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P.J. Clarke's DC

4.4
4.4
1181 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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Burgers

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 463-6610

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Veteran

  • Executive chef

    Luis Zelaya

  • Catering

    Please contact Gigi at gigi@pjclarkes.com

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact Gigi for all private event inquiries at gigi@pjclarkes.com

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    16th / K Street NW

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Farragut North / Farragut West / McPhearson

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,181 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. MC

    MeghanC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    OpenTable did not get my reservation to PJ Clarks were they did not have it at all. The air conditioning was broken and it was hot so we sat outside and of course they waited more than 15 four minutes to even bring us a glass of water.
  2. GT

    599GTB

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great waiter and fish and chips.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the second I walked in the host to the servers were accommodating. The bartender Jim was also exceptional. I highly recommend this restaurant for dinner. It was one of the best dinner experiences I’ve had during my time in DC.
  4. BB

    BrittneyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was excellent! Great menu and atmosphere. Recommend the steak and frites.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious entrees and exceptional service.
  6. B

    Bryan

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Terrible experience. Ordered Vichyssoise soup for an appetizer and it had turned sour (spoiled cream), which didn’t seem to surprise our server. I had one spoonful then sent it back. The server (who did not visit our table at all initially for almost 15 minutes) said our sandwiches were coming right out (lobster roll and club), as there wasn’t time for another appetizer. I had no problem with that and waited for our sandwiches to be forthcoming. 20 minutes later the server said “oh, I held your order do you can order another appetizer.” You have got to be kidding me? I said politely “just bring out the sandwiches”. When they arrived, the lobster roll was so chewy I had to use a knife snd fork to cut each piece of lobster into M&M size bites to get it down. My friends club was extremely dry. So he asked for a side of Mayo and another Coke….20 min later neither came. We were now over an hour and 15 min dealing with this abc waited and waited for the server to come to our table. I finally went to the bar area where he was watching a game and I said I need my check please. He brought the check over and said proudly he had taken the Coke off the bill (that never arrived), in addition to the soup. When he saw me examining the bill, he quickly grabbed it out of my hand and “realized” the soup had not been removed. All in all it was an awful experience.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone working in the restaurant was so friendly and the food was delicious
  8. EO

    ElayneO

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food2service2ambience5
    When there are two people for lunch and you order the same thing, should there be a noticeable difference in the amount and presentation of the food? I ask this question because it was very clear that my order was subpar to the person siting at the exact same table with me. Our nationality is not the same and I would like to think that this is not the reason for the difference but what else can I think? What is your opinion? Signed Not sure I will eat here again

    P.J. Clarke's DCResponded on May 4, 2022We are very sorry to hear that your experience with us fell short - we have spoken with our head chef to make sure he reviews all specifications with the kitchen so that this does not happen again. We do not discriminate and value all of our guests equally - unfortunately mistakes can happen even with the best of kitchens. We hope you enjoyed your experience otherwise and that you'll give us another chance to do better. Sincerely, The PJ's Team

  9. BT

    BigTen

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Overpriced, small portions, little flavor. For the money spent, we could have had the best meal at Clydes.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Everything good but our waiter was a little bit lost
  11. JO

    JohnO

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely food . Pricey.
  12. SW

    SheilaW

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was great and the food was really delicious! Especially the lobster roll!
  13. W

    Wemme

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food is just okay. Loved the outdoor terrace and service.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    We seemed to be an afterthought to our server. Good was ok, gumbo was mostly liquid.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maine Lobster Roll was delicious!! Great food and service!!
  16. CM

    ClaudeM

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food and service were very good. It's a bit pricy but worthwhile.
  17. CC

    CoreyC

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great happy hour special on oysters! Burger was top notch!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Despite many tables empty, the hostess said they were booked solid and wouldn’t even take our name. We turned around, walked out and then made a reservation for 15 mins later on Open Table. She was very rude and not welcoming. We clearly had 2 kids with us, not providing kids menus. Food was good, front service not.
  19. R

    Robin

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    They were out of french dip so i ordered wings with sauce on the side but it came with sauce on and wings were rubbery i guess they microwaved them not deep fried gross
  20. CB

    CherylB

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    This spot is short on staff, so be prepared for that….my partner had seafood and it was great. I had steak and it was flavorless,
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pinehurst

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic!
  22. h

    hilaryc

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    No shortage of great options on the menu. We had a party of 6 and everyone’s meals were great, as well as great service.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and FAST customer service and food! We will definitely be back! The waiter was extremely attentive as was the manager. Constant checks to make sure that we were enjoying ourselves. Super pleased!
  24. CH

    ClarkH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Service was great and the food was fresh and well prepared. The Oysters we're spot on.
  25. DD

    DonD

    Pittsburgh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got there 30 minutes before closing. They got us in quickly and the food was great.
  26. KG

    KimberlyG

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the espresso martini was to die for.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and plenty of options for everyone in our party.
  28. N

    Noname

    Baltimore

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Kinda dead and not a vibe in the house but really nice people snd the food was great!
  29. BE

    BigE

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    It was just ok. I didn’t care for the crab dip or the Mac n cheese. The lobster too, roasted chicken and fries was good. Overall it was just ok
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great we enjoyed ourselves as a party of 9
  31. JM

    JohnM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome oysters, and everything else was great as well. Very friendly and professional service. Relaxed pace.
  32. B

    Bunnie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. However, a bit pricey. Will return.
  33. r

    rockefeller

    Washington DC

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Calvin the waiter was outstanding. He went out of his way to ensure that my vegan needs were met. Ed the older waiter stopped by to make sure that I was comfortable. The seating manager would not rest until all my needs were met. The main manager that evening was so great and came to table with personal touch. I was treated like royalty. I only wished that I had brought several hard copies of Happiness Digest by Ellen White now online for free to pass out to these great public servants. Looking forward to returning. Rocky Twyman, Founder Oprah for Nobel Peace Prize Crusade

    P.J. Clarke's DCResponded on January 24, 2022Thank you so much for the kind review! We look forward to welcoming you back.

  34. CG

    ChicoGordoLeEncantaComer

    Washington DC

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The blackened ribeye was perfect and the Snapper was fantastic. The server, Saleem, was professional and knowledgable and had a great personality. He made the evening even more enjoyable.
  35. AS

    AaronS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing location with tremendous atmosphere and ambiance. Food and service were both impeccable.
  36. SG

    SteveG

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was good and the service was very friendly and attentive.
  37. ED

    EmDub

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Service and ambiance were good, but the food was very bland. French fries tasted like they had been frozen. Bread on one of our sandwiches was very hard. Not great value.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Pushy waiter, no bottled wine and okay food
  39. KD

    KellyD

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Relatively empty when we got there and we were sat right next to staff kiosk
  40. BD

    BeltwayDiner

    Phoenix

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to brunch at PJ Clarke’s after putting out wreaths at Arlington all morning. Great way to wrap up a very worthwhile activity. The Bloody Mary was great.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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 4.4 stars by 1181 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    16th / K Street NW

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Burgers

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Farragut North / Farragut West / McPhearson

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Veteran

  • Executive chef

    Luis Zelaya

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 463-6610

  • Catering

    Please contact Gigi at gigi@pjclarkes.com

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact Gigi for all private event inquiries at gigi@pjclarkes.com

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