Old Ebbitt Grill

4.7
22193 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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OT
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined 3 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters on the half shell were delicious! As well as the bay scallops and mussels fra diavolo! Service was wonderful too!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had asked for a seat in main dining room and hostess put us in a back room. A kind waiter say I was not happy and found us a great table out in the main dining room and kept checking to make sure everything was fine. Also brought a free dessert for our anniversary. Way to go above and beyond. Hostess needs to be trained as well as the waiter to accommodate guests

BN
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time. Very busy, as always, but the staff is exceptionally profesional and gracious. Food was excellent.

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

Great selection of dishes which accomodates many food wants/needs. The oyster happy hour is the best!
And the service always makes one feel special.
Thanks for another lovely meal.

AB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A year ago, a local recommended Old Ebbitt Grill at a random bar and grill. This time in DC, I decided to try it, and boy was it worth the effort. The grilled artichoke and caprese salads were fresh, flavorful and beautifully plated. I'm not even vegetarian, but I couldn't resist the descriptions and I am so glad I went for it. My server was attentive, but not overly intrusive and the ambiance was absolutely beautiful. Prices were comparable to other restaurants in the area.

SP
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special interest for our grandkids. Excellent service. Awesome food. Perfect lunch.

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

It was the perfect environment for a farewell lunch for an employees last lunch with the team.

MK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere! Be sure to schedule a reservation in advance. It books fast! Very reasonably priced also.

Best burger I ever had! Also had crab cakes and ribs. Ribs being our favorite.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Too noisy to carry on a conversation

C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great, ambience was lively and classic. We'll be back!

JC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Disappointed this time. We were seated next to the servers area, with silverware and glasses of water. Poor seating.

I was with an important guest from the whitehouse and we were seated at the worse table in the restaurant.

Prior to my guest arriving I asked the hostest for a nice booth. I arrived 30 minutes in advanced and asked her for her help.

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

Normally this place is a bit louder, but I was in a quiet section. The food was over-the-top good, and the waitress was one of the best I've ever had. Will definitely return.

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

Wonderful experience as always. Ambiance and food cannot be beat.

M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our drinks and dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill. It's an iconic DC bar and restaurant with a good menu and creative drinks. I accidentally left my credit card at the restaurant, but the waiter put it in the safe until I returned to pick it up. I appreciated that level of customer service!

DT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

It was fine, we had to wait 20 min for a table, even tho we had a reservation. Staff was friendly, but a little disorganized. Jambalaya was odd, it was dry, no sauce. Wasn’t really jambalaya, Wouldn’t order again.

OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had been a couple of times before, and this time we came for restaurant week. The Menu was ok and the portions really big. The tomato salad was a little sad, clam chowder was nice and filling. The mussels with pasta were a huge portion as well as the meatloaf. Creme brûlée was nice and I loved the peach dessert. Very nice that they include a glass of wine with the $35 menu.

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

Old Ebbitt Grill is a staple of DC and you feel like you are walking back into time! The atmosphere is busy, vibrant and energetic which leads to a fun night. The drinks are amazing and Hannah made the best Cosmopolitan I've ever had (and I've had a few)!!! She made our trip worthwhile. The food was delicious, service fantastic and an overall great experience. It does get very busy so make reservations!

AB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service is always exceptional at Old Ebbitt Grill. They literally have the best burgers. We always have a great time.

A
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Server was awful, legitimately screwed up every single table’s food or drink within 5 tables of us, our drinks were totally randomly chosen not anything close to what we ordered or even sounded like what we ordered, bill was never adjusted, he was MIA the entire meal. Food an ambience were average, for a place that is kind of a tourist “must-stop” it’s lacking in every category

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

Great history! Great crab cakes!

DG
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us had a wonderful brunch at the Old Ebbitt Grill. From the starters to the main we had wonderful looking and tasting food. And to make it even better, our server was terrific. We shared a glorious summer tomato mozzarella salad that was delicious. X

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

Although the service was not on par (had to ask the hostess for water, no spoon to stir coffee, had to get up & find a knife) the ambiance is always the best. Brunch menu very good.

C
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

We had to wait 45 minutes for our food because our tickets got mixed up, or the computer messed up... I'm not really sure what actually happened because we got different excuses from different waiters. Food was okay, not great. Certainly had better food with greater portions for less money and better service at other establishments. I'm afraid this restaurant has suffered from its popularity diluting the unique allure the Old Ebbitt Grill once boasted as its claim to fame. I probably won't be back.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was very good!

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

Great oysters!!! Happy hour 50% off oysters and shrimp cocktail. Can’t beat that. Service was excellent. Place was lively. Cocktails were properly prepared. I’ll be back.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food! Will definitely return when we show friends and family around DC next time.

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

Old Ebbitt Grill is the best restaurant I have been to!!! Everything from the appetizers to the desserts are fantastic. The quality ingredients that are expertly cooked is such a joy to experience. I appreciate the conscious choice to make items in house like their fresh pasta. Homemade makes the difference!! I make a point to stop there whenever I am in DC. You haven’t eaten until you eat at Old Ebbitt Grill.

BS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and ambiance. Great deal for restaurant week too!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old Ebbitt Grill has always been a favorite of ours. Whenever we eat there, we always walk away saying how delicious everything was. We usually go here for dinner, but today was the first time we went for brunch. The french toast was sweet and savory! The service was exceptional and the atmosphere was delightful. We loved it!

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

Ronnie was a great server! Food was amazing! Brunch including key lime pie was wonderful.

P
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a Great time! We always enjoy our time at Old Ebbitt

LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I both loved Old Ebbitt Grill! I had the blue catfish and my boyfriend had the trout! They were both very delicious dishes!! Our waitress was very kind as well!! All types of dress attire is welcomed!(:

A
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service, nice ambiance and the food was incredible. Made for a very nice date night.

HS
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great, insanely busy. Friday night during restaurant week. Servers were slammed all night.

SA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Favorite restaurant in DC.

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d
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had calamari for appetizers and they were crispy and really good. The kids loved them. My hubby abs I shared half s dozen oysters and try were fresh and a good size. We had the meatloaf, crab cakes, and chicken. Al dishes were excellent. My daughter did not care for the Swiss chard on her meatloaf as it was more bitter than spinach but the rest of the meal was excellent. The crab cakes were great and not overbreaded. Dessert was creams brûlée and peanut butter pie. The pie was a hit with everyone.

DG
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed eating at the grill!! We were vacationing in DC for 3 days and ate there twice! I think that speaks for itself. I would highly recommend this restaurant from all aspects that I like to find, such as hearty salads and some vegan choices...hearty to light, our friends as well as my husband and myself were delighted.

C
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a stop while in DC! Best experience, best food, best service!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Old Ebbitt Grill for lunch on a family vacation to DC. Food was great and flavorful. Portions were standard size, apps are recommended if your hungry. Only critique is their beer menu is on the lighter side (I.e. not many selections and primarily light beers).

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great American food with a diverse menu

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