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About Old Ebbitt Grill
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.
Washington, DC 20005
American, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 11:00am
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am,
Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Late Night Dining: Sunday - Thursday: 12:00am - 1:00am,
Friday & Saturday: 12:00am - 2:00am
Closed Christmas Day
15th between F and G
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please contact our events department at 202.552.5000.
Valet parking after 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday and after 8:30 am on Sundays is available. $12.
Metro: Red Line to Metro Center, Orange/Blue to McPherson Square
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Steps away from the White House, the Old Ebbitt Grill is the perfect location for your next event. From intimate dinners in the Cabinet Room to larger receptions on our Rooftop Terrace and Atrium. The Old Ebbitt Grill can accommodate events from 10-600 guests.
Old Ebbitt Grill Ratings and Reviews
Old Ebbitt Grill is a staple of DC as the capital city's oldest restaurant. It has old school charm and ambiance with a terrific menu. We took advantage of the happy hour specials for oysters, crab claws and jumbo shrimp. We booked a reservation due to its popularity but we were in the White House area in the mid afternoon and fortunately we were able to be accommodated. The restaurant was recommended to us by friends and I would recommend it to anyone visiting DC.
We frequent Old Ebbitt Grill and have always loved their brunch offerings. Our group of 7 was excited for sure. Four of the diners were thrilled with their dishes immediately. The three of us who ordered the Benedicts returned ours. They were cold, the muffins didn’t taste toasted and we were not happy. The server was gracious and returned with three great dishes to make the afternoon complete. It was a glitch, I’m sure, in years of great dining. Of course we will be back. I wouldn’t miss their fried oysters and martinis for anything in the world.
Hi- I brought 3 girls- ages 7yrs, 8yrs and 14 yrs this past Saturday evening to celebrate their birthdays prior to walking to the National to see Mean Girls at 8pm. The valet was great, our waiter was great, the actual restaurant part was disappointing and stressful. We waited in line for ~15minutes to get to the host for our 6pm reservation and were informed Old Ebbitt was way overbooked by Open table and the host could not guarantee a table at all, though we had a confirmed reservation. He suggested we take a buzzer and walk around the restaurant, which was incredibly crowded and my little girls got bumped around and wanted to leave. We finally got seated and our waiter was great, but we had waited 45minutes and had to eat very quickly to be on time for the show. The food was OK, but not great. I don't think I would do it again, though have been a long-time fan of the awesome history and ambience of Old Ebbitt.
Overall the meal was very good. The biggest negative was that we were seated 30 minutes after our reservation time. In fairness, there was a large event going on, but if you know that is happening, maybe limit your reservations and/or walk-ins. We were on a timeline due to tickets for a show.
Once we were seated, our server took good care of us. He brought refills out quickly and was very attentive.
In my reservation, I said we were there for a birthday. There was no acknowledgment by the staff for the birthday.
Two of the entrees were cold and were sent back, the third was over cooked. The replacement entrees were over cooked (cauliflower steak) and cold again. The dessert was supposed to be without whipped cream and was served with whipped cream. The bartender in the back bar was yelling sports scores off his phone so loudly that it was painful to the ear. Once he left the bar, the entire room quieted down. Not good!
Nov 18th Saturday brunch at 2:30PM. Selected item recommended by very nice waitress. Chesapeake: jumbo lump crab cakes, Old Bay hollandaise ... 20.99. served with soft-poached, cage-free chicken eggs* and brunch potatoes. Food was warm. Eggs had good taste. Sauce and crab cakes had little taste. This item needs to be served hot.
Would not recommend this menu item. Nearby tables seem to get larger servings usually with fries.
Our waitress was helpful, polite, and smiled.
Full disclosure. I am an Old Ebbitt fan. My wife and I started dining there in 1999. The food quality is still outstanding. Always has been. But I think that is now over-priced. They need to offer more healthy side options with the main course. The last time we dined there, I had their "Cedar River Farms® Steak Frites" and my wife, the Salmon. The only sides available were green beans, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, french fries, and spinach. What about grilled mixed? Or other healthy veggies? They need to offer different vegetables. As much as we have enjoyed it, we are not going back because there are so many more good options around them that are worth the money.
We had low expectations for Old Ebbitt thinking it would be a tourist trap, but we really enjoyed it. It looks old with all the warm dark wood even though it is not the historical space. The only criticism of the food is that the cauliflower steak was only warm and was served not as a steak but as pieces. Other than that all was great.
Went to this restaurant to celebrate a birthday with my boyfriend. Love the vibe of this place, nice lively spot with lots of character. Our waitress was fabulous and the meal was awesome as well. Would definitely return to this venue when I am visiting the DC area.
It was lunch hour and busy. I understand the need to seat guests who are waiting. However, we did not overstay (out in an hour) but felt pressure from our waiter to finish as he was getting pressure from the host or hostess to move diners along and clear tables. Several times he shrugged his shoulders in response to the reservation desk as if to say: "what can I do, the smucks want to visit and I've already bothered them several times. Also, after we had been seated in a rear booth (where we at least could hear each other talk) we were asked to move to accommodate guests who apparently requested this particular booth. A couple of "sorry for this"s" but nothing in the way of making us feel better about the move (such as a complimentary appetizer or even some bread and butter with our meals). These folks are way too busy and successful and are beginning to cut corners because they can. Won't be back for a while. J. Inskeep-Fox
Old Ebbits is a DC classic and I always include a meal there when I'm in the area. It has an amazing selection of oysters (50% off during happy hour) and the rest of the menu is varied and delicious. The table servers are attentive and offer recommendations. The bars can get pretty crazy, so persistence is needed to get a drink.
This is a classic watering and oyster hole just across the street from the Treasury Building. It is popular with tourists, and, to my surprise, quite noisy at 5:30. My table was small and so cluttered that the waitress had to remind me that she had, in fact, put a glass of wine I had ordered on my table. All in all, this is an excellent dining option, especially if one can stand the noise.
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