Old Ebbitt Grill

4.6
20876 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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JS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The history of the Old Ebbitt Grill is interesting and the food is good.

Unfortunately, our waiter completely forgot about our appetizer. I would have reminded him about it but decided against it because the restaurant was quite busy and very noisy. We just wanted to finish our dinners and leave as soon as possible. I can't recommend going there for anything business related (as was our situation), but it would be nice to go with friends.

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MB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. The front of the restaurant was extremely crowded and there was not much place to stand and wait. Otherwise everything was fantastic.

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BA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, food and location and I was treated to free birthday dessert!

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

We were sat down earlier than expected. Staff was friendly and accommodating when one drink was currently unavailable, quickly offering a similar in its place. Ambiance was fantastic, something interesting to look at on every wall.

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

Great food and wonderful service. I can’t wait to go back.

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

The entire experience from the time we entered until we left was absolutely perfect. The food was amazing and the waiter was very attentive and made sure we had everything we needed.

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n
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This spot was a true gem! Loved the decor and environment of the restaurant, but also truly impressed by the food. We started with the oysters, clams, and shrimp platter and the seafood was so clean and so fresh! Then for dinner we had the trout Parmesan and the cannelloni and both were absolutely delicious! I would highly recommend this for any occasion!

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JS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I have wanted to eat at Old Ebbitt for many years so I was very excited to have the chance to dine there this weekend. It just wasn't what I expected from one of the oldest, well known restaurants in DC. The music was loud, ball games were blaring from the bar so people were having to talk loudly over the noise. The food was just meh but reasonably priced. The curry lentil burger had no flavor. The service and decor was great. I can now say "Been there, done that and don't need to go back."

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

We definitely will be coming back again for another special day

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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I was a little disappointed in the 15 minute wait, even with a reservation. Brad our waiter was superb. He explained the menu, let us know how to get his attention otherwise he was not going to hover. The food was excellent. The valet service was easy and prompt. A definite place to return to.

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KR
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Our server was amazing and we had the best meal of 2019 so far.

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TC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my lady here for a post Valentine's Day dinner I must say that everything was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant and I'll definitely be back.

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

Best veggie burger in town

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m
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious would go back anytime! Pricing was good food was good and people were very nice.

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

Our waitress, Naomi, was attentive and knowledgeable about the history of the restaurant. Excellent!

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KM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server and food were great

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

The food was delicious and the environment was great, highly recommend it

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

Enjoyed our diner at the old Ebbitt grill on Friday 2/15. Swordfish was delicious. Service was wonderful. The old world feel to the restaurant went well with the history of Washington DC.

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

It was a great lunch celebrating my sister’s special birthday! Had mentioned it in my reservation about my sisters birthday and they sang to her while giving her a great dessert sundae. Nice, thank you. My favorite restaurant in DC!

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old Ebbitt Grill is a must for anyone visiting DC, right near the White House and steeped in tradition. It is also a restaurant that actually delivers great food, friendly waitstaff, and great ambiance. For the oyster lovers, try the Harpswell Flats. They were the most unusual and delicious oysters that I’ve tried in a while. The shells look more like a scallop shell. They are very large, briny, with a sweet finish. Delicious!

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

First time there, though I did have expectations - that were met - since it is part of the Clyde's group. I took my cousin and her husband for breakfast. We were all pleased with the food, the prices, the choices, the whole shebang. I definitely will be going there again for breakfast.

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

Great business breakfast. Jay, the waiter, was stellar. Need to try huevos rancheros. They’re deconstructured and layered like a breakfast lasagna. Chorizo at base, beans and salsa in between layers of corn tortilla, with eggs on top. Great experience.

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

My fiancé and I went for Valentines Day and it was a great experience! Great service, great food, and the drinks were delicious. We spent less than 100.00 on both of us so we really enjoyed that part. We will be returning soon!!

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

Great experience, awesome customer service, and romantic environment for Valentine’s Day

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

Outstanding in almost every way imaginable. Service best Ive ever had. Ambiance wonderful, historic and with good music at the perfect volume.

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

Great Restaurant Near The White House
The food is excellent and the service is very efficient and helpful. Our Valentines Day dinner was made truly special by this restaurant and its staff. My beef bourguignon was so tasty and my husband steak was perfect. Don’t miss this great restaurant in the heart of Washington, DC!

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

Absolutely delicious food, friendly and well mannered staff, and a great place for a romantic dinner

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

As always great food and great service. No wait with reservations.

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

Wonderful Valentine’s Day date. Great drinks and the scallops were amazing!!

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H
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Valentines Day dinner. You expect extremely busy but service by was excellent

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m
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I was and am furious. I made the reservation for Valentines Day three weeks before. I made it for 4:30 so we could make a concert at the Kennedy Center at 7. I used to be a three-times-a week customer of the Old Ebbitt Grill when I worked at Metropolitan Square. Since then, I am not a regular, but go there for lunch with friends and special occasions with my wife. We also dine when we can at the Clydes in Columbia and Friendship Heights and 1789. We arrived for our reservation at the Old Ebbitt and were given the first table for two next to the reservation desk. I asked the waitress if there was anything else, saying that we were usually given a booth and that there were booths open as well as tables for 2 further back. She said they were all reserved. I struggled to control my anger and not spoil my wife's Valentines Day. I sat in the chair by the aisle so my wife could sit in, was continually jostled by people coming in and waiters rushing by, and shivered when people held the handicapped door open. When we left, two of the booths and some of the tables were still empty. I've experience this sort of elitism before at the Old Ebbitt. A year after leaving Metropolitan Square, I made a reservation there and, no longer a regular, was seated in the Metropolitan Square Atrium and were the only diners there. As far as the eating and drinking on Valentines Day was concerned, my drink was watery and the menu had nothing special for Valentines Day. I just had the pasta special, which I picked at, and my wife had the steak salad, which she said was fine. All I can ask the Old Ebbitt is, why should I go to the trouble to make a reservation and spend our special occasions with you when you treat non-regulars so badly? And, in answer to your presumed question, I didn't complain at the time because I didn't want to upset my wife.

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

This is a great spot to take someone who is visiting in town as the menu has a great variety of foods from american to italian to seafood options :)

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

Always good food and atmosphere. Great location and a real DC institution.

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Amarillo
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service are amazing. It’s really loud, and the wine selection isn’t the best.

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

Great meal! Would recommend to anyone! Everyone was great. Their is a lot of history in this place.

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Denver
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a meal with colleagues. Enjoyed the food, great service, energetic ambiance.

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SK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Convenient location but limited choice for vegetarians and what I ordered was not well prepared

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good restaurant.

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WK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in DC for a quick weekend getaway. We stopped in at Old Ebbit Grill three times. Whether oysters and drinks at the bar, or dinner in the dining room, the service was great, the staff friendly, and the conversation plentiful. We will stop in the next time we are in DC.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing atmosphere. Could not ask for a more DC place to eat!

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