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

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

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Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food here is very good. Very fresh fish and tasty sides. The only issue I had was with the lighting. Around 6:30 they pretty much turned off the indoor lights and just left a few wall sconces lit, and it became so difficult to see the food that was right in front of me. We asked who we assumed was the manager why it was so dark in there and he said when I gets dark outside the lighting looks better inside. But that didn’t answer my question! And it didn’t get dark for another hour an a half. So we had to eat our dinner by cell phone light. I pretty much turned on the flashlight on my phone, and propped it up against the salt and pepper shakers so we could see. Due to the food being good, I might return to this restaurant, but only during the middle of a sunny afternoon.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service at Grillfish was excellent. Service was timely and our server Maya was outstanding. The food was excellent and she (Maya) shared with us her favorites which helped with our selections. We will definitely be back for the dessert we were too full to eat on our first visit.

J
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good value and attentive service.

k
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are in the mood for fish - this is the place to go! Very cool vibe, great service, well priced.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience - food was well prepared and the service was excellent.

CD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and company. Tried a new kind of wine that was on special - Marselan from la Ville de Madison Vialde - smooth and delicious.

JC
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is consistently decent. Service is always good.

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Kent
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very tasty food. The mixed fish grill was excellent.

Grillfish DC
Responded on September 8, 2019

Thank you for the review.

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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely experience. Service was wonderful. Small spot but a great meal. Fish is very fresh with helpful staff.

Grillfish DC
Responded on September 8, 2019

Thank you for the kinds words, and I hope you visit us again when you are in DC.

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OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We had great service here, and the ambiance is relaxed and friendly. But the food was a bit of a disappointment. The oysters were fine, except for a couple that were almost non-existently small. The fish was overcooked, and the zucchini was so overcooked it was mushy. The fried soft-shell crab was good, however.

Grillfish DC
Responded on September 2, 2019

I am sorry to hear about your food. We pride ourselves in making sure each person has a great experience. Please let us know when you come back so that we can ensure we serve you even better.

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d
Richmond
52 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

3 for dinner. short but nice wine by the glass selection. menu selection outstanding. food quality and preparation and taste excellent. Service attentive but not obtrusive. A very enjoyable evening. Bronzino, seared scallops and soft shell crabs

Grillfish DC
Responded on September 2, 2019

Thank you for the review, and glad everything was delicious.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

We arrived and the environment was not the same vibe I got from the pictures or website. However we were seated immediately at a table for four at the side door entrance/ exit/ waitress station. As we sat to begin our evening we were inconvenienced and constantly interrupted by other patrons passing through excuse in themselves and asking us to slide our chairs up so that they can pass through coming in the door going out of the door waiters waitresses bus boys coming pass moving by going to the register etc. I asked why were we seated in a area that was not meant for table and asked if they could lock the door to stop customers from coming in that entrance I was told by management that she was sorry for the inconvenience but she could not lock the door she did not have an answer for my question of why there was even a table in that location it was obvious it was not meant for seating but meant for to be an exit or waiting area we were literally right in front of the side door our waitress didn’t seem too pleased that we were not so pleased however this was unacceptable.. On the upside the food was good but they were sold out of our first choice as it was restaurant week and that particular selection was popular.

Grillfish DC
Responded on September 2, 2019

I am sorry to hear about your experience, but glad you enjoyed your food. I am sorry you did not like your table, please try us again, and if you make a reservation, you can can let us know your table preference (whether it be a sunny table, quiet table, out of the way table, etc.)

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M
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food are always the best, no matter what we order! My husband and I have been coming here for years. It’s our favorite spot in DC and it never disappoints us. Alfredo always makes us feel special with his delightful conversation. Jay also makes sure we have a pleasant dining experience as well.

Grillfish DC
Responded on September 2, 2019

Thank you for the review, and I am glad we are able to make each visit a special experience.

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OT
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and best seafood tasted in ages

CS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My co-workers and I have been going to Grillfish during Restaurant Week for the past several years. We go because the food is delicious and great value for restaurant week, the atmosphere is great and the service is outstanding. Looking forward to next year's restaurant week.

Grillfish DC
Responded on September 2, 2019

Thank you for the recommendation, and we look forward to seeing you in January.

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PH
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant atmosphere. Great service staff. Food was very good and well plated. Would definitely return.

Grillfish DC
Responded on September 2, 2019

Thank you for the review.

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HL
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great! Started out with fresh bread and delicious herb butter, I used the bread to dip it in my succulent coconut curry mussels. My entree was yummy and the grilled variety of fishes were to die for. Can’t wait to return!

Grillfish DC
Responded on September 2, 2019

Never let any of our homemade sauces go to waste! Definitely take advantage of the bread to savor every bite. Thank you :)

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NL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our experience was Perfection!! Drinks and food, perfection! lol

NJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever I'm in the area, I make it a point to have at least one meal here. Food is absolutely delicious, and the service is friendly & efficient.

Grillfish DC
Responded on September 2, 2019

Thank you for the kind words, and look forward to seeing you the next time you are in DC.

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i
London
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious fresh seafood beautifully cooked. Lot's of gluten free options and geed wheelchair access.

DD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grillfish has been my go-to "nice" seafood spot in DC for at the last 15 years. I've enjoyed going there and the food never disappoints while the service is always attentive but never obtrusive. Looking forward to my next visit.

Grillfish DC
Responded on August 13, 2019

Thank you for the kind words, and I hope we see you for many more years as your DC seafood spot.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Place was a little hot but it is August so to be expected.

Grillfish DC
Responded on September 2, 2019

I am glad to hear that you had a good experience.

