Eatonville Restaurant
Eatonville Restaurant

Eatonville Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://eatonvillerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 202-332-9672x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, 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
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz with

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
239 reviews since May 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (137)neighborhood gem (115)fit for foodies (98)great for brunch (93)special occasion (74)great for lunch (74)hot spot (51)kid-friendly (47)great for outdoor dining (41)late-night find (28)romantic (23)vibrant bar scene (10)scenic view (9)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • 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
  • Great!
    Courtalexandrea3
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The service is great every time I go here and the food is true southern comfort! Delicious food and it is always hard to choose what you want!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love it and keep coming back
    yummy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Not a great spot for a lite bite, but wonderful heavy southern food -- fried green tomatoes, gumbo, ribs and shrimp and grits. Sure the salads are terrific but not the reason to frequent Eatonville! make sure to have the corn muffins!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Relaxed, good food, drinks
    PatindcnowVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    First time weeknight empty at 7 filled up within an hour. Happy hour $8 Mango Mohito was great..Ordered seafood slider appetizers(1 fried oyster,1 schrimp and 1 catfish slider..the rolls were too big for small portion of seafood but was tasty. Corn bread very good. Friends had fried chicken which they enjoyed with mac and cheese and collard greens (too vinegary). I had ribs which fell off the bone..Sauce was sweet-could have used a little heat to make them great. Mashed sweet potatoes were very good as was the sweet potato sausage hash. Their house cold slaw was also very good included grilled corn which was different. Overall was great outing..Spotted a few senators and congressmen enjoying themselves. Look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eatonville Eats
    Sharid
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Second time here and not the last. The cornbread is so good you want to order extra just cause you can. Left with full stomachs and didn't dare look at dessert. Will definitely be back for more and soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time
    everydayJoe
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Eatonville. An interesting find close to U Street. The food was very good. However, if you a looking for "fit fare", this may not be the place for you. The drinks were great too. All-in-all, a great place and fairly priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A U Street Find
    ZahavaVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Met a friend for lunch. Had the crab soup and the orange and beet salad with grilled shrimp. Everything was delicious, including the after lunch coffee, which never happens. Service was excellent - very attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refreshing
    ExtreamlySatisfied
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I have been twice. Sunny the waitress is a rare find in the DC area. Totally attentive and professional.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummm
    22plante
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    great brunch, food, ambiance, and service! The murals are visual eye candy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for groups of friends
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had a group of five which grew to seven. The waitress was very relaxed and accomodating to the confusion of ordering and serving a group with random arrival times. Food was excellent. Not oversalted as in so many restaurants these days. Room was full and lively, but we could still hear everyone at the table speak.
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Brought our out of town guests
    keperkin4
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was a great choice for our Southern out of town guests. They really enjoyed the food and the decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunchtime in August
    WisdomBrown
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Eatonville is a great place to experience good food after touring the city or if you work in the District to grab a decent lunch in a relaxing atmosphere. The restaurant is spacious and the lighting is perfect for that time of day. The staff is courteous and if your cellphone needs charging they will try to accommodate you. The location is perfect since public transportation is abundantly available. This is my 3rd visit and I try a different entrée each time and Eatonville has not disappointed me or my family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the trip.
    nyclez
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I live in Gaithersburg, md but I traveled here to celebrate a coworkers birthday. The staff was incredible! He took our order without writing anything down and got everything right. The fried chicken was to die for. I've never had such a juicy fried chicken breast. I tasted the jambalaya and the collard greens which were also very tasty. I ordered shrimp and grits. I got huge shrimp and delicious cheesy grits. We ordered a second basket of the honey cornbread. It was that good. The biscuit that comes with the fried chicken was tough and bland.The red velvet cake was also disappointing Too much dense,blah frosting.The server kindly replaced it with key lime pie. Delish! You will love the tasty drinks.We only had nonalcoholic. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eatonville southern twist
    vhillmd
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a table for 10 and had a great time. First, it has parking ( a rarity in D.C.). Our server was very nice and gave us excellent recommendations. It's southern food with a twist, almost an update on the comfort food I grew up on. I cannot remember all that we ordered, but all the plates were complete empty when we finished. The drinks are sweet, even the mimosa. If you don't mind or used to sweet drinks, it great! I would recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Location
    drmotx
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It was great to go and celebrate my mom's 60th birthday. I wish we had known about the cake fee but that was no biggie.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Staff was overwhelmed
    eaterouter
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I recently had my birthday dinner at Eatonville with 15 people and the food came very quickly and it was delicious. Although the food was great, the waitress was a little overwhelmed and had a bit of an attitude, but it didn't take away from the ambience and my experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kimmy
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food as excellent. Service was a little slow, but we were in no rush.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lunch party
    STP72VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    They were very accommodating for my lunch group of 21. The waitress and staff was very patient despite the whirlwind of activity.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was just okay
    dnaz
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I'm not an expert on Southern Cuisine but I was not impressed. The HushPuppy starter had the right flavor but I could not get pass the taste of the burned bread coating. For my entree, the best thing on my plate was the Southern Fried Chicken. The collard greens needed help (spices maybe), the mac and cheese needed salt, and the sweet potatoes were runny. I was not blown away by the food or the decor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Atmosphere
    bdaycelebration
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I really enjoyed the atmosphere, the food and the drink selections. The food was excellent, the service was great and the wait time for the food was acceptable. Eatonville is good for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Soul Food Spot
    eharvey2
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I love the relaxed feel of Eatonville – great southern cooked meals I felt like I was back at home in the south. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The fried chicken was amazing and the mac & cheese was delightful. They had sweet tea w/ free refills very hard to find in the DC area. The service was wonderful and friendly. I will definitely return to try some other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Strange seating
    BrunchAddict
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The only reason I didn't give Eatonville 5 stars is that for some reason, even though the restaurant was pretty empty when we got there, the set our party of 7 in a strange side table that you had to squeeze in and out of.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it was ok
    babygirlt430
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was good. Our waiter had the shortest attention span. He was not consistent in making sure we were ok. I saw him at the bar chit chatting with the bartender for a while. My drink was not refilled the entire time I was there. I had to flag a waitress down to help us because our waiter was no where to be found. When he was at our table his attitude was that of someone who really didn't want to be there. I wont be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & service!
