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Old Ebbitt Grill
Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ebbitt.com
  • Email: events@ebbitt.com
  • Phone: (202) 347-4801
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 11:00am
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am,
    Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
    Late Night Dining: Sunday - Thursday: 12:00am - 1:00am,
    Friday & Saturday: 12:00am - 2:00am
    Closed Christmas Day
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Robert McGowan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact our events department at 202.552.5000.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Easter Sunday Brunch & Dinner
    Mother's Day Brunch & Dinner
    Father's Day Brunch & Dinner
    2nd Annual Brewhaha on Friday, August 22, 2014
    20th Annual Oyster Riot: Nov 21 & 22, 2014
    Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov 27, 2014
    Christmas Eve Dinner on Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014
    New Year's Eve on Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th between F and G
  • Public Transit: Metro: Red Line to Metro Center, Orange/Blue to McPherson Square
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking after 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday and after 8:30 am on Sundays is available. $10.
A word from Old Ebbitt Grill
Established in 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill is the oldest dining saloon in Washington, DC. Across from the White House, Old Ebbitt serves American Cuisine, and offers the largest selection of oysters in DC. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining, and Saturday and Sunday Brunch. Casual dining with service to locals and visitors alike.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I was a bit nervous booking over the internet and could not have been more pleasantly surprised. It was extraordinarily crowded- Cherry Blossoms- but we had the best table in the house within a few minutes. The Ebbitt is a family tradition-- and has kept us well-fed since my grandparents worked in the White House in THE COOLIDGE ADMINISTRATION! I took my youngest sister to D.C. April 12 and 13 to revisit some family history (great uncle was also Treasurer at the National Gallery of Art and his ashes are scattered in a garden there) and we were thrilled that the Old Ebbitt we have always known and loved is still at the top of it's game. Great waiter, delicious food, happening crowd, it sparkled. Thank you for the beautiful new memory."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Last time I checked, when you order a steak you usually get a steak knife. The steak came out without one so we asked the guy who brought it out for one. He wasn't very friendly. Our actual waiter never returned to check on us until we were halfway through the meal. Bread never arrived like he told us it would so we had to ask for that when our food came as well. I have had much better service there... No complaints about our meal."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Excellent food, especially the crab cakes. Great service and wonderful decor."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The menu is varied. We had 4 people in our group; we each ordered something different and shared it. The food was fantastic- salmon, crab cakes, pork chop and steak. Wine is reasonably priced. Oysters are great. Service is excellent. We will go there every time we visit D.C."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Delightful dining experience. Excellent food and service. Definitely make reservations."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The menu is innovative from salads and sandwiches to dessert. The bar tender was exceptional in running an excellent and attentive afternoon of thirsty patrons waiting for tables during the peak cherry blossom festival! The ambience is satisfying and classic. Old Ebbit Grill made a family gathering a special occasion in the heart of Washington, DC."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "As always, this restaurant gave us a fantastic, delicious meal that came quickly after we ordered!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Typical American cuisine. Food is good but not spectacular but a great place to bring out of town guests to lunch at a land mark and tell them the historical significance of the place. Fun place to dine."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I always try and eat at OEG at least once when I am in DC and it never fails to meet my expectations. It is always reliable and the service is great!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Old Ebbitt is consistently good. When I lived in D.C., we always took friends/visitors to Old Ebbitt and then a short walk to see the White illumunicated at night. Crabcakes are some of the best in the area and their oysters are phenomenal. Now that I no longer live in D.C., it's a must for me whenever I return."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Having eaten at Old Ebbit Grill several times I knew what to expect and once again was. It disappointed. Wonderful food and atmosphere. Took my GF there for her first visit and she loved it. Will always go back again and again."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "You cannot go wrong going to Ebbitts! Their oyster bar is the absolute best around."