EDGAR Bar & Kitchen at The Mayflower Hotel

4.3
298 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
An upscale, modern eatery, EDGAR features traditional American brasserie cuisine and authentically crafted cocktails. Handcrafted cocktail culture marks The Mayflower's return to the iconic bar scene. EDGAR will be the place to toast with a classic beverage, but a creative and artisanal menu is the new star.

Located in the footprint of the original restaurant space with entrances in the lobby and on Connecticut Avenue, EDGAR replaces the former Town & Country and Cafe Promenade and promises a contemporary twist to the iconic hotel. Bringing the spirit of the grand bar back to Connecticut Avenue, EDGAR embraces the history of its legendary location and is poised to be a iconic yet modern fixture within DC social and cultural scene.

Our team is dedicated to making your experience at EDGAR as special as possible and we thrive on opportunities to create wonderful memories for our guests.
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PB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

was a challenging experience from the very beginning: I arranged a business meeting with two executives, in advance of their arrival, and getting set at the table seemed beyond her comprehension (it took ten minutes and the restaurant was empty). Beyond that, we had to wait far too long for service, repeatedly. I would have given 1-star, but I don't want to seem obnoxious about it. The food was good.

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JM
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wish i saved her name, but the waitress was superb and sometimes the service can be spotty there. But the service was spectacular this time. And the food and drinks too.

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KC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic Food and service. Would absolutely return!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was good. We asked for unbuttered English muffins and they came with butter. It was pretty noisy too. Maybe some nice area carpets would cut down the noise. Other than that, it was fine

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KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Our reservation was not noted by anyone in the restaurant. They did not have a host or manager available to run the floor and since we were six people the servers would not seat us at first. when they offered a table it was not appropriate for a child because it was a high top. My friend walked around the restaurant until she found a table in the back which would seat us with a high chair for the child.
My reservation through open table was useless to this restaurant and I was embarrassed to bring my friends. My friends made the best of a bad experience and we were able to get food.

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NK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was good to great, came in for Mother's Day between the lunch and dinner rush as I was able to get a last minute reservation. Beautiful and varied spot, very comfortable. Took 10 minutes for someone to come to front of house to seat us. Seated in the back dining room, it felt like we were eating in the middle of a (very loud, very behind the scenes) staff meeting as they were prepping for dinner service, assumedly a large party. Unsure why we were seated there, as the restaurant wasn't crowded at all during this time. Wait staff dropped silver ware on the ground and it sat there for 15-30min. We asked to speak to a manager at the conclusion of our meal and the server was unsure if she was present... and they acted as such.

Flourless chocolate cake >>>

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

You would have never thought they’d handle a Mother’s Day event. Who doesn’t know that Mother’s Day is the busiest day to go out and eat. The hostess was never available and allowed checking out hotel guests walk in and take reserved tables. Our waiter was great and after we watched guests get served their meals that were seated after us, the staff figured out we weren’t very happy and did the right thing and comp’d our order.

I did take care of the waiter but my overall view of a Marriott run property was not positive.

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MA
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food quality was low, packaged and not fresh. They had to cook my omelette twice because they couldn’t get the ingredients correct and in the end it was still wrong! Never go their again.

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My girlfriends and I stumbled into here for breakfast and we're met with excellent service and absolutely delicious food. Would totally recommend to anyone

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JP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for business meeting

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KK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I feel like maybe they had an off day. We went to Easter brunch at 10am. The service was very slow, and yet they did not seem to be very crowded. We ordered one mimosa and one orange juice. The juice came out fairly quickly, but the mimosa took forever. And by the time our meals came out 45 minutes after we ordered, our eggs were pretty cold. My sausage was cold. And the plate wasn't even hot, so it didn't appear that they sat under a heat lamp waiting to be picked up. Everything was pretty mediocre for an expensive place. I would potentially give them a second chance at some point, but there are so many other great restaurants in the city, that I don't think I'll be going back any time soon.

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T
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick and accommodating to our needs.

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RG
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, but please don't seat two tables next to each other when the restaurant is virtually empty.

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Flatbread was sloppy but ingredients were good. Service was horrible! Server mixed our orders up, charged us twice and seemed in a horrible mood.

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J
Orlando
28 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service, tasty cuisine

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D
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The meal was good. The server was friendly. The hostess was not very engaging, but seated us promptly. The music did not seem appropriate for the venue. As an extension of the Mayflower hotel, I thought it would be nicer. Overall, a good meal, but I thought a Mayflower restaurant would have been more.

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p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Crab cake was terrible. All filled with breading and very little crab.

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t
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Fairly handsome hotel restaurant. Bar is busy, but tables have good separation for conversation. Server did not tell us you have to order sides - we just got a piece of meat on a plate. Be ready to order, because they will let you sit. Food took awhile to arrive after it was ordered.

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BA
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This hotel restaurant is kept lively by a very active bar that adjoins it, but that also makes it a little noisy. While the prices are high for most items, they are well within the range one expects in a classy downtown hotel in a city like Washington. Presentation and preparation were excellent and the service was polite, prompt, and well-trained. My wife had sea bass, which she found to be superb. My crab cakes were composed of lump meat and very little filler, but were blandly seasoned and thus were overcome by the robust garlic flavor of the spinach they were on. I enjoyed the spinach and highly recommend it!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Waiter seemed distracted and was slow. Ambience was fun and the food was unique. Bread was amazing. Would have liked fruit with the cheese plate.

