DC Coast
DC Coast

DC Coast

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://dccoast.com/dccoast.html
  • Phone: 2022165988x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 5:30 - 9:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Tunks
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 14th St NW
  • Public Transit: McPherson Square
    Blue and Orange Lines
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Available after 5:30pm for $7.00
A word from DC Coast
DC Coast is the flagship restaurant of David Wizenberg, Gus DiMillo, and Chef Jeff Tunks, proprietors of Passion Food Hospitality. Located in DC's first Art Deco building, DC Coast strives to redefine classic cuisine and spirits. Chef Miles Vaden puts his own creative twist on the tri-coastal cuisine that has made DC Coast a popular dining spot for the last 15 years while bartender Lauren Lowe mixes up classic Prohibition Era cocktails with her own modern flavor. In addition to the regular menu, DC Coast offers a new tasting menu each month, featuring the cuisine and wine of a different coast from around the world.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
DC Coast reviews from OpenTable diners
196 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (92)special occasion (92)great for lunch (59)romantic (52)notable wine list (38)good for groups (38)neighborhood gem (22)vibrant bar scene (19)hot spot (12)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Wonderful food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a great experience at DC Coast. The food was wonderful (we both had the Lobster Stir-Fry) and the waitress was extremely friendly and helpful. The only thing bad I can say is the woman working the entrance was not very friendly. Everything else was superb.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • First time
    mcgwuireVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    First time to DC Coast. Our server's shift ended in the middle of our dinner and it was obvious. I paid my way through college waiting tables for nine years and from my perspective service was bad. Appetizer's were really good. My dates meal was excellent, mine (fish of the day) was bland and dry. The dessert was terrible, red velvet brownie; it tasted like something that just came out of the freezer and literally had no flavor. I would go back to DC Coast and give it a second try because I believe we just caught them on a bad night.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best seafood in Dc
    Smiledr
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is not only the best seafood in DC but the service is outstanding. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CJ
    CHKHVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My wife and I were very disappointed. Way overpriced food, service by the waiter non existent ( we did not see our waiter between the time we ordered and the time we chased her down for the bill), 8$ for water service( we got one glass each). Do yourself a favour and don't be tricked by the tourist guides. They got this one wrong.
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  • Great spot
    DefNotAFoodie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great menu with healthy seafood options. Knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed the "Southern fusion"
    Parisian
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The elegance and comfort of the restaraunt certainly enhanced the dining experience. The service was professional. The food was as good as any can be found. I loved the "Southern Fusion" of sophisticated choices using traditional southern dishes such as Collard Greens and Succotash. I think it is a perfect restaraunt for a special ocassion or for entertaining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so happy to return
    Willtvl4greatfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Just moved back to DC and this was our first revisit in many years.......service and food were still amazing. Fish of the day was prepared with lovely expertise by the chef..... Glad to have this in our area Great for seafood
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fab for restaurant week price
    Dale
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was excellent, largest cobb salad I ever had & artic char was superbly skin charred.
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    great for lunch
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  • Excellent Food
    GAfoodguy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great value and excellent food ate here for restaurant week with 5 friends and everyone was impressed with food, service, and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    AMG22
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I opted for the watermelon gazpacho and the swordfish skewers and was NOT disappointed! They were both amazing! The service was excellent and I can't wait to back to the restaurant! Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DC Coast
    GoTotheArtandSoul
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    DC Coast was a first for me-Aug 13, 2014. The location and wine was great. As I looked around at other servers and what he or she was doing, my server was not as attentive. I don't think there were enough choices for restaurant week and 4 of the choices you added nine dollar to the restaurant week price. Maybe lunch is different? Thanks
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday Lunch
    LuvsMinions
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our team went to DC Coast to celebrate a colleague's birthday. I had reserved the table through Open Table and noted that we were celebrating a birthday. Imagine our surprise when we saw "Happy Birthday Anthony" on all of our menus! Nice touch. The service was excellent; the food was great. I am already planning my next birthday celebration there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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  • dinner with friend
    rebeccaofdcVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Known for seafood. That is the reason to dine at DC Coast. Watermelon gazpacho with crab a must-order!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good meal
    MollyVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    DC Coast consistently provides good food and service, every time. That's why we don't hesitate to return or recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sadly disappointed
    Nomoredccoast
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I chose this resturant because we had a wonderful experience last year for summer resturant week... Sadly disappointed this summer ... The watermelon gasps vh needed another ingredient to blend the multi ingredients into one ... Scallops entree was sub par and used left over black eye peas and orizo.... We always include on our list for resturant week, but this year was a sleeper....
