Grillfish DC

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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.

A $3 per person fee for desserts brought from outside will be applied to the check

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bettyw
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

If you like fish, this is the place to go. Service was great .

Grillfish DC
Responded on March 14, 2020

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was good enough but I wouldn't go back again. Despite the price, it's really not a fine dining restaurant. If you're a foodie & like great seafood, you might be disappointed like me. Or maybe I should've stick to my gut vs listening to the waiter's recommendation, which is mediocre at best.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing! Get there early, as fish items are delivered daily with a certain amount of inventory. If your a late night reservation your favorite fish option may be sold out.

Grillfish DC
Responded on March 10, 2020

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ToniM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and staff excellent! We all enjoyed our meals, beverages AND desserts!!

Grillfish DC
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you and I am glad you saved room for one of our homemade desserts.

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vipSkywinch
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for Friday night date night. Food is always amazing and service is great. This time we had the seared scallops and they were some of the best I have ever had. Also tried the rainbow trout and it was cooked perfectly. Wine pairings rounded out a perfect dinner. Will certainly be back soon.

Grillfish DC
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us, and I hope we will see you again soon.

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vipJenniferE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris was our server, he was fantastic. The lobster over linguini was delicious!

Grillfish DC
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you for the review, and I so glad your experience was so enjoyable.

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vipLandR
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good eclectic atmosphere and tasty fresh food. Good service.

Grillfish DC
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you.

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vipFrom1WhoDinesOut
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been eating at this restaurant for over 20 years, never disappoints! Fish is always fresh and delicious and service is wonderful too! Thank you to the Alfredo and his team!!

Grillfish DC
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you for your loyalty over the years, and I am so glad to see we are still one of your go-to spots.

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JeffT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We were told we had the best seats in the house and they were right. Can't wait to go again.

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vipFoodlvr
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food good wine good service. Just a little too dark, could use better candlelight at tables

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MikeM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very good meal, but was with a large party and they crammed us around small tables and up against the wall.

Grillfish DC
Responded on March 10, 2020

I am glad to hear about the meal, and thank you for the feedback. We will look into it so that we can be more accommodating to large parties.

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vipNancyR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. And you can talk. Ideal for a business lunch.

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charlieb
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Fryer wasn’t working and had to keep reminding our server of things we still needed or had ordered. Made my drink incorrectly the first time.

Grillfish DC
Responded on March 10, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about your experience, and thank you for taking the time to write, because we value feedback to always help us improve.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was GREAT! Our server was awesome, patient & friendly.

Grillfish DC
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you for the review and kind words.

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vipJason
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and service was delicious but my coworkers trout was full of pin bones, which was an unpleasant surprise.

Grillfish DC
Responded on February 20, 2020

We are sorry to hear that you had a negative experience and appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. Grillfish take reviews very seriously as it is our priority to ensure all guests receive fresh seafood and an outstanding dining experience.

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AlexaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super romantic atmosphere, excellent food and service. Just a wonderful date spot downtown!

Grillfish DC
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you for the review and recommendation.

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vipKansasFoodie
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal here. The service was great and the food was very fresh. Highly recommend.

Grillfish DC
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thank you for the kind words, and I am glad to hear about your great dining experience with us.

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TomC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food & service. Can't wait till the re-construction is over!

Grillfish DC
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you for the review, and we look forward to seeing you again after our construction facelift.

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ScottT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Valentine's day with the wife and had a very pleasant experience overall. My server was Ryan and he was very attentive and accommodating.

Grillfish DC
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you so much for the review, and for spending your Valentine's dinner with us.

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vipgregb
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Accommodated non dairy preference.

Grillfish DC
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you for the review, and I am glad to hear we were able to accomodate your dietary restrictions.

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MelissaM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The calamari was very good but the fish not so much. I requested they filet a Branzino and they indicated they would not and if they did it would be very messy. What fish restaurant doesn't have someone that knows how to filet. I had the striped bass which had no seasoning and the brussel sprouts were so bland. Wouldn't recommend.

Grillfish DC
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback. I am sorry to hear what happened, and we have taken the information to re-educate our staff to provide each customer with a great experience.

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vipPatrickB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch. Both the Fish and Chips and Shrimp tacos were excellent. When the waiter overheard us wishing our friend happy birthday, she offered her a choice of dessert on the house, then brought it out with a sparkler, who does that anymore?

