Todd Gray's Watershed
1225 1st Street NE
Washington, DC 20002Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
Todd Gray's Watershed
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.toddgrayswatershed.com/
- Phone: 2025341350x
- Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 6:30am-10:00am
Saturday and Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9pm
Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Todd Gray
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
A word from Todd Gray's Watershed
A commitment to fresh, flavorful, seasonal American with a unique concept of time-honored Regional seafood specialties. Chef Gray's culinary focus will be on the coastal regions from Maine to Florida.Continued
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Todd Gray's Watershed reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since June 23, 2014
- Ambiance3.3Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (5)great for lunch (4)great for outdoor dining (3)vibrant bar scene (1)fit for foodies (1)romantic (1)Show More
- We went for Easter brunchOpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 4/8/2012We went for Easter brunch with a group of 6. The buffet was expansive, the food was excellent and the service was pleasant. WS isn't usually open for brunch and it appears that they didn't promote this change for Easter. The restaraunt was quiet and seemed to be mostly populated by hotel guests. It was very enjoyable for our family but likely not representative of the typical meal there.Special Features:
- Great find in the NoMa neighborhoodOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 4/5/2012A great find in the NoMa neighborhood, where I work. I regularly head here for happy hour. Originally, we came here because it was the only place within a 5 block radius for happy hour. Now, we happily head there for the happy hour drink and food specials (everything on the menu is good). The bartenders are great, too. I've just recently tried them for lunch. The cobb salad with mussels is wonderful!Special Features:
- The hidden gem of NoMa. MayFormerRichmondNativeVIPDined on 3/26/2012The hidden gem of NoMa. May be discovered soon -- quietly hidden in the Hilton Garden Inn - no real street sign presence, easily passed by - have to be looking for it. Excellent food, nice decor, competent attentive (but not too) service. Was there for weekday lunch (loved their excellent version of a Cobb salad). Companion enjoyed turkey sandwich except for massive bread/roll. Definitely want to explore more of the appealing menu. Not expansive, but appears to have intriguing combinations. Work in the neighborhood and hope to be a regular.Special Features:
- We had a wonderful experienceBillDined on 3/18/2012We had a wonderful experience at Watershed. We requested some special dietary considerations and they were granted thoughtfully and graciously by the staff. The food was prepared pefectly, hot, and in wonderful time. We highly recommend Watershed.Special Features:
- Roti > Todd Gray's WatershedOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 3/17/2012On the basis of a suggestion from a friend and convenient location, I tried Todd Gray's with my family — what a mistake. The gumbo that my sister and her fiance ordered as an appetizer was a healthy portion, but when it tastes as bland as it did they would have preferred less of it. The waitress proceeded to ask my sister's fiance about a substitution for a dish AFTER it was made (unless they can cook pasta in 2 minutes!) and of the 5 entrees we ordered, the only positive was the shrimp and andouille sausage dish. Poor service, mediocre food (at best) and an ambiance that clashed completely with the character of both. I'd suggest the Roti next door over Todd Gray's; better tasting food for half the price.
- Salads with chicken . . . awesome!OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 3/15/2012I had a chicken caesar salad which was very delicious. It was crisp, fresh, and plenty. However, my luncheon guest had a chicken salad which actually looked very good. Though I enjoyed my salad, I wish I had gotten the chicken salad which I will select on my next visit. The young lady who waited on us was very professional and attentive. It was a pleasant luncheon experience.Special Features:
- I'll keep it short - it wasapk22Dined on 3/8/2012I'll keep it short - it was a lunch outing with the office. They accommodated our group of seven, but seemed to struggle with figuring out who would be our waiter. Half of the group got water, the other half did after several requests. Service was a bit slow, but the food was really excellent.
