Grillfish DC

4.5
2891 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
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. Outdoor seating cannot be reserved. Reservations can be confirmed over the phone or through OpenTable. Unconfirmed reservations may be considered canceled and tables will only be held for 10 minutes. Reservations for 5 or more need to be made by calling the restaurant and require a credit card.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2891 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Tatum
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The Host was wonderful. However the service was lacking. Since the pandemic the staff seems to all be new, and the service from the manager to the waitress was lacking tremendously.

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News
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grill Fish was a great way to get outdoors in the midst of our current climate. Good food and excellent service highlighted by a great location.
Yes go there cause you’ll be happy about making that choice.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From when we walked in, the service was great. Attentive and welcoming. We had a great time for my husbands birthday.

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MarceyA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always.

Kudos to the manager, chef, wait-staff bartender and concierge for consistently producing high quality customer service, food and drinks every time!

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DimitriR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time and great food. Our server Bryan was great!

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vipqualityseeker
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was very good, grilled to perfection. Service was dreadful for a place where fish entrees hover around $29. Once should not have to ask many times for glasses to be refilled (water, iced tea), and then have to look for a server for 5 minutes before asking, and wait another few minutes to get the refill. They could benefit from a bus-person. And they should know better than to remove plates from the table before everyone was done, leaving the slowest eater as the only one with a plate on the table! If they fix these simple things, they could get 4+ stars.

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Jamie
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Grillfish has fresh, simply seasoned seafood, making it a perfect destination for me, a seafood lover. The blackened rockfish I ordered was allowed to shine. It wasn’t excessively breaded or overly seasoned. My sister also loved her grilled octopus. It was so soft. I’d recommend ordering the bbq sauce on the side if you like to taste the char on your octopus. We’ll definitely be back for the food. Cocktails were so-so

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PeggyW
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Fish and service. People are very nice and friendly.

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EVU88
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Entrees and food was really good. Highly recommend the shrimp scampi. Waitress was super friendly and helpful with recommendations.

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GlennM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great attentiveness by servers and staff. Great drink pours. Expensive so bring $$$$, but worth it!

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RussK
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Positive experience. Would go again. Seafood skewers were cooked perfectly and ginger calamari was delicious.

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vipGerson
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I was disappointed with my shrimp scampi - it was full of cream sauce. I don't know why chefs nowadays at second-tier restaurants think they have to make everything like it's French or Belgian haute cuisine. It might be Tom Sietsema's influence. lol But this totally ruined a classic ITALIAN dish with a creamy mess so you could hardly taste the garlic. Also, the prices for soft shell crabs were sky-high - at least twice what you would normally expect. Checking Grillfish of my neighborhood restaurant list.

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KateS
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Our server was attentive. We had a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food. Great prices. The staff was extremely friendly.

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Klassic733
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Everything was fresh and perfectly seasoned. A hidden gem in the city. Can’t wait to go back. Highly recommend.

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Neal
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Highly recommend the shrimp scampi if you like flavorful food. The fish tasted fresh and the server was very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent

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young1211
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food is way to overpriced for the limited menu and quality. I will not be returning

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Father’s day

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vipAprB
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. The food is delish.

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vipStephanie
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant for any occasion. Super nice patio. Soft shelled crab (seasonal) were fantastic. I preferred the sautéed one but the fried was also good. Seafood mixEd grill is the other photo, also yummy. Katie provided exceptional service.

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vipKgp43
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice selection of fish. Appetizers were excellent. I wish they had a butter sauce to go with their fish.

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vipLeoDC
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Unfortunately this was not the birthday experience we had in mind. Simply put, there was nothing that stood out as above average during this first occasion. My $165 would have been better spent elsewhere.

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OmarL
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood and waiter was very helpful in recommendations.

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ChristineD
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Generous fish portions. Attentive staff.

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vipWadeR
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was exceptional. Tony was attentive when needed but also gave us privacy. The special oysters were a pleasant surprise and the seasonal dish of soft shell crab really hit the spot.

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DavidK
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, excellent food and atmosphere. Will go again.

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AgnesP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The soft shell crab was a weird experience ! Not very tasty. A bit expensive.

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vipTameraL
Washington DC
158 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First visit for me for dinner, and it was great. Special compliments to our awesome server.

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charliek
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday.

I noted in my request last week it was a birthday dinner but restaurant *didn't confirmed it w/a slice of cake. 🤬🤬👎👎

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Kelsey
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A+ experience. Accommodated our table preference and gluten allergy with ease! The food is a wow, best fish in DC. And the cocktails weren’t bad either!! Highly recommend.

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RichL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was fantastic! Everyone was so friendly and the food was delicious, will definitely come back again!

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CarolK
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice staff and food, wonderful to be back in the dining room

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vipDavCor
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great - well seasoned and full of flavor. Waitress was exceptional. Very. Attentive, pleasant attitude and helpful with suggestions. Highly recommend.

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vipQualityFirst
Naples
269 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our anniversary and could not have been more pleased. The oysters from Rhode Island were superb (we kept the shells), the soft shell crabs could not have been better, and the service was quite professional. We felt as if we were regulars, which we are not. We will be back, however.

When we scouted out Grillfish several days before our dinner, we got to know Ryan at the bar and that is what convinced us, ultimately, that we had made the right choice for our celebratory dinner. He is a real keeper.

Thanks to all for making our anniversary a special one.

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Millbros
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome Food and Drink, we went to celebrate a birthday and it was a great night. Fish was spectacular, and we loved our calamari and $1 oysters to start the night. Highly recommend! Also, check out that carrot cake.. Holy Sh*t!!

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vipWildswanDelaware
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First-timers with special family member; we loved the diverse, interesting menu choices, good brief wine list, and friendly staff... but the delicious and attractively plated food was the 'cincher'. We'll return next time we're in DC. Oh, we also enjoyed our server (thanks, April!)

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Momof3
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table inside, and the atmosphere is intimate. The variety of fish available was great ! Sautéed soft shell crabs were the best I’d ever eaten

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I don't understand how this place has good reviews. Ordered three different entree's, that ranged from just ok to crap that must have been reheated in the microwave. Service was non existent, it took entirely to long for Apps, Dinner, and dessert. The place was not crowded only two other couples inside the restaurant and two other couples outside on the patio. No excuse for poor service, poor food. I would never eat here again.

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DMVDineAround
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grillfish has been one of my near-work go to places for years. I enjoy the place so much I’ll bring family and friends on weekends though I don’t live in DC.
Servers are always helpful and particularly during pandemic year(+) I’ve appreciated eating on their patio and feeling comfortable even pre-vaccine.
Also, $1 oysters will always bring me running 🤗

FAQs

Grillfish DC offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 331-7310.

Grillfish DC is rated 4.5 stars by 2891 OpenTable diners.

Grillfish DC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?h=bf00bf18.

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.

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