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The Grilled Oyster Company
The Grilled Oyster Company

The Grilled Oyster Company Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thegrilledoystercompany.com
  • Phone: (301) 299-9888
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American, Steak
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tuckerman Lane & Seven Locks Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Grilled Oyster Company
The Grilled Oyster Company is a regionally inspired fresh seafood & raw bar.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "The best soft shell crab we've ever had- meaty, tasty white meal. Generous portions Attentive service Reasonable prices"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We have eaten here on many occasions & highly recommend it for food quality as well as excellent service."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We had a great waitress very attentive restaurant had a pleasant atmosphere. We had been meaning to try it just never got there. Glad we finally did. We will definitely go back"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Grilled Oyster is an extremely welcome addition to the neighborhood! Service was excellent with our server providing cordial friendly and efficient service! Food is also terrific. Seafood is fresh, tasty and cooked perfectly! We especially enjoyed the fish trio (tuna, salmon, and rockfish) each fish portion with its own small garnish/accompaniment and skillfully cooked (ie not over cooked)"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Spinach salad with salmon extremely satisfying. Also the salad that has speghetti squash is excellent!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "5 of is came in on Friday night to celebrate a special graduation. Between the five of us, we tried a variety of drinks and menu listings. All I can say is... Awesome fresh seafood! It made the night memorable. We will be bringing more family and friends there."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Often I pass this restaurant, I notice that the house is always full...better to make a reservation."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Each salad plentiful, tasty and satisfying! Chicken wrap sandwich a hit as well! Restaurant never disappoints!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "This was our first time dining here and it certainly won't be our last. The wine list is very nice and when I couldn't decide between two wines, the waitress brought me a small glass of each to try. The portions are perfect sized, the pairings of fish with side dishes unique and the kids menu is wonderful. The service was attentive and the waitress made helpful recommendations that were delicious. Definitely a neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This was our first trip to this restaurant and we will definitely return. The food was terrific. We shared two appetizers and both were great. The calamari was very fresh. Not rubbery or chewy and had great flavor. My wife and I both has the cioppino and loved it."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Salmon spinach salad my lunch fave. Table had 3 different salads--all excellent! Great service!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The Grilled Oyster is always fun and reliable with a fun atmosphere, great food, including a range of specials and attentive service. I strongly recommend this for all!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We recently moved to this area and walked in this place and got hooked. We just love it here, great fresh food and friendly staff!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "If you like seafood that is fresh, this is the place. Everything we had was really good."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food and service was excellent however, the noise level was very high. We arrived for a 9:15 reservation and it wasn't tell 10:15 that we could hear each other at the table."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Excellent experience from the moment we entered to the moment we left."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We really enjoy this place for its food, its service and its convenience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I like seafood and the oysters were wonderful here.We had the fish tacos, crab and shrimp and all were prepared very well indeed. Will return soon."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The high clattery noise level spoiled an otherwise perfect evening of excellent food, attentive service and all around great dining. There is no sound deadening in the high overhead ceiling, nor floor carpeting. Our party of seven found it difficult to converse across the table or with another two seats away. Too bad, because otherwise it would be a top dining experience."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We adore the Grilled Oyster. The seafood is fresh, the menu is delicious and consistently made, and they have terrific kids meals that go beyond the standard chicken fingers and pizza."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Dined early on 7/4. Entree fish was fishy tasting, entree was delivered before appetizer (which was then cancelled), no paper towels in restroom."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The Thai basil mussels are a must! Fabulous! The lobster was wonderful. They substituted grilled vegetables since I didn't want fries. We had a drink outside on the couches and it was a lovely night. Very accommodating and amiable wait staff. I would go here again in a heartbeat!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I was visiting MD from FL and this is my first visit to Grilled Oyster Company. The oysters were wonderful and my lunch entree of a soft shell crab cake sandwich was delicious, as were the french fries that accompanied it. It will be a "must return" on my next trip north."