P.J. Clarke's DC

4.7
1158 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1158 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDiner
New England
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good very good as was service.

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ErikaS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I loved this place! They are so friendly and attentive. Very comfortable atmosphere and great for kids as well. The food was good. The burgers were a little salty but still a pretty enjoyable meal. Would definitely return.

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vipJamesS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service great host great spot

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JeremyM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I used to love this place, but my latest experience left me underwhelmed. Looks like they have gone down a bit since the pandemic. Their menu has changed some, making the prices higher. The service was not the greatest. I am not sure if I will be frequenting this place anymore.

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vipDublin14
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great afternoon

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vipHoya
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent for business lunches! I would recommend this restaurant to local families and tourists as well.

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vipDennis
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Especially liked the carafe of iced tea

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DouglasM
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice location, excellent service and good sized portions of very good food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy as always!!

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vipTwinMomBalt
Baltimore
62 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Server was kind and attentive at first, but slow to follow up after meals arrived. We waited very long and were never offered dessert menus and two in our party had to leave. The food was good but the hamburger trio was very small, too petite in my opinion. I had the chopped salad and added shrimp; salad was good but the shrimp needed seasoning. No fresh ground pepper was offered to any at the table. It was a friend's birthday so not having an offer of dessert after we were there for two hours sort of bummed me out; I had noted on the reservation that we were there for a birthday.

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KathyJ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabriel and our hostess were fantastic. Food great

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KarenV
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our daughter’s college graduation. It was a great venue for a large group. Thank you!!

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RJBieber
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great lunch on the veranda, good food, attentive service

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MichelleG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. Thank you for the outdoor seating. I’ll be back soon.

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vipBillinDC
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad PJ Clarke’s is open again. They have created one of the nicest outdoor experiences I have seen. One of the nicest, best uses of outdoor settings there is.

The staff member — Kevin — made it an especially sensational lunch for me and my 16 year old son. This is a classic Washington-New York pub-plus. Glad to have them back.

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vipJanoux
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor dining at Black Lives Matter Plaza is very nice with a wonderful view of the Washington monument. Service is top drawer. The warm lobster Cobb salad is a favorite. And they have my favorite bourbon.

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vipSky173
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best stores in this chain. Creative, tasty lunch menu along with reliable staples; excellent service and fair price/value. Will return again.

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KarenN
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reliable, decent food presented in a high-end manner in a casual setting.

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zman
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent service and food

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JohnH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Drink order fell through the cracks, server needed to be reminded

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great staff

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vipdrs13
Las Vegas
38 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and attentive service.

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I82much
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Nothing about the restaurant is memorable -- while not bad, not worth a return visit

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HarryK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very Good. Steak s and burgers were Great! Cream spinach was bland.
Our waiter Travis was excellent!

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Virginiagal
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Only issue was that it's a bit dark in there. Food was outstanding. Homemade tater tots!! And the brussel sprouts as a side is amazing. Great service and quality.

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PaulF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great. The food was delicious. Our waiter, Bobby, was attentive and knowledgeable about the specials for the evening. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Experience was solid. I will visit again.

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BarbaraH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were at lunch celebrating a co-worker's last day. We enjoyed the food very much. It was a wonderful lunch and the service was excellence. Our server was very polite, courteous, and attentive. thank you,

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delchino1
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Possibly the best oysters in DC. A rotating menu keeps return visits interesting. Consistently excellent. We meet here monthly for lunch and it never disappoints.

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vip031914
Pittsburgh
76 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite eateries when I'm in DC.
Convenient, friendly, well trained staff, and well prepared food.

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viphuskyfan
Richmond
54 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
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

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vipAGRDC
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid food, good service. Recommend. Great for after work drinks.

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vipmlowder
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business lunch

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vipRick
Atlanta
208 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

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

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vipREDSOX
New England
52 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.

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vipMichael
New England
37 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!

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Royag
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!

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vipDinerout
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.

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vipDCSteven
Washington DC
51 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.

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DimitrisS
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.

FAQs

P.J. Clarke's DC does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. P.J. Clarke's DC also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 463-6610.

P.J. Clarke's DC is rated 4.7 stars by 1158 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.