Johnny's Half Shell - Adams Morgan

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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.
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4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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JK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

A
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on January 18, 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.

KJ
1 review
Dined on January 17, 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.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AS
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on January 3, 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).

p
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 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.

GB
Dallas
45 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

m
Washington DC
67 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.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
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!

M
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 13, 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.

MN
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

D
Washington DC
30 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.

RL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 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!!

MH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

NL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 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.

A
Washington DC
92 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.

JH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious, service was great. Quiet restaurant.

AT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

J
Orange County
10 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.

d
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent on all fronts...as usual.

PR
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Terrific restaurant, terrific food, superb service.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, along with the drinks! Our waitress, Nancy, was phenomenal and truly added to our dining experience! She went above and beyond. We will certainly be back!

HO
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, diverse menu, wonderful service

d
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming and accomodafing. Food was fresh, delicious and reasonably priced. We loved the special cocktzils and wine. In all, a delightful experience. We were a party of 4 friends. All said they will come again to Johnny's.

DC
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good restaurant with tasty food. Our section had the owners in it with a large group so our waiter was a bit overextended. He was fairly attentive but I noticed that the table next to us got a complete rundown of the menu, complete with descriptions of the cooking style, spice level, etc. (this was before the owners were seated). Once my party was complete we got no such service; we had to ask specific questions about the items we were interested in. Not a big deal, but something I noticed because I was the first to arrive so I got to observe the service others received. The food was very good; I had the grilled calamari and the grouper. Delicious, flavorful with balanced aromatics and decent sizes - not ginormous portions but certainly enough to fill you up. Overall a very pleasant dining experience, and one of the owners stopped by to check on us even though he was obviously there as a customer that night (November 9th).

K
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Johnny's Half Shell is a great looking restaurant. The food is delicious -- every dish we had was perfectly prepared. The fried rabbit appetizer was insanely good. Even the grace notes were wonderful: spoon bread laced with kale, perfectly crisped fries, and an exceptionally good lemon chess pie. The service is friendly and efficient and even generous (our server poured a health dollop of two wines to help with a wine-by-the-glass decision). But it's expensive. Especially the drinks -- the lowest priced wine on the list is $50. Hard to make a place a regular stop if dinner for two is consistently $200.

DG
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went early for a seafood dinner. I was in the right place. The oysters were perfect, as was the shrimp etoufee. The restaurant was quiet at the early part of service, and remained tolerable as my time there wrapped up. I really liked the retro style ambiance. Background music set the tone well. Service, by Nancy, was attentive and respectful. I've added Johnny's to my list of recommended DC spots.

J
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Johnny’s Half Shell continues to be tops in food , service , decor and fun. We enjoy returning and being greeted by Johnny. The menu is terrific . Can’t say even good things about it.

j
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great fries. Fried oysters good. Could actually hear each other!

CA
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time in the DC area and we totally enjoyed our experience and meal especially at Johnny’s Half Shell - Adam Morgan. Our waiter, Ian, was so knowledgeable about the wines and made great suggestions. We would definitely recommend Johnny’s Half Shell to a friend.

RS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Johnny’s has become our go to place for a great meal because they always deliver great food, service, and atmosphere. You may find more precious presentations, but you won’t find better dining.

DD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinners were great, as always. Dining room was busy, but we weren't encouraged to leave after our coffees and dessert. All in all, still one of our favorites. (We didn't get a table greeting from Johnny, as we have in the past, but it was a busy night.)

o
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I know I am the one that ordered steamed halibut but I expected something more than just steamed fish with broccoli. It was the type of dinner that you make when you are on a really strict diet not when you are dining out.
I want to support restaurants in my neighborhood but I also don’t like craving pizza after I leave them.

MJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always delicious! Service is terrific. Great oyster choices.

l
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best fried oysters I've had in a long time. The breading was crispy and tasty. Nice and salty too. Delicious crab creaks with no filler! Was disappointed that they had run our of the the salt crusted cobi (and it wasn't late in the evening either) as the other fish dish looked very dull (steamed halibut), so I went with two appetizers instead for my dinner. The kale, apple, walnut salad was really nice. nice kids menu. Only bad feedback was that our server was a little too busy- never came back to offer us another round of drinks and we never got bread and butter at our table (and our kids were hungry). However, she was super friendly and we really enjoyed chatting with her after our meal when things had slowed down for her later in the evening.

u
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Have been to Johnny's many times. Generally I find the food quite good. On this visit, however, the quality was so-so. Didn't seem that the kitchen was trying very hard on a Tuesday night.