Nick's Riverside Grill

3.8
323 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Whether you are looking for a quick bite to eat after work, a fun place for all the friends and family to gather or a romantic night on the waterfront, Nick's Riverside Grill is the place to be.

Our seasonal menus offer everything from fresh seafood to hand cut steaks as well as our signature Crazy Big Nachos and Jumbo Lump Crab cake Sandwich, which means there is something for every one and any appetite.

Join us for Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4-7 pm at our inside and outside bars and take advantage of our $5.00 draft beers, rail liquors and house wines as well as .50 cent wings.

Or reserve space with us for a large party from bar parties, corporate dinners, holiday parties, rehearsal dinners, or any other large function you have!
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Specials

1/2 price bottle of wine Thursday. (Select wines)

Join us Thursdays for the month of February for 1/2 price bottles of wine, (selected wines) ALL DAY!!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 12, 2019

Ends: February 13, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-6:00PM

Outside Bar Happy Hour Monday-Wednesday

We are now booking happy hours OUTSIDE Monday thru Wednesday. $5 drink specials from 4-7pm. Call to book your outdoor happy hour.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 1, 2018

Ends: October 2, 2117

Availability: Mon-Wed 4:00PM-7:00PM

Happy Hour on the River

$5 rail drinks, draft beers and house wines. 50 cent wings
4pm-7pm at the inside and outside bars.
Happy hour is not available on holidays

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 30, 2018

Ends: August 31, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-7:00PM

What 323 People Are Saying
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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Rough crowd. Was with my 13 year old and watched a group get escorted out. And it was not even 8:00pm.

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Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food ok
I made a reservation thinking they would sit me outside and they told me reservation were only for inside.
I ended up sitting on the side terrace ( not the main) that had a little biew butbnot the best.
Food was just ok

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TK
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Waterfront location but most tables can't see the water. The restaurant wasn't very clean. Service lacking. "No you can't do that" was the answer to most of our questions. Most likely will try another restaurant in the area.

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WA
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Mature clams were too difficult to chew. Very disappointed with how the manager handled the complaint he didn't seem to really care brushed it off saying no one else has ever made that complaint. No offer to send a substitute appetizer. Not professional. While the other dishes were fine the bad taste he left me with left me no desire to return. 😑

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with outdoor seating

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great music!

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Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Everything was fine, but they blasted country music throughout the restaurant which was rather offputting for a seafood restaurant on the Georgetown waterfront. It wasn’t a causal bbq joint and the music really ruined the atmosphere.

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KP
New England
19 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Wasn’t all that impressed. To start with even with reservations CANNOT sit outside. Chicken nachos had very little chicken other than the hat they were good. Chicken tikka masala NOT enough spice and lacked flavor. Salmon avocado salad Salmon nice flavor 3 small slices avocado.

Will not return

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was alright, not spectacular but not horrible. Little pricey, but our server was amazing! So funny and very on top of everything. She made the experience worth it.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Dinner

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RR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

Extremely noisy with airplanes every three minutes. Food was good. Waiter very friendly and attentive.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Graduation

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AR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food and ambiance were good. But the hostess and waitress were horrible. It also took an hour to get our food

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a
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was amazing! We sat outside on the deck, right along the Potomac. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. I ordered the caprese salad for an appetizer and it was big enough to split with another person. I ordered the soft shell crabs for my main course and they were absolutely perfect- not chewy at all. We didn’t have to wait too long for our food and didn’t feel rushed at all. I would definitely recommend this place!

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The strip steak was just ok
The atmosphere was wonderful
The wait staff did a wonderful job

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CR
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We came here for dinner on a Thursday night for a double date. The weather was perfect so we wanted somewhere right on the water. Everyone also had the same idea so it was pretty crowded but I made a reservation and the accommodated.
The service was great. Very attentive, friendly and made great recommendations. The drinks were pretty good. Nothing fancy but made well and good size. The food was good. Not great but for a fun drinking spot, the food was as expected. The crab cake was over cooked but definitively had good size chunks of crab meat. I would definitely come back here but probably just for drinks and apps/ happy hour/ brunch.

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MF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Gorgeous day. Had guest from out of town. They loved the view of Kenedy center and Ptomac river

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RL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s lovely sitting at an outdoor table by the waterfront. The waiter was attentive to my food allergies and helped me make a good choice. The grilled shrimp on salad was delicious and healthy. The mixed drinks are good. Price is right. I like to bring friends here.

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S
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were seated outside very quickly. Even though it was busy our server was very nice and the food came quickly. We had the burger and fries and was very tasty.

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RW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was very bland and service was inconsistent.

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JC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The place was noisy but it was Friday night. Our waiter was super helpful and pleasant.
The steak was perfect, veggies just right.
A great dining experience-except for the noise:)

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g
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was average at best and very overpriced. I wish I had my kids grilled cheese because my salad was the most bland thing I had ever tasted - absolutely no seasoning on the chicken and no salt/pepper available on the table. Husbad was upsold on the "old bay fries" with his fish and chips and never told of the increased price. They just dumped old bay on top of the fries, not necessarily a "style." In Maryland, Old Bay is usually just a condiment available on the table. His fish didn't look freshly battered, more like frozen then fried. Kids grilled cheese was the best entree.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The wait was exceptionally long for reservations (26mins) and a bit disorganized but after getting a table and being seated, our server was extremely nice, attentive, and swift!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Food was not worth the price. Service was good although utensils were not brought out until the main course. Server was kind and was always present.

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DQ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

No ambiance whatsoever. It was dirty. Menus weren’t wiped down. Tables were haphazardly wiped off. I just didn’t get the impression that food prep was treated any differently. Was it busy? Yes. But that’s no excuse for lack of cleanliness. I don’t generally complain on public forums but this place needs to be visited Unexpectedly by the board of health.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crowded. Quick service all around. Tight seating.

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BB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Everything was ‘just ok’ with the exception of the service being below average. The value for the food was better than I expected and the food was good, just nothing that will make me make sure to come back.

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Dropped in here after a boat tour. Had little to no expectations except to have a casual meal with my family. Every small change we requested on a menu item was met with a "No" or an unreasonable up-charge.

1. Can you put chicken in this dish instead of shrimp? "Yes, but it will cost you $6 extra" (makes no sense considering chicken is cheaper than shrimp).
2. Can I have tater tots instead of fries? Answer was no (here is where I would have expected an up-charge but got a flat out no).
3. Can I have a straw? "No, we don't have any". (I understand phasing out the use of plastic straws for the environment but paper straws would pose no hazard).

To add insult to injury:

1. Ordered iced tea. Had two glasses. Both of them arrived with little to no ice cubes left because the tea was so hot.
2. The food took forever to arrive.
3. My burger was hard as a rock and over cooked (not medium-well like I requested)
4. Found a long hair in my food. Waitress offered to get another sandwich but we had already waited so long for our food I didn't want to do that to my family. Waitress should have offered to take something off of bill or give a free dessert.
5. Sat around for about 10 minutes waiting for waitress to run credit card. Please note: the place was not busy at all.

Bottom line, I would not go back. Real waste of space in such a great location.

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J
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

It was a high energy place. Service was spotty.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Classic tourist trap. Overpriced. Slow service. To give you an example, our drinks (tap beer!) came 10 minutes after our appetizers. Be aware that they don’t allow splitting bills, so be prepared with cash, or that only someone from your party puts the bill on their card. Will avoid next time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food!! Service was okay, seemed like a new waiter getting the hang of things.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sat outside. Waiter was very accommodating for my 3 kids.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful setting to dine outside on the Potomac River!

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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I found a bug in my salad and the waiter did nothing. The service was extremely slow.

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Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday and St. Patrick's Day. Ambiance and food was great!

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T
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s was my anniversary dinner and we were running extremely late for our reservation. We arrived and were still seated. The ambiance was exquisite the food was amazing the drinks were on point. I would highly recommend the lemon rosemary chicken with the potatoes and string beans and carrots. The absolute most juicy flavorful chicken u would want to try. The drink I would recommend is the rum punch. This was an amazing experience to dine there. The staff was the absolute best. Thank you again for making our Anniversary one we will never forget.

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LA
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This was an unexpected surprise! never having been in this part of town before we randomly picked a place for dinner before walking to the Kennedy Center for the preforming Arts. Sitting outside by the river was relaxing and the food was very good.

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LH
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Great location and our waiter was fantastic. My shrimp scampi was so spicy I could barely eat half. My friends steak was just so so but not worth the price. Overall just not worth the money but I guess you are paying for the great spot on the water

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k
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent...service was very professional. Great location. Really nice evening. Katherine was our waitress, and she was great.

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TS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

TV volume too loud and waited 20 minutes before ordering drinks

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