Grillfish DC

4.4
2570 reviews
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We source the finest, sustainable & local ingredients to create handcrafted food & beverages. We are the first restaurant to partner in Washington, D.C. with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program, ensuring safe and environmentally friendly seafood as part of our cuisine. Our setting is unmatched and the best casual, neighborhood dining in the West End. The bar is ornately decorated with massive mirrors, large columns and a multitude of glowing candles. These, along with the open kitchen where flames leap from the grill, create a warmth and intimacy in a casual atmosphere.
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Raleigh
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious!

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IH
Denver
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The seafood was very good quality. The company was not so pleasant at the bar. The service was mostly good although my second dish took a long time.

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J
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and Amazing service. Very accomomodating to our party. Thank you!

Grillfish DC
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for the review, and I am glad your party had a great time! Thank you for spending your special day with us.

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ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service and food were very good. Ambience and decor were nothing special but the entres and service were.

Grillfish DC
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for the review, and I am glad that the service and food met your expectations.

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VL
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious seafood and great service. Everything we had was great. We started with calamari and buffalo shrimp- perfect! For the main course, my hubs had the fried soft shell crab tower and I had the Seafood Sicilian. They have nice drink options as well. We will definitely return!

Grillfish DC
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for the kind words, and I am glad that you enjoyed the food so much. I hope we will see again soon.

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C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went to Grillfish for brunch on Mother’s Day. The food was so good, but for some reason, our food took very long to come out. The waiter was apologetic, and offered us salads on the house. All in all, I’ll return.

Grillfish DC
Responded 3 days ago

I am sorry to hear about the slow service, but glad that the food was good. Thank you for brining it to our attention and we will work on more attentive service.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

came for mother's day. mixed fish grill-delicious. potatoes were tolerable but forgettable; spinach was good but needed seasoning (there was pink salt on the table though.) Mom's catfish sandwich w/eggs-excellent. Punch cocktail and orange (?)ginger margarita were tasty.

Get the strawberry rhubarb pie. Excellent! Service was great as well.

Grillfish DC
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for the review, and the kind words about the food. I am glad you had a great experience with us, and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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NW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Parking was awful. The weather was terrible and we were unable to enter garage because of a mal-functioning arm and an unknowledgeable attendant. Not accessible for handicap. Maitre de did not show concern about customer with walking cane needing assistance entering the restaurant having to navigate wet steps, and he did not assist with helping her to be seated by pulling out her chair at the table.

Grillfish DC
Responded 3 days ago

I am sorry to hear about your issues with the weather and parking. Thank you for bringing it to our attention, in regards to the guest with the cane. We will make sure we are more diligent in taking care of guests with special needs.

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DA
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Quality of food was below our level expectation. The shore platter was HORRIBLE...overdone shrimp and fish. Only had a fried taste. Heavy breading. Very disappointing. Advertised vegan options, but once we arrived and surveyed the menu, the only suggestion we were provided for a vegan meal was to order several side dishes. That’s poor vegan options.

Server was excellent! He did his very best to try to accommodate our family. Definitely do not recommend this establishment. Not sure about all the positive reviews. We were shocked are expectations were poorly met.

Grillfish DC
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We hope you come back and give it another chance. We have worked on the platter to make it bigger and better. As for the vegan options, we are working to expand our entrée options.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and very nice and attentive servers.

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Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for the review.

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Denver
87 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Katie was excellent. Soft shell crabs were a treat and the crab cakes were delicious.

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WE
Washington DC
142 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every detail is considered and thoughtful. From when we walk in the door thru to our warm departure, we make this our Sunday night spot weekly. Everything on the menu is delightful; the wines are great and the service is excellent. Inside and outdoor dining. Special dietary needs are met flawlessly. The char is especially succulent and the mussels are worth the trip alone. We love it.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I had a wonderful meal! Our waiter was fantastic!

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KW
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I would reccommend this place. Only thing is, google gave it "$$", but after going, it should have definitely been "$$$"!! The prices for the meal were not average. The food was good, but if you are looking for a bang for your buck, try something different. If you are looking for an upscale seafood dining experience, this is the place!

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E
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We went for a late lunch. I will give kudos that the waiter did try hard to make sure that my wife's food allergy wouldn't be a problem. That was nice. But it went kind of downhill from there. The waiter didn't know what Sangria Blanca was when I ordered it. He asked if I wanted white or red... really? And I felt bad for him because I think he was the only waiter working. I ordered the Grilled Platter. First of all, it took a long time to prepare... longer than I thought it should have. In the meantime, we ate the bread. The herb butter for the bread was so overpowering with herb and garlic that it ruined the taste of the bread, which was good bread. The spinach and crab dip appetizer was good. Then came the Griiled Platter. The shrimp was a little over-cooked. Not rubbery, but a little too firm for my taste. The crab-stuffed oysters, scallops, and salmon were decent... Not award-winning but just Ok. My wife had the fried haddock sandwich. It had some herb flavoring that was so strong, I couldn't taste the fish. It wasn't my favorite. It also took the waiter a long time to return to check on us. Lastly, he brought me a check that listed items that we didn't order. When I mentioned it wasn't our check, he explained that they didn't have the exact items in the computer as we ordered, but he did explain that the pricing was correct and it was... kind of. So I went ahead and paid. After we left, our whole party had a strange feeling of malaise. I used to go to Grillfish a lot maybe 10 years ago and the food was excellent. Today's misadventure will probably prevent me from returning for another 10 years.

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L
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second time at Grillfish and had a great time. Food and desserts were awesome.

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K
Tampa
43 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend this delicious seafood spot. Everything was made to perfection & the prices were incredibly reasonable.

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C
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were heading to a 7pm film at West End Cinema, so we ate at the bar to have the Happy Hour oysters. Also had the excellent ginger calamari and luscious carrot cake. Great Happy Hour food and drinks, a wonderful neighborhood spot with ambience and good service.

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DP
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice, small restaurant with a good seafood menu. I had the crab cakes with grilled asparagus. Great flavor, but there was some shell in the crab cake. A better option for crab cakes, is Old Ebbitt Grill.

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was great and the service even better. We had a reservation but showed up early in case they could get us in which they did.

Grillfish DC
Responded on May 1, 2019

Thank you for the review, and we hope that you come back soon.

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VS
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was absolutely delicious. We had the grill seafood mix with linguine and broccolini.

Grillfish DC
Responded on May 1, 2019

Thank you for your review, and we hope to see you soon.

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Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Kale Caesar salad was enough for both of us. Very tasty, very fresh high-end kale. Bronzino and Trout---both were outstanding. Grilling perhaps makes a great difference. Prices were fair and very competitive in the nation's capitol. For reasons unknown to us, we waited a very long time for both the salad and the main meal. The excellent, properly attentive server, at the end, thanked us for our patience without bowing down or making up an unimportant lie. Even the general manager got in the mix of delivering food to tables. We, perhaps luckily, were seated where the two of us could easily hear each other. On the other side of the restaurant, a large group of patrons were boisterously carrying on. Off in the distance, we could see extremely busy cooks at the grill. There was warmth and hospitality "in the room where it happened", thank you.

Grillfish DC
Responded on May 1, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and I am glad you had a great experience.

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Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outside seating was great

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Yosemite
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality ingredients prepared skillfully. The service is attentive and communicates any food allergies to the kitchen. Complementary slice of cheesecake with candle for birthdays as well.

Grillfish DC
Responded on May 1, 2019

Thank you for the review, and we hope to see you again.

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G
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Honestly, we were a little disappointed with our experience at the restaurant. The waitress acted like we were wasting her time. Which was very frustrating for us. Another pet peeve is their happy hour deal. It's very confusing. The specials go from 4-7 if you order from the bar and from 4-6 if you order at your table. So if you want a special after 6 you have to order at the bar? Fortunately the drink they made was watered down so I didn't waste any of my time ordering from the bar. The main meal was good. Which is the only reason the food got 3 stars.

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m
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I have been going to Grillfish since it opened. We go for birthdays, special occasions, and just for the Ginger Calamari. The food is scrumptious and a mix of revolving and old favorite beverages makes for an excellent time, every time.

Grillfish DC
Responded on May 1, 2019

Thank you for your patronage, and we hope to be a part of many more wonderful dining experiences with you.

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LN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

No. We were given a poor table. I could not sit across from my son because I would be right next to people seated at a table next to us. The MD was brusque and not worth the money to sit staring at the people seated so close to us. Greed has a way of infiltrating even Easter.

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CH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was AMAZING! I only wish wish I had more. I was given 2 shrimp and 2 scallops on my plate. I wanted more especially for the price.

Grillfish DC
Responded on May 1, 2019

I am glad you had a great experience, and I am sorry that you did not have more of your delicious choices. We will do our best int he future to ensure that you feel content with your choice.

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience from greeting to service. Food was incredible. Price was decent for a seafood restaurant. It was really unique that they have their own farm for fresh vegetables. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great seafood restaurant and at great price while being able to talk without screaming.

Grillfish DC
Responded on May 1, 2019

Thank you for the review, and we hope to see you again soon.

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St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, the portion sizes is the only reason I didn’t give a five star rating.

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New England
19 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Soft-shell crabs were 'paper shells' meaning beyond the soft stage and chewy - I wouldn't have expected this on Chesapeake Bay. Oddly list striped bass as "rockfish" and "striped bass" on the same menu, which the waiter clarified was farmed vs wild. Lots of farmed stuff on the menu, which is a big turn off for me - there are plenty of sustainable wild fish around here!

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KM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has really good seafood! I got lobster on top of a plate of linguini and it was delicious. Highly recommend.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Grillfish was a lovely restaurant for a family dinner. The oysters were especially good!

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Miami
29 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The lunch I had here recently was just ok. Service was pretty good. There didn’t seem to be any lunch specials. I ordered fish and chips, & it was just ok. I expected the fried fish to be better—very fried & the fish was bland, lacking flavor. For the lunch cost ($17+ for fish & chips), I think there are better options.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood. Our wait person was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

This used to be one of our favorite spots in DC. Not do anymore. The quality of food went down significantly since our visit last year. Out of the 6 dishes we ordered to share only salads and scallops were good (bread too, actually). The rest, mediocre.

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GB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly service with knowledgeable staff. The oysters were fresh and delicious. Had the crab stack for dinner. The soft shelled crab was good but the crab cake only average since it had no limp crab meat.

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JE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

food was not up to ratings. shrimp dry or over cooked,scallops bad just an overall bad food.

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WE
Washington DC
142 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine here weekly (every Sunday night) when we could go anywhere in DC, MD or VA. The food, service and ambiance are all flawless EVERY SINGLE TIME. Where else can you go weekly and be pampered, indulged, treated and greeted as if you're the most important person in the place? If you like fish, this is your spot. It's certainly ours.

Grillfish DC
Responded on April 9, 2019

Thank you so much for the kind words, and we look forward to serving you every Sunday! :)

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LC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My boyfriend and I were in DC this weekend for the Cherry Blossom Festival and my birthday. I had the Shrimp Scampi. It was awesome! My boyfriend had the catfish. He loved it! Our server was great! He surprised me with dessert with a sparkler for my birthday! What a wonderful way to end the meal! Highly recommend for the food and service!

Grillfish DC
Responded on April 9, 2019

Thank you so much for coming in while you were visiting DC. I hope we see you again the next time you are in town.

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