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Old Ebbitt Grill
Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill Details

  • 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: American, Steak, Seafood
  • 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 & Promotions: 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
  • "We went based on a recommendation and we were glad we did. Service was friendly and on point. Food was fantastic...best oysters we've ever had."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Highly recommend, had a wonderful time. We had a party of six with two young children and felt right at home. This place is a must if in Washington, DC."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great history and good place to bring out of town guests."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I'm so glad we made it to Old Ebbitt during our stay in DC - it would be easy for them to ride along on their history & location but the restaurant truly has every reason to be popular with both locals & tourists alike. It was quite busy given our reservations was extremely early on a Monday evening and still, it didn't detract at all from the quality of food or service. Our cocktails were perfectly made, the half-price raw bar between 3-6pm is hard to argue with, our entrees were delicious & the waiter even kindly helped our 11-year old daughter find something she loved. Everything about our meal and experience here was enjoyable - not to mention really very reasonably priced, as well. I can't say enough good things!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Old Ebbitt is the kind of restaurant I appreciate. Although I arrived earlier than my reservation time, it was no problem to seat me. My friend was late, but the server was attentive in making sure I had what I wanted while I waited. When she arrived, he took our orders, and again, was attentive but did not hover. I had the chicken and kale salad -- absolutely fabulous -- and we sat and talked for three hours (we haven't seen each other for years). No one attempted to rush us or push for continued orders, or to pay sooner than we chose to. I was happy with my dining experience and will definitely return upon my next visit to DC."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I've been to Old Ebbitt Grill about 3 times in the last 13 years and have enjoyed it every time. Although not typical of a bar and grill, you really need to make reservations (at least for dining after 5). As many customers have noted, the waiting people really crowd the entrance so you need to be aggressive to get to the hostess to make your presence known. The food has always been well prepared; nothing over or under cooked; and seasoned correctly. The staff has always been friendly and respectful."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This was my first time eating brunch at Old Ebbitts, and it was outstanding. Did was good, and service was good. Would always suggest reservations any time of day as it is very popular."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This historic gem offers a lovely experience in the heart of DC."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "As usual, the brunch fare was delicious! We had crab cakes and the petite sirloin special with a great wine and enjoyed our meals immensely."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We arrived within 5 minutes of our reservation and were promptly seated. The room is got a lot of old Washington charm. there is a very genteel air about it. We had a FABULOUS server by the name of Blake, graduate student who knew the history and the menu. He was terrific making suggestions and returning quickly to make sure our meals were prepared as ordered. Our meals were served promptly and hot. We each had something different and it was all wonderful. I would go back in a heart beat. The dinner menu looked interesting and I would try it on another visit. Make reservations"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This is a great brunch location that you can arrange last minute. I had a friend visiting and wanted to take her to brunch. However, other popular brunch places had already been booked. Old Ebbitt is a great location for site seeing (right next to the White House) and has a calm, relaxed atmosphere. It is a nice place to take a guest or a date quieter, classier brunch. The food was delicious. The Peach and Blackberry French Toast was amazing. It was a little sweet though, so I couldn't quite finish the entire dish. The side of fruit wasn't the usual cheap grapes, honeydew, and cantaloupe. Instead, it had plum, peach, blackberries, etc. Others at the table got Chesapeake Benedict and Breakfast Club - they both loved it."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Unmatched quality of service. Atmosphere, food, and staff--top notch."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "As always, great place to take out of town family and friends. Service and food are impeccable as always - staff are outstanding for both tourists and locals"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant and would recommend it for both the ambiance and the food. Pretty Pricey, but well worth it."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We came here for an early dinner and found out it was 50% off all raw bar items (oysters, clams, shrimp etc.) from 3-6pm every day. We loved everything we ordered!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is the place you need to make a reservation. The whole family enjoyed this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Delicious oysters half price at happy hour and friendly, old-fashioned service."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "What a great location. The restaurant was packed on Friday night but with our Open Table Reservation we did not wait for a minute. Walked right in a 7:30 and were seated immediately. I went for the pulled pork sandwich and it was excellent. Perfect for a light dinner. I wish I had ordered dessert, they looked amazing. Our server was wonderful and very attentive."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "never disappointed here - best seafood you can find!! Great service and bloody marys and oysters!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had wonderful experience, even though I traveled alone with two kids they were very open to accomodate for them and have a good kids menu with good food. I enjoyed the happy hour and oyters were 50% off, ate well and it's not expensive. Great location and food"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Servers tend to forget about you and your table after they tale your order."