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We have dined at The Grilled Oyster Company on many occasions and it is always outstanding. Staff is very cordial and accommodating. We just love this restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "...it's very good. When it's not is another story for another time. The reservation was honored on time with prompt seating. That evening our party had raw oysters, barbecue shrimp, Ipswich clams, mussels in wine, steamed clams and a crab cake sandwich. The timing of the dishes was excellent and the steamed or fried items arrived piping hot. Particularly notable were the fried Ipswich clams and the crab cake. We have had them many times and they are always excellent. The mussels and steamed clams come with plenty of toasted bread for dipping in the broths. When Ben is running the house and Rachel is your server, a great meal can almost be guaranteed."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We ordered eggs Benedict and they were barely warm and definitely overcooked. More like hard boiled eggs than poached eggs. I don't recommend brunch here. The place was also empty, only 3 tables in use."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The look of this little strip-mall restaurant did not give me high expectations, but the food was terrific and the service was great. As soon as we sat down the waitress brought a little amuse bouche with strips of flatbread, carrots and celery with a little bit of dip -- just enough to take the edge off and puit us in a good mood. The Chesepeake oysters were big and cold, and ther three dishes we ordered -- a whole lobster (with a great, easy-to-eat presentation), the scallops/clams linguine in tomato sauce, and the crab cakes -- were each wonderful. We topped the night with a key lime tart and the duo of vanilla and chocolate creme brulee. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "good fried whole belly clams and good fried oysters. but its too noisy to have a conversation"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The place is cute and the bar is a nice place to sit and have a drink and some happy hour food. The food was OK, not great and not gourmet but good enough. I would not go out of my way to go there again because Nantucket's is better."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We have eaten lunch several times and dinner twice. Great service. Good time. We are fans, but too noisy."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Not too many places serve Rhode Island oysters. That's what we went for and they were great. Fresh, cool, served nicely. The fish and seafood dishes have been very good. Also very good wine selection. Great service. surprisingly nice setting for the strip mall location. Sides and veggies need an upgrade to compare with the oysters and fish. We'll be going back many times."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Seafood at its best, plus the burgers are great. The service is outstanding. Most accommodating staff in the area."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "A good neighborhood place. In contrast to other reviews, the service was excellent. Food was good, wine list overpriced but reasonable selections. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I like this place for a very civilized lunch. The lunch special of grilled trout was very good, but the dish that really stands out is the chocolate lava cake. Yum. Sinful too."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Decided to sit at bar. Instead of dining room. Bartender very personable. She knew her menu and drinks."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Great gem in the heart of Potomac. Feels like your at a beach restaurant. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I was a little disappointed with the food. I had a Caesar salad that had TOO much cheese on it- I mean it was more than covered. I had seared scallops that, while fresh, had sand in them. Generally I have had a good meal there. It was a Saturday night and they were very busy...."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoying going to The Grilled Oyster Company often and normally the experience as very good to excellent. This particular evening was not consistent with our usual experience so we'll give them the benefit of the doubt and return at some time in the future. The 2 issues were 1) the oysters were a more than a bit 'off', not the usual level of freshness, and 2) we felt rushed this time, server and bus staff kept trying to clear plates with food clearly still on them and us eating ... also it was tough getting our waitresses attention, she'd drop off an item for instance never making eye contact and be gone while we would be trying to get her attention and ask for something."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We were visiting from out of town and friends recommended The Grilled Oyster Company. We, of course had the oysters. I had raw and my husband had the grilled oysters for our starters. They were both delicious. Also ordered were soft shell crabs and the crab cakes. The crab cakes were all lump but lacked seasoning. Nothing a bit of hot sauce did not fix. The soft shells were tempura style and also yummy. Desserts were chocolate cherry ice cream and key lime tart. The key lime was just okay, not key lime enough for me. A big shout out to our amazing server Bry. She was attentive, sweet and a pleasure!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Tucked in a 80's style strip mall that has somehow survived and flourished, is this narrow, little restaurant. Despite its name, don't expect to get NOLA-inspired grilled oysters. But everything else about the restaurant exceeds expectations. Not only is the wine list impressive, but the draft beer selections are most notable, featuring some excellent local varieties. And the food is fantastic, prepared well with portion-sizes just right. I had the divers scallops; the others in our party chose the soft-shell crabs, the mahi, and the ahi tuna. All were well-pleased with their selections. We were surprised to see Doug Gansler dining there with his party, and grateful that he did not make any campaign speeches!!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014