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About P.J. Clarke's DC

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.

1600 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Cross Street:
16th / K Street NW

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 463-6610

Website:
http://www.pjclarkes.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available Monday - Saturday from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. The cost is $6.00 per car.

Public Transit:
Farragut North / Farragut West / McPhearson

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

P.J. Clarke's DC Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.1

service

4.3

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4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Authentic (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Live Sports (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Cozy (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
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People Watching (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Service was adequate, but we felt as if we were a bother to the server, rather than feeling welcome. Food was average, given the high prices.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Promptly seated decent food close
To attractions kind waiter

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great lobster roll. It was cooked perfectly . I had the Naked Roll which comes with warm butter.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Tater Tots and Brussels Sprouts: Superb!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

good burger, need to improve on fries. clam chowder was not warm enough and a bit tough

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Won't be back. VERY expensive! $18 for a crab cake slapped on a plate with a lemon wedge... THAT was IT!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

My wife and I were looking for a nice restaurant in the area before going to a museum. This place absolutely blew away our expectations!! The drinks are amazing!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We were in a rush and were able to order quickly, get our food and leave within 45 minutes!
Great for business lunches.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Business Meals
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The Chicken Pot Pie is GREAT

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food and service was outstanding! We had never dines at a PJ Clarke’s before, so the waiter, Marcus, made some wonderful suggestions! Fresh seafood appetizers, excellent sandwiches. You must try the Whiskey Bread Pudding if you have room for desert!

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

The noise level prevented the ability to have a conversation with my husband. I thought the food was overpriced. A burger, taco, diet soad and glass of wine was $75 with tip. Don't mind spending that amount if great, but not mediocre.

Tags: Casual
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The service was wonderful, the food was good and they made room for our stroller. It was a good evening.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing experience. They went above and beyond!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

PJ Clarrke's is a great place to grab lunch downtown. Wide selection of entrees, raw bar, and nice wine list. The service is impeccable and the food is delicious!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

For a business lunch where privacy and ability to hear table conversation are at a premium, the downstairs is perfect. Additionally, food and service are excellent.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Even though OPENTABLE had confirmed my reservation for two people at 11:00 pm, and we have arrived 5 minutes bafore the desalinhe, the restaurant simply refused us saying that the kitchen was already closed. Considering the time, we lost others alternatives and went to bed hungry. Very bad expeience... I hope that you asked the restaurant why that happned.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Autumn was amazing, we had a great time at brunch and the drinks were delicious!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Bad food. l I LOVED the shrimp and grits that they had on many previous occasions. This time, no shrimp and grits. My friend and I both had chicken pot pie. My friend was okay with hers and was in somewhat of a hurry, so I didn't send mine back, but I should have. The flavor was fine, but the temperature was uneven (they may have microwaved it) and the crust was awful - not cooked through, though the top was broiled and close to black. One bite of the crust was enough. I only what was under the crust. The potato chunks weren't cooked well, but everything else was acceptable. Even if the pot pie had been perfect, which was far from true, the dish was overpriced. I'm never going back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 20, 2017

I love PJ Clarke's, it's close to my office, the food is good and usually you can get a table on short notice. On this visit, I ordered an Arugula salad and the server asked if I wanted a protein added, she named several and I asked for the crab cake. The crab cake was okay, certainly not the best I've had at local restaurants. The worse part was when the check came and I had been charged $17.00 for the crab cake and the salad was $13.00; really!!! $30 for a salad with one crab cake. That's ridiculous. When the charge for a topper on a salad is more than the salad, the customer should be informed at the time of ordering. And if you're going to charge $17 for a crab cake, it should be a good crab cake!!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The oysters were so good we had 4dozen the selection was all Maryland mollusks and very very good. The Skinny Dippers are an outstanding selection.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Overall it was pretty good. The service was awesome. The food was good. I wish they had more selections.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner. But we miss the butterscotch pudding you all used to make.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Over cooked chicken & salmon, missing ordered items, lacklustet and a sky high bill...nope. Will not return. So much better on the block, let alone the area

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Excellent entrees. Salad was very good. Kids loved the burgers. All at a reasonable price.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 30, 2017

We stayed at the St. Regis across the street. It is extremely convenient if you need a quick dinner. Our server was excellent. Not many wines by the glass. The chicken pot pie was recommended by another poster. I tried it and it was yummy!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

This is now a "must" when in D.C. Food is cooked to perfection. service is so friendly. Cinnamon ice cream is exceptional.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Great service, excellent value for the money.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Food was exceptional - The staff was the best I have ever had. Would recommend in a heartbeat.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite
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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We chose this restaurant for its Southern/comfort menu. Unfortunately, our experience was not very positive. My daughter ordered a hamburger. The server did not ask her how she would like it cooked and when served, it was very rare. We ordered the homemade tater tots, which were okay, but frankly the store bought ones are probably better. I ordered the fried chicken sandwich, it had a significant amount of untrimmed fat and gristle, which is unacceptable when it is served on a bun. The accompanying fries were unremarkable. The servers were extremely polite, but the manager? was not. When we first arrived, servers were arranging tables and he chastised them several times for no particular reason we could see. He seemed aggressive and angry. Although this was not directed at us, we felt very sympathetic for the poor servers. All of this would not have mattered that much, except that our total meal bill was over $100. I don't mind paying for good food or good service, but I got neither. I would have had a more satisfying meal at McDonalds, and I hate McDonalds.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 1, 2017

P.J. Clarkes is fun and energetic but it's loud. It's a bit pricey for a casual lunch but it definitely draws a crowd. The food is good and there are some interesting choices on the menu. The servers are friendly and engaging but clearly very busy.

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

It was a lovely brunch and Linda was amazing

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Next time I want to be ignored, I'll just go to Home Depot where they've perfected the art of pretending customers are invisible. If it weren't for the on-duty manager, I'd still be waiting to order...he was very nice and after I'd been sitting there for 10 minutes without so much as a how-do-you-do from the wait staff, he came up and asked if I'd been helped and he took my order (I'd pretty much memorized the menu by then, so I knew what I wanted). It took forever for the sandwich to arrive and a bit longer for the correct one to reach the table, but it was tasty. Then it took another long bit of time for someone to bring me the bill...the only server who actually approached me except the one who refilled my water glass. I know I'm only a single diner, but seriously, it's a restaurant, people eat there, and there were only 4-5 other tables occupied while I was there.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Slow service, overcooked steak frites, and a very forgetful waiter.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

The service was unapologetically slow - the server did not apologize for the initial delay nor any subsequent delays. She did not smile or try to connect even. Our meals were incorrect. I had ordered the Cadillac burger without cheese and it came with cheese. His kobe burger was ordered medium and it came to the table very medium rare. Both were sent back. Again, no one apologized for the mistake though it was corrected. Once the replacements arrived no attempt was made at service recovery. The meal was just average. Throughout my 12 day vacation to the area, this was the most underwhelming. I mentioned to the maitre'd that I lived on the block where the original PJ Clarke's is in NYC and had frequented the venue. This one did it justice only in decor and atmosphere. I was not impressed at all by food nor service.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Tasty lobster roll and sweet potatoes fries. Refreshing Moscow mule.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 20, 2017

The issues wasn't so much the food or the server but the host or the server who was covering for the host. I came all smiles with some business guests we had and told the server that I had a reservation. All he said was "I don't see it" and took some menus and seated. They seated us between the kitchen and the door when there was tons of empty tables further in the restaurant. I didn't complain because like I said I was with business colleagues and didn't want to make a scene. It is unfortunate that as you enter that is the first impression you get. That they don't really want to be there and clearly this is a paycheck. I understand customer service is a hard business because you are dealing with people but you have to remember you make and break peoples experiences with your attitude. A bad attitude is a personal thing and no one else's fault that it is happening. The food and our server were fine.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Overall we love PJ clarks but definitely had a bad server this time. Food is great as always

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 (Columbus)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Onion soup excellent, butternut squash soup delicious, shepherd's pie generous portion and tasty, a bit pricey but it is DC after all.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 7, 2017

good food and service, a bit noisy....but can still hear and talk

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Food mediocre and very overpriced for the quality.

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