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Eat The Rich

4.0
4
53 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

We accept reservations at our communal tables on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday for dinner. Limited reservations are accepted Thursday-Saturday.

You are welcome to walk in and add your name to our list or dine at our bar.

Eat the Rich is an oyster bar by James Beard award nominee Derek Brown and award-winning oysterman Travis Croxton of Rappahannock River Oysters. Featuring local oysters and a menu inspired by the Chesapeake Bay, Eat the Rich is a tribute to mid-Atlantic cuisine and the great oyster houses of Washington, D.C. The kitchen offers seafood dishes ranging from smoked trout hash to skate wing. The bar, manned by bar manager Paul Taylor, serves oyster shooters, classic drinks, and signature pitcher cocktails.

This isn't your typical oyster bar. At Eat the Rich, you can eat, drink and listen to rock music. It's named after a Mötorhead song, after all.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Organic

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday through Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:30am
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:30am

  • Phone number

    (202) 316-9396

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Shaw

  • Cross street

    S St and T St

  • Parking details

    There are meters on the street as well as a paid parking garage under the building, which is accessible through the alley.

  • Public transit

    Shaw/Howard University metro stop (green/yellow line). Major bus routes including the 70.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

Raw Bar

  • 1 Doz Oysters

    Rappahannock™, StingRay™, Olde Salt™, and Barcat™

    • 1 Doz Clams

      Olde Salts™

      • Peel & Eat Wild Gulf Prawns

        • Small Combo

          1/2 doz. oysters and 1/2 doz. clams

          • Big Combo

            1 doz. oysters, 1 doz. clams and 4 gulf prawns

            • Seafood Tower

              1 doz. oysters, 1 doz. clams, 12 gulf prawns

              • Redneck Laundry

                Caviar with Route 11 potato chips & fixins (trout roe)

                Appetizers

                • Trout Hash

                  Smoked Carolina trout, new potatoes, onions, egg yolk

                  • Baby Gem Caesar

                    Grilled baby gem lettuce, fish sauce caesar, boquerones

                    • Fried Oysters

                      Barcat oysters, caper-chive remoulade

                      • Crab Dip

                        Cream cheese, cauliflower puree, cheddar cheese, Old Bay

                        Entrées

                        • Fried Fluke Sandwich

                          Comeback sauce, choice of chips or side salad

                          • Crab Cake

                            Roasted sunchokes, dill aioli

                            • DB3 Burger

                              6 oz patty, special sauce, pickled garlic, Manchego cheese, choice of chips or side salad

                              • Prawn Mac and Cheese

                                Gulf prawns, Gruyere, breadcrumbs

                                Sides

                                • Hush Puppies

                                  Red peppers, Old Bay mayo

                                  • Parker House Rolls

                                    Honey, butter, smoked salt

                                    • Roasted Cauliflower

                                      Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, horseradish creme fraiche

                                      • Grilled Corn on the Cob

                                        Sweet corn, garlic mayo, queso fresco, Old Bay, lime

                                        Sweets

                                        • Smoked Chocolate Tart

                                          Dark chocolate ganache, pretzel crust, toasted marshmallow

                                          • Ice Cream Sundae

                                            Vanilla ice cream, salted caramel sauce, chocolate chips, rainbow sprinkles

                                            • Strawberry Shortcake

                                              Bourbon infused strawberries, pound cake, vanilla ice cream, mint

                                              • Cheese

                                                Cypress Grove "Humboldt Fog", honeycomb, lavash

                                                Happy Hour

                                                • Locals Only! Happy Hour

                                                  $1 oysters and drink specials from local producers. Tuesday-Friday 5:00pm-7:00pm

                                                  • Late Night Happy Hour!

                                                    $1 oysters and drink specials. Tuesday-Saturday 11 pm - close and Sunday 9:3o pm - close

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                                                    What 53 people are saying

                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                                    4.0
                                                    4.0 based on all time ratings
                                                    • 4.0Food
                                                    • 4.1Service
                                                    • 3.7Ambience
                                                    • 3.3Value

                                                    NoiseModerate

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                                                    1. R

                                                      Recommended

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      38 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      38 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 6, 2016

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      We went for Miracle on 7th Street and it was incredible. Every drink was delicious. The food menu was fun and approachable. I highly recommend!

                                                    2. L

                                                      Lovenewspots

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 2, 2016

                                                      overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                      Went there for Miracle on 7th. This year was bigger than last year and still a great time!

                                                    3. G

                                                      Gene

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on November 15, 2016

                                                      overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                      Belle découverte. Une cuisine simple et efficace. Des huîtres évidemment et surtout des cocktails à la hauteur des plus exigeants.

