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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Come Dine with us on Thanksgiving and enjoy our many specials we will be running.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

An eve as such deserves to be celebrated at a special place. At Grillfish we are that place.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Grillfish will be running a Christmas Day special. Come celebrate and dine in with us.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Come and bring your friends and family and have an unforgettable count down while enjoying Grillfish new years specials.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2705 People Are Saying
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C
London
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience1

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

MD
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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!!

f
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

m
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

a
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

LL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great for birthday celebration.

CM
Washington DC
3 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.

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.

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
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.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue! Excellent service!

DD
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

JH
Indiana
58 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.

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.

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
1 review
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!

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.

P
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Refreshing dining spot after a long day of sight seeing.... our waiter Chris was spectacular. Spot on with food suggestions and very attentive. Great little spot where you can actually have a conversation and the food is so good.

HO
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our server never offered us bread for the table even though everyone else had it on their table. The seafood chowder was phenomenal but it went downhill from there. Both mine and my husband’s entrees of fish and seafood were devoid of any seasoning or flavor. Just unseasoned fish cooked. Blah! We ordered dessert just to get the fishy taste out of our mouths. Sadly, we won’t be back unless it’s just for a to go order of the seafood chowder.

OT
Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Limited quantity of fish, crabs and lobsters if you will come at the and of busy day none of them will be left.

LH
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The ambiance is wonderful for a romantic night or to celebrate an anniversary -- as we (and two other couples!) were doing. The food was very good, and fresh, but not outstanding. The by-the-glass wine list was affordable and with a variety of options. The host was friendly.

KM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great seafood spot. Seated promptly and the server was very good. Ordered grilled lobsters but got steamed ... manager adjusted the bill, however! Overall a very nice experience.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time there and we really enjoyed our appetizer, meals and drinks. We will definitely be back.

a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Not worth the money. Great service by Maya, but food was way overpriced for the presentation and amount you received. 60$ for glorified fish sticks. The mixed grill for two is really just 4 skewers of bland fish pieces. Would not have spent that much money if I knew that was what I would receive. Oysters were fine.

B
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We arrive late but the food was good

EC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant management was extremely accommodating of our party, particularly since our reservation number fluctuated multiple times. Food was delicious! One person in our party's order was missed....which happens. Otherwise, very enjoyable.

B
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food selection was great. Birthday celebration outstanding. Kids menu too. We will return.

Grillfish DC
Responded on October 7, 2019

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

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M
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really solid food every time we eat here. Prices are reasonable too.

Grillfish DC
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you, and I am glad we are able to make each experience memorable.

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H
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Anniversary

W
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always enjoy the dining experience at Grillfish. Recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Grillfish DC
Responded on October 7, 2019

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

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S
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful oysters, the salmon was cooked to perfection and I had the best whiskey sour that I have had in years.

WA
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was good and the service was OK, but nothing special. Not a good value for the money.

Grillfish DC
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank for your review.

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JH
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh and very flavorful seafood in a casual and comfortable environment. Mixed grill for two was nicely prepared and presented with hint of smoke. Fried calamari was “okay”. Mashed potatoes were great though, as was the coke slaw. Our server, Chris, was professional and attentive. We will absolutely return.

MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had never been there before but would come again.

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