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Old Angler's Inn
Old Angler's Inn

Old Angler's Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oldanglersinn.com
  • Phone: (301) 299-9097
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday- Sunday: 11:30pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday-Friday 5:30-9:30 pm - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Happy Hour: 4:30-6:30pm Tues-Friday
    High Tea Tuesday-Saturday by reservation only 3:00pm to 5:00pm
    Bar: Tuesday- Saturday open to 1:30 am or to last guest whichever occurs first :)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Beer Garden
  • Executive Chef: Nick Palermo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Let Old Anglers cater your next event. We will make your next party, whether it is a casual affair or formal an event to remember. We offer over 50 years experience that is reflected in every aspect of what we do. Call our main number 301.299.9097 and speak with our event planner. We accommodate most any budget. If you are having a small event or a large event we will provide the intimacy that is unmatched.
  • Entertainment: Happy Hour $5 drinks and food. All under the stars. Fantastic sounds....great food and drink....casual fare
  • Special Events & Promotions: Having a special event? No better spot in Washington then the Old Anglers Inn. 8 acres of beautiful grounds right across from the Potomac river. During the winter Old Anglers is perfect with our roaring REAL fire place and old world feel.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brickyard
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Gravel parking lot in a country setting. Periodic complimentary valet
A word from Old Angler's Inn
A most charming dining spot, the Old Angler's Inn has been immortalized in countless Washington D.C. novels as a romantic winter getaway, sitting before the fireplace and perusing the menu. It is equally glorious in the summer when the main action moves to the incomparable terrace.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "I've had lunch there twice in the past two wks and found the service and food quite pleasing."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Once every summer we must take that beautiful drive out MacArthur Blvd to Great Falls and dine at Old Angler's. The patios and gardens are great and spacious, the service is excellent, the food is outstanding. My summer salad was one of the best salads I've ever had. It's going to be an expensive meal, but one you won't forget. So wait for a special occassion, then induge."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We enjoyed a lovely meal outdoors and the wine list included some very good wine at reasonable prices, which we appreciated. The menu is significantly better now than in the past -- we had a difficult time deciding what to order and all of us were pleased with our selections. The servers were accommodating a wedding party so we had to wait a few extra minutes to place our initial order, but everything was smooth after that. A great place to enjoy outdoor dining!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We just wanted to go out on a beautiful Friday evening for outdoor dining. No special occasion, but the place surprised me. I'd dined there 30 years ago, and I didn't remember much about the food as I was searching then, as now, for ambience, of which this place has in abundance. But our two main dishes, the pork shoulder and the ribeye/short rib combo, were excellent. Both were tender and flavorful, well-presented, and the veggies were perfectly seasoned. Wines are a little pricey, and they don't allow you to bring your own, but overall the place was a great re-discovery, sort of shockingly so. Romantic and pretty into the evening. Patio dining. Service was attentive without being overbearing. We skipped dessert. Worth the trip."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We have enjoyed Old Angler's since our first anniversary 21 years ago. This year was the most disappointing evening we've had - and we had high expectations since we'd heard about improvements. Although the inside of the restaurant looks better; and the new casual outdoor area looks great; our patio dining in what should be a fine dining experience was very bad. Firstly we were seated in an outer area which had no ambiance. Secondly the service was terrible. Food was also overall very disappointing. And then a family was seated in our "outer area" wearing t-shirts and cut off shorts. I assume it was just bad timig that we got crummy seating, which also probably impacted service."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had lunch here out on the patio on a beautiful day. Service was very attentive, and food was delicious. Prices are not cheap, but it's worth an occassional splurge."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Met friend there for Mon. lunch who was recovering from participation in a hard fought political campaign and needed R and R. Setting and service were a balm to her jangled nerves and we enjoyed excellent light selections from the menu in a restful atmosphere on a lovely day."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The salmon salad was excellent. We weren't offered any bread (other tables did), which would have gone nicely with our gazpacho appetizer. Service was quite slow."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The banana mousse was perfect. The tomato and mozzarella salad was great but didn't need the fennel at all. The salmon was great but could have used more peaches and peach salsa juice. In spite of my minor criticisms, this is now the best restaurant in town."