Old Ebbitt Grill

4.6
20457 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 11:00am
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am,
Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Late Night Dining: Sunday - Thursday: 12:00am - 1:00am,
Friday & Saturday: 12:00am - 2:00am
Closed Christmas Day
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Phone number
(202) 347-4801
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Salvatore Ferro
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Catering
Please contact our events department at 202.552.5000.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
15th between F and G
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Parking details
Valet parking after 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday and after 8:30 am on Sundays is available. $12.
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Public transit
Metro: Red Line to Metro Center, Orange/Blue to McPherson Square
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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l
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional and reasonably priced. The service was the best I have encountered in a very long time. The best dining experience.

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MW
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thank you for taking care of our holiday lunch.

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l
Wilmington
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The historic landmark is a hustling bustling place but was still seated in a timely manner. The water came quickly with a loaf of warm bread. I had the crab cakes with mostly lump crab and hardly any filler. It was served with fries. My husband had the hanger steak and it was perfectly cooked and very flavorful. Loved the ambience and festive feel.

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

Great atmosphere, exceptional food, top notch service. I highly recommend the Pan-Seared Day Boat Scallops and obviously, oysters.

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

Food was fabulous;server Jovan made several wonderful food suggestions; she was so kind and friendly.

The environment was cozy. Perfect way to end our weekend

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VH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very busy, but we were seated quickly despite being early for our reservation. Good food and service, in a nice, cozy setting. Very close to the White House- overall a very nice evening out.

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

Great place to go to with friends to celebrate the holidays!

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

Amazing Oysters Rockefeller and the services is always stellar! Dinner and seeing the Christmas Trees at the Whitehouse afterward is a long-standing family holiday tradition.

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

Some of the waiters just seemed so unhappy and therefore rude and my friends and I were not please with this.

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

the food was terrific! wait staff very friendly ...only negative feedback valet service, it was fine for me,,,but they throw all the keys in a drawer, people come up and get all excited about needing their car Right away...poor girl was doing the best she could but the customers were being unreasonable ....I think if the keys were organized so the customers could see someone find their key with ease, they would be more relaxed..

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K
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It’s so sad, this used to be such a marvelous restaurant but now it’s really just a tourist trap, catering to those that want to be close to the White House. Three entrées, three drinks and two dozen oysters cost us $220.

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B
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good Service

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

Great place for a pre show meal. Good service, the noise level is high due to the fact that it is full. You need reservations unless you like to wait. The staff is very friendly and flexible. The morning of our reservation we ran into a couple, I called and they changed our reservation with no problem.

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

Great spot for the holidays. Festive decorations. Food was great.

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

Excellent food and excellent service! Definitely going back with my out of towners!

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

As my daughter says: it was amazing. My only complaint is that we couldn't linger, because it was so crowded and the wait staff kept hovering although we weren't quite finished.

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f
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Seating was tight. I could reach to both sides and touch the other tables. Too cramped in. Food was excellent!

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MB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went early for brunch. It wasnt busy and they wanted to seat us right next to another couple, no private conversations to be had. They did move us but all the seats filled up within a 1/2 hr by 10am it was full. Limited menu for brunch. We were not offered the lunch menu. Both our meals were luke warm when they were served but they were tasty. The corn beef hash and crabcake bennie were very good.

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

As usual, Old Ebbitt Grill was a great place for a dinner date. Food and service were very good and despite the crowd, I was still able to have a pleasant conversation with my husband. If you plan on dining here, reservations are a MUST. Wait time without reservations exceeds an hour most nights. My only complaint is that the lobby area gets very crowded while people are waiting and can kill the fine dining vibe that the rest of the restaurant pulls off so effortlessly.

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

Amazing Night! Food and service was fantastic! Definitely will return.

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

Just an awesome experience...
No bar seats available but that’s ok.....
We had reservations....
One tiny issue.... we arrived at 3:20 for our 3:45 reservation. Informed the hostess we were there. We walked to the very crowded bar, got one seat, ordered a drink. After 3:45 came and left, I walked to her and asked “ did I miss u calling me....?”
Ashe said she did call me but I must have not heard her. No problem..... we were seated finally at 4:30.... but I guess that’s ok...
I think the system to call for guests is lame ... a gentle speaker would be better. How many other guests were called and did not hear because the at was loud? My only complaint .... other than that? Great time !

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I love this place. It has gas lamps. Plus, the food and service are good, the drinks too. That said, on the weekends, it’s LOUD! It’s also pretty popular, so it’s very crowded. We go anyway because we like the decor and the ambiance, and overall, we are happy with each meal. If I were the chef, I would, however, leave all the peppers out of the calamari. They don’t add anything, and no one at our table ate them.

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

Very good food, lots of good options. Dirty Martini was very good mix! Service was awesome

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C
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oysters were delicious! The waiter was friendly and helpful. It was a crowded night but we had excellent service in our booth. The scallops were prepared to perfection! An enjoyable evening out during the busy holiday season.

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s
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's our Annual Tradition to go to Old Ebbitt's and then over to see the National Christmas tree! It's always a great night of family fun and great food!

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

Service was outstanding. Food was good. Very loud.

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AM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The food is terrible and I have no idea why anyone would eat there

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

Very nice place. I do not want to write 50 characters. You should not require this, this will be the last review I submit

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

Great service great food great atmosphere

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

Dinner with parents.

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

On Friday evening, December 14, 2018, we surprised my Momma with a wonderful dinner at the Old Ebbitt Grill! The restaurant looked so very festive starting with the huge toy soldiers/nutcrackers greeting us at the front door. Everything, and I mean everything, was delicious!! Even our cocktails (Grey Goose Cosmo, Beefeater Martini & Maker’s Mark Old Fashion) were perfectly crafted. Don’t even get me started on the selection of raw oysters. Wow! They were amazing, and half price since we were dining at 5:00pm! As you can imagine, our entrées were perfectly prepared and we all agreed that we would order our individual meals again. Lastly, I have to mention our fun and charming server, Chris. He was soooo nice to my Momma, and made our entire dinning experience just perfect!!

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

Our waiter was fabulous! Very personabke, knowledgable,honest.
I’ve been many times over many yesrs. He is the best!
His name was Anthony.

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

The food was delicious and my party of 8 was overall happy. Only issue: our reservation was for 1:30 p.m, we arrived at 1:20 p.m. but weren't seated until 2:10 p.m. :-(

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W
Washington DC
209 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. I have never tried the trout before and it was spectacular. We also tried the swordfish which was excellent as well as the shrimp po’ boy. We had good competent service. Our table was well situated out of the busy path of the restaurant which I liked because the place is always so busy.

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OT
East Texas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience on our first visit!

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I have a tradition of going to see the national Christmas tree and eating at Old Ebbit. It’s my favorite tradition! This was my boyfriends first time joining and he said “that wasn’t a meal - it was a culinary experience” and I couldn’t agree more. Every single thing was delicious and the staff was incredible. Thank you!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visit to DC

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GW
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Wonderful food and service!

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A
Washington DC
144 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A Washington institution, Old Ebbitts always seems to be crowded. The food is very good as is the service. It can get noisy though especially since it gets so crowded. Definitely make a reservation unless you want to take a chance that you'll be able to get a seat at one of the bars. Dark food, dark booths, with paintings of hunting scenes and duck decoys on the ceiling. The clam chowder is very, very good. We also liked seafood chowder which seems more like a cioppino since it's in a tomato based broth with lots of seafood piled on top. Use the freshly baked bread to sop up the broth. The bread is baked fresh and is delivered twice a day from their bakery a few doors away. The scallops were very, very good too as was the hangar steak. The hangar steak was unusually thick and a fairly generous portion at 8 oz and comes with mashed potato and spinach. They used to have the most amazing egg nog made to order that used to be available only around the Christmas holidays. We ordered them a couple of years in a row but it's been a few years since we've been to Old Ebbitts. This time when we asked for it nobody knew what we were talking about. We asked our server and another server as well. I guess the bartender that used to make it is no longer there or maybe it was too time consuming to make but it was the best egg nog we ever had and you could get it with or without alcohol. It's too bad they don't have it anymore.

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Berlin
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy going to The Ebbit. Great ambiance, great food, great service...I specifically take visitors there as they enjoy the proximity to the White House as well as the history the place holds.

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