The Gryphon
The Gryphon

The Gryphon

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thegryphondc.com/
  • Phone: 2028278980x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner:
    Tuesday & Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am


    Brunch:
    Saturday 11:30am-4pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Joseph Evans
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Street. N.W. & Dupont Circle
  • Public Transit: We directly across the street from the Dupont Circle Red Line Station - South Entrance.

    Additional Stations:
    > Farragut North - Red Line - 4 blocks south of us.
    > Farragut West - Blue and Orange Lines- 6 blocks south of us.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet,Street,Metro & Taxi Preferred
    http://www.goldentriangledc.com/transportation/parking
A word from The Gryphon
The Gryphon DC features an assortment of premium aged meats, a full raw bar and specially crafted cocktails to accompany the "something for everyone" dining atmosphere.

Whether on a date for two, or in a group setting, our social house concept provides guests with a plated-to-share experience with "pre-cut" meats designed for smaller portioned upscale meals with unparalleled tastings and pairings..

As DC's premier social house, the Gryphon encourages its guest to socialize through eating and drinking, while we provide a lively, energetic and fun atmosphere. Our goal is to make our guest feel as if they have been invited to a well planned neighborhood dinner party with close friends and family. This is why we consider ourselves an all-in-one destination, perfect for any occasion. Come join us at The Gryphon... and be apart of the experience.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
The Gryphon reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (36)good for groups (32)fit for foodies (28)hot spot (23)special occasion (15)late-night find (15)neighborhood gem (13)romantic (12)great for outdoor dining (10)great for lunch (9)great for brunch (8)notable wine list (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Delicious food and vibrant bar
    AmocomidaVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Good for food tasting as most dishes come in small portions - tapas style
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salty Tapas!
    KEArion
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I did not know this restaurant served "small plates" or "tapas." That isn't my favorite, but I will say the servings for these "small plates" were a good size. But everything was SO salty! Even the filet mignon was salted; that kind of meat is delicious without any seasoning!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ema was our excellent waitress
    Selene
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We decided to celebrate our anniversary at gryphons and we had an outstanding experience. The oysters were really good, the burger outstanding. The steak was too salty but with Ema as our professional experienced waitress everything felt perfect. Nice decoration. It was a nice sunny day so we enjoyed the seating at the patio area
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, location, a bit loud
    dcdining
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Enjoyed the food overall, some of the plates were hit or miss: They served us stale and soggy potato chips before our meal... Skirt steak: chimichurri sauce was bland, I've had real chimichurri in Brazilian and Argentinian cuisine, this was not close Hanger steak: pretty good, the meat was tender and well flavored Macaroni and cheese: was excellent Brussel sprouts: very delicious, it was our favorite part of the meal (don't know if that's a good or bad thing) The wine list was unexceptional.. should separate drink list from the giant food menu (consider making it smaller, as it feels like I am holding a poster while trying to select my meal and drinks, brochure-style perhaps? Consider more space between diners and bar, way too loud
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service with purpose
    LCita
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Gryphon on a Saturday morning/afternoon, it's a great space with a nice wide open front that lets in tons of sunlight and allows for outdoor seating that's still part of the interior. We had the bottomless mimosas and on this particular Saturday Gryphon was out of their Bellini ingredients and the server informed us they concocted a blueberry mimosas so we went with that and it was GREAT! better than a Bellini and the server (Emma I think her name was) made sure our flutes were always full the oysters were delish but, they didn't have Tabasco!? lol no biggie tho the food was great and the overall ambiance is perfect you can be out in the sun or lounge in the back on a nice sofa!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, loud venue
    svanderzylVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Dined at Gryphon on Friday evening. Reservations were for 10PM. We were given the choice of two tables, one in the back past the bar or one right up front by the sidewalk patio. Chose the spot up front - good spot for people watching on a beautiful night. Service was great and food was excellent. The venue is very, very loud - very large bar up front with scattered tables in back around a lounge-type area. Music was loud - but no dancing. I don't know if the restaurant would be that loud for an earlier seating say 7PM, but at 10-11PM on a Friday night in Dupont Circle it was very energetic. The place felt more like a bar than a restaurant. We liked it, but many wouldn't. Again, food was good and creative and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MilanoVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    they have alot of kinks to work out with food, service etc Worth a try but will wait at least a month or so before I return
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for dc
    OWDinesOut
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great ambiance and cocktail and food menu but delivery/actual food items kind of average. Fried oysters over breaded and under flavored. Cocktails 2 on scale of 1- 5. Not greatest mixologists but bartender was nice. Tried to be patient and engaging with our server but to no avail. He was pushy an passive aggressive. A 1 on scale of 1-5.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Time At Gryphon
    mistacofe
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I took my wife to Gryphon for her Birthday. We had a Prixe Fixe (3 'Social Bites', a bottle of wine, and Dessert) along with a dozen and a half oysters. For the Social Bites we orders the Shrimp and Grits, Ribs, and Mac N Cheese. Overall the food was good. My wife really enjoyed the meal and that's all that mattered to me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Vibe, Awesome Food
    DupontGuyVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    So I have been to The Gryphon twice since they reopened. Both times the food was outstanding and the crowd was pretty. Each time the service was awful. This is a loud and trendy place. A fun atmosphere to see and be seen. It's Dallas Glamour Chic with a great menu to match. I wish their wine selection and service could keep up with the menu and atmosphere. I know that I will go back, but be warned, have a stiff drink at the beginning of the meal so that you can relax about the awful service. Spoke to the manager and she seemed truly concerned and really trying to make a difference. Check it out, worth a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Fantastic food!! Definitely recommend the pork belly or shrimp and grits!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not extremely impressed
    Rosa
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Service was sub par, food was lackluster and horribly slow! Definitely not worth the trip!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • too old for the place
    Local
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Club-like atmosphere which makes having a conversation almost impossible. Was told music would be turned down after happy hour ended which didn't happen. Food was good and service attentive. If you want wine, ask about the bottle cost on the individual pours.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great service and food until dessert. It took a while, especially since it was ordered with the rest of the meal. Otherwise great food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food Allergies Beware
    NYCchicaVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Restaurant must pay more attention to food allergies.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    JohnnyAus
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great food at a reasonable price, excellent service - I'll definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    eseh
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    More people need to try The Gryphon and give it a go.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gryphon Perfect Dinner spot
    DenzelMogVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was outstanding at Gryphon. Good scene as well by the bar. I recommend going with a small group size.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 8/9/14 Dining
    Kat428
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I had a living social deal which was great but the restaurant seemed confused about what was offered and how many deals could be use per table although in the fine print it stated two. We did a lot of waiting in the beginning for our orders to be taken as they figured out the living social deal. The ambiance was great and our server was extremely friendly and helpful. For a tapas style restaurant the table was not large enough for bottles of wine and plates of food to be placed on the table. I would suggest wine buckets with a stand so that is one less item on the table. The other thing was the lady who cleaned off the dirty dishes seemed to be rushing us. She kept coming by trying to take away the plates before we were even done.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fanastic Birthday Dinner
    GurlNurd
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a large which they accommodated easily. The service started great, but dropped off a little at the end of the night. Overall the food was great and we had a blast.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic steaks
    TaraVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a 6:00 reservation at the same time as a happy hour event in the bar area. The music was pretty loud, but the manager was nice enough to turn it down after she saw us leaning across the table to talk to each other--we didn't even have to ask. The waitress was nice, if a tad aloof, but that seems to be the standard in DC these days. The manager was very attentive. We had the charred octopus appetizer, which was a nice, fresh departure from the standard issue breaded calamari you get at most restaurants. And the steak was amazing! That's their specialty and justifiably so. We would go again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Novel place
    JEB1VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Atmosphere and menu very creative. A great light hearted atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive but delicious
    foggylemonVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I went here with my wife and we treated ourselves to a delicious meal! It was somewhat pricey but definitely worth it. The waitstaff was friendly and explained the specials and how to eat certain foods, but our waiter was a little overly pushy with foods, drinks, appetizers, desserts, etc. We were willing to try a lot of what he recommended and enjoyed his recommendations, but just wished he was a little less aggressive. My favorite small dish was the crispy pork belly and my favorite cut was the 10oz filet. It was very noisy and definitely a young group crowd, but the atmosphere itself was just a whole lot of fun (I loved the variable/unique chairs and tables, all different from the others). All in all, a terrific experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seafood:)
    amykVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    It was a great happy hour with half-price beers and raw bar items. great oysters and ceviches. A bit loud but energetic...if having a conversation, ask for table in back. Its just a curtain between bar and restaurant sections but distance helps with the noise. We drank and ate for hours and had a $100 tab for 3. wow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great small plate food options
    angusmurphy
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We ate at The Gryphon on a Thursday evening. We asked for a quieter location based on previous review - and had not problems with this. We ordered oysters as an appetizer and small plates for our meals. Favorites included the lobster gnocchi and the short ribs. The only glitch was that our dinner came prior to our appetizer - which was disappointing. When I mentioned this to the server he apologized and even took the initiative to talk to the manager about the problem who came by, apologized, and took it off our tab. I really appreciated that. Overall, it was an enjoyable dinner and walking distance to other post-dinner fun in the DuPont Circle area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New Menu
    Buckeye86
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I dined at Grypon when they first opened last year. It was good then, but great now. Loved the social plate options. Great service and love the atmosphere. I hope they have a good go at their "re-invention."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New DC Favorite
