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Nick's Riverside Grill

4.2
260 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Casual
  • Waterfront
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Monday-Friday 11:30 am-10:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11 am-11 pm

**Bar is open till 2 am most nights
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Phone number
(202) 342-3535
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Corporate, Social, Fundrasiers, Happy Hours, etc.
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Private party contact
Erica Stevens: (202) 342-3535
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Thomas Jefferson St NW
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Parking details
Underground Garage located at 30th and K Street. It is part of the complex but we do not validate. K St also offers street parking.
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Public transit
Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn Metro stations are a ten minute walk from the restaurant.
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Entertainment
Valentines Day is fast approaching and our chef has created some amazing specials just for you! Join us February 10-14th and try out something new!

Chicken Tiki Masala- Basmati rice, toasted naan and fennel jalapeno slaw- $26.00

Stir Fry Alaskan King Crab Legs- Black beans, ginger, scallion and cilantro; Served over basmati rice- $59.00

House Smoked Baby Back Ribs (full)- Chipotle bbq, green beans, baby carrots and French fries- $36.00

Individual Raspberry Truffle Heart- Raspberry jam, chocolate butter cream and ganache- $9.00

Reservations are encouraged
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 260 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

A great place for drinks and hanging out with friends at the bar or outside on the patio but not for dinner where you would like have a conversation. 4 Stars seems too high after dining here. The server was the best part of the experience. She was late coming to the table after we were seated but once she arrived she did a good, not great, job. The entrees were good but a bit overpriced. It’s a very loud place.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Reunion with friends from out of town

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I was expecting more from the food for the cost.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Food was excellent. Had lamb chops and my wife had tortellini. Both were cooked just right. Key lime pie was very good too. It is a bit loud due to the hard floors and glass walls, but it wasn’t distracting for us. Definitely going again.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We ate here for Valentine's Day. We were surprised at how empty it was that evening, but it worked great for us since we tend to not like crowds/noise. The restaurant was calm, had great ambiance, was perfect for conversation, and had awesome music playing. I had the crab cake sandwich, which was okay (had great fries), and my boyfriend got the carne asada, which was delicious and very colorful. Great wine & beer menu. I'm sure it's livelier on other nights, but we enjoyed our quiet valentine's date!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The food and service were fine. The only problem was the noise. It was VERY loud. We ate there inside in January so the experience outside by the river may be very different.

The prix fixe was a great value which I strongly recommend.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

I had the spicy mussels on a friend's suggrstion and it was great. We were seated on the glass roof area and we cold during the meal.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Great place for a quick meal; Views are fantastic and the food is good;

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3.0Dined on November 25, 2017

We looked at the reviews for this on Open Table and they looked really good. The location has the appeal but the restaurant is riding on that and it feels as if they’ve not put any effort into the food here because they have a captive audience. Food was food chain type fare. Really unimpressive and basic.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

Every thing was perfect!!!!!! Management (Ricky)was awesome so was the Bartender that waited on me!!!!! The food was great just need bigger T.V.'s for watching the skins play lol

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1.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Awful overpriced food. Horrendous service.

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2.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Sat outside on a busy Saturday--my expectations for service were pretty low given it was crowded. However, service was generally MIA from the beginning of our visit. Food was pretty mediocre and really no effort to check in on us during the meal, refill waters etc. Good place to hang out and drink, but I would avoid the food.

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1.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Awful experience,rude waitress

Vouldnt hear each other from across the table.. People were walking around and had their bacsides in our faces while trying to enjoy overpriced not that good tacos

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3.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Bar had Raider fans that crowded into the dinner area. Restaurant staff should have kept them to the bar area.my dad's 75th bday party celebration was memorable for the wrong reasons. Disappointed.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2017

The atmosphere was very chill, which I liked. The service was great and our food came very quickly. Will definitely eat at again.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Great food and friendly service, beautiful riverside dinning. However, only reservations for inside can be made ahead. Outside dinner is a first come first serve basis.

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2.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Service was expected to be much better - food orders were completely messed up and one of my family members didn't even get to eat her meal at all. There was an issue with the seating - we were a group of 5 squeezed at a table meant for 4 - not as comfortable as it could have been.

