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DC Coast
DC Coast

DC Coast Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://dccoast.com/dccoast.html
  • Phone: (202) 216-5988
  • 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
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants

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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Very limited menu. Not enogjt seafood choices. I would not characterize this as a seafood restaurant"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We all art fish and everything was beautifully presented and tasty."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Your menu for your 16th was FANTASTIC! Our entire group ordered the wine pairing one and we all thought it was delicious!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Elegantly prepared food and a perfect recommendation for wine. Attentive service, but not overbearing. I celebrated my birthday here and couldn't have asked for a better experience."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This was my first visit to DC Coast this year. Food and service were both good. One issue was that the bread seemed stale."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We dined at DC Coast Friday evening after work. The fixed price menu looked so yummy we all ordered it. The oyster with the ginger mignonette was perfection, followed by a tower of a perfectly battered soft shell crab topped with a tiny crab cake, followed by the perfectly cooked bite of halibut and ending with a chocolate bombe. The menu was perfection! Our server Jamie was a delight. We love coming here because the food and atmosphere are always first class."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Elegant atmosphere topped off by an enthusiastic server."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Nice upscale place w/ good bartenders and good food."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food was delicious! The soft shell crab on the crab tower was the best I have ever had. Crab cake was also good but surprisingly it had a few shells in it. All 4 of us enjoyed every bite of our dinners. Chocolate bomb dessert was just that - the bomb! Yum. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was very good. I really enjoyed my dinner. The rest was okay. The restaurant felt a little tired and the service, while enthusiastic, was okay. But I'd go back because we had such lovely food. That surprised me because the feeling in the restaurant didn't match the food. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I met up with a friend and husband who were visiting the city. DC Coast was the perfect type of restaurant where we were able to catch up without yelling while dining on delicious fish and seafood and good wine. I will be back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "DC Coast is an excellent restaurant. This is the second time I have been there, and it was as perfect as was the first time. I will recommend DC Coast to my friend and coworkers."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My soft-shell crab was indifferent, heavy on the batter, overcooked, tasteless, swamped in bland sauce. The sorbet was pretty good."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We have never been disappointed at D.C. Coast. The food is always delicious and the service superb. Because they regularly change their menu, the selections always remain interesting and enticing. We took a friend from Australia here and she was overwhelmed with how wonderful everything was. If in season, get their crab dishes, which is what we all enjoyed this time around."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Visiting the capitol for the weekend and found this little gem. The food was great, the service was fantastic and even though we were in our day clothes (too far to go back to the hotel to change) DC Coast made us feel very welcome. By the time we got there the patio was full but it looked fun. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Family went here to celebrate graduation. The food was overpriced and the service lackluster. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We went to DC Coast to celebrate our daughters Commissioning into the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and the experience did not disappoint. We had a extremely delicious dinner and the chef even accommodated my less then adventurous 13 year old daughter. Our server made the whole experience a night we will remember forever !! Thank you DC Coast for always being a restaurant we can count on :)"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Had a lovely lunch with my family. We were looking for something close to my office that took reservations and had a diverse selection for our crowd. The asparagus soup was perfection, the salad was divine and the po'boy was lovely. My son had the cat fish fingers and ate every last one. He's a little over a year and the wait staff was incredibly attentive. They have highchairs and got us seated immediately. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Everything was perfect at DC Coast. The food was absolutely delicious! Every dish came out perfectly. There are a lot of classic dishes and then some dishes with very unique twists (like kim chi mashed potatoes! Yum!). The service was great and they were so responsive to everything. My family really had a great time. Thank you DC Coast! "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Food was good but the wait for service was long and the noise level was high. The food is expensive and not necessarily special but it is tasty. Overall, I think the restaurant is expensive for what you get."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I took my wife and daughter here for Mother's Day. My wife has said so many times that she wanted to go to D.C. Coast. So I surprised her. The service, Jeanine, was exceptional. Jeanine loves her job and you can tell from her exuberance and knowledge of the menu. Food, no complaints. I had crab cakes, all meat. My wife had a special, halibut. And my daughter had salmon. Both perfectly cooked. My daughter didn't even have to tell them how to cook salmon; medium. If any cons, for big eater like me, LOL, the two 3 oz crab cakes, weren't enough. Jeanine made a great wine suggestion for my wife, Cashmere. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "DC Coast was a fabulous experience. We were greeted at the bar by Jeremy, perhaps the best bartender I've met in years. His approach, personality and welcoming grace were fantastic. Our meal was superb, as was the atmosphere. I would recommend this restaurant for any special occasion that arises. I can't wait to return to Washington so I can dine at DC Coast again "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The menu is excellent as is the quality of he food. Service was very good also "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was great. The service was great as well. The environment was pretty upscale. It kind of made me feel out of place when the waiter(s) continued to ask about wine and then seemed shocked when we informed them we did not drink. Other than that it was a nice place but obviously geared towards the older and a little over middle class crowd. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We had an absolutely amazing dinner here! The food was probably the best we had ever had! The appetizer crabcake was the best thing we had ever tasted with the most amazing quality crab in it! Wine was perfect and excellent and the main course was to die for! I had the chef's special which was wild alaskan salmon and it was the best salmon I had ever tasted! My friend had the pork chops and it was the absolute best meal ever as well! "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "DC Coast is a highly dependable restaurant for a reasonably quick business lunch. Service is prompt and helpful without hovering, the food is very good, healthy options and well-prepared. Good central location. I often order two appetizers. The DC Coast salad is wnderful and can be ordered in a 1/2 side. Added benefit are small treats the chef often brings at the end of the meal even if you don't order dessert. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Nice to be in a quiet restaurant instead of a noisy one. Food was interesting, service was attentive and proactive. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Although DC Coast is a very pretty place the food is less than desirable. I had a steak and ordered it "black and blue". It came out medium well. They gladly replaced it and even though it still was not cooked perfectly, I ate it. The steak was chewy- fatty and not of good quality. Good status it was also covered with an unnecessary sweet sauce. The wine list is nice and the service was very good."
    Dined on 4/25/2014