    Foodiefun91VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Made reservations here for July 4th dinner not knowing what to expect. The menu concept was pretty cool, and we shared a cut, and a few small plates. Creative cocktails too. Bartender was a little moody, but then again, working on the 4th, I would be too. Overall great visit and will definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ehhh, OK...
    HmmmmmDCVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Clearly a place and staff more focused on libations, dating couples, friends-out-for-dinner-before-hitting-the-club/bar scene, than on table service. That said the food was very well prepared and quite good... We just weren't in the right mood and weren't quite the right table for this kind of joint (two adults, two kids...12-14)... Definitely a more adult menu and flavor/ingredient profile... Wait staff was indifferent and not very good listeners...(maybe they were just getting psyched up for a long night and we were an early table) I'd go again...but with a purpose other than/different from the simple dinner we set out for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Decor
    Nibbler
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I was not expecting the Gryphon to look and feel the way that it did. My girlfriends and I came here for brunch to celebrate my birthday and had a great time. We were there for 4 hours. Might have been the bottomless mimosas. Food was great! Service was amazing. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, petite portions
    FoodieFodder
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I've done a number of the small plate restaurants in the city, Barcelona, 901, Recess, you name it. That being said this place takes "small plates" to another level. You would think, the owners of this restaurant group, with the likes of the Brixton and Lost Society under their belt would kind of have this down. WRONG. The portion size should be called a sampling menu. We have the short ribs, shrimp cocktail, salmon, and some other dishes. The shrimp cocktail is very flavorful and light. The wait staff, all seem inexperienced could use some tweeking. My waitress didn't know what a Manhattan was. She also had never heard of Makers Mark or Bulleit. I realized this after she brought my guest and myself an old fashioned instead.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place
    Zarinasagi
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Upscale place, beautiful design, amazing food and romantic atmosphere! What else you need? Make sure dress casual! prices really affordable, portions is pretty big and service is amazing! Highly recommend !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 15 reviews are from the The Gryphon reviews archive.
  • Being your ear plugs
    Asportspro
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    A sports bar, which was what I was looking for. But it was way too loud due to volume on TVs, not the crowd. The service was not good. Waiter screwed up two orders despite asking about one to be sure. Even the selection of games on the screens wasn't good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and sport friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    We arranged for dinner and specifically wanted to watch two different baseball games at the same time. Out table was ready right at our reservation time and was situated in in the middle of the room. We had excellent sight lines to the screens which were turned to the games we requested as soon as we were seated. The service was excellent and the staff was friendly and responsive. The food was surprisingly good for what we chose as a sports bar. The manger stopped by to ask how our meal was and when we expressed our surprise at the quality of the food he shared with us that they were specifically trying to address more discriminating diners. Excellent location at DuPont Circle great place to watch any game.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our second time there was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    Our second time there was even better then the first. We were greeted by the manager who also showed us to our table. He was extremely nice and helpful when I asked about some of the menu items. Our server was also very friendly and professional. It was not overly crowded like our last visit which we were all very happy to see. The manager stopped by our table more then once to make sure the 3 of us were ok which went really well with my boss. He's a foodie and likes to nit pick sometimes. The Happy Hour specials are very lady friendly and the food dishes we great too.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great from the start to the end
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    I loved the vibe. We had a blast. The server was very polite and professional. The management gave us loads of reasons to come back. He suggested a bunch of dishes and he was right about them all. Great food!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the wait
    EatYourWords
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Packed is an understatement! Service was slow due to the large crowds, but once our order was finally taken, the food came out in a reasonable amount of time. My food was delicious, I'll patronize Gryphon in the future, however next time I'll be prepared for the wait.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredibly loud, mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Incredibly loud, mediocre bar food that attempts to be "upscale" but fails, and seems to have an identity crisis: high end sports bar or low end club? Music blaring during the NCAA tournament showing on literally dozens of TVs is a very odd choice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely more of an upscale
    Merry
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Definitely more of an upscale sports bar - very fun scene!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to watch sports.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Great place to watch sports. Menu looked solid, though I would definitely get something along the theme of "pub food". I'd go back for sure!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rare sports bar with fine dining
    3doglife
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    My friend and I wanted a place where we could eat and drink WELL while watching basketball during the tournament. This is a great choice---definitely lived up to the reviews I read. Staff really super and our small plates and craft beers were first rate. Man, it was noisy. But we expected that--what else would I think? The atmosphere was sophisticated and lots of fun--screens EVERYWHERE. Really easy to track the games while socializing. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic