Eatonville Restaurant
Eatonville Restaurant

Eatonville Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://eatonvillerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (202) 332-9672
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Friday: 11:00am - 12:00am
    Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00am
    Sunday: 9:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: We are located at the corner of 14th and V Street NW
  • Public Transit: We are located at the corner of 14th and V Street NW - 2 blocks from the Metro Yellow/Green Line - U Street Cardozo stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Underground parking is operated by Colonial Parking and is accessible from V Street between 13th and 14th.
A word from Eatonville Restaurant
Eatonville is the premier southern food restaurant in the city offering both traditional and non-traditional southern dishes. Sited in the historic U Street Corridor, the restaurant highlights Zora Neale Hurston's strong connection to Washington DC.
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Eatonville Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
220 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (131)neighborhood gem (102)fit for foodies (84)great for brunch (82)great for lunch (65)special occasion (56)hot spot (43)kid-friendly (33)great for outdoor dining (27)late-night find (20)romantic (17)scenic view (11)vibrant bar scene (6)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Always a fresh pleasure. I don't know how, but they still surprise me with something great, every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wait staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Nice comfortable atmosphere, very friendly service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun vibe and great food
    Jmedc
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Went for brunch. Friendly staff, colorful and unique decor. Great southern food, big portions at moderate prices. Will definitely go back to try other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Grilled Pineapple Salad and....
    perfectluncher
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The grilled pineapple and spinach salad was fantastic! It had just the right flavor, temperature (slightly warm), and freshness that made it absolutely scrumptious. The shrimp and oyster Po'boy was delicious too! The shrimp and oysters were lightly battered and tasty. The bread was a nice compliment with the inside softness and external crustiness that you would want in this sandwich. Overall, a nice meal complimented by attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eatonville is a treasure.
    Gailea
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Second time here when visiting DC. Loved the fried green tomatoes and vegetarian mushroom loaf entree. The restaurant's decor pays tribute to the African-American author Zora Neale Hurston. My first visit inspired me to read Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, which was an exceptional book.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even better early in the morning
    ImABlackPoem
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I usually go to Eatonville for brunch at 12 or 1 pm. Going at 10 am was perfect! I was seated immediately, my waitress was very attentive...I don't think there is a better time to go to Eatonville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food. great service
    ThomasZeigler66
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Thr restaurant was crowed as expected on a Saturday night. I made a reservation in advance. When I checked in the host explained that the table would be ready in 10 minutes. I checked back then and was told the table was being prepared. Shortly thereafter i received a text saying the table was ready. We were seated and the waitress was prompt in greeting us and taking the drink order. Within minutes the host and a waiter delivered two appetizers we didn't order. He explained they were complimentary since we made a reservation and the table was not ready on-time. I really appreciated the gesture, which went a long way to making me an even more regular guest. The food and drinks were very good, as usual. A very nice evening at Eatonville!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodiegirl
    Luvfood
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    First time at eatonville and loved it! Service and food were spectacular! Very good menu with delicious food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Liny
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Great experience mid-week birthday dinner for 14 people, choose a set menu giving guests lots of entrees for one price. One server but she was on time and very mindful of all our needs. Everyone received their food at the same time hot and very tasteful... Some guest ordered extra to take home. Will I be going back? YES
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent southern cooking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    the service was impecable. Very reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We had a party of nine people. One-third of the party ordered catfish and grits. It was excellent. Everyone enjoyed their selections and loved the ambiance. Service was attentive and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eatonville, your next destination?
    DCGator
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Food was good. Wine was good although very limited selection. Very noisy with a birthday party dinner on the other side of the restaurant. Server was not attentive; we had to chase down the manager to get our check. I had high hopes for this restaurant as it is located on the 14th St corridor. With the large amount of competition on 14th St, Eatonville is will not be our next destination.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lots of vegetarian options
    Bobbie19
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Lots of vegetarian options - delicious vegan gumbo!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Teka
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    A co-worker recommended the place because I am from the south and they serve soul food. Food was decent but service was lacking. In terms of specifics, not a lot of seasoning, grease and sugar. So collards were lacking a bit and grilled chicken was bland. Sweet mash potatoes was great but servers were intentionally not attentive. Price was decent too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Pleasant Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My family decided to have our monthly date at Eatonville and was pleasantly surprised with how much we truly enjoyed everything; from the atmosphere, to drinks all the way to the end of our entrees. The staff were very helpful and they blended well between their visits to the table. I will truly be re-visiting this establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place poor service
    DCDiner
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My group had a good time. The food was good at a fair price. The service however was not.. Waitress did not come back and check on us. One persons food took an hour to get to him.. Just not good service at all but again the place overall was good
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family fun at Eatonville
    PEFinDC
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a great night at Eatonville. Service was good, food was very good...have to say better than expected. It was loud in the restaurant but it added to the experience. Definitely would recommend to others, especially for groups. Not necessarily a romantic place, but a fun jubilant restaurant. The whole family loved it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food..timing could be better
    AvidDiner
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I recently dined at Eatonville and thoroughly enjoyed the food both appetizers and main course. The waitress was very attentive but not intrusive. One thing that I was disappointed about was the delivery of the appetizers. The appetizers arrived 1 or 2 minutes AFTER being served our main entrees. Therefore we had quite a full table. I would have preferred receiving my appetizers in advance of the entree. To be fair the waitress did ask if we wanted to wait and order the entrees after we received the appetizers. Had I known they would both arrive together I would have taken the waitress up on her offer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GoodEater
    GoodEater
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My husband and I have taken friends to Eatonville for dinner twice in the past 3 weeks. The food is GREAT, I love the decor, service is friendly, it's easy to get to, and it's even possible to get street parking. The only downside is that it can get quite loud on a Friday night, which makes conversation difficult. But I dream about the fried chicken!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impressed
    Naya
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I have to give it up to Eatonville. I have been here before but this time the food really wow'ed me! Not to mention it was a last minute party of 16 for my bday. They were very accommodating, the food was AMAZING (everyone said so) and the ambiance was just right for my 31st bday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We loved it. The fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, burger, and fried chicken salad were all awesome. Our waiter Karim was really great, and the beer as well as the juleps were good. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent for Professional Groups!
