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Old Ebbitt Grill

4.7
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23629 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American

NOW OPEN: Indoor dining, Carryout - Delivery and Pickup

Mask Usage
We know it is no fun to wear a mask while enjoying a night out, but our staff's safety is no laughing matter.
We require all guests to wear a mask while moving about the restaurant, and when speaking to Clyde's employees.
Masks have been a hot topic, with passionate views on all sides. With our team and their families' health at stake, we must err on the side of caution. We hope you will understand and look forward to the day, hopefully soon, when we can all throw our masks in the trash.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 23629 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had great service and food while visiting DC

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vipProDiner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Ambience amazing, location amazing, staff really amazing, corned beef sandwich and burger A+.... their lobster and apple crumble dessert is pure garbage. Their steak frites is like a goodyear tire, the filet mignon was good. Their menu said broccolini for the filet but i got peas. Apple pie was water soup. Really bad. Oysters Rockafeller tasted good but it was all swimming in water, barely any spinach or cheese. Better as a lunch spot than a dinner spot. And amazing old fashioned drinks. Drinks and lunch for sure. Staff is the KINDEST group of people ever.

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vipUnderwhelmed
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly enjoyable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Not a bad experience. The food was good. Nothing special. It was lunch time so we all ordered sandwiches. I’m sure if we come back for dinner and order something more substantial the experience will different. Our server was kind but, we wanted to try this restaurant for an experience. It just didn’t add up to the hype.

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AngeliaK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner in this historic charm gem!! We will so be visiting again

JM
JustinM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A beautiful historic building just a block from the White House. Professional wait staff and excellent food. The weekend brunch is a highlight.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service from Jenny, and the food was great as usual

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AMom
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Had reservations but was seated in a very different ambience. Noise loud due to echos. Not very relaxing.

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KevinH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ambience was spectacular. Food was good but nothing to rave about. Not enough sauce on the trout. Lobster shepherds pie was just ok. My meatloaf was excellent! Our waitress was very very good but despite my noting on the reservation that it was my wife's 60th birthday and also reminding the waitress about this, she didn't offer or provide any type of celebratory dessert, such as a a simple cupcake with a candle or something like that. Not a huge thing but a little disappointing.

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vipKeitheats
Naples
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I grew up in DC and went with my parents to Ebbits Grill.
We live now on Cape Cod and visited Washington for a number of days. Always loved The Ebbits grill.
Everything about it is perfection.

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Darius
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time. The ambience was greatly for a quick lunch gathering

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Old Ebbitt was an excellent recommendation for a casual dinner in the city with our two young daughters. Really great service, food was good and prepared well, drinks were well executed. One critique....our oyster selection was not indicated upon table placement and runner needed to go back to kitchen to get information. It didn’t seem like he was even prepared to give that information which is always given when multiple selection of oysters are ordered. I wouldn’t let that minor detail detour us from going back. George & Amal was delicious drink!

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vipCVGJetGuy
Cincinnati
128 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thoughtfully seasonable menu. Management handled an issue during dining fairly well.

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TomS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old Ebbit Grill has been a great place to dine for me and my family for decades Great food, service, and ambience — it will take more than a pandemic to make this DC restaurant stumble.

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vipPauly
Orlando
38 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great? Service a little slow, waited a while for drinks. One of my favorite restaurants in DC.

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BrantC
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was our fourth visit to Old Ebbit and it was wonderful! The ambiance is very nice, the food is delicious and the OYSTERS are mouthwatering !! Definitely we will come back next time we are in DC.

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Carla
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can always count on a tasty meal! I'm GF and am able to find good options on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was absolutely fabulous. I will always go back, the food was also great.

SM
ShirleyM
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

I will start by saying up front that I usually try to eat at this restaurant whenever I’m in DC. Great food and history! However on this visit I experienced sub par service. Server sent wrong table number to kitchen so our food orders were delayed and cold upon arrival. I asked server to confirm weight of the steak before I ordered but received a smaller portion. When I brought this to the server’s attention she didn’t try to rectify her mistake. The restaurant was not packed probably due to COVID restrictions but server was either slow or distracted because we had to wave at her to get her attention. If his was my first visit I probably would not return.

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vipAmyB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely Sunday brunch experience at Old Ebbit. Only thing missing was the pancakes! Hoping they bring these back when they bring back the expanded menu.

Leah our server was extremely professional and friendly and made our dining experience relaxing and enjoyable.

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Lynb
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and enjoyable time!

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KatieS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We couldn’t have asked for a better experience at Old Ebbitt Grill. Our waitress was so pleasant and attentive, and our food tasted it even better than it looked. From the oysters to our meals and then dessert, everything was perfect. They have a huge selection of wines as well!

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Albee
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Old Ebbitt is old and dirty. Our glassware was filthy. When we asked for replacements the waiter brought us a glass that was severely cracked. My sister almost cut her lip on it. The crab cakes were sooo small - too pricey for such a small lump with lots of filling/crackers. Very disappointed. The bathrooms were so disgusting that I literally lost my appetite before dinner - trash running over, stalls had not been wiped down. It was horrible. Our waiter was very friendly but didnt check on us regularly for refills. We waited 30 mins after finishing dessert for him to come around with the check. Not sure if they were short staffed our what. Terrible experience - I would not recommend this place.

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Garrett
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience1

Food was terrible. Our drinks tasted watered down, I had two lobster shell pieces within my Shepherds pie. My wife had to send back her filet twice due to grizzle and fat. Overall terrible experience and I used to love this place.
We won’t be back again.

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LilPudge
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tutu our waitress stole the show! She was extremely helpful without being overpowering. Her help was greatly appreciated. Food was amazing and staff was great! Loved every moment and would definitely return and tell others as well.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husband and I were visiting from out of state for a weekend getaway and absolutely loved this spot!!! Everything was delicious!! It’s only been 2 days since I’ve been there and I’m still craving the seared salmon goodness! Amazing. Our waiter Bob was just as awesome! Really knew his stuff and was so pleasant to speak too. Gave us recommendations on everything and definitely worth a try! Highly recommend this place and it’s ambiance. So much history and great vibes.

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Foodie63
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience1

Although this is a D.C. icon it’s lost it’s luster. Although we had reservations we were seated out in the courtyard of an office building instead of inside the restaurant. Strike one. The food was way overpriced. Strike two. The hangar steak was so tough it took my sister a half hour to actually almost finish it. She definitely had to wrestle it into submission. Strike three. The other thing is that if you are an establishment specializing in oysters you had better damn well know where they come from. The one bright spot was the service. We won’t be coming back to this restaurant filled with tourist families. So disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Professional staff, Covid professional and safe environment, classic ambiance

KD
KimD
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was truly excellent. We thought Covid would have diminished the experience, but it was a wonderful restaurant experience.

MK
MichaelK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Always a favorite and consistently good. Solid American fare. Raw bar is a welcome treat.

RM
RichardM
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved everything about it. Our waiter "Johnny" was especially friendly and engaging.

TG
TakiaG
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a guy sitting at the bar working on his computer and drinking while talking on his phone for work. He was very very loud talking business on his phone, my husband and I we ended up leaving because we could not have a conversation nor enjoy his birthday lunch because of this guy. Yes I did say something to the host and he replied sorry that what people do sometimes 😡

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CarolK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, if you want a delicious meal & great service, Old Ebbitt is the place for you.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a great experience at old Ebbitts! It's where we take our friends whenever they come to visit.

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vipTatumW
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner & amazing service!

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JasonG
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very cool, old school place. Service was fantastic. Food was fantastic. Definitely plan to go back.

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vipConley
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love OEG and the service was great as always.

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Avsumm
Washington DC
34 reviews