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Sixth Engine Restaurant
438 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Sixth Engine Restaurant Details
Hours of Operation:
Open for dinner nightly from 4:30-10:30 PM, late night menu available till midnight Friday & Saturday. Serving Brunch Saturday & Sundays from 11AM-5PM(Breakfast Items only till 3PM) .
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Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Between 4th and 5th
Sixth Engine recommends parking at the Franklin Parking Lot located
at 901 5th Street, NW, just a half of a block west from Sixth Engine on the corner of 5th and I Streets.
A word from Sixth Engine Restaurant
A contemporary American restaurant set in D.C.'s 1st firehouse, Sixth Engine uses classic techniques to produce comfort foods with a touch of refinement while providing polished service in a comfortable setting.
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Went here for what I was hoping
would be a lively boozy brunch, and although the mimosas were unlimited the place was not very lively on the Saturday after Valentines Day. At one point we were the only ones in the upstairs dining room. The food was decent, not memorable."
Dined on 2/15/2014
Extremely please with our first
visit. Outstanding cocktail menu. Main course (pork chop) was excellent. We loved the atmosphere and history of the building. And make sure to try the hush puppies as a starter."
Dined on 3/1/2014
This little spot was created from
an old firehouse and features great menu items such as the mussels that I tried. The waitress was funny and engaging. The hot toddy was perfect for a cold DC night!"
Dined on 2/26/2014
Alright, it's really expensive and
bordering on over priced, but the food and drinks at Sixth Engine are great. If you're interested in a nice night out for dinner and cocktails, this is the place to be on Mass Ave. Just expect to drop a chunk of change."
Dined on 2/28/2014
The restaurant is in an old
firehouse and is decorated accordingly. Everyone enjoyed their meals except me as I chose the chicken quesadilla which was loaded with garlic and not to my liking nor the three others with me. I should have taken the server's warning and chose something else."
Dined on 2/22/2014
We came for brunch on a Sunday and
food was delicious. Standouts were the hush puppies(best I've ever had!), apple fritters, omelette, and great drink selection. Substitutions on my egg sandwich were easy and we were able to split the check per diner at our table with no issues. Service was attentive and an overall great experience. We all agreed we would come back again!"
Dined on 2/23/2014
Great ambience, not too stuffy,
not a dive. Excellent service, good food, good beer list. Fast, receptive to our requests. We will be back for sure, looking forward to sitting outside when the weather gets better."
Dined on 2/22/2014
Not a lively vibe, but a great
option if you're just there to focus on your table, and don't care about the occasional lack of energy around you. The food is well-crafted and very satisfying, with tons of options . The Chef did a great job of putting a clever twist on classic favorites, although I don't suggest making changes to the Chef's creations. Not a place for picky eaters. I would rather rent the dining space for a private event or a small, seated private dinner, than go as a regular diner. The staff is professional, well-trained, and friendly. Pleasantly impressed how Sixth Engine defies generic DC dining. Thank you for making a difference in the area!"
Dined on 2/20/2014
Nice for a mid priced resturant
and family dinner visiting washington DC"
Dined on 2/22/2014
I found Sixth Engine through Urban
Daddy, and well... It's at least the best meal I've had so far this year, and definitely one I'll remember for a long time. We had some amazing hush puppies, short rib ravioli, delectible mac and cheese and the pork tenderloin with apple sauce topping. We also added on some Sherry, a couple drinks and dessert, for way less than I expected in a place with food this good. We also had a great server, who always had a great smile, and was helpful in reccomending and explaining how things were cooked when we asked about the "secret to making things soo good.""
Dined on 2/21/2014
Great food, reasonable prices,
wonderful drinks, and great service! Can't wait to go back with friends!"
Dined on 2/15/2014
They've been open for two years
but this is my first visit. A welcome part of the gentrification of the area!"
Dined on 2/15/2014
For a free appetizer, you get
kettle chips with a tasty sauce. The beer menu is generally excellent without being too overwhelming. Some of the entrees in the $20 range may seem a bit small but are otherwise well prepared. The most recent time, another area restaurant actually closed for the evening without informing us that our reservation was not going to be honored. We were able to get a nice table upstairs at Sixth Engine on fairly short notice. The bar was packed this particular night, but in the summer time, and they seem to have added quite a few tv's on the first floor as well. Good vegetarian options as well. Outdoor in summer is usually quite nice, although it is right on Mass Ave, so there is the occasional firetruck etc."
Dined on 2/13/2014
The cheeseburger was really good,
as we're the hot buttered rum and Irish coffee and chocolate cake. There were two tables next to us that must've been doing the bottomless mimosa brunch because they were deafeningly loud. My date and I couldn't carry on a conversation between the two of us thanks to them."
