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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J
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and service was delicious but my coworkers trout was full of pin bones, which was an unpleasant surprise.

Grillfish DC
Responded a day ago

We are sorry to hear that you had a negative experience and appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. Grillfish take reviews very seriously as it is our priority to ensure all guests receive fresh seafood and an outstanding dining experience.

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super romantic atmosphere, excellent food and service. Just a wonderful date spot downtown!

KF
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal here. The service was great and the food was very fresh. Highly recommend.

Grillfish DC
Responded a day ago

Thank you for the kind words, and I am glad to hear about your great dining experience with us.

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TC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food & service. Can't wait till the re-construction is over!

Grillfish DC
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the review, and we look forward to seeing you again after our construction facelift.

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g
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Accommodated non dairy preference.

Grillfish DC
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the review, and I am glad to hear we were able to accomodate your dietary restrictions.

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MM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The calamari was very good but the fish not so much. I requested they filet a Branzino and they indicated they would not and if they did it would be very messy. What fish restaurant doesn't have someone that knows how to filet. I had the striped bass which had no seasoning and the brussel sprouts were so bland. Wouldn't recommend.

Grillfish DC
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback. I am sorry to hear what happened, and we have taken the information to re-educate our staff to provide each customer with a great experience.

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PB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch. Both the Fish and Chips and Shrimp tacos were excellent. When the waiter overheard us wishing our friend happy birthday, she offered her a choice of dessert on the house, then brought it out with a sparkler, who does that anymore?

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a special family birthday dinner here at Grillfish, and everyone really enjoyed. We started with a dozen oysters, half local and half Bluepoint, and two other people in our party got the fish chowder. Everything was fresh and delicious. The whole branzino was a special, so a couple of people got that, and found it roasted to perfection. I got the New York Strip and a Crab Cake, and it was a great combo. Overall, a great experience!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been to Grillfish several times and we introduced our friends to the nice small but awesome restaurant.
As always the service, drinks , food and atmosphere was great.

f
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a great meal with my wife. The seafood chowder and pear salads were fantastic and the grilled fish was perfect. Will be back.

EG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fast and easy service in a good location. And the food quality was amazing. We will definitely be back.

JM
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Was disappointed with the sirloin steak and the shrimp was just OK on the surf & turf. Cocktails are served in a very small glass.

Grillfish DC
Responded on February 1, 2020

I am sorry to hear about your experience, and thank you for the feedback. We work hard to give every guest a great experience.

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C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Grillfish frequently. The food and service is always exceptional.

Grillfish DC
Responded on February 1, 2020

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

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The seafood was fresh and the kale Caesar salad was different, but very good. The price was fair and the food was good. Nothing exceptional, but fresh and simple.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thank you for the review.

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CK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and excellent service. Perfect for a family dinner (party of 7) get together because it was quiet and we could easily hear one another. Very nice place for dinner without the noise and prices of many other alternatives.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thank you for the review, and I am glad to hear your family dinner went well.

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S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lobster

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thank you for the review.

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DC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went to Grillfish for restaurant week. It had been at least 8 years since I ate at Grillfish and the food was just as good as I remembered. For my appetizer I had the mussels, entree was the mixed grill and a brownie sundae for dessert. My friend had the portabello mushroom, grilled salmon and same dessert. I really loved that they had a large selection for both the appetizer and entree selections. The only thing I do not like is parking is really hard to find and it's not metro accessible

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for coming, and sorry it was so long since we had last seen you. I am glad you enjoyed your experience. Metro is less than a 10 minute walk from either the Dupont Circle (red) or GWU (blue, sivler, orange).

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant week! Great food and proportions. Thank you!

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for the review.

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SV
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Came here for a dinner on a Friday of Restaurant Week, it was not overrun with diners, but was busy. Great food. Shrimp scampi seemd to have an awesome remoulade twist to it. The grilled fish was great -- duh ! And I'm not usually a desert type, but the mango key lime pie was a good combo of that great classic taste with an expert twist into mango. Great place.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for the review.

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SW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, very fresh and we'll cooked. The portions were appropriate and I felt like I got great value for what I paid. Our waiter Chris was awesome and personable, very prompt and attentive. I had a wonderful experience at Grillfish and I would definitely go back.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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D
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I had looked forward to checking this place out for a while. I especially was looking forward to trying the mixed grill dish which allows a sampling of a variety of their seafood selection. The dish was delicious. At least the part I was able to savor. I prefer fish/seafood medium well done. I thought the swordfish portion of my skewered seafood selection was a little undercooked. The server and management staff were professional, courteous, and willing to make the change and even brought me extra on one item! I gave an overall rating of 3 stars because the appetizer and fish were undercooked for my preference. The table was split on one appetizer. I would try this place again and recommend that server or patron specifies how they prefer the fish cooked.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for the review and feedback, and I hope you will come in again so that we can make your experience better.

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P
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service. I tried the oysters and mussels and clams on linguini. Highly recommendable.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for the review.

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p
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came here during Restaurant Week to celebrate our anniversary and were surprised by how great the service was. We were told "happy anniversary" several times and were made to feel pretty special. The food was fantastic and we don't normally get dessert, but it was included in the Restaurant Week menu and was FANTASTIC. Thanks, Grillfish!

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for coming for restaurant week and to share your special occasion with us.

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SM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for your loyalty.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service. I would and will recommend this restaurant

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for the review.

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CK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

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

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for the feedback, and I am sorry to hear about your experience. We will continue to work harder to make ourselves a better place.

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ST
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
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.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for your patronage and we look forward to your next visit with us.

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FH
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

TW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for the review.

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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.

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for the review and feedback. I am sorry to hear about your cocktail, but I am glad you got something else.

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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
3 reviews
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!

Grillfish DC
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for the review, and I am glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience.

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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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