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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Old Ebbitt Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
1430 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (514)great for lunch (504)neighborhood gem (494)hot spot (406)good for groups (397)vibrant bar scene (396)fit for foodies (379)great for brunch (317)kid-friendly (231)romantic (203)late-night find (175)notable wine list (167)scenic view (68)great for outdoor dining (15)Show More
  • Great place to eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I thought the food was excellent and the staff was friendly and genuine. I will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Well-Priced Great for Visitors
    FoodieFamily
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Out of town guests, American and otherwise, always seem to appreciate being taken to Old Ebbitt for some well-prepared special fare and the oyster selection. This gathering was no exception. The place was packed with tourists getting their last taste of DC before heading home on Labor Day (at least that was due to an unscientific poll of others around us). Food was great-- service was amazing given how loud and crowded it was.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 3rd times a charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The seating was a little awkward for my wife and I, if we were in a booth it would've been a perfect experience. It was as I've always seen it, very busy so a booth was out of the question. Our server Bradford was the best we've had since moving to this area, to include the previous trips to old ebbits. We ordered entrees and we're stunned by their appearance and flavor for the cost. Definitely worth my hard earned dollars.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Met All Expectations, And Then Some
    DarkDropper
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had heard countless good things about this place so knew we had to check it out for brunch when we were visiting DC (wife and I). Without a doubt it met all our expectations. The food was spectacular (best corned beef hash I've had in a long time). The presentation was spot on, the service was fantastic, and the portions were sufficient. Would highly recommend visiting this place and would always consider a safe-bet of somewhere you can get a great meal and have a memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • our visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great restaurant. Great food. Great service. Did not realize that we didn't need reservations, they take walk ups?? Web site leads you to thank you need reservations. Got seated really fast.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lvsmallrestaurants
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had not been to Old Ebbitt Grill for many years..Has not changed much...and the restaurant is still 'one of my favorites'....great room, great food and great service...good combination....and it is very easy to get to from anywhere in D.C. area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For seafood lovers!
    meryland
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    All the food was wonderful and a large variety on the menu. Reasonable prices for a downtown restaurant. The raw bar is a must! Great oysters & the largest shrimp ever! Perfect for a pre theatre dinner and a stroll around DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place AFter Theater
    Teger
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We love the Old Ebbitt for brunch, lunch and after theater dinner. The service is always wonderful. The noise level is high especially around the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Good food, good atmosphere and good service - not much more to add.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the visit
    whipsw
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Old Ebbitt Grill is a good place to eat while in Washington. The restaurant is quite a charm, with old lamps and old-timed decor. The menu is similar to other Clyde's restaurants--so if you've been in one, you've been at the Old Ebbitt Grill. Make a reservation before you go, as there is always a long wait. If your party is a large party (5 or 6 and up), be prepared to wait. It is located 1 1/5 blocks from the White House so it's a good stop while touring the Mall, White House, and other attractions around Washington. Parking is easily accessible on the street (using Parkmobile). Service is a bit rushed due to the large crowds that frequent this place but good nonetheless.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always excellent.
    Clay
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Crab cakes to die for and service that's beyond expectation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had brunch and were promptly seated. I would have liked to see a few more breakfast items at 10 am, but overall it was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Classic Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I was introduced to this place on a previous trip and I loved everything about it. So I took my wife and she was delighted. The place was packed, but we had reservations and were seated promptly. Our server was very attentive and the food was delicious. We will be back on our next visit to the area.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Restaurant in the City!
    CraftBeerLover
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Old ebbitt grill never disappoints! Had a fantastic dinner with a mixed oyster sampler, bottle of fantastic Italian red (number 121), and the steak salad. Always great ambiance, cool atmosphere, and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect. Just perfect.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    When we go to Washington once a year, we make sure that one night includes dinner at the Old Ebbitt. A perfect dining establishment. If you love raw oysters an even more perfect spot. The ambiance of the place is incomparable. A highlight of our trip every year. Hope to never miss dining here. And one added note -- their Martinis (true GIN martinis) are the best in the District.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place of choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were 5 visitors: two pairs and a 10 year old child. Everyone found something for his/her taste. The service was good and timely, in spite of the big crowd. Crab cakes are very good. We left satisfied and quite full. The salads are nice, with very good sauce. The coffee machine was not functioning and we had a simple Americana. whenever I visit Old Ebbitt, I always leave very satisfied and always happy to return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    DB25
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I really enjoy this restaurant, I haven't been in a long time but I just recently visited again. It was better than I remember it. They also accommodated my food allergies. I recommend going!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    MariVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food was delicious and service outstanding . The croquetas and calamari were the best appetizers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food is very good, prices are excellent for this location in Washington.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My mother and I were visiting from California- had a great meal and fabulous service. Definitely recommend making a reservation - otherwise you might get seated in the overflow courtyard in the back - which is like dining in the lobby of an office building. The swordfish special was delicious as was the key lime pie!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mary
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Excellent. We really enjoyed our dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old ebbitt grill
    Hbchick
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    What a place! We got a table at 8 pm and had dinner in twenty minutes. I ordered the crab cake and enjoyed them. My girls split a generous NY strip steak while my hubby ordered the swordfish. Great food great service great place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    GNPAZ
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Good food and atmosphere. Service was friendly. Very busy so make a reservation!! Lived up to the reputation. Noise level high of you don't mind that. Try the trout!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level
    taffy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Not use to the noise level we found on arrival at the restaurant. It came as a bit of a culture shock.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent service every time
    healthypickyeater
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    You can always count on the "Clyde's" group to deliver great consistent food and service! Old Ebbitt, does not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun but WAY TOO NOISY
    CapitolHillGal
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Old Ebbit is tried and true; a DC culture. Food is decent but not outstanding. Service is generally good but when they are busy you can easily get left behind. My biggest complaint...noise. OMG, why do people call that energetic. I hate it! Guess in this text generation, we can sit across the table and text if we want to communicate. Makes me want to stay home ;-).
