Grille at the Morrison House
Grille at the Morrison House

Grille at the Morrison House

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thegrillealexandria.com/
  • Phone: 7038388000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    BREAKFAST:
    Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 10:00am
    Saturday & Sunday, 8:00am - 10:00am

    DINNER:
    Sunday - Thursday, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    BRUNCH:
    Sunday, 10:15am - 2:00pm

    AFTERNOON TEA:
    Saturday, 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French American, Afternoon Tea
  • Executive Chef: Brian McPherson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Morrison House offers several options for private dining and meetings events. From the Parlor to the Louis XVI Room, the elegant Dining Room or The Grille, your party will receive our signature four-star service and Chef Brian McPherson's creative and tailored menus to perfectly complement your gathering.
  • Entertainment: Thursday: Piano music 6:30pm to 9:30pm
    Friday: Piano music 7:00pm to 10:00pm
    Saturday: Piano music 7:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Special Events: Story Time Tea with Mrs B: A Morrison House tradition, this monthly themed children's event features crafts, read-aloud story time, seasonal activities and traditional tea service. Story Time Tea takes place the 3rd Saturday of every month. When making a reservation, please note how many children will be attending. Thank you.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: King Street
  • Public Transit: King Street Metro
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $10 per car
    $5 per car with validation from 'The Grille'
A word from Grille at the Morrison House
The Grille at Morrison House has two rooms for dining - The Grille and the Dining Room. The Grille features piano music Thursday through Saturday. The Dining Room offers a more intimate and quiet setting. Please indicate which room you prefer when making your reservation. All efforts will be made to honor these requests, but unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the exact table of your choice.

The culinary arts are alive at the Morrison House, and The Grille's 'More than Bistro' concept is the centerpiece. Great tasting food, flawless service, and an atmosphere that is elegant but never pretentious combine for a memorable evening. You will feel equally comfortable in a suit or jeans. More Reviews About The Grille at Morrison HousePlaces to Eat That You Should Know About
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Grille at the Morrison House reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (49)romantic (40)fit for foodies (30)neighborhood gem (28)notable wine list (18)great for brunch (9)good for groups (8)late-night find (6)great for lunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • You will not be disappointed!
    GritCato
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The Grille features a contemporary colonialesque menu. The French soup is the best I have ever tasted. It isn't overly salty and the marrow crostini gives the soup its delicious personality! My main course was a bison hangar steak that was loaded with flavor. I really did not want the evening to end. There is live piano as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food in elegant setting
    borntoski
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    My wife and I have dined here for 20 years on special occasions! Terrific service, food, and ambiance. We'll keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Meal.
    VaGrant
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The Morrison House has a nice menu, but was much more limited than what appears on the website menu. Salads were good. Caperberries were added to the Caeser Salad, which was an interesting variation. We ordered two Salmon entrees, though the olive oil poached on the website was not available. One was ordered Medium rare and was ordered "cooked through"...Both came out cooked through which was disappointing. Service was good, although somewhat slow, with seemingly only one waiter in the grill dining room.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wont be back anytime soon
    EugeneVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I took my parents out while they were in town. The restuarant looks very clean and posh. The waiter was professional but we never saw him after the mid-way point of our dinner. The drinks were poorly made....all of them (mojito's, sidecars, moscow mules). The appetizers were average. I ordered bison steak and could only eat half of it as it was too tough and over-cooked (ordered medium rare). Everyone went home disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrible Service, mediocre food
    WillyVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    45-60 minutes to be served a simple breakfast. Only 3 other tables at the time so what the heck were they doing in the kitchen. Maybe prepping for the baby shower in the main dining room....then they should have told us they couldn't serve us. Cold coffee no milk or sugar until we asked after 15 minutes. Stone cold toast that came out after the meal. Don't waste your time or money here
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • John M-
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This restaurant was very intimate and romantic. The brunch options were very appealing. You had the option for brunch or just the regular breakfast items. If you are looking for that old Alexandria charm, this is a great place to go.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent fancy dining
