Daily Grill - Downtown DC

4.2
1342 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Steak
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.
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details
What 1342 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

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

Report
Helpful
LG
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
YH
Chicago
20 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.

Report
Helpful
OT
London
40 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.

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

Food was good and service was excellent. Good value.

Report
Helpful
PS
Tucson
1 review
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
CW
Washington DC
13 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.

Report
Helpful
JL
Baltimore
35 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.

Report
Helpful
SD
Washington DC
3 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!

Report
Helpful
BB
New York Area
125 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.

Report
Helpful
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.

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

The short ribs dinner is Amazing

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Austin
1 review
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

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

Couldn't get the check.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
RM
Washington DC
7 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.

Report
Helpful
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.

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

Amazing place for dinner

Report
Helpful
l
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

Report
Helpful
AH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We arrived at 5:30. Wait staff were in a meeting towards the back where we were seated. It quickly ended but our server took 15 minutes to greet our table. I was about to leave and find a different spot to dine. He continued to be inattentive the entire stay. Other tables were receiving their orders quickly by other wait staff. This was my family’s last night in DC. We could have chosen better.

Report
Helpful
DM
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nikki (sp?) was a great a great server. Excellent service. Very enjoyable. Excellent food.

Report
Helpful
RW
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Daily Grill never disappoints. The food and service are always great.

Report
Helpful
c
Washington DC
438 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch meeting spot. Turkey sandwiches were out choice. They take it up a notch . Very good and staff make it a pleasure!!

Report
Helpful
c
Washington DC
438 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great business lunch . Salads were the choice with salmon and chicken being the proteins and they were excellent. Staff and service are always tops

Report
Helpful
c
Washington DC
438 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch. Met friends for salads and sandwiches! Staff, service and food always great.

Report
Helpful
DL
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Upscale feel with great food and very reasonable price.

Report
Helpful
EW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Our waitress was lovely, well spoken and nicely informed about the menu - however she had too many tables to give great service. She brought us delicious bread on a plater, but no bread and butter plates to share it. Drinks took forever! Everyone got there food except one person and we had to wait 15 more minutes before their food arrived. This I fault Daily Grill 18th Street - for not having enough staff to run a smooth dining room.

Report
Helpful
K
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Daily Grill was busy when my guest and I arrived, and we were the third group seated. When the receptionist turned her attention to me, I said, "Reservations for Kyle." She looked at her list, and took us off to a seat, a booth on a window. The service and food was good. We discussed business, the purpose of the luncheon. I obtained the check, added a gratuity, and we left. That should have been the end of this story; however, later that afternoon, I received an email claiming that I had not used the Open Table reservation. I presumed that this notice would adversely affect Open Table, and so I objected.
JPK

Report
Helpful
r
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I like the specials so I would go here but I would go the bar and take it to go, service is so minimal, I'm surprised they are still open but menu down to burgers and pot pie. Go figure.

Report
Helpful
AB
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

The waiter didn’t bring plates for our appetizers. It’s three of us for dinner.
No napkin for beverage.
Food was horrible!!! Tasteless chops, too much egg in Cobb salad, Rick shrimp were added. I requested shrimp but those tiny season-less shrimp were not worth the six dollars. We were overcharged. This place has gone down! It used to be great, we’ll never come again

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
34

Tweets by Daily Grill - Downtown DC