Old Ebbitt Grill
Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ebbitt.com/
  • Phone: 2023474801x
  • 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: 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.
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Old Ebbitt Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
1382 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (497)neighborhood gem (492)special occasion (481)vibrant bar scene (401)hot spot (399)good for groups (399)fit for foodies (384)great for brunch (299)kid-friendly (230)romantic (202)late-night find (180)notable wine list (160)scenic view (60)great for outdoor dining (15)Show More
  • Clyde's Old Ebbit Grill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Thank you for providing a very nice dinner date evening. The lobster dinner and dessert were memorable. The table service, host staff and bar service for our short wait for our table was top rate! OEG is best in DC!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I have been going to Old Ebbitt for 30 years and it just keeps getting worse. It is now a total tourist trap. The service was horrible and the food was mediocre at best.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic
    cogirl
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Old Ebbitt always provides great service and food for a reasonable DC price. Reservations strongly recommended, even for weeknights. The lobster pot pie was awesome and the crab cakes were so fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old comfortable pair of shoes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I hadn't been to Old Ebbitt Grill in two years. When returning it was like coming home again. As always the foood and service were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We have dined here many times and have never been disappointed. From the Service staff, the venue and its beautiful paintings to the outstanding cuisine. Always a favorite place for family, friends and co-workers to meet and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was horrible...ambiance rules
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Planned a birthday dinner for a coworker during our recent visit. They acknowledged her birthday immediately and also brought her a personalized dessert at the end of our otherwise in impressive meal. The crab cakes are the safest order on the menu. Delicious and actually full of crab! Negatives: Lobster tail served saturated with bodily fluids making it really disgusting to look at or taste. Meatball sliders were supposed to be hot but were served COLD. If it wasn't for the ambiance I wouldn't return but it's still great service and affordable prices across the street from the White House. A great spot to have a drink and usually a great place to grab a bite. I won't give up in it next time in in DC but I'm disappointed with the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Old Ebbitt Grill. The food was very good and our server, Cody, was extremely knowledgeable about the wine, food and desserts. We relied on his recommendations and we were not disappointed. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fresh oysters & crab claws
    2xMomVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Visited for breakfast and dinner. Both excellent! Recommend corned beef & poached eggs (Breakfast) and the oysters if lunch or dinner. Dress up; we were dressed down and they still took us in. No snooty waiters here. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gregg B
    DineNeat
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We were stuck in traffic, called and said we had an open table reservation and would be 30 minutes late...they said no worries, just get here when you can. Service was very courteous and attentive and the did was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    LocalFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We enjoyed our Anniversary dinner here with a host of raw bar items. The quality of the seafood was, for the most part, the best we have had in the city. The architecture is grand and the service impeccable, however many fellow diners are overly casual, creating an off-putting atmosphere. But don't let that keep you from excellent food and discreet yet friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful DC Establishment
    FoodieFemme
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Consistently good food and oysters to die for. The menu is not overly complicated, high energy feeling. Fun to take out of town guests. Definitely should be on your list to visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    Jkim
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    They gave us a cake on the house because it was out two year anniversary! The service was great! The oysters was so delicious! Wish we came in for the oyster happy hour
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PamsBdayEvent
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Enjoyed wife's birthday. Food great, wine was fantastic, service was outstanding. Unique clientel, everything from wedding party to sight-seers off the street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • historic site, still wonderful
    cookbookjunkieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We love eating under the gaze of Teddy Roosevelt's stuffed big game in the classic dark wood bar. Martini's come to the table still in their shaker - very cold. The fresh seafood is always good and the raw bar includes crab claws and shrimp for those who don't want the raw oysters. Local cheese pate also makes a good starter with peach compote and toasted raisin bread. The 1 1/4 lb steamed lobster is a bargain, but we went for the lobster pie with parmesan mashed potato crust and were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Ebbitt Grill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Absolutely outstanding service throughout! Reservations are a must on the weekends, but easily made. Maine lobster special was truly a bargain for a perfectly prepared 1 1/4 pound lobster. Highly recommend both the lobster and lobster pie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Ambiance
    Tassie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A late lunch proved very good, and the restaurant was still full. Our waitress was delightful (Deb), and the food and drinks good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Undercooked food
    PinkyPanther
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I've been to Old Ebbitt Grill several times and have always been pleased with food. I always get the Trout Parmasean with mashed potatoes and spinach - and its always good. Except for my last visit. The trout was barely cooked thoroughly and the mashed potatoes were running. The mashed potatoes were sooooo bad, I could not push them aside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe too crowded Friday night?
    DocMom2nana
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Usually very much enjoy this restaurant. Had been my favorite. This visit though, the food was great but the service was not very good and the noise level was annoying. Expect it was just a bad night, because usually this is my favorite restaurant in DC!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service great, food meh
    ATLmom
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great location right by the white house if that is on your list of things to see while in DC. Old Ebbitts is a historic spot and worth visiting. I heard folks in the ladies room raving about the house made pasta and had insta-regret that I didn't order that. My husband ordered the seared tuna and it was tough, as was my lobster. The service was really great though and so was the vibe of the place. I would go back, but would steer very clear of all things seafood!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The waiter "J" was awesome!
    Shanomar
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great service, food ok, drinks not so great. Ordered an Old Fashion, came in wrong type of glass, too watered down. 2nd order, captain Morgan & diet coke couldn't taste the capt.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great
    Lambshark
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Always feel like we are visiting an old friend here. Food and service are always outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Great Food
    Vegas2DC
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    You have to have the crab cakes and the notable pasta dish. I don't even eat seafood and always have a crab cake - like no other place. Fantastic food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Business Dinner Spot
    Mark
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This is a great place to take out of town business guests. The service is efficient, classy, up scale. The food is spot on with good variety. The drinks are generous. the booths allow conversation even though the noise level is a bit energetic. The historical aspect is welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rushed..Rushed...Rushed!!!
    DMB1
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had a 7:30 dinner reservation.....by 8:30 we were walking out the door. I still had food on my fork from my appetizer when the bus boy was trying to take my plate away. When the apps. came out i specifically stated i didn't want the entrees to come to soon....well they did! Again the bus boy tried to remove my plate with food still on it...unacceptable!!! They did try to make up for the mistakes by wanting to buy us desserts or another drink but by then we had enough. On the other hand the food was very , very good and our server was pleasant. I would recommend going but don't place your entree order till you've eaten your appetizers!!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food was great, the service was great, great atmosphere, beautiful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Melibuddy
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I was 30 minutes late for my reservation, they held my table anyway and the staff even made me laugh because I felt terrible for being late!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My In-Laws Loved It!
    caitieck
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We took my in-laws who were visiting from Florida to dinner at Old Ebbitt. They loved it! The food was awesome - two people ordered the parmesan encrusted trout, one had the crabcake and I had the pork chop. We also had an order of calamity for the table. Everything was absolutely delicious. We weren't really drink in that evening but the wine list was great. Everything was very reasonably priced.service was stellar. I will note: we were sat at 7:45pm on a Wednesday. It was VERY loud. I am not complaining about the noise, to me it just meant everyone was having a good time. But it is something to be aware of if you are looking for a quiet meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    Nanc
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Noisy but a fun vibrant place to eat in Dc. An obvious historic spot that brings crowds but with reservation no problem nice service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Sandytx
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    All are terrific. Wonderful selections on the menu. Courteous staff. Clean and classic type of restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • breakfast
    Dick
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The fruit plate was not worth $6. It was not worth $2
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I really respect the way Clyde's group handles reservations. One sec and you are at your table. Lobster special was awesome. Love it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chchexplorer
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful meal. Great food and service. I would recommend an oyster tasting plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GeorgesthoughtsVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Extremely noisy but wonderful nevertheless. Menu was extensive, prices quite modest. Wait staff very attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Place to see and be seen
    BostonDiner
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    When we arrived at Old Ebbitt people without reservations were lined up and being turned away in droves. The vegetable gratin was superb. I was underwhelmed by my crab cake. The service at both lunch and dinner was of the top order. The bread and butter were irresistible. They serve a lovely gruner veltliner by the glass. The food at lunch was notably better than at dinner which I think had something to do with the crowds. I would recommend a nice relaxing lunch and skip the dinner rush.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BigMac
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Crab cakes were excellent, service was good and the ambience was very noisy. Difficult to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Soggy fish and chips
    Fred
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Reservation was fine; service was acceptable. Oysters were good but over-priced, even for downtown DC. What is more to say? The fish was soggy? This is a problem at other restaurants in the Clyde's chain. The Old Ebbitt Grill is just not as special as it was at the old location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Travelin' man
    foreveryoung
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Outstanding! Hamburgers to steak to fish. What ever your pleasure it can be satisfied here. Service was right on and the atmosphere is friendly. Be sure to make reservations. the Ebbitts Grill is a rean hot spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Restaurant for Theatre night
    Helen
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food was delicious and the staff was prompt in seating us, taking our order, delivering the food while hot and being attentive to us during the whole time we were there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Ambiance and history were quite remarkable. The service, Derrick, was both knowledgeable and friendly. Must say the food was average. I do understand it is the bar that pays the bill, but the quality of the food, though plenty of it, could be better. Overall, a good experience. Glad we spent our 40th wedding anniversary at the Ebbitt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Stuck in the back, would have wanted to be in the restaurant. It seemed like there were still open tables in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate