Todd Gray's Watershed
1225 1st Street NE
Washington, DC 20002Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
Todd Gray's Watershed
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.toddgrayswatershed.com/
- Phone: (202) 534-1350
- Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 6:30am-10:00am
Saturday and Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9pm
Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Todd Gray
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
A word from Todd Gray's Watershed
A commitment to fresh, flavorful, seasonal American with a unique concept of time-honored Regional seafood specialties. Chef Gray's culinary focus will be on the coastal regions from Maine to Florida.Continued
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Todd Gray's Watershed reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since July 28, 2014
- Ambiance3.1Noise LevelModerate
great for lunch (5)neighborhood gem (5)great for outdoor dining (4)fit for foodies (1)romantic (1)great for brunch (1)good for groups (1)Show More
- Mixed resultsScottVIPDined on 10/24/2014On a recommendation from a friend, I tried Watershed for lunch, as it is close to my office and a bit different for what I often have at lunch. I am sure many people come for the reasonably (DC) priced and varied buffet, but because of the items that day, I opted for a burger, which I asked to be prepared rare, and with no mayo. "No problem," they promised. The first attempt came out dry and a perfect well done, slathered in mayo, and the server seemed perplexed that I wanted to send it back. A person who indicated they were a manager came by, and I explained the issues. Although he nodded in recognition of what I said, another burger soon appeared, this time cooked properly (hooray), but again covered in mayo; even more than the first time. Now annoyed, I asked for the manager, and a different person came by. After I explained the prior two orders, the third time was the charm, and the sandwich was good. Curiously, for a place of this seeming class, they made no offer to do anything whatsoever for my trouble, which I thought was odd. Perhaps I will try them again for a buffet, but for now, I am a disappointed customer.
- Nice surpriseGoofyhomeVIPDined on 10/19/2014Being housed within a hotel, my expectations were low. However, we were surprised by the excellence of the unique menu, food quality, and staff. In this newly developed neighborhood, there is a need for high quality dining options. Watershed meets that need and would be successful anywhere.Special Features:
- Just OkayOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 10/16/2014We went here due to the lack of good restaurants in the area. Food was just okay - not bad, not good - just meh. The service was the real problem. There were very few people in the restaurant at the time, so I really don't understand what the problem was. It took forever - FOREVER - to receive anything. Had to wait forever for the appetizer, then another forever for the entrees. Will not be back. What was the problem? Was there one person cooking and waiting tables at the same time?
- Cold Food...Not sure about thatUnapologeticDined on 10/16/2014I'm not so sure I’m a fan of the cold food on the lunch buffet. The food was also not completely put out when the restaurant opened. The seating and ambiance was great...and the hot food is excellent. The waitress didn’t come around much which was a put off...but it didn’t cloud the experience.Special Features:
- Likable but a little noisyEdwardVIPDined on 9/24/2014As hotel restaurants go, I like Todd's. The menu is simple, the prices are ok and the service is good. I had the rib and grits. Very good. My only issue is that the ice cream selection is limited to vanilla and chocolate. For a restaurant that portrays itself as edgy, that is pretty bland. My friends had the chicken. Both were pleased with it. Decent chicken portion and lots of veggies. Also, watch out for the bar noise. The bar, next to the restaurant, has a vibrant happy hour crowd. Until 630 or 7p, do not expect to have a conversation in the restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very good food, beginner waitressCJfromBedfordDined on 9/6/2014We really liked the food--we split the crab dip appetizer, we had a great pan seared rockfish and the shrimp for entrees. Waitress couldn't explain the menu, was rarely around, never inquired about our meals
- The following 256 reviews are from the Todd Gray's Watershed reviews archive.
