EDGAR Bar & Kitchen at The Mayflower Hotel

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284 reviews
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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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J
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service, tasty cuisine

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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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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
21 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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Washington DC
3 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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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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Washington DC
29 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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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
39 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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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
95 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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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
23 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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New England
26 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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

Holiday dinner was great.

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SS
Washington DC
11 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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San Diego
70 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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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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Phoenix
90 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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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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s
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Very loud. Limited menu. Food not too good. $100 for a burger and charcuterie board. Nice hotel, expected restaurant would be much better.

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c
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. Delicious food with many choices for all appetites. Good drink menu. Highly recommend.

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JH
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderful and took great care in making sure our dietary needs were met.
July 21 , 7:51 receipt time
Check #1489
Table 10/1
Server 8273, Ty

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b
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Quang was superb! Thank you

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s
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice place..great service. Food was good.

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Denver
12 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’ve never paid such high of a price for breakfast unless it was a special brunch buffet. Food is fantastic though. And same with the service.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Edgar is an excellent albeit unknown restaurant INSIDE the Mayflower hotel. The food is good, the service is ok and the prices are typical DC restaurant prices. I meet an old friend there about every 2-3 months and we sit at the same booth each time.

However, this day, a group of young people (mid 20’s) decided to descend on the back bar which was adjacent to our booth. I felt like I was in a bar at happy hour, but it was 12:30PM on a Friday. The beer and wine flowed and the 6 guys focused on the 2 girls seated in the bar stools. As the drinks went down & the competition for attention heated up, the decibel level caused us to move.

Once relocated, we resumed our chat and meal. We left about 2 1/2 hours later.

It was quite enjoyable except for the rare bar scene. You’ll likely never encounter the same disturbance as I think it was a one off situation.

We will return in September.

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DG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hummus platter was delicious. Service was excellent. Caesar salad with salmon was great as well as the pizza.

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DB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and reliable service. The menu is varied and there is something for everyone.

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S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had dinner at Edgars after the Magic Show and the food was very good. They successfully worked with a food allergy and it was a very nice evening out.

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Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The same sandwich I ordered a week ago was made completely different this week. Last week it was a Turkey Club with turkey and a normal amount of crispy prosciutto; this week it was a Turkey Club with one piece of turkey and a lot of uncooked prosciutto. It was terrible. The waiter also did not know what an Arnold Palmer was.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It felt like the servers were rushing us. We did not appreciate that.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This restaurant in The Mayflower was a good place to eat when the weather turned stormy and we didn't want to leave the hotel. Large salads were fresh and tasty and wine selection was good.

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S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Hotel bar in Mayflower. Endeavors to have elegant dark and gold décor. We went for mother's day brunch when other locations were sold out. No brunch offered I had called couple days before to ask and had to leave a voicemail which was never returned). Moderate lunch menu with acceptable selection. With exception of one meal, preparation was fine if nothing special. Server staff was not particularly friendly until new waiter showed up toward end of meal and brightened things up. Probably better for business lunch, afternoon coffee, or late night drinks. No particular personality / ambiance. Lacks the charm of the old corner bar area at the hotel.

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