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The menu has changes seasonally, but also keeps the restaurants favorite items. I recommend the New England Clam Chowder, Crab Cakes. The Oysters are out of this world, must have as an appetizer."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Spent the day with friends touring Washington and ended our day at the perfect place. The food, service and surroundings were the perfect way to spend time with friends, relaxing and enjoying a fabulous meal. Love the decor. Our waitress was friendly and efficient. Every entree was cooked to perfection and the desserts were well worth every calorie. If your in DC, I highly recommend stopping in for dinner. Reservations are highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great dining experience. Definitely need to try the oysters!!! Love the different options and the selections were magnificent!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I would not eat the pancakes, better off eating thier waffes are better."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Our experience at Old Ebbitt Grill after the Cherry Blossom 10-miler was great - fun atmosphere and the food, as always, was awesome! Old Ebbitt Grill is a favorite of ours and I highly recommend making reservations prior to going. If you do not make reservations though, just pull up to one of the bars and enjoy drinks and you can eat at the bars! On April 6, the bartenders, waitstaff, and cooks did a great job and deserve kudos for a great Sunday! Until next time as I know I will return many more times!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Flew in from Florida to meet my son for a meal. Location is right next to the White House - easy to locate. The place was packed at 7pm on a Wednesday night. Glad I made a reservation! We were seated 15 minutes after arrival in a comfortable velvet cushioned booth. Though the sound level was loud, we were able to make conversation quite easily. The menu fit both our needs - cheeseburger & beer for him and pasta & wine for me. The server accommodated our every request. It being a small world, she was even familiar with our Florida hometown - what a delight! Even on a busy night, we never felt rushed to end our meal. We were too full for dessert, but I will put this place on my list to return to - anytime I am in Washington, DC."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "great food and even better service. seated timely with reservation and met some special requests."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "This restaurant is an institution in DC, with many years of history and a prime location for visitors to the capital. Definitely make reservations well in advance and don't expect a quiet, intimate dining experience unless you have booked a private room --- this place is always packed and noisy, but the food is delicious and well served."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Such a great dinner we came back for brunch on Sunday! Incredible black cherry mojito, great service, yummy crab cakes.... Kids loved the food too!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "BEAUTIFUL Restaurant!!! Beautiful art, mahogany bar, and antique gas chandeliers!!! Great bar and happy hour special @ the bar. Great food and service. Love the history of the Old Ebbitt."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We are used to getting breakfast there and menu was all brunch and Clyde's Brunch menu at that. Could have gone to Clyde's for same Brunch menu."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This well known eatery has lasted decades for a reason: great location, wonderful food, comfortable, excellent service, and despite the crowds, with reservations we were shooed right in. The trout was a specialty and justifiably, but a lot of food, and we could have spit an order easily. Garlic potatoes and broccoli with it were perfectly cooked. One in our party had the salmon and raved about it. I will definitely recommend it to members of my future groups coming to DC. Really nice evening all around."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "All of our trips to DC we eat at your restaurant and always look forward to a different menu. Our last one was a treat on April 6 with Catfish, Green peas, black eye peas and kale in a ham broth. How much more southern can you get. We also had a wonderful desert. Thanks for always being there and one can get reservations very easily. Inez and Billy"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Great food. Excellent service. Superb location. It's good for any kind of event. Make sure you reserve a table otherwise you'll be waiting a lot. It's always packed. One of the best restaurant I've been in DC."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I went for brunch on a Sunday Morning and the place was packed! We had tried to go the night before, but didn't make it. Very glad I moved reservation to the morning, so we did not have to wait along with about 30 other people for a table. Cherry french Toast was amazing! Very cool inside restaurant. I would recommend."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Our first visit to Ebbitt's Grill, my family traveled from PA to celebrate my Sister's 56th Birthday. We all loved it, while a bit manic waiting for our table, the ambiance, food and service were wonderful. I don't recall our server's name (I am bad with names, she is a young, petite african american) she was simply exceptional and made the entire experience that much better! Really I can't say enough about her professionalism, knowledge, efficiency and warmth. I emailed ahead asking if we could do something special for my sister's birthday. My sister rarely travels, suffers anxiety and does not like crowds, yet she was over the moon with the whole experience. Old Ebbitt's and our wonderful server simply made our day!