Sixth Engine Restaurant
Sixth Engine Restaurant

Sixth Engine Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sixthengine.com/
  • Phone: (202) 506-2455
  • 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) .
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Paul Madrid
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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
  • Special Events: We are available for all manner of special events. Please contact info@sixthengine.com for additional details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 4th and 5th
  • Public Transit: We are located equidistant between Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, and Union Station on the Red Line.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 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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Sixth Engine Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)great for outdoor dining (34)good for groups (29)fit for foodies (26)great for brunch (25)great for lunch (15)late-night find (12)vibrant bar scene (12)romantic (8)kid-friendly (8)hot spot (8)special occasion (7)scenic view (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Decent and pretty reasonable mid end restaurant.
    nycinnkeeper
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Food and service were good in general. Only disappointment was the fries. They look great but have no body to them and were too salted. Otherwise the food was satisfying and fairly priced. Was disappointed that the walls inside were painted a darkish blue -- I was expecting more brick as this used to be a firehouse and it has that vibe...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality Food + Friendly Service
    LoLo
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Ordered the ½ roasted peri-peri chicken, which was excellent. My guest had the shrimp po' boy with a mountain of fries. The side of green beans were fresh and slightly spicy. The service was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    Ciaochic
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Old firehall right outside of Chinatown on Massachusetts Ave. Go for the Bottomless Bloody Mary's. Apple fritters were awesome. Great sweet treat to share. Eggs Benedict was delicious and the portion was large. Go with an appetite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch!
    linlovesllamas
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Came across Sixth Engine on Yelp after looking for a new place to brunch near Chinatown, made a reservation via OpenTable for me and 4 of my friends. Food & service were great! And bottomless mimosas for $15 were amazing - my glass was constantly being refilled. Get the apple fritters to start - so yummy. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JeanMarie
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Upstairs dining room is lovely - but its too cold. Up the heat please !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good!
    bert16
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We headed here for an early dinner prior to a Caps game. Food was very good; plenty of options for both grown-ups and kids (who all love the tater tots!) and a solid beer selection. I do enjoy the setting; service was friendly and professional... I'll be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place
    Bdot09
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I came here early for a date, so I went to the bar. The bartenders were nice as the host that greeted me. When my guest arrived we were taken to the upstairs dining room and the server displayed a mastery of the menu not seen in a while. I wasn't feeling I stuck to a simple cheeseburger, it was great. My guest loved her did as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very middle of the road
    nastysquar3d
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The food wasn't great, but it wasn't bad. The service was a little slow, but also not bad. We went on a Sunday evening and I ordered the pork chops. They were thick, cooked well and had an apple bourbon something-or-other sauce on the top. The sauce was OK. Nothing fantastic, but not terrible either. They came with a side of macaroni and cheese which was good, but again, I've had better. The beer selection here is good. Overall, I felt it was a very "meh" place. Not bad for a quick dinner. I wasn't disappointed in this place by any means, but I would probably try to find somewhere else to eat next time.
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  • Nothing to Write Home About
    Chris
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was alright and the service was fair. While waiting a table of 8 is difficult the waitress did not seem happy to serve us and getting a refill was difficult
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food and location
    Italiangirl
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This restaurant was referred to us by Jay the concierge at the Fairfield Inn & Suites on 5th and H Streets. The first time I ate here, I ate outside and it was awesome. We ate inside this week because it was a little cooler. The food is still great and so is the service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • spatzdoVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    great meal and service. I had the lamb shank which was awesome. nice selection of beer as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch w/no-yelling conversation!
