P.J. Clarke's DC
P.J. Clarke's DC

P.J. Clarke's DC

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pjclarkes.com/
  • Phone: 2024636610
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th / K Street NW
  • Public Transit: Farragut North / Farragut West / McPhearson
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available Monday - Saturday from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. The cost is $6.00 per car.
A word from P.J. Clarke's DC
K Street, the road to the White House, is also the proud home to P.J. Clarke’s—the storied American Saloon with a history that dates back to the late 1800s. The original P.J. Clarke’s in Manhattan has stood beneath rows of skyscrapers for nearly 130 years, collecting famous and infamous regulars. Appreciated for the convivial ambiance and classic fare, P.J. Clarke’s is the quintessential American Saloon. In our nation’s capitol, the story continues as oak and mosaic floors, red leather banquets and walls lined with eccentric portraits and nostalgic photos contribute to a reassuring familiarity that is classic P.J.s, but also construe a distinct Washington sensibility. Seasoned bartenders make favorite classic cocktails the right way; dexterous shuckers ply the freshest shellfish at a marble topped Raw Bar; and the old-school, convivial dining room welcomes government A-listers, students and their families and visitors to our capitol.
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P.J. Clarke's DC reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.5
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (25)great for outdoor dining (23)good for groups (16)neighborhood gem (12)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (8)fit for foodies (7)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)hot spot (5)scenic view (3)special occasion (3)notable wine list (3)romantic (2)Show More
  • Good, fun place
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Food and service are good. An enjoyable place to entertain guests.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not as good as usual
    palmfanVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Been here many times and have come to expect basic food well prepared and reasonable quantities. Not so this time. Not too crowded even though restaurant week. Cobb Salad was big disappointment. Chicken filets were DRY and felt/tasted like they were a few days leftover. My friend was happy with his burger though. And the key lime pie and whatever it was they put on top were ------ meh. I'll give it another chance though.
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  • Might be good for happy hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food was mediocre and the server was way too familiar with us as she tried to be cute. I do not enjoy being called " mama" in front if my staff.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing food experience
    shebabugVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    initially chose to venture in for restaurant week, but upon perusing the menu ordered daily special and one of the items their famous for, shrimp and grits. having never heard of pj's before was totally unaware of a washingtonian magazine write up on shrimp and grits, that the waiter shared with us, but it was outstanding. also ordered the special of the day which was scallops on a bed of lobster risotto, which i can not rave enough about. usually not a scallop fan, these were seared perfectly with a balsamic drizzle, oh how unforgettably delicious they were. dessert moved us further into heaven with house made bread pudding and the most decadent cinnamon ice cream ever. absolutely recommend pj's 100 times over and definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PTJPTJVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food here is fine, not superb or even great but good. I had generously portioned chicken pot pie and a side of creamed spinach, the latter of which I took home. Service was very attentive and the waitress stopped me from ordering an appetizer when she realized I had ordered the pie and the spinach because she knew how big the pie was. I appreciated that.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quick
    DP2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food was good but very typical. Salads, burgers, fries, chips, cole slaw etc. Food came out very quickly from ordering and drinks were filled frequently.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outdoor delish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    enjoy an outdoor lunch meeting in DC, plenty of options for anyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had a special diet and they were very accommodating
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed hearty dinner
    PhDdiner
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Excellent kale salad and lasagna. Nice old chop house atmosphere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit last visit
    BasilicataVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Even though the restaurant comped the fish tacos and the old fashioned, we would not go back due to the prices and overall dissatisfaction with the food quality. The fish tacos had no flavor and the woodford reserve old fashioned (albeit nothing wrong with woodford reserve) needs to follow a more traditional recipe as the drink reminded me of sangria. The pot pie was good and the greens on the short rib were terrific but these items were not enough for us to go back. Heard from a nearby restaurant that PJ Clark's is known for their burgers. Wish I would have known that before I spent over $100 and left hungry.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Server was great
    Diverdad
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The 4 of us went to celebrate a birthday. The server picked up on this and kept that theme going. The food was served hot and all enjoyed their choices. The fudge brownie ala mode was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great shrimp and grits
    howyalikethemapples
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    nice outdoor patio, friendly service and everyone enjoyed thier meals -- a nice surprise and a good find.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stuck in the 80's
    FoggyBtm
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The food is suck in the 80's, a 14oz NY Strip steak cooked OK on a plate with nothing else at $44. Sides $8, Salad $12. Take your money and head to a spot that has entered the current decade in the food world!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining
    Lovemesomefood33VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My favorite go to location for great foods for a reasonable price Nice crowd and good fast service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Spot
    WizFanVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The design and atmosphere are lively. Loud, not a place for intimate conversation. Feels like an NYC spot. We had the Glazed Beef Short Rib with M&C Squares, which was filling and very flavorful. I recommend it. We split an apple cake which was huge and sinful. We couldn't finish it. You can come casual. A mix of tourists and business types. I enjoyed it. A good place for atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tatergirlVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Food was good. Service was very good. Both the onion soup and ahi tuna sandwich were quite tasty.
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  • Disappointing; poor value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    For $18, I expect a well-crafted burger. Mine was small, overcooked, and lacked flavor. The $4 for iced tea and $3.50 for a cup of regular coffee also seemed high for a casual lunch spot. I will not return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Based on Recommendations I was expecting something better even though food was ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Noisy but nice
    FormerFedVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Dropped in after a lecture on DC beer at the Smithsonian. Ate outside, which let us view the vehicle traffic along 16th and K Streets and the foot traffic on the sidewalks. I had the deviled eggs and Hamburger Au Poivre. Both were tasty. My girlfriend started with the short rib spring rolls, which needed more flavoring but were improved by the horseradish sauce. Her flat iron steak salad was good, with more meat than she expected. We ended with the chocolate-walnut brownie, which was delicious. With many drinks during and after the meal and a generous tip, our bill came to $250. We look forward to returning to P.J.Clarke's for dinner after future plays and lectures.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Location with Perfect Eats
    Hampton
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Food is always good, great variety on the menu, vibrant atmosphere and always perfect for a table of friends. I enjoy business and pleasure outside. Location is convenient, everyone knows where it is. Evenings are great. If you're not up at Dupont then CJC's is a great choice. Can't complain. It's always just right.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Inconsistent Service
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    P.J. Clarke's is close to my office so we go there fairly often for work lunches or happy hours. The food is great - gourmet pub food. It is also more relaxed than other nearby restaurants, and Sidecar is great for drinks. The service is iffy, though. It's often super slow and unfriendly. When I ate there this week for a work lunch, no one came by for 15 minutes after the last person arrived. We had to flag a host to find our waiter, who didn't show for another 5 minutes. When we needed something, WE had to find the server-he never checked in. Another time, I ordered dinner for delivery. They were out of what I ordered-which I only learned when I called, wondering where dinner was, 75 minutes later. I didn't get dinner for two hours.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    lunchieVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I had reservations through Open Table for four at 7:00 PM. Due to my customer's change in scheduling i called the restaurant 24 hours prior to my reservation day/time to change the reservation time to 6:00 pm. The hostess answering the phone said it would be no proble and changed the reservation. When we arrived at 5:55 pm i was told they had my 6:00 pm reservation but it would be a few minutes to seat us. After checking 3 times on the status of our table, we were finally seated at 7:05 pm. My customers and i had to hurry through dinner so they could meet their time requirements and as such it was a rather unpleasent meal. i likely will not return to PJ Clarke's......
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  • Seriously good hamburger
    MargaretVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Before my lunch at PJ Clarke's, I would have said a hamburger is a hamburger. But no, they have seriously good burgers.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 457 reviews are from the P.J. Clarke's DC reviews archive.
  • dwgreene
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I really enjoyed the food here - the oyster appetizer and mac and cheese side were great. I had the crab cake sandwich which I recommend. We were a big group looking for something more relaxed, but with good food, after a day of sightseeing, and this fit the bit well.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Great Service
    RickVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This was a first time for us at PJ Clarks. We ate early, ahead of a theater date. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable, and made recommendations. He did not offer the price for the Market Price items, mac with lobster and the lobster roll. I had the French Dip, my date the Dish and Chips. Both sandwiches were served promptly, warm and generous. Lots of families and walk-ins. It was Spring Break week. Almost all of the deserts had nuts in them. Made it easy to pass them up for us.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nothing special....
    DinoVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    If you are looking tibeat an overpriced burger or oysters with a friend you really don't wan to talk to then thus is your place. Extremely loud. Best thing I can say? Frues were good.....
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Service - Price Out of Line
    ObservantGuest
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    If you're going to charge $17.99 for a burger and fries, it should be better than McDonalds. When I saw the burger delivered, I was wondering if they ran to the nearest fast food joint and brought back a quarter pounder. Service was great, the room is reasonably nice. But really - $17.99 for a burger that's worthy of a drive through?
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  • Robin
    EpicureVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The best Hostess!!! Again and again she surpasses herself in welcoming us warmly and trying to accommodate us.. The whole staff, in general, are very friendly, polite and helpful. Great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall a good dining experience
    Diner
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The food and service were good, but the atmosphere was a lot more casual than I was expecting. They also have too many tables crammed into small spaces.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pub+ food at trendy prices - but OK
    NEMon
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Loud room, but you can converse. Very busy and lot's of activity so a tedious business meal seems much less so. Food is not the main event! Small portions. A very tiny hamburger for $17! However it was very nicely cooked and tasty. Desserts were the bomb. Overall I'd say it was food prep somewhat better than what I'd call pub food, with prices well above pub prices.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    The food has taken the backseat, I am afraid. Very little shrimp in the shrimp salad. Bland short-rib rolls. Deviled eggs with no devil.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Messed with a good thing
    CraigVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    They changed the menu - don't know why. The crab dip - which used to be awesome - is now served a different way and was north of $16! My buffalo chicken sandwich was prepared differently and had the Buffalo sauce on the side - which was just odd.
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  • Great service and very good food
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    PJ Clarke's has an interesting menu with well prepared, flavorful dishes. The by the bottle wine list is also very good. Our server was excellent.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business lunch
    XXXX
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    My party was seated, as requested, at a quiet table downstairs. The service was efficient and unobtrusive.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Festive Surprise
    Lovebigmomma
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Dined on snowy St. Patrick's Day. Had the special corn beef and cabbage. It was excellent. Very lean and very tasty. Will come back soon to try the regular menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    HappyhrqueenVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We came late on a sunday night around 11pm, pretty empty, food was average I felt. Service was good. thanks all
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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  • Party of 4
    justvisiting
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Our party of 4 met at the restaurant for dinner on a Sat night. As expected, it got a little noisy later in the evening but we were still able to talk without shouting. We liked the casual dining atmosphere and the large menu with lots of options. The special was a Butchers Cut, which was a good bargain, and those who had it enjoyed it. One in the group ordered the Chicken Pot Pie, which he had there before and liked it. A quick taste did not rank it as out of this world, but the serving portion was generous, nicely presented, and certainly acceptable. The highlight of the meal however was not the food, but our drinks before dinner from the specialty bar menu. The Manhattan and the Old-Fashioned were excellent and packed a punch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Its OK, but that's about it
    gunner
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I was referred to this place by a friend and I found it to be OK. Food was OK, drinks were OK, service was friendly. I was a bit disappointed but on our way out the manager found out we were residents of Georgetown for years and introduced us to the secret hidden private dining room downstairs called "sidecar" . It was pretty nice and apparently is a private dining option for residents of DC only.. We were given applications to fill out to join. I will defintely be going back to try out Sidecar in the near future. On paper it looks like a great concept.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and service were
    end20
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The food and service were great. Gets pricey very quickly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Day
    kennethVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Usually Valentines day is a challenge, but PJ Clarkes provided us with great service and really good food, a notch above the standard pub fare, although that is available also. We recommend the shrimp and grits and the pan sautéed salmon. Good winelist also.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic