Old Angler's Inn

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
A most charming dining spot, the Old Angler's Inn has been immortalized in countless Washington D.C. novels as a romantic winter getaway, sitting before the fireplace and perusing the menu. It is equally glorious in the summer when the main action moves to the incomparable terrace.
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4.4
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4.3
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4.6
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vipEllenZ
New York Area
235 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite the rain we drove over to Maryland for lunch @ Old Anglers' Inn. The COVID19 pandemic was evident as we were 2 of the only 5 customers. I drowned my sorrow in 2 glasses of Viognier & we shared a feta, olive, tomato, red pepper, toast appetizer. Barry had their version of a wedge salad while I enjoyed the pea soup. His entrée was the Angler cheeseburger topped w/ seared foie gras & egg (with fries that were actually crispy!) I chose a BLTC on sourdough w/ crispy fries (most went uneaten because I was already full). But we also indulged in dessert: chocolate terrine & crème brulee. The cappuccino washed it all down. Our waiter was excellent & the sun came out as we left. We will return when the patio opens & the flowers are in bloom.

Old Angler's Inn
Responded on March 17, 2020

Beautiful review. THANK YOU!! Stay safe

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TheFos
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully prepared and tasty dinners impeccably served in a magical ambiance of lights and fireplaces. Why else would so many people forego the beautiful old building nestled in trees to eat outside in the winter? To say it’s romantic is an understatement.

Old Angler's Inn
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thank you so much. In these times its good to go out for this short period on such a wonderful review. Cheers! Stay Safe!

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vipJill
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go-to place to spend our Anniversary, and we’re always quite happy with our meal and experience in general. We opted to enjoy our meal outdoors near the fire pit and to listen to the live music. I’m sure if we lived a bit close we’d come more often because the back of the restaurant is quite casual. The Old Angler’s Inn is fun, family-owned place with great food and a lively atmosphere.

Old Angler's Inn
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thank you for your support and taking the time to let us know how much you care for the OAI. Cheers! See you when we re-open

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LeeY
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food service and atmosphere. Definitely will go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Super cute little place. Food was really good. Only issue I had was we sat right around a corner from where the serves were coming and going. So every time someone turned the corner they ran into my chair.

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vipemlo
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Birthday celebration

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vipMidwesterner
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food and service are wonderful. We always like going to Old Anglers Inn.

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vipGregoryS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old Angler’s Inn is always reliable for excellent food and service. The setting cannot be best. The rockfish special was superb. The service of our waiter, Erion, typifies the high-class service. Well done.

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vipBarry
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food and service are terrific. We always have a great meal here

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ReneeM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I found the restaurant to be truly delightful and look forward to going back. It would be a great place for special occasions. The staff was wonderful and the food delicious.

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joels
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Extraordinary service. Gourmet presentation and food was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Overpriced and overcrowded. Food is good, but not worth the price or the noise level.

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MigenaN
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, positive atmosphere, helpful staff and brilliant service.

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ngrace77
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old Angler's Inn is full of charm and ambience of an older era. Even though the restaurant is small there is ample room for quiet and intimate conversations. We will continue to make Old Angler's Inn are go to place for family gatherings.

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vipWlcj
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful settle with good food and great service. We love it.

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Mike
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old Angler's Inn is a great restaurant in a really neat setting (an old historic building). We ate downstairs by the cozy fireplace. The service was very professional and attentive, and the food was great. Most of us had the duck special. OAI is definitely one of my favorite DC area restaurants. Will be back soon!

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vipRayY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food, and cozy ambiance for our anniversary dinner. Definitely will come back for special occasions!

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RC100
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Overpriced and no dress code (couple next to us in grey sweats for Saturday night dinner). Used to be quiet and romantic- no more! Food was marginal yet still expensive. Waiter was good and friendly but he also knows this place is in a nise dive.

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JudyC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We went to Old Angler's Inn for my husband's 71 birthday and had a wonderful meal.
A couple of tables nearby had very loud patrons (from time to time).
We all agreed that the spiral staircase from the ground level to the 2nd floor was treacherous. Glad I wasn't wearing high heels for that adventure!

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JosephD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was our second time there in a month due to special occasions. It is an old favorite going back decades. It is definitely old school in ambiance and menu, but impeccably well done if that's what you want. Every item on the menu is great. The seafood pasta, chicken marsala, crab cakes and seasonal vegetables stand out. Sitting outside by the huge fire pit for cocktails is a mid-winter treat. Please note, the main dinning room, upstairs, is accessed by a narrow spiral staircase. If anyone in your group has mobility issues, ask to enter through the upstairs side entrance or sit in the bar area downstairs.

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DonnaC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant evening, very comfortable and enjoyable. Great service.

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vipscott
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been there In years and they killed it in ever category. Food outstanding. Service professional and the bonfire was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing and made us feel very welcome. He went above and beyond in making it a special celebration! The food and quaint atmosphere never disappoint.

