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
13 reviews since June 26, 2014
- Ambiance3.4Noise LevelModerate
great for lunch (6)neighborhood gem (6)great for outdoor dining (4)vibrant bar scene (1)fit for foodies (1)romantic (1)great for brunch (1)good for groups (1)Show More
- Good Food, maybe worth a waitOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 5/8/2011We brought the family to Watershed for Mother's Day Dinner. I had heard good things about the food, and knew of Todd and Elaine's reputation from Equinox. My wife (the Mom) loves really good, well prepared food. And once we got to taste it, it was really wonderful. Very creamy grits; wonderfully seasoned ribs; a steak tender inside - just crunchy enough on the edge. Even my picky 8 year old daughter, disappointed there was no mac & cheese, was thrilled with the pan-fried chicken breast. However, our waiter was not well trained. And the kitchen was slow (although they might have been exhasted from Mom's day brunch and early dinner rush). We might try again, after a few months for the staff and kitchen to work out kinks.Special Features:
- This restaurant opened recentlyOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 5/8/2011This restaurant opened recently and you can tell. It took 10-15 minutes to be seated for a reservation. The dining room was not full so I didn't understand the delay. The food was delicious. I enjoyed the mussels (although the white beans were undercooked)and the calamari appetizer. I had the gnocci which was delicious. The iceberg salad would have been stellar with bacon crumbles but no such luck. The strawberry and rhubarb cobbler was excellent. My brother enjoyed the chicken dish. The side dishes are definitely just enough for one person, not to share. My father thought that the tilefish was bland. The ambiance was what you would expect for a hotel restaurant - blah. The server was slow and did not know his dishes.Special Features:
- We went here for Mother'sOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 5/8/2011We went here for Mother's day in 2011. It was an all you can eat buffet that was made special for the day. The food was not the usual Todd Gray out of this world experience. It was fair. It was not awesome and not terrible. I plan to go back again on a regular day to see if it lives up to the Todd Gray name like his other restaurant, Equinox.Special Features:
- The experience started offOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 5/8/2011The experience started off poorly as I had requested to be seated on the Patio when I made the reservation and again requested it when they called to confirm the reservation on Saturday. I had specifically chosen Watershed because of the Patio thinking that if the food was only soso the Patio would make up for it. They at first seated us indoors even though I stated that I had made the reservation for the patio.There was plenty of room on the Patio but they had to put two tables together to accommodate us. Everything went splendidly after we were seated on the Patio . The brunch was excellent the mimosa and bloody arys were perfect. Eggs , bacon, sausage. home fries and fruit and berries ripe and delicious. Coffee was hot and just right.Special Features:
- Todd Gray does it again!AGDCVIPDined on 5/8/2011We enjoyed a fantastic Mother's Day brunch on the patio. The food was amazing- we tried everything on the buffet. Yes I said brunch "buffet" but remember, this is Todd Gray, so the quality & preparation were impeccable. The leg of lamb should have been photographed, and it tasted even better than it looked. The variety was grand, and each dish had been prepared with meticulous care. In addition to the usual breakfast fare, we enjoyed the best grits we've ever tasted; the bbq beans were extraordinary; gumbo was very tasty; and best Caesar in the city. Homemade pastries were flaky and delish. Negs: Coffee needed to be much stronger, and waiters need better uniforms to match the cool décor. Can't wait to return for dinner!Special Features:
- Forrest Gump would love the Shrimp!OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 5/6/2011When I walked up to the hostess area, not sure what to expect. I mean it is located in a Hilton Garden Inn? But one bite of the fried calamari and the spicy gingery sauce and I was "hooked". The dining experience was delicious, and every item we tried was stellar. Best shrimp and grits in DC. Just goes to show, do not judge a book by it's cover, or by it's location!Special Features:
- Still a bit new and stillOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 5/6/2011Still a bit new and still getting the kinks out, but a great addition to the neighborhood. The shrimp and grits were the best thing I ate there - followed closely by the strawberry rhubarb cobbler.Special Features:
- Godd addition to NoMaOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 5/6/2011I had a nice lunch with a friend. We both had crabcake sandwiches. I was surprised atthe small number of seafood entrees. I took a glance at the dinner menu and the choices also seemed turf heavy. However the appetizers did look intriguing. When I return I may make a meal of appetizers. My company is moving to the neighborhood so I'm glad watershed is open.Special Features:
- Our group arrived at 11:30amOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 5/6/2011Our group arrived at 11:30am at beginning of seatings, however one entree on the menu was already not available (shrimp ceasar salad). Clam chowder is authentic, right down to the clamshells. Cobb salad was original, quite nice. Crab Cake and catfish sandwiches nicely done. Service was slow but friendly.Special Features:
- Poor service, mediocre food. Sigh.OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 5/5/2011Love having a sit-down restaurant in the neighborhood, and the place certainly looks nice. But the service needs a lot of work: The server couldn't remember the specials, couldn't explain what salads came with the meals, and couldn't explain the cocktails that were listed on the menu. The meals arrived at different times, and the second round of drinks took more than 20 minutes -- not arriving until after our meals had been entirely cleared. The poor service would be less of a problem if the food were better, but it came out lukewarm, and generally not too tasty (the deserts, which were cooked perfectly, were the lone exception). Nice try, in other words, but it needs a lot of work, especially considering the price point.
