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Grillfish DC

4.4
2286 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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We source the finest, sustainable & local ingredients to create handcrafted food & beverages.

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am-4:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 331-7310
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ernesto Nuñez
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Private party facilities
Please contact Andy Phan for more information.
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Private party contact
Andy Phan: (202) 617-6869
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Catering
Contact Andy Phan, Events Coordinator, aphan@eatwelldc.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
M St.
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Parking details
Parking Garages close to Grillfish are PMI garages.
The first is located at 1110 New Hampshire Ave. NW less than one block from the restaurant. The Garage is open Monday through Wednesday until 10 pm and Thursday through Saturday until 12 Midnight. Sunday the garage closes at 8 pm. If the garage is full or if you're dining with us on Sunday there is another PMI garage at 2300 M St. NW. This is two blocks away from the restaurant and is open 7 days a week until 12 midnight.
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Public transit
Red Line -Dupont Circle. 19th street exit, walk down 19th St. to M St., turn right. 2 and a half blocks to the corner of New Hampshire & M St.
Blue/Orange Line -Foggy Bottom/GWU. Go left toward Washington Circle. Walk across Washington Circle to New Hampshire Ave. Walk 2 blocks on New Hampshire to the corner of New Hampshire & M St.
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Special events & promotions
Contact Andy Phan, Events Coordinator, aphan@eatwelldc.com
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2286 People Are Saying
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4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

It was a good meal. Oysters from pei were take good.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Fish was a bit bland, service a bit slow, but overall nice place. Would return again but order diff items.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Broccoli I was cold and bok choy soggy

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Grillfish is a reliable seafood establishment. It is consistently good at grilling fish, offering a nice assortment of local fish prepared very well.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was ok but a restaurant specializing in seafood should certainly know better than to overcook tuna. Place was far too noisy to easily carry on a conversation. Will probably look elsewhere to find good seafood in D.C.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The Food & Service was excellent. Some of the portion sizes were on the smaller side, but I still left satisfied.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We loved everything about our meal! The ambience is cozy, but lively enough that it was upbeat. The service was excellent, unrushed, and they gave us complementary dessert for our birthday/graduation celebration. All 7 of us loved the appetizers and our meals. The calamari and scallop appetizers were especially delicious! We will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

One of the best birthday dinners ever! Thank you for making us feel welcome and making my day special.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Grace is an outstanding waitress.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We ate here twice on a recent weekend visit to DC. The first time I had a piece of red fish (similar to snapper), which was just perfectly cooked--exquisite. The second visit we shared the mixed grill, which was not quite as perfect but still quite good. Entrees are mostly fresh fish, cooked simply, with dipping sauces and a side (I had asparagus.) Easy place to eat gluten free, if you like fish. Service very good. On our second visit, we were seated outside when a giant typhoon-like thunderstorm started; we moved inside and I nursed my last drops of wine for a good while, hoping the rain would slow, and they were very gracious about it although they were busy. Wish we had a fish place like this near us.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I typically love Grillfish, but I have come to realize that they may not be a good option on holidays/special weekends. When I have dined during the week, the food was amazing, so I was excited to bring my family for Mother's Day. Let me first say the service was spectacular and I think that this was an off day for them. I have been to grillfish many times and this was my first negative experience. The food quality was just not what I wanted it to be. Again, the service was spectacular and I would go again, but never on a weekend.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent food and service. Great food for an excellent price! Will definitely dine here again.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The setting is a bit dingy with a rather dark downbeat mural taking up an enormous wall but fish and seafood meals are excellent.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Was ok. Fantastic tamarind margaritas

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

From the moment we walked in the staff was on point. Greeted us like family. Excellent wine, dinner and dessert were delicious. Recommend the chocolate sundae cake and the lobster pasta dish. Scallops were very good too. Thanks for a wonderful evening!

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

We've eaten at grillfish a number of times. The seafood preparations are simple, but very tasty. The fish is fresh, the sauces are well-made, and the side dishes provide good accompaniment. A nice, rotating list of tap beers and cocktails. Desserts are also excellent, if you have room.

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1.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Disappointed. Waiter was completely unfamiliar with the menu. After suggesting the special, lobster salad, and telling us that it was fresh, he returned to the table to tell us, "it's actually pre-made." Yuck. One of our colleagues ordered salmon on a salad. The salad came out with one bite of salmon and the rest chicken. Very confusing and off-putting. Her meal was remade and brought as the rest of us were finishing up. We ordered several desserts and the key lime pie had whipped cream that had gone bad. The manager tasted it and agreed with us at first, apologizing and offering a new dessert. But then he tried to cover up for the mistake when he returned, saying it was just made without sugar. Not. Please don't insult us. Not a penny was taken off the check. We paid in full for the entire mess.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Fantastic food. I had the Ahi Tuna and loved it. Our server was great.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Nice small local seafood restaurant in DC. The grilled fish sampler was very good and the dipping sauces added to the experience. The raw oysters were delicious but small. The waiter was very attentive.