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Earlier today, the folks at Old Ebbitt made sure that three young children were happy and well occupied. This is a very busy restaurant with plenty of noise. But when I explained that one of the kids was on the autism spectrum and needed a quiet table, they found us one. The service was wonderful. The food was great. Everyone was very, very happy. What the maitre d and the servers did for the kids was really wonderful."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Old Ebbitt is a Washington classic. Always a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great food, great drinks and great service. We had a reservation at 8:30 and when we arrived we were promptly seated. The summer white wine sangria was very good. Hit the spot after a long walk all around the national monuments. My husband had the filet mignon and said it was very good. I had the angel hair shrimp pasta and it was delicious. The loaves of bread were also very good. Choc Chip bread pudding for dessert. Yum."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner at Old Ebbitt. The service was great and the food was all delicious. We also really enjoyed both cocktails and the wines paired with our entrees. The one complaint I had was we weren't seated in the main dining area but instead in this larger space that seemed to be a large lobby. Really lacked the environment of the rest of the restaurant. Given we had made reservations well in advance, it would have been nice to receive a better table. Had I known, I would have requested to eat in one of the main rooms."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Excellent food in a historical neighborhood. Consistent quality that never let's you down"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "It was the history of the restaurant that drew us. The service and decor were great, however the food was quite ordinary...nothing special. I personally would not return, but might recommend the restaurant to others as a fun place to have a casual meal."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I have dined at Old Ebbitt Grill several times and I am always satisfied. We had great wines and plenty of time to enjoy good company. The service was attentive, the food was wonderful and the location in DC is awesome."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Was seated quickly and wait staff was fast and friendly. Food was very good and delivered fast and hot. Would recommend in in DC you visit the Old Ebbit Grill."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Right outside the door is the Whitehouse which makes it a great option because anybody whose who could be dining there. Whether in a suit or more relaxed this venue has a great menu item to fit your mood and taste. My out of town visiting sorority sisters felt like royalty and it was affordable. Location makes it easy to get to."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I took my team for dinner and the food was excellent. Within walking distance of the White House and a place with rich history. Definitely worth checking out. The bar is hopping so make a reservation as it seems to always be busy (Tuesday night was our reservation)."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I'd never eaten at Old Ebbitt Grill before, but was going to be in the neighborhood to attend a concert at the Warner Theater. The restaurant is cozy and vibrant - boisterous noise from people enjoying their meals. We started with the American Farmhouse Cheese Sampler, featuring 4 distinct, flavorful cheeses and served with local blackberries and raisin bread slices. Yummy. My wife had the 5oz. filet mignon, which was perfectly seasoned and cooked; I had the single crab cake, which was full of lump crab meat and well seasoned. Each entree featured variations of a corn, tomato, and basil side dish - quite good. We skipped dessert as it was near time for the concert to start. The valet parking is a welcome feature given the location."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Seated next to bus station with other seats available near by, bad, waiter moved us as requested, good, quick service, good, crab cake, very good, cheese plate just ok, wine list, limited, main course, filet, medium rare good, medium well tasted like briquet, not good, vegitable medly, just ok.."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Between the food, service and people-watching, it's always a treat!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We were really impressed with our meal, and also with the service. We shared the beet salad, and ordered a filet and a crab cake dinner. Everything was cooked perfectly, meat and sides, and the preparations were creative and delicious. Prices were reasonable, too, and the service was attentive but not overbearing. Considering the tourist traffic and the reasonable prices, we were pleasantly surprised to find one of the best dining deals we've found in DC."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Overall this place is very good. Great scene, a lot of history. The prices are good. We had 2 entrees are they were OK, but nothing really impressive. The pork belly tacos for an app were amazing. I'm guessing if you stick to the burgers and sandwiches you will not be diappaointed."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Ambiance, service and food was awesome. this place was suggested from a friend and I don't regret having gone there with my wife and son (14 yo) I suggest you reserve before going there. The place was packed on a Sunday night. Being there early we went to the bar and enjoyed a drink and oysters while waiting for our table."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Loved the crab cakes and clam chowder. The ambiance was real nice but a bit noisy."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "After a long, hot day seeing the sites of the nation's Capitol with a visiting friend we wantedto treat him to dinner at a local place that serves consistently good food in a llocation with character. Old Entity Grill was just the ticket. The meal was delicious and the service spot on, attentive but not intrusive."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The valet was brusque on approach. It seemed that he assumed that I did not understand the valet service concept. I assured him that I wanted to valet and had money for the fee, then he was friendlier. We had to wait 20 minutes to begin our appetizer because we were not provided side plates. There were extended delays between courses. We had to wait an additional 20 minutes to get our check at the end of the meal. We were with out of town guests so there was no rush, but the waits were too long. The service was much better last time so I believe the server and valet were having an off day, but the kitchen was not. The oysters and oyster selection were amazing. Our steaks were prepared perfectly and the crab cakes were phenomenal!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014