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1.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Terriable service followed by terriable food. Reservations mean nothing here, we were sat right next to the bathroom.

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2.0Dined on August 25, 2017

The service and location are both great, but it is definitely overpriced considering the quality of the food. Much better options in the area!

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3.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Just okay.... a little overpriced .... better dining options around

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Great service! We had reserved an inside table, but they graciously moved us to an unreservable outside table, and added space for four unexpected friends to join us. The crab cakes were wonderful. And, of course, the view is amazing. The interior was VERY loud when we ended up inside due to rain. Not a place for a quiet dinner.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2017

We had a friend from Buffalo in town just for the evening. We came here for the riverside view which includes the Kennedy Center. But I was pleasantly surprised by how good the service was (before checking in the person in front me was given the hostess an earful about the poor service his group had received) as well as how tasty the food was. Lots of wine and beer selections though it is strange that some of the beers can only be ordered inside. (Nick, you should fix that!) All in all, we had a good time catching up while enjoying the food and view.

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2.0Dined on August 6, 2017

Maybe a bad day for a carne asada. The meat was tender, but probably marinated for 5 mins before it was cooked. The rice was cooked well enough but the flavor was like a washed out rice-o-roni. I wouldn't order it again. Service was good and we were seated promptly. Maybe just a place to get drinks for me in the future.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Great food and the key lime pie was awesome!

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2017

The outside patio area was very crowded. Was expecting a nice romantic dinner over looking the river. Food was better than expected.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2017

The food was mediocre at best, the service was below average for the price we paid. The only thing that was worthwhile is the view: right on the river between Georgetown and Kennedy Center...

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2017

2nd time visit. Did not disappoint. A very popular venue.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Good location in Georgetown, service could have been a little better. Food was very good and good value for the area. Inside is noise than outside but it was too humid on the evening we were there. Would suggest reservations on the weekends for sure.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2017

We ordered the 3 course meal which was excellent for the river front area. They do not take reservations for outside seating; but, due to the heat that was fine. Excellent service.

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3.0Dined on July 18, 2017

Food was good but not great considering the price. Waiter was not attentive and disappeared for about 20 minutes. We went on a Wednesday night and got in without a wait.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2017

Food and view are very good. Waitress & waiters could use some training in customer service. They were not rude, but we were there for a while talking and visiting with a friend who was from out of town. After they picked up our dishes from eating NO one came by to see if we would like anything else or if ask if we needed anything during the time we were sitting there. We would have probably ordered more drinks from the bar if someone would have paid attention to us.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2017

Great ambiance...great food

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2017

This is a great bar atmosphere. There were lots of young twenty and thirty something people. It was very lively and loud.
But because my husband and I were looking for waterfront seafood dining, this was not what we expected. It was more of a bar atmosphere than restaurant. We sat inside and could hardly hear each other talk. The low ceilings were problematic for noise.
If you go here, I suggest outdoor dining for the view and it is quieter.

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1.0Dined on July 8, 2017

We arrived and were told our reservation was invalid for outdoor seating and were told it would be a 45 minute wait. The only other option was by very loud bar patrons by the door with smokers.

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2.0Dined on July 8, 2017

It was just okay. Very loud and clearly a place to hang out and drink a lot. Service was slow and food was fair for a high price.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2017

We were seated immediately. We were given the option of sitting inside or outside, but it was a hot, windy day so we chose inside. Service was attentive, but not outstanding. We had to grab silverware and napkins from another table, and when we dropped a fork we grabbed another one! Our server was very helpful finding us things that we liked. There was one minor mixup with the side for our kids meal. The food was good, but very expensive. You are paying for location! Compared to Farmers, Fishers and Bakers, Nick's is more casual with better service and management. Similar prices.

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2.0Dined on June 18, 2017

Service sucked.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Lackluster service. Seemed like a moral problem. Food was nothing special, especially for the price.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Perfect location: people-watching, ambiance, proximity to Kennedy Center, Georgetown, etc. Great food & friendly service.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2017

There was a fight there. What a mess lol

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