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Grillfish DC
Grillfish DC

Grillfish DC Details

  • 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 (202) 617-6869
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "Great food, but the table staff can really use a lesson in 'reading the table.' Multiple times in the dinner you will be interrupted - no matter how engrossed in conversation you may be - to answer the banal "and how is everything/the soup/entree/wine/etcetera." An unprofessional, repetitive, break-in onto a great evening. That said, good food in all courses."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Our server Bubba rocked! The restaurant had a great Fra Divola and better cocktails."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "They do a great job with grilled fish. Their daily specials are great."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I had their raw oysters during happy hour. This was my first time eating at this restaurant, and I did not eat seafood or poultry the entire week until that day. 5 hours later, I was clutching my stomach in the bathroom due to food illness. Although service was good and the cooked food was great, I would not recommend the raw oysters."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The food was delicious, but the bar was missing something. The bartenders were very competent, but lacked energy and attentiveness."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Grillfish DC was a delightful and excellent dinner experience. I recently tried Grillfish for the first time and was impressed with the excellently cooked seafood and great service. Bubba was an incredible waiter, he gave excellent service. The Buffalo Shrimp app was absolutely incredible. Additionally, the mixed grill fish platter was a great meal to share. I will definitely eat here again and again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Very disappointing. They don't so much cook seafood as drown it in pedestrian sauces. Junky, goopy stuff that overwhelms the food. Sure, I could try again, but why bother?"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The oysters were simply incredible, and all the fish selections that were ordered (Artic Char, Rockfish and Salmon) were extremely good. Many great desert selections as well. Very enjoyable dining experience."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I was meeting with a potential client. Great place to meet and discuss business. Food was wonderful."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Small, lively, with really fresh seafood interestingly prepared. Flavors ate great. Service good. $25 per main dish, whuch we found reasonable given the quality. Have paid more and gotten less in other places. A DC gem."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "If you love fish this is the place for you!! Right in the midst of Dupont Circle but really top notch. Enjoyed the many choices and how fresh the fish was."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Chose this restaurant based on the internet rating..great choice. The staff was friendly and helpful with the wine and food selections. Fish was fresh and perfectly prepared. Planning to return the next time we dine in DC."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Monkfish, while a bit small in portion, and the Buffalo shrimp with pasta were good. The fish and chips were hot but not at all crispy. I believe that dish was held under a heat lamp for too long."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Thought this place had a nice food offering for lunch. The vegetables are from a local farm in southern MD run by the owners of the restaurant, so it made the selections taste even fresher! My friends had fish and thought the food was perfectly prepared and seasoned. The food amounts were on the small side, we all left thinking we would be hungry an hour or so later. So make sure you ask for the bread to go along with your entrée or salad. The sauce which came with the various dishes and the salad dressing were fantastic, flavorful with the right amount added to the dish or salad and tasted very fresh."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My dad and I came before for his bday and he requested again we go for father's day. He wouldn't have dinner anywhere else. Incredible food. The service was better then 5 star. Everyone couldn't be nicer. Did I mention the food? Geeze. Order the Ginger calamari and the mixed grill with sweet onion sauce. OMG."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite places to eat. And this visit was the only visit that was a bit disappointing to be honest. The waiter tried his best but had trouble or did not try hard enough with accimidating with the food subsitutions like if someone was lactose or on a clean eating diet. And the lobster omelet wasn't so great. I'm sorry this is my first okay experience here at grillfish. I've been here many times and they all have been thrilling experiences and food was amazing!!! But this past Sunday it was so unlike grillfish. Just being honest."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Bobby was an excellent server and recommended some of his favorite dishes, which if visited DC often would become ours."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Started with the Watermelon gazpacho(?) soul, a special which was very tasty. As I usually do, I got one of the Buffalo Shrimp dishes, this time the one with linguine. It was nicely spiced as usual. The table at which I was seated was in the path of wind from the service door to the patio, so the white paper tablecloth kept billowing up. Quite amusing. Hadn't been to Grillfish for a while and am glad to see it has remained very good."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Have been coming here for 10 years or more. Good location, excellent seafood selection, always attentive service, reasonable prices. Have introduced it to many out-of-town guests over the years, and have always been more than satisfied with the results. It's our reliable, "go-to" place on such occasions. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My sister was visiting in town and she wanted to dine in Dupont circle. I searched seafood restaurant in Dupont circle on Open table. Grill fish sounded good. I'm glad I added a new seafood restaurant on my favorite list."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Food was great. Service was quick. Environment was nice and cozy. Would definitely recommend for a night on town or first time date. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "No problems this time. I had the special crab tower, which was very good and included plenty of crab. My wife had the excellent mahi mahi and my son the mixed grills, all reportedly very good and washed down with a nice bottle of Bodini Malbec. Maya was an excellent server. All for $170. Pretty good"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This was a return visit. We had the same excellent server as last time. Ordered the lobster special, which was very good, with linguine and garlic sauce. My wife ordered the mahi mahi topped with pistaccio, with mashed potato mixed with truffles, and asparagus. This was tired and disappointing. However, fair enough, when we complained our server sent the manager over who was very apologetic took it off our bill and also added a nice piece of lime pie. These things do happen but Grillfish handled this situation very well. So, will we return? Absolutely."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Grillfish is a great casual restaurant near DuPont Cirl. The fish is alway prepared well, with a light touch of seasoning and never over cooked. They also offer an interesting line up of wine and cocktails for happy hour, note the deceptively potent Fish House Punch. Fish House Grill is one of my "go to" restaurants, when I am in DC, enjoy. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The food was delicious, the service was great..the only downside was the crying 2 year old at the table next to us! We have a two year old grandchild so we understand the problem,however this dad waited much too long before he took the kid outside. I don't know what the server could have done to help but maybe there should be a policy in place to handle situations like this!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We found Grillfish while on a van tour of DC recently. We were able to make a reservation on my phone, show up 25 minutes later to a table waiting. The wine list was very nice and we enjoyed a bottle of Chardonnay. The atmosphere is friendly and casual with a nice bar area. Dripping candles on the bar back were fascinating, some dating back 16 years! Our first course was a roasted beet and arugula salad which was crisp and flavorful. We both ordered the grilled lobster over linguine, one of us with the diablo sauce, one with the Italian sauce. The lobster was tough and flavorless, but the linguini was perfectly cooked and the sauces were tasty. We did inform the waiter that we were disappointed with the lobster. He bought dessert."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Choosing a new restaurant while traveling can be hit or miss but Grillfish hit the mark. Great location and amazing seafood at a good price!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Grillfish has become my absolute favorite dining spot in D.C. Exceptional food and great service, with very affordable choices."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I had the tuna tartare avocado salad and the tuna was perfectly seasoned. My friend had the Louis sale with Mahi Mahi and it looked delicious and she commented that it was delicious. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The food was really good and the service exceptional. I brought a group of business people there and would recommend it to others. I will go there again for business or personal dinning. I recommend this place and am very picky about places I recommend. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We dined here on a Sat. night and enjoyed three different fish entrees. Each was well prepared and very fresh. Arctic char was an unusual treat. Others had the mixed grill and the special of monkfish. Our waiter was very accommodating and helpful. We particularly enjoyed the ginger calamari as an appetizer. It's a great place for people who enjoy a hip atmosphere, good wine and fresh, interesting fish choices."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Had dinner for 4 people. Excellent menu lots of different selections. Our servers Matt did a excellent job with offering selections and recommendations. His service was excellent and the food was great. Also great atmosphere. Price was good also. A great find."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "First time I have used Open Table, so I was thrilled with the search options which helped us find Grillfish. The food and ambiance were both excellent. We would definitely recommend this as a great choice."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "since we knew what we wanted fairly quickly the services was swift and efficient. Our waiter was knowledgeable and pleasant."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Food was wonderful, Tim our server provided fabulous service and excellent recommendations."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We had a great time at Grill Fish. We weren't super hungry so decided to share appetizers among the four of us. The salads were delicious and we really enjoyed the crab cakes. The ginger calamari is amazing! Desserts were to notch but I think the creme brûlée cheesecake is my favorite. Bobby was our very patient waiter, very knowledgable about the restaurant's practices and had great recommendations for us . "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This restaurant is conveniently located close to a cluster of hotels so we decided to try it. I had crab cakes and my husband had rockfish. The dishes were ok -- nothing special."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We had a late lunch (2:30 PM) so the restaurant was not very crowded, but the staff was very attentive and the food was terrific. Great fried oysters, fish tacos and the Arctic Char was magnificent. Can't wait to eat there again soon!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Lots of variety. Well prepared seafood and tasty sides."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I ordered the mussels, which came with the wrong sauce. The waiter immediately took it back and brought a replacement, with the right sauce, within 10 minutes, the proper response. But the mussels shells and mussels were cold, and the pasta was cool. I returned that one and it was heated, but still not piping hot like fresh steamed mussels should have been, one or two of the shells were lukewarm at best. The service was friendly, but am not sure what is going on in the kitchen there -- pre-cooked mussels being reheated maybe? The sauce was good, but not anything special. For the price, I would go elsewhere."
    Dined on 4/24/2014