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I have been eating at Old Anglers for years. Sometimes the food is great; yesterday it was not. A rather sad little salad (with some excellent dressing). But the service was worse. Never got my iced tea, no bread ever brought to the table. Granted it was hot and they had a big party inside, but if you are going to have the pretense of a high end restaurant, good waitstaff are key. Experienced. Also, flexibility. There was a prix fixe 2-course meal, but one person in the party only wanted one course. The response should have been, "but of course you may do that" instead of "no, you gotta get both". But despite all that, I will keep going back. To sit outside on a summer afternoon with some wine and friends, the rest fades away."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Initially we came for Sunday lunch outside. We were seated in the from patio which we didn't realize was a formal multi course meal. We moved to the back patio where we could order a la carte. Pork nachos weren't anything special (cheese sauce from a jar) but Caesar salad with freshly grilled salmon was excellent. Champagne cocktail was very good. Almost all the outside tables are sunder umbrellas."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The Old Angler's Inn is one of the best places in the Washington area to dine outdoors on a fine summer's evenig. We always enjoy going there on a special occasion or to host good friends. The food is good, the service excellent, and the general ambience outstanding. On a recent evening, the restaurant was extremely crowded but we never felt rushed or inconvenienced. If a diner does not wish to sit outdoors there is pleasant space inside. We thoroughly recommend the Old Angler's Inn."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Had a lovely lunch on the patio with several family members. The food was excellent and so was the service. I definitely plan to return soon for dinner."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "First time there and was hoping to sit inside as it was hot and humid that day. We were told that there was no power inside and only outdoor seating was available. Nice patio though and the menu seemed inviting. I ordered the cubano sandwich--my first--and it was really dry. The pork was overcooked; there was no juiciness/sauce/moisture to it. The bread was rock hard. Very disappointing. The waiter just said he'd tell the chef."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My love and I wanted to celebrate a special occasion. We chose Old Angler's Inn and it was terrific. She had a pork tenderloin dish while I had lamb. The chef did a superb job. We also shared a key lime dessert which was delicious. Old Angler's Inn deserves its strong reputation."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Excellent brunch menu (just too much food) on a lovely shaded patio"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I have dined here many times. The food has gotten better, but the prices still seem out of line with the cuisine. It is good but not an epicure's delight. The wait staff is always pleasant and attentive. The ambiance is very nice, especially dining on the patio in good weather. This could be enhanced substantially by using cloth in lieu of plastic to cover the tables. The seats are also very uncomfortable as there are no cushions and you sit on metal mesh chairs. Finally, most customers have taken to very casual attire, including shorts and sneakers. If you wear a coat and tie you will likely be the only person dressed in that manner-a real shame given the potential this setting offers."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I took my wife there for our anniversary. Perfect weather for sitting outside. Food was great as usual."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We brought our out of town guests to the OAI. We had the most pleasant time dining outside on the patio area. We will return with other guests and just ourselves in the near future."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The outdoor dining area is the prettiest in the Washington area. We went on Monday and wines are half price. I had seared salmon which was delicious. Salad was mediocre. They let us park in the parking lot earlier and we went on a long walk on the canal before dinner."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Beautifully set, and highly recommended, but a bit disappointing. We had a reservation, but had to wait over half an hour for our table. Two of the dishes we wanted were no longer available. The food was good (the bread was great -- but you have to ask for it), and our first waiter was charming. However, he disappeared and a rather scowly waiter took over. After being made to wait for our table, we were unceremoniously rushed out. Not only was the check delivered with the message that they were closing, but it was handed to my husband (I was taking him out!). That kind of sexism does not sit well with me."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "the Father's day dinner was $59. It was a very limited menu and they ran out of one the desserts. The food was good but not spectacular and was definitely not workth the price"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We frequent Old Angler's at least 2X a year. Father's Day was a nightmare. Ran out of dishes (by 7:30pm) and service was disappointing. The staff seemed flustered. Lesson learned. Will never go during a pre-set, special event day."