EDGAR Bar & Kitchen at The Mayflower Hotel

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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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Daily 7:00PM - 10:00PM

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3.9
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TT
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.

S
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.

TM
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.

OT
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good Caesar salad, but limited menu and terribly overpriced.

d
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 .

L
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)!

OT
San Francisco
2 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.

TD
Washington DC
17 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!

l
Richmond
11 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.

M
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.

AE
Washington DC
23 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.

K
Washington DC
11 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!

BV
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.

LS
New York Area
39 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.

RM
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.

AO
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

OT
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!!!

J
Nashville
30 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. A go to place

EH
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.

K
New York Area
1 review
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.

AS
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.

L
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pre show meal and drinks

OT
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.

PM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An excellent place for breakfast!

MH
1 review
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

RG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant for a casual business lunch. The staff is very courteous and professional. Delicious burgers and crab cakes.

K
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice place for dinner after a busy day of sight seeing.

p
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always a reliably good spot for breakfast with attentive service and a varied menu ranging from lighter to heavier options. I've eaten here many times and have always enjoyed the food. The service is attentive without being oppressive and I've never felt rushed or ignored.

PB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.

JM
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

KC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic Food and service. Would absolutely return!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

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.

NK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

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 >>>

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

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.

MA
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

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.

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

JP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for business meeting

KK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

T
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick and accommodating to our needs.