The Grilled Oyster Company
The Grilled Oyster Company

The Grilled Oyster Company

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thegrilledoystercompany.com/
  • Phone: 3012999888x
  • 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: Steak, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
The Grilled Oyster Company reviews from OpenTable diners
171 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (132)fit for foodies (63)great for lunch (41)good for groups (35)special occasion (35)vibrant bar scene (27)notable wine list (20)great for outdoor dining (14)hot spot (14)great for brunch (13)romantic (12)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Excellent in every way
    JDL2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Excellent food, excellent service, excellent location. The complimentary Valet parking was also unexpected and very much appreciated. We came here for lunch and would definitely return / recommend to family/ friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently great food
    outtakitchen
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    You can always count on great food at The Grilled Oyster. Salads and entrees are excellent. The noise level is pretty high at the busiest dinner time. Get there early or drop in for a later dinner and the ambiance changes. Much less energetic. Still, the service is like a well-oiled machine. Everyone pitches in, so you're never without attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most enjoyable
    2good2btru
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was excellent. Came out hot not rushed between apps and entre. Service was very attentive without hovering
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good- not great
    FoodMavenVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    While tasty (except for the soggy french fries and the Caeser salad whose dressing was mostly chese), nothing was great. For the price point -eh. But it was Saturday night, the worst day to eat out, so maybe it is better on weekday nights.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Oysters
    Adrienne
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We tried several of their specialty oyster dishes and they were all delicious and special in their own way, definitely the highlight of the meal. The entree dishes were the lowlight, not bad but could have been better. My sister enjoyed the 3-fish 3 different ways, my father said the mahi-mahi was just okay and I thought the oyster po-boy was just okay. The po-boy to had good flavor with the sauce but too much bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food overcooked in pleasant place
    drl13
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I met relatives here for dinner on a Saturday evening. Tucked into a strip shopping center it wasn't quite what I was expecting but the inside is lovely and the service was enthusiastic and knowledgable. My wine choices were good too. However, the seafood was overcooked and tasteless. On the table set for 4 people instead of bread there were 4 carrot sticks, 4 celery sticks and 4 sesame sticks with a bland flavored dip. Looked kind of sad but set the tone for the meal that followed. I ordered ciopine which had steamed shrimp that was steamed to toughness and a bland tomato sauce. The oysters at the beginning were nothing special also. There was a deviled crab starter that was tasty but expensive. Not returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent food and service
    Jlkf
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Always excellent food and service. One of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Non-Chain Seafood
    LeendaVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Wow. Imagine finding succulent seafood in a strip mall! Outstanding service, nice ambience, reasonable variety of seafood and non-seafood items. Inventive, approachable wine list. After 2 visits, 1 lunch and 1 dinner, we will make it a regular hangout. Highlights so far are oysters, BBQ shrimp, crab cakes, scallops. Hooray for this find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Michael
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We went after a recommendation from Yelp regarding oyster bars. This is a fine little place in Potomac. The service was friendly, prompt and knowledgable. The oysters and mussels were steamed just right and served hot. The oyster and mussel linguini was fantastic, especially in the spicy tomato broth. Would highly recommend this to anyone loving fresh shellfish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pay attention, Rick
    LLV2VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Rick is the owner. He isn't there much since they made it to Bethesda magazine. It took way too long to get a glass of wine while I waited for my husband to join me. Food came out FAST. Once my husband finished his soup (which came asap)...out came the entrees. My rockfish was o.k., but the sauce gave it a good grade. My husband's shrimp Caesar was disappointing. CLEAN YOUR SHRIMP! For goodness sakes, you are a restaurant that specializes in seafood. We brought this to the attention of the server and didn't even get an "I'm sorry", which given how often we've eaten there was all we really wanted. It was my husband's first time ordering that dish.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First visit
    HankPVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great, if you're a raw oyster fan -- only one of our party of four was. The variety of cooked oyster appetizers is impressive, one of our foursome made a meal of those. I tried a couple of those which were pretty good and a PoBoy Oyster sandwich. It was OK but it was hard to find the oysters in the batter. My wife had a salmon entree which she said was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Continues to please
    Peggy
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We've enjoyed a couple of dinners now at the Grilled Oyster Company. The food is consistently good and they have a nice, interesting wine list. In general, we don't feel rushed and the service is good. Would definitely recommend to a friend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    Carol403
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Our server was very efficient and made some excellent chooses in how to serve our appetizers. We had ordered several items to share and he presented them one at a time so that we could fully enjoy each item.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GOOD FOOD & FLEXIBLE CHOICES!
    LoisVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Being on a low sodium/no salt regimen, I can always find something good to eat at this destination. Exceedingly caring, the wait staff and kitchen can be relied upon to suggest choices that are tasty and not the usual steamed bland fare. Specializing in fresh seafood, I enjoy these healthy choices and return on a regular basis. When crowded with patrons, the noise level is a decided problem. Come early before the crowds!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good time
    DateVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have had two great experiences here. Very consistent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommended and approved ...
    ricspics
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Restaurant was strongly recommended by friends who have been multiple times. Food was terrific, service outstanding. The one knock was the loudness, it seemed every table was trying to outshout the next table ... you know you have a an issue when sitting just two feet from someone and you have to lean it and shout. I'm finding this more and more at newly crafted restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    dawnindc
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Don't judge a book by it's cover. Tucked away in a non-descript strip mall, Grilled Oyster can easily (and mistakenly) be missed. This is a terrific spot. We had dinner there w/ a few couples & everyone raved about their food. They also have a nice raw bar for oysters, etc... My husband adored his calamari (light & lemony). I had the stuffed lobster special--awesome! The service was fantastic too. Our waitress didn't hover, but she kept the food and drink coming all night and was very attentive. For example, one of our friends ordered steak -- the waitress walked by and noticed it wasn't cooked to his liking (he didn't say a thing) and she came back a few minutes later with a brand new dinner for him--unsolicited. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise levels spoiled the evening
    Hungryinbethesda
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We dined with a small party of 4 early on a Friday evening. (Our second visit). We love the menu. A lively bar crowd made navigating through to the restaurant section challenging. The noise level was so high that our "pardon me," and "excuse me," expressions to people blocking our way went unheard. After we got to our table, we had difficulty in talking with one another and hearing our waitstaff person explain the specials and menu details. I do not understand why this gem of a dining establishment would not invest in some level of sound-deadening treatment. Even a modest treatment would yield positive dining experience results. Please seriously consider this to reap the maximum benefit of pleasurable dining for your customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great soft shells
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The best soft shell crab we've ever had- meaty, tasty white meal. Generous portions Attentive service Reasonable prices
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Dining
    SearchingForGreatFood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A neighborhood gem in Cabin John Shopping Center. Good Happy Hour (4 - 7 PM) and also Late Night (9 - close). Amazing food and drinks. Enjoyable place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!!
    FuffinVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I love this place, I've been twice now. They have a great little outdoor spot for HH and the deals at HH are great! We had a large group, they were very accommodating. We tried almost one of everything and I have to say there wasn't a bad dish!! I could go into detail but really it's not necessary. The service is great, the ambiance is fun and the food is fantastic. Definitely a place to go!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • YworryVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We have eaten here on many occasions & highly recommend it for food quality as well as excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • grilled oyster
    linda
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Food & Service
    Bkirie
    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)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great place to eat
    surfergirlVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Spinach salad with salmon extremely satisfying. Also the salad that has speghetti squash is excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduation Suprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Popular restaurant at Cabin John
    Allan
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Often I pass this restaurant, I notice that the house is always full...better to make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely great
    surfergirlVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Each salad plentiful, tasty and satisfying! Chicken wrap sandwich a hit as well! Restaurant never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timer Will Be Second Timer
    BarryVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never Disappointed
    surfergirlVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Salmon spinach salad my lunch fave. Table had 3 different salads--all excellent! Great service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great "Go to" place
    Phyllis
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood Gem
    GloriaM
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good seafood
    Stuart22
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    If you like seafood that is fresh, this is the place. Everything we had was really good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but Loud
    dinersb8995
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice
    GentleBenVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Excellent experience from the moment we entered to the moment we left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    garykVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We really enjoy this place for its food, its service and its convenience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I like seafood and...
    Washington1
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too noisy
    Hungryinbethesda
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great for the whole family
    CubitVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.