Permanently Closed - Drift on 7th

3.8
49 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Drift on 7th is your neighborhood retreat where you can relax and enjoy fresh seafood, great drinks and count on an easy, enjoyable dining experience. Our comfortable, laid back atmosphere offers a wide variety of delicious, patiently prepared meals at an exceptionally great value. Whether we are grilling salmon, pan-searing Chesapeake rockfish, or lightly sautéing delicate scallops, we keep it simple so that the flavor shines through.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am
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Phone number
(202) 350-4350
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Public transit
Shaw-Howard Metro Station - Green & Yellow lines
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
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food
3.7
service
3.6
ambience
3.6
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

No one said a word when I entered the door. The food was very salty and they were short on staff. It took over 30 minutes to get the server to come over to allow us to order our meal and the had a very limited bar. I would not visit again

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Tried to go for restaurant week. Big mistake. I made a reservation. When I got there, they had only one table available right by the door. It took forever for anyone to even bring us menus. They completely ignored us and we couldn't believe it. They were more worried about the people at the bar. No one asked our drink orders after leaving the menus. We considered staying but after looking at the menu, nothing stood out to us. Sat in the restaurant for about 15 minutes before we were fed up. We left and decided to spend our $35 per person elsewhere. Will never come back.

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U
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

One of the worst dining experiences any of us ever had. To count down the ways the service alone was bad:
1. No one greeted us for twenty minutes upon arrival
2. We were sat forty minutes past our eight pm reservation
3. The waitress came by to tell us she had other tables and would get to us when she had time
4. It took three hours for us to get our entire meal
5. We didn't receive water until forty minutes into our meal
6. The waters were never refilled until ten minutes before we left, when the majority of the tables were empty, despite our asking any time the waitress came by
7. The waitress was rude, rude, rude. Mad she was the only waitress on the floor, took it out on the guests. Having worked in the service industry myself, rule #1 is never take out your bad day on the guests. And there was zero sense of urgency in waiting the tables or bringing food out. The food would sit on the counter, ready for delivery, and she would walk by it one, two, three times, everything was luke warm or cold by the time it was delivered.
8. Silverware was handed out ten minutes after food had arrived, being handed the knife, the fork, the spoon, one by one.
9. If you asked for any additions, a glass of wine, extra ketchup, it never came came back to the table.

To top it off, the food was tasteless, and everyone felt sick after leaving. How this restaurant has so many good reviews is beyond me. The biggest waste of money and time of any restuarant in the DMV.

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M
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

My friends and I went here for Restaurant Week and while the food was decent, some of the dishes were pretty bland due to no seasoning. We would've asked our server for some salt however, she was nowhere to be found most of the time. Even though the place was small, they only had one server running around with the hostess helping out every now and then, but she herself kept dip out of the restaurant throughout our dinner time period. Overall, food was subpar, service was terrible. Ask for something and you'll be lucky if they remembered and brought it to you. Parking is also terrible as its street only

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Closes at 11pm, but started turning the music off and putting up chairs at 930.
Food was decent.
Ambiance was interesting.

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LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Restaurant cancelled my reservation even though I checked in and dined there. Food was not good.

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h
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My friend ordered the bouillabaisse. She was served essentially a dull consommé with some unremarkable seafood floating in it. My crabcake was good but the accompanying fries were limp & greasy. This was my 3rd meal at Drift, the first to disappointment me.

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BL
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

door sign indicated restaurant closed at 1am, waitress asked us to finish and leave by 10pm

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D
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was overpriced ($16 octopus starter with three tiny pieces of octopus), the waiter couldn't explain how the fish was prepared, and none of the beers described on the menu were available. My seared tuna (accurately described initially by the waiter as raw) arrived bone cold.

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CC
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed our meal at Drift 7. The service was outstanding, and the food was yummy. It's a very small place, and my nephew and I went on a night where a band was playing. The music was good, but it made for a difficult time talking.

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L
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Nice atmosphere.
Great choices for restaurant week!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was fantastic. Went during Restaurant Week after passing it by many times while riding the bus. I was so impressed by the quality of the fish. When they say Daily Catch, they mean daily. The tuna was so fresh, lightly seared so you really tasted the quality of the fish above all else. You cannot fake this kind of quality. Would recommend to anyone!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. Service was wonderful, the food was delicious and served quickly. The restaurant week deal is $35 for 3 courses with a great selection and the happy habanero drink was awesome.

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N
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Funky and different at the intersection of great food and fun casual atmosphere. May was an excellent server and clearly really cares, perhaps the owner. Good fresh lightly prepared fish and SUPERB plantains!

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MC
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Food wasn't very good- not fresh, no flavor. The service was terrible- took 40 minutes just to get salads. Wine list is good- but definitely not worth it with all the amazing restaurants in DC.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was good, but the place definitely felt more like a bar that had food on the side and not a restaurant. Service was slow. After 40 minutes of waiting for our main entree our server came over and told us she had forgotten to place our entree order. Considering there were only 2 other tables eating, this was inexcusable. She did apologize and brought us a drink.

Most of the people there were drinking and not eating.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Loud environment, frozen foods, almost nobody there.

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MM
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Located in the ever evolving Shaw Community, Drift on 7th is an amazing place for fresh, creative & delicious seafood.

Offers live music (tunefully jazz standards) on Tuesdays & Thursdays 6P - 9P & a fantastic Happy Hour $5 Menu, 4P - 7P & only at the bar.

Street parking is plentiful & Drift is just a few steps away from the Shaw/Howard University Metro Station - Green & Yellow Lines.

Brunch is no longer offered.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed my time at the Drift on 7th. Meeting up with some longtime friends for a nice little dinner. My expectations for their lobster roll were pretty high and unfortunately didn’t meet me at the top. The fries were delicious and the cocktails were made deliciously. I would go again to most likely try something else to expand my tastebuds.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Cool, relaxed atmosphere and good food and service.

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FG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s like to be on a seashore. Perfectly cooked sustainable fish, updated on a daily basis, with a very convenient price. Cozy service, great wine list (not so large, but very focused on the perfect pairings with fish), amazing menu. Plus, the fried calamari with sriracha dip are THE best in town, imho. Must go.

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MK
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor and design - simple, modern, inviting. The service was fantastic and our server, Jade was a gem. She also informed us of live music events on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. We went for Sunday brunch on the later side and the food was delicious. We had the beignets and a vegetarian omelette. Great french press coffee as well. Highly recommend!

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KT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch options, attentive staff, nice vibe would go there again

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

This was my first time, the staff was very friendly. Thought the establishment is small it had ample seats at the bar and available tables. The bathrooms will nicely decorated and very clean. The bottomless mimosas were a great price and the brunch entrees were good.

I am going to go back during the week for Jazz night, I am sure it is a great ambiance.

Cheers!

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JC
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was ok, very empty on a Saturday night by 9pm, turned the lights off on us at 10pm to force us to leave. Underwhelming.

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E
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasant surprise, great seafood and reasonable prices. The service was excellent, I felt so well taken care of!

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e
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A key to Drift's excellence is that the printed menu does not list the fish; that part of the menu is on the blackboard, reflecting what the market offered. The crab cake was dense with meat and only the minimum binder needed to hold it together. Fish tacos had generous pieces of fish and really good seasoning. Our server was very helpful and pleasant. It is a go-to place for us.

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DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great sustainable conscious seafood restaurant off U Street. The service is always great and easy to make a reservation or walk in.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There for a casual birthday dinner! All around great experience

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy, great food and great drinks!

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CH
New England
49 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

They were out of the catfish, but substituted it with hake for the fish & waffles. While bummed about not having catfish, the bf was pleased with hake substitute. I had the crab benedict which was tasty. The bloody mary was good, very spicy, bottomless for 18 - not a bad deal.

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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I came to the Drift on 7th with high hopes, but I was sorely disappointed. Our drinks took 30 minutes plus to arrive, and our server forgot to place our dinner order with the kitchen. An hour and a half after we were seated, the food finally arrived.

The portions for the "Daily Catch" were not generous. The yellowfin tuna was literally three tiny strips with five pieces of lettuce. I will pay for quality food in small portions, but the lack in quality here did not justify the cost.

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C
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We liked it and we will be back. The place had a beachy vibe even on a freezing cold night. My husband liked the fact that the basketball games were on at the bar. Food was good but portions small so order a couple sides.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

the selections may be fresh but the kitchen is awful at preparation. we ordered fried calamari and it was soggy and oily. my husband's fish and chips was similar, and the french fries were limp and, again soggy. i had a crab cake which tasted fresh but was oily. service was clumsy but sweet. never again.

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SR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Pretty bad experience. I got there during happy hour and there were three bar tenders behind the bar. Only one was working, the other two were talking. I waited over five minute and then had to ask a bar tender to please get me a drink.

The food was bland, the service bad. Just an unremarkable experience.

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OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not particularly memorable. The food was fine but somewhat bland. It was a cold day and the entire small restaurant gets cold each time someone opens the door. The tables are also packed in and tight in getting up and down.

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D
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food and drinks were very good. However, on a Saturday evening there appeared to be only one waitstaff person who was also bartender. We ordered appetizers and then realized other tables were ordering before us; had to flag down overworked bartender to order entrees.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A friend and I ate very well here. The food was fresh and well prepared. What we appreciated almost as much as the food was the low-key friendliness. If you're looking for a very good meal without pretension, this is the place.

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b
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

nice neighborhood spot with good food and great service.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Valentines Day Dinner!

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