Old Ebbitt Grill

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

Crab cakes outstanding!!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old Ebbitt is famous for its Crab Cakes, and they did not disappoint. Moist and great flavor. Also had a variety of oysters, from small and sweet to medium size and very briny. Really fresh & tasted fantastic!

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

Came for a family dinner. Overall experience and food were good but not to expectations.

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San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and ambiance. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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

Outstanding food, service and friendly staff . Great drinks

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DS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience at Old Ebbitt Grill. Great cocktails, oysters and the best lump crab cakes we have ever had. Steak and salmon were good too. Service was great. Definitely need reservations and expect to be taken at your reservation time, not when you arrive (if you come early). Will definitely be back!

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MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time there. Both visits were lovely.

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

I wasn't happy with the host. She was focused on the other person in my party but wouldn't ask me if I needed anything. I was trying to get her attention to get my ice tea filled for long but couldn't. Hopefully it wasn't the skin color. When I paid the bill for both she would bring it back after processing and put it close to the other person. She probably assumed I couldn't pay the bill.

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

We were seated instantly and the waitress was very kind and answered any questions we had. She described dishes and gave quick and lovely service. Amazing food and great service

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

My wife and I were told we had to come here while we were in DC and I am so glad we did. By far the best value for food quality we got while we were in DC. My wife got the Parmesan crusted trout and I had the shrimp and grits and both were spectacular. There in a bottle of wine to top off the meal and with a decent tip got out for $100. Not only was it only of the better meals I had in DC, it was significantly cheaper. You’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t stop in for a meal while in DC. Make sure to make a reservation so you don’t risk missing out.

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KS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this iconic restaurant. A must when in DC.

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

Once again, Old Ebbitt Grill exceeds expectations. It is our “go to” dining spot when downtown. Would recommend to anyone wanting a great dining experience. We will return.

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

Little slow but good service. Food was very good. Made us feel very comfortable

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

The seafood tower was delicious, but the service was the worst I've had in a long time. When the manager came by our table to ask us how it was, I tried to tell him the issues and he wasn't listening and seemed to be in a hurry to get to the next table. All he wanted to here was that everything was wonderful, but it wasn't and he didn't want to hear me explain

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

I was born in DC and have lived most of my life in the NOVA area, but have near made to the Old Ebbitt Grill. We were going there to celebrate by B-day for lunch, after spending the morning at nearby galleries. Despite finding Mike Pompeo dining a nearby table, apparently after attending the Easter Egg Roll, at the White House, we still had a lovely meal. The service and quality were super! I was very proud of myself for not flinging anything at Mike, I want to make sure you let me come again. Next time we will come for dinner, hopefully for a quieter meal.

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

We were visiting from California and this was recommended by a lot of people we met around DC. This place is fantastic. You definitely need a reservation. We were here on Monday for lunch and the place was packed! Everything is yummy!

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

A legend that never disappoints.

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

Server was fantastic. The Breakfast sandwich my wife ordered was loaded and delicious. The Waffle with glazed pecans etc was perfect. The glasses of juice were priced high enough that they should have had alcohol in them though. Overall I'll go back, but just not as often as if the prices were a little less steep.

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

Food for tourists -- if that's what you want, that's what you get. I imagine the idea is that, bedazzled by the atmosphere, you'll eat what you get no matter how tasteless....

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JR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always great at any Clyde's Restaurant, but the Old Ebbitt is a notch above. It's always been one of my favorite places since my first visit to the most recent "old" location in the 1976!

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IM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Second time I am reviewing -- we were not seated until 20 minutes after our reservation.

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

Great place for lunch or brunch with your family or friends. The menu changes regularly, but the food is excellent. I always return when I am in DC.

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j
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Old Ebbitt Grill and the sense of dining among local history. Food is consistently excellent. Special care and attention for those with allergies by the wait staff and chef. Great location for a weekend brunch. Highly recommend.

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

The best place in DC for Sunday brunch! Have never had a bad meal here. The Maryland bloody Mary was superb. The Chesapeake "bennie" is my favorite. Others at the table loved their chicken & waffle and corned beef hash. Will definitely be back for more.

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MH
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is a historical masterpiece and the wait staff was excellent. Some of our food was outstanding but some of it was a little subpar. But the overall experience was an amazing Easter brunch!

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a
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 6 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 6 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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S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best Dinner at Old Ebbitt. The restaurant exceeded our expectations in all categories. We had a 9 pm, but arrived at 8:30 PM and were seated immediately even though the restaurant was full. We had just gotten off a flight so were pleasantly surprised that they could seat us early. Our waiter was super attentive and knowledgeable. The food was to die for. We highly recommend the Old Ebbitt for your next culinary experience.

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PC
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 6 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 6 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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting DC - this historic restaurant lived up to its reputation

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London
1 review
Dined 6 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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KS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old Ebbitt Grill is our 'go to' when staying in DC. Iconic, comfortable, accommodating, atmospheric, consistently amazing. ~Thank you.

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C
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined 6 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 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a hit

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F
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 7 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 7 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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CS
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful meal here and found it to be very child friendly as well as a great value!

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b
1 review
Dined 7 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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