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p
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for a work breakfast downtown. Service is attentive but not oppressive and the food is served quickly and consistently tastes and looks great.

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T
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The biggest problem is the service. Slow and inattentive. Also, $5 for ice tea? Seriously?!

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M
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice food. Servings at lunch (roast chicken) a tad small, hence 4 stars for value

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E
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food orders were incorrect. The waiter staff were not attentive. The hostess was very professional.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible with the wait staff wandering around in an empty restaurant like the undead and yet drink orders not taken for 15 min after seating. Food was good, not excellent and not nearly worth the amount charged.

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C
Richmond
43 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a hreat time at Edgar's prior to an evening at The Kennedy Center. The food was great and our waiter was excelllent.

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good service tasty food. Good for business lunch

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R
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waited for awhile for host who was not there. VA Tech football was doing a coaches show. We went to back and had waiter seat us.

Actual table service was exceptional by server

Valet parking service over all 3 days was a disaster but that is a different story

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S
Washington DC
97 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We chose the restaurant because of its proximity to the National Geographic Museum. We went at a super-slow time, so maybe that's why the service itself was kind of slow. The meal was tasty, very generous portions. Overall, it was a very nice experience.

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q
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I have eaten here many times and enjoyed it. However, this visit I ate salmon at lunch and had a very up.set stomach afterwards.

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c
Greensboro
25 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

What a disappointment! We picked the place based on their handcrafted cocktails and modern American cuisine. First, we got seated right away though we showed up 40 minutes early. Our plan was to linger at the bar and get a cocktail before dinner. Didn't happen. Not sure if the hostess really understood what we said.
Then, we waited and waited and waited when finally a waitress showed up. Cocktails were average (at best) and the food came too fast. The food tasted good but nothing justified the reviews we had read.
The wine list is very good but, apparently, you can't trust what it says is by the glass. None of the ones we picked were available. Only the ones on the cocktail list were available.

We believe they had a shortage of people or some staffers did not show up for work and they tried to run the place as best they could. In the end, what we were expecting to be a cozy dinner in not too fancy a place at the Mayflower ended up as a mediocre meal that will not leave lasting memories.

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m
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Review for Saturday evening, 12/15/18: Unfortunately, the service fell through AGAIN. This is the second time I have been at Edgar. It is very disappointing since my wife and I were staying at the Mayflower Hotel and Edgar is in the actual hotel. The food is good - we both had soups and salads. The chef does a great job. The restaurant has a really cool vibe as well - rustic modern. The service is nonexistent. Numerous times I had to physically get out of my seat to flag down our server. It really was a complete headache. If it wasn't for Ben at the end of our meal, I don't even know if we would have gotten our main courses or even the bill. We appreciated his help and expressed our concern to him. We will not be returning for dinner. I would only return if I was sitting at the bar and the bartender was directly in front of me. As a Marriott member, I was highly disappointed a second time.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Didn’t pull up my reservation at all, after she kept seating walk ups (no reservation) ahead of us. She said “what can I do for you?” I told her again I had a reservation, then she just said follow me. Again never pulled up my reservation. After we were seated she took our drink and appetizer order came back with our drinks and 10 min after that asked us if we still wanted the appetizer we ordered. (It was a cheese plate) we said yes we ordered it 10 min ago we still want it....that’s when we started looking for a new place to eat....the open table reviews on this place are great...do yourself a favor and check yelp first...it will save you time and disappointment

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m
New England
28 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, responsive service, great crafted drinks. Highly recommended.

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holiday dinner was great.

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SS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

As a guest of the Mayflower hotel I have to say the service at Edgar was subpar. For what you're paying to stay and eat there the staff was not courteous, slow to provide service, and getting food and/or drinks was very slow. The staff did not provide any reason for such and some seemed irritated when you asked for more water (after sitting with an empty glass) or a recommendation on a wine, etc. We ordered food and had to request that plates be taken away (as we were at the bar with little space). The dinner food was good but the late night bar food was subpar. And for the prices I would definitely expect better.

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p
San Diego
73 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was raining so we decided to have dinner in. So glad we did! The lamb with mushrooms was outstanding ordered with a side of mashed potato’s with butter. A great meal for our last night in DC.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My dining experience at the Edgar Bar and Kitchen was absolutely amazing. From the hostess to my server and bus boy, everything and everyone were absolutely amazing and not to mention the food. OMG. Best steak ive ever had.

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n
Tucson
98 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

This location is more bar than restaurant. The dinner menu is not extensive, but the options are high quality. My husband ordered the NY steak. It was prepared as ordered and was very flavorful. The mashed potatoes that accompanied the steak didn’t taste much like potatoes. My crab cake was mostly crab, as it should be, but was not very hot. The spinach accompaniment was delicious. The soup of the day, chicken barley, was filled with vegetables and large chunks of chicken.
Unfortunately, our dinner table was separated from the bar by just a wide low counter. Fortunately, the bar was not as busy as it had been when we were there on previous nights for a cocktail.
Service was adequate.

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e
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Hostess was not friendly and went to sit us in the bar for our dinner reservations until we said something. After we were seated, 10 minutes had gone by with no acknowledgement from our server. Food was good but service was lacking. I was notified the next day through OpenTable that the restaurant had marked us as "no show". They definitely have a lot of room for improvement!

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