EDGAR Bar & Kitchen at The Mayflower Hotel

4.4
339 Reviews
$30 and under
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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KeithL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service, and great menu choices although options are more limited for the present time.

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vipFoodiefamily
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was tasty however more expensive than eating out of the hotel.

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KaralynG
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service was good and food was great. My boyfriends favorite meal of his birthday weekend

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Foodlover25
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My friend and I enjoyed a very good meal at Edgar. While it took a bit of time to get seated, once the waiter arrived we were happy. The waiter was very accommodating amd the food delicious. We will go back again.

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vipPhil
New England
69 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Menu is OK - food was good, however. Service is average and prices are way too high for what’s being served.

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BellaC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very good time before the show at The Edgar. It was not too busy, our service was fantastic, everybody was helpful. Our drinks were very well poured and we had a fantastic time. Definitely would recommend it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

This is a poor review. I’ve dined at EDGAR on other occasions, and it has always been very good. However, on this occasion, I received a voicemail from the restaurant, not more than 3 hours before our reservation time for our party of 6, that Edgar would be hosting a private event and we would be moved to an annex area of sorts. They had a name for it that I cannot recall. Being too late to change our plans, we dined in a room that had more in common with a storage room than a dining venue. It was overcrowded, noisy, and the service was sluggish. Of the six dinners, five were very good and one was seriously below par. I have a bit of reluctance giving a poor review of what I hope stems from an uncommon circumstance. On the other hand, EDGAR might do this more frequently than I realize. We certainly paid for a fine-dining experience and received an overworked cafeteria-style one instead. The bottom line is that this is not acceptable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Liked the options from
Sandwiches to entrees

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Giorgio
Raleigh
50 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was Good but the service left something to be desired. We had to wait for the hostess to seat us and then she had to run down a waiter. While we waited for her another waiter appeared and took our order. Then our waiter appeared and asked to take our order. It was like the Abbt and Costello show.

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vipMary
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Restaurant is severely understaffed. They did not recognize my brunch reservation. I ended up sitting at the bar to get served. Sat a long time to order food. The couple sitting next to me ordered after me and had more complex orders, but they got their food before me. The food took forever to come out and pieces were missing. The coffee cup had lipstick on it.

At night for drinks, the bartenders were friendly. Cocktails were quick and tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly staff and yummy food. Perfect for a random outing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Floor and booth seating was very dirty.
Food was great.
Service was as well until the server forgot to complete our closeput.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

As a local, I really wanted to like this place, and have it be our new go-to spot. On previous occasions, the bartenders and the drinks were amazing. However, the restaurant staff and food didn’t live up to the rest. The servers were inattentive. The food order was inaccurate and delivered cold. There was no real effort on staff’s part.

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vipJohnP
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We gathered for a birthday party and had requested a nook, or area where we could celebrate as a small group of 8. EDGAR gave us the private room with out asking! This was a nice start to a lovely evening. The food was very tasty and the wine (INSTRINSIC from Washington State) was yummy. I used my OT rewards to help defray the costs. Since we were apart, service kind of lagged, but we didnt care, besides the evening was declared a success by the bday girl!

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TimT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, several items on the menu were unavailable and there were no replacements for them. Nice atmosphere on the outside by the windows, a little cramped and could have used some updating, but otherwise enjoyable. Aggressive wait staff, so make sure you let them know when they can remove your drinks and plates.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience! By far, the best service I’ve had in DC!

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vipSurprise
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Edgar is a great choice for dinner. The food is delicious. I had the sea bass and it melted in my mouth. The Caesar salad was very tasty as well. Others in my party were very happy with their meals as well. Will come back when in town.

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TammyM
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Although we booked on OpenTable, when we arrived at the restaurant, there was a private event going on. They did seat us -- at a too small table in the back of the restaurant. But it was chaotic, and just weird. Had to argue are way through the registration table for the event. Everyone was rude. Bad, bad, bad, bad, just bad. We decided to leave and had a great dinner at Morton's.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good Caesar salad, but limited menu and terribly overpriced.

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donm
Northern MI
12 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice atmosphere with good food. Bar is very busy during happy hour and the noice level a bit high, but still a lovely setting. Sometimes a wait for drinks. We. Ate in the restaurant area after cocktails. Service was good. Food interesting. The chicken bites were mostly chick peas. Highly seasoned .

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vipLcmazzit
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Well, we were staying at the Mayflower on New Years Eve and went to the Edgar on New Years Day expecting that they would be serving a special brunch, but as it turns out they were not ie: just had the regular restaurant menu for lunch (my bad for not checking). We have eaten here many times and always had great food/service (as we did this time as well), but would suggest that for special days that they offer a special, extended brunch menu (the eggs Benedict are awesome)!

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YuhaoS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great. I had rib eye steak at dinner and salmon at lunch. Both were delicious. Kids menu has many items too and the price is very reasonable. Great service, highly recommend.

