Buck's Fishing & Camping
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.
The best brined chicken in town! And the place is always so warm and inviting.
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.
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.
Love Bucks. Such a cute restaurant. Very romantic feel. A neighborhood gem!
Great fried oysters. Best I’ve had in decade
Perfect place in our neighborhood to entertain long-time friends visiting from Denver.
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.
Outstanding in every aspect. The grilled meats are always great, and the halibut is superb!
It was a bit cold with door open.
Great neighborhood find! Delicious plates- just the right size which left room for dessert!
Fantastic dining experience. Atmosphere was great.service was good. Have enjoyed each visit. Food is outstanding.
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.
Pleasant setting for a casual meal. Fried oysters and heirloom tomato salad were superb. Service a bit perfunctory, but reasonable.
My friend and I always celebrate our birthdays at Buck's, probably for at least 10 years. We are never disappointed.
Buck’s is an underrated gem! Charming ambiance, incredible food, good (if slightly pricey) drinks. I love bringing loved ones here - always a delightful and delicious time.
Went for a birthday dinner (my 70th) with dear friends and had an amazing time.
In addition to a delicious meal and great wines (we ordered softshell crabs served over a summer succotash, side orders of the chard and Caesar salad, as well as hot wings and the onion rings starter), we had a wonderful waiter, who had just the right balance of friendliness and efficiency. He recognized that we wanted time to visit and did not rush us. He and the other staff member made certain that we had everything we needed.
The food was fresh and a great value for the price. The chef nailed the soft shells and the chard perfectly. They even surprised us with complimentary glasses of champagne when we arrived. We loved everything and are looking forward to returning. It’s a great place!
Once again THANK YOU SO MUCH for everything! We will be back for sure!!
I'd been trying to get to Buck's for some time, finally made reservations on Sat. 9/14/19 to celebrate my birthday with 2 other couples. Overall, it was ok. The food was very good, the menu was very good but the cocktails were off the mark. Good wine list. Our tab was $550 with dinner, 2 appetizers, 2 bottles of wine and maybe 4 cocktails. Lively place. We may try it again.
Went to Buck’s for my wedding anniversary at 8:15 on a Friday night. The hostess seated us outside, which was a score since it was full to the brim and buzzing loud inside. The halibut, pork chop and iceberg wedge were delicious. The server was efficient, if lacking in any personal touch. I found it strange no mention of our anniversary, in spite of mentioning that in our reservation. It is a sweet spot, but felt like it was missing some kind of warmth that I imagined it might have.
I was looking forward to trying this restaurant for such a long time, and was finally able to take my father. While the lighting is lovely and overall ambiance is nice, we were, sadly, underwhelmed by the food and the service was very very slow. With such simple "treats" for the table, we were expecting them to be superb but they were disappointing. The steaks were delicious but too salty. Their drink menu is limited. For the price, we expected much more.
We love this restaurant. Food is consistently good, atmosphere is lovely. Service is good.
I'm vegetarian and I was disappointed. Why, you might ask, did I go there in the first place, and did I not read the meat-and-fish-heavy menu beforehand? Well, I did, but I also read Tom Sietsima's glowing review. While the chocolate cake was certainly marvelous, everything else was forgettable. The one vegetarian entree (quinoa bowl) was just about okay— the roasted chard was smoky but the squash tasted rather flat and the quinoa was pretty bland (yes quinoa usually *is* bland, which is why I'd expect a chef to do more with it). When I asked whether they had any vegan protein alternative to the egg, the server offered a pretty blunt "no" (surely the chef has heard of lentils, chickpeas, tofu, nuts, tempeh etc. if they've heard of quinoa). The fried green tomatoes were mediocre --the tomatoes lacked flavor, the coating was uninspired, and the price ($16 for a plate with two slices) sort of audacious. They boast about their lack of "pretense"- I'd rather they actually pretended to care about vegetarians.
My wife and I always split the big steak, and it is always excellent. The wedge salad is our standard against which to measure everyone else’s, usually to their detriment.
Great food - great service- great evening.
Consistently wonderful food!
Great staff and fun environment.
Service was excellent. Ambience quite lovely . Food quite tasty .
I thought Buck's was a little off its game. Two of us ordered steak. Although the steak was tasty it was overcooked (I had ordered medium rare and the meat was cooked to medium). I suggested to the waiter that the meat was overdone but he was disinclined to take it back. I had also asked for my salad with dressing on the side but the dressing came on the salad (which was corrected). The friends we were dining with both had the halibut and said it was just average. The peach tart dessert was not fresh or particularly tasty. The wait staff also completely messed up the check.
Meal was great, table too small for 3, waitress spread too thin; forgot our bottle of wine.
Excellent service and food. Consistently good. Casual and lively. I recommend the hamburgers and the blue crabs are great, though not cheap. Friendly and close to Politics and Prose book store.
Ugh! Four of us dined here, choosing to sit outside as the inside was quite noisy. However, with the traffic noise, it wasn’t much better outside. 2 of us ordered halibut which was fine. 1 ordered a small steak & 1 ordered a hamburger....both over cooked. BUT...then we got the bill.....$1 up charge for a small bit of tartar sauce 1 of us ordered, and a $2 up charge for my requested veggie substitution. Now it’s not the $3 that matters but the fact that the waiter never mentioned the up charges, nor were they listed anywhere on the menu. Makes me wonder what other up charges they foist on unsuspecting diners. If you go here, BEWARE of substitution charges. Ask what up charges there might be. There are so many restaurants to choose from that I won’t be returning here because of their “surprises” on the bill.
We would go back for another opportunity to eat there. We were seated back in the corner so the noise wasn't that loud. Service was swift and gave us choices. I have the pork chop that was great.
Best soft shell crabs I have had in years. Veggies were delicious. Can’t wait to go back
Always a great meal!! When it comes to their 'Big Steak' the flavor and quality cannot be beat.
Will be back again and again!
Great neighborhood dining!
It wasn't worth the $180 we spent with 4 people. I had a bacon cheese burger that was dry and unsatisfying. My wife and daughter had fish and chips. My daughter didn't finish her because the fish was soggy and the portions of fish were small. We had corn dogs for appetizers that were pretty bland, and at 3 for $9 was way over priced. I will say the french fries were really good but that's about it.
Three of us had the halibut for a main course and it was overcooked. Maybe we should have said something but we were a party of six engrossed in conversation so we kind of let it slip. One friend said she could hardly eat it. My husband's pork chop was very good and he loved the wedge salad, though I thought it was overdressed. The decaf coffee was excellent, hard to find.
Birthday dinner with friends. Outstanding in ever way. This place is a gem!
My new favorite restaurant, knocking off The Dabney!
Nice place, good food. It was a Sunday night and the service although pleasant was a bit slow. We would definitely go back and I think it would be good for a group.
Too loud. Pork chop good. Roasted chicken meh. Acclaimed peach galette disappointing - too much galette, not enough peach.