Old Ebbitt Grill

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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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4.6
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4.6
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4.7
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner with my daughter who was in town from Colorado. We went to the ballet afterwards. Had a great time! Really enjoyed the crab cakes and cosmos! 😊

d
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for any occasion. I will definitely come back!

N
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters were so fresh and ice cold. Definitely coming back!

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On a recent trip to DC We were looking for a Family-friendly restaurant with good seafood. Old Ebbitt Grill’s oyster happy hour (6 different types of oysters, all excellent), and their something-for-everyone menu was delicious and ticked all the boxes. Waitstaff was attentive and helpful with recommendations. Decor was lovely. Atmosphere busy and lively, but we never felt rushed. Portions are good size and prices are very reasonable. We will definitely return.

MJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab cakes were great. Fast service, but a little noisy.

OT
E. Tennessee
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar and Steve was fabulous!!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly exceptional experience from greeting to valet! The food was delicious we had oysters, scallops and crab cake. The pear sangria was delicious!

EC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Old Ebbitt Grill is a must visit. The food was fantastic. The Happy Hour specials are also fantastic. The staff is friendly and very attentive. Not only were we checked on by our server Mauricio, the cooking staff also checked to see how we were enjoying the meal. The original decor and atmosphere add to the entire experience.

AR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was visiting DC and I found this under the most popular restaurants and made a reservation right away (I made a reservation for lunch, I wanted to go to dinner there the previous night but it was not available). I arrived 20 min before my reservation and was seated right away. I loved the whole mood of the place as well as the decor. We got seated in and area off to the side which was quiet, the middle was more noisy. The food I ordered came out very quickly and was very delicious. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is visiting DC.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak and eggs!!

M
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!!!

OT
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and the food was outstanding! Loved it! Highly recommend!

DL
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our experience was terrific. We had our our 10 year old grandson with us and he had a great time. Service was very good, never rushed. It was our first time there and my concern was, because it’s so busy we would be rushed to turn the table. Not the case at all. Also, scallops were great.

JD
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our meal was half good, half not do good. The mussels appetizer we shared was delicious. My husband ordered happy hour priced oysters and steamed shrimp. The oysters were good, the shrimp overcooked. He told our server who did take the shrimp off of our final bill. I ordered their “signature” crab cake dinner. The crab cake was over breaded, the slaw was mediocre ... but the fries were very good. So kind of a disappointing mixed bag. We DID get seated just 5 minutes after our 5:30 pm reservation time - which doesn’t happen that often in this always very, very busy restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, service was quick and everything was correct, friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely recommend.

JV
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Their Happy Hour oyster deal is good deal. It can get quite busy and reservations are a must. The service is a little slow because of the volume of people that they have to serve. We enjoyed the atmosphere, decor and history of the place.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice, felt a little rushed!

RH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful, historic tavern/restaurant. Excellent food selection. I had the Chesapeake Bennie; delicious! It was crowded so good to have reservations!

BB
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful
brunch
Service was great our server was attentive and friendly the eggs Benedict and grits were top notch and the bloody Mary and oysters were excellent !!
Looking forward to going back next time in DC

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so wonderful! Our server, Katia, was extremely attentive and engaging. She was very knowledgeable, sharing with us the history of the restaurant. She had great suggestions for the menu based on our tastes, and most of all, allowed us to dine. She was a delight! We never felt rushed. She made our experience exceptional!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was not a dining. This was an experience!

CH
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oyster happy hour is phenomenal! Raw bar, shrimp and lobster are the freshest I’ve ever had!

BB
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. Wonderful atmosphere!

G
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love happy hour shrimp and oyster deals

B
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was really good! Cooked to perfection, not over seasoned, not over cooked. Serving size was well worth the money spent. Service was great, wait staff stayed on top of things even though it was extremely busy that night. Only issue I had was that the tables where really close. It made it difficult to sit down without bumping into the next table. We actually had to move or table just to get out. The surrounding tables had the same issue. The customers ended up helping each other move tables just so they could get in and out. I will go back though. Next time I'll just ask for a booth. Statesville

DE
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. They did stall a bit in between starters and Entree. Besides that great time great food great service will go back.

LF
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was not hot, barely warm

Table had huge piece of foam missing, and they covered it with a cloth

Poor

WT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Justin was outstanding. The table was one of the few where we could sit in a corner and look out at everything. It was perfect.

HE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service5ambience3

Hadn’t been in several years. Seems to have suffered the fate of all Once unique things. Great waiter. But everything else like a conveyor belt.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the hostesses, a brunette; was rude and disrespectful. When she began to raise her voice, a colleague of hers, who was blonde with curly hair, stepped in and seated us right away.

SE
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Fantastic food. Server had wonderful recommendations.

OT
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Whenever something came up and we needed it, the servers were quick to respond and fulfill our requests.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

We had a reservation booked a month in advance. We were seated at a card table near the end of the back bar. Due to the small space (since it clearly wasn’t a regular table), the wait staff kept bumping into my chair all night. Terrible

P
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful server who was quite attentive in spite of the number of tables she had. The food was great and she worked with the kitchen to accommodate my desire for a vegetarian pasta.

OT
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seeing family and Valentines date 2020 with 2 beautiful women in my life

LR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

yes I would highly recommend Old Ebbitt's Grill we really enjoy this restuarant

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was great and the app really helped reserving a table. When we arrived we immediately sat down and enjoyed a good meal. The waiters were friendly and very helpful deciding of what to eat. Would def eat there again.

OT
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food enjoyed the oysters, crab cakes and manhattans!!

TO
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dined on a Thursday night that was crazy busy and they still can provide the best food and service anywhere. The pricing is reasonable and we found everything done with care and the finest ingredients. I had the oysters Rockefeller - the best I can remember. My wife asked for steamed clams and although they are not on the menu - they delivered a dozen tender ones. My filet was perfect and my wife enjoyed her scallops. Yes, we are from the old school but it is a pleasure to have excellent american fare provided in comfortable surroundings and with attentive and efficient service.

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