Estuary at the Conrad DC

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Contemporary American
Sourcing ingredients from our friends up and down the Chesapeake, Estuary—a brand new restaurant from Chefs Bryan and Michael Voltaggio—offers a reimagined approach to the distinct flavors of dishes that have traditionally been part of the watershed’s seafood offerings. Separated into both Seafood and Landfood presentations, our seasonal menu highlights the bounty of the Bay area and invites you to indulge in an honest taste of the place we call home.
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vipnesrobin4
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit and won't be my last. Three friends visited Estuary with me and we each enjoyed the treat. Two of us ordered Maryland crab rolls, which were stuffed with crab. My west coast friend ordered the Atlantic salmon and he enjoyed it. He stated it was the best he ever had. Another friend, who's a southern boy at heart, ordered the shrimp and grits. He definitely could've eaten more. The server was outstanding. He visited the table often but allowed us privacy too. Thank you

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Courtney
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Be careful of food allergies, they asked but did not follow through on this! Could be very dangerous for health.

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EPM1
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We were early (had been to a matinee), so we were the first diners to arrive. The service was lovely - attentive but not obnoxious. That said, for the price, the food should be a lot better. The shrimp and grits plate was very tasty - though 3 shrimp does not a "plate" make. Was just ordered as an appetizer, though, so we didn't go hungry. My son ordered the pot roast - it was tough as shoe leather. They graciously offered him something else (he selected the hangar steak, I believe). I am told it was tasty, but the deconstructed mashed potatoes were more like whipped, flavorless egg whites. I had the sea bass, which was very tasty - it came with sunchoke falafel - which looked like falafel, but was more like too-fried hushpuppies. Probably a lot of finesse in the cooking, but not much flavor. Because of the pot roast issue, we were told that dessert would be comped - a nice touch. (though, in fact, they only comped one dessert). The deconstructed key lime pie had coconut and basil flavors - perhaps a nod to Thai cuisine, but it didn't really hold together. The ginger puck with shaved ice cream similarly did not coalesce into a coherent dessert. Even the cappuccino was forgettable. We wanted to love it, but both agreed that it wouldn't necessitate a return trip.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Wasn't impressed and could have been better. Menu options extremely limited.

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vipJoann
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blake was a fantastic waiter; fish was so fresh and innovative

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JeromeH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu with wine pairing was excellent. The desert left something to be desired, I had a semi sweet chocolate cake. Overall a great experience.

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Robdog
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Got the chefs tasting menu
Tuna tart rare had little taste. Besides the wasabi powder which hit after the tuna was already swallowed
Wagyu was overcooked.
Gnocchi was too tough.
Crab roll was excellent.

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Foodie124
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service was exceptional but the food was disappointing. The flavors were confusing and the portions were tiny. I would only return for the cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Food and service both were phebominal.

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vipDishOnSushiko
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last reservation before the shutdown. I have nothing bad to say about this experience.

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vipJaimeJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Good choice for a business dinner. Good ambience, low noise level, tables are spaced well. The food was hit or miss. Some plates (the swordfish schnitzel) were excellent. Others (the waygu, the shishito peppers) were significant misses - the waygu was oily to the point of inedibility and the shishito peppers were practically raw. I would give this place another try for the ambiance and potential.

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vipERSF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful delicious ecperience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was just okay - atmosphere and service excellent.

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markd
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food with a menu that allows for a small casual meal or an all-out formal dinner. Lovely, attentive ambiance

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MichaelG
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our 29th Anniversary this Sunday and this staff was Phenomenal.
The food was awesome and they provided awesome cake treats to close out our event.
If you reside in the DMV area please take the opportunity to share the experience provided by this restaurant.
The ambiance, setting, and experience second to none.

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NancyG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the variety of small plates. Lots of seafood and fish choices. Would enjoy more vegetable options and fewer carbs. After all, the Parker rolls are excellent and enough carbs for the evening.

The sommelier was very helpful and engaging.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding!

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vipDonnaK
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Fabulous space. But! My husband and I had the omelettes which were the size of an egg roll. Try the omelettes at the Four Seasons for about the same price. The food does not live up to the space in which it is served.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best meal and service we've ever had. Go with the tasting menu. Worth every penny!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and service! Went there to celebrate my wife’s birthday. The staff went out if their way to make her birthday special. The food was divine! Everything was delicious.we are looking forward to going back and try different menu items!

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BarbaraK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

the service made up for the food. I'm afraid they just tried so hard to be unusual, that they forgot to taste the food. it was only moderate. so for a place so highly recommended, I was disappointed. the music was awful...dissonant. I was eating, not a loud jazz club. But the people were nice.

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viptagalong
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very small portions, but amazingly delicious. They have a nice separate bar area that we met friends at after that was great, but they were understaffed and the service was really slow. We had to go up to the bar and order our drinks because they were too busy and only came around to the tables sporadically. One of the best margaritas I’ve had though.

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ShannonH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outside of it being cold inside, the food and service were excellent. The salmon was amazing!

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KristyR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Will definitely go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent, hospitality is key! Staff was friendly but not invasive. The views and setting was superb! The steak tartare and Maryland crab cake were standouts... The octopus was alright, but my preference is for grilled and not fried...so that’s on me! My guests had the hanger steak and I had the lamb, I think we were enjoying each other so much that I forgot to take notice on these plates...sorry. We will come again for the food, atmosphere and the service...and to see the menu evolve as the restaurant grows with time, care and love. Have fun! Pictures posted on Instagram.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dining experience at Estuary. The service was excellent and the food was delicious and creative. The shrimp cocktail was incredible. My husband said it was the best he ever had. The Parker House rolls were amazing! We will definitely be back again when we are in town.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the food and ambiance! Great service.

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vipJanS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic team and fare! A DC highlight! Fun and updated ambiance, and a new favorite!

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vipskmk
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff was very attentive and worked well as a team. They were very polite and service was excellent.

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vipPinky47
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a really great birthday dinner at Estuary. Healthy portions, so probably could have shared a dessert instead of getting my own. Great service from the server and sommelier. Nice view of the kitchen and City Center. Not too loud, which is one of our pet peeves. Husband had trouble avoiding the bone the fish sticks, so you have to be a dainty eater for that app. Would definitely recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing bday dinner at Estuary
Amazing staff ! Amazing food! Amazing atmosphere
Thank u thank u thank u
We will be back soon

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was amazing, serviceman AbdulKhalq was knowledgeable about the menu

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vipvttodc
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was mediocre to inconsistent. I swapped (the same tasting menu course) dishes with a fellow diner that had a complaint, who’s dish was completely over seasoned in comparison to mine and one others who’s wasn’t seasoned at all. The beef and broccoli dish on the tasting menu was as poorly thought out as it was executed. Serving just stems, no flowers, of the broccoli for a stringy vegetable paired with a stringy, over-cooked, and over-seasoned short rib wasn’t a great choice. The ambiance is awesome, and the wine list is pretty incredible, so stick to the bar the restaurant is subpar at best.

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vipOpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing. The brussel sprouts are life changing.

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CherylD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scenic view of City Center, great service & amazing food. Lively, upbeat ambiance in an upscale modern minimalist decor.

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vipMrsHallums
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Definitely a cute vibe. The food was mediocre and over priced.

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ECinDC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I visited Estuary as our final "nice" meal before we become parents, and we couldn't have asked for better. Having previously visited Ink in Los Angeles, Brian Voltaggio's previous restaurant, we were happy to see the same sense of wonder brought to the plate with Chesapeake sourced ingredients. The crab roll, seared flounder, and monkfish were standouts.

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BriannaS
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ended the weekend with Brunch and it was phenomenal. I would highly recommend the Croque Monsieur and the Crab Roll (similar time a lobster roll)
Service was attentive and extremely knowledgeable. With floor to circle if windows looking out at the city it was quite dreamy.

We also had snacks and beverages Saturday afternoon in the lounge which was excellent and highly recommended.
The fish sticks, Brussels, and shellfish crackers are some of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Estuary. The ambiance is nice— not many quiet brunch places you can find in DC! And all the natural light from the big windows makes it for a lovely morning. I enjoyed the dinner menu more from my past visit, but brunch was still quite good. Definitely worth a visit if you’re willing to spend the $.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not really enough superlatives. If I had to pick one word, it would be impeccable.

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