Grillfish DC

4.5
2597 reviews
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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
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MJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good value for the price. We will be back at our next visit to DC.

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Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cozy restaurant with a delicious menu. Great drinks. We enjoyed crab cakes, Arctic char, and soft shell crab. All were wonderful. It’s kind of noisy, but you still could Cary on a conversation. We would not hesitate to return.

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Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and not rushed

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

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

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T
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Waiters were not that attentive and could never find him to ask a question. I had the sangria and it was mediocre and watered down. Food was mediocre. The mixed grill seafood was bland.

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

I am sorry to hear about your experience. We pride ourselves on great service and food, and we would like to show you that on us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We visited on Fathers Day and they weren’t real busy but still had delays getting our two adult entrees out in a timely manner. Was then difficult to enjoy with our two kids bored watching us eat.

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Went with a large group (18). Service was very attentive. Room is quite loud. My crab cakes were delicious - as were the mashed potatoes; too much arugula on the grilled asparagus salad. Many people got the mixed grill and enjoyed it. As I am allergic to scallops, the waiter noted that I should probably stay away from other fried and grilled foods as they were cooked on the same surface as the scallops - so thanks go to him for the warning.

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you choosing us for your special occasion. I am glad we were able to provide you a delicious meal that met your expectations. I hope you choose us again for you next celebration.

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MC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined on Thursday, June 13 with friends who were visiting from out of town.
We chose this spot due to proximity to their hotel. It turned out to be a great
choice for several reasons: parking was convenient and reasonably priced; reservations
were easy to make online; menu was interesting and descriptive; service was attentive
Friendly and welcoming. The food was great!
We will return!

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

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

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MW
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Food was not good. Restaurant was nice, in nice location. Server was courteous and friendly. Food looked good but had a very offputting chemical-like taste. When brought to the servers attention, we got an excuse that it’s “fresh”. Fresh seafood doesn’t taste like soap. Crab cakes were great!

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

I am sorry to hear that the food did not meet your expectations. We do pride ourselves in providing our guests fresh and sustainable seafood. I hope you come back, on us, so that we can show you the top quality we offer.

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V
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was wonderful. He was courteous, answered all our our questions, and prepared the lobster to be eaten with no hassle. Great place. Will definitely recommend. The male greeter was rude. Staff was wonderful.

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for choosing Grillfish, and I am glad the waiter was able to make your experience enjoyable.

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E
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Ate here twice. They need to use the exhaust fan more since it got a bit smoky in there. Fish was great. Lobster was delish

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the review. Thank you for letting us know about the kitchen as we are always trying to improve ourselves.

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JE
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

We have been dining at Grillfish in NH Avenue, NW for 12+ years - for the very good reason that the food is locally sourced, fresh, well prepared and well cooked. Clearly, after our most recent experience, the quality of the food - indeed, the whole dining experience - has nosedived. We asked for a quiet table but getting one seemed to be more problematic than it should have been, largely because the overall noise level was high. Once seated, we received bread that was of the usual high quality but had been sitting around for some time i.e. aka, toast. But the worst part was our entrees. My wife's mahi mahi was tasteless and the asparagus that came with it was woody and burnt; and my sea bass had obviously been pre-cooked and reheated - and looking towards the kitchen there was no evidence of an identifiable chef. I cook sea bass at home and know that it does arrive on the plate looking like the fish I found on my plate. Then, to cap it all, when we complained and a manager came over he started arguing the toss/ a tad too aggressive/basically in denial. After a bit of to and fro he finally comped our entrees - but, as regular customers, we were so disappointed both with the decline in food quality and management attitude.

So, after 12 good years, this restaurant is off our list.

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

I am sorry to hear about your experience. We work hard to provide all of our guests great service and fresh sustainable seafood. Please let us know the next time you are in town, the meal will be on us so that we can provide you the meal and service that are expected from Grillfish.

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t
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service! Prompt, food was excellent and very nice atmosphere.

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

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

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PW
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Grillfish DC to celebrate our anniversary. Beautiful interior, wonderful waiter who really took care of us, and the food was excellent! They brought our dessert out with two lit sparklers which was a nice surprise. I definitely recommend this restaurant if you are looking for great seafood.