- Not great. After Equinox,OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 5/5/2011Not great. After Equinox, we were expecting a more casual Todd Gray. Instead, we got run of the mill fare with little interest or complexity. Surprisingly limited seafood options for a restaurant called Watershed. Service was excellent.
- Great food!OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 5/5/2011I really enjoyed the food as did the party of people I was with for lunch. The place is obviously still new and working out kinks though. I asked for salad w/ my sandwich but was brought chips. The waiter was a 'bit hard to understand too but all in all the experience was a good one. Will have to return for dinner.Special Features:
- I went for brunch. But itOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 5/1/2011I went for brunch. But it was so disappointing I can't bring myself to go back for another meal. And I really love Equinox, so I came expecting good things.
- On the restuarant's website,OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 5/1/2011On the restuarant's website, it published a brunch menu; however, because it just opened, there was only a buffet for $25.00. Given that it is a restuarant associated with a hotel, the price was not too high, but the food was not that great and given Todd Gray's reputation, not what was expected. On a positive note, the bloody marys were great and the staff very courteous. The restuarant is nicely appointed, and the outdoor dining area is lovely. It will be a great spot once it gets going. I will wait a few months and give it another shot.
- Breakfast turned out to beOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 4/28/2011Breakfast turned out to be the typical hotel buffet with some minor upgrades.
- It's obviously brand new,OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 4/27/2011It's obviously brand new, and there are a few small growing pains (service a bit off still, a menu item or two missing, that sort of thing), but overall we were VERY impressed. Great food, well done room, and the outdoor patio looks fabulous (though it was raining that night, so we didn't sit out there).Special Features:
- The food was delicious. IOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 4/27/2011The food was delicious. I had a catfish sandwich and requested a salad. However, the salad was quite small and there was enough bread on the sandwich for 2 people. During these times of healthy eating, one would expect a full salad and a sandwich with less bread for lunch.Special Features:
- Run to the Watershed.HeatherVIPDined on 4/26/2011Todd and Ellen Gray never disappoint. Run to experience this gem. Although a restaurant in a hotel might turn you off, don't be. The food is delicious the service (being that we were there on night 4) is not up to par, but that will soon change. The decor is cool contemporary-glass tile in shades of blues and whites, chrome accents and brown furniture. Cocktail suggestions are a must try, even for someone who likes vodka on the rocks! The GINGER SOUR: Sobieski, Ginger, Lemon Sour & Red Ink Splash is fabulous! Go get submerged in this great new venture. You will not regret it.Special Features:
- Food was delicious, wait staffDCfoodiegirlVIPDined on 4/26/2011Food was delicious, wait staff was very attentive -- a little inexperienced and not quite well-informed, but very well-intentioned. Outdoor space is fabulous!Special Features:
- Was hoping for a la carteOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 4/24/2011Was hoping for a la carte menu service for Easter brunch, but got buffet. The food was typical buffet, perhaps less of a selection, but shows promise! Service still has some working in to do. Looking forward to going back for dinner. Great addition to the neighborhood!Special Features:
- Early innings but shows potentialOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 4/24/2011Caught the restaurant just after 2 days after opening so logistics and communication were a bit sketchy. However, the food showed promise, although we were only able to eat from the more limited buffet menu. The roasted whole ham was fantastic, sausage was good and waffles and fruits were adequate. Grits were a bit too soupy and milky and sausage gravy was tasty but a little too heavy on the grits. Nicest Hilton Garden Inn I have ever been to so don't let that sway your choice.