                                                    4. CK

                                                      ConnieK

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on October 11, 2016

                                                      overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                      Love having a hand crafted cocktails and some delicious oysters at happy hour. The bar tenders are informative and engaging.

                                                    5. PP

                                                      PolskaPani

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      3.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 20, 2016

                                                      overall3food3service5ambience3

                                                      The wait staff was phenomenal. Great service! The oysters were delicious and a good value. The crab cake was breads and dry, however. Sub-par. But the side dishes were well done. Not an A+ experience, but still good.

                                                    6. R

                                                      Ruby

                                                      Raleigh

                                                      50 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      50 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 12, 2016

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                      This was a convenient (to Shaw-Howard metro stop) place to grab a bite on the way to a concert nearby. But wow, was it ever loud inside! The dining area is communal picnic-style wooden tables, so you definitely overhear the conversations from parties next to you. (Also, parties of two are directed to sit side-by-side -- which irked me at first until I realized I'd have never been able to carry on a conversation across the table.) Oysters and drinks were tasty, although I wish I'd come at the late-afternoon or late-night happy hours as that seems like a far better price for the raw bar items. If I try it again, it would be during happy hour, hopefully before or after the peak crowds and noise.

                                                    7. m

                                                      mrmoonpie

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      2.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 9, 2016

                                                      overall2food3service3ambience2

                                                      We were looking for a nice seafood restaurant, but this is more a bar with a few tables. Good for what it was, but it isn't a special-occasion destination, more of a nice place to stop in for a drink and a dozen oysters. We had a pretty good meal made up of appetizers, but I wouldn't suggest this as a place to go for a romantic dinner.

                                                    8. L

                                                      Lcrt

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      20 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      20 reviews

                                                      Dined on July 22, 2016

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      This is a great little neighborhood place. We went early on a Friday night and it was quiet, but I imagine it starts hopping later on. There are two lively bars in the store front and a room in the back with communal tables. The oysters are the stand-out--very fresh with delicious sauces for dipping. And they are a real bargain during happy hour at $12/dozen! It's a small menu but covers the bases. Nice drink menu. The service was attentive and super friendly without being overbearing. Will definitely go again.

                                                    9. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on May 8, 2016

                                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                      Wonderful service, but the place was empty, so I knocked off stars for ambiance. Enjoyed the oysters very much.

                                                    10. s

                                                      street

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      3.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 23, 2016

                                                      overall3food3service2ambience2

                                                      Way too much $ for what we got... Line for bathrooms, average service, VERY casual atmosphere. The mac and cheese is a very small portion. Crab cake was good and a good size, but had a TON of dill (?!). Fried oysters were delicious. Raw oysters were also delicious but $4 each. Not recommended overall but maybe for a splurge.

                                                    11. SD

                                                      SDB1

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      2.0

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 19, 2016

                                                      overall2food3service3ambience3

                                                      We went here for an early dinner before a show at the Howard Theater. We enjoyed ourselves and the food we ate was pretty good, I just didn't think there was anything special about it and it wasn't great value for money. I think Derek Brown is supposed to be known for his cocktails, but I found the cocktail menu not all that interesting. The oysters were good, and I usually like beer with my oysters but I thought the beer menu was very limited - no hefeweizen/wheat beer options. The other food we had was the redneck laundry (caviar and potato chips) which was good, the "meat and foods half smoke" which was essentially a $17 hot dog with some potatoes, and the charred carrots, which again, was tasty, but was essentially just a well-cooked carrot (it was a side, and appeared to be equivalent to about one average sized carrot cut into a few pieces). So a weird review for me - I enjoyed the food and the atmosphere, but didn't feel like I got great value for the nearly $150 we spent. I love oysters and think it would be fun and much better value to come for oyster happy hour.

                                                    12. RY

                                                      RomeoY

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      10 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      10 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 11, 2016

                                                      overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                      Portions and variety have gotten smaller for the price.

                                                    13. L

                                                      Lynda

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      25 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      1.0

                                                      25 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 20, 2016

                                                      overall1food2service3ambience1

                                                      Sparse menu, uncomfortable seating on picnic benches, loud acoustics made for a less than overwhelming experience. One nice thing was the wait staff. All nice, smiling & attentive.

                                                    14. KC

                                                      KCDC

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      26 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      26 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 14, 2016

                                                      overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                      Long, shared tables are fun for groups, the food is served quickly, hot, and ready to devour. Offerings are limited but oysters are always a First and Plus for us. $3.00 an oyster=$36.00 for a dozen. Plates/portions are small but tasty. I would go again if we were in the neighborhood but not a destination restaurant.

                                                    15. SP

                                                      StellaP

                                                      Seattle

                                                      12 reviews

                                                      3.0

                                                      12 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 5, 2016

                                                      overall3food3service5ambience4

                                                      This place used to be so good a few years ago...

                                                    16. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      3.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 20, 2016

                                                      overall3food4service4ambience3

                                                      This location seemed great for happy hour and late night happy hour. For dinner, the food and beer is over priced and not at the level of quality for the price/size of the dishes. Would only return for happy hour $1 oysters.

                                                    17. E

                                                      Explorer

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      20 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      20 reviews

                                                      Dined on September 12, 2015

                                                      overall3food3service3ambience2

                                                      The menu at the restaurant was completely different from the menu at Open Table. It should also be noted that there are no private tables, only communal benches and the bar. It is not appropriate for a date or dining with a group of friends.

                                                    18. AD

                                                      AvidDiner

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 30, 2015

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Warm & friendly environment. Communal dining tables lend themselves to a party-like atmosphere with new friends. Food was quite delicious. Fried oyster sandwich was amazing! Trout hash; wow! Prawn perfection! It's seafood, so it's a little costly, totally worth it. Bring extra $$ in case you want to try it all! Looking forward to going back! See you there!

                                                    19. R

                                                      Rosey

                                                      Miami

                                                      27 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      2.0

                                                      27 reviews

                                                      Dined on August 19, 2015

                                                      overall2food3service2ambience1

                                                      The food was quite good and fairly priced, but the experience of the restaurant was unpleasant. The music (heavy metal played our entire visit) was bad and too loud. Service was friendly enough, but not stellar. Given other options, I don't think I would go back or recommend it to others.

                                                    20. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      1 review

                                                      2.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on August 1, 2015

                                                      overall2food2service5ambience3

                                                      I heard great things and was excited to try it, but the food -while fine and edible- in no way justified the hype or price tag. The $16 soup 'entree' was a decent app sized bowl of soup that I could have gotten from a good deli. The fried oyster sandwich were oysters slapped between two pieces of white bread. It felt like they weren't even trying and I left hungry. To its credit, the service was fantastic.

                                                    21. O

                                                      Outstanding

                                                      Chicago

                                                      11 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      11 reviews

                                                      Dined on July 14, 2015

                                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                      Outstanding service and delicious oysters! My beau dug the pork belly and the hush puppies.

                                                    22. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      1 review

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on July 2, 2015

                                                      overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                      Oysters were delicious but both my friend and I were disappointed with our main courses (crab sandwich and pork). The hush puppies were too dense and we had to ask multiple times for silverware, the check, etc.

                                                    23. MJ

                                                      MdmJay

                                                      New York Area

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on June 27, 2015

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Seafood is the draw here. The service was friendly and attentive. Prices are a bit high, but the food quality is worthwhile.

                                                    24. GG

                                                      GGD100

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      110 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      110 reviews

                                                      Dined on May 29, 2015

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                      Our party of three loved Eat the Rich. We went on the early side so it wasn't crowded. The parker house rolls live up to the hype and the bone marrow appetizer is something you can't get everywhere. Food and service were very good. This is not a fancy place, but it's a fun place with good food.

                                                    25. b

                                                      baileyleonard

                                                      Raleigh

                                                      17 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      17 reviews

                                                      Dined on May 29, 2015

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great happy hour deals. Soft Shell Crab Sammy = awesome. Service was excellent.

                                                    26. GS

                                                      GingerSnap

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      48 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      48 reviews

                                                      Dined on May 22, 2015

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience2

                                                      The food, drink and service are fantastic - BUT this is not a place to go if you are looking for ambiance. Cafeteria communal tables make for an intimate and very informal atmosphere. If you are OK with sitting in a dark backroom for dinner (and sharing a table with strangers) - it is worth it for delicious Parker House Rolls (believe all the hype) and fantastic oysters.

                                                    27. L

                                                      Lori

                                                      New York Area

                                                      31 reviews

                                                      3.0

                                                      31 reviews

                                                      Dined on May 7, 2015

                                                      overall3food4service3ambience4

                                                      I sat at the bar and the barkeep was not the most attentive individual, not the most friendly. Food came out quickly at 630P on a Thursday night..