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Would never pass an chance to eat here, EVER! The best place to hangout at the bar, the oysters are always excellent and the staff is the best!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Old Ebbit is the place that you can go to for no matter how small or major the occasion, whether just going to happy hour or celebrating a friend's national award from a government agency. And if you have a fussy a diner with you, I especially never worry as everyone can find something enjoyable on their menu. They take good America food and make it the best. Portions are very generous. Mixed in among the locals and tourists always seems to be a celebrity whether a major politicial or Hollywood star. This trip actor Jeff Goldblum (The Fly, Jurassic Park, etc) gracioulsy posed w/ diners. The Host stand seems to work wonders with the volume of people flocking to the place and getting everyone a table as soon as possible."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "This is the third time we visited Old Ebbitts when visiting DC! First time I was really impressed with the service and food. This time not impressed. First off the service was below par. We sat next to a service cabinet with utensils and got hit by a flying fork from one of the servers. Our waiter was just okay. We ordered coffee and a desert and he forgot to bring the coffee. I think the desert was sitting around in the kitchen for awhile, because when it came it was melted and and falling apart. It was suppose to be a chocolate cappucino brownie/ ice cream and whipped cream. The menu is pretty limited unless you're just looking for a hamburger or bar food. Don't think we'll put The Old Ebbitt Grille on our list the next visit to DC."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great food, excellent service and lots of character!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Not too expensive, not too cheap, great american food. Didn't try to the oysters, but everything my girlfriend and I had was great. We both had the American Farmhouse Cheese Sampler & the Southwestern Cobb salad (both great!). Although the food was pretty good, the best thing was the ambience of the restaurant, rich and warm and cozy, especially in one of the booths usually set for 4."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I heard great things about this place from friends and locals so we had to try it! I definitely recommend making a reservation because the wait was 2 hours when we walked in for ours. The restaurant is filled with gorgeous art and statues. It has a huge, interesting history as well as delicious food. It is a pricey place (over $30 per person for an entree and dessert) but well worth it. I suggest the trout and crab cakes!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Reservation at 6:00 p.m. Front area so jammed with people that it was very difficult to reach podium to advise of arrival. Noise level there was ear-splitting, and at table so loud that one had to shout for person across table to hear. Food fair, service a bit slow. Have eaten at OEG before and like Clyde's restaurants, but this night the staff could not keep up with the crowd."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Excellent food, however the service was exceptionally slow. It took nearly 30 minutes to even place an order, and much longer to receive our meals."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great place to dine for a Girl's Weekend! Delicious Bloody Mary's, salads and sandwiches. We went during the Cherry Blossom Festival so the place was packed, especially the front area where everyone who did not have a reservation waited for a table. Fortunately we made a reservation so we only had a five minute wait for a table. My guess is, it's always that busy on beautiful spring weekends so definitely make a reservation."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I have visited this restaurant many times and it has always been one of my favorites. This visit was so chaotic I am looking to try new restaurants on my next visit to DC. The staff all seemed stressed out, there were long waits for drinks, to take our orders, and to get our food. It was not at all like the wonderful visits I've had to the restaurant in the past."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "First time at Old Ebbit Grill. We expected a nice upscale brunch venue and instead found ourselves in a Clydes. Very crowded and noisy. Difficult to have a conversation. Food was OK but did not like the service -- was not attentive and had to wait for a long time."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Have been here a couple of times previously, this time with out-of-town friends who wanted to try it. Waiter was slow getting back to us, picked up a bourbon and Coke glass and refilled it with iced tea, and never brought the bread that he suggested was coming. Food was okay but not out of the ordinary - jambalaya, crab cakes and turkey sandwich. Raw bar platters even at half-price for happy hour were overpriced for the size of the oysters and clams. An incorrect dessert was brought out, probably because someone, perhaps himself, couldn't read the waiter's writing - the "pear" streusel turned into "pecan" pie."
    Dined on 4/4/2014