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: (202) 463-6610
  • 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
86 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (32)good for groups (23)great for outdoor dining (19)fit for foodies (18)great for brunch (13)neighborhood gem (13)vibrant bar scene (12)hot spot (9)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (6)romantic (4)special occasion (3)notable wine list (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great Food, Great Service
    LoveFoodnSleep
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    This was my first visit to PJ Clarke's. I will definitely be back. The food was great, and was matched by very attentive service. Ambiance was nice. Tables were a bit close together, but the noise level was such that no one was overhearing others' conversations. At least not in a meaningful way. Overall, very enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very overpriced
    DonQuijote
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I went there for lunch. Portions were ridiculously small and the price ridiculously high. The rest is nice.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's ok
    Amandadeee
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I went because I had a gilt city voucher. The service was ok, I could tell my server Sara was doing her best and the problems stemmed from the kitchen. I enjoyed my food companion not so much. I doubt I'd go there again though
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Fantastic burgers and oysters. Great neighborhood bar feel.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service
    KateVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    There were numerous servers coming to the table but little communication between, among them so you could be asked the same question three, four times. Great to have a number of people available to help but it would be good if they could communicate.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good for meat
    Fausto65
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I have been for a dinner during my last business trip in DC. I was alone and had my dinner at the bar. The bartender was very friendly and professional and the food was good. I'll go again when in DC.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uneven at best...
    FreddytVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This is a basic expense account pub with food that can vary from "okay" to "awful." For best results, stick to the basics, namely burgers. Any deviations from this invites trouble. On a recent visit I ordered the Fish and Chips. Bad idea. The fish was not identified and bony, and was served in a ridiculously thick, soggy crust -- a consequence of cooking oil that hadn't attained a proper frying temperature. It was inedible. I ate a few bites and asked for the check. Happily, the server took the item of the bill. My advice? In pleasant weather, enjoy a cocktail in the restaurant's outdoor space and move elsewhere for dinner.
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  • Great bar mediocre food
    MINKSCVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Excellent service at the bar. Great place to watch sports. Food was ok
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date Day
    BigDaddyandMamaBear
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Nice restaurant with a great and attentive staff. The food came out quickly and tasted great. Thinking about going back to try the happy hour now!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • noisy and mediocre
    EatoutoftenVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Service very mediocre. Drinks came after entrees. Entrees not worth mentioning - just went for lunch. Tuna burger was ice cold. Maybe would have sent it back, but server never showed. Inside was so noisy that it was not "energetic" just distracting. I wouldn't return. Not worth it for a $16 burger.
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  • Fun Brunch
    FunFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Had a great brunch here on Sunday. At first I felt like the menu was lacking in choices but upon second glance there was plenty to choose from. My omelet was WONDERFUL - seriously, one of the best omelets I've ever had. Our waitress was wonderful and we really enjoyed the fun atmosphere. My friend had the french toast and was very pleased.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tasteless food
    Thecritic
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I can't believe I had to go home and re season my meal order to eat it. The grits were ice cold and the chef apologized because he forgot the salt! My guest fish was so overcooked that it couldn't be cut with a knife.
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  • Good for late dining
    FormerFedVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We thought P.J.Clarke's was an appropriate locale for dinner after hearing the showrunner for "Scandal" at the Smithsonian. I got the deviled eggs and hamburger au poivre. She had the short ribs spring rolls and a steak special recommended by the friendly waitress. Everything was tasty. Attentive service was provided by several folk, including one server who remembered us from earlier visits and got the hot sauce my girlfriend likes for her. With a number of drinks, the final bill was $181.12 before tip. We look forward to returning to P.J.Clarke's after other Smithsonian or Kennedy Center events
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Debra
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We were dining as a family party of 6 for dinner. This restaurant is very good and quite affordable for downtown DC. It is close to the White House, so works well for evening dinner and then strolling around the sites. It is a little noisy for talking over your meal, so that's why I rated ambiance a 4. But I would definitely go there again because it is close to landmarks, has great food and great service. All at a reasonable price.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service, cold food
    Wayne
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Daily special crispy mac and cheese was cold on the inside- waitress indifferent.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • STEVE'S BIRTHDAY LUNCH
    closetowork
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The service and food were very good....a very interesting menu; however, I literally couldn't hear the person across the table speaking due to the noise level--it was lunch time and even though every table was not occupied, it was incredibly noisy. I wondered what it must be when it's completely packed?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    Pickyme4eats
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Our business meeting was downstairs in the side car section. It was perfect for our small group. The ambiance is wonderful. The staff is truly amazing and they work very hard. Staff members were friendly, professional, and hard working. They took care of everything and made our group very comfortable. The food is good. The staff and ambiance is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite!
    KJA205VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I love everything about P.J. Clarke's and the staff is wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good service
    TomSVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The chili steak was fantastic. The burger & fries were really good and prices were reasonable.
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  • Nice Spot
    KeithNBecca
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Drove by a few times and decided to stop. Enjoyable atmosphere with pretty good food. Servings were a little small for the price but, what can I say? It is DC.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mostly good reviews on the food
    1stimerVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This was about my fifth visit to P.J. Clarke's, taking a group of business colleagues for an early dinner. Given the restaurant was nearly empty, the noise level was amazingly high -- to the point it was difficult to hear the table conversation. The chicken pot pie, shrimp and grits, and salmon entrees got thumbs-up, but my K Street Jumbo Shrimp Chopped Salad could at best be described as bland, and was devoid of any detectable flavor or seasoning. Service, as before, was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but pricey
    MeanMachine
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Salad and Soup almost $20....i enjoy the place, but a little pricey.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointment
    allemanVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Compared to earlier visits it was a great disappointment. The breading of my pan-fried flounder was burned to black; to eat the fish I had to remove the breading. Cleverly the kitchen staff had covered the black breading with vegetables so I did not see the dilemma at once. After my complaint to the manager he apologised and offered some free drinks now or at a future visit. I would have expected that he reduces the bill? The nice patio was not ready for use after a rain shower and nobody was working on the removal of the water on the chairs?? Next time, in case ther is a next time, I will have a closer look what is served on the plate!!!
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  • Not for breakfast, if at all
    ninaw041
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Our concierge at the St. Regis recommended this establishment for breakfast / brunch on a Sunday morning. 2 out of the 3 meals were practically inedible and the third was palatable, but nothing special. The "buttered home fries" were cold cubes of potatoes with an exorbitant amount of caramelized onions over them (not in the item description) and my 17 dollar sandwich contained processed cheese. The benedict didn't hit the mark on any of its elements. The salmon scramble was the only dish that didn't prompt any major complaints. Our server seemed to avoid our table for fear of feedback on the food. After spending over 75 dollars on breakfast that was less enjoyable than the starbucks sandwiches the day before, I wouldn't recommend it.
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  • Accommodating- exceptional service
    tschmidli
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The word's "We'll make it work" were music to my ears when I realized I'd left home without a few necessary items. What a great attitude! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    LucyfurVIP
    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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  • 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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    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 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    enjoy an outdoor lunch meeting in DC, plenty of options for anyone
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 474 reviews are from the P.J. Clarke's DC reviews archive.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had a special diet and they were very accommodating
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    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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  • 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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  • great shrimp and grits
    howyalikethemapplesVIP
    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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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    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.