    Rach24
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I took my partner out to dinner here for his birthday, and we had a spectacular meal. I got the burger on the menu, and it was definitely the best burger I've had. He got the lazy man's lobster dinner (lobster out of the shell). We shared a lobster bisque, which was smooth and rich and very good. I got the parmesan garlic fries on the side, but they were just "okay." $10 for the fries, which is almost as much as the burger was, and they weren't as crispy and flavorful as I would've liked. For dessert we shared the profiteroles, which is my favorite dessert. They tried to make it fancier by using different ice creams, but I prefer plain vanilla for this dessert! Overall though, I enjoyed it as a special occasion meal.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a hotel restaurant
    volublegenieVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Took some out of town guests. We were waived over from the hotel lobby, standing awkwardly in the tiny piano bar/converted coat room for several minutes until our consistently indifferent (and repeatedly absent) waitress appeared from the kitchen and seated us. Drinks were not bad. Food was pretty underwhelming. I don't think I've ever been to a place this pricey, where I had to run someone down to get a check and without being offered to order dessert. Might go back for a drink...but dinner is doubtful
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • would go again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    very classy establishment, highly enjoyable dinner. server did seem a bit overwhelmed but i would definitely go back for another nice dinner/special occasion, or even just if i'm in the area on a whim.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegance in Old Town
    GoyoVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Grill at Morrison House has the Old Virginia feel with top notch modern cuisine. From the moment we were greeted the service was superb. The bartender, Grant mixed good drinks, his twist on the French 75 was especially nice. Stephanie was just what we like in a server, friendly attentive but not overwhelming. The food was great -- the Lazy Man's lobster was delicious and plentiful served on Kale with risotto. The bison steak frites was cooked perfectly. Each of the four of us thought their dish was the best. Dessert was phenomenal. I had called ahead to arrange a birthday surprise nd the pastry chef, G.G., made perfect little cakes - the birthday girl was trilled. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Intimate piano bar
    jaGa
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Was looking for a great meal, but instead just had a great time. The piano bar rather than the dining room is the way to go. The service was top-notch. Didn't get drinks/dessert. Apps-onion soup (very rich, not recommended) & steak tartare (first time having, so can't adequately review; flavor was great, fries were FANTASTIC, that comes from a non-fry lover). Dinner-husband had carbonara (he liked, I didn't), I had the filet (steak was good, slightly over-cooked to medium, haricot verts were good, potatoes were out of a box-yes, most surely were potato flakes; I have never experienced this and would never expect it for the $35 plate I ordered). So come for a drink and the atmosphere. Bread and fries were the best items, so that's telling.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lady
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    For a relaxing, no rush brunch, this is the place to go. The food is very good, but too many egg dishes for people who can"t eat eggs or don't like them.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but food just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My dish came out cold. Big celebration dinner with sensitive guests who are not comfortable with sending food back. Otherwise service was attentive. Very expensive dinner, very disappointed they got the basics wrong.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Relaxing authentic experience
    MSCH
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner in this New England style restaurant located within Old Town Alexandria. The staff was very friendly and the food delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very romantic
    Raven
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was fantastic as well as the cozy atmosphere. Very romantic. The staff was curtious, friendly and attentive. Prices were a bit on the high side, but well worth it. However, while the piano player was excellent, it was a bit forté (loud) for the intimate space.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Quite Up to Par
    BonAppetit
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Not as tasty as we had hoped. Food not warm enough. It was nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing Bruch
    BRUNCHLESS2
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    2 years ago for brunch there were various stations for waffles, meat carving, fruit, pastries, omlettes etc. There was lovely music being played on the piano. Seating was in a separate room. It was a food experience well worth remembering. Now At brunch has been scaled down to no stations, no piano being played and tables in the bar area. You simply order from the menu. While our wait person was very good, the food was just ok. I was told that the hotel was doing more banquet parties so the "old brunch" service had been curtailed. The Grille has lost a unique service that provided it's guests a reason to return. The Grille no longer offers a dining experience that I would recommend for brunch. Such a shame!
