Grillfish DC

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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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SM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Their mixed grill was highly undercooked and with very little seasoning.

ST
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It had been many, many years since we last visited Grillfish. Our recent dinner made us wonder why. What a great experience: friendly service and well-prepared meals. Truth be told, I'm not much of a fish eater. But I really enjoyed the Mahi Mahi with the ginger-cilantro sauce. We'll likely be back within the next few months rather than years.

FH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waitress was knowledgeable and friendly. One of the best service experiences

TW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Always one of my favorite DC restaurants

e
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Grillfish provided a very nice meal, the mixed grill with blackened kabobs including Swordfish, salmon, mahi mahi, scallops, and shrimp was very tasty. The fried oysters appetizer was a little heavy on the batter and a little small on the oysters. Tasty of course, but I was hoping for better. The Sangiovese was quite nice as well and there was enough food to be worth the price. The cocktail, was a disappointment. I received a $12 ice cube that occupied virtually the entire glass of my SC old fashion and that was after I had to change my order when the waitress came back asking what I wanted in my Sidecar.

Overall though, it was a nice evening in a nicely appointed restaurant with very reasonable food.

MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

A typical spoiled restaurant in DC.
- $120 for two small dishes.
- they prepare bad seats selectively fir Asians and black people.
- chief guy was shouting at staffs: ‘Squeeze more people on that table!"
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And I received a "private response" from this restaurant:
"Thank you taking the time to write a review Anonymous."
This shows clearly their service level.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish (I had the rockfish) was cooked perfectly and it was a good size portion. I had spinach for the side dish and it was also cooked very well and a generous serving(it's included with the fish). The bread on the table was crusty and fresh, and served with herb butter. The service was excellent. I would definitely go back.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thank you for the review, and I am glad to hear about your experience. I am glad that your fish was cooked to your liking.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Me and my girlfriend came here while visiting DC for the weekend. They have the best salmon I’ve ever had 8oz, very moist and the potatoes and broccoli that came with it was great. Everyone was pleasant just wish our server was a bit more attentive to us.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thank you for the review, and for the feedback on your service. I hope that you join us again the next time you are in DC.

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DK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary and I included that when our reservation was made. I received a call confirming the reservation and the fact that it was our anniversary and was under the impression that something special would be done. We celebrated previous anniversaries at other restaurants in the past and something special was always done. The gentleman at the door who seated us acknowledged that but nothing was done after that. This was our first time dining at Grillfish. The food was delicious but one member of our party didn’t like the fried shrimp.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thank you for the review and feedback. I am sorry to hear about your experience in regards to your anniversary. I hope that you come back and give us the opportunity to make it up to you.

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M
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars and are never disappointed. We visited for New Year’s Eve dinner and had a blast. Jay and Alfredo are the best. They both greeted us, sat us quickly, and Alfredo continued to check on us throughout the evening. Our waiter, (I’m sorry I forgot his name, a young blonde gentleman) was very attentive and personable. As always, the food was fantastic!

N
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Nice place. Looking forward to going back again.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thank you for the review.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the sensory to the food and the service........everything was great!!!!!

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thank you for the review.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food . Price a little high but good

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thank you for the review and feedback.

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TJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great..

BE
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice people whenever we have been there, good service, good advice, good food and decently priced

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thank you for the review.

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DA
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My goto local seafood place. Especially go before a kennedy center show as there is 10% discount if kennedy center member. Great fresh seafood. Desserts are all big hits as well.

C
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried this restaurant as it was right around the corner from our hotel. All dinner entrees were very good. We had scallops, shrimp scampi with linguine and tuna (which was a little over cooked) but all good. Desserts were also good sized and very tasty. Even went back the next day to sit at the bar and have a drink.

Grillfish DC
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for the review, and I am glad you gave us a try. I am glad you came back to try our happy hour. I hope we see you the next time you are in town and we will save some of our $1 local oysters for you.

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RM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grillfish is great. We met for a holiday luncheon. The waitress, Tammy, was terrific. Extremely helpful. Only negative was parking garage in the building was extremely crowded and hard to navigate. Great waitress and great food!

Grillfish DC
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for the review, and joining us for the holiday. Hope to see you again soon.

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HV
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were in the mood for fish and made a last minute reservation. Pleased to say the service was very good and the food as well. The fish was fresh and prepared exactly as ordered. The presentation was very nice and the taste exceeded what I was expecting. This is a reliable, solid place for fish. Not fancy, laid back but nicely decorated/designed.