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Class Act
    vic111VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    These guys run a great restaurant. The menu has a very good selection and isn't overwhelming. The service is first class, from the door, to the table and back to the door. I am a big fan of the Atlantic Salmon salad and the reuben sandwich. Even the ice tea taste light and fresh. I've had oysters here in the past and they were fresh and out of this world. The Clyde group knows how to run a restaurant and this is no exception.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Experience
    DowntownGalVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This was not my first time dining at Old Ebbitt Grill - but it may have been my last. I took a friend to celebrate their birthday - expecting a great experience. Unfortunately, our wait staff person did not provide timely attention and it appeared that we were more a disruption to her day than welcomed guests. Granted, this was lunch time in downtown D.C. and the restaurant was full - however, it took a very long time to get our meals. I had the Atlantic salmon and some type of vegetable mix. The salmon was very bland and the vegetable mix of zucchini, onions, olives, and grilled corn was minced small and was too oily and overcooked. The menu definitely needs to offer healthier options.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Restaurant in DC
    PineapplePete
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We recently were visited by lifelong friends who have never been to Old Ebbitt Grill, which we explained was our favorite restaurant in DC. Our experience was absolutely fantastic and reaffirmed our fondness for OEG. The service and food were outstanding (particularly the oysters). Our friends had the cannelloni and shrimp capellini. My wife had the blackened soft shell crab and I enjoyed a Riot burger. Everything was cooked to our satisfaction. The only drawback was that we were so full that there was not room for dessert. We will return for that the next time our friends visit (if not sooner).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • timb
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Service was spotty and indifferent although the food was tasty with ample portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Did not stay
    terry
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had had a long day and looking forward to our dining reservation. We were stuck between 2 very loud parties on a bench with no room to even put down our purses. We waited about 10 minutes with no server and decide to leave, we were not in the mood for all of the noise!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always at its best!!
    DCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This restaurant should be on the list of places to visit alongside the DC monuments and museums. Everything on the menu is awesome & very reasonably priced. I especially like their Cap Cod Mussels & Linguini and the 1/2 priced oysters during their happy hours. Totally worth the long wait. But if you're doing it right, you would make reservations & not have to wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great start to a fun night out
    Love2dine
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We recommended making reservations, esp on a Sat night. Amazing black cheery Mojito. The food was delicious and came out fairly quickly. Price of the food was fair as well. They are known for their Oisters too. Three different bars, different atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food + Great Setting, but
    ButtercupDC
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I went to Old Ebbitt for the dozenth (or so) time on Saturday night, and I was really disappointed by the poor service we received. Our food was fantastic, as always, and delivered in a timely fashion. However, I felt that the service wasn't up to snuff and I hope it was an anomaly. I would hate to scratch Old Ebbitt of our list for the future.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zoezoe
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Brought our parents here since it seemed like a "must visit" while in d.c. - had no real expectations. Pleasantly surprised with a great food and great service - everyone enjoyed - watermelon salad was excellent!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food
    Feathers99
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our second visit from UK and the standard is still the best
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining Experience
    Dajobe
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Took my wife for her birthday dinner (I mentioned it in the Open Table on-line reservation comment box...and Old Ebbitt remembered without me saying anything). Food and service were great. But, don't expect a lot of privacy with tables close together throughout most of the restaurant - that didn't bother us or take away from a geat meal. Expect the atmosphere to be busy with conversations and staff moving everywhere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    First night in DC. Right down the street drom the white house. Interesting and reasonable wine list. Fried calamari, soft shelled crab and crab cakes were all good. Atmosphere was very happening. Lots of goos energy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded expectations
    feefam4
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had an awesome experience! Our server was friendly and efficient. The food was fantastic. The kids' menu had a few diverse options which our kids really enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food lacking in service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The mussel app that I ordered was over salty. The shrimp and grits were very nice as was the french toast. the service was a little lacking as it was hard to get the attention of our server
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.