- Love Todd Gray's restaurant in NoMaOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 3/2/2012Food is always excellent. Restaurant week was phenomenal. I want to go everyday just to try all the menu items. You wouldn't think mussels would work in a Cobb salad but that is my favorite lunch item.Special Features:
- Sooo disappointingMMMMMVIPDined on 2/27/2012Been wanting to try for a while. very poor execution. Deviled eggs served REFRIGERATOR COLD (so no taste); 2 of 3 other dishes - mushroom corstini and fish sandwich - far too unwiedly to eat (other diners having problems too). Constructed in a way that was messy and made no sense. The flavor combo of the fish sandwich was the only really commendable thing on the whole meal. Gumbo bland and unexciting.
- This was the second time thatOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 2/17/2012This was the second time that I went for a business dinner. It was great. There was enough energy to be appealing without it being so noisy that you couldn't hear each other talk. The food was great both times. My guests were very pleased.Special Features:
- Great food and excellent serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 2/16/2012Great food and excellent service - a little pricey though. Two cheeseburgers and fries with no drinks + tip for $44.00. Wow!
- A Hidden GemDDnDCVIPDined on 2/16/2012The meal and service were excellent. A little difficult getting a taxi after 9pm on a weeknight even though the restaurant is inside of the HIlton Garden Hotel. Definitely worth another vIsit, but will drive or schedule a taxi.Special Features:
- We left our Valentine's dinnerhrkindcVIPDined on 2/14/2012We left our Valentine's dinner a little underwhelmed by the experience. Being a huge fan of Todd Gray's Equinox, we had high expectations. We did not realize that there would be a fixed course menu for the special dinner, and a limited a la carte menu. The menu offerings were good, however two of our courses came out luke warm and both had to go back to the kitchen. We got the wine pairing and it seemed as if the pairing was selected for the course and not the specific dishes. My husband and I got two different first courses, yet we got the same wine to pair with two very differnt dishes. Our waitress was great and was responsive to all our issues.
- Excellent as alwaysOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 2/11/2012Spectacular meal, from salad through dessert. Never been disappointed when dining here.Special Features:
- It was boring and hardly anyoneOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 2/11/2012It was boring and hardly anyone was there. The view was of a dim and scary patio. I don't even think it was a patio, probably an outdoor storage area. Will not go back. The grits weren't even not done.
- Staff needs supervision -OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 2/11/2012Staff needs supervision - Hostess seated us next to window on cold night with AC blowing on my head - Manager was kind enough to move us. Cocktail ordered with extra ice - nope. Bread requested - none came. Oyster app needed salt and not enough fresh pinapple to even taste it, perhaps a little over breaded. BBQ Shrimp dish was luke warm, tails on, grits under cooked but I could tell the dish could work quite well if executed correctly. Clearly this watershed restaurant caters to the hotel crowd - the seafood was just ok - Eliot from CT
- Wine list needs some improvement.OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 2/4/2012Wine list needs some improvement. Had the mushrrom crostini which was amazing! Has alot of potential....Special Features:
- Went out for a quiet eveningCapitolHillMamiVIPDined on 2/3/2012Went out for a quiet evening alone with my husband and was not disappointed. Cocktails were excellent, food very tasty, and service excellent. Place was almost empty, which we didn't mind. Hope more people discover this place and keep it going because it really is a good value for the money.Special Features:
- Local & sustainable, not memorableOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 1/22/2012Having heard such raves about Equinox and liking the idea of locally sourced and sustainable ingredients this seemed like a slam dunk. I would chalk it up to a RW thing but some of the issues were related to non -RW areas. They were out of a drink, then they weren't, so we ended up with the alternative AND the original order, and billed for both. It's in a Hilton Garden Inn, and for some of the dishes it tasted more like high end hotel food rather than locally sourced fresh ingredients. OK maybe that can be chalked up to RW except 2 of us ordered a la carte as the RW entree's we wanted were out. Nothing was bad, but a couple dishes out of every thing the 4 of us tried were just not the flavor combinations they could have been.Special Features:
- We were disappointed...OpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 1/21/2012We decided to try Watershed during Restaurant Week and in hindsight that may have been a mistake. We ordered two different dishes for each of the three courses and were not impressed by any of the six. The slaw was more interesting than the egg roll, the spinach more than the steak, and the ice cream with the chocolate cake was tasty but the cake was unpleasantly dry. The one decision which we were quite pleased with were the wine pairings for the evening. They were very well matched and interesting. I would also like to compliment the service that we received, it was attentive and pleasant. All in all, we were disappointed with our experience. Perhaps our expectations were too high or it was an off night for the restaurant.