Grillfish DC
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for trying Grillfish, and for the kind words. I am glad to hear you had a wonderful experience with us.

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BF
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time having dinner there and we jus loved the restaurant, service and the food was delicious. Definitely looking forward to going back for another dinner.

Grillfish DC
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you for the review, we look forward to having you again.

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EM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and food were amazing. Our waitress, Katie, was awesome!

Grillfish DC
Responded on December 18, 2019

I am so glad to hear about the food and great service.

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DP
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant for the freshest seafood.

Grillfish DC
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you for the review, we pride ourselves on our fresh and sustainable seafood.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great overall and the price is reasonable as well.

Grillfish DC
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you for the review.

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JA
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Uninspired

DL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I love seafood and they had a large selection of seafood dishes, however, if you wanted fish, it only comes grilled (fine, but limiting when it comes to different types of fish that I prefer with differing preparations) and none of the (only) three sauces they offered really appealed to me: sweet onion, creamy garlic tomato or coconut-red curry. There was a pecan-encrusted striped bass on the menu board that sounded delicious, but it turns out that they no longer offer that dish but "the owner paid a lot of money to have the board created" so it stays hung up. The service was excellent, the food that we had was very good, and I would go back, but I would recommend that anyone considering this restaurant study the menu, first.

Grillfish DC
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We do pride ourselves on our grilled fish, but we do offer other options for preparation, along with an array of dipping sauces. I am sorry that was not conveyed by your server correctly. I hope you come back so that we can offer you some of our other options.

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QJ
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience2

The food was excellent seasoned to perfection and even though it was close to closing time I was still able to get a full experience

Grillfish DC
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you for the review.

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QE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Servers nice. Food variable. Seafood items, for example, were variably cooked: some underdone, some overdone. Key lime pie was nice but no taste of lime. Wine by the glass was excellent. So for the price, I expected more consistency and better quality

Grillfish DC
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you for the review and feedback. We are always looking to improve the dining experience.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

They met every request.

Grillfish DC
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you for the review.

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LR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

we were very pleased with friendly and attentive service and went back again to Grillfish for dinner. The salmon, no butter, no salt was taken care of efficiently.

Grillfish DC
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you for the review, and glad we could accommodate your requests.

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D
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place and experience. Went there with my girlfriend for our 5 year anniversary and were offered a free dessert! Food was delicious and service was great, and for an added bonus, they are environmentally conscious.

Grillfish DC
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you for the review, and thank you for choosing us to celebrate your anniversary.

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DM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Our waitress on Saturday evening was very good. My husband ordered the catfish and it was very under cooked. The waitress noticed it when she took our plates away and gave us a free dessert. At least give her credit for trying to make it right.

Grillfish DC
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you for the feedback, and I am sorry to hear about your catfish.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant! The food and service was great! We will definitely be returning.

Grillfish DC
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you for the review.

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TA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was, across the board, very good, but not spectacular. The wine list was complete without creating a tyranny of choices. The table service was sharp and attentive without being overweening (fice starts there). The table was a bit tight for eight, and some attention was needed to avoid minor accidents (success!), but we did want to all sit at one table. Back to service and why it got four starts instead of five: I was surprised that the first to arrive (a few minutes early) were not seated immediately or invited to the bar, but asked to remain at the host desk, given that the table was ready, and at being told by OpenTable afterward that the restaurant had reported my party as a no-show. Some work at the front end of service would be helpful.

Grillfish DC
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you for the feedback. I am sorry to hear about Open Table, and we have contacted them to resolve the matter. We do pride ourselves on being able to accommodate large parties.

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MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Your wine prices seem to have gone up. Some are a bit too high

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 23, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and we will review our wine prices.

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DS
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyable for family dinner

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for the review.

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MS
Kansas City
38 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We made this a regular stop on our recent vacation. Food and Service were always excellent.

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

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

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Seafood Restaurant. Fantastic Service. Recommended!

OL
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I told the staff that this was a birthday celebration and there did nothing special, and they didn’t even let us have a booth, with we asked for specifically. Don’t think we’ll be back.

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for the feedback and taking the time to write this review. We are sorry for your experience.

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NJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Our dinner was served very quickly, like a diner looking to turn turn tables. The food was good, definitely not great as others had reviewed/recommended. My oysters were not shucked properly and most of them were damaged. It wasn’t terrible but would not go back with so many other fantastic dining options in DC.

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and I am sorry to hear about your oysters.

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