    Rugger4food
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    First time to this restaurant- went for a Saturday birthday brunch. Food options were excellent- varied, adventurous, classic, big and small portions. Apple fritters & hush puppies were must haves. Granola a little too bird-seed-like for our table, but fruit very fresh. Cheddar, bacon & spinach Benedict delicious. The bottomless mimosas were delicious- no cheap OJ here. French press coffee, so every cup was fresh. Sixth Engine included sound absorbing squares near the ceiling when they designed the interior, which inhibits sound bouncing around which means we were able to have conversation w/out shouting- a rare treasure in DC dining. Our server was attentive, funny & efficient. I will def be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place
    PeaharpVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We chose this place randomly, looking for something new. Food was pretty good. They are like an upscale comfort food place but also have some healthy options. They have a large beer and specialty cocktail selection. Good whiskey cocktails. Nice atmosphere in a historical firehouse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall I liked it but...
    brunchgoer
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The service was good but I found the sixth engine to be over priced. The "ceasar" salad (although it was called something else) was underwelming however my meal and dessert were very good. Coffee was interesting smallest serving -2 cups (grounds and all) was $4. Drinks were expensive and so was bottom line, 3 courses and coffee were $70.00. Service was good and staff was very friendly. Price would deter me from returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre-Game Visit
    Mike
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Was looking for something other than the across the street from Verizon center to get together with friends and enjoy a good meal. Long story short we found it at Sixth Engine. Great service and food. Served quickly, hot and tasty. Bar menu had plenty to pick from. Just about stayed in our seats rather than go to the game.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Delicious food and great service. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Burger Ever!
    NakeshaVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Your burger was AMAZING!! One of the best that I have had in the city.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jerry
    Jerry
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great service and great food. Steaks were awesome and desserts were delicious. Perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    Bucky
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Hush puppies and Mac and Cheese were must try's. Who knew a porkchop topped with applesauce would be so great?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    lovegreatfood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had the bistro steak and my friends ordered the lamb and the shrimp sandwich. All were exceptionally good. Our server was friendly and passionate about the food--and steered us in the exact right direction.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Serious Comfort Food
    LuluVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We are regulars, and always enjoy their serious comfort food--huge tender port chop, shrimp over grits are two examples. Nothing exotic, just good. And the upstairs setting, in an old firehouse, is gorgeous, with huge windows.This weekend they are featuring food from Maine--specifically an excellent lobster roll (large hunks of lobster with just a touch of mayo), with sides of sweet local corn on the cob and a good potato salad, as well as a superb blueberry pie (the tiny blueberries come from Maine). As former residents of Maine, we have longed for such food, and were not disappointed. There is also outside dining in front of the restaurant, under a string of lights, on Massachuetts Avenue, clearly beloved by millenials.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lkjh
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Undercooked food, meat and veggies sausages and Brussels sprouts raw
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunching It
    SalledeMange
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The menu is short but not lacking for variety. Egg dishes are clean and flavorful. Breakfast meats are tasty. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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  • Great food & service, historic
    MOMwithTEENS
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and our teenage sons dined at 6th Engine to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Waiter, Ben, was warm and helpful without being intrusive. At our request, he gave us some history of the building and it's unique features -- sons enjoyed this too. The food was yummy, including complimentary home-made potato chips, appetizer of amazing hush puppies, great burgers. I had the catfish sandwich which was savory and crispy. Sons each ordered a dessert (forget name) that was a large log of rice-crispies and peanut butter covered in chocolate -- must have been good because the inhaled them. We had informed Ben that we were there to celebrate an anniversary, so he surprised us with a complimentary chocolate caramel cake for dessert!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    jonerthon
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Service is usually quite good but Katie B was extra helpful and kept the mimosas full.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time's a charm
    DrawPastTenseVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The outside patio caught my eye while driving by a few times so finally decided to try it out. My other half loved their cosmo and gave it 5 stars (he has a food blog, http://friesandcosmos.wordpress.com/). Our server (Kate I think?) was outstanding and our food tasted as good as it looked... and it looked beautiful. Well done 6th Engine!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent brunch
    mswope88
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went here with a friend for Saturday brunch. The service was excellent and speedy, the "brunch punch" was delicious, and they had a wide range of brunch entree options (we both loved ours, and the portions are very generous). I also loved the atmosphere of the old restored fire hall - I would definitely recommend Sixth Engine and will be coming back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Time
    Thenev
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I saw a segment on the Cooking Channel for G. Garvin's Road Trip where he highlighted Sixth Engine as one of the DC restaurants. I had never heard of this place, and it looked like a cool, hip, little spot. Especially after its rebirth from an old DC Fire Station that I use to pass by on my way to work many years ago. I was right on the mark! Took my best friend there with a group of the fellas for his 51st birthday, and we had a great time. Service as a bit slow to start, but they caught up. Had some great unique drinks and beers and the food was excellent! The pork chop entree is a must try! ~ Thanks to the manager for the special birthday desserts for out table. The apple doughnut balls sent us over the moon! A must try restaurant...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mass Ave Local
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food, reasonably priced. Duck pastrami was awesome so was the roast chicken special
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 232 reviews are from the Sixth Engine Restaurant reviews archive.
  • too much salt
    aaaa
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Took family from out of town there, since they had a pretty basic menu that their kids would eat. Everything tasted like salt was dumped all over it. the DC rolls were flavorless except for the salt, the burgers were over cooked, the catfish sandwich was all salt and no fish.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • consistently good
    rudy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    i've been coming here on occasion for several years, and have never been disappointed. fantastic food, and amazing cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Perfect Brunch Spot!
    CupcakeQueen
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful Sunday brunch here with a small group. Our server was sweet and attentive, and the mimosas were perfect! I also recommend the apple fritters and hush puppies :-)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday group dinner
    wendfishVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My friends & I went before a Fringe Festival show. I didn't realize there was outdoor seating, so was disappointed that we were put all the way in the back corner of the restaurant on a nice night. Sort of my fault, but would have preferred to be closer to the front - it wasn't busy inside at all at 8pm on a Sat night. Our server was very nice and accommodating! I enjoyed the Shiraz blend, and the catfish was a very nice surprise - not at all salty, lightly breaded (not fried), atop fresh veggies. My friends all liked their dishes, except the Safe Way salad was more like coleslaw than the description. Liked the touch of the homemade chips before the meal, too. Good place for a quick dinner, though sit outside!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as Always
    YLeeCoyoteVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The service and food is always amazing a Sixth Engine. Coffee and water came out quickly so what more could you ask for on a Sunday Morning. I had the daily omelet special. Just the right amount of mushrooms to give the meaty flavor I wanted yet let the spinach and mozzarella shine
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great indoor and outdoor vibe
    UrbanHippy
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Awesome place for drinks and an appetizer. The food tends to fall a bit on the heavy side, but what do you expect from a restaurant in an old fire-house?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent Find
    TrevbowVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Good food and service, not pretentious and a relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank you!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I went here with my boyfriend for his 30th birthday and it was fantastic! The service was excellent! I was very impressed when they brought out a dessert for him. It made the night very special.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    KameleonVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Fell upon this restaurant by chance. Diverse food options with a pleasant wait staff! A must do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sixth Engine was full of character
    4nichs
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    My 14 year old son and I loved the setting. Set in DC's first fire station it is 'Super Cool'. The food was delicious. They bring you chips and dip to snack on and it was so good! My son had a 14 oz steak and I had a burger. It was great food. We loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inconsistent.
    DinnertimeVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I've eaten here 4 times now, I'll come back but only for drinks from now on. The food is good, not great, but good. Brunch options like ham/egg/cheese on a pretzel bun and the eggs benedict were solid. The hushpuppies are okay, dry (2nd try). The wings are never good (3rd try). The potatoes they served on the side on 29 June were atrocious, par-boiled chopped gray potatoes, lukewarm no seasoning, came with all meals, the chef should be embarrassed. Service on my previous 3 occasions was excellent, but Sunday was absolutely non-existent. Our server was one of the worst I've experienced in a long time (slow, errors, had to be asked to clear plates, take orders, silverware, etc). An engaged floor manager would have helped out.
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