Old Ebbitt Grill

4.7
21108 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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1 review
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a party of 8, but we’re willing to sit at 2 different tables. They did their best to get us close to each other, and that was nice of them. The server wasn’t above and beyond, but knew her stuff and got our orders in fast and right.

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

Excellent wait staff! He was very knowledgeable and gave great advice about the menu.

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Chicago
42 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual it was a good meal.

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v
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I expected more from this establishment. We were seated at the saloon (bar) area despite the fact that the main dining room was practically empty. I'm not sure if it was because I was in my tennis shoes (we were, after all, taking a walk through DCs sites and museums) but it was almost like we were not worthy of being seated properly in the dining room. The one bright spot was Ronnie, our server who was very attentive. I'm not convinced by the hostess's response that they were simply spreading out the guests. I looked around the saloon area and most of us were in tennis shoes and jeans. Sorry, Ebbitt Grill. I didn't know we had to dress for breakfast.

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NM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very helpful when we increased the size of the party.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding! Our server was attentive and responsive to our needs. The food and drinks were delicious. One of our favorite places in D.C.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Good service and food, really like the ambiance. Will be going back. Let’s Go Caps

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious! Great way to spend a birthday

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GT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Definitely not the best food for what I am used to getting from Old Ebbits. Not sure if the crowd was more than they expected that night. Service was on point as always. She was very attentive though the busser continued to fill my cup with ice instead of water. Still my go to place for oysters.

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MB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we’re in DC, we come to Old Ebbitt. My only complaint is that we need to bring friends with us so we can get a booth. I don’t care for the 2-person tables where you’re practically sitting in the lap of the strangers next to you. But the food and the service is impeccable. Love it!!!

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d
Houston
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my 65th birthday! Enjoyed the venue and the food!

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SW
Austin
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exactly what we were looking for. Upbeat. Great food.

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

A Washington institution that doesn’t disappoint when hosting visitors to DC

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to Ebbitt’s Grill and very happy with everything!

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JH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Old Ebbitt Grill is a DC tradition. The quality of the food and service is consistent and the the elegant interior is classic. It's a great choice for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Awesome service, nice food

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DS
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ! Great food and service at this iconic restaurant in DC. Glad we were able to experience it as part of DC visit.

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

We had a great dinner. Food was great. We had a great table. Overall, amazing experience and good.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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c
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

For the first time in 20 years we were disappointed at Old Ebbitt Grill. I requested a quiet table and the one we got was at the end of the bar which was hardly quiet. Our waiter, Chris, was quite good but he was leaving for the day. His replacement, Thomas, was no where near as attentive. I had to ask him and someone else to get my water glass refilled. The dessert we got wasn't what we ordered but by then we just went with it. The only bright spot was Brandon who seated us. He really demonstrated the positive energy and welcome we have come to expect at the Old Ebbitt Grill. We hope this trip was an isolated poor experience.

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CK
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although our official wedding isn’t for two more weeks, we officially signed the certificate today, and made it legal. We had another amazing dinner at our favorite restaurant! The staff is always so great, and Brian was so great, even as busy as it was, he was constantly checking in on us!

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

Fantastic!

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

Food was terrible and service wasn’t good. Our appetizers arrived with the main course and it wasn’t what we had ordered. Main dish was not good.

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JW
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Seated promptly per reservation. Both had sandwiches for our late lunch. Walkers Burger was great. Turkey, Brie and apple sandwich was really good. Ambiance was amazing, classic, gas lamps, animal heads on walls. Will be back!

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AR
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat!

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OT
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect. Relaxing morning coffee and breakfast. The bar is gorgeous. Definitely going back for drinks!

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

Great location and great food! Service was awesome.

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

Always nice

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

Great restaurant within walking distance of everything. Considering the prices at other area restaurants, this is a great value for rest food.

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Robert was a great server. His recommendations were excellent!

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MM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all-American food, fun menu, incredible and historic atmosphere, and great service. Obviously, the locale and people watching (both exemplary) are just icing on the cake. Given all of this, the prices are fantastic. Go.

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

Loved everything about this place! Food and ambiance were amazing!

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OT
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The ultimate Washington D.C. experience!!

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

the service was excellent along with the great food made this a special treat

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a
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Really disappointed. First time dining at Old Ebbitt in 5 years and was really looking forward to it / I always recommend it but unfortunately am no longer able to.

Terrible table & inattentive service. My wife was bumped multiple times as upwards of 4 employees jockeyed to get access to the small server stand that wedged between 2 small tables of 2. Sauce was requested to be brought on side & was forgotten/not brought out at all. Plates were dropped on table & the runner promptly ran away before we could get another round of drinks (no one came by / we were not able to get another round of drinks until I asked one of the water fillers (after he had bumped my wife again - mid bite)

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M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb all the way around.

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

The chocolate chip bread pudding was the perfect finish to a delicious meal!

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C
Mississippi
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great, service was good. We were crammed into a tiny table against a pillar, seated next to another two top. Atmosphere was great.

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CN
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the seafood happy hour. One of the best deals in town. We had oysters, clams and shrimp. All were wonderful. Server was very nice. Will be back soon.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding as usual.

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