                                                    28. DF

                                                      DF15

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      3.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 17, 2015

                                                      overall3food3service2ambience2

                                                      The bar staff were not the friendliest, in the early evening on a Friday I'd expect a slightly warmer welcome. The food was good but portions were quite small and for a restaurant that bills itself as a "tribute to Mid-Atlantic" cuisine the menu was pretty unimaginative and limited. The waitstaff were great and more than made up for the bar staff's grumbly demeanor. What we ordered (oysters, striped bass and chowder) was all good but nothing to write home about. I probably won't be back any time soon, there is more memorable seafood in DC. It's a shame because I feel like this place really has an opportunity to stand out and be known for Mid-Atlantic seafood, maybe the passion isn't there.

                                                    29. DM

                                                      DanM

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 3, 2015

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Took my foodie family here for a friday night dinner. We all love seafood and ETR did not disappoint. The raw bar was our favorite. The happy hour oysters ($1 each) were perfect and the seafood tower was delicious.

                                                    30. R

                                                      Robert

                                                      San Francisco

                                                      66 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      66 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 28, 2015

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Excellent food and service, but we much preferred eating at the bar. The dining room has the ambiance of a school cafeteria. The bar is great.

                                                    31. DO

                                                      DinnerOut

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 19, 2015

                                                      overall4food3service3ambience3

                                                      Cool place. Good for a laid back dinner out in the neighborhood.

                                                    32. S

                                                      Skip

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      19 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      19 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 18, 2015

                                                      overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                      The menu is short but interesting and the quality of the food was very good. The service was odd. Dishes came out randomly and not at the same time as other starters or entrees. The atmosphere is relaxed and helped with the odd service.

                                                    33. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      10 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      10 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 10, 2015

                                                      overall3food3service3ambience2

                                                      Was expecting much more... Food was blah and service was Ok, ended up just having a couple drinks and apps. Then went somewhere else for dinner.

                                                    34. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on March 8, 2015

                                                      overall3food3service4ambience5

                                                      the food was not well prepared. Fish was overcooked tortillas fell apart. The only star was hush puppies but at $9 for 8 was ridiculous. These things come for free at seafood restaurants in the south.

                                                    35. LJ

                                                      LJoBean

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 4, 2015

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Met up with a friend for dinner, and it turns out you probably don't need reservations during the week, but sitting at the communal tables instead of the bar, worked out just fine. The oysters and crab claws were amazing and our server recommended other main dishes as well, like the Everything Flounder, that was very tasty. Eat the Rich is very gluten-free friendly which, as a celiac, I very much appreciated! Would love to go back with a small group to share a pitcher of cocktails and more oysters!

                                                    36. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 1, 2015

                                                      overall3food1service3ambience3

                                                      The atmosphere and service was fine, but the food was simply poor quality and greatly overpriced for what my friend and I got. My friend's Bloody Mary was terrible, but my "Chessie," a shot of vodka and clamato with an oyster, was good.

                                                    37. C

                                                      Chanley

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 30, 2015

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      It was my husband's birthday and we were looking for a fun night out without the kids. The service was really outstanding and the food lived up to its reputation. We had the special -- Oysters Rockefeller which was great, as well as a dozen assorted oysters -- also really delicious! We tried the Jonah crab claws and the peel and eat shrimp as well. No complaints about any of it. The Parker House rolls lived up their billing and we ended the evening with the apple tart with cinnamon gelato -- wow! Fun night all around.

                                                    38. FG

                                                      FrequentGuest

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      26 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      26 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 3, 2014

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      We went in and dined at the bar. The drinks were delicious (and wine recommendation good), bartender attentive and cool but not cloying, and the oysters and bream (for 2) was amazing--cooked perfectly. Eat here.

                                                    39. h

                                                      holybucket

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      39 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      39 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 15, 2014

                                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                      11pm - close they have $1 oysters and drink specials. Enough said.

                                                    40. c

                                                      circlecitychris

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on October 22, 2014

                                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                      Nice and relaxed, but pro service. Delicious food, great drinks, awesome oysters. great soundtrack to boot.

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                                                    • Cross street

                                                      S St and T St

                                                    • Neighborhood

                                                      Shaw

                                                    • Hours of operation

                                                      Sunday through Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:30am
                                                      Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:30am

                                                    • Cuisines

                                                      Seafood, American, Organic

                                                    • Dining style

                                                      Casual Dining

                                                    • Dress code

                                                      Casual Dress

                                                    • Parking details

                                                      There are meters on the street as well as a paid parking garage under the building, which is accessible through the alley.

                                                    • Public transit

                                                      Shaw/Howard University metro stop (green/yellow line). Major bus routes including the 70.

                                                    • Payment options

                                                      AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                    • Additional

                                                      Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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