- Friendly and helpful staff,OpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 1/15/2012Friendly and helpful staff, the food was also very good, I would definitely go back.
- Hidden GemdcsapperVIPDined on 1/15/2012First visit to Todd Gray's Watershed, whilst staying at the Hilton Garden Inn. What a delight to find such an exquisitely good restaurant in a hotel such as the HGI! Food was superb, service was excellent and we could not have had a better experience. Highly recommended for anyone and everyone.Special Features:
- If I were on a business tripOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 1/14/2012If I were on a business trip staying at a Hilton Garden Inn, I would be perfectly content with this restaurant. However, I would never choose to visit it again: our food ranged from 'just fine' (oversweet cavatelli in a bland sauce) to actually bad (cold grits, chewy shrimp), and the whole time we felt like we were sitting in a hotel lobby (which we were). Definitely not worth the price or the trip.
- This dinning experience wasOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 1/14/2012This dinning experience was fair. The service was lovely, however the atmosphere and dinner were less than memorable. When we made reservations we had no idea this restaurant was in a hotel. This definaly nocked the atmosphere down a notch. Many restaurants can still do well with in this situation, but not here. The dinner was not well balanced and the flavor combination could use some work. The wine list and cocktail list was good
- Pleasantly surprisedOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 1/13/2012Based on the other reviews, I agree that it looks like a nice hotel restaurant. So lacking its own identity visually. However I was surprised at how good the food was. I had the artic char and it was fabulous, my husband had the pulled pork and said it was good but not great. Overall I am so happy that there is a good place for food in Noma and the bar is a pleasant place for a drink.Special Features:
- Mediocre-to-decentVoloVIPDined on 1/13/2012Mediocre-to-decent meal in a bland hotel space weirdly conjoined with a lobby area. Probably not worth the trek from downtown for the food. But I'd give it another try for their nice cocktails and huge patio space when the weather warms up...
- Delicious Lamb Entree and ChocolateOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 1/13/2012the food was very good even though the waiter didn't know the lamb was from Amish Country or that the delicious chocolate dessert was made with French Valrona chocolate. But this chef seems to make delicious food and that's what makes the restaurant good. The location is the new NOMA area, near Bloomingdale, Eckington and Capital Hill neighborhoods and which need a new great restaurant and bar. We didn't go to the bar but it looked interesting.Special Features:
- Underwhelming...OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 1/13/2012We really wanted to like this place, as we live in the neighborhood. And, while the food was not bad, it was all pretty disappointing. We actually had canned progesso clam chowder the night before, and enjoyed that better. We did not realize it was resturaunt week, but went with that menu. With the wine pairing, we spent upwards of $150 for the two of us, and those little samples of wine were the best part of it all. We have no problem eating out or spending the money, but are still regretting the money we spent for this meal, comparing what we could have had somewhere else that we liked better, and still had $100 to spend on something else... It wasn't bad, but it was not worth it, and just wasn't anything we would go out of our way for.
- Although we waited 45 minutesoysterluvvaDined on 1/13/2012Although we waited 45 minutes for a table, it was a nice experience. I will not however wait this long again with an open table reservation.Special Features:
- First time to eat at WaterShedOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 1/13/2012First time to eat at WaterShed and exceeded my expectations. Took advantage of Restaurant Week lunch special and portions were not small. I'm not a cheesecake person but had the creme brulee cheesecake and not a crumb remained; not too heavy, just the right amount of sweet and creamy cheese.Special Features:
- Went for Restaurant Week toMelanieDined on 1/12/2012Went for Restaurant Week to try out Watershed for the first time, and the dishes that I chose (you could choose from 3 or 4 choices for each course) weren't that terribly inspired or special. Oh, I ate everything, but I wasn't impressed in a significant way. Given the location (not near my work or home), I likely wouldn't go back, given the dining experience. Enough said. While the food left a lot to be desired, I do want to recognize the staff. Our waiter was lovely, and the maitre' d was attentive as well. Really excellent, especially during Restaurant Week. I should also note that the ambiance is lacking... Somehow Art & Soul makes its restaurant work despite being right off a hotel lobby. Watershed simply doesn't.
- A Dining Experience Worth RepeatingOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 1/12/2012Absolutely amazing, and one of the many reasons I will definitely be returning to the "new" NoMa neighborhood. Todd has a surefire winner on his hands!Special Features:
- I had lunch but intent toMableDined on 1/12/2012I had lunch but intent to return to enjoy a dinner at the restaurant. I also believe it would be great to go in the summer and enjoy drinks on the terrace.Special Features:
- A foodie's delight! AmazedOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 1/12/2012A foodie's delight! Amazed how good their clam chowder is for this type of restaurant. The panko breaded filet was perfect, the mashed potatoes scrumptious and the collard greens perfect. Everything was a delight to the senses, even the coffee.Special Features:
- The concept behind the restaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 1/11/2012The concept behind the restaurant is nice. I didn't realize booking it that it was a hotel restaurant. It feels like one. You walk in through a lobby that smells like disinfectant. The menu is safe. On the heavy side. The food was fine. Perfectly acceptable, it not that interesting. The service gets an A for effort, but it wasn't smooth or professional. Really odd place.
- Definitely a gem for thisBronxFoodieVIPDined on 1/10/2012Definitely a gem for this neighborhood. Another Todd Gray success. Love those warm chocolate-chip cookies and milk.Special Features:
- Poor service ruins decent foodOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 1/9/2012Overall, I was expecting more from Gray's Watershed. The ambiance of the restaurant is nice, but it does have a "hotel" restaurant type feel. There is a nice trendy bar and lounge area. We were seated right away (there were not a lot of people there). It took several minutes to be greeted by our server, but we were waiting for one person to arrive. Unfortunately this trend would continue. Our server had little personality and seemed overwhelmed. There were noticeable gaps between courses of 15 minutes or more. We weren't served our appetizer until 40 minutes after we arrived. The food rated pretty well, but nothing to write home about and not enough to make up for the poor service. They can't use a "we were busy" excuse. They were not.
- Creative MenuEpicuriousDined on 1/9/2012The food was good--interesting and eclectic--not your run of the mill tried and true menu--but with nice deviations. Even on the Restaurant Week menu there was a good vegetarian option. The service was another matter. There was no hostess and I was ignored by waiters etc. for 12 minutes before using self help. The waiter was knowledgable and friendly but the service was very slow although the restaurant was not particularly crowded. We even had some difficulty getting the bill! At lunch time neighborhood parking was scarce to non-existent and there were 2 meter maids patrolling the area!! Paid parking was expensive.Special Features:
- Tried Watershed during RestaurantFoodEVIPDined on 1/9/2012Tried Watershed during Restaurant Week. Portions were generous, service attentive, and the food tasty without being a "wow". Would try again if in the neighborhood.
- Fine Dining in NoMaOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 1/7/2012Having enjoyed Todd Gray's food at his other restaurants we decided to try his new place in the Hilton on the East side of D.C. Living in Annapolis the location is more accessible and avoids having to actually fight the Washington traffic. We were also anxious to try the seafood on the menu because our experience with the local seafood at Equinox has always been consistently excellent. The location of the restaurant was a little different being in one of the Hilton hotels in the newly developed "NoMa" neighborhood. We got there early and ordered the seafood appetizer for two, fried oysters, mac and cheese, and the gnocchi entree. Everything was prepared well and the food was delicious. I would certainly eat here again.Special Features: