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Eatonville Restaurant
Eatonville Restaurant
  • Address:
    2121 14th St NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    U Street Corridor
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Eatonville Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://eatonvillerestaurant.com
  • Phone: (202) 332-9672
  • 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: Contemporary American, Southern
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Was tender, juicy and seasoned to perfection. The fried chicken meal was a perfect Sunday dinner.....just like momma makes."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The biscuits were great...soft and fluffy. When I inquired about the shrimp and grits, the waitress suggested I taste them first to make sure I liked them. They do have a little kick but they were tasty and creamy. I ordered the shrimp and grits and was not disappointed. The portion size wasn't overwhelming but I was full when I left. The sweet tea was also great. Being from the south, it's sometimes a challenge to find real sweet tea. Another person at the table had the red velvet pancakes and said they were good. Overall, it's a place I would visit again."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We had five, including two grandchildren, and they provided excellent service and great food."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was my first time dining here and I will be back. Bringing my husband next time."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Have eaten here several times. The wait staff is great, the food is "the bomb". Would always recommend. Have recommended this restaurant to my7 boss and co-workers. Great for any type of event. The only drawback is the parking situation. You could easily get a ticket."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Everything was great! The waitress was slow and never came back to give us water saying she was busy. Overall good."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The food was surprisingly bland though some apps were quite tasty. I didn't have the dessert but my friend had the cobbler and it looked delish. Our waiter was inceedibly nice and helpful. The ambience reminded me of a big chain restaurant."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I've been to Eatonville maybe 8-10 times over past four years for either dinner or brunch. I always leave happy...never had anything that wasn't tasty. My favorite dish is the Shrimp & Grits. And the service is always top notch. Great neighborhood option for the out of town guests who enjoy creole cookin'."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful anniversary meal and terrific service. We were seated promptly at a booth of our choosing. We noticed much diversity (age, ethnicity, couples, groupings) and all appeared to be having an enjoyable experience. Our food was delicious, attractively plated, and reasonably priced. In recognition of our anniversary, the manager gave us dessert! We live in Baltimore and plan to return soon. We've been telling our friends that it's well worth the drive."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I was celebrating a graduation and the restaurant was very accommodating. Our server was attentive and gracious for our group of 15. Definitely will return."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Decided on Eatonville for a special 50th birthday and they came through once again. The server, the food and the environment was on point. I tell everyone who will listen how great they are and the experience will not be forgotten. Great menu selection and GREAT staff. I need another special occasion to go back - How about its sunny and 80 degrees. Thanks Eatonville"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "If you are going to be famous for Southern fried chicken, make it good! There is no way it should come out warm but soggy. The mac n cheese was just noodles with cheddar sprinkled on top and warmed up. I had to ask for a new biscuit because my first one was cold and rubbery. I won't be back."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "For our rehearsal dinner, we went to Eatonville and had absolutely the BEST dinner experience we had in DC on our vacation trip. The server, Rachael, was accommodating, polite, and went out of her way to ensure our dining experience was outstanding. The food was out of this world. Everyone was happy with their order! The mushroom meatloaf was the star of the table and had many of us wishing to recreate it at home. It's a great concept, outstanding food, and superb service. This would certainly be a go-to restaurant of ours if we lived in DC."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Our group enjoyed our dinner. The drinks were amazing and creative- Wonderful food and service!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great food - we shared green tomatoes and shrimp in spicy broth for starters, and both were excellent. I really enjoyed the fried chicken, and my friend's shrimp n grits was v tasty too."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We were there for a family gathering before we went to a jazz club a few blocks from Eatonville. I told our waiter we were under a tight time constraint. The service was timely, the food delicious and the ambience comfortable! While my husband and I had dined here before, our 4 guests had not! All 4 said they would return. It is on my list of DC Must Dine Spots! Of course, as a Proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., I love being in an ambience paying homage to Soror Zora Neale Hurston!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food is excellent. The ginger lemonade is yummy. Very popular spot so make reservations to ensure you get a table without having to wait."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We were in DC from the Pacific Northwest and wanted some southern food. Got a recommendation from a bartender to try Eatonville. We were not disappointed. Great greens and fried chicken. Might have been the best meal of our trip."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I had the shrimp\grits and was pleasantly surprised. The server, Monique, was incredibly nice and made some great recommendations for dining."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "And my mom is an amazing cook! I'm actually upset I've never heard if this place before. Every item my table ordered was mouthwatering and bursting with flavor. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone and anyone. Truly a gem in D.C."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I went to Eatonville for dinner and had the BLGT which was AH-mazing. I only marked this dish down one star because I've had it once before and it was much much better then. The bread was a tad dry this time around. Other than that my "Grown and Sexy" drink was delish and the waitress was pleasant. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "A nice place to relax, eat and drink well in a friendly environment w/some history"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "It was a nice atmosphere with great service. The food was great and I would totally recommend this place for someone who has out of town guest and want to show them a great time in DC."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Don't get me wrong, it was all very good, the food was fresh and beautifully presented but the lavender soap WAS incredible. enough to start writing poetry..... There were food combination that you would think, how could that possibly work? But it does. Both my kids 12 and 9 loved it!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My group and I had a great time - the restaurant staff was pleasant and helpful and the food was great - will be visiting again"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I went here for the first time while in DC for graduation, the food was delicious and at a great price. I had the hush puppy, which was stuffed with shrimp, and for an entrée I had the fried chicken."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I went there with my family (5 people including 2 kids under 10) -- excellent food choices in every category (appetizers, entrees and side dishes) -- everything was very good -- nothing bland. Fun assortment of non-alcoholic drinks (strawberry cucumber limeade; lavender lemonade). Large portions so plan on taking something home with you."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Eatonville is one of my favorite restaurants in D.C. The food is amazing, and the service is outstanding. If you love southern and Cajun food, this is the one spot to visit in D.C."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I went there to try the oyster sandwich which was delicious. But the fried green tomatoes topped that dish! They were spectacular!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The service was great, the noise was minimal and the meal was fine. We got a chance to catch up an enjoy the food and conversation with minimal interruption. I would do it again."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "It was a very special occasion!!! Everyone in our party loved the food (with the exception of the greens--she said they were not seasoned enough). Can't please everyone all of the time. Eatonville is one of the best. Thank you for making the very special occasion a wonderful experience. Further, I can't wait to dine there again."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I had the catfish and grits which was excellent. My piece of catfish was huge and I loved the greens that came on the side. However, I have to rave over their hushpuppies. Whoever thought of stuffing hushpuppies with shrimp is a genius. My friends, who love the restaurant, recommended that we eat there before attending a concert at the 9:30 Club. What a great idea. I will definitely come back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The restaurant was not that crowed for dinner, waiter was nice but for some reason the food( an entree salad, an fried tofu entree and fried chicken dinner took about 55 minutes to bring out. When the waiter was questioned about 40 minutes in he said they were busy. I ask for a manager and the manager was terrible she spoke in "restaurant industry lingo" so only by father who retired from ownership of two restaurants knew what she was talking about. She offered finally to comp three desserts, and when asked why she just didn't comp the entree salad for my Dad. She said she told the waiter to offer us side salads. Hmmm offer a free side salad to someone who ordered an entree salad ...She was Clueless!!!..."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Amazing experience. Thanks for making Father's Day for my family so incredible!!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was good. The kids wanted typical breakfast food-so that was our main challenge. Our waitress Latisha took the time to help us get the kid's orders in. Definitely a big help. All in all my husband and brother in law enjoyed brunch so I would definitely come back and also recommend Eatonville in the future."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Biscuits, collards and fried green tomatoes were delicious. Brunch entrees are average. They sound so delicious on the menu and once they arrive are fairly bland. I ordered a chicken dish which was supposed to be smothered in gravy. The gravy was non-existent. The macaroni and cheese was more oily than cheesy - almost inedible. And why does a restaurant that seemingly appears family oriented NOT have a kids menu. That is probably the most troublesome thing. Young kids either have to pay $14 for a meal or eat the mac and cheese. Keep it simple if you're going to do that. Red Velvet pancakes, French toast with pecan crust, etc., Yet no kids menu for which you can have regular French toast or regular delicious buttermilk pancakes!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I enjoyed the decor, the drinks, the food, and the very attentive service! Was here for an early dinner on a Monday so it wasn't terribly crowded. I imagine that with the tables so close together it might get very loud when busy. I had such a hard time choosing what to eat but it was all delicious and I must return to tackle everything I have been eyeing on the menu!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Eatonville takes what could have been a nondescript space and turns it into a very inviting atmosphere. The high ceilings open up the room, without creating an echo effect. There is an upper tier/balcony, with tables over looking the main dining room. Good for couples, for families, or for large groups. The vegan choices are reasonably good, although one would hope for a better gumbo from a New Orleans-themed restaurant. The service is polite, but often not very experienced. A nice bar menu. Outdoor seating, too."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We paid for a nice meal in a comfortable environment but our celebratory dinner was marred by the heat. Staff actually offered us handheld fans when we asked whether the air conditioning was broken. Fans! Who does that?!?! "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Delicious recipe twist to soul food. All the familiars with a different flair of flavor that makes it a fun and satisfying meal. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014