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3.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Mussels were great, the scallops were over seasoned but the spinach was very good. Vick was taking care of us and he did a very good job. Probably would go back, sit at the bar and have a cold beer with a seafood pasta meal.

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3.0Dined on May 3, 2018

The service was slow. It took more than 10 minutes before our waitress said hello to us. Food was ok nothing special. The osyster was great. The grilled lobster was plain. It seemed boil then grilled and a bit dry.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Very good seafood - always. BUT it’s time to freshen up the restaurant. Smells too much of fish. Therefore, I only dine outdoors.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Ambiance is informal but the sea food, listed as being sustainable, was outstanding in every way. Wine choices were excellent as was the service. I would return to this restaurant in a heartbeat!

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2.0Dined on April 30, 2018

I have dined at Grillfish on several occasions. However, this was a bad experience. I think the quality of the food has gone down. My fish was over cooked. The host was not friendly. With plenty of restaurant choices in the area, I will not be returning anytime soon.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Grillfish was my favorite go-to spot for a great dinner for YEARS. Then marriage, kids and life happened and I didn't venture into this part of the city as much. Was looking for a cozy, quiet restaurant for dinner and decided to go back to my first love. Gotta say, I love it just as much as I always did! I have been ordering the grilled trout with onion sauce since Day 1 and it doesn't disappoint. The service was great, noise level ideal. Didn't have to scream over the table to have a personal conversation. Rekindled romance w/Grillfish.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

My husband a nd I met his cousin for dinner Saturday night. We were seated promptly. Service was a bit quirky as the server brought 2 glasses of water instead of 3 (I was in the rest room so maybe she didn't realize I was there?) and it took her a long time to bring the 3rd glass after we asked for it. She did quickly bring my husband a taste of a draft beer she recommended (and he liked and ended up ordering). She recommended a few dishes and checked back with us a few times to see if we were ready to order. Cousin and I split the quinoa asparagus salad, which was delicious and a decent portion to share. Husband ordered the mussels over pasta with spicy marinara (it had a little bit of a kick, but not really spicy) which he enjoyed. I ordered the simply grilled tuna (Catch of the Day) with the sweet onion sauce on the side and sesame ginger bok choy as my vegetable. The tuna was cooked (seared on the outside, rare on the inside, which is what I wanted) and the sauce was a nice contrast with the fish. Cousin ordered the grilled rockfish with roasted vegetables on the side and it was also very good. We split the chocolate fudge cake and it was amazing. Service was much smoother after the beginning and we had a great time. We like that we can get well-prepared, delicious healthy food (okay, maybe not the cake...) without sacrificing taste or a fun environment. We will be back again, and, hopefully, next time, it will be warm enough to sit outside!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The food here was awesome. We had dinner here two nights.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Great food, nice ambiance

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Excellent happy hour menu!!! Very good food.

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3.0Dined on April 23, 2018

A long-time favorite but experienced an “off night” in both service and food quality. Experienced difficulty communicating our order - manager corrected billing. Seafood Fra Diavalo was over-cooked.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Strawberry Rhubarb cobbler & mashed potatoes was amazing. The crab cakes were market price at $38 and were greasy and disappointing. Service was fast and LaTota J was very nice.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Fun atmosphere, casual ambiance but excellent cuisine. Well presented by a friendly waitstaff.

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Some of our seafood (shrimp and scallops) was bad. When I mentioned it to the waiter, he just shrugged it off as unimportant.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Grillfish DC was a busy restaurant with a fun vibe, great food and great service. We made reservations so did not have to wait for a table. We had the buffalo chicken app. Delicious. We also had pistachio crusted mahi mahi and stuffed salmon. Both were very good. Enjoyed the pineapple carrot cake and chocolate cake for dessert.
This was a very enjoyable dining experience.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

It was a little tight for our party of 10. Better suited for smaller groups. Good food.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The food was timely and delicious as always. The waiter was pleasant and service was great. My son and his girlfriend had never been but they loved it and the atmosphere and will definitely come back.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Grill fish was great. We missed a flight and had to spend the night in DC. They were able to get us in even though they were hosting an event. Buffalo shrimp app was our favorite!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

One of my favorite seafood spots in DC! Try the ginger calamari!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Very good fresh sea food. very casual setting. open space. extensive menu. good service. really liked it

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2.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Service was great; however the sea bass special was a bit underwhelming as it was thinly cut and lacked true flavor. I’ve had better meals at this restaurant.

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