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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LB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eating at Old Ebbit Grill has become a tradition, whenever we visit the White House or attend a Navy Band concert we always finish with lunch at Old Ebbi Grill, we have been doing this for more than 20 yeas and we have always enjoyed our experience.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had an appointment in DC earlier in the day, so decided to spend the whole day in town and end with dinner at the Old Ebbitt Grill, a place we hadn’t been since right after we got married. We arrived about 10 minutes earlier than our scheduled reservation and were seated promptly. The service was great, the food was excellent, and the ambiance made for a wonderful evening. We won’t wait so long to go back, again.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loud enough where neighboring tables couldn’t hear my kids be kids. Delicious food for new vegans. Didn’t like a drink so server comped which was kind. 5 star!

TK
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Oysters were spectacular!

JA
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Just too loud. It’s not as if the music was old standards and everyone stopped to sing along. It was gratuitously loud and unnoticed. Tone it down.

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful old restaurant with a lot of history. The waiters were wonderful

JC
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Wonderful old time ambience, can almost see the ghosts of politicians past sitting at the tables. Don’t miss while in Washington.

E
Miami
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always our first stop, we would not miss brunch here. It’s loud but that’s part of the fun.

RK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were in a group of five people for a Sunday brunch before going to a show at National Theater. The brunch selection was excellent and food was delicious, particularly oyster stew, eggs Benedict with crab cakes, and a huge brioche. The restaurant was full but our table was ready almost immediately upon arrival. The dining room was quiet enough to hear conversation across the table easily.

DD
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Historical, highly recommend making reservations, always packed.

BC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely one of my favorites in DC! It has everything... ambiance, wonderful service and amazing food. Oysters are our favorite!!

s
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I was there first early birthday brunch. I had shrimp and grits, I had to take shell off one of my shrimp which were slightly overcooked.
Our server Trey was good and on top of our table and took good care of us.
As an aside there was a 5 K run with many people coming in to eat with running gear still on. Sorry but the odor was strong. Not my best time at the Ebbitt.

A
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Jumbo shrimp were overcooked and not very tasty. But all other food was good. Duroc pork chop, butter nut squash pasta and desserts were tasty.

SD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellence all around...enjoy! We loved the food, service and ambiance.

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is our yearly Christmas tradition to go to the Old Ebbitt Grill with another couple. We have never gone any other place because everything is so perfect there. The decorations are beautiful, the food is delicious, and the wait staff has always been great. The gentleman we had this year was especially nice. I could not recommend it any higher!

n
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Food and drinks were excellent! Always love eating at Old Ebbitt!

RB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas concert pre-dinner

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d
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience1

poorly run. lost reservation and hostesses were like 2 high school girls giggling away. decibel level was like standing behind running jet engine

HF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas dinner with my girls

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had reservations at Occidental after going to see the Nut Cracker at Warner theater. Perfect day.

H
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

It's a Washington Icon..........and the staff is SO NICE and accommodating. Will say the wine pours are pretty stingy, but the service outstanding, the decorations so festive and every one of the staff, over the top accommodating even when you ask for fried oysters and they are not on the menu ( although they should be) they make them.

The Old Ebbitt is just a great place.

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came for a Birthday celebration and loved gff bff experience.

B
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. The oysters were super

j
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent! Brian, our waiter, is super! Best place for Oysters in DC.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Shared the crab and artichoke dip, scallops and clam chowder. It was all delicious and the service was great.

JM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Old Ebbitt Grill, we have been going there for a number of years and it never disappoints. We especially love it at Christmas, we had a grilled salmon salad and crab cake sandwich.

LZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and staff. Outstanding, 5 star food presentation, quality and flavor. Excellent across the board.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Geräuschpegel mehr als laut. Für ein entspanntes Abendessen nicht zuträglich. Rechnung kam schon mit dem Dessert. Selbst für die USA nicht ok. Essen war mittelmäßig. Steak als Medium rare bestellt war Medium.

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BM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, wonderful food! Oyster Happy Hour especially memorable!!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best of DC!

AF
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prior to the alighting of the National Christmas Tree, we had an awesome lunch at Old Ebbitt Grill. Never disappoints. We had the Navy Bean Soup, Oysters Rockefeller, Salmon Salad, and the Seared Scallops. Everything was delicious. I was glad I had reserved a table as they were quite crowded. Excellent service as well. Great place for a meal or special occasion. Great atmosphere.

n
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Revisiting after 40 years and sharing with friends new to the area, things remain as comfortably elegant, familiar, and an event to cherish. Outstanding in all regards. Thank you.

d
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old Ebbitt Grill lived up to our expectations, and more. The raw oysters were the best that I've ever tasted. They were fresh and delicious. Both of our lunch salads were excellent. Our waiter didn't rush us through the meal, and he was very attentive. We will definitely go back on our next visit.

FR
Hampshire
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good breakfast without being great. Nice atmosphere and great location though

V
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location which means parking is very limited. Otherwise classy ambience, good service, delish food with value for money. Definitely recommended!
Note: a dinner for two will easily set you back a minimum of $100 without drinks.

CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab and artichoke dip was out of this world!
Impeccable service!u

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cant wait to come back.

MF
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were both excellent - so noisy that it was challenging to have a conversation.

TA
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Go there every time we are in Washington.

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