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North Gate Grill
North Gate Grill

North Gate Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.northgategrill.com
  • Phone: (202) 737-1333
  • Hours of Operation: Open daily for BREAKFAST: 6:30am - 11:00am, and LUNCH: 11:00am - 3:00pm.

    Statler Lounge: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Miguel Santiago
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Randy Piebes (202) 639-5765

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th and K Street NW
  • Public Transit: Metro Stations two blocks from North Gate Grill:
    McPherson Square (Blue & Orange Lines)
    Farragut North (Red Line)
    Farragut West (Blue & Orange Lines)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking (fee) is offered at the entrance of Capital Hilton. North Gate Grill guest's rate is $11.00 for 2 hours.
A word from North Gate Grill
Located steps away from the north gate of the White House, the all-new North Gate Grill at Capital Hilton pays homage to all-American cuisine with home-style dishes boasting farm-fresh ingredients and vibrant flavors.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The evening began with the sound level for the music increasing dramatically on several occasions -- so loud we could not hear ourselves. We had to ask the manager several times to turn it down. He always complied quickly but it was disruptive nonetheless. One of our guests ordered a drink that the bar tried to remake with a different ingredient because they were missing one. Awful. Should not have tried to pass it off. Service was so so. The food was the best part but some of the "small" plates would better be described as "minuscule" plates. Would not go back."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "From the moment my large office group arrived, we were made to feel like they were waiting just for us. We were seated in front of the large windows, which I previously requested. Immediately, the servers began to ask for our drink orders and promptly returned with them. The food orders were handled the same way. Yet, we were not made to feel rushed. Before going to North Gate Grill, I had never been in a large group at a restaurant where every individual diner was made to feel like they were important. The food was very good, and overall the service was top notch. Thank you for making our office's celebration perfect. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "This place was in the hotel and the wait staff were on their toes because the place was really busy. However, they were helping each other which helped customers not to wait too long for service."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Last minute reservation for ten (adults and children), but there was only one other couple seated when we arrived Sat late PM. It was nice to have all their attention, so service was good. The dining area is bathed in light with a green-house-like wall. The radiation made me uncomfortable after a while. It is an attractive room and there's adequate spacing among the tables. The kids got fries with their meals and they were visually appealing in the little metal baskets, and quite tasty. They only had two chardonnays by the glass, and the Votre Sante was not my style; the Acacia was fine. Sandwiches, salads, and mains: we got it all and everyone cleared their plates. Well done."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Of all the restaurant choices I have around the 15th to 17th & K St area, I pick this one for working lunches -- where I need to hear and be heard by dining companions. The ambiance is bright, contemporary and pleasant, with large windows looking out onto 16th Street. The service is excellent. These servers are true professionals -- most of them have been with this restaurant and its predecessor for many years. It's a hotel restaurant that doesn't feel like one. I travel a lot and know what most hotel restaurants are like. Plus the food here is above average."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Northgate is great for lunches with clients and business partners. The room is bright and pleasant. The noise level is perfect for conversation. The waitstaff are professional and discreet. I've had a number of items off the lunch menu and I've never been disappointed. Nice presentation."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We had a pleasant experience. The food was good with the basics found at many other hotel brunch spots: fruit, omelette station, muffins, etc. Interesting option = baked french toast, which was like a bread pudding. We had an extra-friendly server. For $22, a decent deal downtown."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "So, it started off with the host....he looked extremely overwhelmed when we came in. He said we had a reservation for 4 even though I clearly reserved a table for five. He was wandering around trying to figure out what to do with us and then brought us to a table that wasn't ready. When we sat down we were given three menus to share among the five of us. We were never given two more menus. Then it took forever before our server came to take drink order. One of us ordered sparkling water and was brought tap water. Our server also assumed our appetizer order was our entree order. We were at this restaurant entirely too long for a business lunch. The crab soup was cold. The rest of the food was fine, but we will not be going back."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "If you are looking for a quiet lunch, as to be seated in the back room. It is the same attractive place but it Is much less used and quiet."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "This is a fine place for lunch. Nothing special, but no complaints. Service was lovely. Good atmosphere for a business lunch. And the Cobb salad was dee- lish!"
