Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill

4.3
181 reviews
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Dyllan’s ‪Raw Bar Grill-Georgetown is perfect for any occasion, whether you want to stop at the bar for a drink and light meal, are looking for an exceptional brunch or dinner location, or celebrating your special occasion in our private event space.

Our regional American cuisine features a modern raw bar, as well as a grill menu highlighting fresh seafood, steaks, and vegetarian dishes crafted with the finest ingredients.

The restaurant—housed in a circa-1890s warehouse built from locally quarried stone and exposed Virginia “iron wood” heart pine timbers—is modern while celebrating the building’s industrial past. The restaurant’s outdoor seating overlooks the historic and picturesque C & O Canal.

Here at Dyllan’s, we pride ourselves on working with local purveyors and artisans that adhere to rigorous sustainable standards.

Close Proximity to Georgetown U, George Washington U, Horward U and American.

We look forward to the privilege of serving you.
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Dyllan's Happiness Hours!

Enjoy Food and Drink Specials like our $9.99 Burger or our Jumbo Lobster Roll for $16 with homemade chips or selected drink specials $7 Cocktails, $5 beers and $8 wines. Also off-menu food items like Crispy Calamari and Dyllan's Wings. Every Monday through Friday!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 22, 2019

Ends: July 23, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-7:00PM

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Sun 5:30PM - 7:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Tue 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:45PM - 9:45PM
Wed - Thu 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:15PM - 11:00PM
Sat 9:45PM - 11:30PM

What 181 People Are Saying
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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was very slow with only a few customers in the restaurant. They were out of items on the restaurant week menu. The waiter was very nice but he couldn't answer any questions about the menu. Food and atmosphere were very good though.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! That's the best way to describe this Gem! Georgetown's best new restaurant in my opinion. You can go to all the fine dining places(CUT, Fiola, etc) or the "old" spots(Clyde's, Martin's, etc) but this place gets it right. Nice portions, great prices, not cheap but value, inventive menu (I even noticed CUT is copying their Raw bar, just like Wolfgang, can't leave the neighborhood restaurants alone) and most importantly a fresh inventive menu. Anybody who lives in the area should check them out we need more restaurants of this quality. Five stars all the way.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited during Restaurant week. It was an excellent menu and great value. Would have been nice to have some sides for the main meals. The octopus was grilled perfectly and the salmon ceviche was divine. We sat outside next to the finished remodeled canal which was quite pleasant. Will definitely return.

A
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This was first time going to this restaurant and it was restaurant week.

The bartender Chad was outstanding. He was well verse and knowledgeable about the drinks even though it was his second week there.

The service staff it was his second week there too, but his service was not up to par like I thought it should have been considering, I was there 1 1/5 hour before my party arrived and there were very few folks in the restaurant. We were seated and our food order was taken by the service staff however, our we didn't get our food until 45 minutes later. My daughter asked where was our food, the service staff replied it got busy all of of the sudden. I repeated what the service staff person said to his Manager and Manager asked me again to repeated it and I did. He said, he will take care of it. Five minutes later, we got our food however, the Gumbo and Grill Squid was cold. I notified the service staff and he replaced it. The second course and third course came out like a well oil machine.

The service was the only item that didn't get 5 stars.

OT
Washington DC
152 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The octopus carpaccio was fantastic!!! Fish & kimchee tacos were good except the kimchee wsy overwhelmed the fish. Also it was watery, so the taco fell apart immediately after picking it up. The lemon sorbet was delicious.

DK
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

When I walked in there was no one around, I had to find someone to let them know I was there.
Waiting for my guest, sitting at the bar was ok bartender was friendly and got my drink quickly
When we got to our table for dinner that's when everything went down hill. we waited over 20 min before we had to ask someone where our server was, there seems some confusion among the staff over who was to serve who, finally when the server came very apologetic but appeared nervous not knowing a lot about the menu, we had to remind him to get our drink orders and water, a manager did come over and comped our next drink. By the time the food came again after a long time it was good no complaints there, the check however was the fastest thing that came all night, and btw the comped drink was on the bill. I would not recommend this place.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. On the canal. Great outdoor seating. We will be back!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great Raw Bar. Oysters were awesome service was knowledgeable and friendly. Loved the dinner menu. Great for a business meeting. Slower then expected, but its summer in Georgetown.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, perfect portions to share. Food amazing. Staff was helpful but not pushy. Bartender Chris was so friendly and cocktails were spot on. Really a great place. Will be back soon.

TH
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Great location..... but almost empty. And now we understand why. Although almost empty the staff was busy... after 10 minutes a table. Food was mediocre at best although firmly priced. Steak was burned, no side dishes.
Music was very loud and not fitting the looks of the restaurant (hard rock?).
Only one trying to make a difference was the table waitress....
As you can imagine we left a moderate tip.
Biggest surprise of all..... we found another amount on our credit card overview...

W
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great space and cool spot on the Canal. Food was excellent and the service was very good. Georgetown needs a spot like this and only worry that it lacks visibility from the street and the space is too big to sustain itself.

SS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service. The food is fantastic. The margarita was to die for . /)

BL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place, food is excellent, service is good, outdoor seating near the Canal is ideal. The manager is pleasant and chats with customers.
Highly recommend
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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location and restaurant. Found it walking on the canal trail. Great outdoor dining the service and food were amazing! Also found out they open early on weekends for brunch. I look forward to walking over from Arlington to earn my brunch. Great job, new favorite!

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW! Just found this place. I have lived in the Georgetown area for a long time and had no idea this place was opened. It was a restaurant before but old and not good. This place is a vast improvement. Very good menu. Its hard to find seafood, particularly great seafood without paying an arm and leg like at the waterfront or in a hotel. This place is better, in my opinion, then anything in Georgetown and maybe the best in DC. I hope Georgetown takes the hint and opens more places like this we need it. With all the closures its lost some of its charm. If you live in DC or are visiting go here. This place needs to stay. Staff and manger (I think the owner) were really friendly and appreciative. Check it out.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Even though the restaurant was empty service was poor. Slow to serve drinks and food did not come out at the same time.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The front and back of house are a mess. Ordered a dozen oysters split 6 & 6 (east v west), 14 were served (14 were later charged for). They were good oysters at least. Then ordered the grouper ceviche and were served the lobster and crab (a $3 more expensive ceviche and charged for that as well). Luckily no one in the group was allergic to shellfish, then again an oyster bar wouldn’t be the best place to take someone with a shellfish allergy but the concern remains. Proceed to order the scallop entree and ny strip surf and turf with a crab cake. The scallops came out lukewarm/cold (like they had been fired too early and were waiting on the steak). The steak was ordered medium rare, it was served blue, I usually will order a filet blue and don’t mind a rare steak but a NY Strip blue does a disservice to the meat. The center was still cold to the touch. When our waiter came around to check in he very intentionally asked how everything was and I called to his attention that the kitchen’s cook times were off and the steak was rarer than rare and nowhere near medium well to which he admitted he thought it looked off and was definitely not close to medium rare. He attempted to resolve by offering to refire, cook a new one, however as my fiancé was already done with her cold meal I passed and they offered to send a steak home with us, however reheating a cooked steak the next day is not a very nice way to experience a strip steak. The manager then came over a few minutes later and apologized and asked if there was anything the waiter could have done differently, to which we told him we were happy with how he tried to resolve but were not interested in another steak. They then offered to comp a dessert however we weren’t hungry. At the end the bill comes and we find we’ve been charged for 2 oysters we didn’t order, the more expensive ceviche we didn’t order, and the steak. Nothing removed, nothing comped (not even a glass of wine).

Will not return.

OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good, fresh raw bar. Service was excellent, my fiancée was running late and my server was more than patient and very pleasant throughout the meal. Only negative is how pricy the meal was. I fine dine quite often and I have no issue paying a lot for a good meal but this casual meal we had was well over $200. With all the $1 happy hour fresh daily oyster places around DC and NOVA it would be hard to come back and $3+ per oyster here again, the quality and types are no different. Overall not a bad spot though.

Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill
Responded on July 22, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to send a review. We appreciate your business and strive to create return guests. We strive to provide our guest with a unique raw bar experience with our ceviches, carppaccios, imported tinned fish and our premium oyster selections. We only offer 2 varieties of east and 2 varieties of west coast oysters. These do come at a higher price to us and we attempt to make this as affordable as possible for you our guests. We do not serve $1 oysters because of the quality.

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AH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal! Service was excellent - follow the staff recommendations, you won't be sorry! Raspberry Point Oysters are the best.

DC
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and will definitely be back after we move to the DC Metro area. Service was fantastic and the raw bar is killer. Wanted to have everything on it.

Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill
Responded on July 21, 2019

DavidC-We look forward to making you a regular. Thank you!

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MT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was superb and the staff very attentive. The sides were too large and could be shared between 2 or 3!

There was also a slight musty smell, which dissipated after a little while.

I will probably go back before I return home, so that should be enough of a recommendation!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a really great restaurant in an awesome location. The service was outstanding (the waiter and chef melted chocolate to make chocolate milk for my child). We were surprised at the small crowd and I’ve seen that in other reviews too. Don’t let that fool you, Dyllan’s was worth the visit.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great night with friends. Manager made us feel so special and staff was attentive. Food was great. I’ll be back soon

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific. Great beer selection. Really nice secluded bar. Bartender was friendly and knew his stuff. Will make this a regular spot. Best restaurant in Georgetown for the food and cost!

s
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Sent out bad scallops. Manager didn’t even care or come up. So we canceled and left. Will never go back.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you haven't been here go, if you have go back! Small oyster selection but really good quality. I shared Raspberry points super tasty. They also have a $9.99 burger lunch. I guess its quieter in Georgetown during the summer but this place its really good. I ate down at the waterfront yesterday it was very busy but like fast food compared to this place. Service here was great. The young lady that waited on us was happy, funny and helpful. The portions and price are very good as well. We need more restaurants like this in Georgetown. i hope to get in for dinner next week.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought our in-laws to Georgetown to walk around and see the waterfront. We found Dyllan's along the canal. Its sad that the bridge is being torn down near the restaurant because its almost impossible to see their beautiful deck! We just happened to wander past all the cheap Italian places and saw their courtyard. This place was incredible. Its one of the most beautiful restaurants I have seen in DC that is not all fake. Its a real gem. The food was out of this world. Try the mussels with coconut broth, WOW! we also had Oysters, tuna tartar and something they called monkey bread, YUM! Anyway find this place. The staff was friendly and attentive and for DC this place was priced right. We will be back. Thanks Dyllan, whoever you are.

K
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

Sat at bar, canal dry due to flooding. Chris did a fantastic job. Food portions were as if they were starving us. Very stingy

DS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new place in Georgetown with the best Crab Cakes and Lobster Rolls!!

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Brunch in DC! Always amazing and the canal is full which makes it even more pleasant. Love this Place!!!!!

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot with good vibes, great food, and stylish decor. Great for meals out with friends or a special someone.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great space with excellent food and great service. We will definitely be back!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was so enjoyable sitting in the courtyard with my family. Great service friendly staff!

CC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We stopped in late on Friday night for wine and a small bite on the C&O Canal. Our waiter was excellent and sent a sommelier over to help us choose the right wine. Wonderful ambiance on the balcony overlooking the canal. Not cheap, but definitely worth it. Will come back for a full dinner next time!

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is running a $9.99 Burger Lunch! It was a huge burger with cheese, fresh lettuce and tomato on a brioche roll with a choice of salad, chips or a vegetable. I had broccoli. With an Ice Tea and tip it cost less then $20. That was cheaper then Sweetgreens or just about anywhere else in Georgetown. I'm blown away. I will be back.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server shared that there are new menu items on Lunch and dinner. We are bring business group here next week. This place is beautiful and food was really great. Too bad there is construction outside on the street made it loud for lunch but should be quiet for dinner.

PP
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Boring and pricey one waiter on Duty

Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill
Responded on June 25, 2019

PatriciaP-We are so sorry you found your experience to be only 3 stars. If you would like to share any details that may help us to better understand your visit we would appreciate it. You gave 5 stars for value and 4 stars for both Service and Food. We understand you sat outside on the canal side deck. We had 4 servers on that evening.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible seafood/raw bar. Really great brunch spot. Way better then the mediocre waterfront restaurants with tons of tourist and really bad staff. Dyllan's is way cool and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The outdoor seating was the best quiet and away from the street and all the Italian places. This place is due to blow up as the best brunch spot in DC! Look forward to trying dinner.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best outdoor dining in Georgetown. Great for business lunch and dinner. The place is big but has tons of charm. Food was exceptional! Server said they just started a burger for under $10. West coast oysters were fresh. I highly recommend trying this place if your in DC. We need one of these in Chicago.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fanatastic business lunch location. Service was best in the city. They have a new menu. Grill barramundi tacos were incredible. Great job! Best restaurant in the area particularly for the price.

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