Old Ebbitt Grill

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20718 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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Oyster Happy Hour

All oysters 50% off: 7 days a week, 3-6 pm & 11 pm-1 am (2 am on Friday & Saturday). Not available for take-out or on holidays.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 23, 2019

Ends: January 24, 2118

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-6:00PM 11:00PM-11:30PM

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Enjoy our Veuve Clicquot & Orca Platter special for $150 on Valentine's Day.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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

Very attentive staff! overall my family and I had a great experience :)

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

Our server was Alex (Alexis ? Maybe). She was EXCELLENT, prompt, knowledgeable, friendly- really improved our experience. We have dined there in the past and always came away with a good feeling-but she treated us like family and it was great - we hope to return soon!!

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

Our group of six went for lunch during Restaurant Week. We were seated outside of the restaurant proper next to the water fountain - it was great. The food was excellent and so was the service.

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

Old Ebbitt's Grill had been recommended to us on multiple occasions. We finally got the chance to try it this past weekend and every single thing we ate was absolutely delicious. We started with the Oysters Rockefeller and Clam Chowder then had the Roasted Chicken and the Filet Mignon. Probably one of the best filets that we have ever had. Highly recommend for a special occasion night out or just a nice date.

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CS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice meal, great service and busy as always.one of my fave stops in DC.

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d
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure eating here - love the atmosphere and great service despite the very busy and large restaurant. The food is reliably tasty, especially the sea food. We enjoyed the Winter Restaurant week dinner, which included a choice of wine/beer $10 and under for $35! Clams casino are outstanding, and oyster gumbo is tasty. Beef bourguignon was wonderful and savor the roasted carrots, and meatloaf was tasty. Desserts are outstanding. Great comfort food in a delightful restaurant.

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

Thanks. Good food

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SL
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very great lunch. Great server took care of all our needs.

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i
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Extremely poor service and management . My daughter noted that it was a birthday celebration on the reservation -- there was never any acknowledgement of that (so why bother mentioning it on the reservation). We were seated at a two top table right by the water/silverware/napkin server stand. This was extremely distracting to have servers constantly on top of me. We were greeted by our server, but he then disappeared for a good 10 minutes. We decided on our bottle of wine and the other food items. When he returned, we placed our order. 20 minutes go by and still no wine. Finally, the server is in our area again and makes some excuse about difficulty pulling the wine (whatever that means). Our appetizer arrives at 40 minutes in. We had the crab and artichoke dip. It was lukewarm - not hot and bubbly. Half of the bread slices that came with the appetizer had air holes in them, so it was just the outer crust to dip with. No plates were provided to use with our appetizer and no sign of our waiter. We finished our appetizer and finally got our wine - almost an hour in. The main entrees were OK -- the crab cake again was lukewarm, not really hot. I had the fish -- nothing great. The waiter didn't check in on us until the end of our entrees. We ordered a dessert and it finally arrived. Tables all around us have come and gone and we are still sitting. We finally got the waiter to bring the check and immediately gave him the credit card. Fifteen minutes later, we still haven't finished paying and when the waiter eventually comes back to our area, he says- Oh, I guess I forgot to process your bill . We spoke to the manager (Eric) when we left. He didn't really seem to care about the service and food issues - we didn't expect anything at this point - just letting him know there were problems. Over 2.5 hrs for terrible service and mediocre food. Never again.

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HM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was awesome! I’ll definitely be back.

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

From the animal heads mounted above the old wooden bar to the wall paintings this place just feels like power and money. Food was very good but not exceptional. Service was excellent

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

I love the history and ambiance of Old Ebbitt Grill and the food is always good. I'm never disappointed!

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

We have been SEVERAL times .. Old Ebbitt Grill is our FAVORITE DC restaurant !!

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RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Old Ebbitt Grill is the oldest saloon in Washington DC. For its age and ambiance it is great to dine somewhere historic. Right next to all major monuments - great for a quick lunch or even just to warm up during winter months.

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

Our service was outstanding, but the meat on our salads could have been better. The chicken was overcooked, but other than that, we really enjoyed our meals.

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

Overall, outstanding, as usual. For the first time we sat in the atrium. Very pleasant and relaxing.

