Old Ebbitt Grill

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20678 reviews
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Established in 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill is the oldest dining saloon in Washington, DC. Across from the White House, Old Ebbitt serves American Cuisine, and offers the largest selection of oysters in DC. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining, and Saturday and Sunday Brunch. Casual dining with service to locals and visitors alike.
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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The short ribs with polenta was delicious!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

We were a group who came from all over the country to spend time together and we were seated in the atrium...essentially outside of the restaurant. As amazing as the ambiance is inside the physical restaurant, we felt shorted by our experience. Certainly not the Old Ebbitt we were hoping for.

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Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner. Excellent service. Great martini See you next time. Always great dining experience.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love to bring business colleagues to Old Ebbitt! Atmosphere is great, as is the food. It is a favorite!!!

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great spot for dinner!!!

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DO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A bit noisy in the booths but otherwise great for any occasion.

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CB
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was such a fun atmosphere! I told my husband that it was like a Top of the line pub in London😊

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J
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my husband’s birthday we had a wonderful time with family and friends

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TS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the historic feeling in this restaurant. I always go for the oysters and seafood but this time I had a steak and did not regret it.

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DJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The music in the oyster bar was far too loud. Conversations could not be heard. Unusual for such a great place.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

1st time in DC with the family!!!

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oyster pretty good

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

It was wonderful!

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Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good menu and tasty oysters but add lobster rolls on the menu

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Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting this place and it was absolutely phenomenal! The atmosphere, staff, AND food was wonderful! If ever visiting DC again, definitely would recommend. Especially for a special event like a date night, birthday, anniversary, etc.

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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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GF
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food need more seasoning ! We love the restaurant and will return

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JA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service
Thomas is so attentive
Very fun evening

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FE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 19 year wedding anniversary there while visiting from California. We will be back the next time we're in town.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the food. Great oysters and salmon.

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St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a good place to go in DC.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and delectable food. The gas lights and architecture details add to ambiance. Overall, a fantastic dining experience.

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RA
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

OEG's salmon is normally very good. The salmon on lentils is probably not their best combination.

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KO
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was visiting DC for a 2 day trip and was so glad we decided on returning to Old Ebbitt Grill. It has been a couple of years since we were there and were happy to find it was just as good. The scallops were delicious, as well as the cannelloni and burger. We shared a piece of peanut-butter cake for dessert also delish. The service was great the waitress was very attentive and made great suggestions. Will definitely return on out next trip to the area.

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New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The fillet was decent but I’ve had better, more tender elsewhere. My broccolini had wayyyy too much garlic in it! The potato cake was good. The oyster on the half shell was fresh and good. Martini was great.

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DW
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took some new friends I met at a conference for seafood. This place made me the food hero of the conference! Outstanding seafood and great service. Met a senator! Definitely worth a stop when you’re in DC.

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H
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and interesting atmosphere for lunch or dinner. My wife and I enjoyed dinner a few nights ago - we had a wonderful dinner and a great time!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Being seated in the back section in the mall area is about as charming as a cafeteria

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ID
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my absolute favorite places in DC for Breakfast, lunch, dinner to any occasion in fact. The restaurant itself is just cozy and olde worlde in some ways. You find yourself wondering about all the famous people who went through these doors and ate here before you. It has a nice ambiance about it! After that, it comes down to the food and the staff. The menus a great and the portions are perfect when you go hungry (and you should go hungry). I find it hard to take myself away from the panfried crusted Trout. I love fish and its the closest to fresh fish I've gotten around DC. Always tastes great, is a huge portion of fish (which I love) and very little potatoes (which is healthier). It also comes with green beans which I find really tasty. On initial view, you might think they're a little stingy with the potatoes and green beans but the fish is so good you are full from it alone so end up with enough of everything. My colleague (work meeting) had a scampi dish which he loved. We both ordered dessert, he got a HUGE piece of key lime Pie - i went for the creme brulee expecting the usual tiny portion you get (which is never enough) and was thrilled that it was a really big one - I ate every scrap of it! Delicious. We both had 2 beers and cappuccinos and the bill came to $98 I believe (he paid!)., Great food, very fast service. We sat in the front Mallard section which I love. Ask for a booth - makes it more enjoyable than a boring table! Great experience, highly recommend - eat cheap everywhere else but pay a little extra for great food and experience here. It's a DC must!!

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Washington DC
420 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A historic place to bring a friend when visiting. we had an excellent lunch. Turkey sandwiches have that special Old Ebbits touch. Excellent staff and service.

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AT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Good place, but over-hyped. It's really more popular because of the history more than the food. The food was decent but not the best I ever had. Prices are a little steep as well.

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HC
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice experience here. We usually avoid Old Ebbitt Grill if its too crowded, but it was surprisingly not on this early Sunday in January. Our waitress really made the whole meal great, though. Squeezing in our raw oyster order to get us the 1/2 price special before 6 pm. Then recommending really good changes to our swordfish entree and splitting all our meals for us. All of the food was yummy and beautifully prepared. We highly recommend it if you can get a table!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time. Mostly a high end seafood menu at good prices.

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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service, good food.

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for my daughter's birthday celebration and had a great time. Great menus and for happy hour we got oysters and crab legs half off. The staff is excellent, so knowledgeble and attentive, made my daughter feel great for her special day.

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MH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife and daughter to Sunday brunch while visiting DC. We were seated immediately. The service and food were both exceptional and I will make Old Ebbitt Grill a regular stop on future visits

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Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place for a meal if you are in DC and plan to be near the White House. Historically known for oysters and maintains a very good reputation. However, don't overlook other menu options, as food is very good and reasonably priced for the quality.

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AH
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday brunch!! Nice menu and excellent service! Never felt rushed at all.

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

Great atmosphere and food

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y
Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family was in town for my mother's burial at Arlington National Cemetery. My husband and I have been here several times, and we absolutely love it. The food, service, and ambiance are fantastic. On this particular day, about 10 people were in town, and before we left the hotel, 4 more people arrived. Old Ebbitt Grill was happy to accommodate 4 additional people and would have been glad to add even more due to the government shutdown. The restaurant did a great job serving a large group, the food was delicious, the servers were attentive, and the family was able to enjoy a good time together. Old Ebbitt Grill never disappoints! Thanks!

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