Dined on 2/15/2014
Sixth Engine is a true gem - the
food was fantastic, and our server, Jane, was so helpful! I'd definitely go back!"
Dined on 2/10/2014
My friends and I ate here for
brunch on a Saturday. The food was fabulous, the atmosphere was adorable but the service was super disappointing. Didn't receive our appetizer until after our entree plates were cleared....no acknowledgement of a mistake or apology. Clearly, the wait staff needs more training. Not impressed with this restaurant whatsoever- will not come back or recommend to a friend. Sad because the food was actually delicious."
Dined on 1/25/2014
My husband and I visit lots of
restaurants once. Sixth Engine was different. It started with a great beer list, a must for my husband and I as we are not wine drinkers. Next were the fresh chips with French Onion. It may sound mediocre but it was not...I would have bought it but the pint if I could. We ordered hush puppies that were great with their own twist. Both of our entrées, grilled shrimp and filet, were cooked perfectly with yummy presentation. We finished with the bombe and French press ME Swing coffee, which we have been fans of for years. Service was great even though we were the first in the dining room that evening. We chose Sixth Engine because of the idea of repurposing an old fire station but we will return for the food."
Dined on 1/20/2014
GREAT MEAL AND SERVICE. THEY ADDED
SOME NEW ITEMS TO THE MENU. THE MUSSELS WERE OUT OF THIS WORK. MY COMPANION HAD THE RAVIOLI AND THIS WAS GREAT ALSO. INTERESTING COCKTAILS AND BEER AS WELL"
Dined on 1/14/2014
Celebrated a double birthday at
Sixth Engine. Perfect atmosphere where you could hear everyone at the table, but enough background music so our group's conversations weren't being listened to by everyone in the dining room. Sixth Engine went out of the way to make sure we had a wonderful time. A note to celiacs, there are great gluten-free options on the menu. Just ask your server what is gluten-free."
Dined on 1/10/2014
I had good mushroom soup, but the
quesadilla has very strong garlicky! My friends had a good food. They enjoyed it."
Dined on 12/28/2013
Sixth Engine is a little gem
tucked between two large apartment buildings. An old fire engine station has been perfectly re-purposed with this creative, friendly, and high-quality restaurant. All of the staff is friendly, happy, and care about quality. My favorite for brunch: the smoked beef hash served in a crispy potato shell. Lunch is great too, and their cheeseburger and house-made onion rings are awesome. Haven't tried dinner yet, but will soon."
Dined on 12/29/2013
This is a great spot. We went
twice in one day and enjoyed both meals. Good beer list and great food. We highly recommend it."
Dined on 12/21/2013
This was my second visit to the
restaurant. I remember the drinks being good and the food being okay. This time, the drinks were good and the food wasn't. A lot of fries that were hot and fresh, but still hard. Also, shrimp sandwich was kinda of cold and wet and the shrimp were tough and overcooked. Their hot drinks are great, though. And the portion sizes are good. Might return, but wasn't terribly impressed."
Dined on 12/7/2013
First, the oysters: fantastic. The
mignonette granita is a stroke of genius, providing an icy edge without interfering with the ultra-fresh Rappahannocks in their liquor. I could have eaten dozens of them. The grilled shrimp, however, were a bit of a letdown. The shrimp themselves were OK, if just so, but weighed down by the black-eyed peas, and tasso ham, and spinach, and sherry butter sauce. Not badly prepared, , but it very quickly became to heavy to finish. My wife mussels were also challenged by too much of a good thing. Still, I loved the space, the service was wonderful, they offer half bottles of wine, and the tab with a drink, shared oysters, two mains, half bottle of Sancerre, and coffee came in at $99 before tip. Not bad at all."
Dined on 12/6/2013
I brought my parents to Sixth
Engine for brunch on Saturday--they're one of the few that do brunch on Saturday and Sunday! The mimosas were strong (in a good way) and my dad and I both had the No. 6--described to us by our server as a "pork-a-palooza" featuring ham, bacon and sausage, two eggs, toast and hashbrowns. The eggs were done to perfection, the meats were all yummy, and the hashbrowns were some of the best I've ever had. My mom had a ham and egg sandwich on a pretzel bun--also amazing. Can't wait to go back for another brunch and dinner!"
Dined on 11/30/2013
I loved Sixth Engine. I traveled
from Boston to eat here and it did not disappoint. The food was good. Especially the appetizer pork belly grits and eggs. AMAZING!! I'm upset I can't have it now. the place is gorgeous!!! The fire house is so very nice and cozy on the top floor. I would certainly go there again, just because of how cool it is to eat in a fire house!!"