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a special family birthday dinner here at Grillfish, and everyone really enjoyed. We started with a dozen oysters, half local and half Bluepoint, and two other people in our party got the fish chowder. Everything was fresh and delicious. The whole branzino was a special, so a couple of people got that, and found it roasted to perfection. I got the New York Strip and a Crab Cake, and it was a great combo. Overall, a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been to Grillfish several times and we introduced our friends to the nice small but awesome restaurant.
As always the service, drinks , food and atmosphere was great.

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fairfaxeater
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a great meal with my wife. The seafood chowder and pear salads were fantastic and the grilled fish was perfect. Will be back.

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vipEnjoyGreatBeerAndFood
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fast and easy service in a good location. And the food quality was amazing. We will definitely be back.

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Was disappointed with the sirloin steak and the shrimp was just OK on the surf & turf. Cocktails are served in a very small glass.

Grillfish DC
Responded on February 1, 2020

I am sorry to hear about your experience, and thank you for the feedback. We work hard to give every guest a great experience.

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vipCharlotte
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Grillfish frequently. The food and service is always exceptional.

Grillfish DC
Responded on February 1, 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The seafood was fresh and the kale Caesar salad was different, but very good. The price was fair and the food was good. Nothing exceptional, but fresh and simple.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thank you for the review.

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ChrisK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and excellent service. Perfect for a family dinner (party of 7) get together because it was quiet and we could easily hear one another. Very nice place for dinner without the noise and prices of many other alternatives.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thank you for the review, and I am glad to hear your family dinner went well.

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Speaperboxx08
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lobster

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thank you for the review.

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DCFoodie
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went to Grillfish for restaurant week. It had been at least 8 years since I ate at Grillfish and the food was just as good as I remembered. For my appetizer I had the mussels, entree was the mixed grill and a brownie sundae for dessert. My friend had the portabello mushroom, grilled salmon and same dessert. I really loved that they had a large selection for both the appetizer and entree selections. The only thing I do not like is parking is really hard to find and it's not metro accessible

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for coming, and sorry it was so long since we had last seen you. I am glad you enjoyed your experience. Metro is less than a 10 minute walk from either the Dupont Circle (red) or GWU (blue, sivler, orange).

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant week! Great food and proportions. Thank you!

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for the review.

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SVO722
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Came here for a dinner on a Friday of Restaurant Week, it was not overrun with diners, but was busy. Great food. Shrimp scampi seemd to have an awesome remoulade twist to it. The grilled fish was great -- duh ! And I'm not usually a desert type, but the mango key lime pie was a good combo of that great classic taste with an expert twist into mango. Great place.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for the review.

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ShoniqueW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, very fresh and we'll cooked. The portions were appropriate and I felt like I got great value for what I paid. Our waiter Chris was awesome and personable, very prompt and attentive. I had a wonderful experience at Grillfish and I would definitely go back.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Dorita
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I had looked forward to checking this place out for a while. I especially was looking forward to trying the mixed grill dish which allows a sampling of a variety of their seafood selection. The dish was delicious. At least the part I was able to savor. I prefer fish/seafood medium well done. I thought the swordfish portion of my skewered seafood selection was a little undercooked. The server and management staff were professional, courteous, and willing to make the change and even brought me extra on one item! I gave an overall rating of 3 stars because the appetizer and fish were undercooked for my preference. The table was split on one appetizer. I would try this place again and recommend that server or patron specifies how they prefer the fish cooked.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for the review and feedback, and I hope you will come in again so that we can make your experience better.

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estebanPeru
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service. I tried the oysters and mussels and clams on linguini. Highly recommendable.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for the review.

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pontafanta
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came here during Restaurant Week to celebrate our anniversary and were surprised by how great the service was. We were told "happy anniversary" several times and were made to feel pretty special. The food was fantastic and we don't normally get dessert, but it was included in the Restaurant Week menu and was FANTASTIC. Thanks, Grillfish!

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for coming for restaurant week and to share your special occasion with us.

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SherrodM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a frequent patron the experience was as always superb. Another amazing night at an amazing restaurant.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for your loyalty.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service. I would and will recommend this restaurant

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for the review.

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