Old Ebbitt Grill
Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Salvatore Ferro
  • 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: 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.
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Old Ebbitt Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
1372 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (506)hot spot (496)special occasion (472)good for groups (455)vibrant bar scene (451)great for lunch (449)fit for foodies (402)great for brunch (265)late-night find (212)romantic (194)notable wine list (176)kid-friendly (148)scenic view (54)great for outdoor dining (19)Show More
  • Bit over priced for average food.
    booneyman
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    My wife and I split a new York strip worth spinach and whipped sweet potatoes and 2 crab cakes worth red potatoes and whipped mashed potatoes. The cream cakes were good and she said the mashed potatoes are good. The new york strip was tough and had no flavor. Basically like they slapped it pong the grill cooked it to medium and then put It on the plate. I will day the sweet potatoes helped it out and maybe that was the idea but I also thought there was way too much spinach and it was a little bitter. In their defenseI'm not much of a spinach person anyway and maybe or was actually perfect. I would have liked a little bit of season on my steak and for the price we played I would have expected it to not be as tough either.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We enjoyed dinner with another couple. This restaurant was recommended by our guide from a tour we took a few days before. We were not disappointed. From appetizers to dessert, the food was delicious and more reasonably priced that we had expected. We would definitely eat here again when in our nation's capital.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Ebbitt
    GranvilleBoy
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Very nice "old school" dark wood atmosphere. Service folks were knowledgeable and trained well. Food and drinks were very good.....good value also. Bar was very active with the after work crowd but wasn't too noisy....just the right amount of buzz. Traditional menu but updated just enough.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Ebbit Grill
    Sandy
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Obviously, the Old Ebbit Grill is a popular place: Even on cold, rainy Sunday evening the place was packed when we arrived, and still packed when we departed. Although we had reservations, we had to wait for 10-15 minutes in the bar before we could be seated. That said, we had a great experience; the food was excellent, the service was great, and the liveliness of the restaurant once we were seated was very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Early Dinner After the Play
    FiddlerFan
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    On line reservation worked well. Enjoyed meal. Server was great. Very knowledgeable. Noise level was a bit high but overall had a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atrium dining
    LuAnn
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We waited almost two hours for our reservation, which was fine because we arrived early. The bar was fabulous as was the bartender. The problem was, when we were seated, we were put out in a large open area --maybe an atrium. There was a party going on... Everyone just standing around. Our table was next to the party. It was extremely loud and felt like we were not in a restaurant. After waiting 2 hours, I would have liked a tablet inside the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WastingfoodisasinVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Got to choose oysters from 5 kinds. Ordered a dozen for $15, great happy hour deal. Clam chowder was quite ordinal, no surprise. Servers were very nice. Easy access from White House.
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  • Make your reservation
    JoeyV
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    It is a great place to take people that are visiting DC and the food and oysters are consistantly terrific. I am disappointed that I will not be in town for the Annual Oyster fest. I made a last minute reservation on Open Table and glad that I did as the line was out the door when I arrived but we were seated immediately. Great place to meet friends for that 3 hour brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Festive and Fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had an outstanding lunch at Old Ebbitt's Grill! It was very crowded but fortunately we had a reservation and we were seated right on time (we appreciated that very much!). Our server was wonderful--cheerful, friendly and knowledgeable about the offerings on the menu. The food was delicious! Overall a very festive and fun lunch with friends. Couldn't have been better!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I would have expected more from such a highly rated restaurant. The service was great, and the ambiance was nice (classic but not pretentious), and if you have out of town tourists visiting, the location can't be beat. However the food was astonishingly mediocre. There were 4 of us for brunch, and we had 5 poached eggs in our meals, all of which were over-cooked to the point of being borderline hard-boiled. The hollandaise sauce on my eggs was great, however there was such a tiny amount of it that I could barely taste it. The English muffins were kind of soggy instead of being lightly toasted. One of my friend's dishes, which was suppose to be a hash with sausage, looked as though every ingredient had been burnt and scraped up from the bottom of an over pan (she sent it back and ordered something else - the chicken pot pie, which she said was pretty good). Overall, for the prices they charge, the quality of the food is not there.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too loud for me!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Don't sit close to the bar if yoou want to talk to the people you're with. Great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bustling with good food but by no means perfect
