P.J. Clarke's DC

4.3
1014 reviews
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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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AT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place!! The place has a lot of charm and the food and service was second to none.

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M
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was very good, but the service was slow. Our waiter took our drink orders immediately and when we said we didn't want apps, he disappeared. I had to wave at another waiter 45 minutes later to ask him to come back and take our entree order. It took us 2 hours to get out of there and the waiter was getting snappy because he wanted to turn the table (which we would have happily been able to do had he taken our order in time).

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Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal downstairs. The ambiance, service and food were great.

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DM
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were happy to see that we had a reserved table for our client meeting right at 12pm during a busy conference nearby. Host and wait staff were great! Food was good though a few more vegetarian options would be nice. Overall nice environment and would go back again!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Pleasant. Special instructions listened to .

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TM
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had the same great waitress that we had when we were there 3 years ago. Christina is a wonderful waitress and she remembered that she waited on us the last time. We wish her nothing but the best.

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PR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Highly recommended.

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BK
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Very loud. On the upside, portion was pretty large. Wouldn’t recommend

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CD
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The skirt steak and Caesar salad was excellent and had a cherry based beer. A little pricy but considering the location I guess you are stuck.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

First time at P.J. Clarke's DC - it can't hold a candle to P.J.Clarke's NYC

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I
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Over price for product but understand due to location
Overall OK

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RD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dependably very good.

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S
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant location for business lunch. Varied menu. Excellent and attentive service

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was Ok. Service not great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was perfectly fine

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JS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

PJ Clarke's provides a great venue to enjoy a game of any type. Several TV screens can been viewed from the bar area, there is a table seating area next to the bar so you can sit and watch a game and there is a more separated dining area where you don't have to watch the game or the bar scene, so it kinda has something for everyone. One of the things I really liked was the casual atmosphere but high qualify food options. I had the filet mignon au poivre and it was perfect. Great service too!

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OB
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great venue to meet up with clients, visiting from out of town for our Call to Congress conference. It was walking distance from their hotel and a perfect choice to eat good food and relax after a long day!

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CV
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Save yourself money go to McDonald’s the food is the same.

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W
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Been here twice. Great food, healthy and delicious, seafood is terrific.
Cherry beer smells and tastes so good, just like a taste of spring.

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Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

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LK
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely evening out! I reserved a table, thinking we will be on the groundfloor level. We were directed to the basement which I had no problem with, and we enjoyed the ambience, but I was disappointed that the menu was not the same. I also believe it is pricier in the basement? Our table was a folding table, and where one of the guests sat, everything was slanting down. His cutlery fell to the ground, but it was quickly replaced by new ones. We mentioned it to our waiter, hoping to be moved to a non-slanting table, but that did not happen. The food was wonderful! But expensive! But we will give it another go sometime!

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Unpretentious. Decent bar selections. Good happy hour oysters and seasonal specials. Sports on the bar TVs a plus.

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c
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was not that good. Some combinations of spices were off.

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Pittsburgh
57 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and service.
Great bourbon selection.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family from Pennsylvania and Illinois visiting the city

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GJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Perfect venue, placed expertly between higher-end food prep and an informal bar-type atmosphere. Especially good for Friday dining. Our table-for-four was comfortable, with plenty of room and privacy.

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoy the history there, as well as the food and service.

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BW
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is prepared well, and the portions are a good size. Tom, the waiter, has a great personality and makes guests feel welcome. It would be even better if the lunch prices were a bit lower than the dinner prices (it appears that there is a single menu for both lunch and dinner).

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l
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

This was the first dining experience here for our party of 4. We had a good experience with our waiter Tom. But I think we felt that overall the food quality didn't justify the expense. In my own situation I specifically asked about the crabcakes which the waiter listed as one of the popular dishes. I am fussy about crabcakes--I want to see and taste lumps of crab, not what I refer to as pulverized crabmeat. Unfortunately, it was the pulverized version. The chicken pot pie was tasty but without any accompaniments was priced too high. One guest asked to substitute green salad for french fries. No one mentioned the $5 upcharge.

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LL
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best salad I have ever eaten! Warm Lobster Cobb

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k
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food. Very helpful staff. No hanging around to enjoy coffee, though, as they stated busing or table very aggressively as soon as we paid the bill.

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w
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

As two women having a business lunch, we were put next to the drawer where waiters put silverware, it was loud and not appropriate. We did not get two small forks for our oysters and I had to get up after 10 minutes to ask a second time. All in all, I will not be eager to return.

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WT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was mediocre. A fancy Applebees (Meaning better than Applebee's, but decidedly not as good as the price tag).

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New England
42 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I dined with two friends for Saturday brunch. Two of us had eggs Benedict and the other person had the BLT sandwich, which was large. All the food was well prepared and flavorful. There was a small problem as the sandwich was ordered with fries and was delivered with a small salad instead. The restaurant recognized the mistake and promptly brought the fries. The waiter was new but pleasant and helpful. Will probably dine here again on my next trip to the Capitol.

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PL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good dinner, with nice place. Near my hotel, very good choice,

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K
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good, although I regret not having the tater tots and the service was excellent.

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NH
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Nothing great. French dip was on the small side. Guest had chicken Cesar salad what was awful. Granted it was the end of the day but not worth it

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DD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Valentine’s Day

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Y
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Location was great and food good for the price. I would recommend.

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u
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant dining experience. Baba is a great server and the meal was excellent.

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