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "Large open area with grand windows. Good list of choices on the menu. The food is good and the presentation is attractive. Tables are not too close making a business discussion comfortable."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "Nice breakfast buffet. Good food, nothing really outstanding that I haven't had in other bruch buffets in a hotel."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "Needed a quiet spot for a business lunch near the Hilton, where two of our party were attending a conference. We had planned on dining outside of the hotel, but were swayed by good reviews and inclement weather. Turned out to be a great choice--good food, attentive service, and reasonable prices. The dining room was spacious, had an open feel with the large windows along 16th St., and is one of those rare restaurants where you can carry on a conversation without competing with the ambient noise level. Recommended!"
    Dined on 6/7/2013
  • "Went here with a group of 7, needing a relatively quick lunch, not too heavy or fancy, and somewhat near L or K streets. North Gate Grille, a hotel restaurant, got the job done. Food was good, very nice salad entrees, a few good appetizers - hummus was quite good, calamari good enough (not greasy or soggy, but nothing special); the service was exceptionally fast, unobtrusive, but attentive. Well done for a quick lunch with a good sized group - something for everyone."
    Dined on 5/19/2013
  • "If this restaurant didn't suffer from the stigma of being in a hotel (the Capital Hilton, to be precise), it would be packed all the time - a sunny, handsome room with big windows, tables far apart, a diverse general American menu, good service, a solid kitchen and reasonable prices (given the K Street location, etc) all combine to make this one of my favorite lunch places. They have a great Sunday brunch too. I really have nothing negative to say. OK, maybe the food isn't inspired, at the cutting edge of cuisine, but that's not why you go here. If you want a reliable, good tasting, pleasant meal, this is a great downtown option."
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "Hotel Restaurant. good location. Decent lunch. Relaxed atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/26/2013
  • "This is a very nice spot for lunch, located in the Capital Hilton. Menu is basic but with some excellent choices. Staff is extremely attentive."
    Dined on 4/23/2013
  • "Great lunch meeting spot, and I'd try it for dinner. Room between tables, so you don't feel like others are listening to your conversation. Yummy bread! I had organic salmon salad -- the salmon just about melted in my mouth. My group of four loved it. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 1/29/2013
  • "This is nothing more than a hotel restaurant. The food was unremarkable, and outrageously overpriced for what it was. The service was rushed but polite. If I had to kill time in a hotel, this would be a fine place to do it, but I wouldn't go again for the food or the experience."
    Dined on 1/10/2013
  • "Great location but not much to the restaurant. Important for a good hotel to have a restaurant and the Hilton is making the effort. The Mushroom Bisque was exceptional. Menu was slight but adequate.."
    Dined on 1/9/2013
  • "Nice courses and very tasty food. After a little overflooding of my glass of wine, the waiter recompleted it, and has not been charged. Good location when visiting White House area."
    Dined on 12/25/2012
  • "The North Gate Grill replaced Twig's about a year ago when ownership of the Capitol Hilton changed. It is rarely crowded when I've been there. The new decor is very pleasing..open & bright. The menu is simple with good salads and sandwiches. Most of the servers have been there for many years and are both pleasant and efficient. Someone from management nearly always stops by the table to ask about customer satisfaction. I take some clients here and have staff luncheons. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 12/20/2012
  • "Great lunch spot! Very conveniently located with good food, and a bright decor with natural light."
    Dined on 11/29/2012
  • "We arrived a couple of minutes early and were immediately met by the hostess who made us feel totally at home. Within seconds our server had water and our drink order with a very good overview of the lunch specials. A must have is the artichoke and goat cheese ravioli decadent but just right for lunch."
    Dined on 11/29/2012
  • "A real surprise -- an excellent restaurant in a hotel lobby! You would expect the restaurant in a big downtown convention hotel like the Hilton to cater to a captive audience of tourists and conventioneers - but the North Gate Grill is a handsome, bright room with a solid kitchen that makes a perfect venue for a business or social lunch. Service was professional and unobtrusive, the salads and lunch entrees are inventively displayed so they don't look boring , and the overall quality is excellent. I don't understand why this place isn't more crowded; it's only a tiny bit more expensive than other nearby options and in return you get a pleasant room with tables far apart."
    Dined on 11/28/2012
  • "It's a beautiful restaurant, comfortable because it's airy and spacious. We were there for lunch with a group, and the restaurant was practically empty -- but the food and service were great. My salmon tacos were a little odd -- too much onion, tiny crispy taco shells, messy to eat -- but everything else looked good."
    Dined on 11/10/2012
  • "Took a chance holding a lunch meeting at an unfamiliar venue, but North Gate exceeded all expectations! Service was attentive without being disruptive and our meals were great!"
    Dined on 11/2/2012
  • "Food and service were excellent. Server did not hover but seemed to know just when to stop by. I rated very good rather than excellent because it is rather pricey for lunch. I knew that ahead of time and chose it because I was celebrating a friend's birthday. Our entrees, one glass of wine each, and each had dessert and coffee came to $96 plus tip. No way can I do that very often on a secretary's salary, but this was a rare treat and we thoroughly enjoyed it."
    Dined on 9/4/2012
  • "Went for lunch. Had been there prior to re-do and definitely like the changes - the dining area is brighter and seems more welcoming. Staff is very attentive. We ordered the crab cake sandwich and pulled pork sandwich. Both were delicious and came with either a side salad, fries, or homemade potato chips and 1/2 of a huge delicious pickle. Prices are standard for your DC hotel restaurants but portions were generous. We could converse in a normal tone and didn't feel rushed. On the other hand, we didn't have to wait long for the food to come out or to get the bill - sometimes a drawback when you've only got an hour for lunch. Very pleasant atmosphere and service. Highly recommend and will go back."
    Dined on 8/8/2012
  • "The bread brought to the table was moldy and the calamari was unimpressive and not well prepared. Service was good."
    Dined on 4/13/2012
  • "Still has an "unfinished" feeling in the decor and the website is way out of date."
    Dined on 2/10/2012
  • "Good food and service. It is in the Hilton Hotel, so I was skeptical about going at first."
    Dined on 4/19/2011
  • "A friend and I went there for lunch. Twigs is a favorite of my mother's and her friends. So we decided to try it out. We were very impressed. I will definitely be going again!"
    Dined on 4/8/2011
  • "I hold breakfast meetings at Twigs on a fairly regular basis. The food and service are always good. The breakfast buffet is wonderful. Nice atmosphere and quiet enough to hold conversations. The staff is great. This past time, I was supposed to meeting with four people and at the last minute, 15 showed up. The staff handled the change perfectly."
    Dined on 4/5/2011
  • "I had a business meeting over breakfast at Twigs during a recent conference. The selections and food are pretty standard for a nice hotel restaurant breakfast. The servers seem so thinly staffed that they're struggling to keep up with a really, really busy morning."
    Dined on 2/18/2011
  • "The food was, despite a new menu, good but nothing extraordinary. Not disappointed, though, because it was what I had expected. This is a wonderful place for a business lunch even though it was a bit noisy this time. We had waiters hovering at the beginning but, at the end, we couldn't find anyone."
    Dined on 12/14/2010
  • "It was quiet, which is all that I can say good about it!!!!! Food was ok (nothing special) and VERY OVER-PRICED for what you get!!!!!! including $5.00 for ok (not especially good) coffee Service was over-attentive!"
    Dined on 9/27/2010
  • "Overpriced lunch for nondescript menu with mediocre food. Service and atmosphere are fine."
    Dined on 9/24/2010
  • "Wide range of choices. Good food. Very expensive. A hotel needs someplace you can get a hamburger or eat lunch for under $20."
    Dined on 5/24/2010
  • "Twigs was a favorite lunch spot for many years, so I looked forward to a business lunch there after a long absence. I had the famed seafood salad and it was dreadful. The scallops and shrimp were tasteless and the tuna was so overcooked and dry to be uneatable. Indeed, one of my companions had the same salad and placed the tuna on a side dish and covered it with a napkin. He said, "It needed a decent burial." It looked like a dark gray hockey puck (with a similar consistency). My other companion had the navy bean soup and grilled cheese, which he said was fine. But life is too short to go back, sad to say."
    Dined on 4/27/2010