O'Donnells Sea Grill
O'Donnells Sea Grill
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O'Donnells Sea Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://odonnellsrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 3015191650
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 10:30pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Stephan Dowler
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: O"Donnell's Sea Grill offers our Chesapeake room for private dining. The Chesapeake Room for larger groups seats 25-65 guests and features a private bar, video screen and private restrooms. O'Donnell's Sea Grill is available for: Wedding Rehearsal Dinners, Business Luncheons & Dinners, Weddings & Baby Showers, Corporate Dinner Meetings, Cocktail Receptions, Family Reunions, Holiday Office Parties, Graduation Celebrations, Birthday Parties, Anniversary Parties. Contact any of our managers for additional information and booking reservations.
  • Private Party Contact: Janet Cloninger 3015191650
  • Entertainment: We feature live entertainment in our bar area every Friday night from 9:00pm - 12:30am

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Great Seneca Highway
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plentiful free parking on our private surface lot located behind the restaurant. Handicap spaces are available.
A word from O'Donnells Sea Grill
O'Donnell's Sea Grill is one of the Washington, DC area's premier seafood restaurant. Owned and operated by the O'Donnell family for over 80 years, O'Donnell's Sea Grill carries on the tradition of offering renowned Norfolk-style dishes, signature crab cakes, and fresh Maine lobster, as well as steaks, chicken, pasta and fresh-made soups and salads. Our on-premise bakery prepares mouth-watering lemon meringue pie, key lime pie, cheesecake, and O'Donnell's Sea Grill famous Rum Buns every day. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, come see why O'Donnell's Sea Grill, enjoyed by generations of Washington area residents and out-of-towners, is the landmark seafood restaurant in Montgomery County.
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O'Donnells Sea Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Goodbye O'Donnells ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    A wonderful rest closed its doors after 90 yrs. Glad that We were able to enjoy another delicious dinner on their final night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sad to see it close
    eaws
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Had to get to O'Donnells one last time before it closed! The food was better than ever even if our service was lacking due to the crowd. So many good family memories of eating there and in the Bethesda restaurant. Their Norfolk dishes are impeccable and their fish and chips a delightfully light surprise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great loss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    We are sad that this very good restaurant has closed after 90 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • O'Donnells Sea Gril
    Mom1Dad2VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    We enjoyed our meal and were sad to learn that O'Donnells is closing. We enjoyed every meal during the past 28 years. We were never disappointed because the quality of the food remained the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining Farewell!
    StevieBVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    I doubt anyone will replicate the quality and charm of O'Donnells. You will be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood
    Dianne
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    Our room was very noisy and we helped! There were 11 of us and we all got something different and loved whatever we got. Wine was good and all their drinks. No one complained about anything but the server who had his hands full and was doing his best. We did not do brunch or lunch so I cannot comment, but dinner was great. Too bad they are closing tonight because I would love to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Washington Institution
    jeanbean
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    You will have to hurry if you want to dine at O'Donnells - it is closing its doors on Saturday July 27th. What a shame! The crab cakes are delicious, all crab with very little filler. The rockfish stuffed with crab and scallops was also very good, the vegetable side of sauteed spinach was excellent. Service was good but rushed since the place was packed with customers looking to have a final meal at the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    I grew up with O'Donnell's in Bethesda. It was where one went to celebrate events (birthdays, weddings, prom). Unforetunately, the experience my party had this time was very disappointing. The food was so, so, nothing to brag about. The service was very, very slow. It took so long to get appetizers and entrees that we timed the waitress when we ordered desert. It took more than 25 minutes to obtain 4 slices of pie and two cups of coffee. I know O'Donnell's is closing, and the place was busy, but my last trip there will not be a good memory.
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  • Great food but service is terrible!
    Diner2
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    I had dined at this restaurant one other time without any issues. I made a reservation for 7:30pm on a Tuesday night. When I arrived I was told it would be a few minutes and they were behind. 15 minutes later I inquired with the hostess and although she saw me standing with my date for that time and greeted me when I checked in, without apology said I was never marked as arrived for my reservation. She said just 5 minutes more, well about 20 minutes longer we were seated. It took them over a half an hour to seat me for a reservation! Once we were seated it took 15 minutes for a waiter to greet us. Once we had service, the food was great, their service just put a damper on our date night!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not good money's worth
    Prime
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    I got the sampler but the portion sizes do not equate to the price paid for the food. The food was fresh and tasted well but I have lived in Seattle for 10 years and would get better portions for the price point.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'm sorry to see this long-standing
    nopeVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    I'm sorry to see this long-standing institution close it's doors. The food is still good but it was clear that the servers are well aware they're going to be without jobs in a few days.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll miss You
    MarylandSightseer
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    O'donnell's is closing its doors on Saturday, July 27, 2013 after over 90 years of service to the DC area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too bad O'Donnells is closing.
    Bulldog66
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Been my favorite in the area for a long time. Too bad they are closing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was nice to enjoy O'Donnell's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    It was nice to enjoy O'Donnell's one more time before it closes at the end of this month. It has been such a longstanding very good seafood spot with excellent crab cakes and more.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Our group of 5 enjoyed the good service and excellent food. My favorite is the fish and chips, with a baked potato substituted for the chips. Others enjoyed a cobb salad, baked fish, and beer battered shrimp. As usual, the bread basket had the rolls, corn muffins, and rum buns that we all love. Get there soon, since the restaurant is closing before the end of the month.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loss of Iconic Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    O'Donnells has been a staple in the local restaurant scene for more years than I can remember. Family celerations, special dates, business events have all selected O'Donnells as their special place to enjoy fabulous food in a friendly atmosphere provided by exceptional servers. The menu has stayed faithful to its historical heritage and delivered both its signature dishes and its "tried and true" selections without modification or "cheapening" its offerings. It is sad to see it closings its doors at the end of this month, but there is still time to enjoy its famous rum buns and crab dishes. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • O'Donnell's will be greatly
    tboggs
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    O'Donnell's will be greatly missed when it closes at the end of July It is one of our favorite places to eat at
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had the Grilled Shrimp and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    I had the Grilled Shrimp and Scallops on Ristoto. The Shrimp and Scallops were good, but the Risotto was drownding in butter and cream. Way too much and way to rich! In all fairness, two weeks before I had Fried Green Tomatoes with Grilled Shrimp and it was excellent. Sorry I didn't order that again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sorry to see an old friend close!
