Grillfish DC
Grillfish DC

Grillfish DC

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.grillfishdc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 331-7310
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am-4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Kerry Brian Tate
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Contact Andy Phan, Events Coordinator, aphan@eatwelldc.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact Andy Phan for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Andy Phan 2026176869x
  • Special Events: Contact Andy Phan, Events Coordinator, aphan@eatwelldc.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: M St.
  • Public Transit: Red Line -Dupont Circle. 19th street exit, walk down 19th St. to M St., turn right. 2 and a half blocks to the corner of New Hampshire & M St.
    Blue/Orange Line -Foggy Bottom/GWU. Go left toward Washington Circle. Walk across Washington Circle to New Hampshire Ave. Walk 2 blocks on New Hampshire to the corner of New Hampshire & M St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking Garages close to Grillfish are PMI garages.
    The first is located at 1110 New Hampshire Ave. NW less than one block from the restaurant. The Garage is open Monday through Wednesday until 10 pm and Thursday through Saturday until 12 Midnight. Sunday the garage closes at 8 pm. If the garage is full or if you're dining with us on Sunday there is another PMI garage at 2300 M St. NW. This is two blocks away from the restaurant and is open 7 days a week until 12 midnight.
A word from Grillfish DC
We source the finest, sustainable & local ingredients to create handcrafted food & beverages.

Our setting is unmatched and the best casual, neighborhood dining in the West End. The bar is ornately decorated with massive mirrors, large columns and a multitude of glowing candles. These, along with the open kitchen where flames leap from the grill, create a warmth and intimacy in a casual atmosphere.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Grillfish DC reviews from OpenTable diners
163 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (72)fit for foodies (68)great for outdoor dining (43)good for groups (42)great for lunch (34)special occasion (30)romantic (29)kid-friendly (18)notable wine list (18)hot spot (14)vibrant bar scene (13)great for brunch (8)late-night find (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Wellserved
    wellserved
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Dinner at Grillfish was pleasant. The salmon was good and the greens were the best I've had in years---crisp but tender and very flavorful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large group - well received
    LandN
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We had a group of 10 or so, celebrating a marriage of a co-worker. Service was prompt and friendly, and food the food was good. The ginger calamari appetizer was recommended, and everyone enjoyed it. Overall, a nice place, a good find. I'll return with my wife or family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Happy Hour
    susie6505
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We sat at the bar. I had the white sangria and my partner had a nice draft beer. We looked over the offerings and decided on the fish tacos, mixed grill, blackened mahi fajitas, fried oysters, patatas bravas (potatoes with buffalo sauce and blue cheese). We really liked the fajitas and the mixed grill, BUT the fish tacos were awesome!!! We even placed another order! I highly recommend Grill Fish and cannot wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JackVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Our meals were fantastic --- very tasty, generous portions, and nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grillfish was spectacular
    Themz517
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was a special occasion for my husband's birthday before spending an evening at the Kennedy Center attending a NSO concert. We had a wonderful dinner - my husband ordered the rainbow trout and said it was the best he has ever had, the rose bottle of wine we split was an excellent and affordable choice. I had the lobster ravioli in a tarragon cream sauce, delicious. One of their signature appetizers is the buffalo shrimp... .don't miss it. Excellent service, wonderful food, and nice atmosphere - we will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Excellent staff!!!! The entire evening was made more special by the congeniality and compassion of the wait staff and maitre de. The excellent food totally helped with the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    Irani
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I celebrated my birthday at Grillfish and could not be better. Food was great and the service was fantastic! I loved it and will be back often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's a Gem!