Dined on 11/21/2013
I have not read anything of note
from the usual food blogs or critics about this place. It surprised me in that it's not cutting edge but solid with what they do. The space is actually quite nice with cathedral ceilings and exposed brick in the upstairs dining room. The menu is creative but doesn't push any boundaries and strikes me as smart chef that wasn't classicaly trained amongst the elites. I thought the food was very solid and I would go back."
Dined on 11/23/2013
6th Engine saved a Saturday for me
when my brunch reservation at another restaurant got cancelled by a broken water main (I had guests in town and was really hoping to take them out to brunch). Staff was very friendly and we got seated no problem. There is outdoor patio seating but we sat in the dining area upstairs because it was "slightly chilly" (so said the girls). It's a great space (converted firehouse) and everyone has very happy about their food (sixth engine benedict, duck confit scrapple, smoked beef hash, fried shrimp sandwich). We also shared hush puppies (surprisingly hard to find in DC) and apple fritters (real good). Nice cocktail list too. Looking forward to coming back again for a meal or to just check out the bar."
Dined on 10/19/2013
Only one problem...parking. But if
you don't mind looking a little, or doing a short walk, the food and drink was totally worth it."
Dined on 11/13/2013
I found Sixth Engine to be a nice
place to meet friends for brunch. I had the fried shrimp sandwich with fries and a side of Brussels sprouts, which were quite tasty. My friends had the duck confit dish, bacon and apple fritters, all of which they also enjoyed. It wasn't too busy and the staff were great about letting us catch up and enjoy our meals. If you want to try something on Sixth Engine's menu, I'd say get there!"
Dined on 11/10/2013
Located in an historic old
firehouse situated between modern high rise apartments, this place has a fun neighborhood feel, with high quality classic American diner food. There's a bar and dining room on the first floor, as well as dining on the second and third (mezzanine?) level. Decorated with old fire department themed objects and murals, it's a great place to bring visitors for eats. The menu is moderately priced and they, like many places in DC, have an eclectic drink menu with a number of rotating beer selections. Worth visiting!"
Dined on 11/3/2013
This was a first date and Sixth
delivered for me. The old fire house did a wonderful job at serving up good eats. I ate upstairs in the dinning area, so I can't speak for the bar, but as for the bar tender - great drinks. The food was good but what I would expect in the area. That's not what sets Sixth Engine aside. It was the service and the atmosphere, good food, great drinks, great feel. Great date night."
Dined on 11/1/2013
We were looking for a different
place to eat. We were going to see a concert at the Verizon center. I found reviews on this restaurant and they were good. So that's where we ended up. We have a drink first. I had the special cocktail for the day. It was something that the bartenders made up. It was good. Then we had dinner. I had the chicken dish with pasta. It was very good. My boyfriend had the shrimp and the black eyed peas...he was very happy with his dish. They gave us chips with a very good onion dip. (Complimentary) and cookies for dessert. Since we were too full for regular dessert. The place has outside dining, we ate inside. We are defiantly going back again and bringing friends."
Dined on 10/19/2013
We keep coming back for brunch,
since the food, drinks, and service are so good! Best hush puppies in the city :) I love this place."
Dined on 10/6/2013
Not a bad deal for brunch.
However, service wasn't that great... I ordered Eggs Benedict and it seemed like they just put two sunny side up eggs on instead of poaching the eggs. It was decent though."
Dined on 10/5/2013
The restaurant has a sports bar
like look and feel but the the food (including the complimentary onion dip with homemade potato chips) was a pleasant surprise for a casual restaurant. The wait staff was attentive"
Dined on 9/30/2013
Very welcoming restaurant with
great food. Really enjoyed the casual atmosphere and friendly service. Great beer menu."
Dined on 9/22/2013
It was ok- the waitor was nice and
the restaurant is cool but the food was lacking and they didn't have skim milk. They also only had coffee- no lattes or cappuccinos (which for a brunch place is odd). It was ok, wouldn't recommend it."
Dined on 9/14/2013
We went to Sixth Engine for
brunch. Everything was tasty and the meal on the outdoor patio was very enjoyable. I wish there were a few more veggie or poultry options (turkey sausage or turkey bacon would be great!). We enjoyed the meal and will definitely be back."
Dined on 9/8/2013
The setting is cute. Good location
nestled among all those apartments and condos. The food was ok. Nothing special. There was strange gristle in the cheeseburger. We informed the waitress. We thought if they grind their own meat they would want to know or if they get their meat from elsewhere they would want to know. Waitress was not particularly concerned."
Dined on 9/13/2013
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Located in Mt. Vernon Triangle, Sixth Engine is in close proximity to both the Convention Center and the Verizon Center, in
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