Grillfish DC

4.5
2897 Reviews
$30 and under
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. Outdoor seating cannot be reserved. Reservations can be confirmed over the phone or through OpenTable. Unconfirmed reservations may be considered canceled and tables will only be held for 10 minutes. Reservations for 6 or more need to be made by calling the restaurant and require a credit card.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2897 people are saying
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VinceN
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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DavidM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellence service from Kate. Her service and knowledge of the menu was outstanding

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Anna
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grillfish was a wonderful restaurant and the food was amazing and the waiter was extremely nice and helpful throughout the night.

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vipRobertaS
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon cobb salad was outstanding. The waitress was very nice, and the atmosphere was pleasant. The restaurant has a slightly strong fishy odor when you walk in but not at the table. I enjoyed it!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Took us a while to get the free bread. Drinks were good but it was the wrong drink. Food took a while to come out. I will definitely go back for a better experience

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Meesh
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Katie provided fabulous service and we thoroughly enjoyed all of our courses and cocktails! We will certainly be back.

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vipDRock
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious - service great - prices very good for DC!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I took my sister to celebrate your birthday and the food was delicious. I ordered the blue point oysters , shrimp scampi’ and my sister ordered buffalo shrimp as appetizers. The buffalo shrimp was my favorite. For our entree … I had the shrimp Marsala and sis ordered the skewers. The bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon sealed the deal. At the end of our meal the sweet waitress Kiana brought out dessert with a happy birthday flare ! Super cute

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Trippllb
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great service. Always a great meal at Grillfish.

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Angie
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Our server was friendly and helpful and the staff, in general, were very friendly. Did a great job. My spouse had the trout and loved it, considered it among the best she's had. I had scallops with spinach. Scallops were chewy and didn't taste very good in the spinach juice. My spouse ordered a gin martini with top shelf gin that tasted sweet! It didn't taste like a gin martini. The bartender remade it and it tasted worse. We ordered a delicious, generous slice of carrot cake. The fact that the cake was dry didn't detract much from how much we enjoyed it. I'd order it again. Finally, my cup of decaf coffee was extremely bitter. I love strong coffee, but strong does not have to mean bitter. I couldn't drink it. Altogether a disappointing dining experience.

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EddieE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food, interesting paintings on the wall.

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vipMichaelB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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AnthonyW
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place to dine, took my wife there for her birthday. Food was amazing. Had the Pan Seared Scallops, she had the Surf and Turf, both are awesome choices! Nice Ambiance as well as very professional service. Definitely add this place to you restaurant list!

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LaurieS
Baton Rouge
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Location, ambiance and service was great. Food was not good. We had the Korean Grilled octopus as appetizer and it was meh. I tried the cauliflower taco and the pork. They had a strange taste and the ingredients were chopped too small and overcooked.
Others in our party had the surf and turf: The worst steak I’ve ever had at a restaurant”, the grilled Salmon “it was okay” and the seared scallops, which were “Good”. Out bill with one glass of wine and one cocktail was $225 for 4 people. Not worth the cost.
They need a new chef.

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RobertS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

reported Onion allergy and still; got sick by onion in food

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Jude
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice friendly service; food fresh and piquant. Not too noisy at brunch.

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CarlosH
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party loved the service, the food, and the atmosphere. This place would be perfect with slightly bigger portion sizes. However, we would visit again. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Very pleasant place for a great meal

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vipFoodie
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as usual and very attentive service. Top notch as always.

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vipAryzona
Baltimore
136 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience3

The bronzino was overcooked but decent nonetheless and the rockfish was dry. The sautéed spinach was over garlicky but decent.

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WALT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully prepared fish and attentive service says it all. But brilliantly fresh oysters for $1.25 each put the topping on the cake! Highly recommend! Will return soon!

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CharleneT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Love the atmosphere and ambience! However, the food was mediocre and not worth the money we paid. For $178 we could have gone to a 5 star restaurant. The Seafood Chowder was ok, it had very little seafood. The Risotto was not flavorful. It had a decent amount of shrimp but that was it as far as seafood. I don't need to rush back there. Sorry, just being truthful. As one who relies on reviews to a degree, I wanted to be truthful. Our drinks were good though!

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Joeski
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Went there for lobster, was sad to realise they didn't have any, but then was blown away by the pasta and sides.

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vipSeaside
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Marvelous fresh ingredients prepared perfectly

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Liselle
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table reserved, but opted to eat at the bar. The bartender was friendly and professional. We enjoyed our drinks and the dishes we ordered.
Will definitely return.

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MattM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere.

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vipErica
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience! John, our server, was attentive, funny and overall superb. The food was delicious. We had the mussels, ginger calamari, branzino, salmon and surf & turf. I also received a very nice dessert (on the house) for my birthday.

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JeffW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. Sustainable fish. MD oysters

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StuartD
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was the first time I have been here to Grillfish, me and my wife went for our anniversary and it was about what we expected. I’ll start by our server,
I don’t recall his name but he was very quick and acccurate with everything and it made things go smoother. My wife ordered the Surf and Turf and I got the swordfish. However they were out of the swordfish, so I was left with my second choice, the arctic char. The food took a little time to get to the table but rightfully so considering my wife’s steak is cooked medium. So after about 20 minutes the food came everything came in one and it looked delicious. Then, when I cut into the steak, it was so fatty and it was bleeding all over the plate. If it was medium rare, maybe you could of gotten away with it, but keep in mind she wanted it cooked medium; Which means no blood. But all in all, everything else including the fish that I had never tried before, was super delicious. Maybe I just got a bad steak for the night or the cook wasn’t on his game, but that won’t stop me from coming back. 8/10

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Mary
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I brought 6 friends from out of town to dinner and they loved it. All are seafood lovers and they thought the dishes, especially the Bronzino was excellent. The steak was not great but everything seafood was. Our waiter was soooo funny, attentive, smart and overall added so positively to our experience.

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ChristinaG
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris is a great server! The food is delicious and the ambiance is relaxed but classy at the same time.

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KathleenS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food from appetizers to desserts. We especially liked calamari with ginger.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my wife's birthday and had a great meal. Service was really good. Personal, friendly, took time to get our story. GREAT menu options centered on seafood. Dish presentation was excellent and the flavor was unbelievable! If you want a memorable dining experience this is it!

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LynneW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Mussels were ahhhmazing, but we had to ask for bread for the sauce…you get two small rolls and had to ask again for two more. Mahi with red curry was delicious and asparagus perfectly cooked, not mushy. Kinda petty that jasmine rice was $4 extra. My friend had surf and turf, steak perfectly cooked, shrimp a little chewy. Overall decent meal if you don’t want to pay $50 for similar at fancier place. Server sort of uninterested

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vipLeAnnG
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food. It was packed and too loud.
But, We will keep coming back. Very good food at a fair price.

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KimK
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had a great gathering at Grillfish. The service was excellent and food was delicious. We shared many meals because we wanted to try so many different dishes. The “ginger” calamari is a delicious twist on a classic appetizer, and the Brussels sprouts were perfectly seasoned. The scallops, grilled Buffalo shrimp, rockfish, and Mahi were hits.

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Judy
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, as was the service. Chris was a very friendly and helpful waiter. We enjoyed our time immensely.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. I have a number of food allergies and they were so understanding and accommodating. They worked with me to ensure I’d have a safe experience and made a special sauce for me because I can’t have gluten, dairy, grains, corn, or soy. Lovely experience. Will definitely be going back. Food was delicious and service was impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! Waiter attentive and had great suggestions.

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KevinR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside and the service was amazing as usual. Always love the food there and the Smokey marg was a great new addition to the cocktail list.

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Grillfish DC offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 331-7310.

Grillfish DC is rated 4.5 stars by 2897 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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