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A
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

クラブケーキとシュリンプパスタを食べました。
ふたりでシェアして十分な量でした。
日本人には少し塩味が濃いかな、と思いましたがビール片手にはちょうど良いと思いました。

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MR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seafood is the way to go. Service was very friendly and fast. Overall was a great dining experience. Portions include a lot of seafood which makes the money worth it.

Grillfish DC
Responded on August 13, 2019

Thank you for the review.

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C
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Would have been excellent if it was hot
It was just a little warm.

MR
Central Coast
39 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner after a great brunch here also the other day. Ginger Calamari to start - yum! and then two orders of fresh Lobster linguine with a huge flavorful and moist lobster atop the most delicious Sicilian white cream sauce pasta ever! My 18 year old somewhat intimidated by the whole lobster - so lovely server Maya, graciously offered to retrieve the dish and cracked it for her! Now please don’t all rush to have Maya do this for you when you visit! My dish was equally stunning and flavorful- fresh shrimp lemon piccata pasta - and yes lemon piccata sauce is a usual sauce - however! I was amazed with the best most lemony and flavorful piccata I’ve ever had, even the way it coated the noodles and shrimp in every bite bursting with fresh flavor while not overpowering the dish. I can’t wait to order it again. Topped off by house-made Caramel Brûlée Cheesecake (Maya’s fave and now mine) and a house-made unique Carrot Cake (the owners personal fave) just sent the 3 of us over the moon! Not your typical carrot cake either - you just have to try these desserts! You will have room once you taste how special they are or take some home :) I know I’m raving but even with multiple great DC restaurants - Grill Fish is simply awesome and a must! I can’t say enough positive things about server Maya and welcoming owner as well as the delectable fare. A nice variety of menu choices as well and based on my experiences if you have a non seafood diner or in a different mood I’m certain those dishes aim to uniquely please as well. Highly recommended...obviously!

Grillfish DC
Responded on August 13, 2019

Thank you for the review, and I am so glad to hear that your family had such a great dining experience with us. I am glad to hear that Maya made your experience even better. I look forward to when we can serve you again soon.

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MR
Central Coast
39 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A cozy and fun place to dine with excellent food - fresh and sustainable seafood, we truly enjoyed a delicious brunch with not just the usual fare - the perfectly Smoked Salmon Benedict on potato cakes and Crab and Shrimp Omelet with actual chunks of shrimp were much appreciated and wait till you try the house made Caramel Brûlée Cheesecake! Maya, our server, was delightful, personable, and professional. Hope to see her again and the owner is also so welcoming. We look forward to trying some of his recommendations next time around as well. Are planning on dinner there soon!

Grillfish DC
Responded on August 13, 2019

I am so glad to hear about the wonderful experience you had at brunch. I am also glad that Maya provided with a great dining experience. We look forward to seeing you at dinner.

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JG
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, drink and good service! Liked it so much we went back!

Grillfish DC
Responded on August 13, 2019

Thank you for the review.

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EC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitstaff confidently accommodated my need for a gluten free meal, offering alternative cooking methods to ensure no cross contamination.

Grillfish DC
Responded on August 13, 2019

I am so glad we were able to accommodate your dietary restrictions. Thank you for the review.

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JR
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great little spot for seafood- I would lean toward the grilled fish. The rainbow trout was delicious! The lobster pasta - not so much. The lobster meat itself was over grilled and therefore tough and dry.

Plenty of other things on the menu to try - we’ll definitely go back.

Grillfish DC
Responded on August 13, 2019

Thank you for the review and feedback. We will work on providing you a better quality lobster.

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e
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first meal at Grillfish and it won’t be our last. Our meals were delicious and the wait staff were very attentive and pleasant.

Grillfish DC
Responded on August 13, 2019

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

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RA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Mixed Grill for Two and it was a lot of food. Everything was excellent. Definite thumbs up!!

Grillfish DC
Responded on August 13, 2019

Thank you for the review.

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OM
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Ryan was absolutely sensational!

Food was great! I can’t wait to come back.

A
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Poor service revolving around drinks from the bar (20 minute return), forgotten oyster appetizer (eventually brought after our meals and comped, but with spite and hardly cleaned), and a server who ignored us after being asked about the missing appetizer (offering water and more bread to the table next to us, but not us whatsoever). Food was mediocre with crab cakes being at least 50 percent filler. Will not return for all of the above.

Grillfish DC
Responded on August 13, 2019

I am sorry to hear about your experience, as we do pride ourselves on great service and quality food.

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JE
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Grillfish is a lovely restaurant where the food is always good and the service friendly. I always enjoy it.

Grillfish DC
Responded on August 13, 2019

Thank you for the review.

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i
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our meal was great, Rainbow Trout and Salmon. Wine list good, and service was exceptional, we ate at the bar.

Grillfish DC
Responded on August 13, 2019

Thank you for the review, and glad to hear everything was good.

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WW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and amazing service. Thank you .

Grillfish DC
Responded on August 13, 2019

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

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NM
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time. The crab and shrimp dip was so good. Next time I’m in DC this restaurant is on the list.

Grillfish DC
Responded on August 13, 2019

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you the next time you are in DC.

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TM
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was great and the food was fantastic!

I will definitely be back!!

Grillfish DC
Responded on August 13, 2019

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

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f
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great flavour! The crab cake was homemade! Delicious!
Fresh fish! Great location! Overall great place!

Grillfish DC
Responded on August 13, 2019

I am so glad you enjoyed the crab cakes. Look forward to being part of your next dining experience.

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