Old Ebbitt Grill

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21335 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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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had reservation, was sat next to a bus stand, asked to be moved and were

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a
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular service, immaculate food. Attentive servers. Beautiful artwork all along the walls.

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NN
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Old Ebbitt Grill: is a historic saloon style bar and restaurant located at 675 15th Street NW in Washington, D.C.. It is Washington's oldest bar and restaurant. I believe on the paper menus its mentioned its owned by Clyde's Restaurant Group who also owns the Hamilton.
In the corner to the back of the restaurant, it does mimic an old style saloon, which gave it a lot of quirky appeal and charm.

The restaurant is popping with people which better equates to "loud" in the front of the house. The atmosphere is lively and relaxed. There is no reason to dress up. The walls are covered in artistic paintings and the ceiling has a cool hand painted mural.
The restuarants menu is pretty straightforward and leans you in my opinion to their famous raw bar which has a nice selection to choose from. The entrees do vary from seafood to steak but on the upside, the same 70.00 steak at the Occidental you can get here for about 30.00 flat. This jewel on the steak comparison came directly from our handy dandy waiter Bob.
We chose the usual beverages which were Heineken and a Pinot Noir. For appetizers Charles chose oysters and I had shrimp cocktail. Both items were great. Oysters were meaty and the shrimp were a ample size. For entrees we selected the same dish which was the Blue Crab Linguine. The dish tasted good but in my opinion was missing something as far as flavors like more seasonings. We had a similar dish over at RPM which this did not even come close.
The service was attentive and friendly. Do make a reservation if you visit because it stays packed. The prices are very reasonable.
My overall score for this restuarant on a scale from 1 to 10 with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best is a strong 7.
I did enjoy the experience but there were just a few instances that annoyed me. To start it was loud and I mean loud as in you could barely hear our named called by the Hostesses. The 2nd thing was the paper menus ( hate them) with a passion. The 3rd issue was being seat

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PC
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I've been a frequent guest, and so when I decided to mark my 40th anniversary wanted to do it at Ebbitt. Brought some friends who also enjoy your food. We were all disappointed that some of our favorites were not included on the menu.

No meatloaf?
No Pork Chop?

C'mon these are expectations of a legacy establishment like yours, especially when you get us used to the wonderful food.

That said, we didn't whine about it, and selected from the menu. But, have to say the presentation of these items was sub-standards -- The shrimp and grits looked like a bowl of spaghetti-os, and the grilled chicken salad had pieces of chicken that were gnarled and tough and dry. Half chicken dinner also looked thrown together.

The only guests who had no issues were the two who decided to get the Cuban.

Our waiter was friendly and tried to explain the menu omissions. He did wish us an anniversary wish and wrote on the plate when we ordered deserts.

But all in all, we were disappointed. Not saying we won't be back, but maybe just for lunch and not a celebration.

Thank you for listening.

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BP
Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not easy to get Into Old Ebbitt Grill, but worth the effort to make it happen. Excellent food and service! Make reservations ahead of time and enjoy!

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

Visiting DC - this historic restaurant lived up to its reputation

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

This place is brilliant! Food top class, service is great. The General Manager Jeremy is so welcoming! Love this place.

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C
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oysters were fresh and wonderful. My dining partner declared that the salmon salad was the best salmon he has ever had. The service was on point.

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

Always a hit

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F
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Place is amazing , history surrounds. Bar tenders were friendly and attentive , place was packed and we were hungry from sight seeing all day. They were able to set us up with apps before dinner.

Dinner was sandwiches, loved the Rubin and Cuban.

Would go back

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JO
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Too busy. Rude male host at check in. Walk in guests with no reservations blocking the vestibule and preventing guests with reservations from getting to the podium. Erratic service and no sense of who your waiter is. Not good for a pricey establishment.

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

Erika O was a fantastic server, and made our experience wonderful. I highly recommend Old Ebbitt Grill to anyone looking for an enjoyable dining experience.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing crab cake and scallops! Also got the cherry blossom margarita and “yes dear” for drinks! Would recommend the restaurant and making reservations

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Old Ebbitt's Grill after we toured the White House with our 11-year old sons'. It was the perfect place to go- the ambiance was as DC as could be and the food was delicious and the service was impeccable. Definitely happy we made a reservation - the line at 1:30 was long! We loved our meal and experience there and would go again and highly recommend.

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g
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A DC standard. Everything was spectacular, as always.

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

Very nice place. The food was good and the staff professional.

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting, service & meal!

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

Excellent server. Our reservation was right on time. Always a great experience.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My mother’s birthday.

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G
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best crab cakes and raw oysters in town!

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

First time visitor to this restaurant. You MUST have reservations in advance. This place is clearly very popular and worth all the hoopla. It is very “old” feeling inside and fits well with the location. I will visit this restaurant again on our next visit. It was definitely a fun experience!

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

Oysters and Squid Ink Linguine are amazing! Trout and Crab cakes too. We went here twice this week.

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y
New England
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance, food was just OK

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J
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great location

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OT
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Crab cakes were very good. Service was outstanding. Our server was awesome and wait time was reasonable.

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

I just wanted to show off your place to my family. They loved it.

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

Grabbed lunch and enjoyed the blue crab pasta. It was excellent. As were the calamari and oysters. Service was good, short of great though. And the ambiance is simple, stale and true to itself... old Washington.

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K
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must in Washington DC, oldest pub near the White House. Great place for lunch and dinner with a friend or family. The ambiance is or another place in time. Enjoy!

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

Service too slow, and very limited choices of food selections (rich in fat, butter and cream). It took the waitress 25 mins to take our orders; and 20 mins to bring our coffees.

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h
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had another enjoyable evening here. My friend had the catfish and he enjoyed it. I had the salmon which was perfectly cooked. The lobster cocktail to start was really a chilled half lobster on ice (I think it was a half) and very good. Service was friendly and prompt, as usual. Late dinner Monday evening was not loud. All in all a very pleasant meal.

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JN
Raleigh
41 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were a little underwhelmed. Service was very slow and multiple people brought different things, so it was never clear who our server was. Food was good. It was packed and loud even in the middle of the afternoon (which was the only reservation slot available).

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

One of the worst service that I have experienced. I had to ask several times for water, napkins, and bread.....

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BT
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great experience! I strongly encourage reservations. I've never had a bad meal or poor service.

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MO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a special place! Delicious oysters and crab cakes. Very crowded, was happy we had reservations :)

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MY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great to take out-of-town friends (Hawaii) as well as locals.

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DP
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch! Our out of town visitors were impressed!

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JJ
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fun atmosphere, excellent service! We will definitely dine with you again!!

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SO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The good is always spot on! In addition the service is exquisite . I really enjoyed taking this guest of mine from out of town to old Ebbitt grill. My only caveat is that the noise level is a very loud inside of the restaurant due to the amount of people dining at that time .

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

The food and service staffs were great. A bit noisy but lively. Great steak.

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding all around. Service/Food and Drinks. Never Disappointed. Family friendly and little bit of everything for everyone. Must order the Orca Platter!

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