P.J. Clarke's DC

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1124 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
K Street, the road to the White House, is also the proud home to P.J. Clarke’s—the storied American Saloon with a history that dates back to the late 1800s. The original P.J. Clarke’s in Manhattan has stood beneath rows of skyscrapers for nearly 130 years, collecting famous and infamous regulars. Appreciated for the convivial ambiance and classic fare, P.J. Clarke’s is the quintessential American Saloon.
In our nation’s capitol, the story continues as oak and mosaic floors, red leather banquets and walls lined with eccentric portraits and nostalgic photos contribute to a reassuring familiarity that is classic P.J.s, but also construe a distinct Washington sensibility. Seasoned bartenders make favorite classic cocktails the right way; dexterous shuckers ply the freshest shellfish at a marble topped Raw Bar; and the old-school, convivial dining room welcomes government A-listers, students and their families and visitors to our capitol.
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h
Richmond
49 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wait service, nice table settings and great mixed drinks from the bar. Very affordable with good variety of food options. Waiter made great recommendations. Very attentive and left us nothing to be desired. Perfect location across from The St. Regis hotel

m
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business lunch

R
Atlanta
195 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food was very good. The service was inattentive and very slow.

RE
New England
43 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Mediocre food, small portions and fairly high prices. A disappointing experience. On a more positive note, the room is nice and the sever was pleasant, but no need to return.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

This is the second time I’ve been to this restaurant and it was not the best experience. The raw bar is great, but the service was slow even though they weren’t that busy and the food tasted like it had been sitting out for a while before arriving at our table.

My advice, stick to the bar!

M
New England
29 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT DINNER, PECAN ENCRUSTED TROUT WAS A HUGE HIT! THE CHEESECAKE AND THE APPLE COBBLER WERE TERRIFIC. THE SERVICE WAS VERY GREAT!

D
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in town on business and just wanted a quick bite. The wait staff was super. They were very polite, answered all my questions and were delightful to talk with. I spent most of the time catching up on email, they were attentive without being intrusive. I will definitely come again.

DC
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

P.J. Clarke's and Hamilton are my two downtown go-to places for a solid meal and smooth service.

DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Casual and simple menu. Good quality and even though they mixed up one if our orders they were very quick to correct the error.
Nice ambience, quiet atmosphere and good service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Seating location, holiday decor, ambiance and food quality

l
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food with excellent service!

We used our $50 OpenTable certificate and it did not reduce our service at all.

We will definitely return.

SC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Losing its touch a bit. Soup was cold and the salad was way over-dressed. Still a good atmosphere.

t
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was exceptional, food was very good, but not sure it was worth the price.
We sat in the downstairs area, the upstairs was much more festive but extremely loud

JK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Waited 58 minutes to be served a soggy cold sandwich. Very disappointing, as I’ve really enjoyed dining there in the past.

PS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kevin our waiter was wonderful and always very attentive and friendly. Restaurant was decorated beautifully and our overall experience was wonderful.

DH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The holiday decorations were beautiful. It's a good looking restaurant with a great menu and excellent food. I will return when I am in DC again.

C
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We went to P.J. ‘s for brunch. A member of our party had the omelet I did not care for the eggs Benedict- over cooked.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

If the food were as good as the service. This would be a worthy spot. Unfortunately the food is mediocre.

RI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We booked a late reservation for our last night I Washington after a hockey game. Been many times at P.J’s restaurant I NY and have always been satisfied. This was our second visit to P.J’s in DC and the first time was really good so you expecting the same but it wasn’t. Service could been better and when we just started whit a starter the main course was served, was the kitchen closing? Ordered some gravy but the chef couldn’t have taste it and it almost ruined the steak, the waiter agreed something was wrong but no more. So little fan of PJ’s I hope this only happened ounce and We still going to pay them a visit.

RH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, noisy, waiter was a bit ditzy and wore too much perfume.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The burger wasn’t that flavorful. The bun wasn’t toasted.

S
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great, it’s a little loud for easy conversation but overall a great choice!

MM
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You have to try the mac n cheese! Everything was great though. Thank you for a great dining experience.

r
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, great service. Friendly atmosphere.

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pleasant casual setting. Great service. Reasonable value for the area. Worth a trip.

h
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Being honest it wasnt our 1st choice but after eating there we were glad we did choose here. The oysters were amazing along with the ceviche. Our waiter was engaging and very attentive. The fish tacos and sea bass entrees were good. Would recommend

KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The downstairs area is a great place to have a quiet conversation in a pleasant atmosphere with great food.

DA
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Unfortunately our experience at this restaurant was less than mediocre. I ordered the sea bass which was a very small, over cooked filet and over priced for what it was. My husband had the Caesar salad which again was quite The service was ok until our waiter stopped at our table, carrying dirty dishes from the table next to us, to ask if we wanted dessert! At that point we couldn’t wait to exit. I won’t be going back to this place again.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The quality of food for the price was very poor. Our service was great until the restaurant filled up and then we were seemingly forgotten. This restaurant was recommended by our concierge at the Hilton and we were thoroughly disappointed.

RP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Friendliest waiter. Great food - especially the Clarke burger and the pigs in a blanket.

AS
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a fabulous and attentive waiter (wish I could remember his name) who took great care of us. Food was prompt and delicious. Thanks!

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience

VM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to PJ Clarke's several visits to DC; will definitely be back; they never disappoint.

KM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a large party (12) dining on a Wednesday evening. I was unable to secure a table for 12 at the time we wanted at two other restaurants so was very pleased to reserve a table at PJ Clarkes. We were seated in the lower level, with very few other diners around us so we were not crowded and not stifled by noise. The setting/ambiance was very pleasant for our dinner and our server was attentive. The food and drinks were very tasty and not unreasonable in price for the DC area. Overall the group loved the choice of restaurant for our group dinner. PJ Clarkes was a referral to me from two co-workers, I would definitely refer it to others.

JL
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Been there before - food is good - no matter what dishes we ordered we enjoyed

BI
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great sea bass for me and a lobster roll for my wife that she insists was one of the best she’s ever had!

NG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Terrible experience. There are other options in DC and you should choose those. Weird object in someones crabcake (they didnt care), burnt burger with wrong toppings that they tried to fix and got wrong twice and then never brought out a new one (again, they didnt care), and a steak well-done ordered medium rare in which the waiter argued it did not come with mushrooms which it did (he subsequently looked at the menu and brought the mushrooms). I was really impressed by how bad they could be. I don't even like giving reviews when negative but here I am.

DC
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The DC outpost of P.J. Clarke's--like its NYC namesake--delivers on solid pub food (with upgrades like seared tuna and reliably good daily specials) and smart service. Ask in advance for a table on the spacious outdoor patio on nice-weather days. This isn't a place for a romantic date or a transcendent gastronomic experience, but P.J. Clarke's wins on just being a professional and enjoyable midtown restaurant.

AG
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great spot for a quick and solid lunch. Not fancy, but consistently good.

RN
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With an early reservation, had the choice of outdoor seating. Great young waitron from Rochester who was personable and informative about the area.

The mac & cheese appetizer was fabulous — need two or more to share, or it’s kind of a meal by itself. Great job!!