    JohnC
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Having followed O'Donnells from E Street to Bethesda to Gaithersburg, we will certainly miss this place. We have always had great food. The sesame crusted tuna was enjoyed on two recent occasions. The rockfish stuffed with crab and shrimp was superb as was the crab casserole.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Friday lunch group.
    hunter
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    The Friday lunch group has been to O'Donnells on numerous occasions over the years. Whether there are two or three or ten or twelve, O'Donnells has always been able to accommodate us. Most of us are now seniors who grew up in the Metropolitan Washington DC area and remember when O'Donnells was in DC but mostly from their location is Bethesda Md
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant closing
    Tiny
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    One of my favorite restaurants. Too bad it's closing. It will be sorely missed!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    FeebsVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    We've enjoyed this place since it opened. Used to go to Bethesda before. We will miss it when it closes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celebrating our 50th anniversary
    luv2eat
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    My wife and I decided to go to O'Donnells for dinner to celebrate our 50th anniversary. And we are certainly glad we did. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. My wife had lobster and I had fried shrimp plus French onion soup. We were too full for desert. And when it was time to pay the bill, the waitress told us "It's on the house." Unbelievable! I can't think of another restaurant that would have been so gracious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sorry to hear they're closing
    herbs
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    Sorry to hear they're closing forever. great turtle soup
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A long-time favorite
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    We've been going to O'Donnells for years for great seafood. Even though it isn't on the menu anymore, they still prepared my favorite for me - crab stuffed eggplant. What a treat!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service
    misty
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    waiter was very nice & attentive, but not at all overly attentive like some places. will miss this place1
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1 of the few good seafood restrnts
    Robert
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    One of the very few good seafood restaurants left in the DC area. Sadly it is closing shortly, after being in business for 90 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My dining experience at O'Donnells
    Lydard
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    My dining experience at O'Donnells Sea Grill was fantastic. The food, service and ambience was outstanding. It's a great place to celebrate special occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Good Time was Had by All!
    ILoveVolunteers
    Dined on 6/19/2013
    We were a group of 8 celebrating one of our volunteers who had been with our program for 33 years. We had a well-placed table with a very attentive server who made a fuss over our guest of honor. Great food and a wonderful lunch celebration. Thank you to O'Donnell's for being the perfect location for our event!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fathers Day meal was ruined
    unhappy
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Fathers Day meal was ruined by a group of "people" with 5 unsupervised young children, yelling and throwing things around. There were plates tossed onto the floor, and the adults all were playing with their phones. The place is closing July 27 and it will be no loss, as I didn't ever plan to return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Evening Out
    Lynn429VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    O'Donnells was willing to accept a reservation for 11 people on Open Table. Unfortunately, they didn't exactly honor the reservation and kept us waiting almost 30 minutes! As my parents are in their late 80s and both use a cane this was particularly difficult and uncalled for, with a reseravation! However the food was good, and once seated, we had a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Up to Par
    notyou311
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    O'Donnells seems to fluctuate from one visit to the next. They are going out of business soon, so that may be part of the problem. The waitress brought me the wrong order and claimed that she didn't hear me clearly when I ordered. My applesauce arrived frozen and the cole slaw had an odd taste. Most of the shrimp had an iodine taste. This will be our last visit to this restaurant. Hopefully, their new owner will do better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Closing!!!
    Tiny
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    We are so disappointed that O'Donnell's is closing at the end of July.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time for me
    Fred
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    Great place enjoyed it =, wait staff was excellent. they are closing down in the middle of July, the owner has been in the biz fir 40 years and wants out. I will get back there before they close
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always reliable and good
    HughandKen
    Dined on 6/4/2013
    We've eaten at O'Donnells many times before, dating back to the days when the restaurant was located in Bethesda. Their seafood is always good and well-prepared, and tonight was no exception. I had the twin lobster tails, expertly prepared and delicious. My partner had the seafood risotto and said that it was one of the best dishes of that kind he had ever had. Our only "down" note for the evening was our waiter, who was utterly indifferent to our presence and whose treatment bordered on rude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overcooked and forgetful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    We've heard about this place and have lived in the area a long time, but never went. Finally did - all the food was overcooked, they forgot one of the dishes and brought it later after the rest were done eating, just a heavy, fat and calorie laden meal like I was eating at Red Lobster. Service was excellent, however, waitress was awesome, host was great- and they gave us a discount for being late - wasn't the atmosphere or people - just the food, i didn't like.
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  • So sad to hear O'Donnells is closng
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Our family has been going to O'Donnells (at its various locations) since I was a kid. I've never had a bad meal there. I will especially miss their lobster club. Don't close, O'Donnells, don't close!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    Food was excellent and the staff we're very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable Dining Landmark
    StevieBVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2013
    Service is top quality, ambiance is quiet and relaxing and food is consistently good. The crab gumbo is my favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Boring food, hot and stuffy
    dinout
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Boring food, hot and stuffy room. Waitress was terrific!
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    • Noise LevelModerate