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TriadDC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Well, the food was good. At least the food that we got.
Edgar is near our office, so we've tried it a couple of times. Each time our attitude is "well, maybe this time it will be OK." Why do we keep expecting something different? Took 45 minutes between the time we ordered and the time the food actually arrived. But just our entrees. The appetizers never appeared. Server blamed the kitchen. But that didn't excuse the fact that he never came back to the table to check on us or to apologize for it taking so long. And we had to point out that the appetizers never arrived. He then had to bring the manager over who had to verify with us that the appetizers never arrived. His response was "they must have been delivered to another table." No real apology. Nothing comped. At least we weren't charged for them LOL. Hope the other table enjoyed them.

It's too bad. The menu and food at Edgar are actually good. You would expect better service in the hotel restaurant at the Mayflower. But it has always been this way. Don't expect anything else. If you have all day, and won't be annoyed by terrible service, then by all means, enjoy the food!

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localdiner
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Even though it was not crowded, it took me 15 minutes to get any service. I order a starter which did come until our meal was delivered. The food was just okay. I had to ask three times for the check. It is a shame because the location and ambiance are good.

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Mary
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

I’ve been going to Edgar for work lunches and after-work cocktails for years. I convinced my office to hold our holiday party lunch there a few years ago. It’s close to our office and the food is good, though the service isn’t always up to par.

I had such a bad service experience last week at lunch that I will not return to Edgar, absent a significant effort at correction from the restaurant.

A colleague and I went to Edgar for lunch last Thursday and ordered Cobb salads. When the bill came, we were clearly charged an incorrect amount, more than the items listed. I alerted the waiter and asked him to please correct it quickly, because I had a meeting to go to. Long story short, after this, it took over 20 minutes to process the check - despite intervention from the manager! - and I missed my meeting. There were multiple errors made, and we did not receive an appropriate apology for the ridiculous delay (they weren’t busy; there were very few customers in the restaurant). No customer should have to put up with such terrible service. I expect the restaurant to make it right, or I won’t be back.

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AnEducatedrestauranteur
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The crab cakes used lump crab meat and were flavorfull - but had too much filler. You could see the breading. The manhatten (drink) I ordered was expensive for a glass only half-filled. Also, I prefer a more traditional ambience at the Mayflower.

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vipKimo
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service at dinner was terrific! Our waiter was great. Friendly, attentive and so kind. The food was really good - the presentation was lacking. The plates were like an earthen ware. At the steak and side came out of two separate plates and not well plated.

The desserts were just ok. But again the service was 1st rate and the location was terrific. The Mayflower is still a beautiful hotel!

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BrettV
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Horrible food. Medium steaks came out full of blood twice for two people. Tasteless french onion soup.

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vipLaSignora
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The Edgar is a nice update in the classic Mayflower Hotel. I was not a hotel guest, but it looked inviting as I walked past to my nearby hotel, and I thought it would be a fun spot although I was dining alone. The menu was great and everything I ordered was tasty and satisfying. The waitress was warm, welcoming and efficient. However, the hostess walked me back to a table in what was clearly Siberia; one could hear a pin drop. As I dined, the room got more filled, but all with either solo diners or those who could be parents of those seated in the other lively dining rooms. A pity, especially for a spot which probably could cater to a lot of solo business travelers.

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RobynM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went here for several business meals. The bar closed early in the evening (at 11:00P), however it might be for the comfort of the hotel guests. The food was hit and miss--the cheese on the onion soup smelled a little strong and the pasta wasn't a favorite, but some dishes (like the avocado toast and the eggs benedict) were great. Their poached eggs were perfect which is a rarity!

Not my favorite place in DC but is convenient and worked ok for a business breakfast and lunch.

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AbiodunO
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The bar noise spilled over to restaurant.
Food quality and presentation was substandard
The bread was hard
The steak was not value for money
The mushrooms were drowned in sauce
The flatbread was good though.
For $120 for 2 of us it was not worth the money

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I lost a key fob at my table and they went they extraordinary lengths to notify me. Many Thanks!!!

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vipJessie
Nashville
44 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. A go to place

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EileenH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

My chicken was way too salty and my husband and friends sea bass was very watery. They took my chicken back and I got French onion soup which was pretty good. The wait staff was nice, but the food was not great especially for the price.

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Kristina
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great ambiance and kind service. It would have been better if they had gluten-free/allergy free options available.

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AnnS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Very busy and loud on a Saturday night. Hard to get server's attention. But the food and décor were good. Great cocktails. I'd go back when it is less busy. Would like to try more of the menu items. Decent happy hour specials.

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vipLbouvier
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pre show meal and drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The flat bread oven was not working, which limited selection. They apologized profusely. The calamari appetizer was delicious and large. A whole meal. Wine was way overpriced.

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vipPeterM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An excellent place for breakfast!

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MichaelaH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic drinks and food! Love the atmosphere. The wait staff could be more attentive but besides that the place is fantastic

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EDGAR Bar & Kitchen at The Mayflower Hotel is rated 4.4 stars by 339 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.