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  • Restaurant Week
    Jeanne
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We went to DC Coast for Restaurant Week and enjoyed it. The food was delicious, but was not the best I have ever had. Our server was OK, but did not check on us very often, and did not give overly helpful suggestions unless you were willing to pay more than the $35 pre-fixe menu.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Dissapointing Compared to Past
    FoxonWheelsVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Disappointing meal, particularly compared to past experiences. Been to DC Coast numerous times and was VERY pleased. Last night, drinks were great, appetizers excellent, all three main courses underwhelming. Ordered scallops w/mashed blackeyed peas/roasted peppers/orzo/kale and country ham vinaigrette. Sounds good, right? Well, it was nothing short of weird in terms of texture, as well as tasteless(very little viniagrete, if any at all). Too much orzo, which worked poorly with the blackeyed peas. The scallops, however, were nicely cooked and sweet. To our server's credit, he asked how I liked it and based on my response, quickly offered a replacement. Chose grilled porkchop, which was overcooked; rhubarb mustard overly sweet. Sorry guys.
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  • Restaurant Week Tasting
    NoviceTravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    A couple of co-workers and I were waiting for Restaurant week here in DC to try some restaurants. We have been to at least 3 of the Passion Food establishment restaurants(Ceiba, Acadiana). DC Coast was next on our list. The restaurant is very elegant, customer service was a great. Appetizer I ordered was the grits and shrimp fritters-very good! Entree was the PoBoy-I was not impressed at all and I wasn't quite sure of what seafood was used. I have had great PoBoy's from New Orleans, so I know how it was supposed to taste. There was more batter than meat and it was very greasy. They did change my order. Ambience was very nice, I may have to give them another try, but try something else.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food prepared with imagination
    Strohmer
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent choice for dinner with good friends. Everything we had was excellent. My husband and I both had the lobster. The lobster was prepared perfectly and the preparation was very interesting. I am still wondering how the chef prepared the spinach. Although the lobster was presented with the shells, there was no necessity to crack the shells to get the meet. Also there was a very good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • When Visitng DC we Visit DC Coast
    Skip
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We try and have dinner at DC Coast when visiting. We have been there as a couple and with our family and grandchildren (8-12) and always had a great experience. We usually enjoy the fish and the salmon special last weekend was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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  • Accessible, unpretentious elegance
    BurkeBoy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We don't get in to town as often as we would like, but when we do DC Coast is a reliable favorite. The staff is wonderful, the food is memorable. We love the high ceiling, decor, ample windows and overall ambience. On this special occasion I let the waitress and chef choose my two-course meal. They delivered two items I would not have chosen, but I am so very glad I left the decisions in their hands. They know their stuff better than I do. The only negative for the evening was the seating. They gave us a nice private booth for our special occasion, which was much appreciated. However I didn't find the cushioned back up port very comfortable after a while. Good old chairs are more comfortable, and that is their standard arrangement.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Attention to Every Detail
    Zuri
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    From the ambiance to the tasty treat that accompanies the check...you can't go wrong
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Each time is a great experience
    Nena
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I have been at DC Coast for lunch on several occasions, and there is never ever a complaint. In my last visit I went with my boss and a co-worker to celebrate my boss’s 30th anniversary at the agency, and we were so pleasantly surprised to see the printed menu with a personal touch. The food? was absolutely delicious. As a foodie that I think I am, I am also a farmer’s market frequently visitor and noticed that the slices of tomato served with my “Po’ boy” sandwich was the freshest I ever eaten at a restaurant. Well done Chef!! The service? PRIME!! Was absolutely professional and courteous! Thank you for making lunch a very special one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth trying once or as a regular
    Lily1908
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Let me just start by saying, our server was AMAZING! She was poised and exuded the essence of how you'd expect from high-class DC Coast. Friendly, professional, witty, and knowledgeable. The restaurant was clean. Food was just ok. I've dined there before in the winter time (twice) and had their delicious seafood gumbo. This is a must taste if they feature it again. This time, I had an Asian style lobster that was over-seasoned and the portion size was a bit limiting also. But it was the little visitor that popped out from the sugar tray our server brought out with our coffee. It was a small roach YES I couldn't believe my eyes! Luckily, our server caught it before it could get into our desert but my appetite was ruined after that. Sigh :(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • efyjt
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great place for birthday.. Special Menu with birthday greeting and special desert for celebrant.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I go to DC Coast because I love their Louisiana Seafood Gumbo--unique and spicy. On my recent visit in July, I ordered it and was disappointed that the recipe seemed to have changed. It's not as spicy and tasty as previous one. My lunch guest was satisfied with her scallops.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Very limited menu. Not enogjt seafood choices. I would not characterize this as a seafood restaurant
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  • Wonderful Experience
    Notquiteafoodie
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a group of 6 and were treated so well. The food and wine were outstanding and the service was so friendly. Wonderful experience that I will remember for a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BobR
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Excellent meals, but for a seafood restaurant, I was disappointed it didn't have a larger selection of fresh fish.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One bad apple
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I would hate to sum up our entire experience with the staff as sub par or even poor exclusively based on the poor service we got from our waitress Joan W. The hostess Laura was bright and accomodating, and the bus boy (who's name we didn't get because his English wasn't strong) was alert and welcoming. I just can't get over how high the price tag was on an attitude that poor. Joan was very brief with us with our questions and focused soley on the table in front of us. Overall we enjoyed ourselves and if we return in the near future, we hope for a more friendly dining service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall great experience
    divacmt
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We recently celebrated a friends birthday at DC Coast. The service and food was great! Edwin our waiter was very accomodating as well as the staff overall. The manager even checked in to ensure things were going smoothly and to deliver a birthday cake. We had an awesome time and will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No Joy
    HonmgryVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    DC Coast is not what it used to be. After many years as happy patrons, last evening was a major disappointment. Our server was not happy to be there and the "chef" apparently didn't care much about the quality of the food. It was a shame to see a formerly good establishment go down hill.
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  • Good fish
    janelc
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We all art fish and everything was beautifully presented and tasty.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fun
    rose16
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    DC Coast has been a meeting place for sometime. My friends and I enjoy the food, waiters & waitress, as well as the location and atmosphere! It is truly a warm and welcoming spot. This pass occasion was very special because we had not seen each other for 4 years. We had a great time. Good food and wonderful company equals great time!
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    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Our dinner plans fell through at the last minute and I jumped on Open table and found DC Coast. Got a reservation right away, walked a few blocks over and had a great experience. Can't think of a better place to go on a Saturday night in DC for an amazing dinner... Food was spectacular! Service was great!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 16th Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Your menu for your 16th was FANTASTIC! Our entire group ordered the wine pairing one and we all thought it was delicious!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • expensive - Not anything special
    1shadeofgray
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Looked for a restaurant within walking distance of our hotel, for a business dinner. Made a reservation for 4 for 6:30pm, on a Saturday. The restaurant was not busy. Wine by the glass, 1 appetizer, 4 entrees, 2 desserts, with tip, totaled $400.00+. Service was good but waited a long time for the second glass of wine. I do not know if the bar is slow or the wait staff was spread too thin. The menu is limited and tries to be every "in". The food was good but not exceptional. If you are looking for a "white table cloth" type of restaurant where you can actually have a conversation and can hear the person opposite you, then this is an option. I am not experienced enough with the area to know if there was a better option nearby.
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  • Everything was perfect
    LovetoCook
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Friends highly recommended DC Coast and we were not disappointed. In fact, we went back for a 2nd night! Every dish was perfectly cooked. The Chinese lobster, crabcakes and watermelon soup were particularly standouts. And Jeanine was a delight. Her knowledge of the menu and ingredients were excellent, not to mention her wonderful personality.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Mission Accomplished
    RobinRVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Goal: find the best crab cake in DC. Found: Tower of Crab at DC Coast. Success. Not only was the crab cake amazing, it was served atop a perfectly executed soft shell crab. My niece never having either, was in heaven. I confirmed that they indeed were fantastic! The Corn bisque was also incredibe! Our server was attentive despite being on the upper level of the restaurant- cheerful each time he made the climb. It was a special dinner to top off a wonderful visit to DC.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Other Office
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Amazing food, served by delightful engaged staff who enjoy what they do and are great at it. Staff have sixth sense about business meetings and know just when to interrupt unobtrusively. Get the gumbo!
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.