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  • Morrison House Never Disappoints
    Mom22girls
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We have been here 4 or 5 times and thoroughly enjoy the experience every time! Great food, great place, great service!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I searched for a restaurant that would afford us a quiet and intimate dinner, despite being a Saturday night during Restaurant Week. The Grille at the Morrison House did not disappoint. We enjoyed a short walk to the Grille, arrived 15 mins before our reservation time, and only had to spend 5 mins at the bar before being seated. The venue had a great energy in the clientele and it seemed like the other patrons were all enjoying themselves. My wife had the gazpacho, salmon, chocolate tart, a cocktail and a riesling, while I had the steak tartare, filet mignon, profiteroles and single-malt scotch. We enjoyed every aspect of the dinner, and the walk home made for a perfect evening. Definitely recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot, great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Jennifer our server was awesome and made great recommendations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as the first expericnce
    luvgdfood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our first experience 2 years ago was excellent. This time the waitress was missing, and the food was OK. I would go back based on the first experience. Maybe the place was having an off night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was a special dinner treat for 2 friends who have been very helpful to us. The food and ambience were very good, but the service could have been much better. First courses were served before wine was poured, and that was after a reminder to the waitress. One person ordered filet mignon, and that was not cooked as ordered. The server (not the waitress) dropped his dish of pomme frites on the way to the table. By the time this person's meat and potatoes came, the rest of us had almost finished eating. It was nice to have dinner in a pleasant and quiet place where we could enjoy visiting with our friends.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We really enjoyed restaurant week the salmon and scallops. Our friends loved the Steak Tartare. And 3 of us introduced ourselves to a new, but actually old, cocktail - Sazarac. We would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luvpennQ
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Charming settting. Interesting situation with the dining room. I never saw a host stand nor a host or hostess and had to ask directions of the hotel concierge to get to the dining room. Someone seated the others in my party, but I have no idea who. The waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and offered good advice. The caeser salad was terrific, the salmon was excellent, and the coconut/lime and chocolate tarts were as well. This is a restaurant we would return to. It was especially nice that the Morrison House included several of its regular menu staples on the Restaurant Week menu; some establishments do not and it is always disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing find!
    DCDiner
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A group of 8 offs from work decided to try it during Restaurant Week their menu had a large number of choices of variety. We were also offered the regular menu which had an awesome lobster dinner we considered, but decided we would be back to try that another time. We were seated in a beautiful private room (not requested) that made our evening even more special. We ordered wine pairings with our meals. Not one of the group had a single complaint about the dinners but one didn't like the Pinot choice with his fish but I loved mine! Did I mention the outstanding service? Everyone was still raving about the evening the next day at work. We all agreed we would be returning with family and friends for our next special night. Absolutely amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Phenomenal Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Wow, my wife and I went for restaurant week and were very impressed. Everything we ordered was exceptional and had unique and complementing flavors. Our server was great and provided excellent wine pairing recommendations. I was skeptical when I saw it was attached to a hotel. However, this restaurant is one of the best within old town. Highly recommend it to visiting friends and family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GoG0
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was a night for a special date. It was the perfect stage.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • European Style, American Gourmet
    AlexandriaLlama
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Similar to old world European pub houses, 2 small dining rms, bar anchors one end and fireplace on the other. The dining is upscale and menu is gourmet American with a French flair. We ordered from the Restaurant Week menu and added the wine pairing for $20, which was a bargain considering it included dessert wine. Especially enjoyed the steak tartar appetizer and the crispy skin salmon entree, also had the amish chicken entree, which was beautifully deconstructed so you didn't have to wrestle with chicken in a fancy restaurant. I took the profiteroles for dessert, which was presented as a trio, each with a different flavored gelato inside. Staff were very attentive, almost a little too much, understandable with a small room to operate.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic restaurant-we will return
    alexandriagirlVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We ordered the gazpacho, petit filet mignon, lobster dinner, caesar salad, and an assorted cheese tray and were super impressed by the flavor of the food. The service was outstanding and the waiter was attentive to my allergy. I was a bit disappointed by the wines by the glass selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing...
    whatsupper
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food lacked creativity and quality of the preparation was poor. The dining experience attempted to be very formal and seemed a bit antiquated. Overall, reviews online varied so we figured we would give it a shot but we would not recommend this place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Very nice setting-like eating in someone's dining room.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best service of the week!
    LauraO
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Grant, our waiter, was the best of the entire restaurant week. The food was very good as well. The dining room was a bit tight for space.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding as usual
    NinaVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    In our most recent trip of many, the food and service were outstanding. The filet (med well) was done to perfection and extremely tender. The Scottish salmon (med rare) was moist, flakey and totally a delight to the taste. We did learn on this visit that we prefer the pomme frites (the best I've ever tasted) to the garlic fries (not that they're bad, just a personal preference). The escargot Wellington is truly superb. The deserts are a perfect ending to a wonderful meal. The bar service was a little slow, but the drinks were worth the wait, generous and well made.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet birthday
    TheclassicfoodguysVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We celebrated a friends birthday and could not have selected a better place. The staff was absolutely outstanding and the menu, though limited, was outstanding on all counts. We were particularly impressed by the very succulent "Lazy man's Lobster". The classic martinis and Manhattans were perfect in every way. The desserts were to die for and the Port flights and coffee were the perfect ending to our celebration. Our bartender and waiter were the real stars. They made this a very special evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, poor service
    Skkdc
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was delicious, however the service was mediocre. Our wine took an incredibly long time to arrive. The length of time between finishing our appetizers and receiving our main entrees was extremely long. The couple next to us arrived well after we did, and were mostly finished with their main entrees by the time we received ours. I ordered the filet mignon, rare. I received a medium (closer to medium well) done steak. By the time the new correctly cooked steak arrived, the rest of my party was finished eating their entrees. We even had to ask for water refills. On a positive note, when the food was cooked correctly, it was excellent. Would I recommend? Yes, but if only you don't care about the service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food in a cosy setting
    ChrisZ
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We went for dinner on a Sunday (a group of six). The dining space is small but noise level is manageable. The menu is straightforward and small which hints at quality in the kitchen. Indeed, the steaks were juicy while the salads fresh and generous. The wine list is long and features lots of mid-priced vintages. They run 50% off on Sunday on most wines. Highly recommended for those who value high quality at a moderate price in a secluded setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A lost gem
    FunfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We unknowingly stumbled onto the last night of the open mic venue in the bar grille. It was amazing entertainment from a community of pro and semi- pro singers, accompanied by an expert pianist. It was enchanting. The service and food - not so much. No reason to go back now that it was ended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 966 reviews are from the Grille at the Morrison House reviews archive.
  • Best Burger in Years
    intrepideater
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Having been to the Morrison House before, I was expecting to indulge my appetite for some of its fine cuisine -- not a burger. However, after starting off w/ a perfect endive & chicory salad, I'm so glad that I decided to try their burger offering which reminded me of what a burger can be. The red onion marmalade is to die for. My hubby had a Carbanara Pappardelle with fresh peas and asparagus that he loved. It's a bar grill in Old Town but the addition of the pianist about 7 p.m. made it truly an uptown experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    JoeKVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We hadn't been to the Morrison House for about 6 years and we were very disappointed. The menu was uninviting, the service nothing special, and the overall ambiance bland. There was very little to select from the menu for appetizers and main course. Although the food (salmon and red snapper) was good there wasn't much to go with it. We will not be going back.
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  • Superb for Out of Town Friends
    GrandadGourmet
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    In Old Town Alexandria, VA, a gem of classic dining and sophisticated palate pleasing pleasure. Ambiance was superb and staff extremely helpful from the Concierge to the Wine Steward. Thanks for an substantial solid dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.