Grillfish DC

4.5
2878 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
Please be advised that 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. And as always we value your feedback!

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Safety precautions

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2878 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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young1211
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food is way to overpriced for the limited menu and quality. I will not be returning

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Father’s day

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vipAprB
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. The food is delish.

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vipStephanie
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant for any occasion. Super nice patio. Soft shelled crab (seasonal) were fantastic. I preferred the sautéed one but the fried was also good. Seafood mixEd grill is the other photo, also yummy. Katie provided exceptional service.

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vipKgp43
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice selection of fish. Appetizers were excellent. I wish they had a butter sauce to go with their fish.

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vipLeoDC
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Unfortunately this was not the birthday experience we had in mind. Simply put, there was nothing that stood out as above average during this first occasion. My $165 would have been better spent elsewhere.

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OmarL
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood and waiter was very helpful in recommendations.

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ChristineD
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Generous fish portions. Attentive staff.

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vipWadeR
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was exceptional. Tony was attentive when needed but also gave us privacy. The special oysters were a pleasant surprise and the seasonal dish of soft shell crab really hit the spot.

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DavidK
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, excellent food and atmosphere. Will go again.

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AgnesP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The soft shell crab was a weird experience ! Not very tasty. A bit expensive.

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vipTameraL
Washington DC
157 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First visit for me for dinner, and it was great. Special compliments to our awesome server.

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charliek
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday.

I noted in my request last week it was a birthday dinner but restaurant *didn't confirmed it w/a slice of cake. 🤬🤬👎👎

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Kelsey
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A+ experience. Accommodated our table preference and gluten allergy with ease! The food is a wow, best fish in DC. And the cocktails weren’t bad either!! Highly recommend.

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RichL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was fantastic! Everyone was so friendly and the food was delicious, will definitely come back again!

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CarolK
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice staff and food, wonderful to be back in the dining room

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vipDavCor
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great - well seasoned and full of flavor. Waitress was exceptional. Very. Attentive, pleasant attitude and helpful with suggestions. Highly recommend.

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vipQualityFirst
Naples
267 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our anniversary and could not have been more pleased. The oysters from Rhode Island were superb (we kept the shells), the soft shell crabs could not have been better, and the service was quite professional. We felt as if we were regulars, which we are not. We will be back, however.

When we scouted out Grillfish several days before our dinner, we got to know Ryan at the bar and that is what convinced us, ultimately, that we had made the right choice for our celebratory dinner. He is a real keeper.

Thanks to all for making our anniversary a special one.

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Millbros
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome Food and Drink, we went to celebrate a birthday and it was a great night. Fish was spectacular, and we loved our calamari and $1 oysters to start the night. Highly recommend! Also, check out that carrot cake.. Holy Sh*t!!

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vipWildswanDelaware
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First-timers with special family member; we loved the diverse, interesting menu choices, good brief wine list, and friendly staff... but the delicious and attractively plated food was the 'cincher'. We'll return next time we're in DC. Oh, we also enjoyed our server (thanks, April!)

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Momof3
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table inside, and the atmosphere is intimate. The variety of fish available was great ! Sautéed soft shell crabs were the best I’d ever eaten

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I don't understand how this place has good reviews. Ordered three different entree's, that ranged from just ok to crap that must have been reheated in the microwave. Service was non existent, it took entirely to long for Apps, Dinner, and dessert. The place was not crowded only two other couples inside the restaurant and two other couples outside on the patio. No excuse for poor service, poor food. I would never eat here again.

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DMVDineAround
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grillfish has been one of my near-work go to places for years. I enjoy the place so much I’ll bring family and friends on weekends though I don’t live in DC.
Servers are always helpful and particularly during pandemic year(+) I’ve appreciated eating on their patio and feeling comfortable even pre-vaccine.
Also, $1 oysters will always bring me running 🤗

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Rell
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, servers are very attentive, I am pretty picky but the food was awesome. Would definitely recommend!

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AlishaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! We were celebrating our anniversary and they gave us each a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Such a nice touch!

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vipNikkiSta
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful interior and a lovely veranda not on top of the sidewalk. The food was fresh! Fresh oysters, fresh fish and the tacos are filling. My new favorite spot! They allow pets on the veranda which is wonderful too!

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Pirt
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great time, food was delicious, prices were unbelieveable.

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vipLikegoodfood
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding restaurant. Service was fantastic. The happy hour specials were delicious and substantial. Grilled fish was he best that I ever had. Oysters were fresh and large.
Mussels Siciliano were awesome. Drinks were generous. Can't wait to go back.

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SpencerT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We had such a great experience there and the food was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good service and good food

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Jaha699
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and service! We enjoyed everything except the red sangria which was watered down.

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SarahJ
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son and I were passing through DC after a trip to the Outer Banks. We looked up restaurants in town and this one came highly recommended and we were not disappointed! The food was fantastic and fresh, the staff were very friendly, and the restaurant itself very nice without making you feel like it's stuffy. It's definitely spends but it's absolutely worth it. Can't wait to come back!

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BrandonA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome experience.
Great staff. Convenient to other area attractions.

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Foodie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

When you slide to dirty habit make sure to ask for Trevor. He knows how to take care of a table.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Service was EXCELLENT, food was ok...slightly under seasoned.

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BBDoula
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Exceptional service and delicious food. We were treated well by Jay and Tony on our anniversary day out. It was our first date in a year or more, due to having three young children and we're glad it was here. Oysters and bronzino with ginger-cilantro sauce were delicious, as well as cocktails (Spring Fling and Tamarind-ginger margarita). Squid ink risotto was a bit rich, but the shrimp served with it were sweet and fresh. Mussels fra diavolo were very fresh as well, but like the risotto, could have used a bit of wine to brighten the flavor. We were given cocktails on the house in honor of our special occasion- that sealed the deal for us. I'm looking forward to trying the calamari and salmon on our next visit. Visit Grillfish! All in all, it is one of the best restaurants I've ever been to. We were impressed by the simple yet delicious eats, and kindly waitstaff.

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Terri
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing night I had out. The food was on 100% and the waitress "Katie" was outstanding her service was warm her energy was well put. I had the crab cake, jasmine rice and the salmon salad with a cup of soup fantastic dinner and beautiful evening I had there! Keep up the awesome work chief's 😊

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great dining experience. Our server Mya was really great and helpful with us while ordering!

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StephanyD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I thoroughly enjoyed the grilled artic char fish and grilled asparagus. The dessert was amazing. It was the best carrot cake I’ve had in a decade.

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Carol
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Grillfish for our first covid-era dine-in experience because it was my partner's birthday and we always loved Grillfish in the Before Times. We went at 2:30 for a late lunch. The tables were thoughtfully spaced and we felt completely safe. Everything we ordered was absolutely fresh and delicious - a dozen oysters, three small plates, a salmon BLT, their luscious carrot cake, with a bottle of prosecco. The cake was served complete with ice cream and sparklers. A very festive and enjoyable experience! We'll be back soon.

FAQs

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

Grillfish DC is rated 4.5 stars by 2878 OpenTable diners.

Grillfish DC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?h=bf00bf18.

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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