Daily Grill - Downtown DC

4.2
1353 reviews
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The Daily Grill is a throwback to the classic American grills of yesteryear. The Daily Grill features huge portions of classic American food at a great value. Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, this Daily Grill was the first to be opened in Washington, D.C. Just steps from Dupont Circle, it’s close to embassies, office buildings, national associations, and broadcast centers, as well as a nearby Metro station.
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1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The place was out of our first two beer selections from the menu....how are you out of menu items on a Saturday night? Service was very slow, had to send the steak back because it was not cooked to order, etc....just a bad experience all together....

CO
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have noticed that the service has gotten better the last 2 times I have visited Daily Grill. The food has always been great but the service was lacking. Congratulations for bringing Daily Grill back up to par.

RL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Convenient and with a menu that has something for everyone.

RL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

This usually excellent downtown restaurant was a bit off Thursday night. There was a slight overcharge on the bill with I didn't notice until the next day. The Pot Pie was too creamy and made me sick overnight.

CO
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The person who waited on our table gave outstanding service and attention to us. I have not gotten that kind of service consistently at Daily Grill! Kudos to him!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Our table was late to be greeted, brought water and bread. Also many of our dish orders were wrong.

K
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable lunch and appreciated that we were able to talk without any background noise. Service was good, and selection of lunches excellent.

DL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and enjoyed my lunch and experience very much.

f
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

haven't been to Daily Grill for dinner before, usually lunch, but it was empty and i see why. two other couples were there, and the service was slow, asked for water refills three times, had to ask for silverware, a glass for a bottle of beer and the service was very slow with no one else in the restaurant. looked like the waiter was hiding or mopping the kitchen in between serving. in the reservation,r i mentioned it was a birthday party, i had to remind the waiter, he came back with a melted scoop of ice cream for the individual, with a candle in it, and they charged me for it! there are better restaurants in DuPont Circle, restaurant prices are not inexpensive, and its not worth it! sorry.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

did not get any attention from server and steak salad and only 3 small pieces of steak

d
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy eating at the Daily Grill. The staff are very courteous and knowledgeable of the menu.

LG
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very mediocre dinner served by a very inattentive waiter. Salads were not delivered ahead of the entree and plates not cleared. Disappointing at best.

JA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Our lunch order took nearly an hour to come and was wrong. Not all the food arrived together. When we finally got our servers attention we asked for the check but she never came back with it, despite passing us numerous times. We went to the receptionist who said she couldn’t help so I left my card and for the first time in my life left without paying. The manager couldn’t bother to call me but sent an apology email.
I have been going here for years. The place just gets worse and worse. Never again

LS
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Hopefully it was a one off evening. Not good top to bottom.

YH
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

It’s been a while since we visited this restaurant.
Food was very good as before however the most disappointment was the poor (unprofessional, inexperience) service.
Wonder if the management changed since our last visit.
Kind of an indication that the restaurant had a quite few open seats.

OT
London
41 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We sat at table near the bar so it was fairly quiet. The restaurant itself is quite noisy.

They had New England Clam chowder as a special -- which I love. Unfortunately, it was not hot enough.

Otherwise fine.

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good and service was excellent. Good value.

PS
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place for a casual meal that was tasty after a day of touring in DC.
Good compromise between white table cloth formal and casual take away.

N
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a good experience. Was there during happy hour and it was not noisy. Good food and service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed.

CW
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I think this is a place I would only try in the evening when I was not in a rush to get to another appointment. We went at lunch time and it was under-staffed, crowded (which it should be in downtown DC) and the customer service was minimal. I would have to ask that they consider having a full staff or management step in when they see how the front of the house is starting to fill up.

JL
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was ok, but service was some of the worst I've ever experienced. Our server, was either brand new or just not cut out for the job. He was S.L.O.W. He took forever to greet our table and bring us water, and never brought bread to our table. The tables next to us had a different server and were seated after us, both got bread and even got their entrees way before us. Requests for knives, drink refills, etc went unanswered. We asked for coffee with our desserts and that took at least 15 mins. Our desserts also took forever to come out as well. He always had to go back to get things he should have brought out initially, like cream for our coffee, and he would disappear for a while before he returned, so you're left sitting there with coffee you can't drink. Then the bill being $125 for two entrees, two cocktails, and two desserts was steep for service to be horrible and the food being nothing to write home about.

SD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I'm glad we chose Daily Grill for our farewell luncheon. We had a lovely, attentive server. We each enjoyed our meals, and each other's company despite the terrible acoustics. Seriously, it's really loud in that dining room!

BB
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a sure thing for dinning. It has everything for all. The menu mix is excellent. The service, the food and the presentation are always excellent. Kudos to the management and staff.

MR
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been here many times and I don't recall the food ever taking as long as it did yesterday. The food once it arrives was good and the service was not bad, but for a work lunch they took way to long to prepare the food.

A
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The short ribs dinner is Amazing

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I had the chicken and waffles with bacon and an egg. The chicken was burnt and the egg was overcooked. The bloody Mary's were awesome especially the shrimp garnish.

GL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

All went well as expected. My only complaint is the skimpy portion size of the steak in the steak frites entree. You should do better at that price for a platter of nothing more than a piece of meat and a handful of fries.

d
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The new hand-held e-billing system is a pain, and a waste of the server's time. She had to stand next to our table while we split the check two ways and tried to each figure out tips, signature, ,etc. Imagine if there had been four or five of us.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Wait staff was cold, no Mother’s Day greeting or acknowledgement, did not highlight special menu items nor clarify bottomless vs single serve mimosas. Food was good but pretty soulless experience overall.

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food; server was great. We asked for recommendations on both drinks and food. He was honest about being a beer guy which I appreciate and also gave us a top seller recommendation on cocktails.

M
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good basic food, especially at lunch time. Lots of choices. A bit noisy but the service is pretty good and the cost is reasonable.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Couldn't get the check.

S
Baltimore
149 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good place for business meal. Varied menu with daily specials. Very noisy.

e
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is fresh and consistently good; service is well-rounded and competent, cheerful and helpful. Best carrot cake in town. Very solid filet--perfectly cooked.

A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Since we had clients in last week this was my week for Admin appreciation. I noted that on the reservation. We were never asked if we wanted additional beverages or desert. The Manager did come by early in our meal and ask if everything was ok and we indicated very good. Shortly after that our waitress just brought the bill and put it on the table. That was a little disappointing.

RM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Menu selection is good, would have liked to see bread service included. Price point a bit elevated for the type of dishes offered. Pretty loud due to all of the hard surfaces designed in to the space, when busy it is tough to have a focused conversation. Quality of food and the service was quite good as well as the beverage selection. Great location.

JK
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

I have not been in a while but the quality, ambiance and service have really gone downhill. Overall it was disappointing and I will not return nor recommend it.

JB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place for dinner

l
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious burgers and Reuben sandwiches. French fries were very average.

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