    Gerald
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This is a very, very busy and bustling large restaurant. We sat at a booth which was a very, very tight fit and the table was high (or the seating low) making it uncomfortable. The waiter was over efficient and when our main courses arrived while we were still enjoying the starters, we got the impression that the restaurant wanted us out and our table back as soon as possible. These two things spoiled the evening somewhat. The food itself was very nice, well prepared but not gourmet standard. We started with chicken soup and an apple salad. My chicken dish was a little over salted for my taste. My wife had the calfs liver. Our guest ate trout coated in something which he really enjoyed. There is quite an extensive wine list. We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, if a bit noisy
    Excellent
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Never been disappointed by Old Ebbitt! The food is always excellent and the staff are incredibly friendly. I often bring people from out-of-town here, as it is a DC landmark. It can get pretty noisy, so if someone in the party has a hearing problem, I'd recommend requesting a seat in the back room where it's a little quieter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reunion at Old Ebbitt
    glassiter1120
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I met two of my high school class mates there for dinner and we had a fabulous time. We had a great table, our waiter was excellent, his recommendations for dinner were good and we enjoyed the food. The dessert was so delicious. We left full and satisfied, and enjoyed the evening with friends. This restaurant is one of my favorite places to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of history and wonderful food/service.
    Gera
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The service was wonderful. I went there for lunch and the sandwich (The Walter) was generous and tasty. I had heard that the Blondie was exceptional, so ordered one for desert. It was extremely good and large.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Exceeds Expectations
    zeldasayre
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    With all of the wonderful restaurants in Washington, DC, we still have a lunch, brunch, or dinner at The Old Ebbitt Grill every time we visit. It never disappoints us! The food is excellent, the atmosphere is vibrant without being distracting, and the staff are friendly and helpful. We leave always anticipating our next visit to DC and a great meal upon our return to the Old Ebbitt Grill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!!!
    Zyozi
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Went there for dinner as recommended by Lonely Planet. Surprisingly, food is very good, good service, and the price is reasonable! So my friend and I decided to have dinner again on our second night stay!!! Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sooner2you
    Sooner2you
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We had reservations at 6:30 on a weeknight and had to wait 10 minutes for our table. The place was packed. We were seated right by the bar and door. It was extremely loud. This is one of our "usual" places when in DC so we know how busy it is but the food is always good. We've never been this close to the door and will request not to be seated there again. We've been in the Atrium, in the downstairs dining room and the back dining room before. Service and noise level have been much better in those areas.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    QueenofrogsVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Ole Ebbitt Grill never disappoints - it's a solid, predictable dining experience. Everything is prepared well with no surprises. Service was professional and she checked in on us with the right amount of frequency, Old Ebbitt Grill may not blow your socks off with unexpected flight of cuisine, but sometimes you want to it down to well-prepared food presented by a competent wait person.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best lunch in DC!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Had a couple spare hours before heading to the airport.. Just enough time to enjoy one meal in out nation's capital. No where better than Old Ebbitts Grill!!! amazing food, service ,& ambiance!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food!
    DASH
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Service was outstanding as usual and trout parmesean was outstanding! Our waitress Deboarah was very delightful and make an excellent recommendation for dessert. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place in dc
    hiker
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We enjoyed being in the dc crowd. the food was wonderful and we had a relaxing dinner with good wine after 4 days of hiking.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great times overall as always.
    ValentineDinnerGuestVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    The food was great and scene was fun. The food is always good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Safe Bet
    GManVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Reservations are a must if don't want to wait. We dine here regularly when in D.C. because we know we will get good food and service. The main dining area off of the entrance is generally a bit noisy, so if you want more quiet dining ask for the Atrium room. One of our guests was a first timer here and she loved it. As a vegan she found a few items on the menu she could order. Two of us had the fish and chips. A large piece of white fish, perfectly deep fried w/hot fries. I had the catfish tacos w/hot fries and they were delicious. Our vegan guest enjoyed the humus appetizer as well as her mixed greens and veggie salad. We highly recommend dining here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Love this spot.. old world elegance with a home welcoming vibe. Great restaurant with amazing food with a wide variety of options... although the menu is out dated..... dishes are what you would expect to find in a 1980's resturant... but I think that's part of the old charm. Still amazing and worth the visit. I'm from NY, and I eat here every time I'm in DC... love it:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gold Standard
    Jrarlington
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Old Ebbittt is the Gold Standard for service and price in the D.C. area. Great food, knowlegable servers, and if out of town guests have one niight only for dinner downtown, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    As always, Old Ebbitt Grill provided a tremendous dining experience...wait staff service and meal quality were superior!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Near White House
    SunnyVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Old established restaurant in a "new" since 1980's. Great shrimp & steak. Good drinks friendly and attentive bar staff. Overall great meal and evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service
    dwhotzVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I've been to Old Ebbitt many times, and this was by far the worst experience I've had there. We were seated in the atrium which was wonderful - albeit a little loud. The service was by far the worst I've ever had with even a split check being done incorrectly adding almost 50% to the bill. While others in the group enjoyed their food, mine was flavorless and mediocre at best. While I will likely go back, I would definitely not were this my only data point.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Old Ebbitt never fails! Great place to bring newcomers to DC for good food and a bit of history.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Atmosphere
    Jennie35
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We sat in a booth for our brunch. The decor was very nice. Our waitress was very nice and attentive. She refilled our coffee frequently. The food tasted good, but was on the lukewarm side. Perhaps it is just too big of a restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seating Service Stinks
    Grumpy
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We had a party of four. Three of us were seated, waiting for the fourth. I alerted the hostess that my husband would be arriving within 10 minutes. When he arrived the foyer was jammed packed, it took him about 5 minutes to get the hostess's attention, and then when he gave her the reservation name, she had trouble finding it in the system. She kept repeating, "I can't find it." He had to repeat the name several times and she still couldn't get it right - yet it's an easy four-letter name. After going back and forth with her and getting shoved from behind by other people crowding around the hostess stand, he finally got frustrated and left and went up the street to Starbucks.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Same Ole Ebbitt
    LCita
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I cannot say enough how much enjoy Old Ebbitt Grill, it is truly a staple of Washington DC consistently providing a great atmosphere and even better cuisine. On this particular occasion my boyfriend and I showed up after a show without reservations and were seated in a very timely fashion for a Saturday night, I had a shrimp linguini and he enjoyed several rounds of oysters both were top notch. The staff was courteous and attentive as always, we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Washington Landmark
    luvfood413
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This gem was recommended by our tour guide on on our night tour of the city, and it was everything it was said to be. The place was packed at 10 pm on a Saturday night, high energy, bordering on the loud side by the bar, but once seated there was no problem holding a conversation with your dinner mates. There was an impressive wine list to choose from. I had the crispy pork shank starter with the sweet and sour apple glaze and it was fantastic. For my main dish I had the petit filet Bearnaise, the beef was so tender and melted in my mouth, loved the sunny side up egg on top. Finished off with the warm pecan pie w/ vanilla ice cream. So much more on the menu that I would love to try and will definitely be back next time in D.C.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • After theatre dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I made same day reservations for 4 @10pm. We were seated in a booth in the bar area - which would not have been my first choice for my mother's 82nd birthday, but it was late and we were hungry. Salmon was not cooked through-but was readily replaced and excellent. Food was very good. Drinks were also good. Overall, we had a good dinner and good service. I would return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Staff
    swsander
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our one-year anniversary here. The staff immediately acknowledged it and was very attentive to all needs. When we ordered dessert, the manager congratulated us and the staff also made sure to write happy anniversary on our plate in chocolate. My wife and I loved all the details and attention received. I would also like to mention that our meals were amazing as well. I highly recommend this restaurant for great food and excellent staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gre at location
    ffpmOrtiz
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Good food, highly recommend making a reservation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    Barbpe
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Loved the food and ambience! Surprisingly reasonable considering the location and great food. Will recommend to anyone going to Washington.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Eggs Chesapeake were faboulous.
    Pammie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    They are a nice twist on Eggs Benedict that included crab cakes. Yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good, always crowded
    walt
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I've been going to the Old Ebbitt a very long time. Always a good place to meet. It usually does not disappoint. However, the service this time left something to be desired.It was even more crowded than usual, so that might explain the impact on our service. Still if in DC it is worth a stop but definitely have reservations in advance
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.