Old Ebbitt Grill

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21973 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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Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When my husband and I visit DC, Ood Ebbitt is a must. Love the oysters.

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JM
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great! Definitely recommend this place!!!

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

We came for a birthday and Tomas, our waiter, made the experience so wonderful!! He made the best recommendations and really took care of us all night. Excellent drinks, food, and definitely save room for the Blondie a la mode (per Tomas’ recommendation).

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CF
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant, we have been there before when we visit Washing D.C. or when I have been there for work.

This meal was good but not as good as we have had in the past and definitely not as good as the meal we had at their sister restaurant Clyde’s a few days before.

It was extremely crowded since the Capital was celebrating 50 years since the moon landing and I think everyone had the same idea to have dinner there before walking over to the Washington Monument.

We had the summer rice bowl and the roasted chicken with the artichoke appetizer. The artichoke appetizer was exceptional, very nicely done and great flavor. The chicken was great as well, very flavorful but the sides were only ok. The summer rice bowl was good.

Wanted to have the peanut butter pie but we skipped it due to the longer than expected wait, even with a reservation. The peanut butter pie is worth a trip here regardless, it is excellent. Next time we will pick an off time for our meal so we can make sure we get the pie, even though our reservation was for 9:30.

I would still go back and I definitely recommend it!

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

Great food, lives the bar and service was excellent.

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HB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Overrated, and rather meh. Oysters were fine, calamari was fine, crab linguini was bad and oddly soupy, steak, salmon, burgers, dessert were all just okay. Crowded and loud and nothing more than an ornate-ish dining room really. A bit of a tourist trap, and cafeteria for folks who work in the various government offices all around. Doesnt merit a special visit.

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

Beautiful hotel and great ambience. Had dinner reservation and went again for breakfast after White House tour. Loved both days. Will return when I’m DC
David

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MI
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a business meeting. We weren’t rushed at all

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CD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great diner with our 3 children’s, all plates were empty at the end ! Nice place to go

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CD
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters are delicious. Not overly expensive considering it's history and proximity to the White House. Great bar!

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

Old Ebbitts was a favorite of mine from the beginning of my work career. I was in the Press Building and we would walk the short distance to F street around the corner from where it’s located now. Liked the food and loved the atmosphere. So glad they brought the carved wooden bar when they moved. Food still good and not overpriced for the area. Didn’t sit at bar but would like to next time. Servers were friendly and attentive.

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

BEST place to get oysters on the half shel! Still as good as when I went in the 80’s

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

Everything was delicious. The crab cakes are a splurge but worth it! Our server was also so helpful and so friendly.

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LM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We were in DC for the JLO concert. We were SUPER EXCITED as we were staying at the intercontinental and had the day/night planned. I was very disappointed as our waiter was very rude. I choose this restaurant and was embarrassed by how our server was acting. Next time we will spend our money elsewhere.

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

Highly recommended! Classic experience! Any DC visitor should try out Ebbitt at least once

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OG
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Honestly, if I'm accompanying out of town guests and we find ourselves downtown, the OEG it is. I like to give them a real DC experience. We were seated right away. Friendly hosts. Good table service.

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

Got there 2 1/2 hours before reservation but they got us right in. Exceptional crab cakes!

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

The Crab Cake is a must! 🦀 service was very friendly and kind to suggest a drink pairing

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

Delicious crab cakes. Nice atmosphere. Glad I tried it.

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JF
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was told to eat here, and they were correct. Great ambiance and character, food was great also.

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

My boyfriend and I stopped in for lunch while visiting Washington D.C. I ordered a cheeseburger and he ordered the Smoked Pulled Pork sandwich. The burger was juicy and delicious, and my boyfriend loved his sandwich as well.

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R
Baltimore
58 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall a nice experience, food& service were both good, my complaint was how they seated us. While we had a 11am reso, they put us in the back dining room, that’s okay, but what they did was put us at a table for 4 , there were 5 of us. We had a child with us and they thought it was okay to add a chair to the end of the booth, “the child can sit there “Not okay, it was in the line of fire as the servers walked back and forth. There was a table further in the back that could have accommodated us and wasn’t sat until about 5 minutes before we left~ Shame,shame,shame.

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

Always good no matter the time of day. Have been there for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Always the best.

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BB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Old Ebbitt is a must see in DC. I have been there many times. Problem with my dinner was server pushed two "fresh" fish entrees which were not very good. Especially the salmon, it was pasty.

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

Our waiter could not have been any nicer or more helpful. The restaurant is very comfortable and the food is quite good.

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RD
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a great meal at Old Ebbitt Grill. The food was excellent and server, Gabi, provided excellent service. Definitely one of my favorite places.

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

Our service was super attentive to our needs and made us feel very welcome. We will definitely be back again. Great value for the DC area.

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b
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a late lunch tried the pulled pork sandwich and was pretty good

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

What a wonderful historic place so close to the White House! This place has delicious food and great ambiance.

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J
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Very disappointing breakfast in the beautiful, historic restaurant. Mediocre good, uninspired menu, very slow service in an almost empty restaurant. No gourmet touches - packaged jelly, for. example. No better than a diner for 3x the price

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RD
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, amazing food, and server Gabri was awesome. Highly recommend this place.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was great from the server to the food.

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DN
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the historic setting; the food and service was excellent. Only drawback was the high noise level.

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CC
Ayrshire
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch her on Sunday 14 July.
Note that the brunch menu is the main menu but we got there just as the happy hour for oysters kicked in.

It was really busy and people turning up without reservations were being told anything from 30-90 minutes wait dependant in table size.

We had a very comfortable booth and the girl who served us (apologies, never got her name) was absolutely brilliant. Polite, friendly and informative. Couldn’t fault her at all, real credit to the business.

Food was excelllent, oysters wonderful, steak salad excellent wine list very extensive and not crazy money either.

100% recommended if in DC and you must book!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took some friends from overseas for brunch. Ladies enjoyed the cocktails, fellas loved the hearty meal sizes and the teenager was rapt with his burger. Fantastic service as always - attentive, polite and quick. Ambience is always terrific in the evening - my first time for brunch but will definitely be back

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. Definitely reserve a table.

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M
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brunch was delicious and service very attentive. Good children’s menu. We go here every time we are in DC, and will be back next visit, too!

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AH
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went for brunch. About as expected. Food was pretty good. Chicken and waffles very good. Granola/fruit/yogurt not more than Kellogg’s. But we chose the restaurant for the setting not the food. So no real complaints. Would be a great happy hour I imagine.

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SM
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always friendly service and accommodating hosts. A great place to cool down after being outside.

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OT
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must visit DC haunt. Oysters are local to the East Coast and very fresh! Beer is cold.

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