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About Morrison-Clark Restaurant

Experience the storied legacy of a 19th Century Victorian mansion, now a full service hotel, proud to be on the National Register of Historic Places. The Morrison Clark Restaurant is consistently rated among Washington's finest. The Main Dining Room is highlighted by gilded mirrors, Italian marble fireplaces and crystal chandeliers. The tantalizing cuisine is innovative and fresh, its style is regional American.

1011 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Sunday - Saturday: 7:00am-10:30am
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Brunch: Saturdays and Sundays: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Friday: 5pm- 10:00pm

Happy Hour 7 Days a Week: 4pm - 7pm

Cross Street:
Between 10th and 11th on L st

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 898-1200

Website:
http://www.morrisonclark.com/

Catering:
Full creative catering service is available.

Parking Details:
$15 Valet Parking through the hotel

Public Transit:
Metro Center (Red, Blue and Orange) and Mt Vernon Square, 7th St. Convention Center (Green and Yellow)

Executive Chef:
Russell Braitsch

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
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Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Voted #1 for Romantic Locations by OpenTable Diners in 2017. Executive Chef, Russell Braitsch, has created an unique three course menu with options sure to please foodies and traditionalist alike. Reservations highly recommended between 5PM-10PM, $55 per person.

Private Dining

Allow The Morrison-Clark Historic Inn and Restaurant to serve as a vibrant retreat guaranteed to infuse your special event with new energy and fresh ideas. One of the most storied hotels in Washington DC, our unique blend of historic elegance and modern facilities offers you a distinct advantage.

Morrison-Clark Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

service

4.4

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4.4

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4.2

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94% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Authentic (5)
Cozy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Healthy (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great Lunch, Great Setting, Great Service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We celebrated New Years Eve 2018 at Morr is son-Clark. The food, service and ambiance was first rate. The restaurant was quant and the staff was very personable, especially our server. There were several different ethnic backgrounds enjoying the menu, which speaks volume of Morrison-Clark. The only downside of the evening was the valet parking device, they were very confused and had us miss our 8:00pm reservation by 37 minutes. That being said, once we did finally sit down, we really enjoyed ourselves and will definitely revisit again very soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We spent our New Years Eve here for a magnificent dinner. I am eager to return. This was top notch fine dining with great portions and excellent cocktails.

Tags: Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This place is an absolute gem. My husband and I have been dining here for many years and we are never disappointed. The food is good but the service is amazing.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Beautiful room, good food, attentive and friendly service.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Lovely atmosphere however let down by poor service from Doris. Food is very tasty, although plates need to be bigger so as to enable better presentation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went there for Christmas day dinner. Food was very good, as was the service.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Thank you to our server, Mary, for a wonderful dining experience. It was our first time in the restaurant. Clearly, they are accustom to and cater to groups so dining there as a couple was almost too quiet. But, the food and the attention we received was great. We had a memorable anniversary dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great experience! Mary our server was wonderful! Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Morrison Clark Restaurant is a perfect find for most occasions. I would have given 5stars, except the dessert (upside down blueberry cake) appears to have come out of an Entenmann’s box of muffins. Smh 🤦🏽‍♂️

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

My colleagues - all friends now - wanted to meet somewhere for dinner where we could all talk and listen to each other without straining ourselves, especially since two of us are in our mid-50's and the other two are in their early-mid 70's. Having had convivial and quiet lunches a few years ago in the Morrison-Clark restaurant, I knew that this would be the best place to accomplish this on an evening when we could expect many holiday revelers to raise the noise levels at most other eateries around the downtown DC area. We were not disappointed, nor with the cuisine, which was all very delicious.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This is one of the few restaurants in DC that have an elegant feel and are QUIET. The dining room is high-ceilinged and elegant in a beautifully renovated hotel. The service is very friendly, helpful and attentive. Our server made sure we were taken care of even though he also was taking care of a table of 16. The food was very tasty--comfort food made in a fancy way (shrimp and grits, meat loaf).

The bar area in the main lobby, a level below the restaurant, looks to be a "vibrant bar scene" (we passed it on our way upstairs to dine).

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Superb service in beautiful setting. Prices were so reasonable we feared the food wouldn’t be good. It wasn’t good - it was fabulous! What an incredible gem of a restaurant!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Another excellent meal and service experience. Wonderful tastes. EXCELLENT, attentive service. Good value!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food, excellent service, beautiful place. The Thanksgiving menu was varied and the food was abundant. We had a great time!!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very disappointed in our Thanksgiving meal here. Did not in anyway resemble the rave reviews that it has here on Open Table. Clearly, not only was the “a” team taking the holiday off, but also the “b” and “c” teams were out. Food was unappealing and overly sweet, barely lukewarm and service was sad and lacking. We never got bread, everything had clearly been preplated (prix fixe menu should not mean plate it and leave it til an order comes in!! )The soup we were served had a “skin” on the top and was unpleasantly thick. The beef had a really unpleasant and strange sweet flavor. The other entrees, the meat was ok but the sides were sickeningly sweet. Dessert was dry cake that had been oversauced, plated too early as we we were served half melted sorbet. This was not the special treat of eating out on Thanksgiving we expected.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for the Thanksgiving dinner with high hopes! Nice salad and soup options, but the turkey dinner was bland. We asked for white meat only and received dark shredded(like pulled pork) under the dry white slices of turkey. The only thing that saved the dish was the cranberry sauce. The whole entrée was lacking in flavor. Dessert was just ok. Not a good value for $55.00 per person.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Awesome way to spend thanksgiving. Dinner was delicious. Beautiful presentation. Dessert was too good for words. Mary our server was the best. She made our holiday very special.