    CHAR66
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I had a 8:15 reservation during restaurant week. Although extremely busy, we were seated within15 mminutes. Our waiter was great & very attentive. Would definitely return & recommend to many.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service?
    SlowYaRoll
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    After arriving I was seated and the hostess stated that someone would be right with me. Well after waiting 30 minutes or more I ask where was our waiter. He finally came over. To make this real short, after eating our fantastic meal I paid the bill and never got my change. All I could say was WOW to my friend. We all have good and bad days with that being said this was the first bad experience I've ever had at Eatonville.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Customer service is not lost here!
    DCRealEstatePro
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I love the U street scene so a friend and I chose Eatonville for Restaurant Week since we could hang out after at a nearby spot. My food was great! I ordered the Shrimp and Grits with a side of cornbread and my friend and I shared a bottle of sparkling red moscato. My friend ordered a sandwich and asked for the bacon on the sandwich to be very crispy. When her sandwich did not come with crispy bacon, she sent it back. It came back cold and the bacon clearly microwaved. It was awful! The manager came over concerned and very attentive as my friend explained why she was unhappy. The manager took the plate herself and came back with a new sandwich which was perfect. I appreciate that they did everything to ensure we had a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience!
    Tricey819
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had a wonderful experience, the food was great, the service was awesome and the restaurant is beautiful! We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KIMME
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Over all my experience here was ok but we had a new waiter so service was very verySLOW. . .! And it was a Monday night so it was not very many people!!! Manger should have had someone help him we were a party of 8 or only had him wait on tables of two!! That was a blower!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service ruins the experience
    LJH26
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food is good (not excellent). The service is horrible.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Courtalexandrea3
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food and service was amazing! Definitely a must try!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegan deliciousness at Eatonville
    LoveVeganFood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We started with the Vegan Gumbo and it was scrumptious. Hearty, flavorful, and just the right amount of heat. Then we had the vegan pan-fried Chicken which was good, but could have used a little more gravy. It came with rice and greens and the greens were very tasty. Also had the pan-fried tofu with mushroom risotto - also very good but could have used a tomato-based coulis or sauce to jazz it up. The only disappointment was that the only vegan dessert they had was sorbet. Hopefully they'll have something sweet and irresistible for vegan diners in the future (like Busboys & Poets already offers).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Disappointing Evening
    SoChillDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had been to Eatonville several times for Sunday brunch and were looking forward to trying it for dinner on Friday night, 8/8/14. We arrived early for our reservation and were promptly seated, but found out later the restaurant had marked us as "no show" on Open Table. We ordered a cocktail and a draft beer, but they did not have any traditional lagers or pilsners on tap. We started with cornbread muffins, fried green tomatoes, and 2 bowls of the jambalaya. The muffins were very good while the other 2 items were not good. For dinner we ordered 2 fried chicken chopped salads. The salads were OK, but the chicken was scant and did not have the right fried chicken flavor. Service was fine, but could not overcome the kitchen problems.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eatonville Review
    FoodieReview
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I went here for my birthday and we all had the fried catfish and our own sides ( I had the mac-n-chesse and greens). Everyone was very happy and satisfied with their food. I would highly recommend this place to my family and friends!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and good times
    Veesquared
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I went to celebrate my roommates birthday. There were several other large birthday celebrations going on, but they did not interfere with ours. The food was good, arrived hot and in a timely manner. I was actually trying to kill time to stretch her celebration, but they were too efficient lol!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acceptable but not exciting
    RickVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I was intrigued by the many vegetarian offerings on the menu, but the execution did not entirely fulfill the promise. I had the vegetarian gumbo, which was decent, but not terribly lively or spicy. It just tasted like a nice vegetable soup. The trout was particularly recommended by the waiter (OK, I'm not entirely vegetarian), and I found the first few bites quite interesting and tasty. I got two large fillet-halves, but after about a dozen bites, I'd gotten somewhat tired of the dish. I might go back and try some other dishes, as the decor and ambience are quite nice, but I hope the dishes will be better executed than these two.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After Church Meal
    ALF5
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This was prefect for my family and friends after our church service. I am so glad we made reservations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.