Buck's Fishing & Camping

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$31 to $50
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American
Join us at our small, neighborhood independently owned Fish Camp of a restaurant, where a woody, fire lit atmosphere is a great place to enjoy the best local produce, meats and fish.
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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem. LOVE Buck's for everything from a romantic date night to a cozy girl's night with my tween. It's everything and always delicious. The halibut, burger and chicken are always wonderful and the wedge is to DIE for - that dressing! Service is cozy and impeccable - shout out to Cortney for being the best ever. Delicious and unexpected wines by the glass. Oh and that chocolate cake. LOVE.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Very thin cut small pork chop over cooked and dried out. They removed it from the bill and offered to replace with another item. Nice gesture but I frankly didn’t care to have to wait and watch my family members eat or feel guilty for eating without me. Bummer evening.

B
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always nice ambiance. Food and service above average. Prices moderate. Wine list adequate. Great dessert!

D
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had heard that this place was a local gem. I thought it was pretty good, but not stellar. My Martini was great! The Big Steak was pretty big! But it was a bit dry for my taste. It’s not that I didn’t like it. It’s more that I expected it to knock my socks off.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It took me a while to make it to Bucks and now it is my go to place for all occasions.

OT
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Tables for two so close hard to get in and out. having a private conversation virtually impossible.

Figure out a way to open the back door to the parking lot.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Buck's Fishing and Camping is a cozy, inviting neighborhood restaurant where the food and drink are good and come at a reasonable price. It's the perfect place for families, including children, due to the casual and friendly atmosphere. A very enjoyable evening, indeed!

E
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't say enough good things about Buck's. We went there as a party of 8 people, celebrating a graduation. Everything about the restaurant and the experience was perfect for us. The service was excellent -- friendly and responsive without being intrusive. Our server really went the extra mile to make sure our celebration evening went smoothly. As the organizer, I arrived early, and she worked with me to have a champagne toast and some appetizers ready and waiting when the rest of our party arrived.
The food itself was terrific. Everyone is our party was happy their meal. From the food, to the service, to the environment of the restaurant itself, we had a great experience. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is looking for somewhere that is a bit upscale without being precious. A very nice and comfortable place. Thank you Buck's, for making our special evening perfect.

C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I was delighted that they had an iceberg lettuce wedge, though I really should have asked for more blue cheese. Fish and chips, the fish was a bit soggy and hard to eat with fork or fingers and it soaked the paper in the basket making it hard to scoop up some bites. Though when we arrived the restaurant was largely empty and they told the two of us we'd be sitting at the long table. We weren't having it (and the reservation should have stated options). After a bit of time we were eventually seated at proper two seater. It the end it was okay. I had always wondered about the restaurant though I can't say that there was anything about that would make me wish to return.

SC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was funny and friendly. Very nice and everything was perfectly cooked. Really delicious and fun night out.

K
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is always delicious! Service was a bit disjointed..seemed like no one was clearly
assigned to our table at first. Glassware for cocktails is cheap and awkward. Gelato was fantastic.

ST
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

LOVE THIS PLACE. Though we hadn't been to Buck's in several months, it has become one of our favorite dining spots. There's just something about the vibe, atmosphere, and food (great halibut and oh, that chocolate cake!) that make is a cozy, familiar, and so-worthwhile evening.

DS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really cozy atmosphere! We appreciated the restaurant being very flexible with our changing schedules on a busy Friday.

TT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been going to Buck's for over 15 years. It is our "go-to" place in the neighborhood, and the food and service are always top notch. The big steak (sliced, medium) remains one of my favorites. When we have friends visiting from out of state, Buck's is always on the list of restaurants that we visit, and it never disappoints. Ted Trabue

F
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Luckily I had a reservation, since the restaurant was JAMPACKED...more that I have ever experienced. So, that is certainly good news for Buck's. The food was "good," but I personally found the roast chicken to be very disappointing. The chicken was cooked and the meat tender; however, the skin was not crispy at all, and almost seemed a little slimy. That is not what I had expected and certainly reminded me that, in the future, I should ask the question.

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Simply a wonderful restaurant. Environment is elegant yet as comfortable as pajamas.
Food is consistent and of the highest quality prepared cleanly, and service is attentive. Combined with price points that are fair for what is served, (including an excellent consumer friendly wine, beer and cocktail program), the restaurant hits the sweetest and rarest of spots...somewhere between a neighborhood joint and fine dining. And for you steak lovers, get the prime dry aged big one; as good as any national steak house at about half the price. Even if you can't finish it, you can take it home and extend the joyful experience the next day.

S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sons birthday

S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Otherwise great experience marred by the hostess asking us to leave after 1 hour and 45 minutes.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Anniversary weekend. We were treated very well!

KJ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve eaten at Buck’s many times over the past 15 years. Always delicious with an informal, warm ambience and great service. Halibut, steak, fantastic burgers, fries, pasta. The menu changes frequently. Nice wine list. My favorite Bells Two Hearted is on draft.

BL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere - interesting menu - great choices.

RC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very difficult to hear friend at dinner. Some sound absorbing material in ceiling or in drop down panels would be a great addition.

BN
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was the first time we were there and were very pleased. Nice neighborhood restaurant. I liked the lighting and the pots of fall flowers on the tables.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood resident and regular. Love it

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Way too loud for us to enjoy. Darling waitress.. good service but happy to leave

m
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak frites were excellent! We would have enjoyed them more if they weren't delivered to our table before we had finished our salads, however. Wine by the glass very good. Cesar salad is really too big for one person for a starter.

f
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best brined chicken in town! And the place is always so warm and inviting.

f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

cozy, homey atmosphere with seasonal flower and plant arrangements, art glass lamps, red-and white checked tablecloths, small and medium tables, one central communal table. Wood grill out back adds flavors to many dishes, including vegetables. Vibe is friendly and relaxed, neighborhood gem. Prices reasonable.

c
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I would recommend with qualifications: noise less is far too loud, especially when bringing older people to the restaurant (not so much "energetic" as "deafening"). The entree I selected did not list, on the menu, a salad or vegetable included, so I ordered a side of wood grilled chard. My food came WITH a salad and the chard was quite gritty, on top of being unnecessary. But the steak and fries were delicious, as were my companions' meals.

JL
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love Bucks. Such a cute restaurant. Very romantic feel. A neighborhood gem!

AP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great fried oysters. Best I’ve had in decade

T
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect place in our neighborhood to entertain long-time friends visiting from Denver.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was good. Seems many others there really enjoyed the wine selections! I kept seeing glass after glass being served. Would go again. Specifically for the grilled veggies with Quinoa. It was very tasty.

TB
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every aspect. The grilled meats are always great, and the halibut is superb!

r
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was a bit cold with door open.

l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood find! Delicious plates- just the right size which left room for dessert!

W
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Fantastic dining experience. Atmosphere was great.service was good. Have enjoyed each visit. Food is outstanding.

G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I chose Buck's for a birthday celebration in. honor of our son in law based on strong recommendations of WaPost food critic Tom Sietsema. We were disappointed. My fried oyster appetizer was good, but I was very disappointed with my main entry, the brioled pork chop. I felt it was undercooked and, thus, flavorless. Pork chops need to be well done to bring out the full flavor. My wife's halibut was blah: halibut is generally a bland fish and needs a lot of seasoning to spruce it up; we both felt Buck's failed here. I got no reaction from my son-in-law to the hamburger he ordered, but the fries he shared with me were very good.

Buck's is located in a row of mostly old and drab shops on upper Connecticut Ave. There is parking to the rear if you arrive early enough. The Buck's website suggest customers cut through Comet Ping Pong two doors down to reach the Buck's front entrance without having to walk around the block. The visual experience of the Comet Ping Pong may not be the best preparation for an evening at Buck's but it is worthwhile to experience a site that acquired some notoriety due to a an incident that occurred after the 2016 elections.

FJ
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Pleasant setting for a casual meal. Fried oysters and heirloom tomato salad were superb. Service a bit perfunctory, but reasonable.