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was excellent but we barely saw our server. To be fair, it was Father's Day, so they were really busy. But we waited a long time for our drinks, and the server gave the check to my father, and gave the credit card slip to him to sign even though it was my (his daughter's) credit card he had run. If the server had at least been pleasant (a smile here and there, for example), it would have made things a lot better. Still a terrific meal, though!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Spotted the Inn on my way to hike in Great Falls a few months back. Checked out the menu online and saw brunch $28 per person. Decided to go for Fathers Day and found the only option was a special Fathers Day menu for $59/person. We asked for kids menus for my 6 and 8 year old sons and they offered pasta or chicken fingers for $25 a plate. The food was fine and the outdoor seating is fantastic, but the price points were not at all what I was expecting based on the regular menu."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Both of our decaf cappacinos were very watery in flavor. The waiter apologized and took those beverages off our bill."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "What a delight! The food, the wine, the service; everything was perfect. Thank you for making our night special."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had been on the east coast for five days and this was the best meal we had - hands down. It was fresh and delicious and the service was terrific. We had a reservation and they kept it to the time although they were remarkably busy on a beautiful summer day. Uniformly delicious!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We have a special tradition/anniversary began here 20 years ago. The staff strive to continue to make it special here. Since it was Saturday on Father's Day weekend, only the brunch menu was served. We had the tuna tartare, arugula salad, lamb burger and mussels -- all fantastic. Thank you Inn for continuing our tradition, anniversary and all things special."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We couldn't have picked a better spot for our last dinner before setting out on our bikes on the C&O Canal Towpath. Great outdoor dining, small menu that includes locally sourced ingredients, and attentive wait staff. A lovely dinner with friends and family."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "My Wife and i went to Old Anglers In for our Anniversary on a Saturday night. We were prepared for a long wait, slow service and average food since the restaurant was so busy! We were pleasantly surprised however, the service was great (Thanks Ann!) and the food was better than i remembered. Kudos to the chef and kitchen for being able to handle such a large crowd with perfection. We will definitely be returning soon!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We went with high expectations, based on previous visits. Once seated, our waitress came over after a short wait. We ordered drinks and were given menus. She wasn't very attentive and seemed to be in a rush. We ordered and the food arrived by the "runner", who couldn't take drink orders and we were ready for a second round. We waited for about 20 minutes before she came over. Again, she seemed in a rush. Luckily the food was good, which saved the evening. ( this was a birthday dinner ) All in all, good food and ambiance but poor service."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This was the first time at Old Angler's Inn. Food was terrific and the service was great. Would definitely return again!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I live only a few blocks from Old Anglers and when I moved here I was really looking forward to spending a lot of evenings here. Unfortunately many changes were happening at the time here and I was greatly disappointed a few times. The last being about 2 years ago with a extremely rude head receptionist , bad food and wine..Went back Friday evening was delighted to see happy faces, great food and wine and very courteous service. Congratulations to a old established restaurant which deserves to be told when they are doing it right..Will return soon.."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The atmosphere was delightful. The food was Not good. We each tried something different and we were not pleased. I would just go for cocktails. The service was very good."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This restaurant has a lovely setting, especially outdoors. But, the food is way overpriced for what you get and there is no adequate kids menu (chicken fingers and pasta are the only choices)."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The patio at Old Anglers is a great place for a shady afternoon lunch or dinner. Surrounded by foliage you can imagine being at a European country restaurant. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We were greeted and seated at a perfect table next to the fountain even tho we were 30 minutes late for our reservation due to the heavy going-home traffic. Drink orders were slow but the rest of the meal was well timed. We particularly liked the half portions that were available - both salad and entree."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Perfect setting, great food and terrific atmosphere"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The Old Anglers Inn is a jewel both for its ambiance and the quality of its food preparation. The chief is very creative in presentations, combinations of ingredients. His skill in cooking, so that the dishes are "just right", is rarely matched by other restaurants. The food in combination with the overall ambiance and friendliness of the staff makes for a relaxing highly pleasurable dining experience."
    Dined on 6/1/2014