- Good Food, Great Desserts!MiceyDined on 6/26/2014I would recommend this retauran to anyone that enjoys a change of pace. The food is really good (best BBQ shrimp & grits I've ever had) and the cheesecake and bread pudding are to die for! Try it for yourself!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AnniversaryVIPDined on 6/23/2014The bread always comes out very slow, but the entrees are tasty.Special Features:
- not for everyonelilshayshayDined on 5/30/2014I booked my best friends Bachelorette party dinner here and the wine list didn't have miscotto, the sodas were 3 bucks, so we all ended up just drinking water. Then when we looked at the very tiny dinner menu we realized the bar menu was different but you had to be at the bar for that one. So after looking at the dinner menu we all ordered the shrimp mac n cheese which was very oily and huge, like it could feed two people. Then the waiter was MIA the whole time and not very informative or friendly he pretty much just took the orders, brought the food, and took the money. All in all I would never go backSpecial Features:
- Best non-fast food option in NoMaAriana13xyVIPDined on 5/8/2014I often need to schedule lunch meetings in NoMa, and get stuck at the same old spots - Au Bon Pain, Roti, etc. Finding a place that's not fast food / fast casual there has always been a challenge... so I was glad to find Todd Gray's. Opentable was the 1st time I'd heard of it, and finding it physically seemed like coming upon a secret, too. There was nothing street level to indicate the restaurant was there, and had I not known it was in the Hilton Garden Inn, I'd have missed it altogether. Menu was limited, and buffet was almost ridiculously sparse. My crabcake sandwich, however, was tasty, and others raved about the fries. The bourbon desert was great. Decor and service was what you'd expect from a hotel lunch spot - meh at best.Special Features:
- ehjessieeDined on 5/3/2014Not very busy the night we were there. Nevertheless service was less than stellar. Lots of kids from hotel running around. Aggravating. Most of the food was just ok. I will say that we had a lovely chicken dish. Saved the dining experience.
- Great lunch buffetbbfromdcDined on 4/24/2014My first time at this restaurant and I was very pleased. The lunch buffet is very good a the service was great as well.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Welllllllll. This restaurantMeMyselfandGiseleDined on 3/22/2014Welllllllll. This restaurant is connected to a hotel...and it feels like it. It was like dining in the cheesy hotel bar, decor and all. The food was ok at best. It was late but they didn't serve the food as advertised. The Caramelized Brussel Sprouts were simply boiled (blech) and lightly salted. I can do that at home. The the salmon and celery purée were a little bland. And lastly, the gumbo. Smh. "How does one mess that up?", you ask. By scorching the roux. It was edible...or I should just say I ate it. Sighhhhh.
- Excellent FoodBabsDined on 3/21/2014Wonderful food in rather strange place, a Hilton Garden Inn that is difficult to get to because of construction and torn up and one-way streets. Worth the effort however, We went early for a pre-theatre dinner and were the only customers. Because of that, service could have been a bit more attentive and we should not have had to ask for the bill twice. But food was of the quality one has come to expect from Todd Gray.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- disappointing for Todd GrayOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 3/5/2014As a cardinal rule, if you put your name in the title, then it is fair to assume that it will be same caliber as your other restaurants. This visit was very disappointing. The beans were undercooked, fish was boring, there was nothing about the food that was regional or interesting. On the service front, our server came to our table after 10 minutes and asked if anyone had waited on us and then it was downhill from there. Overall, I was embarrassed that I selected the restaurant for a business dinner.
- Nice addition to NoMaFantineDined on 2/25/2014I have worked in what is now known as the NoMa neighborhood for close to 20 years, and it is only now home to several nicer restaurants. Todd Gray's Watershed is a great addition to the area, and it's one of only a few restaurants of downtown quality. I met a long-time former co-worker there for a "catching up" luncheon, and we both enjoyed our meals. I had the Seafood Club Sandwich. I found that the fried fish was too dry for my taste, and the bacon was over-done, but the fries were hot and delicious. I finished with the mango sorbet, which was quite good. Service was excellent, and the ambience is very pleasant. Even though the restaurant isn't large, when the large center tables fill up, it can get noisy. Overall, very pleasant!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A gem in nomaJuanchoDined on 1/18/2014Great food. Service was good. Wine list was reasonably priced. Would definitely go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I was so disappointed. I amReneeVIPDined on 1/15/2014I was so disappointed. I am huge fan of Todd Gray. Nothing good to say.