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

We were seated in the atrium of an office building so didn’t get to experience the charm of the actual restaurant, so that was very disappointing.

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

It was a very very good overall experience! That was my first time in DC and I loved it!

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday🎉great service

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

Enjoyed going to this DC landmark during restaurant week. Had clams casino, meatloaf and key lime pie (ok but crust not up to our standards). As a DC resident it is a little too much a tourist place but a drink at the bar with a snack probably would bring us back. We enjoyed our dinner. Service is old school and great.

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TN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! Great food, awesome cocktails, and a kids menu with a lot of options. Service was excellent. For this not being an obvious choice for kids given it’s slightly upscale vibe, they were so helpful and Leslie was so good to us! Definitely recommending this one!

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PB
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. Food was excellent, service was friendly and helpful. Had a great time visiting with the people sitting around us, just a friendly fun atmosphere all around.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 1

Got seated in a lobby of an office building instead of inside the actual restaurant. Pasta comes out all clumped. Lovely staff tho but overall bad experience with their overpriced food.

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K
New England
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! Service great!

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

Chicken-chorizo soup was amazing. Despite being unusually crowded due to events in DC, service was efficient and responsive. Only complaint was that there was no toilet paper in the ladies' restroom.

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M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat for DC tourists w/o children. Very convenient to the main sites. Fantastic menus.

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Omaha
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific service, a lovely menu, our server was attentive and helpful. Cheeseboard was delish and the peanut butter pie was to die for!!

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

Always a great dining experience! I’ll be back for sure!

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SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I come to DC I make it a point to have dinner at OEG. I especially love taking friends who’ve never been. It’s always a great dining experience and the history is an added bonus.

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BR
Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely Amazing experience! Food, service, location, and ambiance were perfect!!!

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PS
Wilmington
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

We arrived for our reservation and the host was charming, but the waiter assigned to seat us began arguing with the host immediately, yelling over as back to the host as he led us through the restaurant. The restaurant was crowded, and he basically had us push to follow him into the back section where no table was available. He started complaining to us, then pushed past and led us through a kitchen station to a table in the exterior courtyard which was freezing cold and a table of 8 (4 children) had just been seated next to the one where he was seating us. I pointed to a booth inside the restaurant and he very rudely said he would see about it. I went to the booth and sat down; the waiter never returned. We were ignored for about 20 minutes until I grabbed another waiter who was upset that we had not been given menus when we were seated (the original waiter had never come back). The waiter who then served us was very very rude -- he forgot to put in our order, tried to rush us through everything, and when we asked for more time, he disappeared for about 30 minutes. Really, the worst service I have had in years. The crab cake was disappointing (I've been having it for years -- this was undercooked and seemed to have more filler than usual); fries were served cold. I will skip out on the OEG for a while until they get their management together again,

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SU
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an early reservation and were lucky to sit in an elegant booth. They participate in Restaurant week so we took advantage of the deal. Food was delicious. Cocktails and wine were enjoyed with leisure, not ever feeling rushed although the place was packed. Ambience is dark enough for atmosphere and adds to the experience. Formal and friendly servers who are on top of their game.

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CF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Restaurant week. Too busy to serve us. Take 1.5 hours but we couldn’t even eat dessert that we ordered...

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

Great service. Front/Main room is very loud, but wintergarden is nice quiet and good for groups.

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R
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The short ribs with polenta was delicious!

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RA
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A great option for a business lunch at the very heart of DC. Set three-course lunch is very reasonably priced and attractive; if you feel it's a bit too much to eat, then you can choose from the main menu with even better prices. Been there twice, excellent food both times and the service is absolutely wonderful, perfect combination of upscale professionalism without a stiff attitude. Not noisy and tables separated enough so you can have a proper discussion. Warmly recommended.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

We were a group who came from all over the country to spend time together and we were seated in the atrium...essentially outside of the restaurant. As amazing as the ambiance is inside the physical restaurant, we felt shorted by our experience. Certainly not the Old Ebbitt we were hoping for.

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Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner. Excellent service. Great martini See you next time. Always great dining experience.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love to bring business colleagues to Old Ebbitt! Atmosphere is great, as is the food. It is a favorite!!!

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great spot for dinner!!!

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