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 - 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
218 reviews since June 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 (132)neighborhood gem (102)fit for foodies (93)great for brunch (85)great for lunch (67)special occasion (59)hot spot (43)kid-friendly (41)great for outdoor dining (33)romantic (22)late-night find (18)vibrant bar scene (9)scenic view (8)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • 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!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.