Tags: Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Healthy, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The Thanksgiving meal was excellent and reasonable price.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Had Thanksgiving late lunch here. Fixed price was reasonable for 3 courses. Very creative use of interesting ingredients. Mary, our server, was friendly, conversational, made excellent recommendations. But while the flavors were outstanding, I suggest the chef use a bit lighter touch. Each course was quite rich, and the overall effect was too heavy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had Thanksgiving with another family. They gave us a private room and we had 3 servers that kept everything filled and were attentive without being obtrusive. Good was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

2nd time here. Great lunch menu. The upstairs dining room is so quaint. I reccomend for date, work lunch or private event.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 14, 2017

This place is a gem. Especially if you're at a conference nearby and everyone is packing into some subpar restaurant for lunch, walk up here for an amazing and relaxing experience. Great service, great food.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Excellent service and wonderful food! The shrimp and grits, salmon with gnocchi and lump crab and the crab cakes were delicious! Try the Duck confit with mushroom crepes!
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Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great! Quiet lunch with old boss.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We happened upon the place on a Sunday. It was very quiet but nice. Nice service and good food

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The dining room was near empty. Wait staff was polite but did not seem well informed. Made repeated requests but were ignored. The food was very good. The small plates are quite large. The duck confit was excellent. The main course Meat load and short ribs were both large portions and very tasty. Too full for dessert. Overall food made this place a place to return but need better instruction on wait staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Super food and service. Historic setting with charming dining room and seating.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

All the years Ive lived in Washington DC and driven by The Morrison-Clark hotel, Ive never been in. Its lovely. The restaurant is quiet and elegant and the service was attentive. My guest and I shared the "chips and dips" appetizer - three dips with bread and pita. The dips were delicious and the bread was toasted and came to the table hot. We both had the sage and butternut ravioli. It was nicely prepared and also came to the table hot. It was garnished with pickled beets which neither of us liked and it was all a bit too sweet but overall we enjoyed it.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Quiet Friday...few other patrons..Arugula salad with candied pecans and duck confit was quite large and quite tasty. Bloody Mary's were nothing special...needs some OOMPH. Some crusty bread and butter should have been offered with salads being the only entree for all three of us.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our party of five had Saturday Brunch at Morrison-Clark to celebrate a very special occasion. The place is beautifully designed - it is historic, yet incorporates contemporary elements - kudos to those who were involved in updating a historic inn and retaining its historic flavor yet with a clean, polished, updated ambience - not stuffy or fusty. The menu was diverse and seemed to satisfy most if not all of the varying tastes that a party of five might have. The atmosphere in our dining room was tasteful and quiet, elegant but not oppressively so, perfect for a business lunch or intimate gathering. The cuisine fused the historic and the contemporary, with a few unique twists (e.g. grilled cheese and lobster sandwich, cranberry-flavored mini-meringues floating on butternut squash bisque). The service was understated yet efficient and accommodating. Best of all, it is a very short walk from the DC convention center, yet gives the feeling of being "off the beaten path". A truly wonderful experience. I would come here again should the opportunity arise.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

We had a wonderful meal that suited a special occasion. Lovely setting. Service a bit slow, but very accommodating. Highly recommend!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Very quiet during the day...good friend and I on our annual celebration of our Libra birthdays...great place to catch up. Beautiful yet comfortable dining room; small plate options were perfect size and pleasing to the palate. Will be back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Arrived nearby for meeting. Option very close to convention center. Quaint, quiet, elegant small restaurant. Food excellent: duck confit, squash soup, pork, and Bibb salad. Portions generous enough to share some things. Pace provided for a relaxing dinner. Restaurant hidden gem on 2nd floor of a small hotel.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I've probably walked by this place a million times since I've been in DC and decided to check it out on a whim. Came for brunch with my husband and another couple. Sammy (our server) was polite and attentive. Drinks were wonderful. Mimosas were made with a better quality champagne and there was just the right amount of horse radish in the bloody mary. I had the sweet potato and crab hash and it was amazing. The egg was cooked perfectly and there was a generous amount of crab. I think what I loved most was the ambience. The large room wasn't overcrowded with tables and I think maybe 6 of them were in use. It was possible to have a conversation and not scream over drunk people (unlike every other brunch spot in DC). Looking forward to many more visits before too many people ruin this little gem hiding in plain site.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 19, 2017

A nice surprise. I booked this for a business lunch and it did not disappoint. Not great food but very good in a very nice atmosphere.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great service, great food. The waffle and the almond-crusted french toast were on point!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We dine out frequently and enjoy occasional "fancy" meals.
We did not know what to expect from our date to Morrison-Clark as we were in the neighborhood and just thought the entrance was appealing. We were surprised that on a Thursday night it was so slow and it made us question how good the restaurant could be.
We did dine at 8pm. Oh my were we shocked and pleased. It was truly one of the best meals we have had in DC. EVER. The fried green tomatoes with crab was one of the best dishes either of us has ever had. The Ahi tuna was spectacular and we truly enjoyed the burrata with grilled octopus. The wine list was interesting in that there were some great less known wines from well known wineries for a reasonable price. We enjoyed the Trefethan Malbec blend which was really amazing. Service was outstanding. Our two female servers were knowledgeable, attentive and helpful but never hovering and never rushed. They really topped off a great night.
thank you so much. We will definitely be back!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Went here during Restaurant Week. The selection of food was good. I think that the regular pricing was over priced. It was good, not GREAT. I loved the location and the atmosphere was really nice.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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