Grillfish DC

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$30 and under
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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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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2722 People Are Saying
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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

They met every request.

LR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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
3 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
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Seafood Restaurant. Fantastic Service. Recommended!

OL
Washington DC
19 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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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Happy Hour Specials and $1.00 ea. Raw Oysters at the Bar. Everything was Fantastic, including great Prices ! Entree's $35-$40. A Diamond in the D.C. Swamp!

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for the kind words, and I am glad you enjoiyed our Happy Hour Specials. Always join us for our $1 Local Oysters!

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MB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I’m in DC for work I always dine here - since 1999. For many years, now, I get the same meal because it is always perfect. Everyone was friendly, professional, and efficient!

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for the kind words, and looking forward to another great experience for you.

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HB
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Virtually everything was good, I was coming down with a cold, so it probably was even better than it seemed (at least according to my wife). In any case, everything was very good. We started with the ginger calamari. Then, I had the crab cakes dinner, which was excellent, and my wife had the mussels dinner. I have an aversion to garlic, so several items needed to be modified a bit. I give our server, Tony, my compliments for being very accommodating and patient. We ended with an apple crisp, which was a perfect ending. This was definitely worth the visit and we certainly will be back.

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for the review, and I am glad to hear that Tony made your experience even better. I hope we see you again soon.

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C
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience1

A dull ambiance and dull, uninteresting, almost unpleasant mixed fish grill.

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 17, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write to us.

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MD
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Our waitress, Katie, was excellent and very attentive. She recommended the ginger calamari which was a delicious dish. We also ordered the chowder, mixed seafood linguini (with scampi/garlic sauce also), and seared yellowfin tuna. Everything was delicious. We come to DC once a year, and will definitely return next November! Thanks Katie for also making my birthday special!!

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write the review. We look forward to when you come back to DC to provide you another wonderful dining experience.

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f
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 3 of us. We shared 2 apps - fennel salad and the portobello mushroom. Both were delicious. We each had different entrees. The tuna special, the whole fish special (branzino), salmon. We all totally enjoyed our meals.
No room for dessert.

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for the review, and hopefully you will come back to sample one of our homemade desserts.

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m
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Visited for the first time and the service was friendly, food delicious. Small menu, but plenty to choose from. Seemed like everyone in the restaurant was having a good time. Will return.

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

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

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VM
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious and the service was wonderful! It was a great experience!

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for the review.

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a
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

We tried the Mixed Grill version of the kale salad as well as the butternut squash salad. We were delighted. So delicious I don’t remember us sharing! The seafood was exquisitely pan fried. Slight crust on the outside setting up for a great bite down on tender chunks of succulent fish.

Jason was our Server. Helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. His recommendations perfect. Best part is he got us out in the time we requested since we had a critical meeting nearby.

The espresso, custom made to our request, and window seat rounded out a perfect afternoon lunch.

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for the review, and I am glad to hear that you had a great meal and experience with our server Jason.

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LL
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great for birthday celebration.

CM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and Great service. I had the whole lobster in linguine and ginger calamari. The French 75 was nicely prepared.

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for the review.

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OT
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The trout was perfectly cooked and lightly but nicely seasoned.

V
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Friendly staff nice atmosphere .. orders mixed grill a bit overcooked..

BW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a large party. Service was decent. I was told the buffalo mac n cheese was good. I got the mixed grill, was okay. Cocktails were good.

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for the review, and glad we were able to accommodate your party.

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MB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not a standout in my opinion. Food was just okay. Service was as expected.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I am such a fan of Grillfish after our visit back on 10/26/2019 I made a reservation for our party and when we arrived, we went straight to seating. The ambiance was cozy, gently lit and soft music playing, open kitchen I'm a sucker for an open kitchen vibe.
I must say I was impressed with the way the manager greeted us and seated us we felt so welcomed and our waitress was Mya and her customer service was AWESOME!! she was informative of the menu items and any off menu item to be offered, I also unlocked a check-in offer for a free Mimosa upon checking in.
Mya took our drink orders and she didn't miss a beat they came quick and correct and we ordered a bottle of Riesling which was phenomenal.
Mya took all of our orders and I decided on the grilled shrimp scampi over linguine, I also had a chance to try the mixed grill seafood entree as well the mixed grill -It came with a good portion of shrimp, scallops, and a few kinds of fish(Swordfish, salmon, mahi mahi) and it was amazing the seafood was very fresh and cooked to perfection and the taste was great the broth was very tasty and there was nothing to complain about with the scampi it was a creamy garlic butter sauce with a lot of flavor and I highly recommend any two of these entrees and to top it off we had some birthday desserts caramel cheesecake brulee and the chocolate fudge cake, and the big winner for me was the caramel cheesecake brulee this was a bunch of deliciousness loved the pecan graham cracker crust and don't get me wrong the chocolate fudge cake was also scrumptious cake was warm and moist but I'm more of a cheesecake fan. All in all Grillfish really exceeded our expectations because the whole family was raving about Grillfish and the amazing service Mya provided to our entire party. The next time I'm in the area I will be there. Thank you for an amazing night, and Grillfish is truly a gem in the West End.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service. Maya was amazing. The good spectacular and the overall experience was great. We will be back.

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue! Excellent service!

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for the review.

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DD
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food, nice menu. Moderate pricing (DC standards). Very loud on busy night.

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for the review.

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JH
Indiana
59 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good menu,good service

BS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were outstanding. The noise level made it difficult to talk.

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

I am sorry to hear about the nocse, but thank you for the review.

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JO
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

A business meeting for 4. We were seated at table in front area of restaurant, pretty noisy/busy. The floor slants there, and it was uncomfortable.
Wine order was a long time coming, some mixup re: bottle vs by the glass
Food was excellent, came all together.
Server was fine, she couldn’t be heard very well over the din, and she talked pretty fast.
I could enjoy Grillfish again, just not for a business meal.

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for the feedback and the review.

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S
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Solid seafood restaurant, but did not live up to its high ratings.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I came to celebrate his birthday and everything was amazing! We had the SEAFOOD FRA DIAVLO SICILIAN with the white wine sauce for two and oh my goodness it was delicious! Our server Maya, was so nice and attentive, and gave us amazing service. Definitely will be coming for brunch soon!

v
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We stopped by on a Sunday afternoon for brunch at Grillfish. The restaurant has a good decor and were seated right away (we had a reservation). The restaurant was over 75% full with a few large groups. We were 6 of us in our party. We did get one of those square tables that have the semi-circle leaves open out to form a round table. Nothing against them, but you are always worried of food sliding down on your lap of the leaf comes unhinged!

The service was good and we did get a few minutes to look through the menu. The menu choices were good enough for everyone at the table.
We got the Little Big Fish platter to share. The oysters, clams, shrimp, and crab were good but the lobster was quite chewy for our liking.

The kids got the taco and mac and cheese. The taco was good but the mac and cheese was to die for! Need that as a side for adults :)

We also go Bloody Mary's for a few of us - both versions were good and well made.

For the main course we go the Huevos Rancheros and Crab and Chorizo Hash. Both dishes were good and quite filling!

We were stuffed for the rest of the day. The service towards the end was a bit off tho.

All in all, a good place for seafood and good food in the area!

Grillfish DC
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I am glad we were able to accommodate your group.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food! Service from Maya was outstanding. We were a party of 4 and everyone enjoyed their meal!

OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s a great “good enough” sort of place. Won’t blow your socks off but cozy and reliable, the sort of place you feel safe. Who needs more?

DO
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ginger calamari was excellent. Entree of seafood with marinara, a substitute for cream sauce, was out of this world.

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