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 - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 5:30 - 9:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Miles Vaden
  • 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, 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 head bartender Brian Swayze mixes up classic Prohibition Era cocktails with her own modern flavor. In addition to the regular menu, DC Coast offers a daily selection of fresh catch fish.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
DC Coast reviews from OpenTable diners
181 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (95)special occasion (81)great for lunch (66)romantic (41)good for groups (41)notable wine list (35)neighborhood gem (24)vibrant bar scene (18)hot spot (13)late-night find (7)great for brunch (6)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • great choice for any occassion
    Lizzie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We've been to DC Coast serveral times before with business associates but decided to go for our wedding anniversary. Food, service, ambiance were all exceptional. We went with the server's recommendations for wine (which we don't often do) and it was a terrific pairing for our food choices. Food was well prepared, attractively and creatively presented and tasted great! Will definitely return next trip to Washington.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • gathered with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Best caviar service! Requested custom drinks from the bar that were perfection. Definitely a creative delicious menu.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Solid spot
    Rky23VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The service was friendly and very helpful. The food was pretty good but a few things were just standard. Great location and brunch bottomless mimosa deal is very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great choice
    Calm
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The food and service are consistently excellent. There are standards on the menu but it also changes with the seasons. Best of all are the the daily catch options with a vatiety of interesting sauces to choose from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Great downtown seafood for lunch, right on K st. I had the arctic char, which was tremendous.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • A Must Dine in D.C.
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    DC Coast offered an unparalleled dining experience. From the moment we walked in and were welcomed from our hometown and wished a happy anniversary to the close of the night when we received complimentary dessert, DC Coast was all we had hoped for... Edwin, our waiter and host for the evening, had a great demeanor and a knowledge of the food, the wine and the DC area. He showed interest and a desire to engage with us throughout the evening. I highly recommend this restaurant as a must stop for your next visit to the Capitol! We will return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My 1st time
    Piper1913
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our server, Jeanine was outstanding!!! She made our Anniversary dinner on to remember. Her recommendations of dishes and drinks were on point. The smoked lobster had my girlfriend humming "a happy tune" after every bite. 😊
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I made a recent trip to DC and having stayed at The Hamilton at 14th and K previously, took in this restaurant (I've been there a couple of times). It was excellent--as usual. We had the tasting menu with paired wines and it was uniformly superb, with great service. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Still Doing It Right!
    UnclePesty
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Recently returned to this flagship of the conglomerate and found all in order. Our party of 6 was seated quickly even though late for a 6:30 Friday reservation. The house was about 2/3- 3/4 full. Waitress was prompt, professional, and helpful. She knew what was going on with all the specials as well as regular menu items and wine list. The swordfish special was a big hit with the 3 in our party who ordered it. The standard menu scallops were cooked to perfection. The "traditional" stir-fry smoked lobster was a great presentation with equally successful taste! Even the steak at this predominantly seafood place was up to expectation for the 1 who ordered it. We'll definitely keep it in the rotation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Entrees were good, but nothing else
    OMsO
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I asked the waiter to point to out a rose for us, but of course he couldn't find it either. He had to go back and ask the manager. He came back and again after two minutes of looking found the one rose by the glass. We ordered shrimp cocktails to start and Caesar salads. Shrimp tasted frozen and the Caesar was drenched to the point that I wanted to send it back. I should have because the small salad with my main course was also drenched. I ordered the crab cakes and my colleague ordered the scallops. They were actually pretty good. The waiter of course forgot our side of collard greens. Told him to forget it when he offered to place the order after our entrees were served. Food and service was ok. I will not return.
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  • Still delightful!!!
    Essjay05
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Recently selected DC Coast for a spur of the moment Tuesday night business dinner for five. What a great decision! Service was impeccable, crowd was light and food was superb!! The red velvet brownie is ridiculously delicious. I think I'll be returning very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wouldn't go back
    glutenfreehsj
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Went for dinner, I had the Coast to Coast tasting. Course 1: half a cup of oyster stew, great. Course 2: crab cake, great Course 3: Rockfish with creamed spinach and over cooked finger potatoes with gravy... terrible!!!! Flavors were gross together. Course 4: mason jar of melted sundae (Ihave had a better sundae from McDonalds for a buck). Oh, and the waiter was WAY too chatty. Hey buddy, I am here to eat, not hear your personal philosophies on education. Ugh, do not recommend!
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  • SimplyV
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great place to hang out with friends. Food was very good and a great friendly staff. I would recommend this restaurant to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slowwww.....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    everything was great except the pace of service. it took forever...
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  • Boring and safe
    decentseafoodforMSPVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This place was stale. Did the tasting menu and the food wasn't bad, but it was NOT exciting. Time to get a new chef and steps things up unless you're just catering to every 80 year old in a suit that walks in the door.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kiki
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Very good food and service. Great bar service. I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting great seafood
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Frequent Customer
    swmboVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our Nth visit to DC Coast. It continues to be our go-to restaurant for out of town guests, close friends and 'just us' meals. Beginning with the friendly bartender who clearly loves the place and promotes their other properties, to the patient wait staff who rarely roll their eyes at our failure to look at the menu until their 3rd attempt to take our order, we are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Great service Ok Food
    ConferenceTraveller
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The service was great and server we had was very friendly and helpful. Food was ok, although over seasoned and very salty.
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  • Love this place!
    Ehpasmal
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I absolutely adore this place. We go here frequently for lunch and I can't speak highly enough about it. I have not had anything on their menu (or their specials) that wasn't delicious! The staff is fantastic- I had the soft shell crab po'boy one day with sweet potato fries and I asked for bbq sauce (I always do this with sweet potato fries, call me weird) and the waiter went into their staff fridge to find me bbq sauce because they don't generally have any otherwise. He was a complete doll about it! Another waiter spoke five languages- which was great, as he spoke italian with me, tagalog with my phillipino coworker, etc. Very charming! It's never crazy for lunch and we love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • excellent fish
    DenSVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went on a Saturday night, and had little time prior to a show at 7:30PM.... We had salmon, and it was excellent.... the salad and the dressing was also superb.. Desert was taken from another menu (peach cobbler) and it was actually not good.... but many other deserts were available, but they seemed over the top and we were running out of time.... the service was also tops.... they helped us with a cab... Would definitely recommend.
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  • Wonderful food!
    foodietourist
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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  • 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.
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    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
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    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
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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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  • 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
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    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • 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.
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    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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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • 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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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