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Cathy
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were going to take a walk on the C&O canal and decided to get lunch first. It was very quiet and the food was very good. Only one down side is the very narrow spiral staircase we had to climb up to the restaurant room, going back down was not my favorite part of the restaurant. It is a very old place that could need a little bit of TLC.
The menu was nice and varied and the waiters also very professional.

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DavidH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Service was really poor. Our bottle of wine was brought halfway through completion of our main entree despite having ordered it a few minutes after we placed our appetizer and entree orders (and after twice asking where it was). Two requests for salt and pepper went unanswered and led to me having to get up and take them from another table. Also, I'd suggest getting a printed receipt as the hand held screen they show you isn't easy to read - though I was still able to pick up that they tried to charge me for the wrong bottle of wine (which was $37 more). We noticed another table was similarly being overcharged. Food was good but unfortunately challenging to enjoy given all the service issues.

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Dominus
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Old Bait & Switch

We’ve been coming to OAI for many years and thought it would be nice to invite a dear friend to celebrate Valentine’s Day and her birthday. I checked their website and we were excited to see “Valentine Month Dinner Special” where you could choose 3 courses for $40. On Saturday, Feb. 15 we asked our server for the the special menu but was told they were not offering that special due to the restaurant being “busy.” No need to offer the special since they are busy and can demand regular prices. Just maybe people such as ourselves made a reservation for that specific purpose? The server also told us that other patrons had asked the same question. Totally inappropriate business practices from a well-established restaurant. We were shocked and dismayed.

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StephanieS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Did NOT honor/offer the Valentine menu as ADVERTISED on their website for the whole month of February. Crab cakes were size of a quarter hidden under corn and fennel. Seafood pasta mussels and scallops were the size of a dime. Way overpriced for what we got. Rudely told us to go outside when we arrived early. Seemed like a nice quaint outside of town restaurant, but overall was terrible!

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vipHilbil
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service. Food was good not great. Had seafood pasta. Kind of average tasting. Everyone else liked their dishes which included beef bourginon and chicken Marsala. Ambiance is nice, a quaint old place with friendly atmosphere.

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vipEvangelineH
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food5service3ambience5

I was to meet two friends at noon. Made my open table reservation and confirmed with my friends. I arrived on time but did not see my friends. I gave the hostess my name and she checked me in. I waited for my friends but after about 7 minutes was seated. I sat at the table and waited another 15 minutes. Finally I recognized someone. The hostess sat my friends at a separate table. We got together, no apology nothing. On leaving I told the hostess that we deserved an apology, and while chewing her food she was unapologetic except sat it once’s while yammering, not cool I want to tell management . My friends were not happy either

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Rodney
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Old Angler's Inn could probably survive just based on its location and history, but they do not take that for granted and really do put a lot of effort into the menu, the service, and the ambiance. This place is a real gem.

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vipKristynK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute restaurant that has a lot of charm. The food and service were excellent. Great for a date night!

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vipGaryT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been coming to Old Angler's for many years. The food, ambience and service has always been superb, and our last visit on February 14, 2020 was no exception.

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JohnE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience of dinners out on Valentines Day have been so unimpressive that we have refrained from doing it for years. This year we decided to head out on Friday Night and give it a go. Thank God Old Angler’s had a reservation open. It was simply outstanding in every way. We got a terrific bottle of Amarone served by our delightful Italian waiter and the most plump and delicious oysters I’ve had in a long time. That coupled with a spectacular fois gras made for an amazing appetizer. The entrees were delicious and perfectly cooked and Creme Brulee for dessert was creamy and first rate. Just a terrific overall experience.

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Cocoa
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We so enjoy the atmosphere and meal at Old Angler's, particularly on special occasions. The décor inside and outside are festive for the season.

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vipDarnedifino
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food. Was good, but nothing exceptional. Cozy, warm atmosphere. No bread served. Had to ask and then each we're brought only one piece.

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JamesS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy with all we ordered — the eggs Benedict and onion soup were done to perfection. We will be back — when the food is so great, the ambiance and setting so lovely, and no loud music — why not?!!

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vipJasmineShirazi
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my second time there, I came with my best friend whos birthday it was, and our server was so funny and friendly and we realized we were both persian! After that, he was basically acting like he was a long lost relative and was so warm and personable. He brought out a cake with a candle in it and started singing in farsi which was so funny! He then insisted on taking a picture of us on my phone for us to commemorate. We really loved him and the food was amazing!

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vipbarryc
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Great ambiance. Food mediocre /institutional. Service was fine.

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salsaladym
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I selected Old Angler's Inn to celebrate my birthday because I liked the menu selections I found online. I was especially interested because there were several special discounts. We decided to take advantage of the February romantic 3-course dinner special, which was a very good price. We loved the atmosphere on arriving, the valet parking, the lights in the trees, the big bonfire, and the live guitar music. I was surprised that when we were seated we were given the regular menu with no mention of the specials. I had to ask for the dinner special and we were brought a piece of paper with the special menu. Other than that, everything was great. The service and food were both excellent.

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vipvhurteau
Berlin
34 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Lobster bisque had pieces of shrimp though was tasty. Rockfish special didn't appear to be caught recently but good sauces. Nice presentation and atmosphere.

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