Daily Grill - Downtown DC

3.6
1400 Reviews
$30 and under
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Daily Grill introduces a twist on classic dishes for lunch and dinner. Fresh, flavorful American fare is served in the heart of Washington, DC between the Dupont Circle and Farragut North Metro stations. Daily Grill features seasonal menus with locally sourced ingredients prepared in a scratch kitchen. Timeless favorites like Chicken Pot Pie and Loaded Mac & Cheese bring back nostalgic memories at the first bite. Creative contemporary dishes like Ahi Tuna Sashimi will inspire you to explore ever-growing menu selections. Happy Hour is daily from 3-7pm.
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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
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3.6based on recent ratings
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3.6
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3.4
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Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipsusanneg
New England
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We used to live in DC and frequented The Daily Grill often.
It was a very quiet night there, a few at fables and a few at the bar.
We ordered cocktails, which were ordered and delivered promptly.
The menu had been reduced, likely due to not returning to the pre-Covid menu just yet. I ordered a burger and my husband ordered a sandwich.
While we waited for our food, a woman came out to the dining room with a bucket and mop and started cleaning the floors as if the restaurant was closed. The dirty mop was flung under our table, around and under chairs where people were sitting, including the bar area. When she was done, she proceeded to go behind the bar and make drinks.
In the meantime, our dinner arrived. Mine was not prepared with the items I requested, however, the waiter disappeared, never to return.
We finished our meal and waited about 20 minutes for a check. We finally flagged down the floor washing/bartender woman to get us a check.
Sadly not a good experience.

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Linda
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with family while visiting the DC area.

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vipCara
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Service was terrible.

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Mima
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Kitchen was severely slowed, waited over an hour for food. Watched several tables leave after waiting over 30-45 minutes for food, one didn’t get their order taken before they left and the table and silverware were not wiped down/changed before another table was sat down. Waiters were doing the best they could and very kind/apologetic as they helped the kitchen staff.

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Jsg1996
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

What a disaster. First, split our party up in two separate tables (not even close either) even though tons of empty tables... come to find out their staff couldnt handle the customers. Took 45 mins to simply get our drinks (not alcohol), saw waiter maybe twice in that 45 mins; several tables just began walking out; kitchen was overwhelmed even though restaurant was maybe half full; no explanation on what issue was until we asked (which is still vague); by 1 hour mark only our salad was done. Had to leave at that point even though we wasted so much time there. Waiter gave us 50 percent off our drinks and just gave us what food was ready for free. Horrible experience. Where are you Gordon Ramsey.

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vipdtlaexplorer
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Tried to be forgiving since this is all post-COVID, but I’ve been to many restaurants recently and this one came in last place. Sad - since it’s reputation is so strong. The brand has a legacy.

My experience was just overwhelmingly poor.

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viplunchgirl
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

I have been going to the Daily Grill at this location since it opened. It was my first business lunch since the pandemic. The Server was prompt and gracious, but I was very disappointed in my dish. I almost always order the chicken piccata, but this was a different dish. The sauce and pasta were fine, but the chicken tasted with processed or otherwise pre cooked and reheated in the microwave...not good. I was surprised how fast our food came out and that would explain that the chicken already cooked. Please go back to the way it used to be prepared.

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CESLB
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite diner with friendly servers and good food. Hope patrons are returning soon, as it is still quite empty in the evening.

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JessyV
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

The services was very good but the food was bad. I ordered the chicken cobb salad and the chicken tasted like diced chicken out of a bag of precooked chicken and the entire salad was chopped like a chop salad. The lettuce was similar to lettuce you would buy at the grocery store to put on crunchy tacos at home.

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vipJeanetteS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

They took a long time to bring the food and the meat was not as we ask for it.

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Emily
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing although the service was a little slow. But overall would recommend!

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SJP3003
Washington DC
92 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliable comfort food!

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vipDD202
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcome back Daily Grill! Wonderfully delicious lunch with prefect friendly service. One in our group commented that his Burger was the best he had in a long time.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

There was a lack of ambiance and very disappointing. I usually frequent the Daily Grill but this time I was underwhelmed.

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lawrenceA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I actually like to the Daily Grill Downtown very much and frequently have lunch there with my World Bank colleagues but in this particular visit my guest found a hair in her sandwich and the situation was handle very casually.

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vipAnnB
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Attentive staff.
Good basic menu with a diversity of items
Love the booths- makes a business meal easier to do
Lentil soup was more carrot and celery soup with a few lentils.

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vipDCHugh
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

good food , very busy but a bit slow, how long does it take to get soup 'n a salad

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Unhappy
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

A Saturday night, 8:00pm. Two servers, food took 50 minutes to come out and when it did, it was cold.
Tables around us were dirty. Less than stellar.

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ALL4SVH
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I tried posting a review immediately after my visit but for some reason, this website would not process it - so I contacted the restaurant directly.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Super loud lunchtime environment

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was plentiful. Drinks pretty good (the martini was a C+ at best). And server was attentive and nice. All in all a good experience. Will go back.

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JohnC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was sub par smallest double cut pork chop I have ever seen. The spinach did was good but that’s about all.

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PamelaS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Reliable American food gets served here consistently. This time, the lemonade was watery. The crab cakes had more filler than lumps and the sauce was bland. That was unfortunate given the price. Service was friendly, but rushed. On the positive side, fries were hot and not too salty. Key lime pie was excellent. Mixed experience, but I will go back.

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vipEathappy
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Best business lunch spot downtown. Great soups, salads and sandwiches, great service, good prices, booths for privacy, and modest noise level.

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TomH
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good value. Food was fine. Service was a little rough, but acceptable. I like this place as being comfortable and quite predictable.

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HopeB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience5

We had a horrible experience. The restaurant was not fully open, so we had to sit in the bar area, which I wish they told us beforehand as we were there for a birthday. Our server, one of the bartenders, was not informed of the ingredients in multiple dishes as one of our friends has severe allergies to shellfish and eggs. He also took about 25-40 minutes to actually put our order in after we had given it to him. We did not see our waiter until food was brought out over an hour later even though we all ordered appetizers, and at that point we requested the check. We had to call over the host to get our checks from the waiter. Our waiter then took all of our cards with checks and overcharged me the wrong amount. I still have yet to get this resolved and haven’t had my calls returned from the GM.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good for a business meal

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vipBoozleB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I hadn't been to the Daily Grill in a long time. I used to really like the food there, but it has gone downhill. First of all, what I ordered was not what was brought out (they brought chicken instead of salmon), but since I was in a hurry, I just kept it. The biggest issue was the server. She had too many tables, or she just couldn't keep up, but she would disappear for long stretches of time. My lunch guest needed a steak knife and it took forever us to find her just to ask for one. Then, when we needed the bill, it was impossible to find her. NOT a good experience, unfortunately.

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vipWeEatOut
Washington DC
155 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat near the bar and was immediate and accurately served. Trout plain and steamed broccoli were perfect. Joyce made sure the entire meal fast, hot and delicious. Great place to go in alone and grab a good, quick meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great customer service!!! Our waiter was wonder!!! Very attentive and very friendly!

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DS22
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Our server had a ver dirty shirt and apron. Every one was supposed to receive monkey bread with their meal only two portions were given. The syrup serving for one of the meals looked like it was a leftover from some other table. The meals that were supposed to bring a chicken breast were presented with three tiny chicken strips. Those same meals were given sunny side up eggs with out notice or without asking if that were the kind of preparation eggs preferred. Every time a problem was brought up to the server he laughed and just said ‘I got you’, never an apology or recognition of an issue... Disappointing overall

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RichardF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent experience at the restaurant. We went for brunch and the food was great and came with unlimited mimosas. The food was reasonably priced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
267 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Meal was around the holidays and we were seated in bar area. Service was very slow. But I’ve always liked this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It took us 20 minutes to get seated since the hostess stand was empty and people lined up to get seated

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for business lunches and political debates about the world, no matter who is in the White House.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

It was not as good as it used to be. Burger was greasy and not flavorful. Fries were terrible -like they were supermarket string fries. Very hard. Used to go here once a week when office was closer. Sadly, things changed.

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vipSSPa
San Francisco
157 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal & service first rate. Everything was great. Versus- we had almost the same meal the night before, where the service was beyond horrible. We had to get our own water & silverware. Foot took 50 minutes to appear.
What a 180degree contrast!! Glad we returned.
PS- Food was still excellent both times.

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vipSSPa
San Francisco
157 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

the service was beyond horrible. We had to get our own water & silverware. Foot took 50 minutes to appear. Asked for straw, sweetener, lemon. Every 6 min got 1 item & had to ask for other 2. Repeat.
Went back for lunch with colleagues next day (prearranged)
What a 180degree contrast!! Glad we returned.
Got immediate attention, Service & food arrived w/in 10
Minutes
PS- Food was still excellent both times.

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HowardS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Daily Grill is very conveniently located downtown between the DuPont Circle and Farragut North Metro stations. It's a good place for meeting companions or business colleagues. The menu offers straightforward, American style dishes which are well-prepared. The service was quick and pleasant. The noise level at our weekday lunch meeting was so high that conversation was difficult.

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vipLovetoEatEatEat
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This lunch was very important because I was making the case for mentorship with a group of young staffers at work. Daily Grill made the experience worth it. The staffers were pleased with their meals and the discussion. I was delighted by the great food and service and a bill that wasn't overly expensive. Thank you.

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Daily Grill - Downtown DC is rated 3.6 stars by 1400 OpenTable diners.

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