Old Ebbitt Grill

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21315 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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New England
2 reviews
Dined 12 hours 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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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My mother’s birthday.

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

Loved the ambiance, food was just OK

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J
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great location

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OT
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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JN
Raleigh
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch! Our out of town visitors were impressed!

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JJ
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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c
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic as always

our go to place for oysters and martini's

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FC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We haven't been to DC in a few years. This trip, we discovered some new restaurants and really enjoyed them, but we had to go back to Old Ebbit Grill to maintain our old tradition. Not disappointed! The finest crab cake EVER and the Corn Beef Hash and Eggs was also outstanding. It's almost worth it just to look at the cool old bar, too. Great ambiance; great location. Old Ebbit will always be on our "must visit" list.

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

Once a month my mother and sister get together to have brunch and we try and go to a difference place each time. Our experience her was wonderful and the food was out of this world!!

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

Went for brunch. Both the food and service was excellent. We will back next time we are in DC.

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SA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazingly fresh food!

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PJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great time. Food was good and vibe is always fun! A destination restaurant that works for all ages when visiting DC.

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Order the crab cakes. You can tell a lot about a restaurant that one meal. The ratio of crab to filler is the key. Old Ebbitt Grill wins.

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

We arrived at OEB around 4pm on the day of our reservation and the restaurant was joined, to say the least. Nothing new for me as it is every single time I go there and that's why I had a reservation as past experience told me not to try to do a walk in with visitors in town. Tourists swarm the place and its a mix of tourist, adults, grandparents and children so always busy. I alerted staff to our early arrival and was advised our table wasnt ready (our booking was for 4.30pm) so they took my cell number and said they'd call us back when it was ready. We were just about to go outside to hand out and wait when I got called right back and we were directed to a lovely table (booth) closeby. Noise level was high becuase so many people and kids but its a pleasant, happy noise so no issues there. Toilets were a disaster. There were 12 women outside the restroom doors twice when I went downstairs. I tried to find other restrooms but no luck. Didnt seem to me they have enough restrooms for the volume of diners they get. I recall there used to be restrooms out the back somewhere but couldnt get outside as the doors were closed into the ouside area at the back. Foodwise, the hot bread you get is delicious but they dont give you enough butter and when its busy, its nearly impossible to get a waiters attention so we gave up on that. My starter was delicious (hummus) and a very large portion so glad we were sharing. My sister had a bowl of chilli which was also divine. My niece shared starters but had steak for dinner which should have been medium/well but was overcooked by a long shot! I had trout parmesan - delicious but very few potatoes (i counted 4) & green beans but I love the fish so no complaints. My sister had crabcake. She found it nice but overpriced for size. I asked who would order the same again - i was the only one.

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

Went with friends and had a great time! The service was great. We went with friends and did not feel rushed at all! We had happy hour appetizers. The oysters were delicious. The crab cake was easily one of the best I have ever had. All of the wait staff’s recommendations were excellent. I would definitely return. Definitely a must do!

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LC
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious. Staff were nonattentive but understandably so due to business. I’d imagine this be the norm though as this is such a popular destination.

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

As always, consistent & delicious. Oysters and shrimp are a must!

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DJ
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the Ebbitt made our day in DC with friends special. Oysters were the freshest you can find and presented exceptionally. Everyone considered their breakfasts to be great: corned beef hash; Chesapeake crab cake; and French toast entrees had every bit consumed.

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

We will be coming back! The food and drinks were amazing! Our server was so attentive, pleasant, personable, and professional. The entire experience made my trip to dc.

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WS
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was everything and more one wants in a dining experience! Staff, services, menu, drinks, and food was 5 star! I will recommend to anyone visiting the city!

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L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great for people traveling into DC for a tourist weekend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. Was very busy, but couldn’t tell, with the waitstaff being on top of things.

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MK
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For our reservation I requested a remote table where my guests could talk. We were offered the perfect place, a booth far back in a corner. Thank you! Of course, the food and service were superb. Oysters!

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TH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ebbitts delivered everything we head it would.! A great experience. We’ll be back.

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