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for choosing Grillfish to celebrate your anniversary. I am so glad to hear everything was to your liking. I congratulate you, and hope you celebrate many more special occasions with us.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent fish choices. This is not a fancy restaurant, but a great neighborhood, relaxed pick. We were staying at the Washington Hilton, just about a mile away. Nice evening stroll or quick cab ride. My sesame crusted tuna was delicious, and my companions were all happy with their dinners.
next time we are in D.C., we will go there again.

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for choosing us while visiting DC, and I hope we see you again the next time you are in town.

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E
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious, sustainable fish cooked to perfection—what more could you ask for? Grillfish follows the Monterey Bay Aquairum’s recommendations for sustainable seafood, so you can relax and feel good about the mahi mahi skewer, seafood pasta in spicy marinara, or crab cakes you order. The ginger calamari was truly excellent—it’s hard to serve fried calamari in a sauce and not have it come out rubbery or soggy, but Grillfish manages it admirably.

The atmosphere is moody but not stale, with high ceilings and dim lighting, accented by blackboards with the day’s catch written on them, artfully-melted candles and dark wooden walls. It feels like a slightly more upscale version of your typical New England dockside fish restaurant. The prices are pretty good for what you get—the portions were quite generous.

My one complaint is that they ran out of soft shell crab on the day I visited... but honestly, it wasn’t a big deal. We arrived late in the day, and I’d always rather the seafood was fresh, even if that means it’s in limited supply. I will definitely be back!

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the review, and I am sorry to hear that we the soft shell crabs were unavailable for your visit. We do pride ourselves on fresh and sustainable seafood. Please call us ahead of time, so we can make sure to have soft shell crabs available for you.

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MH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed Grillfish at 22nd and M very much and will soon go to the one in Bethesda. I sat outside on a beautiful night and had a delicious dinner of bronzino, asparagus and greens with key lime pie for dessert. However, I hate noise and would not have enjoyed it indoors because by 7 PM it was much too noisy for me.

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EH
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great weekend brunch menu. Can’t beat $1 oysters. Service was great. Wonderful laid back dining experience.

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the review, and don't forget $1 oysters are available for Brunch, Lunch, and Happy Hour.

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DL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Yes, but for the price what paid definitely I will recommend it somewhere else was not that impressed with the food ,

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R
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The ginger calamari was an appetizer to die for. We also enjoyed the lobster linguini which was silky smooth.

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

I am glad to hear about the wonderful meal. Thank you for the review, and I hope we see you again soon.

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BB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My party of 14 went for lunch after graduation. There were maybe three other parties present. Our server was patient and attentive, but it seems the kitchen was a slightly overwhelmed. Overall, the food was very tasty. No one in my party had any complaints.

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for celebrating with us, and congratulations. Thank you for the review, and I hope you celebrate with us again.

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JV
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was very warm inside and they had a portable AC unit that did not make it.

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TR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for the quality food and fine dining service!!!

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

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

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LV
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice place with good location and perfect kitchen, although a bit noisy....

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the review. We will look into the noise level and what we can do to improve the dining experience.

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p
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place served fresh fish beautifully in a casual setting. Great food, great service. Head and shoulders above other, more expensive places we went this week.

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the review, and I hope you will choose us again soon.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the $1 oysters!

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and far exceeded expectations! It looked beautiful and tasted even better. The ambiance was great and restaurant was nice and close to night life. It was a great choice!

Grillfish DC
Responded on June 3, 2019

Thank you for the review, and I am glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us.

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EB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food. Fresh. Well-seasoned. Not too pricey for a seafood place. Friendly service. A great place overall. Will certainly return next time I'm in DC.

Grillfish DC
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the review, and the kinds words about your meal. I hope you visit DC again soon.

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SM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious!

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IH
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
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.

Grillfish DC
Responded on June 3, 2019

Thank you very much for coming in and spending time with us while you were in DC. Thank you for the review and we hope to see you the next time you are in DC.

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J
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

Grillfish DC
Responded on May 21, 2019

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 on May 21, 2019

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 on May 21, 2019

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 on May 21, 2019

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 on May 22, 2019

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 on May 21, 2019

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 on May 21, 2019

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.

Grillfish DC
Responded on May 22, 2019

Thank you for the review.

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S
Denver
89 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
145 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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