- Great New Years Eve Dinnerdine4uDined on 12/31/2013My wife and I are consultants who were in town for business and had dinner on New Year's Eve at Todd Grey's Watershed. We have dined all over the country and would place this restaurant at the top of our list for fine dining, great wine selections, excellent service and ambience. We are already discussing making plans to visit this restaurant next New Year's Eve.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Typical hotel restaurantwaltVIPDined on 11/29/2013There's nothing outstanding about this restaurant that would entice you to come if you weren't staying at the hotel (which we were not but it was close to a venue we were headed to). That said, it was fine as far as a typical hotel restaurant goes. The food was good ; not great. Our waitress was lovely. It was one day after Thanksgiving and they were blasting Christmas music which really changed the mood/vibe of the dining room so you felt like you were in a mall instead. I don't ever see a need to come again and probably won't.
- Watershed was fair-to-good.JohnDined on 10/26/2013Watershed was fair-to-good. The lamb chops were very good. They were agreeable to substitute which was great for us watching our carbs. The food was overshadowed by the excellent service. Natalie was excellent in all ways: friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lunch with a good friendJFW3Dined on 9/24/2013A great place to have lunch with friends to catch- up.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I really enjoyed the salmonVirginia2GoDined on 9/17/2013I really enjoyed the salmon filet. It was prepared as I requested. Prices are reasonable and Watershed is a great place for business and group lunches.Special Features:
- Really accommodating waitstaffDiscerningDinerVIPDined on 9/12/2013Really accommodating waitstaff - they were very helpful if organizing a work lunch.Special Features:
- NoMA RespiteOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 9/3/2013In a newly developed section of our nation's capital this restaurant offers a varied menu for those working in the local area and are looking for a nice place to sit and enjoy lunch. The cobb salad and lobster salad sandwich were both hits at our table.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Surprised.OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 8/20/2013The patio looks really nice, several folks were outside but being in business suits so we ate inside. Being from out of town I was very surprised at the food quality and the friendly service at this restaurant located in a hotel. There was a restaurant week deal going on but we chose the regular menu, the portion sizes were really good, I would order the lobster pappardelle again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AwesomedcsapperVIPDined on 8/20/2013We went here for Restaurant Week, having not been for two years. The Watershed si as good as it was before. The food was amaaaaazing and the service excellent. Another fantastic meal at The Watershed. We recommend it to anybody.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Better Every TimeScreenscribeVIPDined on 8/16/2013We visit this hotel-based restaurant several times a year for special occasion lunches near work. Not yet a lot of elegant lunch spots in NoMa, but the ambiance of the Watershed makes it memorable. Over the last several visits we've noted an upward trend in the quality of both food and service, making this more than just a default destination for special occasion and business lunches.Special Features:
- Outdoor Business LunchFaronVIPDined on 7/30/2013A wonderful setting to enjoy the sunshine (not necessarily the views) and the delicious and well prepared food, attentively served, while discussion business, with plenty of room between table for privacy.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Took a client to lunch hereOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 7/22/2013Took a client to lunch here -- chic and pleasing decor and the wait staff was wonderful. My client had previously ordered the Tuna Loin salad but they had been out of tuna so we both decided to give it a try...and they were out of tuna again at 12:30! My client substituted salmon and was very happy with his salad. I decided to go for the Watershed Cobb salad and was a bit disappointed -- only 3 medium sized shrimp and while the greens were very fresh and overall it was tasty, I'm not a big fan of frisee greens. My colleague had Pulled Chicken Sandwich and was happy. I would definately give this restaurant - and the Tuna Loin salad another try though. And I'll ask a few more questions about how a dish is prepared.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Watershed is OKmonetDined on 7/19/2013The dining spaces — in and out — were beautifully appointed. However, the service left much to be desired. It took the server forever to take our orders and we couldn't understand why seeing as the dining space was pretty empty — only two other tables were occupied. The server was nice, but it just took too long for everything — and I do mean everything to get done. The wait for the food was slightly longer than typical, but we were having so much fun laughing, talking, catching up that we barely noticed. The shrimp and grits were DELICIOUS — though it was A LOT of grits for one person to tackle. The salmon was good. If you like bourbon, get the bourbon pecan pie because it is loaded with it. They accommodated dietary restrictions, too.Special Features:
- Hotel Restaurant-Very DisapointingBerginJDined on 6/28/2013We had high hopes based on other folks reviews of this establishment. It was new(ish) and in an area of DC we don't get into much so we took a flyer on something new. Hoping for good seafood dishes we ordered the halibut and crab cake entrees along with a starter called skipjack chips. The crabcakes were the highlight of the meal. Two good, if slightly small, crabcackes with a creative side were the highlight of the evening. The halibut came out cooked to perfection. However, they applied so much pepper to the halibut (just too much black pepper) you couldn't taste the fish. This wasn't a "blackened" or "spicy" preparation it was simply poached halibut. We had to send it back because it was inedible.
- Todd Gray's WatershedOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 6/13/2013The restaurant had a nice setting with a hotel inspired contemporary decor. After being seated and looking over the menu, the server took our orders. I would guess it wasnt about a half hour later until our food was served. Some of the plates were cold and the food was underwhelming. Sadly, after everyone at my table was served, the server asked me if I had placed an order. (Yes I did) They forgot to put in my order and I had to wait another fifteen minutes until my lunch was served. I am not sure if this was because there was another large party next to us but our drinks were not refilled frequently unless we asked and it was just an unimpressive experience.
- Great EveningRicoDined on 6/7/2013We met friends who just were displaced by a fire in their home in DC. They needed a break. We enjoyed everything about the Watershed. The deviled eggs were delicious as well as the gumbo. The food overall was well done and seasoned well. Our server, Patrick, was particularly attentive and professional. I have already recommended this place to my friends and hope to return very soon.Special Features:
- Probably a reason it was emptyTeamPLVIPDined on 5/12/2013We took a friend here on Mother's Day at her request because she had heard good things about it. For the first 1/2 hour we were absolutely the only people in the restaurant but still could not get a waiter to come take a drink order. We had the deviled eggs and cornmeal oysters for an appetizer. Both were fine, just not great. When I asked for a glass of champagne to celebrate, it came in a regular white wine glass. Not the kind of presentation I expected at all. The lamb chops were overcooked as well. I guess this place depends on the fact it resides in a hotel for its regular customer base.
- Avoid this place, if possibleMarkDined on 5/6/2013The first impression is boring, followed by VERY slow service from start to finish. The food came out slow, and want' even close to being hot. Flavor was ok, but the overall meal was not very good. I wouldn't ever come back.
- Food was well prepared andOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 3/27/2013Food was well prepared and presented. Abundant selection from menu.Special Features:
- the food is always good. TheOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 3/23/2013the food is always good. The mixed green salad is a meal in and of itself. The rolls are to die for. Great southern style food with a few other dishes mixed in. Tood has great menus and a nicely priced wine list. They need to work on the delivery and coordination of kitchen and staff. I think it is a real good value with terrific choices and reliable staples on the menu.Special Features:
- The food was good -- the calamarikukala4VIPDined on 3/15/2013The food was good -- the calamari appetizer was excellent, cooked perfectly -- but the service was just stellar.
- This was recommended by friendsRichVIPDined on 2/13/2013This was recommended by friends and I like the style and feel of the place but it came off to me as not quote ready. The server was helpful but flustered. The shrimp and grits were oily from the andouille sausage and in an overly sweetened BBQ sauce. On the other hand, the mixed greens salad was excellent with a nice goat cheese filled roll. M friends mussels were good and she liked the broth and black eyed peas. I will try it again next time in DC to see if these items are ironed out.