rather bland. Hubby had Filet of Sole and I had the stuffed chicken breast. Both needed something. We had to leave there and go somewhere else for dessert. Ambiance was fun and captured the dc feel that we were looking for.
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  • Dynamic spot - lunch to late night
    kdmorton
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Two words: Veggie empanadas I realize this is a seafood place, but I am telling you, get the veggie empanadas. The atmosphere is great for a business lunch by day and a date by night. The space is a bit tight with larger than necessary furniture. I had to move my chair into the aisle on more than one occasion to get up. Still, it was a great dinner with quick service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Catch 15
    eatatjoesVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Went there for lunch because I had heard that the owners were the same group that had Tuscan West. Restaurant is very trendy with a good bar and various size tables. The food was excellent. I had a beet and tomato gazpacho that was very good and beef rib ravioli that had a great taste and wonderful sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor food, ambiance, and service
    REL1VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Although the 3 courses for $20 lunch special sounds like a good deal, I was greatly disappointed. Both my date and I agreed that we could have made better dishes at home. The pasta sauce tasted like it came out of a can of (bad) marinara, and I've never had such soggy tiramisu. The bread at the beginning of the meal and our caesar salads were the best part of the whole experience. Disinterested and casual waiters added to the poor experience, as did the dark brown decor that made you feel like you were undergroun and it was midnight, even though we were dining in the middle of the day. There are hundreds of other restaurants in DC i would choose to go back to spend my money on.
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  • jgronerVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I ate at the bar and I enjoyed the ambience there. Almost as good as the old Tuscana West. I had the salmon burger - delicious!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Newer Spot with Potential
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    A group of 5 went for an early lunch and we wanted to try something new. The restaurant had a great feel and and set up. The food was tasty but for certain dishes too salty for my liking and the service was a little slow. It has a lot of promise and I would be open to try it out for a different meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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  • In the area, give it a try
    FoodieMamaVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Our pre-theatre dinner was fine. We ordered a lot of small plates to share. Everything was tasty and nicely presented, but nothing was a real stand-out. The bar is nice, so I would think it gets a nice crowd in the later evening. Try it if you are in the area and want a nice spot to relax and have some small bites. The only real issue was with the chars at the tables; they are very deep and so you cannot relax into them and still reach your food on the table. Pillows would be helpful, especially for smaller folks who do not fill up these very large chairs.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.