    Kelly
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    One of my favorite spots. The added lobster to the menu and it was pretty darn good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Restaurant
    papajohn
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Grill fish is a fun place. The bar was hopping, the wait staff was wonderful, the food was delicious. We had a fun evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Okay... Just okay
    Filly
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The staff at Grillfish are friendly and professional. Unfortunately, the food left a lot to be desired. The apple and pear salad was highly recommended by our server but there was nothing special about. The same could be said about the ginger calamari. My colleague had a mushroom appetizer and the steak entree. She agreed that the food was nothing special. Two thumbs up on the service but the food (flavors/quality) could use improvement.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A good experience
    Patrick
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Very good food but the place is really noisy and the service could be better .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food good atmosphere
    tla3
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Buffalo shrimp and linguine was perfect, lobster special was on point. Service was great until I heard our waiter complain about the tip he received on an adjacent table.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large Group
    mik88
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I went here with family visiting from out of town. I had never been to this restaurant, but it was one of the only ones in the D.C. area that would accommodate the large group, and one that looked to offer a range of food (as in simple preparations and more adventurous preparations). Everyone enjoyed their meal, and the wait staff was very polite and attentive. The food wasn't cold (as in you could tell it wasn't sitting waiting around for the other plates to be made) and it was neat to see the food being made-from where we were sitting we could see the cooks. The only downside is that I couldn't really hear the conversations of those furthest away from me at the table....but I guess this is somewhat expected with a large group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fine in Washington DC area
    mpm6VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Was visiting Washington DC area for the first time looking for a good seafood restaurant near our hotel in Georgetown and what a find! Fantastic fresh seafood at very reasonable prices, and excellent service. This is a must try restaurant when you're in the area
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    pjenjoyedgf
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A group of 14 family & friends including children celebrated my mom's 75th birthday. Grillfish was one of few restaurants that could accommodate us at 2:30 pm. The service and food was excellent. Bubba and associates were very attentive and made us feel right at home. This was our first visit; we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fully MSC certified seafood
    FishLover
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food - we enjoyed ever last bit of it- oysters, calamari, redfish, asparagus salad, and apple crisp! Great meal, go and try this place and support sustainable fisheries! Constructive criticism- The waiter was super nice and personable - he gave us a LONG introduction to the restaurant and was very knowledgeable. Unfortunately, he gave a long introduction to all of his tables, meaning the rest of us didn't see much of him. Recommendation - find a way to convey the message/theme of the restaurant in shorter sound bytes. Annoyance- when we received our bill, there was a not on it that said "We recommend you tip 20%", this was circled with a line drawn to the total price. I found this extremely inappropriate and classless. Should be removed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for a civilized lunch
    ViennaVA
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I could eat the blackened salmon every single meal for days, except that I'd miss the buffalo shrimp. And the shrimp flatbread. And the Louie Salad. And the salmon BLT. I've only been to Grillfish for lunch, but I adore the food, love that I can have conversation at a normal volume, and did I mention the blackened salmon?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Service was great, food was amazing, I left happy with a full belly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Straightforward seafood well done
    MarkH
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Of course I mean "well done" as in "well executed" rather than overcooked fish - far from it, mine was perfect. A popular format now: informal, buzzy seafood restaurant in a large space, visible kitchen. Mixture of specials and, indeed, grilled fish of various kinds. Limited but well chosen wine list, plenty by the glass and - particular hoorah from me - a decent choice of half bottles. Catch-of-the-day redfish fully justified its place on the menu. Buffalo shrimp appetizer was excellent & tangy. Plus a half bottle of J Lohr Chardonnay, a longtime reliable, economical favourite of mine - see what I mean about well chosen? Waitron Maya treated me well, despite "competing" large noisy parties. Modest cheque even with a cocktail & malt whisky.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DC Trip
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Stopped here for lunch. Our waiter, Bubba, met us enthusiastically. He appeared to be the only waiter on duty but did a nice job. We could see our food sitting in the kitchen for a few minutes hence it was nice quite as hot as it could have been.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The mahi mahi was the best I've ever had and the creme brûlée cheesecake was outstanding. Decent beer list as well!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grillfish never disappoints
    OpenTableRegularVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I always enjoy their lunch menu, where the prix fixe 3 course meal is a terrific value (try the ginger calamari!). I met an out-of-town colleague there for an early dinner Friday night and enjoyed the same delicious food, pleasant ambiance and expert, attentive & friendly service I've come to expect. We sampled all 3 sauces for our perfectly grilled fish (and I ended up agreeing with our waiter as to the best with my salmon) and shared the to-die-for creme brulee cheesecake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Bad
    waho08181
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    good seafood and pasta. Patio outside was pleasant. Good for informal lunch or dinner
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Go To Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Love the atmosphere and the food is always great! The Artic Char is my very favorite - melts in your mouth goodness.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Discovery
    NewFanVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This was our first time dining at Grill Fish. It was one of the restaurants in Foggy Bottom that popped up on OpenTable. With out of town guests staying near Georgetown, it was the perfect location. We were delighted with the friendly and informative waiter and everyone enjoyed what they ordered. The simply prepared grilled trout was delicious as were the shrimp pasta dishes. It was too cold but the outside tables beckon for a return on a warmer day. We definitely plan to try brunch, or dinner again, at Grill Fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grillfish was great!
    JerseygirlfromCHVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I had soft shell crabs, which were cooked perfectly. The chef and staff were very accommodating. They didn't blink an eye at our special requests.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    KMGS
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Helpful and efficient service, delicious meal with fresh ingredients.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Buffalo shrimp still delish.
    KathleneVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Grillfish is a little too expensive, but the food really is excellent. Apple and pear salad was perfect with the rich (delectable) Buffalo shrimp. And our server was exceptionally considerate.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always good
    Nycarts
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    eaten here several times on business trips to DC and always good, fresh, simply prepared fish. Comfortabe and welcoming space and staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice one Bubba
    farangbaba
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were keen for some seafood and Grillfish did not disappoint. The Arctic char was perfectly cooked and the soft shell crab was among the best I have ever eaten (and I am crazy about soft shell crab). Our waiter Bubba provided friendly and efficient service and the wine and beer list was comprehensive. The pries were reasonable and I would highly recommend Grillfish for an informal seafood meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, great food!
    Diningfam
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our server, Bubba, was amazing! He was so thorough and explained the benefits of Grillfish being an EatWell establishment. We were so happy with our choice and would recommend to anyone hoping to have a great dinner with impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food was just better than ok, but over priced. I would not bother going there again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Busy but personal
    Kpndc
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Our service was fantastic. The food was very good... we weren't very adventurous in our ordering... just grilled fish and veggies. But simple is good at this restaurant. It's noisy but our group of four still managed to have an easy conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • grillfish
    grillfishdcVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Amazing seafood - will definitely be back! Sit outside if the weather permits, there is great people watching. Crab cakes and the Grillfish for 2 were delicious. Wonderful wine list as well. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, friendly service
    JandE
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Couldn't wait to try this place. Went for cocktails lat time we were in D.C.. Loved their pineapple infused vodka and the very friendly bar. This time went for dinner. Food was good, nice wine by the glass, and service was very friendly. Paella, crab cakes and linguini with clams - none were disappointing. The bread wasn't anything great but it was served with an interesting tempanade and left plenty of room for the delicious entres. Will definely return next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ginger Calamari
    ddeeds
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Always come for the ginger calamari and it does not disappoint. Server was attentive. Outside seating is nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eating Well with EatWellDC
    Stegel
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    After an amazing brunch at Logan Tavern, we asked our waiter to recommend a seafood restaurant for dinner. Little did we know that LT was part of EatWellDC which also owns Grillfish. He brought us a menu over and we were hooked on our dinner choice. Reservation made! Got to reservation on time and were seated immediately. Large group behind us was somewhat loud, but it was entertaining. some guests may not like being so close to a large group. The food was amazing and our waitress was so friendly. I got to try all the dipping sauces for my swordfish and loved the coconut red curry. Just the right amount of flavor! Can't wait to come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & service
    Drea
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Would highly recommend this restaurant. The atmosphere and food was great. Thinking about taking my husband for our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and service
    Chowing1
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food, service and atmosphere. The meal portions were very large the food was hot and had a good presentation. Really enjoyed the night out.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Back Again
    RCfromDCVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Grillfish DC used to be one of my favorites, but after it remodeled its entrance and changed the menu a couple of years ago, things weren't the same. I (with two guests) tried again and were more than satisfied with our meal. The service was excellent (service in most DC restaurants seems to markedly improved). I really enjoy the simply grilled fish part of the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate