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
1387 reviews since May 24, 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 (493)neighborhood gem (492)special occasion (480)hot spot (400)vibrant bar scene (398)good for groups (397)fit for foodies (382)great for brunch (297)kid-friendly (231)romantic (202)late-night find (184)notable wine list (159)scenic view (57)great for outdoor dining (16)Show More
  • 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
  • Just amazing
    AwesomeScottVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    this past weekend I was having brunch for the first time here and I have to say AMAZING from start to finish. Some of the freshest seafood, great home made bloody mary, omlettes so fluffy and light, service spot on. We will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful place
    JBee
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was affordable and the atmosphere was great. Very friendly servers and fast service. All meals are under $30 even the lobster.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mmmm trout
    whovianFett
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I got the parmesan trout and lobster bisque, both were exquisite. My man got crab artichoke dip and short ribs. He inhaled them they were so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Pete
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Reserved this as part of a dinner and a show birthday evening and it was terrific. The server was really on top of everything, and had the awareness to sense we did or did not need any attention. The Parmesan Trout and the Crab Cakes meals were both delicious. Great bottle of wine was surprisingly affordable. We cannot wait for another visit.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy trying different restaurants
    Shawlady
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great place to meet friends for drinks. Tried the lobster, so so soggy and mushy. Disappointed because I expected better from Clyde's. Instead of fries I asked for a baked potatoe which they do not have. I was offered mashed potatoes that were from a box!! Our waitress was good. It was nice to finally eat at the Old Ebbit Grill. Will not be back too many other wonderful restaurants in DC.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing service and Great Food
    Karynk07
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Old Ebbitt is always a favorite of our-- and our last visit didn't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Dining
    MSKJ
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and chose to have dinner here before going to see a play. Service, food, price were all excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • johnny
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A must for any trip to Washington. Great for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Dark wood, booths, classic old school decor. Excellent service, good food, fair prices. A landmark in DC. Don't miss it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neat place
    Eyecandy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Enjoyed the Lobster tail, great pricing! The restaurant is pleasing to the eyes, always something to see and enjoy. Loud, but nice!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A+ Experience at Old Ebbitt Grill
    thirtyyearsinthecity
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I met up with some old friends at Old Ebbitt for lunch on a Friday. I had made a reservation so we were seated immediately. The restaurant was busy but not overly crowded. Service was very good. We were waited on right away and didn't wait long for our orders to be brought to the table. The waiter was attentive but not to the point of distraction. The food was very good. I had the OE Summer BLT. It was a large sandwich with delicious red, ripe tomatoes, plenty of bacon and a side order of fries. My friends had the salmon burger and the Reuben and they enjoyed both sandwiches. They were vacationing here from out-of-state and since it was their first visit to the area they really enjoyed lunching at the 'oldest saloon in DC'.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    Jocson
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Waiter (darn, don't remember his name) was very friendly. and the food was great, especially the chocolate chip bread pudding. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    GNPAZ
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Lived up to its reputation! Very good service and delicious food. Dont miss it while visiting DC.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NAMI Conference
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Dined here at the NAMI Conference in September after stopping for cocktails and seeing how fun it looked during a DC visit in July. Food and service were terrific. Since we were trying to catch up with friends who we hadn't seen in a year, I found it a bit noisy and wish it had some more intimate areas where the noise level was lower. Still, we'd go back during a future visit to DC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Night Out
    CountryCouple
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We live about 1 1/2 hours away. If we were closer we would be constant diners. As it is, we go to the theater as often as we find a show we want to see. Our evening is to use the valet parking, eat an always fantastic diner, walk to the theater, and then return from the theater for desert, pick up the car and drive home, very satiated after a wonderful evening. Our experience has always been excellent, from the time we check in at the front desk, to seating on time, a relaxing and enjoyable diner and always a great server. Can they read our minds? It seems when we are in need of something our server is there. She was above and beyond what we have grown to expect. Thanx for every thing Old Ebbitt Grill.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • recommended highly for a reason!
    4out4dinner
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Historic location and great food with a small neighborhood feel. Staff seemed happy to work there. Go to the back bar for fresh oysters and vodka on ice!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    foodiegoddess
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great restaurant for food lovers. This is my go to restaurant when guests are in town. I also like to go here with colleagues from the office for a special occasion. Always a hit and the seafood is excellent. Sit at the bar and order a drink and the Orca platter to share, you cannot go wrong. Or a Maine lobster for lunch, mine was excellent. This place has it all great food, wonderful service and amazing ambiance. They treat open table customers really well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    A bit if history revived by the Clyde's folks. Great service. Loud. Food is better than average but not a foodie scene
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ebbitt Buzz
    bernardoUK
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    A great location, great food and a real Washington "Buzz". If you are visiting DC do not miss this place for food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent. Reliable.
    Roadwarrior67
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We like to eat at Clyde's restaurants because we know we can reliably get decent food at a reasonable price. Wife and daughter eat vegetarian, and Clyde's folks accommodate OK. Atmosphere is always lively. This visit, before dinner crowd, service started good. But after 6:15 pm when the place got busy, wait staff were hard to find. A one-hour dinner stated into 1 1/2 hours. OK because we were not in a rush. We don't usually order cocktails. They were good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Wonderful place
    Greg
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The Old Ebbitt is a wonderful place. With four bars and abundant seating this is a great spot for locals and tourists. The staff are very fantastic. I highly recommend the OEG.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The foods not great? Says who?
    Jerryb
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Went in recommendation & in both cases were told it's a great, famous venue but the food is so so...the food was excellent and so was the service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Our fussy child was soothed by our server who loaned us his phone to watch a movie. Great service!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to eat
    Food62
    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
  • Since 1856 = all you need to know
    G2G8R
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Delicious food experience. Personable and knowledgeable staff. Be sure to take in the setting; the original preserved bar and walk around and check out the other ones after/before dining too. Interior provides elegant options for a special occasion and experience. Preserved bar is worth asking about as is the test of time this restaurant has endured. Consider making reservations ahead of time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd times a charm
    MikeVIP
    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.
  • First time diner
    NotTooPickyDiner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Plan to go back. Great location and not too pricey.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch At Old Ebbitt Grill
    Polo
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was excellent but the service was incredible, the place was pack but the waiter make you think that you are the only one there. Very friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simple and Elegant
    Will
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Stopped here for brunch on the Sunday before Labor Day and had a pleasant experience. The service was great and the food was delicious. I ordered the Eggs Chesapeake and my girlfriend had the softshell crab eggs benedict. Portion sizes were good and the restaurant seems to use simple ingredients in its dishes. If you are a foodie you probably would not enjoy this resataurant. The service was awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
  • Bustling place on Sunday for brunch
    Lewy8
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    If you like it quiet, come early for brunch. From 11-12:30 on a Sunday it was quiet enough but by 1:00 it was roaring & everyone was hustling to serve. We sat at the bar & had excellent service & good conversations. We stayed after eating to finish a bottle of wine & people watch a little bit. We will go back next time we're in DC. I think their late night HH will be awesome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall