North Gate Grill
North Gate Grill

North Gate Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.northgategrill.com/
  • Phone: 2027371333x
  • 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: Steak, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • 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 2026395765x

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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North Gate Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (5)special occasion (1)good for groups (1)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Birthday dinner not that great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 66 reviews are from the North Gate Grill reviews archive.
  • Top Service
    SnorkeyVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In Hotel
    James
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing Place for Lunch
    Conejo
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Place to Have a Business Lunch
    BonVivant
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Great for Business Lunches
    lunchlover
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch at 16th and K
    Grateful
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely won't be going back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It is all where you sit
    amarciaVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Cobb salad
    HungryInVA
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    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!
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  • Nice Spot for a client lunch
    Marg13
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special
    DCVisitor
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Nice breakfast buffet. Good food, nothing really outstanding that I haven't had in other bruch buffets in a hotel.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hotel Restaurant Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Got the job done
    ruddermanVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If this restaurant didn't
    MarginallyUsefulVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    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.
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  • Hotel Restaurant. good location.
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Hotel Restaurant. good location. Decent lunch. Relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is a very nice spot for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/23/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch meeting spot,
    JoanieboVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is nothing more than
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    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.
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  • Great location but not much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    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..
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice courses and very tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Downtown's Pleasant Surprise
    BonVivant
    Dined on 12/20/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great lunch spot! Very conveniently
    dineout
    Dined on 11/29/2012
    Great lunch spot! Very conveniently located with good food, and a bright decor with natural light.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We arrived a couple of minutes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real surprise -- an excellent
    MarginallyUsefulVIP
    Dined on 11/28/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's a beautiful restaurant,
    cathrob
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Locavores Rejoice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • Food and service were excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/4/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Went for lunch. Had been
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • The bread brought to the table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2012
    The bread brought to the table was moldy and the calamari was unimpressive and not well prepared. Service was good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still has an "unfinished"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/10/2012
    Still has an "unfinished" feeling in the decor and the website is way out of date.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and service. It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/19/2011
    Good food and service. It is in the Hilton Hotel, so I was skeptical about going at first.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A friend and I went there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/8/2011
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great staff. Good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/5/2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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  • good breakfast
    WestEnderVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2011
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was, despite a new
    outtolunchVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2010
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was quiet, which is all
    JakeVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2010
    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!
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  • Overpriced lunch for nondescript
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/24/2010
    Overpriced lunch for nondescript menu with mediocre food. Service and atmosphere are fine.
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  • Wide range of choices. Good
    CindyKVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2010
    Wide range of choices. Good food. Very expensive. A hotel needs someplace you can get a hamburger or eat lunch for under $20.
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  • Twigs was a favorite lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2010
    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.
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