    WorldTraveler
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The menu was impressive, and the ambiance was perfect for our group event.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food wasn't that good
    lovelyinparis76VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Ordered the farm fresh market omelet with grits. Didn't like the grits at all. The biscuits had a weird after taste. My drink wasn't well made because the sugar wasn't dissolved. Won't go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sunday Brunch
    USAFRet9212
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We've dined here numerous times and have never been disappointed. It's a great spot for romantic dinners and brunch with friends. The food is always good and I'm in love with the lavender lemonade.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time in DC
    TX2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I really enjoyed myself! I ordered the fried chicken, mac & cheese and collard greens....I was NOT a fan of the greens. Everything else was delicious but I'm from Texas and we do not prepare our greens with whatever was used to make them sweet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Southern style comfort food
    IndyinDC
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My mother, brother and his family were in town and we needed a family friendly place that could accommodate 3 kids (aged 7-13). Eatonville was a top option on Yelp so I decided to give it a try. The interior are was interesting and provided a stimulating visual environment. There were good food options for the kids and adults. All of the food was very good and the service was excellent. Everyone enjoyed the experience and the food. I'd definitely go back with the family, or just with my wife.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome experience!
    ATLgirl
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This restaurant come highly recommended by a friend in Atlanta. We had a large group and everyone was completely satisfied! The good was amazing and the service was outstanding! This will be my go-to spot whenever I visit DC!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun spot for dinner
    PAWs
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I like this restaurant, however they made us wait about 20 minutes to sit, even though we had a reservation. It was fine, but a little annoying as we had a 12 year old with us and it was getting pretty late. The good and service after that however was very good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great soul food and nice vibe.
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My wife had been wanting to come here for some time (especially since she is a Zora Neale Hurston fan), so we decided to go for the first time. Our biggest regret is that we didn't come here sooner. Everything we ate was outstanding! The corn muffins were so tasty, and the sweet butter complemented it perfectly. I had the shrimp and grits and my wife had the catfish and grits - both really good. The side of macaroni and cheese was exceptional. And our cocktails were out of this world - my wife had the mango cocktail, and I had the grown and sexy - and boy, did I feel grown and sexy after that drink! Being a white boy from Boston, I got a new appreciation for soul food. We plan on coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Excellent southern food! Beautifully presented. Friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lepopoviVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    So glad we made reservations! Walked right in and sat down! Food was delicious and it was definitely a good portion. Very affordable as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly recommended
    JaziJ
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Very nice spot. I visited the establishment for brunch over the weekend. I had the omelet and my friend had the fish and grits. Both were amazing, so complaints and the mimosas were good as well. I'll definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    dcdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I had the hash and eggs and it was a nice small/medium portion but the shocker was the egg! They poach the egg and then panko crust it and lightly deep fry it. I've never had an egg like that before and it was delicious! My roomie had a chicken, biscuit, and mac and cheese dish and she loved it. It's not exactly a value meal but the flavors are worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch - Southern Style
    thedivaesq
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    As a native Texan, I tend to side-eye southern food restaurants in locales outside of the south. However, I was very pleased with the food at Eatonville. The catfish, grits, greens, mac n cheese were all cooked and seasoned very well. A group of four of us ate at the restaurant while visiting DC from Houston and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. I got the Eggs & Fixings, as did another in our group, while two others got the catfish and grits. The service was ok. They brought out the wrong meal for two of us and so they had to wait while it got corrected. And we had to ask the waitress for condiments several times. But overall, we enjoyed the ambiance and the restaurant was bright and filled with sunlight. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit
    awesomefood
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great environment, friendly staff, AWESOME food & location.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    PickyLady
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great food. Great Atmosphere. Awesome. Loved it. Myelf, family and friends will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • love the food but not the service
    YdaisiesVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Eatonville has the most incredible food. I'm from California and had never had Southern food. My gosh those Gruyere Jalapeño grits are outstanding. However, the service is hit and miss. I've been here when it was great and today it was meh. I don't think our server liked us or maybe she was having a bad day or maybe she felt we were out of place because we weren't of her race. Nonetheless, I will continue to come here because of the food and hope service improves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eatonville experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was great. Our server seemed distracted or a little overwhelmed had to wait on a couple items but overall my party had a good time. If the server was more attentive I would have given a higher rating but the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern Comfort
    AndreaD
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I really enjoyed my experience at Eatonville. The food was amazing and the service was better. I had the Shrimp and Grits and it was the best I've ever had! Will be going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great!
    bbbbVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Eatonville is a great staple for the neighborhood. Great food and a great space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate