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Johnny's Half Shell - Adams Morgan - Permanently Closed

4.8
4.8
475 Reviews
$30 and under
Oyster Bar

Using organic produce, poultry, meat and sustainable seafood, James Beard Award-Winning Chef Ann Cashion and partner John Fulchino continue to delight Washington diners with their seafood specialties and craft cocktails. Come check on this newly relocated neighborhood gem in the heart of Adams Morgan.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

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Menu

Raw Bar

  • Oysters

    • ea.$2.50
    • Dz$29.00
    • Half$15.00
  • Shrimp Cocktail$15.00

    • Little Neck Clams

      • ea.$1.25
      • Dz$14.00
      • Half$7.00

    For the Table

    • Double Dip$8.00

      eggplant caviar and zesty garbanzo spread

      • Trotter Tots$8.00

        with two sauces

        • Local Radishes$7.00

          with crème fraîche

          • Duck Liver Mousse$8.00

            made with fresh ginger and port

            • Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings$10.00

              with green goddess sauce

              Appetizers

              • Fried Oysters$11.00

                with pickled vegetables & house-made tartar sauce

                • Heirloom Tomato Salad$10.00

                  with feta cheese, red onions, & olives

                  • Spicy Cajun BBQ Shrimp$10.00

                    with asiago cheese grits

                    • Grilled Calamari$11.00

                      chiles, crispy shallots, arugula & lemon vinaigrette

                      • New Orleans File Gumbo$10.00

                        • Crabmeat Imperial$15.00

                          jumbo lump crabmeat gratin

                          • Spicy Fried Rabbit Loin$12.00

                            with creole mustard sauce

                            • Kale & Field Greens$10.00

                              with celery root, apples, walnuts

                              Main Courses

                              • Maryland Style Crab Cake$29.00

                                broiled or fried, with french fries & cole slaw

                                • Dry-Aged Beef Ribeye$39.00

                                  with green beans in a tomato shallot sauce, & onion rings

                                  • Maine Lobster

                                    spice-rubbed & grilled, with streaky spoonbread

                                    • Market Price
                                  • Grilled Grouper Fillet$28.00

                                    in a spicy puttanesca sauce with garbanzo beans

                                    • Eco-Friendly Pork Schnitzel$27.00

                                      with cucumber potato salad

                                      • Sauteed Soft Shell Crabs$32.00

                                        in an old bay & basil beurre blanc

                                        • Shrimp Étoufée$27.00

                                          fresh Carolina shrimp in spicy creole sauce with jasmine rice

                                          • Steamed Halibut Fillet$29.00

                                            in a Kanzuri pepper sauce with green beans & shallots

                                            Vegetable Sides

                                            • French Fried Potatoes$6.00

                                              • Eggplant Tomato Gratin$8.00

                                                • Coleslaw$3.00

                                                  • Streaky Spoonbread$7.00

                                                    • Roasted Beets Carrots, & Onions$9.00

                                                      in a light champagne vinaigrette

                                                      • Local Green Beans$8.00

                                                        with fresh tomatoes, shallots, and a touch of anchovy

                                                        • Potatoes Anna$10.00

                                                          a throwback to Cashion's Eat Place (weekends only)

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                                                          What 475 people are saying

                                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                                          4.8
                                                          4.8 based on recent ratings
                                                          • 4.7Food
                                                          • 4.8Service
                                                          • 4.7Ambience
                                                          • 4.3Value

                                                          NoiseModerate

                                                          100% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                            Axwall8

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            40 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            40 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 10, 2020

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Our local go-to. Great food, wonderful, friendly waitstaff, reliably delicious!

                                                          2. TN

                                                            31TN

                                                            Chicago

                                                            23 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            23 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 8, 2020

                                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                            Creative and tasty.

                                                          3. LC

                                                            LaurenC

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            2.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 1, 2020

                                                            overall2food1service3ambience2

                                                            This place is so overpriced and the food is nothing special. I can’t believe it’s surviving in this neighborhood. We were the only people under 80 on the night we went so that my be why.

                                                          4. AS

                                                            AlanS

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 1, 2020

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            excellent seafood, well-prepared. attentive and helpful service.

                                                          5. R

                                                            Ralphh

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on February 29, 2020

                                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                            Fun place! Good bartenders! We arrived early for dinner at opening for 5pm. A private party was ending and we were welcomed without hesitation.

                                                          6. f

                                                            falcon

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on February 26, 2020

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Everything on the menu rates praise. The service is very good and the space is warm and inviting.

                                                          7. YW

                                                            YvonneW

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            Dined on February 25, 2020

                                                            overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                            Very comfortable atmosphere. Excellent food! Friendly staff

                                                          8. MR

                                                            MikeR

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on February 24, 2020

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Great service, ice cold beer, wonderful food, very fresh and tasty food, great atmosphere!

                                                          9. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            10 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            10 reviews

                                                            Dined on February 21, 2020

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Great server, Ian!

                                                          10. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Baltimore

                                                            8 reviews

                                                            3.0

                                                            8 reviews

                                                            Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                            overall3food5service5ambience4

                                                            The food was good. There were huge black gnats flying around our food and got on some of our bread. Other than that it was fine but I don’t know if I’d return.

                                                          11. s

                                                            samb

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            55 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            55 reviews

                                                            Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                            overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                            This was our first visit and we definitely plan to return. I didn't realize the night after Valentine's Day they would still be serving a fixed menu, but it was reasonably priced and the options were good. I would say my ribeye was tasty but not a great cut - lots of fat (not the marbling kind) that had to be trimmed and discarded. My wife had the lobster which was decent but, you know, those are frozen, not alive moments before being served. We brought our desserts home because there was too much food; the bread pudding didn't fare well a day later although my lemon pie held up well and was enjoyable. Our waitress was great, and the people sitting next to us were fortunately nice since our tables were basically touching. It was basically designed for four with one upholstered bench and two chairs on the other side, but then the two tables moved 6" apart. No matter, it worked out well and I'm sure if we wanted more privacy they could have seated use elsewhere. So, in all it was fun and we'd return for the atmosphere. Maybe we'll fare better on the food next time, I'd have to assume their fish dishes would be fresh and well prepared. We'll see!

                                                          12. FM

                                                            FreemanM

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on February 14, 2020

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Very Nice, Everytime we have been the food has been great and the service prompt and friendly

                                                          13. M

                                                            Mark

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            13 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            13 reviews

                                                            Dined on February 8, 2020

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            We always have fun at Johnny's

                                                          14. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Dallas

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined on February 1, 2020

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Great Lobster and Oysters!

                                                          15. P

                                                            Patron1

                                                            Little Rock

                                                            8 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            8 reviews

                                                            Dined on January 30, 2020

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Great place with amazing food.

                                                          16. JK

                                                            JosephK

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on January 25, 2020

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            First-rate service from start to finish, great food, great drinks, kids loved it too. We absolutely love this restaurant! Can't wait to return.

                                                          17. A

                                                            Andreagpn

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            71 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            71 reviews

                                                            Dined on January 19, 2020

                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                            We went to celebrate a birthday. Our waitress was amazing and made the night really fun. I’m sorry I don’t remember her name.

                                                          18. KJ

                                                            KrysJay

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on January 18, 2020

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            It was so delicious. Went for restaurant week. Was my first time. I loved everything I tasted and the service was so welcoming.

                                                          19. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            13 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            13 reviews

                                                            Dined on January 18, 2020

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Perfect blend of Cashions and the old Johnny's. It's wonderful.

                                                          20. MR

                                                            MarkR

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on January 18, 2020

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            We had the duck and the breaded salmon filets. Both were excellent.

                                                          21. AS

                                                            AlanS

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on January 16, 2020

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Restaurant menu was delicious. A terrific value. We would definitely recommend.

                                                          22. JB

                                                            JohnB

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on January 11, 2020

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Love this place. Everyone should try it. Never had a bad dish here.

                                                          23. A

                                                            Axwall8

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            41 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            41 reviews

                                                            Dined on January 4, 2020

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Fabulous restaurant! Superb cooking, wonderfully attentive and hyper-friendly staff, great ambience including fantastic musical selections. Fairly expensive but well worth it. Seafood and shellfish especially recommended (not for nothing the restaurant's name).

                                                          24. p

                                                            pickyeater

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 28, 2019

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            I ate here several times in the past when it was Cashion's Eat Place, which the sign reminds me. Everything was as delicious as always. We had fried oysters which were tasty; nice and crispy. I had the lobster, delicious, as was the accompanying spoonbread. My companions had the crab cakes which they enjoyed. We ordered Potatoes Anna for the table which were also excellent. I had a nice glass of chardonnay with my dinner. My stepson had a beer and my husband enjoyed his mineral water. (Note: No bread was brought to the table and we did not request any. Also, no special coffees are available so we were a bit disappointed, so we decided to skip dessert and coffee, opting for gelato next door. The tab for three of us, with drinks and tip came to $200. A good value. The music was pleasant and not too loud. It was a great evening.

