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Kirwan's on the Wharf

4.6
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79 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Kirwan’s On The Wharf. An authentic Irish pub honoring the Irish heritage of the Southwest Waterfront in Washington DC.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 79 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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TimD
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good, but fairly expensive for what you get (but the Wharf as a whole is like that). Service was excellent and super friendly. Neat space, seating upstairs too.

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vipsbrennan64
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kirwan's is our go-to place for any celebration, happy hour, get together. We've been going since it first opened and we love it! Best fish and chips and chicken pot pie you'll ever eat! Great food, great drinks, great staff, great location!

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ChristopherC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come here for business meetings all the time! Keep coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Typical Irish pub but by far the worst chicken pot pie I’ve ever tasted. Also, it was odd that they gave us a plate with two pieces of bread on it (right when we sat down) because there were three of us. And, they didn’t even give us bread plates

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Irish Cuisine

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very good.

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Bayside
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A great atmosphere with authentic decor imported from Ireland. A great menu with varied selections. I had the shepherds pie. The lamb was shredded not ground and a lollipop chop was adorned on top. Great touch and great flavor. My friends had the chicken pot pie, and they raved over that. Irish coffee at the end topped off a great evening, and the Irish coffee was topped off with very rich cream!

This is my second visit to Kirwan’s and next time I am in DC I will probably go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and friendly staff

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TomG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the back bar and John was our bartender/server. He gave us outstanding drink and food recommendations. All of his suggestions were spot in. Fantastic meal and atmosphere. Great food ....the lamb stew was amazing.

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DCFoodie50
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Overall good experience and appreciate the patience of the Hostess to accommodate our reunion of friends. We had the best waitress and will ask for her services again. Her name is "Tiki". Great experience and will definitely go back!

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Laura
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Table and ambience was fine. Our waitress forgot one of our orders and instead of coming by to let us know she just never came back to our table. In fact we had to ask another server to bring our check. We only saw our waitress once to take drink and food orders.

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mariav
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!!! Everything from the food to the service and ambiance is fantastic!!

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vipMichaelP
31 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had reservations but had to request an acceptable table away from front door. Waiter talked too much. Kitchen forgot pickle on side as is normally provided.

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vipFancyNancy
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my 89 year old father here for his birthday. We loved the food & Atmosphere. Taylor stole the show- she could not have been more helpful, fun & nice!

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vipMichaelP
31 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Service was excellent, however, I was disappointed in the food. I ordered a BLT with a side salad. Although the Irish bacon was very good, the toasted bread was soggy. No excuse sense the salad was in a separate bowl and the BLT was the only thing on the plate.

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Gardern55
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better than expected Irish food! The burger was excellent, the meat was fresh and had spices blended. At 7 ounces it was just the right size-- huge but not insane. The steak and cheese was very good. My mom reported the chicken pot pie was amazing. The only complaint was the kids noodles dish didn't have a side and didn't have enough noodles. The kids chicken tender looked like a far better value.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My waitress was really nice, but she seemed like she had a long day, which was understandable , because it was lunch time. I had fish & chips,, and my friend had the steak sandwich, which he tore up, so that’s a good sign. The drinks were great! Overall I enjoyed myself, and would love to come back & try brunch

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very generous portions

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vipGiraffe22193
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I went for lunch with a friend. We both had fish and chips so I don't have a broad perspective on this place. The food was pretty good. The fish was in nice big chunks. The breading was a bit soggy and greasy. The chips were very crunchy on the outside and nice and tender inside. Service was not very attentive. It was also a very loud place. We were on the second floor and it was a little hard to talk. I'd go back again, but I can't rave about it.

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vipHappyhappyjoyjoy
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted a celebratory feeling place to go on the Wharf w/ good food & gluten free options & this was it! Wonderful! Only negative is no elevator to take to the upstairs.

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JTosh1129
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The chicken pot pie was amazing. It was very quiet for a Friday lunchtime but we enjoyed ourselves. Will be back but without the car this time. The parking costs are outrageous.

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gentlesoul
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A leisurely afternoon lunch with Excellent fish & chips, beer, and soup. Waterfront location was lovely. Noise:Very little. Lovely service.

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vipLHK429
Washington DC
135 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were here with a group of 8, including a couple kids, during cherry blossom "peak bloom," and they were so kind to put us upstairs at a big table. Our server, James, was lovely, and we really appreciated that he allowed one of us to use his phone charger while we were there. That's service! Five of us had the clam chowder, which is really good, and love the grainy bread they serve with it (wouldn't have minded a second slice, though). We did have one glitch - one of the meals did not come out until the rest of us were done eating. We were told that the kitchen accidentally ruined the plate of fish and chips, and they were making a second one, but it still seemed to take way too long to get that second plate out. They took that off the bill, which we greatly appreciated. All this said, the fish and chips were DELICIOUS. We really like this place, and we'll be back.

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vipDavidS
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Average but service and food were very goidy

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vipRickP
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great venue to meet friends and have fun. Beautiful interior with 3 bars. Great service and food. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was okay

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vipjusteatit
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We've been here several times for drinks, lunch or dinner, but recently went for Sunday brunch. The traditional Irish breakfast was fabulous, as was the friendly service.

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AdrianB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 10, they have have accommodate us in a really convenient spot.
The service was really good, the food super good and we wait the dishes just a few minutes

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vipRyanK
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was average, friendly staff but service was average, barely filled my water once. I mentioned it was a special occasion, my bosses birthday and asked if they could do a little dessert or something and they totally forgot. Probably wouldn’t come back again, much better restaurants in the wharf than this place.

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vipOno2Review
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Kirwan's - just always good. Great food and service. Thank you!

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vipCapitolHill
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Kirwan's is totally okay. Not a truly special place. But decent food with beautiful river views and nice outdoor seating. Prices good.

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DavidD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Basic bar fare in a pub environment, as advertised. I got the Caesar salad, and to her credit our server asked about anchovies and any other ingredients that I might not want ("Some people don't like carrots, so we tell everyone it's got carrots in it.) The guy I was meeting had been there before and got the fish and chips, which looked like a great choice, with big steak fries that were cooked perfectly. Good job!

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BrendaS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went to Kirwan's for a business lunch. Food was great, but not served as described on menu. Bread said pumpernickel and it came on rye. Also our water glasses were not refilled when empty without us having to ask.

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ReginaW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious brunch in a relaxed and very pleasant environment. The service was just right - friendly and attentive without unnecessary interruptions. This is not my first time there and won't be my last.

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vipPhilipM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service! Good salads for lunch during the week and a wonderful brunch on Sunday.

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MaryLouM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We came for Sunday Brunch. Our bartender was our waiter. He was very open and willing to create a drink for us that was not on the menu, an Irish Mimosa! He was very friendly. The service was excellent! The food came out quickly and was very hot and fresh. The ambiance of the back room/pub was very nice. Will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience1

My major complaint is the room we were seated in. Small room off of the upstairs bar. The tables and chairs don’t work. Get rid of the absurdly oversized chairs. They are a nuisance. You know it. Deal with it. And the speakers in that room are too loud for the tiny space. Kill one of them.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Food was poor quality. Server was not very friendly.

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vipMBH1
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We arrived at 1 pm on Saturday afternoon and discovered they only serve from the brunch menu and the offerings were not great. Steak and eggs was mediocre. Granola was enjoyed by one of our party and the 11 year old got a burger that was good. The Bloody Marys are good!

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Jenna
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a great brunch at Kirwan's. It wasn't too crowded and we sat upstairs at a table with a TV so we could watch golf, and very comfortable seating. The bloody mary's were excellent, and so were the Bailey's waffles!

FAQs

Kirwan's on the Wharf offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 554-3818.

Kirwan's on the Wharf is rated 4.6 stars by 79 OpenTable diners.

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