                                                          25. GB

                                                            GlenB

                                                            Dallas

                                                            46 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            46 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 23, 2019

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            A neighborhood gem. Best gumbo I’ve had in years. Service five star

                                                          26. m

                                                            mrwrite

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            69 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            69 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 15, 2019

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            Growing up in Massachusetts and spending summers on The Cape, my bar for seafood is set high. Johnny's got over it easily. Our table ordered oysters three ways, crab cakes and their lobster - for moi. Oysters - delicious, crab cakes - delicious, and my lobster could have been something I could have trapped myself off Menemsha - tender, juicy and gone too soon. Johnny's definately made it to my 'return to' list.

                                                          27. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Philadelphia

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 14, 2019

                                                            overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                            Food could’ve been better. Crab cakes had shells in it. Scallops could’ve been seared a bit more. Everything else was great. Loved the oysters!

                                                          28. M

                                                            Medtech1986

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            16 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            16 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 14, 2019

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            This was our first visit back to Johnny's since they moved back to their original location in the Adams Morgan area. We were not disappointed, and in fact, we actually liked the ambience and vibe of the 'new old' place almost better than when they were over by Capitol Hill. We enjoyed an appetizer of the BBQ shrimp and grits, which were spicy and just enough to whet your appetite. We then each had the crabcake dinner - huge jumbo lump crabcake with fries and slaw. I'm not a huge cole slaw fan, but something about Johnny's special slaw makes me want an entire bowl. I asked for the recipe a number of years ago but never tried making it at home. So good... We had dessert - I opted for the awesome chocolate angel food cake with caramel sauce and my husband had the apple tart. Our server was a very pleasant woman, gave us a little history of the restaurant and having moved back to it's original location. The restaurant itself was a bit noisy but not in an obtrusive way. Would definitely plan on coming back when we're in DC next year.

                                                          29. MN

                                                            MarkNearRFK

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            13 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            13 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 9, 2019

                                                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                            Indubitably excellent food and service with generally fair prices and decent portions except for the brussel sprouts.

                                                          30. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on December 8, 2019

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Had a great time as always. Food was superb especially the oysters and grilled calamari.

                                                          31. D

                                                            David

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            31 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            31 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 7, 2019

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            Went there for the first time and really enjoyed our meal. Will come back again. Great crab cake and pork shnitzel.

                                                          32. RL

                                                            RichardL

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on December 4, 2019

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            I have been a customer since the Cashion's Eat Place days and love the food prepared and/or supervised by chef Ann Cashion. Johnny is also a superb host and I always enjoy saying hello to him. Additionally the staff is the best as is the food!! The scallops were cooked to perfection as always!!

                                                          33. MH

                                                            MarinH

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 2, 2019

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Consistently great food, service and ambience! A neighborhood favorite.

                                                          34. NL

                                                            NancyL

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            13 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            13 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 26, 2019

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            We had a wonderful time. Service was a little slow at first; perhaps extra crowded for a Monday night. We were rewarded for our patience. Delicious perfect food and lovely conscientious wait staff.

                                                          35. A

                                                            msAnnandale

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            102 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            3.0

                                                            102 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 25, 2019

                                                            overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                            Our party of six included oyster lovers who really liked the fresh oysters on the half shell. We also loved the crab imperial appetizer but most other entree items were unremarkable. Not sure we have reason to return and waitress was often not around which didn’t help the experience.

                                                          36. JH

                                                            JoanH

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            8 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            8 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 24, 2019

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Food is delicious, service was great. Quiet restaurant.

                                                          37. AT

                                                            AlbertT

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 23, 2019

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Wonderful as always. Kudos to John, Ann and their amazing staff!!

                                                          38. J

                                                            Jostens6

                                                            Orange County

                                                            14 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            14 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 22, 2019

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            As soon as my party was seated, The Johnny welcomed us personally. Our waiter was amazing. He recommended dishes we loved and made us feel like family. Food and drink made the night perfect.

                                                          39. d

                                                            dianad

                                                            Washington DC

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 22, 2019

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Excellent on all fronts...as usual.

                                                          40. PR

                                                            PRISCILLAC

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on November 20, 2019

                                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                            Terrific restaurant, terrific food, superb service.

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                                                          Johnny's Half Shell - Adams Morgan - Permanently Closed is rated 4.8 stars by 475 OpenTable diners

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                                                          This restaurant is permanently closed.

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